Meet the team

Our team is made up of lovely people who know what it takes to make things happen in communities. They can help you kick start your project, help you solve challenges, and connect you with other like-minded people who are out there making positive changes in their communities. Meet our fabulous team...

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Tracey Robbins pictured with Stone Sculpture.

Tracey manages the UK wide Delivery Team overseeing work across the four nations. Tracey is passionate about communities, informal networks, relationships, interconnectedness and reducing loneliness. Tracey is herself a product of community development and focuses on being a powerfully ordinary, northern woman who gives a lot of HUGS!

Paul Smalley, Community Network Developer

North of England - Contact Paul 

Paul has worked within communities for most of his adult life, whether through work or through volunteering.  He is a proud Northener and has an inbuilt passion for creating stronger communities and the importance of bringing people together. 

Niamh in a parade with a rainbow on her face.

Northern Ireland - Contact Niamh

Niamh connects community projects across Northern Ireland and helps their organisers to share knowledge, experience, motivation, and inspiration. She loves seeing people find their spark and being brave enough to take on new challenges. Here is Niamh’s boat building project: Lagan Currachs

 Grainne McCloskey.

Gráinne manages the delivery of Eden Project Communities in Northern Ireland, having nurtured The Big Lunch since 2011. She brings over 20 years of communication and engagement experience to her role, promoting ideas and opportunities and developing partnerships. Gráinne believes in the power of community spirit and loves it when a plan comes together. Watch videos for The Big Lunch NI here.

Contact Gráinne

Diana Vogtel.

The Midlands and East of England - Contact Diana

Diana connects community projects and community organisers in the Midlands and East of England. She loves seeing so many great community projects taking off — from a single crazy idea, to full-fledged impactful projects — and enabling our community organisers to inspire the next generation of change makers by sharing their experiences, knowledge and inspiration.

Laonikos Psimikakis-Chalkokondylis, Community Network Developer

London, South East and South West - Contact Laonikos

Laonikos is a socially engaged artist and outdoor educator. He believes that listening can be a radical act and help us connect to ourselves, our communities, and the world around us. Through his work, he seeks to create spaces for communal listening and sharing, and is most inspired witnessing the transformational power of simple acts of connecting. 

Samantha Evans.

Wales - Contact Samantha

Samantha connects community projects and community organisers across Wales. She loves nothing more than being alongside people creating various informal events that bring her community together, adopt a sense of community spirit with one another and a sense of pride about where they live.

Lowri manages the delivery of Eden Project Communities in Wales. She loves making positive change happen and has led environmental campaigns across Wales. She is inspired by the diverse community projects working in Wales and wants to support them to reach their potential.  

Contact Lowri

Katie Swann Community Network Developer (Scotland)

Scotland - Contact Katie

Katie connects community projects across Scotland. She started her working life in public libraries and still believes in the power of stories to change lives. She loves supporting people and projects to reach their potential, develop confidence and become more resilient, and never underestimates the power of cake!

Mo is joining the team as the new Community Network Developer in Scotland. Alongside her development work with communities she is a multi-disciplinary artist. She enjoys a hands-on approach; getting stuck into building, making and drawing – bringing people together use their creative voice. 

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Stevie Green, Digital Communities Manager

Stevie looks after all of our social media and digital campaigns. He has also produced podcasts on various topics over the past seven years, and will be heading up our new EPC podcast for 2020!

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Caishlan Sweeney, Scotland campaigns manager

Caishlan leads the delivery of the UK campaign in Scotland in partnership with the Scotland Country Manager, and comes with over 20 years' of professional communications and engagement experience. She enjoys working with people, listening and sharing stories and encouraging creativity.