Terry Miller – Conference Chair
As Chaplain for Environmental Issues and Sustainable Development Terry has worked with many organisations and communities on sustainable solutions. He was a delegate at Rio +10 in Johannesburg in 2002. Recently he has completed a research thesis on environmental motivation and behaviour.
Pam Lunn – Keynote Speaker & ‘Resilience & hope’ workshop leader
Until her retirement a few months ago Pam worked for many years at Woodbrooke, the Quaker adult study centre in Birmingham. Following a decade of being Programme Co-ordinator, she was most recently co-creator and programme Leader of the Good Lives Project. Pam is author of Costing Not Less Than Everything: sustainability and spirituality in challenging times (2011).
Karen Lowthrop MBE – Keynote Speaker & ‘Education for Sustainability’ workshop leader
Karen is Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Hill Holt Wood, an internationally renowned environmental social enterprise. As a community-owned business it illustrates how to use woodland resources to affect rural regeneration, develop an educational resource, and create a sustainable local economy. Karen was awarded the MBE in 2011 for services to Social Enterprise
Bettina Lange – ‘Sustainable Transport’ workshop leader
Bettina has over 20 years experience of campaigning for more sustainable transport across the East Midlands and 13 years professional experience in transport policy and planning. She was a member of the East Midlands Regional Assembly Planning, Housing and Transport Board (representing the voluntary environmental sector) and has served on the steering groups of a number of regional transport studies. From 2000 until redundancy in May 2013 she was the East Midlands Regional Officer for The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), and from 2004 until redundancy in October 2012 the regional Co-ordinator at the Campaign for Better Transport (formerly Transport 2000). She has recently completed the course ‘Governance, Policy and Delivery’, part of the ‘Global Challenges in Transport’ stream of the Oxford Leadership CPD program at Oxford University.
She is currently looking for paid work. She offers
• professional advice on transport policy and planning
• professional help with influencing Local Plans, developing Neighbourhood Plans, and responding to major development proposals for example for housing
• campaign coaching for example on how to campaign for better public transport services in your area
Richard Jones – ‘Community Energy’ workshop leader
Richard is a Chartered Building Surveyor and runs EnergyMyWay in the East Midlands. Richard specialises in advising businesses, community groups, property developers, householders and others on the most appropriate form of renewable energy in any given situation. His business is MCS Accredited to deliver the best renewable energy solutions in any given situation. Richard has a background in large and small scale property development and has advised clients from the public, corporate and third sectors across the UK. He has worked in the property industry for over 25 years and lives in Nettleham with his family and pursues playing the trombone for Lincolnshire’s top band amongst his social activities.
Nigel Lowthrop – ‘Practical Permaculture Living’ workshop leader
Nigel is a biologist with over 40 years of countryside management experience. Nigel and Karen Lowthrop established Hill Holt Wood in 1995. Following a visitor asking if he was a permaculture designer – replied ‘a what?’ – he completed a full design course at Ragmans Lane Farm in 1999. Always on the practical and pragmatic side of permaculture living up to his Yorkshire origins, the Hill Holt approach includes an economic leg in the mix. Described by Brad Parrish as a ‘ sustainable enterprise’ Hill Holt embeds sustainability at its core.
Beth Stratford – ‘Sustainable Finance’ workshop leader
Beth organised the “Transforming Finance” conference, on behalf of an alliance of think tanks and NGOs, including Friends of the Earth and the New Economics Foundation http://transformingfinance.org.uk/. She is a PhD student, with an MSc in Ecological Economics, and a background in campaigning, research and film-making. She has worked for Friends of the Earth Scotland; 10:10 Global; with David Fleming at the Lean Economy Connection, and with Franny Armstrong at Spanner Films. She went to school in Louth.
Biff Vernon – ‘Transition’ workshop leader
Biff took a degree in geology but after a brief flirtation with the oil industry decided that taking fossil carbon out of the ground was a Bad Idea so then spent 40 years in environmental campaigning and education. He is a core member of Transition Town Louth and organiser of their Louth Festival of the Bees, attempting to raise awareness of the importance of biodiversity and the connectedness of all things.
Kate is Environment Coordinator at the City of Lincoln Council.
Steve Golightly, ‘Working with Local Government’ workshop leader
Steve is Carbon Reduction team leader for Lincolnshire County Council.
Tamara Walters – ‘Working with Local Government’ workshop leader
Tamara is Sustainability Officer for North Kesteven District Council.
Fran Hitchinson – “Biodiversity” workshop leader
Fran is Nature Partnership Manager at Greater Lincolnshire Nature Partnership www.glnp.org.uk