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Staff and Faculty

Bethan Stagg

Lecturer in Ecological Horticulture

Bethan co-ordinates the garden operations and lectures in horticulture and agroecology for vocational and postgraduate courses. Bethan has a BSc in Biology from University of Bristol, an MSc in Biodiversity and Conservation from the University of Leeds and fifteen years professional experience.

Heather Gillard

Operations Manager

Heather is reponsible for the overseeing the day to day running of the College.

Jane Gleeson

Lead Gardener

Jane graduated in Medical Sciences at Cambridge University in 1990 and spent over ten years working in the NHS mostly within the field of mental health. 15 years ago she had what she describes as a Pauline Damascus experience and converted to horticulture

Jon Rae

Head of College

Jon heads up the College. He has a doctorate in Geography and Anthropology from the University of Oxford, an MSc in Environmental Management from the University of Stirling, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Desert Studies from Ben-Gurion University in Israel and a BSc in Business (minor in Economics) from George Mason University in the US.

Jonathan Dawson

Coordinator and Senior Lecturer – Economics For Transition.

Jonathan is a sustainability educator, currently working as Head of Economics at Schumacher College in Devon.

Julia Ponsonby

Head of Food

Julia coordinates the catering two days a week. Before the birth of Stephan and Julia’s son Oscar in 2001, Julia worked full time as the Catering Manager and put together the college cookbook Gaia’s Kitchen which won the Gourmand World Cookbook Award for best veggie cookbook in 2001

Julie Richardson

Manager of Schumacher Worldwide and Senior Lecturer

Julie has taught ecological economics and international development at the Universities of London and Sussex and has worked in sustainable development for over 20 years in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe.

Lou Rainbow

Fundraising, Events and Promotions

Lou began her career as a published and recorded writer, working on radio and touring as a performer, sketch writer and poet. Since then she has clocked up over fifteen years experience working in the arts sector and has worked in publishing and book selling, marketing and arts development

Mona Nasseri

Design Researcher - Ecological Design Thinking

Mona has a Doctorate and Master’s degree in Design from the University of Dundee and BA in Crafts from the Tehran Art University.

Philip Franses

Lecturer – Holistic Science

In September 2009 Philip joined the MSc in Holistic Science Faculty as teacher of complexity.

Rachel Fleming

Communications and Development Manager

Rachel has a background in environmental science and policy, with a PhD in ecological risk assessment and pollution control.

Ruth Potts

Lecturer – Ecological Design Thinking

Ruth co-ordinated the development of the MA in Ecological Design Thinking at Schumacher College and is part of the teaching team. She is a co-founder of bread, print & roses, a collective engaged in seditious pamphleteering, radical walking, anarchist baking and transformative education.

Ruth Rae

Vegetarian Chef

Ruth has been working in the Schumacher kitchen for a year and a half, and she has this to say “It is truly a wonderful and inspiring place to work

Sarah Bayley

Vegetarian Chef

With a background that spans both the conventional and alternative worlds, and being an avid ‘people watcher’ with a great (and somewhat irreverent) sense of humour, Sarah is well suited to enjoy the key role she occupies in the Schumacher College kitchen.

Satish Kumar

Visiting Fellow

Satish was the originator and cofounder of Schumacher College, served as its program director from 1991 to 2010, and was also the primary fundraiser during that time. He is currently a visiting fellow.

Seaton Baxter OBE

Programme Co-ordinator and Senior Lecturer - MA Ecological Design Thinking

Professor Seaton Baxter is a leading figure in ecological design and received his OBE for his services to the Scottish environment.

Stephan Harding

Coordinator and Senior Lecturer - Holistic Science / Estate Ecologist.

Stephan oversees the MSc in Holistic Science, teaching on the core models and as part of several of the short courses at the College

Tara Vaughan-Hughes

Vegetarian Chef

Before coming to Schumacher (and the UK), Tara lived in her home state of Vermont in the USA, where she started and operated a very successful restaurant/café called Eat Good Food, which specialised in preparing and serving locally grown, seasonal foods.

Thomas Rickard

House Manager (cover)

Thomas takes care of maintenance, cleaning, accommodation and the general wellbeing of students and staff.

Tim Crabtree

Senior Lecturer – Economics for Transition / Interim Coordinator Ecological Food Systems programme

Tim Crabtree has 25 years experience in the third sector, working in policy development and business advisor roles before becoming the chief executive of Local Food Links Ltd.

William Thomas

House Manager

William has been at the college for 20 years and manages the accommodation as well as various facilities across the college campus. Being resident on site, he is the point of contact for all first aid and emergency needs