It was my pleasure to become a director of WWOOF UK in 2014. I value WWOOF UK’s work immensely and hope through my work as a director I will be able to continue all the unique work that WWOOF fosters and creates. I grew up in rural Yorkshire surrounded by large-scale agriculture and industry but I’ve spent my adult life in Edinburgh, where I have predominantly worked for community food and farming projects and charities. This has meant being a jack-of-all-trades from farmer to running a pet shop, from youth worker to supporting people with dementia. I’ve been lucky in that my work as has allowed me to travel and see other parts of the country and world. I’ve been to North America, Romania, Spain and across Scotland learning about how people produce food and share it, meeting a range of farmers and growers.
Just as with many WWOOFers and hosts whose comments I hear and read, WWOOFing has changed my life also through providing a hands-on and financially-viable learning opportunity. I hope through this new role I will be able to bring fresh ideas to a well-loved charity that has strong ethics and committed members. I hope my background in charities and community work will prove useful in maintaining WWOOF UK on its current path of being organic (both in terms of growing and feel). Whilst also being a professional organisation that that cares for its members. After all, it the members that make WWOOF UK happen.