Permaculture Association Board of Trustees
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.
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.
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.