Roger Higman, Director
Roger is passionately interested in creating a truly green, sustainable civilization in the UK and abroad. He believes that putting wellbeing at the heart of social progress is vitally important if we are to create a world in which everyone's needs are met within the planet's natural limits. Roger joined the Network of Wellbeing team in late 2014 to take on a leading role in developing our strategy. Roger has over 25 years' experience of campaigning on environmental issues, including locally nationally and internationally on issues as diverse as climate change, biodiversity, economics and society. As a Campaigns Director for Friends of the Earth, Roger was responsibile for integrating the organisation’s messages on economics, justice and environmental limits in a coherent whole. Roger also teaches at Plymouth University and is a Director of the Flameworks Creative Arts Facility in Plymouth, where he lives with his partner, Karen and her three daughters. He is at his happiest exploring the countryside with Karen or working his allotment with his brother, Joe.
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Dr Larch Maxey, LLB, MSc, PhD., Community Projects Manager
Larch is committed to co-creating a world where all can flourish and has co-founded twenty organisations to this end, including Lammas, the Fleming Policy Centre and NOW. He has taught, researched and practiced sustainability since 1988, with over 50 academic and popular publications. His two co-edited books include The Sustainable University (Routeledge) and Low Impact Development: The Future in Our Hands which sold out within 8 months and is now available as a free download. He has held lectureships and post-doctoral research posts with Swansea University (1994-2009), the Centre for Alternative Technology (2009-2010) and Plymouth University (2010-2015). Larch has built and lived in several low impact homes and is a Director of Bright Green Futures. Larch is Group Representative for Balanced View Totnes. He lives in Totnes and loves surfing, walking and foraging.
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Joshua Malkin FRSA, Partnerships Coordinator
Josh is a changemaker, empowering people through ideas and values. His approach is integral, strategic, holistic, relational and creative. Trained in fine art, he started out with the ambition of becoming an artist, but his concern for social justice led to his getting involved in community development in some of the most deprived areas in the North of England. His focus has always been to develop creative solutions for community-led initiatives. He has worked as a Director of a strategic change consultancy, a community arts initiative, and an urban regeneration company. He was responsible for developing the first community-led design brief for a city centre redevelopment in the UK. “I am motivated by values driven systemic perspectives that embody possibilities for change in the fields of sustainability, wellbeing and inter-generational leadership”. In addition to his work at NOW, he is a partner at the Elysia Commons Corporation, an ambassador for the Synergized Earth Network, a convenor of the Civil Society Forum UK, and a member of Inner Transition. His personal blog is called New Harmony. Josh’s role at the Network of Wellbeing is the development of projects, partnerships and communications.
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Florence Scialom, Communications Manager
Flo’s core passions lie in connecting people and communities. She enjoys enabling individuals and like-minded groups to work together to make a positive difference on issues they feel strongly about. Flo has previously worked in communications and community-building roles at non-profit organisations such as FrontlineSMS and the Humanitarian Centre. She holds her MA in Anthropology and Development from Leiden University in the Netherlands, and her BA in International Relations and Development Studies from the University of Sussex in the UK. Flo’s role at the Network of Wellbeing is to manage communications, with a particular focus on digital communications, including NOW’s social media, blog and e-newsletter.
Mirella Ferraz, Totnes Project Coordinator
Mirella studied Forestry Engineering in Brazil, her home country, and worked on various projects relating to environmental education, waste reduction and sustainable management of tropical forests. Mirella did her MSc in Holistic Science at Schumacher College in Devon, which allowed her to go deeper into the relationship between music and social transformation. In her role at NOW, Mirella supports communications, deals with general administrative tasks, and also organises, coordinates and provides follow-up for NOW events. In addition, she is a massive help in providing all-round general support to the team. Mirella says “working to promote, support and enable people to nourish their own wellbeing is beyond rewarding; it's what makes me smile and feel I'm living my own truth.”
NOW is a registered charity in the UK (no. 295976). Formerly a project of the Environmental Research Association (ERA), NOW has become a charity in its own right. Below are the current Trustees of NOW, who help to advise and guide our work.
