Board of Trustees
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I joined the Permaculture Association as Treasurer at the end of 2019.
My main career was in the water sector as a Finance Director, including relations with regulators and responsibility for various business plans. I subsequently worked as a consultant in the UK and the Middle East on financial and regulatory projects, and as a part time Finance Director for a parliamentary body.
I have been a charity trustee in the water and education sectors. I am also a trustee, and former Chair, of my local tennis club.
I am enjoying working with new colleagues and trying to put my past experience to good use. This is a stimulating environment to be in. The Association offers much that can help to create a better world.
David joined the Board in 2019.