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. Here they are...

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.

Contact Gráinne

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.

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.

Contact Lowri

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.  

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!

Sophie meet the team
Sophie Bridger, Country Manager, Scotland

Contact Sophie

Sophie manages delivery of Eden Project Communities and the Big Lunch in Scotland. Having worked in the LGBT community for many years, she is interested in bringing people together, human rights and peacebuilding.  She loves being outside  - in her garden, in the sea and in the mountains.

Molly Newberry, Community Network Developer

South West, Central South & West Midlands of England - Contact Molly

Molly connects community projects and community organisers in the South West, Central South & West Midlands of England. She has recently returned from a 20,000km+ bicycle ride from the UK to New Zealand, to raise money and awareness for charity and have a wild adventure using pedal power! Having always been fascinated by our human need for connection, she is very excited to bring people together in the shared mission of growing kind, creative, self-empowered and happy communities. 

Gemma Snow, Head of External Partnerships

Contact Gemma

Gemma manages partnerships and sponsorships at Eden Project Communities that support the UK Delivery of our outreach programme, campaigns and events. Gemma has over 20 years of experience in corporate partnerships and fundraising in the arts, charity and cultural sectors. She is passionate about partnerships that bring about impactful change.