Meet the People


Gill De’ath – CEO

Gill is the founder of Dedham Therapy Farm and has a Foundation Degree in Special Educational Needs (SEN). For three years Gill worked in a Primary School setting with behaviour students and twelve years in a Secondary school.

Gill is one of five directors of Nurture Dogs CIC (Inc Dedham Therapy Farm).


dsc1620-e1499876120675Katie Harwood 

Katie use to manage Dedham Therapy Farm five days per week but recently had a baby and is now back two days per week as a support worker. She originally started as a volunteer back in 2014 and is also a trustee of Colchester Gateway Club.

Katie is one of the 3 directors of Nurture Dogs CIC (Inc Dedham Therapy Farm).



20289803_1634538526558754_737951237_n-e1500897599918Dave De’ath

Dave is the founder of Nurture Dogs CIC and is a qualified Occupational Therapist (OT). He works as a Volunteer Therapist at Dedham Therapy Farm. Dave also has a postgraduate teaching qualification and works as an honorary Lecturer at the University Of Essex.

Dave is also the Treasurer and one of five Directors of Nurture Dogs CIC (Inc Dedham Therapy Farm).



IMG-20180212-WA0002Zoe Douglas

Zoe is a qualified Occupational Therapist and joined our team firstly as a volunteer over 3 years ago. Zoe has two children and a dog Bassie. She has a keen interest in gardening and gained a diploma in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture in 2016.

Ilona Heley

Ilona is a qualified canine-assisted therapist and


joined our team at the beginning of 2017. Ilona has a five-year-old son and two dogs, Yuffi and Marley. She also volunteers her time twice per week at the National Animal Welfare Trust Clacton, as well as at Colchester Gateway Club.





                                   Megan Dack


Megan is our Volunteer Coordinator and Administrator. She has been volunteering at the Farm for a number of years and is now working with us two and a half days a week. She has two children and two dogs Roxy and Blue.