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Staff and Faculty

Annie Adams

Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Annie began working at Schumacher College in 2014. She is responisble for both short course and postgraduate course marketing.

Carla Stang

Programme Coordinator and Lecturer - MA Myth and Ecology

Carla received her first degree at the University of Sydney and was awarded the Frank Bell Memorial Prize for Anthropology for her studies there. In 2005, she completed her Ph.D. in Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. Since then she has held the position of Visiting Scholar at Columbia University and Associate Researcher at the University of Sydney. Carla’s work explores events of consciousness in different cultures, in particular those of ordinary reality, mysticism, ritual and the experience of landscape.

Dr Andy Letcher

Programme Coordinator - MA Ecology and Spirituality

Dr Andy Letcher is writer, performer and scholar of religion who began life as an ecologist, completing his D.Phil in Ecology at Oxford University. After a spell as an environmental activist during the 90s, especially during the anti-roads protests, he moved across to the humanities, completing a PhD at King Alfred’s College Winchester. He is an expert on contemporary alternative spiritualities, especially modern Paganism, neo-shamanism and psychedelic spiritualities.

Dr Fiona Tilley

Programme Co-ordinator for Becoming Indigenous

Dr Fiona Tilley,, who completed her PhD research into the environmental practices of small and medium sized enterprises, convenes modules on the MA Ecology and Spirituality and to be the Programme Co-ordinate for Becoming Indigenous Programme.

Ed Mitchell

Schumacher Network Producer

Ed will be working with the College on the Schumacher Network as Internet Producer. His focus is to deliver the most suitable platform taking into account the myriad requirements, stakeholders, strategies, expectations and limitations. The role of producer is part project management, part user experience and part facilitation, and he loves his work.

Elizabeth Webber

Volunteer and Rota Coordinator

Elizabeth coordinates voluntary work at the College. She came to Schumacher after a career in International Development specialising in participatory programme learning and accountability. She facilitates embodied learning and power analysis and has helped organisations tell stories of change about violence against women, freedom of expression for artists and gender equality in education.

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. She also studied theology, looking at religion and mental health. 15 years ago she started gardening and soon was completely hooked.

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.

Laura Whitehead

Digital Network Manager

Laura joined Schumacher College in 2016 is developing our digital presence, enhancing our digital communications, and progressing our approach to open and peer learning across our worldwide network. 

Lou Rainbow

Craft Learning Programme Manager

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.

Martin Shaw

Programme Coordinator and Lecturer - MA Myth and Ecology

Martin is a mythologist, writer and teacher of wilderness rites-of-passage. Author of the Mythteller trilogy (A Branch From The Lightning Tree, Snowy Tower and Scatterlings), he founded the Oral Tradition course at Stanford University, and has contributed to Desmond Tutu’s leadership programme at Templeton College, Oxford.

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.

Pat Edwards

Campus Manager

Patrick joined Schumacher College in 2015 and looks after the facilities on site including our accommodation.  He began his career working in environmental analysis before moving on to various operational roles in financial services, IT and hospitality. He has travelled extensively, including living and working in the USA and Middle East.

Patricia Shaw

Visiting Professor and Convenor of the Schumacher Worldwide Research in Action Community – PhD Programme

Patricia currently convenes the recently inaugurated doctoral track within the Schumacher Worldwide Community for Research-in-Practice. She has been a Visiting Fellow at the college for many years, contributing as a teacher and critical friend and supporting alumni in their projects around the world.

Philip Franses

Senior Lecturer

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.

Roberto Fraquelli

MA Ecological Design Thinking Programme Coordinator

With over 20 years of professional practice working with IDEO Roberto has designed products, environments and experiences for clients including PRADA, Shell, Procter & Gamble, BBC, LEGO and LGE. He holds a number of international design awards and his work has been featured in Domus, Business Week, Design Week, The Observer, NewDesign, and he has appeared on BBC Innovation Nation programme. His current research interest on Holistic design focus on 4 interrelated themes.

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

Visiting Fellow - 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

Tim Crabtree

Senior Lecturer – Economics for Transition

Tim Crabtree has been involved in “new economics” for 30 years, after studying economics at Oxford University and then working for the New Economics Foundation for 5 years.

Valerie Lancaster

Community Coordinator

Valerie brings her breadth of experience to the College as our Community Coordinator where she supports the Head of College in the smooth running of the community.