Once upon a time....

Sheep-herding as a team building activity was an ‘off the cuff’ idea suggested by Chris to David Wreathall, when he was organising the first youth development programme for his fledgeling charity Inner Flame. He was in need of an activity to bond the youngsters at the start of their week, to witness their communication style and to measure their levels of confidence.

Team building with sheep became, and remains, a regular part of every Inner Flame course for teenagers and also now for young adults as part of the Prince’s Trust Team programme, also delivered by Inner Flame.

We have a passion for helping youngsters develop their skills and entrepreneurial spirit so we are committed to staging six charitable programmes each year. If you are connected to an organisation that fits the bill, please get in touch

Meet the Flock

Chris Farnsworth

Head Shepherd and Director

Chris founded Raising the Baa in 2011 and, as well as running the company, also still facilitates many of the team building sessions More >>

Caroline Palmer

Managing Director

Caroline combines her love of the outdoors, animals and personal development and directs this energy into growing the Raising the Baa brand More >>

Alex Hudd

Flock Support

When not dreaming of the outdoors, Alex can be found working in the cloud assisting Caroline with the smooth running of the Raising The Baa office. More >>

Robin Casson

Deputy Shepherd

Our deputy shepherd and facilitator Robin is an expert shepherd versed in all aspects of sheep husbandry. More >>

Richard Hill

Deputy Shepherd

Richard was always going to be a farmer. He loves people as well as his ever-increasing flock of sheep and Raising the Baa brings these two passions together perfectly. More >>

Giles Farnsworth

Chief Bean Counter

Giles leaves no stone unturned when it comes to our purchasing decisions – and he’ll be on the dog and bone if you’ve forgotten to pay us More >>

Darren Hignett

Flock Relations and Expansion

Another linguist in the fold (alongside Caroline), Darren’s remit is to build our flock online and support our communications through our preferred social media channels. More >>

Clare Smale

Associate Trainer and Facilitator

Highly qualified and experienced, Clare is a perceptive and encouraging coach and trainer who has challenged teams and individuals across a spectrum of organisations and industries. More >>

Emma Browning

Associate – HR Consultant

A HR professional who recognises the integral role HR plays in the overall success of a business, Emma is pragmatic with a commercial head, but a definite sense of humour too More >>

Jan de Jonge

Associate – Business Psychologist

Using psychology to develop senior management teams, Jan uses psychometric tools and his unswerving aim to get to the nub of behavioural or cultural issues in organisations. More >>

Ian Beer

Associate – Trainer and Facilitator

Engaging passionately and energetically with teams and their leaders to get the very best out of them, Ian has a knack of presenting complex concepts and theories with clarity. More >>

Sarah Walton

Associate – Process Improvement Facilitator

Recognising everyone’s value and their ability to make a difference, Sarah works with team members at all levels to improve performance and increase business competitiveness. More >>

Tony Botterill

Associate – Trainer and Facilitator

Tony’s approach to developing leaders and teams is refreshingly unique and engaging. No doubt this has been shaped as much by competing in the ‘world’s toughest yacht race’ as his 28 years of experience in the field. More >>