I’m passionate about learning, I want to make a difference, and I’m trying to develop my writing so that I can get more involved in public debate.
I trained as a sculptor at Leeds Polytechnic, but decided to become a world changer instead. Essentially I moved from physical artwork to social sculpture.
I discovered permaculture in 1992, just after graduating. I read the Permaculture Designer’s Manual cover to cover and then had the good fortune to study on a three month ‘Environmental Design and Permaculture Course’ at Bradford University.
Since then I have been involved in many projects and initiatives including:
- Work with the Human Scale Development Initiative
- Teaching dozens of permaculture courses
- Editing the Permaculture Teachers Guide
- Running the Permaculture Association, which I still do as CEO
- Being a judge on the Lush Spring Prize
- And getting involved in local projects like Leeds Permaculture Network, Feed Leeds, and Leeds Love it Share it CIC.
I live with my wonderful family in Leeds, and spend days off on the allotment, in the garden, or trying to finish making my Victorian terraced house a model of eco-retrofitting.
My main job is being Chief Executive for the Permaculture Association.
I work part-time because this means I can develop other skills, passions and connections. It works, because after 19 years I’m still working with the Association and still have huge enthusiasm for it.
The other things I like to do include:
- Permaculture Design Courses (usually in Leeds)
- Permaculture Educators Courses
- Mind-mapping and Thinking courses
- University lectures and seminars
- Group facilitation for other NGO’s, community groups, sustainability focused companies.
- Group design facilitation. I don’t have time to do full permaculture design work at any scale, but I can help groups through the process.
- Scientific / technical / environmental facilitation. I am increasingly facilitating complex sessions that require good facilitation skills, an understanding of scientific methods, and a deep appreciation of social and environmental issues.
Make me an offer!
- I love a challenge, so if you have one for me, let me know.