Meet The Team

Meet those responsible for managing the Newcastle Great Park estate:

Internal Team:

Rachel Kadansky: Estates Manager

Hi all, I’m Rachel Kadansky. I started working on the Great Park as Estates Manager in July 2020 and what can I say, it has certainly been an interesting journey learning a new job during a pandemic. However, the developers, residents’ associations and external teams who work on the park have all been a great support. Although I am looking forward to when restrictions are lifted and we can get back to a bit more normality, so I can meet and greet you, the residents in person.

Prior to working for the NGP Management Company, I worked at Virgin Money Plc for 20 years in various Property and Estates roles. My last role was as Operations Manager, where I was responsible for the management and delivery of property and estates services. I was accountable for delivery of repairs & maintenance strategies and improvement schemes across the estate I managed, as well as overseeing tender processes, to ensure we got a high-quality service at the best price.

I have spent the last 9 months learning about the park, building relationships with the developers teams and Newcastle City Council, to get us working as one team to provide you with best service and working on being more transparent on how the park is managed between the Consortium, Management Company and Local Authority. I have also been reviewing all the management company contracts to ensure that we are getting value for money for all the services we provide, as well as launching our new website and newsletter.

My priorities for this year are engagement with the community, bringing all maintenance schedules up to date, making us more proactive instead of reactive to repairs and maintenance.

It is still early days for me in my role, but I really hope you are all starting to see positive changes on the Park, and I am looking forward to meeting you whilst I am out and about. If you see me, please stop, and say hello.

Jacqi Holford: Accounts Administrator

I’m Jacqi Holford. I originally started working for the NGP Project Office as an office administrator 10 years ago and I now work for the NGP Management Company as an account’s administrator.  My main role is collating infrastructure information and budgets, production of service charge invoices and statements, providing residents and solicitors with resale information and NGP enquiries. 

I am a trained as a bookkeeper/accountant and prior to working on the Great Park, I ran a successful family business. I am married with 3 grown up children and 2 mad springer spaniels. I enjoy playing netball, theatre, tap dancing, ballet, walking, reading, and knitting.

External Team:

Sue Wannop: Community Officer, Newcastle City Council

Hi, I’m Sue Wannop and I started working on the Great Park in 2008. I left in 2014 to support other wards, returning in 2019.

In my first time around on the Great Park, I helped set up Residents Associations and worked with a steering group to support the development and opening of the Newcastle Great Park Community Centre.  I continue to give support with funding opportunities, this includes sustainable energy funding, which will allow the Community Centre to have energy saving lighting and hand dryers. It has also benefit Brunton First School with the development of a sustainable energy bike.

More recently I been working on updating the access guide for NGP, so residents will be able to see points of interest on the footpaths and cycle ways via the new interpretation boards we are due to install.

I am work closely with the Estate Manager, Community Centre Manager and Ark in the Park to organise a residential events and activities. We are constantly looking for volunteers to help us organise and manage events, so if you think you can help with any future events or activities, please let us know.

The Estate Manager and I have plans for more resident engagement as the COVID restrictions lift. We would like to know how you would prefer to be updated on what’s happening on the Great Park, themed meetings, Residents Associations or at informal drop-in sessions at the Community Centre. Drop me a line to let me know what you prefer:

Steve Evans: IDM Landscaping

We are a local based landscaping company, predominantly providing Estate management, grounds maintenance, vegetation management and soft landscaping works across the North East of England.

Both myself and David Steel have been working on Great Park since 2000 and we established IDM Landscaping in 2007. Combined we have over 60 years knowledge and experience in the landscape sector, covering all aspects of landscaping and horticulture.

We have a good understanding of how important “Green space” is to both the public and the wildlife within the open spaces and habitats that we create and maintain.

Our company mission is to achieve client satisfaction on time, every time.

James Streets: OS Ecology

I have been working as an ecologist on Newcastle Great Park for around 15 years, initially assisting with survey work and now I provide advice on the development of the site and how this can benefit biodiversity where possible. I work with a small team of ecologists completing ecological impact assessments to ensure that development takes place in a way that minimises the impact on wildlife.

I also lead on the monitoring of the Newcastle Great Park Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP), determining the success of habitat creation across the park and advising on actions under the BAP as needed.

I hold a number of licences from Natural England for species including great crested newts, bats, white clawed crayfish, and natterjack toads, some of which can be found on the park.

When restrictions are lifted, we are planning on holding a workshop at the community centre for residents to find out more about the wildlife on the park and how we manage the biodiversity action plan.