Meet the Team

The role of the Executive Team is to administer the day to day running of the River Nene Regional Park on behalf of the partners including seeking new projects and coordinating bid submissions to a range of funding streams.

Kathryn Hardcastle

Chief Executive Officer

Kathryn started her career in the public sector working in catchment and river management in the South West of Australia. Moving into the private sector after a decade of government employment Kathryn then worked on innovative sustainability initiatives retaining a focus on water quality improvement, treatment and reuse. Throughout her working life Kathryn has had a passion for collaboration and partnership working and has highly developed skills as a negotiator and facilitator of stakeholder dialogues. Returning to England in 2008 it was this path that Kathryn chose to follow and has spent the last few years, prior to joining RNRP, working throughout the UK and the EU on public dialogue process for shared decision making around the natural environment.


Denise Horn

RNRP Business Manager

After working for Nenescape for the last 5 years, Denise has now taken over the RNRP Business Manager role. When she is not enjoying the Nene Valley either through work or leisure, Denise likes to sing, dances Bhangra and adores spending time with her granddaughter. 

Viktor Tzikas

River Restoration Officer

Viktor first joined the RNRP on a university work placement in 2013 where he worked alongside the River Restoration Adviser for the Nene Valley NIA. After this Viktor was volunteering with us on and off for a couple of years before becoming a permanent member of staff in 2015. Viktor graduated Sparsholt College in 2013 with a BSc (Hons) degree in Aquaculture and Fisheries Management and is passionate about improving the habitat and water quality of the River Nene and seeing more focus on angling related projects within the catchment. Viktor was born and raised in Northamptonshire and is very keen to make a difference to the landscape he grew up with.


Amanda Johnson

Nenescape Project Manager

Mandy came to her role in 2016 after a 20 year career in the public sector, latterly working on community regeneration and heritage projects for local government.  Mandy oversees the delivery of Nenescape and works with Heritage Lottery to ensure our outcomes are met. While away from work Mandy is enjoying learning to kayak on the River Nene with her three sons.


Alison Brand-Barker

Nenescape Interpretation & Community Engagement Officer

Ali came to the project in June 2016 after about 5 years with the National Trust in visitor experience roles. Having started working in heritage through a Heritage Lottery funded trainee-ship, she is enjoying the opportunity to give something back. While she is away from work, Ali is working on a Masters degree in Heritage and Interpretation by distance learning.


Corinne Muir

Senior Project Officer - Ise Initiative and Forest for Life

Corinne joined the company in 2020 after completing her PhD, which relates to biodiversity and amenity in urban parks and greenspaces. Before returning to university to undertake the PhD, Corinne worked in several UK cities as a ranger, carrying out environmental projects and engaging people in their local greenspaces. She also spent 2 years in Thailand working as an environmental education adviser. Corinne has a keen interest in wildlife and spends a lot of her spare time enjoying the great outdoors.

Tristan Baxter-Smith

Land Advisor

Tris joined the team in August 2021 as Land Advisor. Previous to working for RNRP, with the exception of some time working within the sustainability sector, Tris has lived on the same Northamptonshire farm on which his family has farmed for the past 120 years. Tris took on the family farm in 2015 and brings with him a breadth experience working in the Agricultural sector. Tris oversees the LENs (Landscape Enterprise Networks), WEG (Water Environment Grant) and the Northants Flood Resilience project, helping to deliver environmental benefits to farmland and communities.


Rickileigh Edwards

Project Support Officer

Rickileigh joined us in 2021 and is thrilled to be part of the project. She previously worked with an environmental and tourism project in South Africa and has been involved in the development of a documentary on the Cape fishing communities. When she’s not at her desk, she can be found leisurely exploring the Nene Valley, and accumulating house plants.


Lucy Marshall

Project Support Officer

Completing her BA (Hons) degree in British Sign Language and Deaf studies in June 2020, Lucy now joins RNRP under the kickstart scheme. Lucy has a keen interest in learning about the history and heritage in and around Northamptonshire. During her time at RNRP, hopes to gain valuable skills and experiences to apply to in the future.


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