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

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.

Tallis Tibbo

Tallis Tibbo profile pictureNon-executive director
Tallis has 20 years experience working in international development, focusing on food security, agriculture and social protection systems in Africa. She holds degrees in economics and zoology from London University and a Masters in Animal Production & Health from Edinburgh University. She has worked for the UK government (DFID), the UN (FAO), as a consultant with Oxford Policy Management and Wasafiri, as well as NGOs – CARE USA, Oxfam, Farm Africa. She has been using systems thinking in her work since 2003 and recently trained as an organisational constellation facilitator. Before arriving in Findhorn in 2019, she spent 2.5 years in Auroville, working with the Sustainable Livelihoods Institute. She currently supports the Findhorn Foundation with fundraising from government and trust sources.

Simon Stedman

Simon Stedman profile pictureFinance Steward
Simon Stedman trained with KPMG in London as a Chartered Account, qualifying in 1992. He spent the next 25 years working as Finance Director in industry, in Print, Property Development and Construction, Property investment, Recruitment, Law and Financial services. In 2017 he left Accountancy and commenced training as a Psychosynthesis Psychotherapist in London. In 2019 he heard about Findhorn and spotted the advert for Finance Steward of the Findhorn Foundation, and as is the case with so many people in this organisation, felt drawn to apply. He was appointed “Finance Steward” in September 2019. Simon hopes to return to complete his training in due course, but is committed to staying for the foreseeable future within the Findhorn community.