Board of Directors: profiles

Robin Asby was a senior academic, consultant and researcher until his retirement in 2010, including mentoring managers internationally and working with many organisations in change management.  His major research interest is in systems thinking.  In Robin’s supposed retirement he’s fitted in a 1700 km walk to Santiago de Compostela with his wife, and stints as school governor (including 12 years at Tod High) and board member of the Incredible Farm (from 2014, ongoing).

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Catherine Bann (Secretary) was appointed Secretary to the Board in December 2018. She has a background in community organising, and environmental, peace and social justice campaigning and now works part time for Yorkshire CND and also as the Clerk to Blackshaw Parish Council.

Catherine Register of Interests
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Catherine Code of Conduct

Nick Green spent much of his working life in business, and in 1995 he acquired a run-down mill in Todmorden which he gradually restored: it now houses 27 small business units and is a going concern.  Nick was already a community activist when Incredible Edible began, and, always green-fingered, his involvement escalated from large-scale planting in the town, to establishing the Incredible Farm in 2011.  On its new site it’s world-famous as a centre of excellence as a sustainable social enterprise, and his award-winning work there made him runner-up for Social Entrepreneur of the Year in 2015.

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Barbara Jones does things differently.  A pioneer of ‘natural building’ in the UK, she designed and built the UK’s first Council houses out of straw, the first two-storey strawbale houses, and the first terrace of strawbale houses.  She is also internationally acclaimed for developing a unique and empowering way of teaching practical skills on building sites, and over 60% of people who learn to work ‘on the tools’ at her School of Natural Building are women compared to 1% nationally. She is also the Director of Straw Works Ltd and has received many awards.

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Dave Wardell (Chair) went straight into work from school in what was then the new technology of Information Processing and learned to program.  His career since then has taken him through numerous technologies and methods into senior management responsible for technology strategy and for the past eight years business strategy and long-term and strategic governance; chair of the Director-level design board for one of the last remaining mutual societies. He has spoken at several major industry events most recently at a pan-European business conference in London.  Active in Green politics, originally standing for council elections in 1980.  In addition to this he was a founder member of a group for older LGBTQI people in Todmorden, was a Town Councillor until May 2019 and is a trustee of the Fielden Centre Association.

Dave Register of Interests
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Dave Code of Conduct