Meet the Team

HighGround is governed by a Board of Trustees chaired by Air C’dre (R’td) Ian Elliott  OBE BSc FRIN. They work closely with its Development Board.

Anna Baker Cresswell is HighGround’s Founder and Executive Director. She is responsible for organisational strategy, co-ordinating and all fund-raising. As a proud Northumbrian, Anna has spent the last decade working in the military charity sector.

A brief flirtation reading Philosophy and History of Art at UCL was followed by years of working in racing and polo in Australia and the UK.

She studied Social & Therapeutic Horticulture at Coventry University and first brought Horticultural Therapy to the military in the UK when she started Gardening Leave in memory of her mother in 2007.

Building on her experience, she subsequently set up HighGround in 2012, to help ex-Military to find jobs they like and enjoy in the outdoors, predominantly in the land-based sector.

She enjoys all aspects of rural life and is dedicated to establishing HighGround as the route to meaningful, peaceful lives for those who have served their Country.

Board of Trustees

Ian Elliott OBE
Julian Browne MBE
Alex Hoppenbrouwers
Jon Perkins
Michael Ward
Robert Winterton
John Kerner
Sue Harper

Founder & Executive Director

Anna Baker Cresswell


Jane Taylor
Andy Wright

Team Horseferry Road

Jemma Jones Rural Business Improvement Manager


Development Board

Rhodri Atkins
Andrew Counsell
Zoe Elliott
Geraint Richards
Chris Shepherd
Robert Honan
Jim Castle

Friends of HighGround Steering Group

Sue Harper

Brian Moore
Chris Eberhardie
Venetia Jones: Project Manager