Our Fantastic Members of Staff
Celia – Founder and Managing Director
Celia is our Managing Director and Founder of The Wellbeing Farm. Celia previously worked in the NHS as an Area Director and is a qualified florist, chef, wedding planner and stress manager (hence the name of The Wellbeing Farm). Having previously managed large strategic projects in the NHS and mergers across NHS organisations, creating and building The Wellbeing Farm was as great a challenge as she faced in the NHS, and she is currently writing the story of the farm with her book being published in 2019.
“I absolutely love my life and job at the farm. The excitement of waking up and going next door, doing a job I love means so much to me and I am so very grateful for this. I’ve put everything into creating an environment and a family business which I hope couples love as much as I do.”
Stephen – Director
Stephen Whitehead is our Director, and also owner at Whitehead’s Butchers which has been trading for over 130 years! Stephen created the Edgworth Brew Co., our microbrewery, and is also the owner of Wheatsheaf Hill Farm (the home of The Wellbeing Farm).
“I am so proud of the transformation of the farm into what you see today when you visit. I’ll admit, it was once quite neglected and the amount of research, thought, effort, and patience to transform the farm has been staggering. We have fantastic plans for further transformation so watch this space.”
Mathew – Operations Manager
Mat joined in January 2018, and has already made massive changes to the business with his fresh and forward-thinking ideas. Mat implemented a totally new, electronic tilling system which improves the speed at which customers are served. A key part of his job is to make sure day to day business at the farm runs smoothly, and is always on hand to help make sure staff are achieving their maximum potential.
“Coming from a corporate background, it was a great change of pace to come to The Wellbeing Farm and I was attracted to a different, more pleasant, working environment. How many people get to plan a wedding that includes donkeys, llamas and alpacas?”
Andrea – Bookings and Office Manager
Andrea runs day to day business in The Wellbeing Farm office, ensuring that it’s running at its full potential, which in turn helps operations across the whole farm run smoothly! No customer of The Wellbeing Farm is ever left out in the cold, as Andrea makes sure all couples’ questions and needs are attended to. Andrea has excellent experience in the hospitality industry, having run and owned an award-winning restaurant for a number of years.
“I love working at The Wellbeing Farm, it really is the most magical place. The location is absolutely stunning, looking over the rolling moorland towards Manchester. Plus, mixing that with the llamas and donkeys, and the fact that it’s dog friendly, I’m in my element. My Old English Sheepdog, Chester, loves it too! We are a focused and dedicated team, only
wanting the very best for our couples…”
Daniella – Lead Wedding and Events
Daniella is our Lead Wedding and Events Co-Ordinator, and since joining in April 2018 has already delivered more than 40 amazing weddings! Daniella is also studying towards a BA Hons in Event Management at Manchester Metropolitan University, and is always learning whether she is working at the farm or at university.
“I love the thrill and fast-paced nature of running events, and I think it’s different here to any other job. It’s especially amazing when you get to see a couple have a great day, it feels good knowing that you played a part in making their dreams come true. I’ve made good friends at the farm, including meeting my sassy twin, Jess!”
Jess Lindley – Wedding and Events
Jess joined Team Wellbeing in the summer of 2018 and is already co-ordinating weddings and events to an extremely high standard. Jess uses the flexibility her role offers to also run the successful Calendar Club business, which you may have seen open its doors around the festive period!
“I love to see how every event is different, it’s great working individually with each couple to turn their ideas for their wedding day into reality. It’s rewarding to form relationships with the couples, we really get to know them over the time spent at their planning meetings, so when we deliver their wedding it’s so lovely to see it all come together.”
Chloe Thornton – Wedding and Events
Chloe has recently joined the team and is in training to become a wedding and event coordinator. She’s already shown great potential, with her excellent conversational skills and willingness to learn! Chloe’s balancing this job with a degree in Events Management at Manchester Metropolitan University.
“I love the flexibility of working at The Wellbeing Farm as I am picking up so much experience alongside my degree. No day or wedding is ever the same. The location is amazing, there’s not many places you can work where you can look out of the window and see one of the Llamas casually strolling past.”
Jessica – Graphic Designer
Jess is our in-house graphic designer, and designs all the materials that you will see associated to the farm. She has a strong eye for detail, and is able to produce quality work in a fast-paced environment. We’re certainly in safe hands as Jess has a degree in Graphic Design from UCLAN.
