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Meet the Team

At Ampleforth Plus we are passionate about supporting people on their journey into work. Find out more about the team here.

  • Linda Jameson

    Linda Jameson

    Chocolatier
    Linda Jameson

    Linda Jameson

    Chocolatier

    My story began over 30 years ago when I created my first cake for my son, starting off simple with a few small designs. From then I was hooked on cake decorating and chocolate!

    I worked in the cake decorating department at the world-famous Yorkshire Betty's Bakery and tearoom where I was team leader for over 10 years. I have worked in many different roles over the years, picking up skills and experience which I am now putting to use in my own style. 

    I first joined Park House Barns in 2016, training adults and young people with autism and learning disabilities in everything from tempering to the fine art of hand decorating.

    North Yorkshire was a large part of my childhood, I visited regularly with my four sisters, two brothers and grandma in tow! So working here, in the Howardian Hills is a dream come true. 

  • Oliver Clive

    Oliver Clive

    Horticulture Assistant
    Oliver Clive

    Oliver Clive

    Horticulture Assistant

    Oliver started volunteering at Park House Barns in 2015 for 1 day a week, experiencing the daily horticultural tasks which changed depending on the season.

    This included propagation of seeds/cuttings, plot creation, grass cutting/strimming, installation of rabbit fence and planting of trees and hedging.

    In 2016 Oliver increased his hours to two days a week and then onto becoming a paid member of staff. He is now considering a number of qualifications including RHS Level 2 and spraying certificates.

  • Kala King

    Kala King

    Chocolatier
    Kala King

    Kala King

    Chocolatier

    My passion for chocolate started when I lived in Venezuela for seven years. To be able to visit the cocoa plantation and to experience the true process of seed to bean was truly amazing. South America is one of the best producers of selected cocoa bean and it was definitely a good start to the world of chocolate. I started my training in chocolate and patisserie with Callebaut and Cocoa Barry and never looked back. Of recent, I attended training with Martin Chiffers/Ruth Hinks of World Chocolate Masters on competition chocolate pieces and it was the most exhilarating experience.

    I have worked at Park House Barns for just over a year now and loving every moment.

  • Simon Cale

    Head of Enterprises North Yorkshire

    Simon Cale

    Head of Enterprises North Yorkshire

    When I was 19, I started working with young adults that needed a little extra help. Since then I have worked in various organisations, supporting young people, families and older people, in education projects, rights based projects and local / national support networks.

    In my spare time I enjoy kayaking, surfing and other outdoor pursuits. I also have a passion for volunteering, and currently volunteer for Oxfam, The Wave Project and Surfers Against Sewage

  • Jonny

    Assistant Chocolatier

    Jonny

    Assistant Chocolatier

    Jonny helps to create, decorate and package chocolate, from boxed truffles to easter eggs. He also supports in our horticulture project growing fruit and vegetables that are used in our chocolate recipes.

    ‘Since coming to Park House Barns I’ve learnt new ideas, making boxes and making chocolates, putting on overalls and a hat and digging in and doing jobs.’ We support Jonny to develop his skills in health and safety, food hygiene, chocolate crafting. Jonny enjoys being part of the team and feels confident to have a go at anything!