Our people

Dave Darby moved to Redfield in 1996. When working on development projects in Romania, he realised that they saw Western countries as role models, so he decided to try to bring about change in the UK instead. He founded Lowimpact.org in 2001, spent 3 years on the board of the Ecological Land Co-op and was a founder of NonCorporate.org. His role is managing website content, blogging and fundraising. He now lives in London, but is looking to set up a cohousing project in a smaller town.

Sophie Paterson did a three-year stint managing the Routes into Languages programme at Newcastle University. Herself a linguist, she spent a year in Jordan as an undergraduate student. An aspiring self-builder and graduate of the School of Natural Building, she lives in Totnes, Devon. She looks after promotion, social media, the blogs, publishing and online courses.

Dil Green was an architect and builder for 30 years, working on projects from an extension to London’s Science Museum to an award-wining eco-surgery. He now works in the digital sphere: Project for a Progressive Ethics, DadaMac.net and mutual-credit money systems, with an interest in mutual organisational structures, he blogs at digital-anthropology. He lives in Brixton and looks after all things technical.

Sherry Kramer is our book-keeper, and mum to two ex-Redfielders (which is how we met her). She’s had a career in financial management of large organisations, and now she’s helping us. She lives in Aylesbury.

petermorganPeter Morgan built and looks after our website. He quit a career as a chef to study politics and philosophy in 1997. The new millennium inspired a move to Japan where he co-founded the Plastic Factory nightclub in Nagoya. After burning out in the Japanese club scene he returned to Nottinghamshire to have children and experiment with other forms of fatigue (e.g. Screenbeetle).

Kate Williams is a freelance writer and translator living in Spain. She moved to Barcelona to teach English in 2003 and never looked (or came) back. When she isn’t writing, or earning a proper living at her day job, she enjoys hiking in the Catalan countryside and volunteers at a local animal sanctuary. She’s interviewing people, researching and writing topic introductions. She blogs at the Writer Stuff.

Lesley Anderson looks after the ‘Animals‘ section of the website. She has a Permaculture Design diploma and is on the Permaculture Scotland working group. She studied animal behaviour at uni and is interested in ethically integrating animals into sustainable systems. She worked with horses and volunteered on organic farms via WWOOF. She lives in Fife with her husband, son and ducks.

Jessie Watson Brown looks after the ‘Nature‘ section. She is a tanner and basket weaver, making and crafting using natural materials, immersing herself in the natural world and learning the ways of our ancestors. Jessie is based on Dartmoor, and along with Jane Robertson, offers courses and camps in tanning, craft, wild skills and nature connection at Nettleseed.

Scarlett Penn used to live at Redfield Community, and is the co-ordinator of WWOOF UK. When she’s not travelling around in her big yellow van, she lives in Shropshire on a smallholding with her partner. She looks after the ‘Plants‘ section.