Barney brings a fun approach to his work at Down to Earth Project. With a background in primary teaching, forest school, play work and consultancy, Barney leads a wide range of programmes for young people and adults (in natural building, wilderness activities and circus skills…..) and he’s become especially interested in coracles!


Seb is the Project Manager, and Site Manager for the People & Places project. He is also our Adventure Activities coordinator. As well as being a qualified adventurous activities leader, he is a qualified Youth Worker. With extensive experience of running Swansea Youth Service’s Duke of Edinburgh programme, Seb has many ideas for developing expeditions and the adventure based side of Down to Earth.


Jon is a Lead Facilitator, and is also responsible for ICT systems and website updates. He has a background in conservation & countryside management. He recently got hold of a run-down smallholding in Carmarthenshire, and so no longer has any free time.


Steve is our fantastic timber framer, and has been with the team since early 2014.


Sean is our carpenter. He also loves geckos.


Kate is a great group worker, queen of the D2E organic garden, and Evaluation & Monitoring Administrator for the People & Places project. As well as ensuring we have a good supply of yummy fruit and vegetables, she also bakes fantastic cakes!

Ian R

Ian is a Lead Facilitator for the Our Bright Future Project. He also has a background in Adventurous Activities and Youth Work, with experience in setting up Swansea Youth Service’s Venture Pursuits Team. Working overseas in the Middle East he combined Adventurous Activities, Youth Work, Leadership and Personal Development programmes. Additionally Ian has a keen interest in entrepreneurship and runs his own business.


Tasha is a Part 2 (almost qualified!) architectural designer who came all the way from Edinburgh to work for Down to Earth.  She is throwing herself into construction work with the young people at Little Bryn Gwyn and teaching them how to design sustainable buildings too. She loves to make things, grow food, eat it and explore Wales when she’s not working.

Ian D

Ian is one of our support workers at Down to Earth. With a background in commercial construction and in outdoor adventurous activities, he loves working with groups and enjoys the sustainable approach to building adopted at Down to Earth


Heather is our Finance Manager and works closely with the team to assist in growth and development of the organisation. Heather is a qualified accountant and has gained over 15 years’ experience in several business areas including charity and not for profit organisations. Outside of work Heather is kept busy by her young family.

Board of directors

As a social enterprise and a company limited by guarantee (5342802) we have a board of directors who provide accountability and ensure good governance for both our participants and our funders. See this section for more detail.


Jen is a founding Director of Down to Earth Project and combines her passions for therapeutic development and natural building in her work at D2E. Jen is our main consultant in traditional and natural building projects and is fully trained as a Gestalt Psychotherapist (UKCP registered).


Mark is a founding Director and manages Down to Earth. Passionate about equality and bringing out the best in people, his background is in working with ‘hard to reach’ groups and practical approaches to sustainability education. Mark has been happily living off-grid in a wooden house in the woods for 15 years and has two lovely daughters, Eva and Pearl.

Non Executive Directors


Helen is a Non-Executive Director of Down to Earth and has worked in the field of sustainable development for the past 15 years. 10 of these have been in a management and leadership capacity. She has established and managed programmes on rural development, climate change, health promotion, renewable energy, European funding and supporting local action, and has spoken at numerous conferences and events across Wales.


Simon is a Non-Executive Director of Down to Earth Construction and the Head of Communications and Sales for HAB (Happiness Architecture Beauty) Housing. He’s been responsible for the strategy and implementation of the public-facing parts of HAB’s innovative business for over four years. Before this he had his own consultancy business– covering environmental campaigns and communication – with clients including the UK Green Building Council, WWF, BioRegional Development Group and the Stop Climate Chaos coalition. He is happily ensconced in his own low impact self-build with his wife Bec, two kids – Ned and Kitty and dog Fred.


David is a Non-Executive Director of Down to Earth and an Environmentalist specialising in the restoration of rivers and the creation of new wetland habitats throughout the UK. He has a passion for rivers, local food and real ale.


Sarah is a non-executive director of Down to Earth and our treasurer. As a ACCA qualified Group Finance Director with 15 years post-qualified experience in manufacturing and engineering companies and non-exec roles, Sarah has an array of experience running Finance departments within multi million pound companies forging strategic partnerships with external stakeholders. Sarah is Finance Manager at Swansea University in the Engineering Department.


Nick is a Non-Executive Director of Down to Earth Construction with a vast experience of delivering innovative/sustainable buildings. In 2005 Nick established BRE Wales and went on to develop the first zero carbon Passivhauses in the UK. Nick instigated Wales’ largest ever housing energy efficiency programme; Arbed, and spent 3 years advising the Welsh Government on regenerating the Heads of the Valleys. Nick also established Woodknowledge Wales, a programme to develop new technologies to utilise Welsh timber in construction on behalf of the Welsh Government. Over the last 5 years Nick’s work has mostly been focused on improving the way we design, build and operate buildings via Building Information Modelling. In 2015 Nick set up coBuilder UK, a business that supports manufacturers to share data, clients and contractors to utilise the data to improve construction and operation decisions in buildings.