Our team

This project exists thanks to the hard work and dedication of our many wonderful volunteers, small team of tireless staff, and one very well-worn rhyming dictionary.

Volunteers
Board of trustees
Our patron

Staff team

Edd Bell, Change Projects Co-director

otesha, bike, tour, cycle, edd, bell, edward, old pump, tour liason, facilitator, change project, project,After spending the ’09 summer as an East Coast cycle tour liaison, Edd moved down to ‘The Big Smoke’ to find out what all the fuss is about, joined the Otesha team working part-time as a Facilitator on the Change Projects, and is now leading the programme. He is highly inspired by the notion of place-making via social design, interaction and reaction, exchange and development. Since he began studying Design for Sustainability his projects went beyond the conventional confines of design and explored ideas for moving towards a more sustainable future. He is currently developing his Bike Box project at the School for Social Entrepreneurs. Other involvements see him working as a freelance bike mechanic and ‘Dr Bike’ for Bike Works and coordinating the yearly village fete festival installation as a co-founder of the love garden collective!

Anna-Devi Nagtalon, Green Jobs Co-director

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After spending time in University doing a film degree, Anna (pronounced Uh-nah) found herself contemplating what she wanted to do when she was a ‘grown up’ and found herself at a complete loss. All she knew is that she wanted to help inspire and motivate people, so off she went to the School for Social Entrepreneurs to develop Upgrade101. She then went on to become a Sex and Relationships peer educator, delivering sessions in schools and youth clubs and she found and developed her passion for working with young people. She has worked in a variety of teaching settings, from Pupil Referral Unit’s to theatres to schools to colleges and can honestly say there is nothing she enjoys more than teaching young people what they want to learn in an alternative and fun environment! Anna loves to learn and is currently training up to be a NLP practitioner coach. When she’s not at work she can be found hanging out with her two kids; playing video games or reading comics, working on the #dreambigachievebigger mix tape, watching films or life coaching!

Our volunteers

We are incredibly lucky to have such a wonderful team of volunteers and advisors. Each and every one of them works in different ways to make sure that the Otesha dream comes to life in the UK in the most effective, impactful and fun way possible.

Kate Weiler, Volunteer at large

Kate Weiler

Kate was on tour with Otesha in Scotland in 2009. Those five weeks were a whirlwind of hardcore hill climbing, some of the best vegan food she had ever eaten and a lot of laughter. Since then, Kate has worked in the youth and education sectors, doing everything from front line delivery, to research and consultancy to programme design and development. She is a trained coach and volunteers as a coach and mentor in her spare time for both young people and adults. Kate is also a performer, and has run theatrical workshops in the UK, India and Nepal as well as dancing in shows in London whenever she can! Kate joins Otesha to set up this summer’s cycle tour in Wales and is mega excited about the adventures in energy extravaganza!. When she’s not working she likes to speak Spanish, discover new independent coffee shops and escape to the coast as often as possible.

 

Iona Padel Collins, Volunteer Extraordinaire 

Iona

Iona has been working with Otesha since 2010. After a couple of short months volunteering, she decided Otesha was the place to work! A degree in Earth Sciences taught her that she’s more interested in people, the environment and theatre than rocks.  She’s worked with children and young people in a variety of roles, and has done a wee bit of theatre production too.  When she’s not at Otesha, she can be found on the fiddle playing ceilidhs, digging her allotment, visiting the Haringey school where she’s a governor, cooking, and (of course) cycling!

Trustees

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Jenny represents the Otesha Alumni on the Otesha Board, after completing the Tartan Trail cycle tour way back in 2011. Prior to the tour, Jenny couldn’t cycle! After a steep introduction to the Otesha way and a whole load of training and exposure to community living and consensus decision making she was hooked and her relationship with and commitment to Otesha has continued. After graduating with a politics degree in 2012 she began interning for an MP in parliament and working on a farm… a surprisingly good combo. Then she set off travelling to Africa to participate in ICS. Now she’s back to the books studying for a masters degree in Development and Globalisation in London and loving life. When not reading you’ll find her exploring all over or in a gallery somewhere taking photos.

William Denton

Will is Company Secretary and the legal trustee on the Otesha Board. He graduated with a history degree from Oxford in 2011 and now works as a paralegal in the charity department of leading Charity and Social enterprise law firm Bates Wells Braithwaite, joining the Otesha board in 2013. In his spare time he enjoys reading, playing tennis and despairing of the fortunes of every sports team he has ever loved!

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Matt Gardner

Hannah Smith

Our patron

Josie Long, comedian

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Josie Long is our super cool patron. As well as enjoying knitting, making zines, recycling, turning off her computer and all those hundreds of small things that make a better world, she makes us laugh until our bellies ache. Other people agree – check out her accomplishments – she’s an If.Comedy Award Winner and BBC Comedy Award Winner. She’s been on BBC2’s Buzzcocks, C4’s Skins and Charlie Brooker’s You Have Been Watching, AND she’s been on Radio 4 with her own acclaimed series and Just A Minute. Blimey. She also loves our Otesha handbook and has her very own copy!