3315 Sheep Herded!

A Field Day
A day of insights, a lifetime of application.
A Field Day
A day of insights, a lifetime of application.

Meet the flock

The people who drive the business, keeping the flock moving day-in, day-out.

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Chris Farnsworth

Head Shepherd and Director

Born and bred in London, Chris decided he wanted to be a farmer at the age of 8.

At the height of his shepherding career, Chris looked after 6,500 sheep with the aid of just two dogs. But his business was hit hard by Foot and Mouth. So Chris turned his hand to direct selling, promoting aloe vera products to help animals and their owners with their health…

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Caroline Palmer

Top Dog (aka Managing Director)

In 2001 Caroline chose to quit the cut-and-thrust of marketing in London and Geneva to follow her passion for health and fitness, launching her own personal training business. At the same time, she entered into the world of direct selling with Forever, the aloe vera company, where she met Chris. Then, to help build her two businesses, Caroline qualified as an NLP Results Coach…

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Paul Warriner

Trainer, Facilitator and Client Relations

Paul is a coach, trainer, consultant and published author with a wide range of experience (as a sheep, shepherd and a dog) in finance, legal, manufacturing and transport industries.

Known as The Recognition Coach, over the last decade he has drawn on all his experience to coach and train sales teams, management teams, business owners and individuals to be their best…

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Vivien Simpson

Flock expansion (aka Business Development)

If you receive a call from Raising the Baa and hear a hint of an Australian accent, you’re speaking with Vivien. Her international property work has taken her across the globe from Australia to Hong Kong and England.

With a proven track record in generating growth in new and existing businesses, Vivien has an enviable phone manner with business people of all levels. So look forward to her calls – they are a joy…

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Janice Riches

Flock Support (aka Event Logistics and Administration)

A business graduate whose first career was in technology, Janice now divides her time between her long-established executive search business and Raising the Baa’s back office.

Janice combines superb people-related skills with an expert eye for administrative detail. She has proven to be a whizz when it comes to research (she never thought she’d be asking sheep-related questions!), databases and processes.

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Darren Hignett

Flock Relations and Expansion (aka Social Media)

With over 20 years experience in marketing, including for Vodafone and Honeywell, Darren enables us to expand and engage with our flock of followers on social media.

Darren loves travelling, languages and tech stuff, as well as the outdoors. His biggest farming achievement is herding a group of sheep as part of a mere 2-man team…

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Gilly

Qualified rounder-up of sheep

An essential member of the team, a shepherd is only as good as his or her trusty 4-legged companion.   

When not working, Gilly loves running with Top Dog Caroline, carrots from the surrounding fields (shhh don’t tell the farmers!) and a jolly good tummy rub.

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Gilly

Qualified rounder-up of sheep

An essential member of the team, a shepherd is only as good as his or her trusty 4-legged companion.   

When not working, Gilly loves running with Top Dog Caroline, carrots from the surrounding fields (shhh don’t tell the farmers!) and a jolly good tummy rub.

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Field force

Fab-ewe-lous shepherds and facilitators, our professional associates help to deliver our training programmes through their specialist skill sets.

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Robin Casson

Deputy Shepherd

Robin and our Head Shepherd Chris go back a long way. They have sheared far too many sheep to count all over the South-West.

A contract shepherd, Robin is the go-to expert for many when it comes to any matters relating to their sheep. He also oversees his own flock of some 300 sheep in Hampshire…

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Caroline Cunningham

Deputy Shepherd

Although she was born and bred a farmer, Caroline has also worked at a school for children with challenging behaviour. She has a natural way of keeping communication simple yet firm….

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Frank Whiting

Associate – Trainer, Facilitator and Shepherd

Frank’s love of animals, the outdoors and his career in the UK Armed Forces has shaped his pragmatic and grounded view of leadership and teambuilding. He focuses on authenticity and trust as the foundation of great leadership and teams…

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Jan de Jonge

Associate – Business Psychologist

With an MA in Psychology, Jan has 17 years’ international experience of senior management assessment and development, along with training design and delivery, selection, talent management and coaching of professionals at all levels. Jan is a contributing author of a book about business psychology in practice, and he is a public speaker on the subject…

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Robin Casson

Deputy Shepherd

Robin and our Head Shepherd Chris go back a long way. They have sheared far too many sheep to count all over the South-West.

A contract shepherd, Robin is the go-to expert for many when it comes to any matters relating to their sheep. He also oversees his own flock of some 300 sheep in Hampshire…

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Caroline Cunningham

Deputy Shepherd

Although she was born and bred a farmer, Caroline has also worked at a school for children with challenging behaviour. She has a natural way of keeping communication simple yet firm….

