Sustainable St Albans is a charity no. 1173118. We have a trustee group which meets monthly; a large number of other volunteers who make stuff happen and an annual AGM.
Meet the trustees below, and some of our volunteers too.
Enquiries about joining the trustee group, or ideas for the group, are always welcomed. Please email us with any queries here
Our charitable objectives are:
1) to promote the conservation protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment, acting primarily within the City and District of St Albans, by promoting, for the benefit of the public, the sustainable use of resources; and
2) to advance the education of the public in the sustainable use of resources and the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment, acting primarily within the City and District of St Albans.
We remain a member of the UK and international Transition Network.
Meet the trustees
Helen is an expert in community engagement and place management, with a CV full of creating events, activity and programming that raise funds and awareness and create memorable experiences. She has worked locally for the Council and the BID as well as running a creative workshop company teaching sewing, knitting and crochet to the community. She now works to coordinate the sustainability agendas of councils across Hertfordshire, as well as running a community interest company. Helen has lived in St Albans for 13 years with her growing family.
As one of the founders of Transition St Albans, our predecessor organisation, Jack has been with us since 2009, and is our treasurer. He says, “I am an accountant by profession, and the environment is becoming ever more mainstream in corporate reporting; I am an economist by interest, and the realisation that “materialism” and GDP are part of the problem is getting an ever better hearing; and I live here, and I am immensely proud to be part of the St Albans journey towards being a sustainable community. But there is plenty left to do …
Dan is a fundraising professional, having worked for various charities since the mid-90s and for the last ten years as a consultant, currently with Moore Kingston Smith. He is also a trustee of Rethink Mental Illness and treasurer for Hertfordshire Natural History Society and RSPB St Albans, and brings experience of charity governance. He has lived in St Albans since 2001. As well as his keen interest in biodiversity and the natural world, he is a keen runner and gardener.
Lesley has been a trustee since 2016, and is the driver behind the successful Our Planet, Our Future initiative, which began putting on specialist talks and events in Harpenden as part of Sustainable St Albans, and continued during lockdown with many online events.
Lesley spent many years work establishing Playing Out St Albans District. She also co-ordinates the Thermal Imaging Camera project across both Harpenden and St Albans, and co-ordinated the wonderful Open Food Gardens initiative for several years.
Lesley lives in Harpenden with her family.
Sarah is a Chartered Accountant who started her career in audit and then moved into industry over 10 years ago. She has worked across a number of customer facing sectors including entertainment, retail and hospitality. A mum of two, Sarah is keen to help her own children and the local community to work towards a greener future.
Catherine has been actively involved with Sustainable St Albans and it’s predecessor for over a decade. Originally, she set-up and ran our carbon-cutting Transition Streets programme, then chaired the first four Sustainability Festivals, and led our successful petition to the Council to declare a climate emergency in 2019. She became a steering group member in 2012 and then a trustee when we became a registered charity.
Catherine’s day job is as the environmental lead in the national Cathedral and Church Buildings Team at the Church of England, writing guidance, running training, and sharing best practice around the country to support the Church’s aim of becoming Net Zero Carbon by 2030.
She has lived in St Albans since 1999 and has three school-age children.
To email any individual in the group: firstnameDOTsecondnameATsustainablestalbans.org
OR email TrusteesATsustainablestalbans.org
We are interested in new people joining the trustee group. If you think you may be interested please have a look at the Trustee Role description here. If you would like to find out more, please get in touch and send us an email to trusteesATsustainablestalbans.org
Volunteers – these are the people who make things happen – meet a few of our wonderful volunteers here…
Philip Nalpanis – Newsletter Editor and Membership Secretary
Philip has had an interest in environmental issues since his mid-teens; having done postgraduate research in meteorology he has some understanding of the physics behind climate change and hence has taken a particular interest in this. In the last few years he has been involved with Sustainable St Albans, editing their monthly newsletter and maintaining its membership register. Through this and his involvement with A Rocha, a Christian conservation and environmental charity, he has gained a wider appreciation of current environmental challenges. As a member of St Paul’s church, St Albans, he is encouraging the church and its members to live more sustainably.
Gail enjoyed multiple careers from reporter to counsellor, organisational consultant to refugee charity trustee and local authority Youth Services manager .. before joining Sustainable St Albans as a trustee in 2012 and leading on communications for SSA, and for the Sustainability Festival since its inception. Gail stepped down as a trustee in Sept 2021 to continue supportng the group as a volunteer.
Life-threatening brain surgery in 2010 had led her to think anew about priorities in her life: ‘That was easy’ she says, “the most important thing is the climate crisis, and working with others to do whatever we small people can do to save the human species from destroying itself and this magnificent, beautiful planet we live on. I believe passionately in the power of community to make change.”
Open Food Gardens volunteers
Open Food Gardens encourages local people who grow food to open up their gardens to the public during summer months. Informal advice, garden tips, food garden design ideas are to be had, and the occassional tea and cake at these inspiring events across St Albans and Harpenden gardens and allotments. See pic of just some of the 2021 volunteers who make these events happen – enjoying an end of year social.
Left to Right: Helen Haran, Bashir Jivani, Romayne Hutchison, Romaine and David Byers, Suzie Brind, June Whetherly, Sarah Gataora (trustee), Charlotte Thorpe.