Our Team

Newbold Trust is a Social Enterprise, Limited by Guarantee, with an asset lock which ensures that our profits are re-invested in our business. We have 5 Trustees, and a Management team lead by a Managing Director. We use consent-based decision making, which allows us to bring the ‘wisdom of the whole’ into our actions.

Staff Members

James Wood

Managing Director
James is a Community Development specialist and a gifted partnership-builder with 15 years of international experience with governments, charities, and community groups. He holds an Interdisciplinary Master’s Degree in Sustainability and Public Policy and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Anthropology and Community Economic Development

(CED). www.JamesWood.ca

Madelanne Rust-D’Eye

Culture Garden Manager
Madelanne is a skilled facilitator, experiential educator, and organisational consultant. She works with private, public, and third-sector organisations to support the creation of dynamic, collaborative teams. She has a Master’s degree in Somatic Counselling Psychology from Naropa University (Colorado, USA) with specialisations in Dance/Movement Therapy and Body Psychotherapy. She believes passionately in the transformational potential that body- and movement-based group paradigms hold for global culture. www.BodyIntelligence.ca

Stephen  Couling

Land Manager

Stephen has extensive project management experience, is a qualified Heritage Consultant, Organic Market Gardener and has a Permaculture Design Certificate.  He is assisting the Newbold team with developing a long-term plan for the Land and Gardens to support internal programs and external collaborations with the wider community.  He also leads Conservation Weeks with Trees for Life based at Dundreggan in Glen Moriston in the Scottish Highlands.


John Paul (JP)

Maintenance  Manager
As a professional electrician and plumber, as well as a Nichiren Buddhist, vegan and musician, JP feels that he has found the perfect place to express himself and to make himself useful. JP enjoys working as part of the team towards fulfilling the Newbold vision, while keeping things running smoothly by fixing everything from dishwashers to lawnmowers


Mandy Clinch

Ledger Manager
Mandy studied Marketing Communications in London and worked for many years in the food sector. Mandy is interested in sustainability, mental and physical wellness and is keen to learn from others and broaden and share her skills and experiences with like-minded, caring people. She enjoys music, dancing, reading, cycling, travelling and new challenges.

Our Board consists of 5 members.

Gavin Morgan

Gavin Morgan (Chair of Trustees), currently works as the National Development Coordinator for Who Cares? Scotland.

A member of the CLD Standards Council, a rites of passage guide, keen hill walker, musician and husband and father of 2, Gavin has a variety of experience across the public, private and third sector from business management, community learning and development,  workshop facilitation and training and has a keen passion for inspiring the next generation of change-makers.


David Mead

David Mead

David Mead, Director, is a retired medical doctor with years of experience in General Practice and Psychiatry in Canada and the U.K., is a mentor and Psychotherapist locally, and is the founder and director of a successful Care Home company (Mead Medical Services Ltd.) in Scotland.



Anne Skene

Director, a qualified educational psychologist has enjoyed a full career as a teacher and manager in local authority education. Alongside that, for 20 years, she has run an education business which provides consultancy and teacher training both in Scotland and in Kenya. Anne has a long history of involvement and of holding office in a variety of community groups. Recently, she has been a Moray Councillor for the Forres area and elected to the Chair of Children and Young People Services. Currently, she holds several directorships and chairs the local Community Council. In addition, she is heavily involved with building and developing a school in western Kenya.


Dorota Owen

Dorota Owen , Director, is an experienced professional in many areas: Qualified teacher; yoga teacher; workshop leader; co-founder of Northern Lights Teachers Conferences; elected council member of the Findhorn Foundation community; ambassador for the Global Ecovillage Network and a representative for the Global Centres Gathering.




Liza Hollingshead

Liza Hollingshead (Director) was previously leader of adult diplomacy tours, youth exchanges and student ecology education field work in Russia. She has experience in workshop facilitation, teaching, personal development, leadership coaching, youth empowerment and non profit organisation management.