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Staff and Faculty

Andrea Kuhn

Communications Coordinator

Andrea began her career in televison production, then trained as journalist and spent 15 years as a reporter and specialist writer in radio and newspapers, both regionally and nationally.  She worked for a variety of organisations including the BBC and ITN, The Western Morning News and The Daily Telegraph in Sydney, Australia. 

Annie Adams

Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Annie began working at Schumacher College in 2014. She is responsible 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.

Colum Pawson

Sustainable Horticulture Trainer and Gardener

Colum assists in the planning and management of the growing areas around Schumacher College and teaching our horticulture students.  He also advises on the care of our chickens and Indian runner ducks.

Dr Andy Letcher

Programme Coordinator and Lecturer - 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.

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

Community Learning and Integration Coordinator

Elizabeth came to the College 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 relating to violence against women, freedom of expression for artists and gender equality in education. She has a degree in Classics and English from Oxford University, an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development from SOAS and is a qualified and experienced teacher and facilitator.

Ella Sparks

Agroforestry Nursery Coordinator

Ella graduated from the College’s sustainable horticulture residency and then spent a year as an intern before taking up her current role.
Her undergraduate degree was in veterinary science but she didn't pursue it, in part because of her concerns around the treatment of animals in the intensive farming system.  While finishing her degree she studied with Shift Bristol, which provides practical training in a variety of elements around sustainability including permaculture and horticulture.

Jane Gleeson

Programme Coordinator and 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.

Jenny Mackewn

Interim Head of School

Jenny Mackwen is a creative catalyst.  She convenes pioneering programmes and generative events. She has spearheaded a Certificate in Leadership & Facilitation for Schumacher College and an extended Focussed programme in Eco Coaching & Eco Constellations. She is a Director of Green Vision, a movement that supports teenagers, the leaders of tomorrow, to design, organise and facilitate events about issues that matter to them.  She also works as consultant, catalyst and coach across private, public and third sectors.

Jonathan Dawson

Programme Coordinator and Senior Lecturer – MA 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 has helped create Schumacher College's reputation for first class vegetarian food, so loved by staff and students alike. A chef and writer she has produced a number of cookery books which include the award winning Gaia's Kitchen as well as Gaia's Feasts and The Art of Mindful Baking.

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.

Mar Michelle Häusler

Schumacher Network Community Facilitator

Mar is very excited to be facilitating the launch of the Schumacher Network as the Community Facilitator. Her role involves online as well as offline community engagement with Schumacher College, alumni, crowd-funders and other contributing and engaged users.

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

Senior Lecturer - MA 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

Programme Coordinator and Senior Lecturer MA Ecological Design Thinking

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 – MA 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

Programme Coordinator and Senior Lecturer MSc Holistic Science and 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 – MA 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

Office Manager

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.