The Centre has two employees, supported by over 80 volunteers and nine Trustees.  Our volunteers lead the teaching sessions and complete most of the administrative tasks for the Centre, which is managed day-to-day by Centre Manager Anna King and Education Centre Coordinator Freya Ward.

The Holly Lodge Centre’s volunteers are the heart of the organisation and fulfil a wide range of roles, including

  • facility maintenance
  • leading or assisting with teaching sessions
  • fund-raising including organising events
  • IT support and development, managing communications and marketing
  • general administration and
  • providing specialist advice and help such as graphic/web design, project management and education.  

Our volunteers span a wide age, have diverse backgrounds and spend anything from two hours a fortnight to two days a week helping.  In total, they contribute over 7,500 hours a year, equivalent to £70,000 (valued at the London living wage).  If you are interested in volunteering at the Centre, visit our Volunteer page.

A board of nine Trustees governs the business of the Centre: They are Mike Smythe (Chairman), June Beedham, Ron Crompton, Richard Hillman, Stewart Perkes, Robert Scalzo, David McLaughlin and Lisa Waterman.  Our Trustees have experience in finance, general management, education, volunteer management, communications, marketing and events.  Three of them are active volunteers at the Centre one or two days a week.

HRH Princess Alexandra has been the Centre’s Royal Patron since 2007.  Our other patrons include Mike Fitt OBE (Founding Patron), Sir David Attenborough, Peter Davison, Baroness Susan Kramer, Ben Shephard, Tenors Un Limited (Paul Martin, Jem Sharples and Scott Ciscon), Robert Holmes and Adrian Mills.

The Royal Parks generously supports the Centre by providing our location, our premises (via a lease), environmental help and advice, and the Centre collaborates with other educational facilities within the Royal Parks.  Other members of the Richmond Park community also provide support, such as, the Friends of Richmond Parkthe Royal Ballet School and Pembroke Lodge.