Meet the team
All our departments are operated by our visionary full-time voluntary staff team, who work tirelessly to ensure volunteers visiting Sunseed gain an enriching education. From self-sustainability, green energy, and low-impact living, visitors ultimately gain the knowledge to replicate the skills learnt in their own countries and around the world.
Kostas, Greece, Education Coordinator
Kostas uses his background on Environmental Management and Development studies to ensure the high quality of the non-formal educational and research activity at Sunseed.
“Sunseed combines a communal low-impact lifestyle and its activity as an practical education centre with high research potential towards environmental and social sustainability”.
Etienne, Ireland/France, Facilitation Coordinator
Etienne works hard to ensure that Sunseed runs smoothly, overseeing finances, bookings, and the day-to-day running of the project. With experience in almost all our departments, he knows the project inside-out and can turn his hand to anything from gardening to bread-baking!
Jon, USA/UK, Organic Gardens Coordinator
Jon’s experience in permaculture projects across Europe helps him manage Sunseed’s many organic gardens, cultivating delicious fresh produce and guiding volunteers to develop new gardening projects.
Michael, Spain, Ecoconstruction Coordinator
With expertise in ecoconstruction honed through building his own house – a lovingly restored stone cottage – Michael brings skills in all kinds of construction to help volunteers develop their own. He also runs courses on cob and other types of natural building.
Lizzie, Netherlands, Sustainable Living Coordinator
Having worked in many community food and agriculture projects, Lizzie ensures Sunseed gets a sustainable and nutritious diet, as well as creatively using the abundance of local nature to create cosmetics, preserves, herbal remedies and much more.
Andreas, Germany, Appropriate Technologies Coordinator
With a background in theoretical physics complimented with extensive hands-on experience, Andreas works to keep Sunseed’s renewable energy systems running, making sure we stay switched on even though we’re off-grid! He supports volunteers on technology projects, from wind-turbines to solar-charging boxes.
Francesca, UK, Communication Coordinator
Having worked on climate change campaigns and spent time in communities around the world, Francesca helps share Sunseed’s work with others.
“I’m excited about sharing the joy of community life and the great breadth of knowledge accumulated in Sunseed with the wider community.”
Your face here? Find out if you’re the missing piece in our fantastic team by checking out our current vacancies here.
A board of six trustees has ultimate legal responsibility for the project. The trustees visit the project and meet in the UK three to four times a year together with the Project Manager. Trustees oversee the work of the project and ensure that our aims and objectives are being adhered to, that all financial arrangements are being carried out properly, and that a standard of health and safety is being maintained. In addition to the Trustees we also have a group of advisors who provide support and help to their department of interest, or to the project in general. Most of the Trustees have a specific responsibility to one department at the project which entails the following:
- Maintaining continuity of oversight.
- Encouraging and implementing agreed plans and objectives.
- Supporting the staff member by written contact and discussion.
- Receiving, reading and acknowledging monthly reports.
- Receiving, reading and acknowledging periodic summaries, and checking that these appear on the web site.
- Looking at the viability of new projects.
- Checking on staff availability.
- Assisting in the appointment of new staff where applicable.
- Facilitating the paperwork for contracts, travel details etc for new staff.
In addition the trustees are also responsible for the Project Manager who in turn is responsible to them.
- Rebecca Gibbs – Chairperson & Sustainable Living
- Steve Lance – Dryland Management & Appropriate Technology
- Hugo Gonzalez Martinez – Communication & Education
- Jyoti Tyler – Eco-Construction & Maintenance
- Bernhard Hartl – Organic Gardening
Sunseed’s strategic plan : Strategic Development Plan 2011 -2016