The Permaculture Association
More people doing more permaculture
What is permaculture? If you are looking for some basic information about what permaculture is you can find that here.
Using permaculture design empowers you to make the right choices for a sustainable future. Whether you are involved in gardening, farming, planning, building homes, economic regeneration, or business.
By putting ethics first and using natural systems as a model, there are simple and innovative ways to live fairly and sustainably now and in the future.
A participatory organisation
Sharing and self-organising are strengths of the permaculture network. The Permaculture Association has a participatory structure so members can be directly involved.
Our board of trustees is elected from the membership and guides our work. Voluntary working groups lead development. Any member may stand to be elected or ask to join a working group.
Our strategic approach is set out in more detail in the newly updated document 2019-2030 strategy: navigating the storm towards calmer waters, our response to the 'make or break' years.
The strategy is in 'perpetual beta' meaning it is under ongoing review, providing a framework for action, rather than a detailed plan month by month. Contact the CEO to give feedback or offer support.
Permaculture Association vision, purpose and aims
A healthy and peaceful world, where we care for each other, the earth and future generations, share resources wisely and continue to heal and regenerate communities and ecosystems.
To build a network of systems thinkers with the power to create healthy cultures and ecosystems.
1. Make permaculture accessible
2. Accelerate learning about permaculture
3. Grow permaculture networks
4. Share and develop permaculture practice
5. Work with others to tackle key challenges
6. Build a smart, effective, socially responsible and sustainable organisation.
Governance is carried out by our brilliant Board of Trustees, using an approach called 'Policy Governance' developed by John and Miriam Carver. It's our permaculture design for how we govern the charity.
Members can stand for election each year at the Annual General Meeting, which is usually held in November. Members are encouraged to apply early in the year so that they can learn about the board and the role and make a well-informed decision about standing for election.
Please see the Permaculture Association trustee pack to find out more. Applications to join the Board of Trustees can be made here, however please note that applications for 2021 are now closed and we will announce to members the timeline for standing in November 2022 shortly. To complete the form you will need to include the name of a member of the Permaculture Association who is willing to nominate you as a trustee.
You can read the 2020-2021 Trustees Annual Report (including accounts) here, which covers the period from 1st July 2020 - 30th June 2021.
The last five years of accounts and trustee reports can be accessed on the Charity Commission website.
Andy Goldring, CEO The Permaculture Association
The Permaculture Association is dedicated to supporting an ever growing network of permaculture practitioners, increasing knowledge of permaculture within our society, developing permaculture theory and practice, and building an evidence base that supports this. Andy's work as CEO is to carry out the intentions of the board of trustees, and to coordinate the direction of the many projects, network and events that facilitate these aims.
Andy has been Chief Executive of the Permaculture Association since 1999, having previously been a trustee and regular volunteer.
Paula Sonrisa Sturmer, Education Lead (Maternity Cover)
Paula is supporting the Permaculture Educators' Network while Jemma is on maternity leave. Paula believes we need sustainable, ethical solutions to climate change and feels permaculture brings strong, practical design principles and values to meet this and other social and environmental challenges. She is inspired by the people in the network and is looking forward to supporting the Educators in their great work.
Jemma Findley, Education Lead (Maternity Leave)
Jemma supports and facilitates the Permaculture Educators' Network, and helps it to reach its full potential.
Her role is to promote permaculture education to the public, to improve access and quality of permaculture education and to work on behalf of the educator members to grow, animate and cohere the Permaculture Educator Network.
Catherine Marsh, Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design Coordinator
Cath look after the Diploma network - so that's 450+ apprentices, tutors and diploma holders. Together with the Diploma Working Group, Cath organises the Diploma Gathering (usually held every March) which is a great weekend of workshops, tutorials and inspiring accreditations. If you've completed your Permaculture Design Course and are interested in finding out more about the Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design, please drop Cath a line.
Lusi Alderslowe, Children in Permaculture Coordinator
Children in Permaculture Coordinator and co-author of the Children in Permaculture Manual - a guidebook full of materials which support educators to work with children, including activities, session plans, a curriculum and pedagogical guidelines. Lusi also organises and attends events, courses, meetings, and conferences supporting the Children in Permaculture work.
Alexandra Nicoletti, Online Course Developer
Alexandra develops online courses for the Permaculture Association, to enable more people across the UK to access the fantastic training our team and network of educators provide. She work 13 hours per week, and spend the rest of her time in other parts of the third sector; creating online courses, writing funding bids and delivering training.
Chris Warburton Brown, Research Coordinator
Chris was Research Coordinator for the Association from 2012 to 2019; in 2020 he became Climate Action Coordinator. Chris's main role is to continue the development and publicity of 52climateactions.com, encouraging individuals and communities to take action on climate change. He also support a spin-off project for young children and their families. Chris works on two EU-funded Erasmus+ projects, International Action for Collective Tranformation (iACT), and Community Climate Coaches (CCC). Chris is a member of the Association's Management Team, focussing on knowledge management and project finance. Chris previously worked in organic farming and retailing, anti-poverty work, and teaching history and archaeology.
Dan Hurring, Events Coordinator
Dan is here to ensure that the Permaculture Association is able to offer an increasing range of high quality professional events that introduce new people to permaculture, nurture our membership and raise funds towards the ongoing work of the organisation. Events are central to everything we do for our members and the permaculture community. We love bringing together people to share learning, offer community support and celebrate. Join us at one of our Convergences, regional events, the Annual General Meeting and other local workshops.
Nicola Bell, Website Coordinator
I coordinate the Permaculture Association's suite of websites, so if you have any website related issues do not hesitate to get in touch.
Nigel works with Nicola to develop the Permaculture Association's use of the web.
Membership and Communications
Katie Bloom, Membership and Communications Coordinator
Katie oversees and delivers the communications work for Permaculture Association as well as managing the membership scheme. With over 1800+ members in our community, Katie supports our members to fully utilise their membership benefits and works to share and promote the fantastic permaculture work our members do.
If you would like to know more about our membership scheme or would like to discuss communications, please don't hesitate to get in contact.
Kathryn Baker, Projects and Land Co-ordinator
I look after the projects and LAND (permaculture demonstration) network at the permaculture association. Get in touch with me if you need support with your project, you want to ad your project to our interactive map or if you are interested in becoming a LAND Centre.
I have over 20 years experience in permaculture, grass roots project work, co-ordinating a local food network, horticultural therapy, food growing and seasonal cooking.
Dan McTiernan, Communications Assistant
Dan is an accomplished creative writer and graphic designer. Dan helps produce Permaculture Works, gathering content, editing and laying out Permaculture Works, our members' journal.
Sally-Ann Delf, Finance Coordinator
Sally is the person you contact when you want to send us money, have queries with payments, invoices or anything finance related! She keeps the money coming in and make sure our staff are paid on time!
Rachel Crosby, Operations Lead
Celia Ashman, Office Coordinator
Most of the team work from home around the UK, however the Permaculture Association has a small office in Leeds that I manage. I also support finance and membership work. I work 5 hours a week. I spend the rest of my time fixing bikes, drinking tea, and working on my Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design.