Biodynamic Land Trust Board of Directors
Ian Nicholson – Acting Chair and Director
An experienced IT professional with over 30 years of experience in the UK financial sector and government departments, Ian Nicholson brings in-depth experience working in highly-competitive, cost-focused, political and rapidly-changing environments, developing and implementing corporate service strategies and delivering effective solutions through process, people and systems innovation to meet customer and business needs.
Gabriel Kaye – Society Secretary and Director
Gabriel Kaye has been an administrator/manager to associations, schools and other similar organisations for many years, building a wealth of expertise in these areas. She has run her own craft pottery business as well as been a trainer and consultant in organisational structures, charity requirements, administration and management for Steiner Schools. Gabriel has worked with and supported biodynamics all her life. Born on a biodynamic farm and a keen biodynamic gardener, Gabriel has worked for the Biodynamic Association in Certification and is now the Executive Director of the charity. As co-founder and first Administrator from the start of the Biodynamic Land Trust, Gabriel is former Project Director in charge of land and farm projects, and subsequently took on the role of Executive Director, stepping down in 2019 but remaining a Director on the Board, enabling access to land for healthy farming is important to her.
Stella Parkes – Director
A communications consultant and community activist, Stella Parkes has supported the environmental charity Stroud Valleys Project for over thirty years. As the corporate communications manager for South Gloucestershire Council, she acted as a corporate spokesman, wrote the corporate communications strategy, briefed and trained council officers and Councillors, and was responsible for reputation management ensuring a positive profile for the council, its services and policies, locally, regionally, and nationally.
Lucas Shoemaker – Director
Director of Stroud Common Wealth for over 18 years, generating new forms of social, community stewardship of housing, land, finance and resources, Lucas Shoemaker is an experienced organisational developer, building value-driven funding cases and public presence of projects through networking, news items and publicity material, using interpersonal, communication and financial skills to ensure financial viability and developmental needs are met.
Chris Stockdale – Director and Custodian Trustee representative for the Biodynamic Association
A biodynamic farmer in Herefordshire, presently Chairman of the Biodynamic Association Council and Vice Chair of the European Livestock Alliance, Chris Stockdale brings his long experience of farming, working as a trustee and in other types of caring organisations. Chris is the Custodian Trustee Director of the Biodynamic Land Trust nominated to the Biodynamic Land Trust Board by the Biodynamic Agricultural Association.
Guest Directors attend board meetings over a period of six months with the prospect of becoming full directors. While their input is invaluable and hugely appreciated, they have no vote until co-opted on as full board members.
If you would like to consider becoming a director please read the New Directors Policy
Tom Brenan – Operations Manager
A Biodynamic Land Trust Director between 2011 and 2016, Tom Brenan has recently returned as Operations Manager. A public interest environmental and planning lawyer with broad experience across the third sector, Tom holds a keen interest in sustainable agriculture and woodland management, maintaining one hand in the soil and the other in the law.
After four years of establishing the Biodynamic Land Trust, it was with great gratitude, admiration and fondness that the Biodynamic Land Trust Directors accepted Martin Large’s resignation as founding Executive Director.
A director of Stroud Common Wealth Ltd founded in 1999 to develop co-operatives, small businesses and community land trusts, Martin provided technical assistance to the Fordhall Farm community buyout in 2005/6, helped set up Gloucestershire Land for People CLT, and was chair of the CLT National Demonstration Project 2007/9. Martin is also a Director/founder of Stroud Woodlands Co-op and a director of Stockwood Community Benefit Society Ltd. Martin is a founder publisher/director of Hawthorn Press Ltd, a visiting lecturer at the University of Kent and a long time supporter of biodynamic food and farming.