Satish is the Chairman of the NOW Trustees. He has been the editor of Resurgence & Ecologist magazine since 1973. Under his editorship Resurgence has become, according to the Guardian newspaper, “The spiritual and artistic flagship of the green movement”. When he was only nine years old, Satish Kumar renounced the world and joined the wandering brotherhood of Jain monks. At the age of 18, he left the monastic order and became a campaigner for land reform, working to turn Gandhi’s vision of a peaceful world into reality. Fired by the example of Bertrand Russell, he undertook an 8,000 mile peace pilgrimage, walking without any money, through deserts, mountains, storms and snow to deliver packets of ‘peace tea’ to the leaders of the four nuclear powers. He is the author of five books and his autobiography, No Destination, published by Green Books in 1978, has sold over 50,000 copies.
Nigel is a Trustee and Co-Founder of NOW with Satish Kumar. He has been a trustee of the project since 2011, when he was appointed to initiate and establish NOW as an active project. His working life has ranged from supporting the project management of major computer projects in the public sector, to setting up and managing a successful management consultancy company. As a retired business executive, his focus has turned to more philanthropic activities, initially supporting Friends of the Earth’s Big Ask campaign, which resulted in the establishment of the world’s first climate change bill. Since then he has provided support to a wide range of charities, but more recently came to the conclusion that focusing his time and resources on the promotion of community wellbeing was the best thing to do when the world, and indeed humanity, seem to be approaching a period of severe turbulence.
John is the Secretary of the NOW Trustees. He has worked mostly in the world of environmental publishing: eight years at the Intermediate Technology Development Group (now called Practical Action), set up by E. F. Schumacher and others, followed by 25 years as Managing Director of Green Books - first in Hartland in north Devon alongside Resurgence magazine, and then in Dartington, Totnes. He was for many years a Council member of the Schumacher Society, and is a member of the Totnes Pound group. He has lived in Totnes for over 20 years, and now he has more time on his hands, he has finally got an allotment.
Margaret has been a trustee of the project since 2011, when she was appointed to provide support to the NOW project using her health and wellbeing expertise. Margaret has been a complementary health therapist since 1993. She received training in Reflexology, Bach Flower Remedies, nutritional/naturopathic therapies and EFT. More recently, she has been a committee member of two Women’s Institute groups, responsible for the organisation of speakers. Margaret is also an active member of the U3A and is planning to set up a health and wellbeing group for members. She is passionate about conservation and supporting our natural environment with the challenging issues of today. She is a keen gardener using organic/permaculture/forest gardening approaches to create a wildlife-friendly habitat at her home in Devon.
Stewart Wallis, OBE
Stewart stepped down as Executive Director of the New Economics Foundation (NEF) as of January 2016, after 12 years. NEF is considered to be the UK’s leading think tank in promoting social, economic, and environmental justice and he continues his involvement with their work as Senior Advisor.
Following graduation in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University, Stewart completed a Master’s Degree in Business & Economics at London Business School. He spent seven years with the World Bank, in Washington DC, working on industrial and financial development in East Asia. He then worked for Robinson Packaging, in Derbyshire, UK, for nine years (the last five years as Managing Director), leading a successful business turnaround before joining Oxfam in 1992 as International Director. He was awarded the O.B.E. for services to Oxfam in 2002.
Stewart is also on the Board of the New Economy Coalition (NEC), in the USA; is a Fellow of the Club of Rome; and is currently Vice-Chair for the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Values as well as a Trustee of the Forum’s Inclusive Growth Global Challenge. His interests include: global governance, functioning of markets, links between development and environmental agendas, the future of capitalism and the moral economy.
Working in a realm of land and sea based resources, Jane became an ethnobotanist by studying BSc Botany at Bangor and Environmental Anthropology at Goldsmiths, conducting research in Peru and UK. Her research on the impacts of woodlands on the well being of young carers is due to be published in Issues of Comprehensive Paediatric Nursing. A Founder member of the Nature Workshops training agency she works to provide quality land based and water safety training in the UK. Jane specializes in conservation and environmental protection, sustainable use of natural resources, child poverty and mental health.
Brigitte has lived in Devon for over thirty years. Together with her husband Misha, they established the School of Homeopathy in 1981, which offers practitioner training in the discipline. She found her vocation as a teacher after studying with Cecil Collins and currently volunteers with early years literacy in her local primary school, combining this with care for elderly relatives, gardening and renewing her practice as an artist.
Huge thanks and appreciation go to all of the wonderful past and present volunteers who have provided invaluable support for NOW’s work in Totnes.
We also have regular volunteers based outside Totnes, who help with promoting wellbeing in different places across the world. You can read more about these global volunteers on the Wellbeing Ambassadors page.