People

Some of the people you may meet while you are with us…


Hal_med_res_4982Hal Gillmore is from a local farming family and grew up falling in and out of boats on the River Dart.  His professional background includes tourism, business development, training, facilitation, education, and leading wilderness expeditions overseas.

Hal has been actively involved in Transition Town Totnes since 2008 in a number of roles.  This includes communications and outreach; central project manager ; catalysing the Business and Livelihoods network; initiating Transition Tours; facilitating Transition Streets groups, setting up the Reconomy centre and facilitating events, including the annual Local Entrepreneur Forum.  He is also an accredited Trainer for the Transition Network.    Hal is married with a busy young family while fostering a discreet romance with the River Dart where he also works as a canoe guide in the summer months.

Hal is the Director of Futurebound LTD.  He is responsible for the day-to-day operations and business development.


Inez 2012Inez Aponte is a trainer and facilitator. She is an accredited Trainer for the Transition Network and, before moving to Totnes, was involved in Transition Bristol, the first Transition City. She has an arts and performance background and has worked on communication projects.

Her current work brings together her creative interests with theories of social evolution and complexity to examine ways of creating social change, and she has developed a set of activities that help people better understand take responsibility for their needs.  She brings a unique perspective to our work, enabling us to go much further and deeper than the practical issues, and facilitating change and learning that is thorough, long lasting and really quite wonderful to be a part of.   Inez is also a mother, singer and performance storyteller.


CeriGrizzly4editCeri Rees is an experienced teacher and youth and wilderness leader with an in-depth knowledge of Dartmoor National Park, South West Coast paths and much of South Devon trails.  His varied professional career has involved balancing significant sporting achievements with journalism and teaching English.  Ceri is a qualified Walking Group Leader and English Language teacher (CELTA Diploma).  He provides group and logistics support and leadership, as well as some rather poor jokes.

Ceri has worked in Kenya for Olympic legend Kip Keino and been a journalist and semi-professional rugby player in Scotland, Paris, and throughout England. He is a former member of UK Endurance Squad, has raced dinghies, completed several triathlons and is now an experienced upland and mountain marathon runner/trail runner.   After walking across Spain in 2008, he had a reawakening of sorts, quitting his job as a journalist to explore the Andes, before returning to Devon where he set up Wild Running as a social enterprise, www.wildrunning.co.uk.


 

IMG_0472Jay Tompt is an old hand at green business.  When exploring the nitty gritty of relocalisation and the economic theory behind it, Jay’s the man.  Jay has significantly contributed to the Totnes REconomy Project since he got involved at the beginning of 2011 and he is involved in a range of consultancy and start-up projects.  He has been part of shaping the Transition Network’s REconomy project, which provides an online tool-kit for communities to relocalise their economies.  Jay is one of the Transition Network’s ‘Social Reporters’; you can check out his posts here.  He also runs the REconomy Centre and the annual Local Entrepreneur Forum in Totnes.

In his native California, Jay came out of an incubator for entrepreneurs to run his own business in Silicon Valley, then Vice President and co-founder of Plan-It Hardware™, the first comprehensive green products distributor in the hardware and home improvement industry.


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Holly Tiffen runs Food Link Totnes, a project that aims to increase the availability of local food, by linking local farmers and producers with local retailers and restaurants.  When it comes to linking in with the local food culture of Totnes and District, Holly is our lady.

Holly has a dedication to enable local farmers and growers to sell more of their produce in Totnes, whilst at the same time working with retailers and restaurants to encourage greater demand for locally grown produce.

As well as Food Link, she has been involved in a number of the grass-roots food initiatives that have emerged throughout the years of Transition Town Totnes, such as the Totnes Food Guide, the Food Mapping Project, in partnership with the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), and the Nut Tree Project.  Holly also runs the monthly Totnes Brunch Café, a community, fund-raising, morning café that is fast becoming a feature of the Totnes cultural fabric.  Holly rides a very cool (and rather terrifyingly quick), recumbent trike, and, prior to the Food Link project, she was the Sustainable Development Officer for Dartmoor National Park Authority.


Chris on horseback smallChris Bird helps run the Building & Housing Group for Transition Town Totnes, is a Director of the Totnes Sustainable Construction Company, and an active member of the group behind the Transition Homes project.  He has become a bit of an expert in this field, authoring Local Sustainable Homes in the Transition Books series.   He has worked as a freelance journalist for over 20 years and written about sustainable building for The Observer and Self-Build & Design. He keeps a Community Renewable Energy blog to gather and present information to inspire, inform and help others to initiate renewable energy projects.

Chris restored a 15th Century cob cottage in Devon and has experience of building with cob, straw and a variety of natural materials.  He now lives in a refurbished home in Dartington village where there is an interesting cluster of retrofitted and new-build homes, as well as the legacy of the Dartington experiment which includes many interesting buildings – some sustainable, some less so.     It is here Chris provides a fascinating insight into the world of local and sustainable building and housing.

Chris is also a longstanding supporter and volunteer for Oxfam.  In 2012 he was sponsored by Oxfam to visit rural Bangladesh to witness and report on the front line of climate change (hence the photo).


DSCN1806 cropSima Cutting, aka The Kitchen Table .   No one goes hungry on our Futurebound missions!  Sima’s ‘Kitchen Table’, “probably the best chefs in Totnes” (Holly Tiffen), help us see to that.  Their delicious food is creatively and lovingly prepared according to what is freshly available on the local scene.  They aim to source the key ingredient of all their main dishes from within 30 miles.   Sima’s business, ‘The Kitchen Table’, is all about local food and local people.  Here we have a young lady entrepreneur doing what she is brilliant at and passionate about – an inspiration for many people on our programmes – young and old alike.  Here’s a video of them out and about town and country, sourcing their ingredients.  (Posed here with British celebrity chef, Hugh Fearley Whittingstall – our choice of picture not hers)


 

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