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BSS Forest School Team

Our Team

















Kelly Francis

Forest School Co-ordinator and Trainer

Kelly joined the BSS Forest School team on secondment from the Countryside Ranger service in 2011 as a Forest School Leader. Since then, Kelly’s role has evolved along with team, with Kelly now delivering Forest School training at Level 2 and 3, as well as heading up the team. Kelly also works as an Associate Lecturer at MMU, working with Education undergraduates. The BSS Forest School team has more than doubled in size since Kelly joined and are able to offer a host of positive, engaging experiences outdoors for both children and adults. Kelly is a passionate advocate of connecting with nature and thoroughly enjoys facilitating this in others. 

















Sally Mizon

Senior Forest School Leader

Sally joined the BSS Forest School team in December 2017, from the RSPB where she worked as the Senior Schools Outreach Officer for Greater Manchester and Northern England and from Sustrans as a Schools Officer prior to that.  Before moving into outdoor education, Sally was a Primary School Teacher working mostly in KS2.  

















Jon Routledge

Forest School Leader and Behaviour Mentor

Jon has been with BSS since 2011, originally joining as a Behaviour Mentor.  Working across both Primary and Secondary, both 1:1 and as a group Mentor, Jon has had involvement in a great many schools across the Borough. Joining the Forest School team in 2013 Jon is still thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to facilitate the new and exciting experiences that Forest School brings to the children and young people of Stockport and further afield.


Phil Harris

Forest School Leader

Phil started scouting at an early age and enjoyed the benefits of exploring the outdoor environment in a fun and character building way. He enjoys participating in mountain sports: mountain walking, climbing and mountaineering.  He undertook a 3 year countryside apprenticeship with the National Trust and gained a level 3 NVQ in countryside management.  He worked for Coventry City Council and Bury Metro as a Countryside Ranger, responsible for the management and of upkeep of a diverse range of countryside sites while providing events and education programs for members of the public and schools. He also has a degree in Sustainable Construction and provided bush craft style activities for outdoor companies in the North West. As a Forest School Leader for Stockport Behaviour Support Service he enjoys using his skills to provide quality Forest School projects.

















Chrissie Chase

Forest School Leader and Behaviour Mentor

Chrissie has worked in education since 2005.  She is a trained Learning Mentor, Sex & Relationships Education Practitioner and Forest School Leader with a keen interest in engaging children in learning – inside or outside.  Working for the Behaviour Support Service since 2013, she enjoys the challenge of working in a wide variety of schools each week.  Chrissie also does 1:1 Forest School mentoring with vulnerable young people.



Dee Ashcroft

Forest School Leader

Dee joined the team in October 2018 as a Forest School Leader. She has been a freelance Forest School leader across various Forest School settings in Greater Manchester since beginning her training in 2016. Prior to Forest Schools, Dee completed her Playwork degree and has worked with LAC in residential units, utilising the outdoor environment to facilitate therapeutic play experiences. Dee is now completing her Masters at MMU titled 'Childhood Development and Wellbeing in Practice', where she is learning more about therapeutic skills, the effects of trauma upon child development, and how to conduct empirical research.