The Team

At Baobab Growth we have a complementary team of experts to deliver an exciting and bespoke experience unique to you and your business. Specialists in their own field the Baobab Growth team are able to provide a relevant, fun and challenging programme that delivers positive and sustainable results.



Donna has over 20 years of business management and leadership experience in manufacturing, corporate services, charity and overseas development sectors. She has held various roles including Centre Manager, General Manager, Product Manager, Production Manager and Corporate Strategic Director. One of her greatest learning experiences was whilst working in a cooperative in Africa.

Donna set up and runs her own successful holiday home business offering visitors to the New Forest a choice of 5* holiday homes all with a unique experience and special ‘get away from it all’ location. It is these cottages that provide the unique base for Baobab Growth.

Donna has a wealth of experience developing effective teams, managing change, building resilience and developing new leaders. The desire to learn more about what motivates people to continually exceed expectations and achieve the unachievable led Donna to coaching. Through this coaching approach Donna will work with you to achieve your ultimate success. Donna believes that people are key, they are the heart of any company, by understanding and working with the people in your organisation you will achieve the best, sustainable results.

Donna’s formal qualifications include: BSc, Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing, Master’s Degree in Business Management (MBA), Diploma in Personal Performance Coaching, Diploma in Corporate Executive Coaching.

What our clients say: “Donna gave me the boost and motivation I needed so much to keep me going through the first tough few weeks and months of a new business.” Claire Biglands, Business Owner, 4dynamix



Ben is an enthusiastic and self-motivated development professional who designs solutions that are co-creative, emergent and experiential. These provide participants with the here and now presence; giving them capacity to think and to make decisions; thus, giving them the opportunity to change and develop. Ben manages The New Forest Outdoor Centre and his experience of teamwork with different corporate cultures enables him to design team programmes that encourage groups to explore their strengths and weaknesses during facilitated outdoor activities.

The New Forest Outdoor Centre is an established provider of outdoor learning and developmental programmes to a wide range of corporate clients. Sessions can be tailored to explore team building, leadership development, or organisational change. We pride ourselves on our ability to link outdoor experiential learning to the indoor workplace and translate activity learning to everyday situations.

The Centre has a team of instructors and facilitators with the ability to discuss psychological models and theories to develop participant’s emotional intelligence, whilst also possessing the technical skills to deliver a host of fun and engaging outdoor activities to a high standard.

The New Forest Outdoor Centre is affiliated with the Institute of Outdoor Learning (IOL). Instructors are trained and accredited to the industry standard for the activity they deliver, this includes ERCA (High ropes), Archery GB, NSRA (Rifle Shooting), BCU (Water activities), all team members are first aid trained.

What our clients say: ” A relaxed day. The instruction from your guys was great to get everyone going, but the way that they stood back to allow the groups to work and develop amongst themselves was brilliant.” B&Q



Alison is passionate about Health and Wellbeing and has over 15 years’ experience in the field of Holistic Therapies, Meditation and Dru Yoga. Alison has worked with businesses and large corporate teams to deliver bespoke programmes designed to increase self-awareness, reduce stress and increase healthy life styles. She can work with large teams and on one-to-one basis.

At Baobab Growth we take an holistic approach and work with you to build resilience, increase self-awareness and mindfulness to reduce stress, and improve motivation and performance.

Baobab Growth is committed to helping you achieve a positive business environment, with a focus on people, shared values and sustainable results.

Alison is a qualified holistic therapist, meditation tutor, Dru yoga teacher and is a member of BABTAC and DPN .

What our clients say: “The sessions that I received from Alison in work were caring, relaxing, calming and absolutely

improved my general well being ”

Wendy, Centrica Manchester

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