Meet the Team


Running Deer's board of Volunteer Directors.

Tim Evans

Volunteer Director

Tim is a primary school teacher by trade.  As a part of his career he has been involved with many special needs children, while this may be challenging it is also very rewarding.

Tim qualified as a primary school teacher in 1998, he then taught for several years around Devon, both in a full time role, and as a supply teacher. In 2003 he took on the role of main carer for his first child, and was blessed with a second a few years later. Both of his children have a diagnosis of ASD, and he has been involved in managing them on a day to day basis since then.

Tim has found this incredibly challenging at times, but feels his experience has helped him to understand the needs of people with special needs better.

Tim feels he is very lucky to be involved with Running Deer and hopes that by the time his children are old enough, the company will be a huge success!

Oliver Griffiths

Operations Director

Oliver has been a volunteer for the Scout Association since the age of 16 and was involved with 3 scout troops in Gloucester where his responsibilities included ensuring the safety and security of children aged between 11 and 16 during a wide variety of outdoor activities. These included camping, team building, water sports, hill walking and climbing. 

Oliver has undertaken other volunteer work including event organising and working with a community project providing affordable household goods to people on low incomes.

He had run his own photographic business working with a number of musicians and an independent London Label as well as landscape, gig and portrait photography; and blogged his own candid and entertaining “good pub guide” for Cheltenham which proved very popular.

Dave Woodland

Volunteer Director

Dave is a retired Devon Police Officer now working in a Primary School taking the lead in Safeguarding Children and working with families by liaising closely with Social Workers and other partner agencies.

Dave is from Exeter and has worked in many parts of Devon; working with children and young people in various roles for over 30 years by being involved in youth projects as a worker and committee member. 

He is a qualified adult trainer and has delivered Restorative Justice training to many members of statutory and non-statutory agencies.

Dave supports Running Deer as he believes that young people and other adults have a right to enjoy, achieve and learn in a fun environment.

Joanna Winterburn

Founder | Managing Director

Joanna has been involved in the voluntary and community sector, project management and community development since 1989 when she co-ordinated a 5 year environmental project with a youth club in Gloucestershire.

Since then Joanna has co-ordinated a Multicultural Arts Festival involving over 100 artists, 400 children and the community; produced and directed a theatrical play with a cast of 35 children; and set up an Arts Unit within a Special Needs Unit in a rural primary school.

Joanna has also project managed and successfully delivered a community memorial garden, a skate park, a Heritage Lottery funded heritage and arts festival, an outreach education project, a community woodland, and managed workspace project to name but a few! 

She also managed an urban regeneration project with two housing association housing estates, helped to launch the Lottery funded HogCO project for CCD, and worked up the feasibility study for a £15 million photographic gallery and education centre in North Devon.

Annie Pomeroy

Volunteer Director

Having worked as a trained nurse for many years, in 1990 Annie decided to go to Art College to study graphic design, supporting herself by nursing part time. She gained an HND with distinction in 1994.  

Annie went on to university that year, still nursing part-time, studying design and illustration and in 1996  was awarded a 2:1 Bachelor of Arts honours degree at the age of 53.

She researched, wrote and illustrated ‘Dyed in The Wool’ which was published by the Guild of St Lawrence in Ashburton. Later she worked for CDT in Great Torrington and was tasked to produce posters, flyers, and educational material for them including two booklets as part of their education programme. She was also commissioned to make a life-size memorial statue of a boy, which is now a bronze in the Secret garden there.

Annie feels enormously flattered to be asked to be part of the board and is currently working on some promotional ideas for Running Deer.

Meet our team

Running Deer's woodland team


Therapy Dog

Wulf is a Northern Inuit x Czech Wolf Dog who has been working with people, including people with learning and mental health difficulties, since he was 6 months old. He loves playing games and certainly has a mischievous side to his nature!


Shire Horse

Trelawny is a 19hh Shire horse who has a fair bit of experience of camping and enjoys being involved in camp life. He is very sociable, loves cuddles and being groomed and is our key member of the Equine Assisted Learning team.


Dartmoor Hill Pony

Cisco was a wild Dartmoor Hill Pony who came to us straight off the moor. A therapy horse in training who lives with Trelawny – he has settled in well, become very sociable and is starting to show his true, cheeky character.

Join us!

Work for Running Deer

Do you fancy joining the team at Running Deer? We’re now recruiting additional ‘bank staff’ for our Referrals Pathway programme at Butterdon Wood. Find out more…

Butterdon Wood

Find out more about Running Deer.

Butterdon Wood was part of the Fingle Wood Estate until we purchased it in 2013. As we remove the Larch and replant to native broadleaf trees it will become a community wood for everyone to enjoy.


Are you interested in volunteering?

We have a number of volunteer opportunities available – it’s a great way to learn new skills, meet new people and face fresh challenges. Why not help support Running Deer?

Helpful Information

The important bit!

Running Deer take health and safety very seriously at Butterdon Wood. Read up important information – our staff, policies, terms and conditions and on-site facilities.

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