Meet The Flock-Image Name

Frank Whiting

Associate – Trainer, Facilitator and Shepherd

Frank’s love of animals, the outdoors and his career in the UK Armed Forces has shaped his pragmatic and grounded view of leadership and teambuilding. He focuses on authenticity and trust as the foundation of great leadership and teams…

Meet The Flock-Image Name

Jan de Jonge

Associate – Business Psychologist

With an MA in Psychology, Jan has 17 years’ international experience of senior management assessment and development, along with training design and delivery, selection, talent management and coaching of professionals at all levels. Jan is a contributing author of a book about business psychology in practice, and he is a public speaker on the subject…

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Ian Beer

Associate – Trainer and Facilitator

A learning and development professional with a corporate background at Dell and 3M, Ian has a canny knack of communicating complex ideas clearly and distinctly. His high energy approach provides experiential development and follow up coaching to help leaders reach new heights…

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Rachel Woods

Associate – Facilitator and Coach

Rachel stepped away from corporate life in 2020 after completing an MSc in Coaching and Behavioural Change. Now accredited as a Senior Practitioner by the European Mentoring & Coaching Council, Rachel focuses on supporting leaders in SMEs, blending creative, systemic coaching with mental and physical wellbeing…

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Ian Beer

Associate – Trainer and Facilitator

A learning and development professional with a corporate background at Dell and 3M, Ian has a canny knack of communicating complex ideas clearly and distinctly. His high energy approach provides experiential development and follow up coaching to help leaders reach new heights…

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Rachel Woods

Associate – Facilitator and Coach

Rachel stepped away from corporate life in 2020 after completing an MSc in Coaching and Behavioural Change. Now accredited as a Senior Practitioner by the European Mentoring & Coaching Council, Rachel focuses on supporting leaders in SMEs, blending creative, systemic coaching with mental and physical wellbeing…

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Chris Farnsworth:
Head Shepherd and Director

Born and bred in London, Chris decided he wanted to be a farmer at the age of 8.

At the height of his shepherding career, Chris looked after 6,500 sheep with the aid of just two dogs. But his business was hit hard by Foot and Mouth. So Chris turned his hand to direct selling, promoting aloe vera products to help animals and their owners with their health. In that time, he built up an international team of Forever business owners through hard work, mentoring and coaching.

Away from sheep, Chris enjoys travel, hiking, a glass of good red wine or a beer, and creating really useful stuff from recycled materials (you should see his garage!).

Chris’ book Sheep, Shepherd, Dog is now available for purchase from Amazon. Find out more at the book’s dedicated site http://sheepshepherddog.com

https://www.linkedin.com/in/ccfarnsworth/?originalSubdomain=uk

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Caroline Palmer:
Top Dog (aka Managing Director)

In 2001 Caroline chose to quit the cut-and-thrust of marketing in London and Geneva to follow her passion for health and fitness, launching her own personal training business. At the same time, she entered into the world of direct selling with Forever, the aloe vera company, where she met Chris. Then, to help build her two businesses, Caroline qualified as an NLP Results Coach.

Combining a love of the outdoors, animals and personal development, she directs this energy into growing the Raising the Baa brand and is excited about its plans to expand both nationally and internationally.

Often found running (where she gets her best ideas) or walking, Caroline is, like Chris, partial to a robust red wine and the darkest of chocolate, and has incessant bouts of wanderlust.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/carolinepalmer1/?originalSubdomain=uk

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Paul Warriner:
Trainer, Facilitator and Client Relations

Paul is a coach, trainer, consultant and published author with a wide range of experience (as a sheep, shepherd and a dog) in finance, legal, manufacturing and transport industries.

Known as The Recognition Coach, over the last decade he has drawn on all his experience to coach and train sales teams, management teams, business owners and individuals to be their best.

“Being the best that you can be is much more than being good at what you do, ”says Paul.“ And being at the top of your game doesn’t always mean you get the rewards and recognition you think you deserve.”

Paul adds that extra ingredient and value to Raising the Baa, making this experience not only memorable but transformational on an ongoing basis in the workplace.

Paul was our interviewer in the first series of our podcast SheepDip and he reversed roles as our guest in Episode 15 – Teamworking lessons from the Falklands War to the Boardroom.

In 2020 Paul transformed our RAM programme follow-up workshop into an interactive virtual series of modules called DRIVE.

By way of relaxation, Paul plays and writes music, sings in a band and rides his motorbike.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/paulfwarriner/

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Vivien Simpson:
Flock expansion (aka Business Development)

If you receive a call from Raising the Baa and hear a hint of an Australian accent, you’re speaking with Vivien. Her international property work has taken her across the globe from Australia to Hong Kong and England.

With a proven track record in generating growth in new and existing businesses, Vivien has an enviable phone manner with business people of all levels. So look forward to her calls – they are a joy!

After many years overseas, Vivien now enjoys exploring the English countryside, particularly villages and historic cities. To see lush English gardens was a treat after living in the harsh heat of West Australia. Her other interests include hunting out antiques and visiting art galleries and museums. She can also be persuaded to try a spot of experimental cooking from time to time.

http://www.linkedin.com/in/vivien-simpson-24915215

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Janice Riches:
Flock Support (aka Event Logistics and Administration)

A business graduate whose first career was in technology, Janice now divides her time between her long-established executive search business and Raising the Baa’s back office.

Janice combines superb people-related skills with an expert eye for administrative detail. She has proven to be a whizz when it comes to research (she never thought she’d be asking sheep-related questions!), databases and processes.

