Meet the Team

Team HighGround is growing as our work develops and our profile is rising – both within the military community whom we exist to serve, and outside where our funders and supporters are. None of what we do for our country’s serving personnel and veterans would be possible without the precious time and expertise given so willingly by everyone involved.

HighGround is governed by a Board of Trustees. Our Chairman of Trustees is Air Commodore (rtd) Ian Elliott  OBE BSc RAF.

Anna Baker Cresswell, Founder and Development Director

Anna is responsible for organisational strategy, co-ordinating and all fund-raising. As a proud Northumbrian, Anna has spent the last decade working in the military charity sector.

A brief flirtation reading Philosophy and History of Art at UCL was followed by years of working in racing and polo in Australia and the UK.

She studied Social & Therapeutic Horticulture at Coventry University and first brought Horticultural Therapy to the military in the UK when she started Gardening Leave in memory of her mother in 2007.

Building on her experience, she subsequently set up HighGround in 2012, to help ex-Military to find jobs they like and enjoy in the outdoors, predominantly in the land-based sector.

She enjoys all aspects of rural life and is dedicated to establishing HighGround as the route to meaningful, peaceful lives for those who have served their Country.

Board of Trustees

Ian Elliott OBE
Georgina Brown
Tim Eastwood
Julian Browne MBE
Michael Ward
Jon Chandler

Founder & Managing Director

Anna Baker Cresswell


Jane Taylor
Andy Wright

Team Horseferry Road



Development Board

Adrian Peters
David Hammond
Geraint Richards
Jeff Beer
Neil Huck
Simon Higgens MBE
Andrew Counsell
Zoe Elliott

Friends of HighGround Steering Group

Jon Chandler

Brian Moore
Nicole Courtney-Leaver
Chris Eberhardie