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 up with other like-minded people who are out there making positive changes.

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!

Emily Watts.

Emily manages Eden Project Communities' work in Scotland, and has been working on The Big Lunch campaign for five years. She is in charge of making sure people know what we do, connecting people and developing partnerships. She loves storytelling, running, crafts and enjoys the fact that her job puts her in touch with so many inspirational people on a daily basis.

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CND Dave Hulme

Scotland West

Dave has been involved with community work and the Third Sector since 2013 and participated in an Eden Community Camp at the end of 2014 which he describes as 'life changing'.  As a Community Network Developer within our Scottish team Dave uses his enthusiastic and passionate nature to inspire and support others right across the UK making positive changes in their communities. 

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CND Linda Gill

Scotland East

Linda attended a Community Camp and held her first Big Lunch in 2014.  She is delighted to be sharing her experience and knowledge of community development to all those looking for support in her region.  Linda puts a lot of store in the words of Martin Luther King, "Life's most persistent and pressing question is 'What are you doing for others?'" In her spare time, Linda set up Leith Community Cinema, and runs Leith Community Knitting Bee, which knits items for local families.

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Niamh in a parade with a rainbow on her face.

Northern Ireland

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

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 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.

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Diana Vogtel.

The Midlands and East of England

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.

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Peter Lefort.

Peter manages the delivery of Eden Project Communities across England, finding new ways to connect people locally and nationally. He is a big believer in the power of empathy and the importance of passing things on from person to person, whether it is inspiration, a helping hand or some leftover apples from the garden.

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Kathryn Garnett.

North of England

Kathryn connects community projects and community organisers in the North of England. In work and life, Kathryn is a food maker, shaker and pun creator and has an insatiable appetite for hearing people's stories of what else they share, other than food, over their Big Lunches. She loves seeing people's confidence grow as they put their community idea into action and how the Eden Project community comes together to support them. She knows the impact our Community Camp can have in helping people make that first leap into the unknown, as she has been there herself!

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Jeni Lewitt.
Jeni Lewitt, Community Network Developer

London, South East and South West

Jeni is a cultural agent who supports and advises individuals and groups, across the regions, helping community activists to develop ideas and projects.

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Samantha Evans.

Wales

Samantha connects community projects and community organisers with each other across Wales. In her spare time, she loves nothing more than being alongside people in her own town 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. One of her favourite quotes is “Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire”, because she loves meeting all the compassionate and energetic people she gets to work with across Wales, with a fire in their belly to turn their passion into something that makes a huge difference to many.

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Lowri Jenkins.

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.  

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