“Being a graphic designer – it’s helpful that when I walk outside there is inspiration all over the farm to help get past creative block. This is especially true with our llamas, it’s always good to see our branding in life size wandering around the work place.
The Wellbeing Farm has taught me a great deal about the design industry. How to work at a fast pace, producing quirky designs, and is just a completely different work environment all together.”
Harry – Marketing Team
After completing his degree in Film and Television Production at The University of York, Harry joined Team Wellbeing as part of the Marketing Team. He uses the writing skills that he developed during his studies to produce content for the farm such as social media posts, blogs, and staff profiles.
“I enjoy writing, so I love the fact that I can use my skills effectively in my place of work. The Wellbeing Farm has offered me further insight into the world of marketing, having joined courses on social media marketing, newsletter writing, and having spoken directly to Facebook advertising executives. I’ve also gotten to work with some really interesting marketing software such as MailChimp, Optinmonster, and Google Analytics.”
Aiden – Sous Chef
Aiden has worked at the farm for a number of years, and has risen all the way up the ranks to become our Sous Chef. He’s in charge of ordering food for events and weddings, writing up kitchen protocol, and is entirely capable of running the kitchen himself. Aiden goes to show that if you have the potential, The Wellbeing Farm will give you opportunities to achieve it!
“Management care about the staff, who work hard to achieve great care and want the best experience in the workplace. At the farm there are many jobs, allowing you to develop skills in whatever area you want to. There are social events throughout the year, so you have a strong bond with the rest of the team.”
Pete – Grounds Maintenance and Animal Handler
Pete works closely with the alpacas, llamas, and donkeys, to ensure that they always remain the happy bunch that you will see gallivanting around the farm. He also makes sure that the farm is always in perfect condition for every event. Plus, there’s almost nothing that Pete can’t fix!
“Coming from a high-pressure role as a manager at a butcher’s, it’s great to be able to work in a more relaxed and welcoming environment. I get to work with the animals every day, they’re great fun to be around! I enjoy being in the outdoors, and the views of the countryside here are spectacular.”
Sue – Animal Handler
Sue has been a member of Team Wellbeing longer than most, and knows all of our animals better than most, too. Sue has a particular soft spot for our two donkeys, Crackerjack and Gypsy-Rose, but makes sure all of the animals are well cared for and looked after!
“I’m a volunteer at the farm, so everything I do here, I do because I enjoy it! I love seeing my donkeys, Crackerjack and Gypsy-Rose, and working with my good friend Pete is a bonus. It’s always a pleasure to come up here and see the beautiful farm,
Charlotte – Bar Supervisor
Charlotte is one of the most experienced members of the team, having been a team member since 2014. Charlotte ensures that all weddings run smoothly by ordering stock, maintaining equipment, and setting up the wedding barn. And if we were to ever have an international wedding at the farm, there’s no need to worry as she has a BA in French with Italian!
“I enjoy working at the farm because it is never the same every day – which means it is never boring! I like that every wedding is different and unique to each couple!”
Lydia – Bar Supervisor
Lydia is in charge of staff rotas and ensures that all weddings are fully staffed, so that they can run as smoothly as possible. While studying for a degree in Law at Lancaster University, Lydia has already put her education to good use as she currently drafting Human Resources processes for the whole farm!
“I love working at the Farm because it’s always different. Whether it be a new prop to see, project to work on, or band to hear. You are never bored because there is always something brand new to see! And of course, I love seeing the animals!”
Matthew Whitehead is the youngest member of Team Wellbeing and at only 10 years old is already showing promising bar and hospitality skills!
Maxy – Top Dog
Maxy is one of the newest members of Team Wellbeing – our Cairn Terrier puppy – he’s always very welcoming and lively, with a huge personality. He’s proving very popular with dog lovers all around.
You may have noticed that a lot of our staff have a particular place in their heart for our animals. It’s for good reason, too! Our llamas, alpacas, and donkeys are a joy to be around, whether they’re mingling with guests at events, or simply running around the fields of the farm. In what other office could you look out of the window to see two donkeys chasing a herd of llamas around a field?
Vacancy – Head Chef
Could you see yourself as being a member of Team Wellbeing? If you do, we’ve got good news! We have an exciting opportunity for any talented and experienced chef, as The Wellbeing Farm’s new Head Chef. If you like the sound of a working in a fast paced, teamwork oriented environment, send a cover letter and CV to firstname.lastname@example.org. Hopefully we’ll hear from you soon!