Barbara Jones

Barbara is a co-director of the School of Natural Building (SNaB). SNaB is a partner in the Interreg funded programme, UP Straw.

Through UP Straw, SNaB has the pleasure of hosting the European Straw Bale Gathering 2019. Barbara’s role in the organisation of this event is to develop, organise and maintain the programme.
Eileen Sutherland

Eileen is a co-director of SNaB with Barbara. She is the project director of UP Straw in the UK and her role in organising ESBG 2019 is to help develop the programme, keep a grip on the finances and work hard to make the event informative, helpful, interesting and fun!
Allan Sutherland

Allan is a freelance web developer and teacher who looks after the ESBG 2019 website amongst others.

He worked as an untrained labourer on his and Eileen’s strawbale studio in Bulgaria. This was a brilliant experience, which revealed hitherto unknown practical skills and enthusiasm. Just goes to show what ‘bale frenzy’ can do!
Rae Parkinson

Rae says: My own reawakening to the joy of straw bale building occurred suddenly, and completely without warning, in 2007 when my eco-conscious partner led me onto a three day Strawbale Building workshop with Amazon Nails. We camped out in the woods with a troop of dancers, ate lots of delicious vegetarian food and built a small straw bale roundhouse.

Rae designed the ESBG 2019 logo and will be involved in the many graphics needed for this event.
Ed Jeffreys

Ed trained in dance and moved to Todmorden recently. He has dreams of self building with straw and is excited that his first European Straw Bale Gathering will be so local! Ed will be helping to source products and services needed for ESBG 2019 among many other things…
Penny Marrington

Penelope (Penny) Marrington is a retired lecturer in Systems Thinking in Management and has lived in Todmorden for nearly 20 years. She is currently a Green Town Councillor, the secretary of TodWalkers (a walkers' action group) and a member of Incredible Edible Todmorden. She is a founder member of Todmorden Strawbale Hotel Community Benefit Society Ltd. Penny is helping to source local transport for the straw bale tours in addition to researching and planning the accommodation in Todmorden. No easy task!
Ines Pengilly is a student of the School of Natural Building. She has been fascinated by straw bale building for many years and is hoping to build her own straw bale home one day. She will be helping at ESBG in a variety of ways.