Volunteer Directors

Chris Coates

Chris Coates

Chris was part of the original group that set up LESS back in 2007. His background is in the construction industry where he worked as a time-served carpenter and project manager on community based construction projects. He was part of the management team for the ground-breaking Forgebank Cohousing project at Halton. From 2003 t0 2015 he was a Green Party councillor on Lancaster City Council and Lancashire County Council. He currently works as site manager at Halton Mill managed workspace.

Gail Capstick

Gail Capstick

Gail joined LESS as a director in February 2015. She has been heavily involved in Transition City Lancaster (TCL) from the early days, and has worked collaboratively on a variety of TCL projects, including film festivals, Transition Café events, sourcing local food, and sustainable approaches to death and dying.

Gail has an MSc in Leadership and Sustainability from Lancaster University, which involved action research with TCL. Gail also has a MSc in Housing, and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.  She has worked as a teacher, housing professional and a consultant, including advising on recruitment, training, appraisals, and health and safety audits and policies.

Staff Directors

Anna Clayton

Anna Clayton

Anna studied Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia and, since graduating in 2010, has completed a Permaculture design course, RHS certificate in horticulture and a variety of facilitation and collaborative training. For the past ten years she has worked on a range of community projects with focuses ranging from environmental art, seed saving, heritage fruit tree grafting, wildlife gardening, up-cycling workshops, junk jamming and food growing- both in the UK and abroad. On behalf of LESS, Anna currently coordinates FoodFutures – North Lancashire’s Sustainable Food Partnership and network.

Anna also works part time as a Writer and Researcher and Worker Director at Ethical Consumer Magazine in Manchester, under which role she has co-organised the Lush Spring Prize for environmental and social regeneration.

She also sits on the management committee of Claver Hill food growing project in Lancaster, and sits on the steering group of the Northern Real Farming Conference.

Ellen Pearce

Ellen Pearce

Ellen has a background in leadership and management of charities, having worked in the non for profit sector for over 20 years. She has also held a number of roles in sports clubs and for national governing bodies. Over past 5 years she has been coordinating local food economy projects for LESS and FoodFutures. This has included the set up of the Plot (a market garden) and FarmStart training programme, coordinating the Northern Real Farming Conference work and more recent focus on the North Lancashire Food Hub and Community Farm. 

Other LESS staff are listed on the FoodFutures website.

Become a Volunteer Director

Are you passionate about promoting sustainable living?

Are you willing and able to devote around half a day per week to an interesting and rewarding voluntary role in your local community?

If so LESS would love to hear from you!

 

 

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