Chair & secretary
Previously he established a land services social enterprise for Groundwork, had a leading role in the successful establishment of the Land Restoration Trust and established and led the first national external funding team at the Environment Agency.
As an environmental scientist, a regular volunteer with local community organisations, and someone who enjoys walking and running in the Lake District, David welcomes the opportunity to support the successful development of CAfS.
He studied geography at university in London before returning north, and is passionate about the Earth, its physical processes and climate change. He tries to use his background in geography and climate change through his job as a solicitor to better inform clients of the interaction between property, land and the environment.
He has worked with a plethora of companies ranging from oil giant BP to local green builders, and brings experience and knowledge of commercial property development and investment to CAfS. His aim as a trustee is to help CAfS develop relationships with key stakeholders in the property industry in Cumbria, as well as local land and property owners, and ultimately to help further green credential and climate resilience in new builds and refurbishments.
In his spare time Silas can be found in the great outdoors, either playing hockey, fell walking or wild swimming. He’s often exploring Scotland and its malt whisky distilleries with his Patterdale terrier!
Adrian has been involved in environmental work throughout his life, working for local and national charities as well as governmental bodies and community enterprises. His main focus was environmental and wildlife conservation. Adrian has also been able to share his knowledge and experience as a lecturer, including teaching on countryside management for Newton Rigg and the University of Cumbria.
He was previously a rural development officer with Cumbria County Council, focusing on community and economic development. He’s a member of Cumbria Wildlife Trust and honorary warden of Smardale Gill National Nature Reserve. Adrian’s also a director of Learning Fields, a farm-based community wellness centre near Appleby.
Her support will help CAfS with the ‘people’ part of the three Ps; supporting Cumbrians to make the biggest difference they can in our challenging times.
Mandy was a change consultant for Government for several years, focusing on multi-agency working for the benefit of young people. She has an MBA from London Business School, and worked in the arts and museums, before specialising in a collaborative approach to caring and community.
Mandy is highly committed to creating a zero-carbon, wellbeing way of living that will support our 12-year race for climate sustainability – professionally, politically and personally through her activism.
Starting her career as a geography teacher she went on to work for WWF, The National Trust, Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, Cumbria Waste Minimisation Project, The University of Cumbria and Nurture Lakeland, among others!
Passionate about all kinds of environmental issues, she was the inaugural chair of the Big Onion, Staveley – a community group aimed at growing more food locally. After moving to Kendal, she’s now involved in South Lakes Action on Climate Change. Karen likes to get out in the fells and dales with family, friends and dogs as much as possible and enjoys sewing and upcycling.
Mike is the author of three books on climate change and sustainability:
* How Bad Are Bananas? The Carbon Footprint Of Everything
* The Burning Question
* There Is No Planet B: A Handbook for the Make or Break years
Tim recently retired from BT after 37 years of working with global customers, including six years working on the London 2012 Olympics. Tim was responsible for the Games-Time services delivered to press and broadcast organisations. He has published papers and presented on minimising the carbon footprint of the communications technologies of the 2012 Games and on how to build communities of interest.
He is a member of the British Computer Society, Institute of Engineering and Technology and a chartered engineer. He moved in 2018 to Ambleside from West Yorkshire and enjoys cycling, mountain walking and orienteering in his spare time, as well as travel.
Having trained and worked in London and run her own practice, Tracey moved to Cumbria in 2011. Since 2014 she has been associate director at 2030 architects in Penrith, and has strongly promoted the practice commitment to architecture with a low environmental impact.
Tracey has worked with CAfS on many occasions. She’s been doing a self-build renovation of an off-grid farmhouse and hosted home visits and talks as part of our Cumbria Green Build Festival. She brings a focus on the built environment and renewable energy, along with valuable experience in business management, communication and generating income.
When not working on her own house, Tracey loves walking on the fells with her two border collies and cooking up a storm using windmill power.
He brings to CAfS considerable knowledge and experience in project management, business systems administration and process improvement, which he has applied to our processes, resulting in an NCVO Good Governance award.
David’s aspiration is to make sure future generations have the best possible landscape and environment in which to live and work. As previous chair of our board of trustees, he played a key role in the restructuring of CAfS after the successful Sustain Eden programme. David is also a director of Community Energy Cumbria and the BEEP Fund Ltd.
At the heart of her work is helping organisations to find more efficient ways to have impact while managing their resources, sharing their learning and fostering a healthy working culture that retains strong values and vision.
Seònaid loves the outdoors. She’s had no problem settling in since moving to Cumbria in Autumn 2017, and is proud to call this place her home. As a trustee, she aims to help CAfS in our mission to influence behavioural change, to reinforce sustainability as a culture, not merely a target.