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HKD TRANSITION - WHO WE ARE

We are local residents who are concerned about climate change and the end of the era of cheap oil.  Urgent action is needed.  By working together our communities can lower carbon emissions and become more resilient to future shocks.  By unleashing our creativity and cooperation we can build a future that is more fulfilling, gentler on the earth and happier.

About 15,000 people live in the villages of Hassocks, Hurstpierpoint, Keymer and Ditchling along the foot of the South Downs.  We are linked together by transport, shopping and schools as well as by our shared environment.  We are lucky to have thriving communities with many active organisations.  Creating the transition to a more sustainable future is a task that needs people with many different interests.  HKD Transition works with other groups that share our concerns.

HKD MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

The HKD Management Committee is responsible for keeping an overall focus on HKD Transition’s purpose and aims and ensuring that our activities help advance these. The Management Committee is elected at the Annual General Meeting and serves for a year at a time. The Committee meets regularly (at least 6 times per year).

At the AGM in 2017 those below were elected to the Management Committee:
 

Two officers are elected at the annual general meetings to carry out specific tasks: The Membership Secretary is responsible for:
• maintaining a membership list.
• keeping (but not necessarily taking) minutes of all Management Committee meetings
• collecting and circulating any relevant information within the Management Committee and within the membership of HKD Transition.

The Treasurer is responsible for:
• providing a regular report on finances to the management committee
• keeping proper accounts that show all monies received and paid out.

JOHN WILLIS

With my wife Sally, I’ve enjoyed living in Hassocks and more recently Ditchling since 1979. Our three sons all received an excellent education at Downlands School. Before retirement my career was in power station engineering, and I’m enthusiastic about now being able to use my knowledge to help in the move towards renewable energy and various other ways of living more sustainably.  I’ve found it very rewarding to work with others in the HKD team, with their very varied backgrounds combined with a strong conviction that our local communities can achieve a great deal in helping us to live more sustainably.  

CHRIS THOMSON

I've lived in Hassocks since 1998 and since September 2016 have been working as an educational consultant. I really enjoy being involved in local projects that contribute to making the whole world a more sustainable place and love being out and about in the beautiful countryside around our village.

ALISTAIR WHITBY

I have worked in international development and sustainability for over a decade for a number of charities, most recently the World Future Council. My focus is supporting the spread of effective environmental education and child rights' policies internationally. I live in Hassocks with my wife, 6 year old son and 3 year old daughter and am very keen on promoting local solutions to global challenges such as biodiversity loss and climate change. I like to hike, cycle and grow organic food and also serve on the committee of the Hassocks Allotment Holders Association.

Laurie Jackson

I have had a career in ecology for around 12 years, which has included environmental education, ecological survey, and conservation policy. For the last two years I have been working as for the environmental charity Buglife on pollinator conservation. I have lived in the area since 2009 and I want to help where I can to encourage my community to take a more active involvement in sustainable living.

Margaret Ford

Ex social worker, ex broadcaster, ex historian, I’m en route for my final exit!  In the interim, through HKD, I hope to help ensure that future generations are able to experience my enchantment with the Sussex countryside, triggered by Rudyard Kipling when I was a child.  I may even encourage some of my contemporaries, who know a thing or two about ‘waste not, want not’, something close to the heart of HKD, to join me on the journey.

JULIET MERRIFIELD

Juliet is one of the founding members of HKD Transition and is also a director of HKD Energy, a community benefit society whose aim is to develop renewable energy in our villages.  Retired from a career in adult education, Juliet has experience in managing nonprofit organisations and doing research.  But mostly she likes playing with grand-daughter Wynter, growing good food and walking in beautiful places.

PHILIP ECKSTEIN

Philip lives in Ditchling and is the genius behind our finances as HKD Treasurer. 

Now working as a maths tutor he was previously involved with numerous health charities on the fundraising/management side.

He's particularly interested in what could be done locally to get more people involved with recycling. And his early new year’s resolution is to find more time to get involved with HKD!

Dr JO GILAR

I have a PhD in fairy tales and ecological storytelling from the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tale and Fantasy. I teach Folk and Storytelling at the University of Chichester, and work with Sharon Blackie to develop teaching for the Hedge School.  As a professional storyteller I have performed stories and poems across Europe, and am passionate about telling stories that reconnect us to our places, open us to our others, and re-embed us within our world.

ASTRID STUBBS

I'm a journalist and editor, mother and rescue dog owner. I'm responsible for the monthly e-newsletter and our various social media accounts. I am proud to be part of a group who want to make our world more sustainable for our family and generations to come

Bec Hanley

I have lived in Hurstpierpoint since 2001 and love the friendliness of the village and the easy access to the Downs (for walking) and the train station (for working and socialising). I work with national charities and health researchers in my day job. Outside work I’m really interested in how we can make sure that our local villages are as green as possible.

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