Our Trustees

Our board is composed of the following:

Ed Vidler

A qualified Accountant with a Business degree equivalent from University of Portsmouth.  He has 25 years experience in Manufacturing industry with a large chunk of that time running a profitable subsidiary of a Multi National company. He is 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. He has also chaired the Totnes Development Trust for the last 7 years.

Rob Hopkins

The co-founder of Transition Town Totnes and of Transition Network.  He is a passionate advocate of community resilience and sustainability, lecturing and writing widely on Transition and its potential.  He is author of ‘The Transition Handbook’, ‘The Transition Companion’ and ‘The Power of Just Doing Stuff’, and holds a PhD from the University of Plymouth, where he is also a Visiting Fellow.  He won the 2008 Schumacher Award, the 2009 Observer Ethical Award and was chosen in 2012 as one of NESTA/Observer’s ‘Britain’s 50 New Radicals’.  In 2012 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of the West of England.  His blog is Transition Culture.

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


After gaining a degree in Mining Engineering Dave worked in the construction and demolition sectors before moving on to work within a range of health care settings including mental health and physiotherapy units for ten years. Following a period working in regeneration and economic development, Dave moved in to the voluntary sector where he led the development and establishment of a community based organisation over a four year period.

This work really fired his interest in land and asset based acquisition and community led development, and led to work with bassac and then Locality. As Head of Social Action with Locality, Dave was responsible for managing programmes of support for community based organisations, including Neighbourhood Planning and Community Right to Build.

Dave left Locality in the early part of 2013 to pursue his passion for supporting community led development and establish Triformis, a small consultancy company.  An experienced practitioner and supporter of community enterprises with specific skills in strategic planning, business planning and organisational development and programme and project management, Dave is currently providing support to Supporting Communities in Neighbourhood Planning Programme and project managing the Atmos Project.

Anna Lodge

annaAnna 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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