Who we are
David Thorpe is Founder/Director of the One Planet Centre and co-founder/patron of the One Planet Council. He’s a consultant, project manager and inspirational speaker in the fields of rural and urban sustainability, energy management and renewable energy. He’s a lecturer in ‘one planet’ development/governance at the University of Wales Trinity St David and author of The One Planet Life – a manual for low impact living by individuals, families and communities; and One Planet Cities – a compendium of solutions for towns and cities, and a suggested roadmap for transitioning to ‘one planet’ status, plus eight more books and 1000s of articles on these subjects, and several novels and screenplays. He believes in using his detailed knowledge to show the multiple benefits that are available from positive change. He is expert at interpreting complex information in an engaging, straightforward way, and runs workshops and courses.
Rachel Auckland, Secretary, is a veteran of Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp and has been active in the Deep Green movement in Britain for many years. She holds an MA in Sustainable Development Advocacy and has worked with the Soil Association, Sundance Renewables, the Countryside Council for Wales, Gorseinon Development Trust, the New Economics Foundation, Tai Ceredigion and Transition Llambed and, currently, Natural Resources Wales. She is a writer and storyteller, a spinner and weaver, and a proud grandmother. Known for her work in the Traveller Education, Rachel’s background is Social Studies, environmental justice and participation. She and her partner tend an allotment, are refurbishing a traditional Welsh cottage and restoring some ancient woodland in Ceredigion.
Tom Skipworth, Treasurer, has a strong background in compliance and funding opportunities and is passionate about sustainable living and environmental awareness. He also has experience in sales and staff development and is learning about organic soil restoration. He believes everyone should be made aware of the environmental impact of their choices and be able to influence them.
Jane Davidson: Wales’ Environment and Sustainability Minister (2007-2011) in the Welsh Assembly Government who oversaw the introduction of the Well-Being of Future Generations Act, One Wales One Planet, and the One Planet Development planning policy. Associate Pro Vice Chancellor for External Engagement and Sustainability and Director of INSPIRE, (Institute for Sustainability Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness) at the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David. Jane is passionate about the environment and resource efficiency. She holds honorary fellowships from CIW (Chartered Institute of Waste) and CIWEM (Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management) and is a member of WWF’s UK Council of Ambassadors. She is Patron of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) and Tools for Self-reliance Cymru (TFSR).
Andy Middleton: a sustainable innovation specialist, connecting people and ideas to accelerate the speed, scale and impact of positive change. He founded the TYF Group, an employee-owned B Corp, and supports their mission to grow unshakeable curiosity and confidence people’s ability contribute to a better world, whilst playing and living lightly on the planet. Andy is Non-Executive Director of Natural Resources Wales and a member of the Innovation Advisory Council for Wales. As a Founding Partner of the Do Lectures and mentor with the Unreasonable Group, he helps leaders and teams solve grand challenges by joining dots in new ways.
Eurgain Powell is a Change Maker at the Future Generations Commissioner’s office leading their work on transport, decarbonisation and procurement. She developed the Future Generations Framework for projects and authored the “Transport fit for Future Generations” report. She is currently working on the new Transport Strategy, use of WelTAG guidance, Transport for Wales rail franchise and Metro, Low Carbon Delivery plan and procurement pilots.
Sian Williams is Assistant Director of the One Planet Centre. She’s has a strong background as environmental consultant and trainer, with a passion for marketing and sustainable living. Originally from Wrexham, she wants more people to know about and successfully take up One Planet living. She assists David in communications, social media, events and fundraising. She is an alternative point of contact, sharing the workload of our expanding activities.
Ellen Scrimgeour: With an MSc Architecture: Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies from Centre of Alternative Technology, nine years working for local government, and three years’ experience of working at BioRegional’s One Planet Living operation at Beddington Zero Energy Development (BedZed) where she worked in the Sustainable Business team, mainly engaged by clients B&Q and Kingfisher, working on their eco-products databases, writing product assessments and various reports including the reuse potential of store waste materials. She carried out a survey and two year review of the “Pay as You Save” project which had enabled the energy retrofitting of about 40 homes and carried out an energy use survey of a large plant nursery. She is now developing practical skills for a more low impact life, powered by the aspiration of having an environmentally sustainable, land-based livelihood, including natural building, and holds a Permaculture Design Certificate. She is inspired by radical solutions, big-picture ideas, inspiring others and sharing information, making things, helping people in need, the idea that people can reach happiness through self-sufficiency and community rather than consumption.
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