Who we are - the Patron, Team, and board of trustees.
In Spring 2011 Patrick Holden CBE agreed to be Patron for the Biodynamic Association. He has a long association with biodynamics, having spent a year on the biodynamic course at Emerson College.
He was formerly the Director of the Soil Association; he is currently Director of the Sustainable Food Trust, which he founded in 2011.Read more about Patrick here
Biodynamic Association Team
Gabriel Kaye has worked with and supported biodynamics all her life. Born on a biodynamic farm and a keen biodynamic gardener, Gabriel has worked for the Biodynamic Association and Certification for seven years. She helped start, develop and lead the Biodynamic Land Trust. Gabriel has a background in administration and management of associations, schools, and other charitable organisations, building a wealth of expertise in these areas. She has run her own craft pottery business, been a trainer and consultant in organisational structures, charity requirements, and management for Steiner Schools and has a grown family. Now in 2019 she brings her experience and expertise to the Biodynamic Association as its Executive Director.
Adam joined the team at the Biodynamic Association in August 2021 as General Manager. Adam grew up in the New Forest, studied Accounting and Finance at Kingston Business School and then joined KPMG in London. Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant he moved to KPMG Berlin in 1993. He has held different senior management positions in property development, retail and energy business in Germany and Poland where he led teams to reposition the companies in changing and new market situations. Adam moved to an organic Exmoor hill farm in 2017. He and his husband currently have a small herd of beef cows and rare breed British Lop pigs.
Farm Service Development Manager
Dan joined the team at Biodynamic Association as Farm Services Development Manager in 2020. He has spent his whole adult life immersed in farming and the countryside, starting off as a farm apprentice nearly 40 years ago on a well-known Biodynamic Farm in Sussex. Since then, Dan has gained both practical and academic experience across Europe and the UK and on a diverse selection of farms, before moving into farm consultancy with a desire to help others work with their charges of land and livestock using a holistic approach.
Jessica has worked for the Association since 1999. It is a job she loves and she never fails to be excited about the work of the biodynamic movement and its potential. Each day, the Association brings her in touch with all kinds of inspirational and heart warming people both from the UK and abroad. For her, it is like belonging to the best family possible.
Her role is to run the office: this involves anything and everything to do with the Association, including assisting with any inquires about biodynamics, membership, events, regional groups, education, sourcing products, and administering our online shop for books, DVD’s, and biodynamic preparations. She also has responsibility for the e newsletter, Biodynamic Buzz, and helps with the day to day updating of the website etc.
Consultant Biodynamic Gardening Director
Lynda is an award winning food writer & author, a life long organic kitchen gardener ( she presented Cook’s Garden on Gardeners' World for 2 years) and campaigner for organic food & farming. She has a degree in social anthropology, has worked in sales & advertising, and has extensive comms experience - including broadcasting. She joined the Biodynamic Association as a trustee six years ago and has been deeply involved ever since; including acting as voluntary director in 2018. Together with Jessica Standing, she launched the Biodynamic Gardening Club in May 2019.
Editor Star and Furrow and Research Coordinator
Richard has been involved with biodynamic work for over 45 years, mostly in the fields of gardening, research and food processing, including nearly 30 years working in Camphill Communities (both in the UK and overseas). A former Trustee of the BDA, he has been editor of the BDA membership magazine Star and Furrow for the past 18 years. Richard has an in depth knowledge of biodynamic standards, and is the Biodynamic Certification’s Processing Technical officer, and an Inspector. He has a degree in Chemistry, is currently studying for a Master’s Degree on Researching Holistic Approaches to Agroecology with the Crossfields Institute, and acts as the BDA’s coordinator for biodynamic research.
Mara Galeano Carraro
Mara is the newest member of the team - having joined us in January 2022 . She holds a degree in Biology and a Master's in Anthropology, and has more recently been studying and practising Permaculture Design and Ecosystem restoration. Although relatively new to Biodynamics, she's very keen to learn more! She's a self-proclaimed community-builder and when she's not in the office, she's teaching yoga and setting-up urban community gardens in Bristol.
Biodynamic Association Council (Trustees)
Jenni Rosenbrock (Chair)
Jenni has been growing organically for over fifty years, and has moved into biodynamic agriculture over the last three years, following a long career in education spanning kindergarten to university, mainstream to special needs and disabilities. Currently Jenni is working primarily with adults with autism, and at Martin Bradshaw’s Moss Valley Market Garden, a biodynamic site in Sheffield, delivering an organic/biodynamic veg bag scheme for the local community.
