After working in The City and on Wall Street in the 1980s and for the Commission of the EU in Brussels in the 1990s, William Lana co-founded and is the CEO of the organic textile company Greenfibres. He sits on a number of the Boards of organisations aimed at finding environmental and social solutions to the challenges and opportunities we currently face.
He has degrees from the University of Kent and the London School of Economics, lives in Totnes, has two children, and is a practising artist.
William is currently the Chair of the Trust.
In the 1980s, Tony had the privilege of living and working in a Therapeutic Community for adolescents, based in a Georgian mansion in the beautiful Surrey hills called Peper Harow. The grounds were landscaped by Capability Brown with specimen trees and it was surrounded by a farm. Residents used the environment for outdoor educational and therapeutic activities: camping, expeditions, feasts and events and they were very much a part of the overall therapy that was provided. All of the staff and their families lived on site, and it was an idyllic place in which to bring up children. Tony moved to South Brent in 1992 with his partner and two young children. For 10 years, he ran a Groupwork Centre in Exeter for Devon Social Services before joining the NHS in 2002, where he had a regional managerial role in SW Devon. He retired from this at the beginning of 2011.
Tony says that Sharpham House and Estate and its educational and therapeutic activities are of great interest to him. He is very pleased to have been invited onto the board of Trustees and looks forward to being involved with another unique organisation.
Daniel was born in Bath. He has had a 25-year business career as joint founder, and (for 15 years) chair of a large regional food retailer. He was also a director of a commercial property development company for 12 years, retiring from business in 2004. He has worked for The Samaritans for four years and for the last six years has worked for a national bereavement Charity supporting people through their grief.
Daniel is a father-of-three and his interests include poetry and the natural world.
Born in London and educated in the Midlands, Martin spent 20 years living in East London and working as a solicitor in The City, for the last 10 years as a partner in a major law firm. Moving to Devon in 2002 he now runs a smallholding near Totnes with his partner and when not occupied by this, spends his time walking, climbing and travelling with his family.
Charlotte is a chartered landscape architect who brings 30 years' experience in landscape design and environmental art to the Sharpham board of Trustees.
She has worked as a practising landscape architect in Bristol, Bath, Hong Kong and Devon. She and her husband have had their own practice in South Devon since 1996.
Charlotte's work has included designing new public and private spaces in historic rural and urban landscapes, working with communities to create new village spaces, new town gardens and squares and designing landscape for patients and vulnerable women at a refuge.
She was a trustee of the Centre of Contemporary Art in the Natural World for over 10 years until it became a CIC and has continued as an adviser since then. She wants to encourage the public to engage with the natural world, whether though art, play, science or having fun.
Elizabeth had a rewarding career working to provide governance and executive support to the Citizens Advice service, the national network of advice charities.
She also worked as a trustee over several periods of office with Corams' Fields – a unique children's space in central London on the site of the original Foundling Hospital – where she had a particular interest in heritage and estate matters. Earlier in her life, she was a co-director of an educational theatre group which worked nationwide in schools, and also staged community theatre that addressed themes of heritage and belonging.
Just retired, Elizabeth also volunteers at The Geffrye Museum in East London where she leads tours of the original alms houses on the site, and contributes to the work of the curatorial team.
Julie previously worked at Schumacher College on the Dartington Estate, as Senior Lecturer in New Economics where she co-designed and led courses in economics for transition, right livelihood, gross national happiness and dialogues east and west.
She is many things – an ecological economist, a practising meditator, an academic, an educator and a PhD student, an organisational consultant on a national and global scale, a holistic health practitioner and a lover of the sea and nature.
She worked in sustainable development for more than 20 years in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe, gradually altering her view of ‘development’ to a belief that there is much we can learn from the wisdom of other cultures about sustainable livelihoods and restoring healthy relationship between human society and nature.
She has taught ecological economics and international development at the Universities of London and Sussex,
Julie has applied systems thinking, complexity science and a holistic view to different aspects of sustainability – including sustainable design, organizational change and environmental policy.
More recently, at Dartington’s Schumacher College, she co-created the Schumacher Worldwide programme supporting the emergence of an international community of practitioners and programmes inspired by the economist EF Schumacher.
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