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
Since moving to Moray in 2005 Eian has managed both a bakery and a Cafe and served as Listener Convener of the New Findhorn Association. As well as his Ekopia directorship he has sat on the board for Park Ecovillage Trust and Duneland Ltd. He now runs a bespoke food production and catering business while working part-time roasting Coffee with Green Bridge Organics.

David Hammond

Non-executive director
David is currently Managing Director of Phoenix Findhorn CIC, a community interest company operating a flourishing shop and cafe in the Findhorn Ecovillage Community. He also serves as a trustee of Moray Carshare, a growing social enterprise and charity providing convenient and affordable transport options that minimise environmental damage and encourage social cohesion, and on the board of Hammond Industries, comprising businesses manufacturing and distributing in the construction, display and lighting markets in the UK and USA. 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 landscape.

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.