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 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

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

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

Mandy

Heather

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

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.

Sarah

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.

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.