Julia is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University (CAWR). She has a degree in environmental studies, a postgraduate diploma in Land Resource Planning, an MSc in Sustainable Agriculture and a PhD on the coping strategies of the Cuban farming and food system in the wake of the fall of the Soviet Union. In 2003 she headed up the International Programme of the Henry Doubleday Research Association (now Garden Organic), based at Ryton Gardens, and has over 25 years of experience in international research and development relating to organic farming and food security, both in the UK and overseas, including Latin America. Her current project is a research programme on “Quantum based Agriculture” in order to recognise and give credibility to the non physical dimensions of agriculture.
Ian looks after and dispatches the biodynamic preparations and books on behalf of the BDA from where he lives in the Grange Village Community, Gloucestershire. He was also the BDA treasurer between 1999 and 2015 and still keeps a keen eye on the Association’s finances. He is passionate about the planets and stars and especially how they influence biodynamic growing through the biodynamic planting calendar. On this he has given many workshops and courses to biodynamic apprentices and others over the years. Ian came to biodynamics after a 20 year period in Birmingham involved in wholefoods and Friends of the Earth campaigns. He worked for a while in the garden at the Grange growing seeds before working in the Grange office for many years.
Ian Thomas is an experienced marketing and communications practitioner and consultant. As a partner in his own brand communications practice, he has provided brand strategy and activation advice to private, public and charitable organisations spanning a range of industry sectors. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and member of the Royal Institution.
Andrew is an experienced charity trustee and company director. He holds an MBA in Technology Management from the Open University and is a Fellow of the RSA. Andrew brings knowledge and experience of organisation development working out of the social ecology model pioneered by the Nederlandse Pedagogical Institute and developed subsequently by members of the Association for Social Development. Within his commercial businesses, he currently has responsibility for brand building, social media marketing, product development, information and communication technology development and deployment, customer service, governance, and financial administration. He is a member of the Anthroposophical Society and the School of Spiritual Science.
A previous trustee, Spencer is currently Vice Chair of the BDA, and is a biodynamic farmer at Lauriston Farm in Essex, which became Demeter certified in 2008. Most of the farm is a SSSI for birds. They also raise Shetland cattle and North Ronaldsay sheep, produce vegetables and keep bees. Spencer studied environmental science at degree level and worked on a conservation research studentship with MAFF for three years, and worked in industry before joining the family farm. The farm business is currently becoming community owned where feeding the local community, education about biodynamics and working with adults with learning difficulties will be a major focus. In addition to giving local talks about biodynamics and bees, Spencer runs a seven day introductory biodynamic course and around 200 people a year on farm walks and open days.
Odilia has spent her life involved in the biodynamic movement, and has been a member of the Biodynamic Association for over 20 years. She grew up in Kings Langley, was educated at the local Steiner School, and now teaches children with severe or profound learning difficulties. She helps to run the Biodynamic allotments in Kings Langley, is involved in her local Transition activities and also organises ‘Ways to Quality’ courses which brings her in contact with many Camphill Communities. Having been involved for several years on the fringes of the GM debate, she is passionate about developing transparency and respect for all aspects of our environment and those who live in it.
Judy has worked within anthroposophically inspired organisations for the last 10 years. She has a deep appreciation for biodynamic agriculture and for the work of the Biodynamic Association. She also carries out consultancy projects for the Crossfields Institute and various other environmental organisations.
Is a biodynamic farmer, consultant, and teacher. Estate manager at Waltham Place a 220-acre biodynamic estate in Berkshire. André has worked extensively as a market gardener, outdoor classroom teacher and was a founding member of the seed company Living Seeds in Portugal. André has had the opportunity to work on farms in Brazil, Portugal, and UK. He has travelled widely teaching workshops and lecturing on Biodynamic agriculture. He is recognized as a biodynamic consultant by the international Biodynamic Agriculture section at the Goetheanum in Switzerland, and his educational work is featured in the documentary The Challenge of Rudolf Steiner.
Hannah is deeply committed to the land and how it contributes to our physical, mental and spiritual health. She is currently studying medical herbalism with the Betonica School of Herbal Medicine, a cooperative that encourages and supports organic agriculture. Hannah studied languages at university and has worked in various roles, including as a teacher, a youth worker, in various countries including Cuba, Brazil and Colombia, as well as a stint working in the UK for the Ruskin Mill Trust.