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 community living, visitors ultimately gain the knowledge to replicate the skills learnt in their own countries and around the world.
Atreyu, Germany/UK/India, Administration Coordinator
Atreyu supports the invisible structures of Sunseed by managing the accounts, standing in contact with the organisation´s external stakeholders and being part of the internal facilitation team.
Furthermore, by guiding regular yoga and meditation classes he promotes community member’s integral well-being.
Dario, Italy, Communication Coordinator
Filmmaker and rural activist with experience in several agroecological and community projects, Dario helps to maintain the bridges that keep us connected to the world and to deepen our integration within the local community.
Kostas, Greece, Education Coordinator
Kostas uses his background in 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”.
Gabija, Lithuania, Drylands Management Coordina-tor
With a degree in geography and experience as nature guide and speleologist, Gabija guides volunteers to explore the landscape and reconnect with nature, while she also works on reforestation and land stewardship projects.
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.
Josh, UK, Appropriate Technologies Coordinator
Josh has a BSc in Software Engineering and background experience developing embedded and real-time systems. His role involves keeping electricity in the wires, water in the pipes and fire in the stoves. He loves supporting volunteers on technology based projects, looking for excuses to make embedded systems that use Arduinos.
Lukas, USA, Eco-construction Coordinator
Lucas uses his background in anthropology and travel experiences to assess methods of construction by their cultural significance and environmental impact. With knowledge of the traditional building methods of Andalusia he also brings his passion for up-cycling to create “earth-ship” inspired structures while attempting to reduce and reuse the project’s waste.
Rich, UK, Maintenance Coordinator
With a background in construction and engineering, Rich is responsible for transport, the daily upkeep of Sunseed infrastructure and maintenance of the village’s water supply.
Paloma, Spain, Sustainable Living Coordinator
Paloma is an illustrator and she has travelled the world collaborating with sustainable projects and eco villages. This experiences gave her a good knowledge in each aspect of sustainability. With her you will learn how to make a delicious bread, you will discover the world of the ferments, get to know the medicinal properties of the plants and understand the importance of having a low impact on our beautiful planet.
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. 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.
- Emma Stopford
- Steve Lance
- Hugo Gonzalez Martinez
- Jyoti Tyler
- Martin Hyams
- Tom Feeney