Barney

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

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

Jon is the Project Manager for the Moving Forwards & Re-Connect projects. He’s also responsible for ICT systems and website updates. He has a background in all sorts of things including psychology, conservation & countryside management. He has a run-down smallholding in Carmarthenshire, and so no longer has any free time.

Steve

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

Sean

Sean is our carpenter. He also loves geckos.

Kate

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

After spending several years at Down to Earth with a split role in architectural design and construction-based support work, Tasha has now decided to focus on architecture and designs many of the sustainable building projects we are involved in. She is currently wading her way towards her Professional Certificate (aka the Part 3) which is the final hurdle before becoming a fully qualified architect.
Tasha is part of a community supported agriculture group, growing much of her own food and is in the middle of converting a Luton van (almost as old as she is) into a home.

Ian D

Ian is another of our Lead Facilitators on the Our Bright Future project. 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

Mandy

Lisa

Lisa is our amazing accounts & team administrator. With a background in accounts and event planning, Lisa brings together a variety of skills to help support the fantastically talented team at Down to Earth.
Lisa lives in Mumbles with her husband, two little boys and their ancient dog. She enjoys running and is training for her first triathlon this year. She is also busy completing a degree in Education Studies in her spare time

Arwen

Chris

Chris is our Development Officer and brings a wide range of experience in outdoor learning and well-being to help us develop new products, partnerships and plans. He also brings his experience in training and education to provide our Internal Quality Assurance role  and develop a great range of accredited courses for our participants. Chris is an enthusiastic musician playing guitar and bass in a local band.

Jake

Jake is one of our support workers. Jake studied Architectural technology and after 5 years he decided that a desk-based job wasn’t for him. This led him to retrain as a natural builder. Down to Earth fits in well with Jake’s passions for natural building, youth work and outdoor activities. When he’s not at work, you’ll find him teaching snowboarding in the Alps, on a board or out in the countryside with his dog.

In case you were wondering Jake says this is his ‘Dora the Explorer’ pose…

Adam

Adam is a support worker on the Our bright Future project. With many years experience working with adults and young people, he believes passionately in using nature and natural building as a tool to bring out the best in people. Adam has travelled extensively, working with organisations in Guatemala, Romania and Greece and has now settled in Wales’ most exotic clime, to work with the Down to Earth team.

Lois

Lois grew up in the East of Swansea and has enjoyed spending time outdoors from an early age. She developed an interest in outdoor adventurous activities, such as climbing, kayaking and mountaineering, and trained as an instructor.
She is now an experienced outdoor practitioner and has spent time living and working in many places from the mountains of Scotland to the rainforest of Cambodia, where she also managed an off-grid eco-lodge.
Lois previously worked at Down to Earth where she conducted her research for an MA in Developmental and Therapeutic use of Play. After several years living and working in South East Asia, she is now very happy to return and be part of this inspiring and worthwhile project once again.

Stuart

Stu has over ten years experience in teaching and training in the UK and abroad. He has taught English to people of all ages and from all over the world since 2010. He is passionate about sustainable building and the many benefits to be gained from outdoor activities. He’s also slightly obsessed with surfing.

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

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

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

Nick

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.

Simon

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

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.

Maggie

Maggie is a Leadership Development and Training specialist with over 40 years’ experience in both the UK and Africa. As well as working within and for many multi-national organisations, she was Programme Director at the Graduate Institute of Management and Technology at Henley College (in Africa, working on the design and delivery of leadership and management development programmes for mining, construction and banking firms throughout Africa.

Maggie has held leadership roles in technical firms, gaining valuable practical experience in leading international projects and working with multi-cultural teams.

In 2010, Maggie joined Swansea University to help develop and deliver the successful LEAD Wales project – a leadership programme for the owners and managers of SMEs in Wales. Before retiring at the end of 2017, Maggie worked on a project with Chwarae Teg, helping SMEs throughout Wales with their Equality, Diversity and Business Planning for growth.

Rob

Rob is a Non-executive Director of Down to Earth Construction. He studied Theology at Exeter university and later qualified as a lawyer specialising in commercial property. After training  at  Eversheds in Cardiff, Rob spent 10 years with DJM Solicitors and is now a partner with Hutchinson Thomas Solicitors.

Rob part-owns Crossfit Swansea and loves helping people to become fitter, stronger & happier. In his spare time you can find him on the beach in Mumbles with his family.

Anna

Anna is a Non-Executive Director of Down to Earth Project and Treasury Manager at Valleys to Coast Housing Ltd in Bridgend and fully qualified CCAB accountant. Her background is housing sector, where she has worked for the last 28 years and specialises in development scheme appraisal.

She lives near Swansea with her husband and 2 hairy ugly babies (dogs), Mollie & Winnie.