It’s my role to motivate and lead the team of staff and volunteers who look after Oxburgh Hall, ensuring this incredible place has a future that can be enjoyed by visitors for many years to come. I started my career in high-end restaurants and joined the National Trust’s food and beverage team 20 years later, working my way up to where I am now. And what a place to work and an exciting time to be a part of Oxburgh’s story, which we’re continuing to write.
Lynsey Coombs, House and Collections Manager
As well as opening the house to visitors, I’m responsible for looking after every item in Oxburgh’s collection. I’ve worked in heritage for my whole career and I’ve been really privileged to work at several stately homes, castles and museums, but my move to Oxburgh means that I can now work more closely with a collection, which has been a dream job of mine for some time.
Helen Gregory, Outdoors Manager
I lead the outdoors team which includes a gardener, a ranger and 80 volunteers, who between us manage the gardens and the wider estate. This includes grazing fields, the river, woodlands and the recently acquired registered historic parkland. I’ve had a career in countryside management for many years now and love the tranquillity and peaceful setting that Oxburgh has to offer.
Tom Day, Ranger
Through volunteering and the National Trust’s Academy programme, I was able to change career to become a ranger and in 2017 I made the move from Essex to Norfolk with my family. We love it here and Oxburgh’s woodlands, watercourses, meadows and parkland not only make it a special environment to work in, but there’s always something different to see with the changing seasons.
Victoria McKeown, Visitor Experience Manager
After studying Art History and Cultural Heritage at university, I worked and volunteered in museums and galleries, before beginning my journey with the National Trust. It’s hard to put your finger on it, but there’s something special about Oxburgh. It’s my job to make sure everyone who visits has a warm welcome and unforgettable experience.
Geoffrey Morley, Facilities and Support Services Manager
It’s incredibly rewarding working for a charity like the National Trust. It’s my job to manage the regular maintenance of Oxburgh, just like you’d do with your own home (only on a much bigger scale). As well as compliance, I'm always on the lookout for ways to improve our environmental performance and make efficiencies where we can.
Sarah Purse, Volunteer and Community Involvement Officer
The National Trust was always a big part of my childhood. I started out volunteering to gain experience after university and now I champion and create volunteering opportunities for others at Oxburgh. It’s my job to make volunteering fulfilling and fun, as well as work with the local community, as we find more ways to get people involved with the work that we do.
Jeanette Marriott, Enterprises Manager
I have so many lovely memories here. I started out helping in the tea room once a week, then over the year’s things evolved and the rest, as they say, is history. Now I look after our food and beverage offer, retail and our holiday cottage, all of which contribute to the funds we need to carry out the vital conservation work that we do.
Helen Key, Cook
I’ve worked in the food and beverage industry since I was a teenager and have been a National Trust member for 20 years, so I jumped at the chance of working at Oxburgh when the opportunity came up. I love baking, which is a good thing when you need to make as many scones as we do. And it’s always a treat when you can use ingredients grown in the garden.
Tom Marriott, Food & Beverage Team Leader
It’s my job to oversee the running of the tea room and pantry at Oxburgh. I started working here when I was a teenager, then after a couple of years away, I re-applied and I’ve now been here for more than a decade. That’s the thing, you just fall in love with this place. I think winter is my favourite time of year, as there’s something really special about a sprinkling of snow on the ground.
Libby is one of our youngest volunteers. Still at High School, she started volunteering at Oxburgh as something a little different to do with her spare time. Now it’s given her lots of ideas for her future.