Our people

Senior Management

Alex Walker

Chair
Alex Walker is a consultant working in the fields of sustainability and social enterprise. His main interests are in creating community-based enterprises for both renewable energy and affordable housing projects. He lectures widely on the prospects for a low carbon economy and the philosophy of sustainability and is a board member  of Development Trusts Association Scotland.

John Lowe

Secretary
John Lowe is a retired solicitor and long-standing member of the Findhorn community. In his spare time he is a racing driver and was the 2012 Scottish Modified Sports Hillclimb champion.

Non Executive directors

Carin Schwartz

Non-executive director
Carin Schwartz has a longstanding relationship with finance. 27 years in many sorts of international banking has turned in to a vehement interest in ethical banking, and a concern over our current financial system. Apart from many board activities on many community groups, she is learning to grow carrots and peas and tirelessly promotes the Transition Town model for community resilience.

Fasil Bogale ACMA, CGMA

Non-executive director
Fasil is a chartered accountant (ACMA, CGMA) and founding partner of Community Focused Accountancy Ltd. Fasil decided to leave a successful career in London working for renowned asset management firm, European Credit Management, in search of a way to provide support for local communities and sustainable living initiatives. He currently provides financial advice and support to several Findhorn Ecovillage Community-based organisations in the North of Scotland.

Eian Smith

Non-executive director
Eian was for four years the bakery manager at Findhorn’s Phoenix Community Stores. This was followed by four years as Listener Convener of the New Findhorn Association and treasurer of the Park Ecovillage Trust. He is now the manager of the Blue Angel community cafe.

David Hammond

Non-executive director
David is currently Managing Director of the Findhorn-based Phoenix Community Stores. He also serves on the board of Park Ecovillage Trust, a charity active in projects relating to social and environmental sustainability, and on the board of Hammond Industries, comprising businesses manufacturing and distributing in the construction, display and lighting markets in the UK, USA and Asia. In his spare time David is a singer-songwriter, sound engineer and music producer, enjoying both live performance and recorded work with friends, and a lover of Scotland’s beautiful natural environment.

Martin Roche-Nishimori

Non-executive director
Martin is currently Finance Manager of the Findhorn Foundation and board member of Universal Hall Promotions. Appointed July 2016.