Meet the team
We are a small team at present but we are looking to grow. We are looking for 3 young adults from the local area to represent the local youth community and join the steering group that makes decisions about what we do next. If you are interested, please get in contact.
Jacky has lived in North Warwickshire for 35 years . She was elected as a Borough Councillor for the Dordon ward in 2015, and has served as a Trustee on several national and local charities concerned with tackling health inequalities and young people’s health and well-being Before she retired, she had a long and distinguished career as a public health doctor in Birmingham, working for both the NHS and Local Government for which she was awarded an OBE in 2008. Having gone camping and taken narrow boat holidays with her family whenever she could, Jacky wants Ruby’s yard to be a place where people can enjoy the canal, experience the great outdoors and learn to value the natural world without having to pay a lot or travel very far
Grandaughter to Ruby, Kate has been a project manager for over 6 years for a leading conservation charity and is now lead project manager for Ruby’s Yard. Passionate about informal education and wellbeing of young minds – she is on a mission to create affordable opportunities for real connection with others and design spaces to nurture the skills that Artificial Intelligence will never replace – creativity, compassion and curiosity.
A friend of the family, Polly has a history of working with children; from coaching kids in summer camps to teaching snowboarding on the ski slopes. Polly grew up enjoying all the extra curricular activities her mother tirelessly organised. Appreciating how important they were in developing her skills and confidence as a child, she is keen to invest in the youth of today. Now with her own business in the city, she is helping the team with their digital marketing and providing consultation where needed.
Born and bred in Atherstone, Ant know’s everyone who lives on this street leading to Ruby’s Yard. Ant used to play on this land when he was a boy & remembers when it operated as a commercial boat yard. During the time when Ruby was alive, Ant joined the team fighting hard for the land to stop being used as Boat Yard. Today he is really pleased that this lovely canal-side green space can become a facility for young people to enjoy once again.