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Staff and Faculty

Dr Pavel Cenkl

Head of College

Pavel has worked for more than two decades in higher education in America and has always been drawn to colleges and universities whose curriculum fully integrates learning with practice and thinking with embodiment. For nearly 15 years he served as Dean at Vermont’s Sterling College. As well as extensive published work, Pavel continues to pursue research in ecologically-minded curriculum design and teach courses in environmental philosophy. Pavel is also a passionate endurance and adventure runner and has covered hundreds of miles in the Arctic and subarctic in order to bring attention to the connections between our bodies and the more-than-human world in the face of a rapidly changing climate.

Colin Searls

Portfolio Development Co-ordinator for Dartington Learning

Colin is the former Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Plymouth and is currently working on developing the portfolio of academic programmes at Schumacher College and within the wider Dartington Learning.
Colin is also Chair of Trustees at Inspiring Schools Partnership, a multi-academy trust, based in Devon.

Colum Pawson

Horticulture Teacher and Head 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 Leader Engaged Ecology, Senior Lecturer, Holistic Science

After a brief spell studying physics and astronomy, Andy Letcher completed a degree in Ecology at Sheffield University, then a doctorate in Ecology at Oxford. It was as an eco-activist in the 1990s that he was invited to do a second PhD in the Study of Religion at King Alfred’s College, Winchester. He is especially interested in the tangled and sometimes tortuous relationship between science and spirituality, and in so-called dark green religion. He has written papers on: the distribution of mammals across continents; fairies; mysticism; and psychedelic spirituality. He is the author of Shroom: A Cultural History of the Magic Mushroom.

Dr 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.

Dr Stephan Harding

Deep Ecology Research Fellow

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

Jonathan Dawson

Programme Coordinator and Senior Lecturer – MA Economics For Transition

Jonathan is a sustainability educator and a former President of the Global Ecovillage Network, He has around 20 years experience as a researcher, author, consultant and project manager in the field of small enterprise development in Africa and South Asia and before joining the College he was a long-term resident at the Findhorn ecovillage.

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.

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.

Professor 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 Rae

Vegetarian Chef

Ruth plays a key role in creating the diverse and wonderful dishes served up in the Schumacher kitchen and helping manage the willing volunteer workforce.  "I have always enjoyed cooking, eating, experimenting and sharing food and it is a joy to find a place and people to share this with."

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.

Sarah Gray

Learning Community Coordinator

Sarah has worked at the Dartington Estate since 2005 and has over ten years of experience in community media, events production, and project management. She is currently secretary of Soundart Radio, an arts based community station for Totnes and Dartington.

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.

Valerie Lancaster

Alumni Outreach Co-ordinator

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.