Meet our Management Team:

Nigel Higginson Nigel Higginson – Deputy Manager

Nigel worked as a chef in a former career before he started working with adults with a learning disability.
Now his culinary  skills are used at DGT along with his other practical abilities in many areas of building, maintenance and mechanics.  He is very versatile, resourceful and enjoys working with our people.

Nigel organises our daily activities and keeps DGT looking spick and span!

Tom Lane – Head of Horticulture

Tom entered the world of Horticulture training with Toby Buckland (one of our Patrons) as his apprentice in his nursery, set in the Walled Garden at Powderham Castle.
Tom then moved to London where he worked at Middle Temple, which is one of  the four Inns of Court.  Whilst there he studied for his RHS Level 3 at Capel Manor College, in Regents Park.
Tom returned to Devon and is now developing the site at DGT, supporting and training our staff and attendees and is also studying Garden Design at Bicton College.

Denise Barton – Head of Admin & Business

Denise has 20 years experience in Administration work and has worked with Adults with a Learning Disability for many years.   Denise is the first person you will meet when you come to DGT, she is trained in Total Communication and has Level 2 BSL.

Denise has lived in Devon for 25 years and loves the countryside and Dartmoor.  When not at work Denise will often be found out walking with her dog Doug.  Denise loves working with textiles, sewing and crochet.



Chris Rathbone – Head of Supported Employment