Permaculture Association Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

Les Moore

I hold a Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design and specialise in urban regeneration.

I'm an internationally recognised visiting expert in community currency development and am responsible for innovation and the development of registration services using open money protocols across Europe. I have over 20 years of experience within community currencies, having set up and run a LETSystems and incentive programmes.

In the UK I broaden the interest in Sociocracy (applied dynamic governance) and practice the techniques of sociocratic governance methods during facilitation and workshop sessions. I facilitate strategic and operational working circles of Sociocracy UK and deliver sociocratic training at permaculture courses and events.

I am the co-founder and managing director of UK social enterprises Common Resource Ltd. and East London Food Access Ltd., where I lead on design, development and research. Using my experience of the UK social enterprise and community sectors, I specialise in applied CSR and innovation, and facilitate, chair and manage a portfolio of community projects.


Sandy James

Having grown up with permaculture I came onto the board in 2015 looking to contribute to the strategic and policy direction of the movement in the UK. Since then I have enjoyed learning how the association functions and meeting the responsibility of a trustee in the inclusive and friendly environment of the board of trustees.

My background as a research academic has also helped me to carry out projects on behalf of the association which have been presented at convergences and conferences.

Scarlett Penn

I am both the Chief Exec of WWOOF UK and the Chair of Directors of the global Federation of WWOOF Organisations (FoWO). For a long time I’ve been struck by the similarities and crossovers between the WWOOF and permaculture movements around the world. It feels like we’re trying to do very similar things; things which I truly believe in and causes which I would like to further. My thoughts are that through being closely involved with both organisations, I can bring valuable cross pollination and learning to each.
Scarlett joined the Board in 2018.
Gihan Soliman

Gihan Soliman

I've been interested in permaculture for years and entered it among the UN commitment for Sustainable Development 2012. My knowledge and enthusiasm for permaculture arise from my belief in regenerative agriculture, and my understanding of the imperative circularity of viable natural systems. Permaculture in this respect is also related to my interest in cybernetics. I can increase the visibility of the Association by linking to the UN sustainable development goals and IUCN activities as well as peer organisations mainly in Africa (but also in Latin America). My most relevant qualification is a master of science in Environment, culture and the society from the Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Edinburgh and my thesis was on soil fertility.
Gihan joined the Board in 2018.
Jo Barker

Jo Barker

I am responding to a call out for more women to join the board. I have had an enduring passion for Permaculture spanning nearly 30 years. My professional and personal life has evolved around the ethics and permaculture principles. I am an active experienced permaculture teacher and designer. I have facilitated and chaired many associated groups such as an East Kent Permaulture group (in the 90s) Canterbury and East Kent Transition (in the 2010s). I am currently active with the Permaculture Diploma Working Party and am enjoying the collective design sessions.
Jo joined the Board in 2018.

Graham Wood

I became a Permaculture Association trustee in 2015 and like to think that I bring my professional business knowledge and experience to help our organisation by being a proactive member of the Board of Trustees.

For over 20 years I ran my own Management Consulting business, doing analysis and design on projects for a wide range of industries, but I’ve now decided to redesign my life and better utilise my time on Permaculture and Transition related initiatives.

Did my PDC in 2014 and then moved straight on to starting my diploma, but I believe I’ve been utilising permaculture type methods for well over 30 years without knowing it, both in business and home life, following the many and very practical ways my father and grandfathers taught me from an early age. So to me permaculture is more than just land based and is mostly organised common-sense.

Our family home is in Cheshire where we’ve 2 acres of mixed woodland that I’m lucky enough to be able to use for experimenting on all things permaculture. My current interests and activities are in:

Urban permaculture combined with Aquaponics;

Enabling youngsters to be actively involved in permaculture;

Teaching permaculture related subjects and mentoring business start-ups.

Developing various ways to enable people to have truly sustainable incomes.