Away from the office, Janice can be found tending her garden or walking in the Wiltshire countryside. Her other passions include weight training and dancing to 1950s rock and roll. She also has a black belt in karate, so keep this in mind if you’re in negotiation with her!

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Darren Hignett:
Flock Relations and Expansion (aka Social Media)

Flock Relations and Expansion (aka Social Media)

With over 20 years experience in marketing, including for Vodafone and Honeywell, Darren enables us to expand and engage with our flock of followers on social media.

Darren loves travelling, languages and tech stuff, as well as the outdoors. His biggest farming achievement is herding a group of sheep as part of a mere 2-man team!

https://www.linkedin.com/in/darrenhignett

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Robin Casson: Deputy Shepherd

Robin and our Head Shepherd Chris go back a long way. They have sheared far too many sheep to count all over the South-West.

A contract shepherd, Robin is the go-to expert for many when it comes to any matters relating to their sheep. He also oversees his own flock of some 300 sheep in Hampshire.

Due to too much sheep-dipping in his younger days, Robin has lost the majority of his hearing.  So, if he is your shepherd for the day, don’t think he’s ignoring your questions, just get on his right (or is it his left?) side!

When not out in the fields he’s more than likely on a last-minute holiday, skiing with his two sons Harley and Max.

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Caroline Cunningham: Deputy Shepherd

Although she was born and bred a farmer, Caroline has also worked at a school for children with challenging behaviour. She has a natural way of keeping communication simple yet firm.

Spinning wool has been a hobby of Caroline’s since childhood. And the long, lustrous wool from her rare breed Cotswold sheep is ideal for it. She follows in the footsteps of her talented mother, who at 85 years young is still an active shepherdess, spinner and weaver.

With a passion for and extensive knowledge of rare breeds of sheep, Caroline is a sought-after judge at livestock shows across the country. Caroline is not only an expert in sheep but also in cattle, so if you’re moo-ved by larger livestock, she’s your girl!

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Frank Whiting:
Associate – Trainer, Facilitator and Shepherd

Frank’s love of animals, the outdoors and his career in the UK Armed Forces has shaped his pragmatic and grounded view of leadership and teambuilding. He focuses on authenticity and trust as the foundation of great leadership and teams.

Frank has extensive experience of developing people and businesses in the UK and overseas. He uses models such as Patrick Lencioni’s 5 Behaviors of a Cohesive Team (licensed facilitator), behavioural assessment tools such as Everything DiSC (licensed practitioner), and a variety of experiential learning activities to develop resilience.

The son of a North Buckinghamshire sheep farmer, agriculture is in his blood. He owns a small farm near Stonehenge and maintains a flock of 50 sheep of a variety of breeds.

http://linkedin.com/in/frank-whiting-010814148

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Jan de Jonge: Associate – Business Psychologist

With an MA in Psychology, Jan has 17 years’ international experience of senior management assessment and development, along with training design and delivery, selection, talent management and coaching of professionals at all levels. Jan is a contributing author of a book about business psychology in practice, and he is a public speaker on the subject.

Jan trains professionals in the SHL suite of psychometrics (OPQ, MQ) and is certified to analyse and report on team behaviour using the Leadership Team Impact Monitor, WAVE, Hogan’s HDS, HPI and MVPI tools.

A Dutch policeman turned Wiltshire psychologist, Jan genuinely offers a unique combination of skills. His Dutch directness can sometimes help to address issues that might otherwise remain hidden.

Off-duty, Jan can be found with his nose in a book, learning yet more languages, or (sort of) running to keep fit.

https://uk.linkedin.com/in/jdjuk

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Ian Beer: Associate – Trainer and Facilitator

A learning and development professional with a corporate background at Dell and 3M, Ian has a canny knack of communicating complex ideas clearly and distinctly. His high energy approach provides experiential development and follow up coaching to help leaders reach new heights.

Ian is a Client Practitioner of Discovery Insights, a powerful and invaluable tool for behavioural analysis and team building sessions.

Ian plays the sax to a pretty darn funky standard, writes travel blogs on his many meanderings, and is a bit of a foodie to boot.

https://uk.linkedin.com/in/ianbeer

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Rachel Woods: Associate Facilitator and Coach

Rachel stepped away from corporate life in 2020 after completing an MSc in Coaching and Behavioural Change. Now accredited as a Senior Practitioner by the European Mentoring & Coaching Council, Rachel focuses on supporting leaders in SMEs, blending creative, systemic coaching with mental and physical wellbeing.

Rachel’s 20 years in HR – most recently as Senior HR Business Partner for a global brand – has provided her with deep insights to the systemic nature of teams. Her empathetic and pragmatic style enables her to engage across all levels, from the boardroom to the floor.

Much of her free time is spent walking her dogs and digging up weird and wonderful facts about the natural world. This has given her a newfound respect for wasps and worms, but this has yet to be extended to spiders which remain a phobia to be conquered!

https://www.linkedin.com/in/rachel-woods-coach-msc

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