Our Directors


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Susan O’Halloran

Born in Manchester, Susan has lived in West Lancashire since 1992. She retired in 2009 after working as a paediatrician, for the previous seventeen years in Ormskirk and Southport.
Susan has always been interested in the environment and the natural world and is pleased to be able to put her interests to practical use at Burscough Community Farm. She is also a trustee of Francis House Children’s Hospice in Manchester and a member of the Liverpool Archdiocese Justice and Peace Commission.


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Geraldine Boocock

Born in Manchester and brought up in the small East Lancashire town of Haslingden on edge of the Pennines. When she was a baby her dad had a few pigs!

Geraldine was a Consultant Paediatrician Ormskirk & Southport and then became medical director of Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust.

Her interests are outdoor pursuits (walking, cycling and mountains), world travel, theatre, politics, music (member of Ormskirk Occasional Singers & Liverpool Welsh Choral Union), food and drink, member of Aughton & Ormskirk U3A. Also, of course, helping to grow healthy food & making an attempt to help save the planet.

She believes that a healthy lifestyle means a balance of exercise, plenty of fresh air, and a good varied diet.

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Gaynor Pickering

Gaynor is our Permaculture expert. She did her Permaculture Design course with Geoff Lawton at the Permaculture Research Institute in Australia. She has worked on Permaculture systems in Australia, Israel, Eastern Europe and the UK. Gaynor has had her own allotment for the last 10 years and has special interests in bee keeping, straw bale building and helping children engage with the farm environment.

Image of Jane HicksonJane Hickson

Jane was born on a farm and has always had an interest in food, where it comes from and how it is grown.
After leaving school she went to catering college then worked at several hotels and restaurants.
Jane has a long standing interest in organic food and the environment and became vegetarian after taking up a six week challange and finding she did not miss meat.
Jane is also our Landlady.

Image - Neil HicksonNeil Hickson

My name is Neil Hickson and I am the founder and co-ordinator of Burscough Community Farm. I started with a career in Telecommunicatons and then became a professional photographer in 2000. I came up with the idea for Burscough Community Farm when the opportunity came to use a piece of my families land. I wanted to grow my own food and felt that many other people feel the same way but don’t have the opportunity. I changed my diet radically in 2013 and believe that healthy eating and an active lifestyle is the key to happiness. I feel passionate about food, sustainability and caring for our planet. I now run the farm with the guidance and help of our team of directors.