The Team

The Team at Lake District Foundation has 8 members of staff.
We are also supported by fantastic volunteers.

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Sarah Swindley

Sarah joined the Lake District Foundation from her previous role as CEO of Lancashire Women’s Centres where since 2011 she successfully developed the size, turnover and impact of the charity. She is excited to be taking on this new role at such an important time in the history of the Lake District.

Sarah Smith
Operations Manager

Sarah joined us in 2013 as a volunteer before managing a number of sustainable tourism campaigns, and now oversees the day to day running of the charity. Sarah is passionate about sustainable tourism and loves working with businesses and visitors to have a positive impact on the landscape and wildlife of Lake District.

Caroline Conway
Campaigns and Events Manager

Caroline joins the team to ramp up our fundraising campaigns. This is a lady who is bursting with energy and ideas and can’t wait to get things moving! Caroline loves getting outside and exploring the Lakes, and whether it be fell running, cycling, swimming or walking, she gives it all a go with her adventure buddy Millie, her dog, in tow.

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Pam Purcell
Finance Manager

Pam joined our team in 2015. She has over 25 years experience as a Finance Manager and loves making the figures balance. Pam swapped her California home for living in the beautiful Lake District where she enjoys walking, cycling and travelling around in her campervan.  

Steve Tonkin
Fundraising Manager 

Steve is our Fundraising Manager and all round fixer! Coming from the commercial sector he has a great knowledge of Online marketing and fundraising. He is an open water swimmer and loves spending most of his time in the mountains. He is our main fundraiser for Fix the Fells.

Sandra Edmondson
Administration Officer

Sandra has worked for over 30 years, supporting the National Park. She joined the LDF Team in 2017 and keeps everything running smoothly. Supporting our events and campaigns, and helping with the day to day running of the charity.

Liz Islam
Trust Fundraiser

Liz joined the team in December 2019, bringing over 20 years of fundraising experience from a range of development, fundraising and grant making roles.  Although she lives in Lancashire, Liz is a regular visitor to the Lakes enjoying camping, walking and running in this amazing place.  She is excited to be able to use her fundraising experience to help the work of LDF in caring for this special environment.


Dickie Felton
Communications Officer

Dickie joined the team in December 2021. A Liverpudlian, he moved up to Cumbria in 2016. He has worked in public relations for 20 years mostly for museums and galleries. A keen football fan, he regularly watches Celtic, Liverpool and Wigan. When he’s not at football he likes to run and walk around the Lake District. His favourite mountain is Coniston Old Man.

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