Andy Goldring - Educator Profile


Andy Goldring is Chief Executive of the Permaculture Association, a post he has held since 1999. Significant achievements include the sustained development of the Permaculture Association and its capacity to deliver its aims, development of a national demonstration network with over 120 Centres across England and Scotland, a Diploma scheme supporting over 400 apprentices, an active and growing research programme, hosting of dialogue to take permaculture forwards internationally and a shift towards a more eco-entrepreneurial direction for the Association.

Andy lives in Leeds with his family and believes that doing is as important as thinking, so cycles to work, has an allotment, passes on his skills and knowledge through regular local permaculture courses, and is involved in a range of practical initiatives.

Qualifications and skills

Not many - O levels, A levels, degree, PTLLS (preparing to teach in the lifelong learning sector), Permaculture Design Course, Teaching Permaculture Creatively, various IT courses, and a year on the School for Social Entrepreneurs Scale UP course (I'm now a fellow!)

Skills, technical expertise and areas of interest: 

Teaching, facilitating, organising, talking to the media, using open source software (average to good), budgeting and business planning, advice and guidance, staff and volunteer welfare, diplomacy and negotiating. Plus I can make a great meal in a Wonderbag! If you don't know what it is, google it, buy one, and wonder in awe at how such a simple thing can support the enhanced well-being of so many people!

Areas of Permaculture Design Experience: 

Oodles! Organising and networking (20+ key designs), event design and delivery (30+), project design and support (100s), course design (40+ PDCs, Permaculture Educator Courses, Co-Housing course, Introductory courses, sessions for schools), workshop and event activity design and delivery (200+).

Teaching Information

Please contact me for details.