Our Trustees

Our board is composed of the following:

Ed Vidler


I am a qualified Accountant with a Business degree equivalent from University of Portsmouth.  I’ve 25 years experience in Manufacturing industry with a large chunk of that time running a profitable subsidiary of a Multi National company. I am also well versed in consumer affairs having been on the Post Office Users National Council and currently Vice chair of the South West Regional organisation of the Consumer Council for Water. I have chaired the Totnes Development Trust for the last 7 years.

During my time with TDT, I have overseen the setting up of the Leechwell Gardens and the Gardening for Health scheme on the Lamb as well as a number of other smaller projects.  Having been forced to give up squash – due to failing leg power, I have taken up golf and although still no better than a 22 handicap I am still on target to get below 20.

Rob Hopkins


I’m the co-founder of Transition Town Totnes and Transition Network.  I live in Dartington village and am married with 4 sons.  As well as doing a lot to support the Transition idea and to support its spread around the world, I am also involved in lots of things locally.  I was a Trustee of the Dart Valley Learning Partnership (at KEVICC) until recently.  I took part in Dartington Hall Trust’s Land Use Review, and am one of the founders of New Lion Brewery, a social enterprise brewery in the town.  I’ve been involved in Atmos since about 2009 because I believe it is the key ingredient in changing the economy and the economic future of the town.

I think the story this town has to tell the world is of vital importance, and I try to balance my time between telling that story further afield and supporting its growth and development here.  My own passion is the potential of local building materials, especially cob and straw bale building.  I also am a keen gardener, have 4 chickens and enjoy walks on Dartmoor with my sons.  I blog at Transition Culture and tweet as @robintransition.  If I had three wishes, the first would be a supermarket sweep in Totnes’ Drift Record Store.

Frances Northrop


Transition in Action manager at Transition Town Totnes with overall responsibility for internal management, income generation and strategic influencing. Her background is in community development and social enterprise with a strong track record in successful business development for community based charities and enterprises.

Dave Chapman


I’m married and live in Bridgetown with my wife and two daughters, my son is at university having left KEVICC three years ago. I work for my own company and I offer strategic planning, business planning and organisational development and programme and project management support to a range of organisations and groups.  Although I no longer actively play any sport I am still a keen follower of rugby (having played and coached both codes) and am a life-long supporter of Portsmouth FC (now owned by those who will take care of it – us the supporters!).

I love music, and although my phone is good for calls, and all the other stuff it does, its real function is to carry the music that matches my mood; everything from Led Zeppelin to Alan Jackson and Takeshi Terauchi via Passenger, Bach, and Tom Jones on the way. My involvement in Atmos goes back to 2007 and the start, and I’m involved because I believe that this project can bring about the radical change many of us want in terms of planning and land ownership. So, for me its about swinging the pendulum back towards communities and local people and particularly for those of us who live, work and play in Totnes.

Anna Lodge

 is a communications specialist and currently runs her own consultancy supporting organisations and social motivated businesses with their development plans, marketing and promotional activities. Previous to this she worked at Schumacher College, The Refugee Council, ippr and the BioRegional Development Group where she was Green Lifestyles Officer on the flagship zero carbon development BedZED.

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