Allan J Henderson (Chair and Treasurer)
Allan's area of expertise is in business, livestock farming and animal care with strength in the influencing of people across the human spectrum.
Allan has recently completed a career as a veterinary surgeon in practice and as a technical and commercial manager in the animal medicines industry responsible for Cattle and Swine medicines and vaccines. His practice experience took him to Berkshire, Norfolk, and Yorkshire before settling in Devon where his family grew up. After spells living in Vienna (working in a commercial role throughout Eastern Europe) and France, he has "retired" "home" to Devon. Allan was brought up in the city (Edinburgh) but through Scouting was fortunate to be able to escape to the country from an early age which he did at every opportunity. It was this love of the country which informed his career choice. He is therefore excited and motivated to be part of the Exeter City Farm project providing this opportunity to all and looks forward to helping turn the idea into reality.
Ian Quance (Engagement Officer)
A lifelong environmentalist, Ian is also a qualified secondary school teacher. He left teaching in the late 1980s to become ‘Gardener in the Community’, travelling the highways and byways of the London Borough of Camden in his milk float adorned with painted flowers. Wildflower meadows, wildlife playground gardens, community gardens and hanging baskets sprung up all over, from Hempstead to Kings Cross. Guerrilla gardening arrived in the UK!
The arrival of a daughter inspired change and to cut a long story short, after five years running a successful landscaping company and growing food in central Alabama, he returned with his family to Devon. He worked in local government for many years, managing cemeteries and award-winning bereavement services. He now spends most of his time working as a consultant to those managing cemeteries and crematoria. He designs Natural Burial Grounds and assists their owners, which are his special interest. He is also a director of the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management. If pressed, Ian can be persuaded to talk at length about his allotment; jam, wine and beer recipes; music before 1980; his football team (West Brom.); politics; his family; festivals; books; photography and a host of other subjects.
Rachel Allen (Secretary)
Rachel is passionate about the benefits of connecting people with the natural world around them. Working with Beaver Scouts and volunteering with the charity Farms for City Children she has seen first hand benefits of connecting children with gardening, animals and farming and wants to give more opportunities like this through Exeter City Farm.
In her professional career Rachel has worked in the higher education sector for 10 years in a variety of strategy and planning roles. She currently works at the University of Exeter as Business Manager to the Provost (where she uses her unmarried name Rachel Winzer). She has an MSc in Public Policy and Management.
As a keen volunteer, Rachel has supported Hospiscare and the charity CHICKs which provides country holidays for city children. In her spare time she can be often found out and about in the countryside walking her dog Mouse