Christina Ballard

Christina is a dance teacher and Examiner for the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and over the last forty years has been involved in several Dance Committees, taught and lectured overseas, and helped to choreograph and produce many dance syllabi.
Christina first became involved in the Wilderness Foundation following the untimely death of her son Rees in April 2016. He was a gifted mentor on the TurnAround Project , and was able to help many vulnerable and disadvantaged young people.

Following a meeting with Jo Roberts, she was delighted to be asked to become an Ambassador and to be told that an award in Rees’s memory, The Rees Ballard Memorial Award , was to be set up and presented to a worthy candidate at every Graduation of the TurnAround Project.

Since April 2016, Christina’s dance colleagues, friends and family have helped to raise over £7000 to continue the wonderful work of the TurnAround Project. This scheme enables young people who are struggling to cope with their lives, to connect with nature, to have one to one mentoring, to take part in two weekly camping trails, and learn to work as a team. It has a hugely positive effect, and enables them to gain confidence and achieve their goals.

Christina is totally committed to the Wilderness Foundation and by ‘spreading the word’ and fund raising, she will continue to work on their behalf, giving many more young people the chance to benefit from this inspirational and life enhancing organisation.

Tim Sayers

Tim’s desire to support the growth of the foundation is fuelled by his belief that people need nature and nature needs people. The two will not survive independently and the growth of the foundation will help ensure that people secure the future of nature and that nature secures the future of society.

Operating at Board level, Tim has over thirty years experience in client & people management roles across a range of market sectors, including hospitality, professional sport, food retail & wholesale, brewing, market research & business information.

With the first twenty plus years focusing on largely business development & team development roles working in SMEs and global organisations, in the UK & internationally, Tim is proud to have contributed to well-known organisations such as The Ritz, Whitbread, Coca-Cola & ACNielsen, as well as smaller organisations.

The last decade has seen Tim focus his attention specifically on supporting people and organisations to develop their skills & behaviours to improve performance. Put simply Tim’s ‘raison d’être’ is ‘to help people be the very best version of themselves that they can be’. To date Tim has fulfilled his passion for people development, primarily through his role as Performance Development Director at PDW Group. More recently in becoming an Ambassador for the Foundation, Tim has begun to pursue his passion for the outdoors and his desire to support people and their development, through connecting them with nature.

Samantha Gare

Sam’s love of the outdoors comes from her own experiences of the wild and spends a lot of her time visiting some truly breath-taking remote places, such as Svalbard, South America, and the Galapagos Islands. However, of all the places she has been she has a deep sense of home in Scotland and the vast and open Scottish wilds. As a keen outdoors woman, she finds that the stresses of everyday live melt away as she steps into nature. Sam has focused her passion for conserving wild spaces through her artistic practice, and for the last 3 years has been a successful wilderness artist, represented by multiple galleries, and has had two solo shows in London. Her core mission is to communicate the positive effects of the wilderness and explore our relationship with natural spaces around us.

Not surprising she is also a keen environmentalist and surrounds herself with scientists and keen lovers of the outdoors and uses her artistic practice to not only share the positive effects of the wild but to inspire people to actively conserve the wilderness that is slowly disappearing from our planet. She has recently left a successful career in events, art and cultures to become a full-time artist, having worked at the Natural History Museum, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the Royal Horticultural Society and most recent as a Fair Director for the Affordable Art Fair.

As an Ambassador for the Foundation Sam is excited to use her creativity to connect people to nature through imagery and art, helping to communicate the benefits of stepping outside, especially in the face of the technologies that are pulling us in the opposite direction.