Staff

Roger Higman Director

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 mainly at Friends of the Earth, including locally, nationally and internationally on issues as diverse as climate change, biodiversity, resource use and economics. Roger is also 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.

Flo Scialom Communications Manager

Flo manages NOW’s communications, with a particular focus on online communications, including our webinar series. Flo’s core passions lie in connecting people and communities, and supporting others to make a positive difference in their own lives and in the wider world. Flo lives in the Netherlands (working remotely for NOW), following her studies at Leiden University on Anthropology and Development. Flo is happiest with friends, practicing mindfulness or going dancing, or practicing mindful dancing! 😉

Mirella Ferraz Totnes Project Coordinator

Mirella coordinates the Network of Wellbeing’s community work in Totnes. Before joining the NOW team, 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 also 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. Mirella is happiest when spending time with her lovely young son, Oli.

Mark Jefferys Share Shed Manager

Mark Jefferys manages the Share Shed, a Library of Things, in Totnes. He’s also one of only three accredited Earth Education trainers in the UK,

He has over 30 years experience in environmental and earth education, teaching adults and children of all ages in the UK, Finland, Australia and America. He is passionate about bringing the natural world to life and reconnecting people with nature in creative ways. A keen songwriter and guitarist, Mark often uses his music in environmental programmes, and is happiest when singing in the woods around a campfire!

 

Sylvie Mohabir Eden Rise Manager

Sylvie manages NOW’s retreat venue Eden Rise, located on the outskirts of Totnes. She also works in various local community organisations relating to the environment, health and wellbeing. She has vast amounts of experience in project and events management and loves to be in the heart of organising just about anything.
Sylvie is a free-spirited being, humbled to live on this planet and amazed by something each day. She’s in her utmost element when spreading her wings in wild nature, hiking up the highest of mountains and diving to the depths of the ocean.

Rochelle Buisson

Rochelle joined NOW in September 2021 as Communications Officer, after spending 10 years working in the charity and not-for-profit sector in various roles focusing on marketing, communications and fundraising, and more recently working closely with the local community for the UK’s largest community funder.

Rochelle is deeply passionate about all things wellbeing and the environment, with a particular interest in wellness and nature, and bringing the two together – her favourite activity being creating beautiful flower baths outside in her garden. She loves to be outside at any given opportunity, and given her Seychellois roots, loves the warmth of the sun and the tranquility of the sea. Rochelle is a keen gardener, writer, explorer, and creative, and will often be found with tea in hand. She is a yoga teacher and also works on Rituals, raising money for environmental conservation organisations in the process.

 

Trustees

Satish Kumar Co-Founder and Trustee

A former monk and long-term peace and environment activist, Satish Kumar has been quietly setting the Global Agenda for change for over 50 years. He was just nine when he left his family home to join the wandering Jains and 18 when he decided he could achieve more back in the world, campaigning for land reform in India and working to turn Gandhi’s vision of a renewed India and a peaceful world into reality. Satish has been the editor of Resurgence & Ecologist magazine since 1973. 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 Woodward Co-Founder and Trustee

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 Elford NOW Trustee and Secretary of the NOW Trustees

John 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 Woodward NOW Trustee

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.

Jane Acton NOW Trustee and Chair of Trustees

Working with people to increase access and understanding about land and sea based resources, Jane became an ethnobotanist studying BSc Botany at Bangor and Environmental Anthropology at Goldsmiths. Her research on the impacts of woodlands on the well being of young carers is published in Issues of Comprehensive Paediatric Nursing and with adults with severe mental health problems in the Royal College of Nursing Mental Health journal. A Founder member of the Nature Workshops training agency, she works to provide quality land based and water safety training in the UK and sits on England’s Learning for Sustainability Alliance. A founder Member of West Cornwall Womens Aid, a SureStart programme manager and a lone parent on benefits for 13 years, Jane understands the impact of income on well being.

Michelle Preston

Michelle Preston NOW Trustee

Michelle is a Change Maker, Positive Psychologist and Coach, as well as a conference host, facilitator, and workshop leader. Given Fellowship of the RSA (Royal Society of Arts) “in light of exceptional work and longstanding commitment to supporting organisations that deliver social change”, she is a twice elected RSA Fellowship Councillor for the South West, a Fellow of the School of Social Entrepreneurs, and Clore Social Leadership, and named as one of five women changing the world by the RSA in 2018 for International Women’s Day.

She has been following a lifelong path of personal development, wellbeing and social change, and spent her adult life working with charitable organisations committed to the physical, social, emotional
and psychological wellbeing of individuals and communities.

Working in the voluntary sector for 25 years has provided her with countless opportunities to support and enhance the wellbeing of individuals, organisations and communities. It has allowed her to
develop and deepen her understanding of the value and importance of cultivating happiness, health and wellbeing and how this can be maintained, enhanced and improved.

“My belief is in the power of the individual to create meaningful and lasting change, and that by connecting, creating and collaborating we can be the change we want to see in the world. I’m humbled by the humility of good people doing great things and this inspires me to always remain in flow and constantly strive to be the best version of myself and follow my path with heart.”