Andy Goldring is Chief Executive of the Permaculture Association, the national charity supporting people to learn about and use the ethical and ecological design approach that is permaculture. Andy lives in Leeds and is an active teacher and designer in the Leeds Permaculture Network and a member of Feed Leeds. He advises both urban and rural projects and is currently working on a series of international network building projects - the European Permaculture NetworkEcolise (bringing together Transition Towns, Ecovillage Networks, Permaculture and other Community Led Sustainability initiatives), and the Permaculture Co-Lab - an action learning project that seeks to enhance the coherence and effectiveness of the global permaculture movement. He is current secretary of Leeds Love it Share It. 

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Andy Goldring

Irena Bauman

Irena Bauman is a practising Architect and a founding Director of Bauman Lyons Architects, Trustee of ASF-UK and  director of a distributed fabrication start up MassBespoke. Her practice and research are concerned with how architecture and architectural thinking can facilitate local communities to mitigate, adapt and become more resilient to the uncertainties that lie ahead. She recently completed two research projects funded by Technology Strategy Board to develop Climate Change Adaptation Strategies and is currently working on Innovate UK funded projects into off-site construction methods. She is the author of How to be a Happy Architect in which she challenges the architectural establishment to be more in tune with the needs of communities and is currently writing  Retrofitting Neighbourhoods. Designing for Resilience in which she is collating some international case studies of neighbourhood-scale projects which pave the way towards transformative change. See 

Linkedin: Irena Bauman; Twitter: @IrenaBauman 


Rachel Unsworth

Rachael Unsworth is a freelance urban geographer with a particular interest in the long-term future of cities. She was a lecturer at the University of Leeds 1994-2013 and has been involved in many strands of research and policy development in Leeds: sustainable regeneration, land use planning, housing (including city living), climate change, natural resources. She has been involved in Leeds Sustainable Development Group since it started in 2010. She is currently a professional urban tour guide. See 


Paul Chatterton

Paul Chatterton is a writer, researcher and campaigner. He is Professor of Urban Futures in the School of Geography. He is currently Director of the University's Sustainable Cities Group which has launched the ground breaking MSc Sustainable Cities. Paul is also co-founder and resident of the award winning low impact housing co-operative Lilac. He has gone forward to help set up Leeds Commuity Homes to help promote community-led housing. His recent books include Low Impact Living (Routledge) (20% off with code DC361) and Unlocking Sustainable Cities with Pluto Press. (see book website @ He is also co-founder of the public charity 'Antipode' dedicated to research and scholarship in radical geography. See Twitter: @paulchatterton9