I have lived for just over 20 years in Ilkley. I retired early and strangely became involved in Climate Action Ilkley. I have no particular experience, skills or qualifications that led me to get involved. I just started to wonder how we should respond to something called an emergency, that we face an existential threat. I am not attracted to hope. I like to wonder about how we can best live together and share this planet. It is the only home we have. What else matters? We do the best we can and see what happens. We are not sure. It’s an improvisation. Let’s have some fun maybe too. I would like to be able to juggle and make bread too.
Mike has been active within the environment movement for over thirty years. Originally from near Brighton, he has lived in Ilkley since 2018, before which he lived in Derbyshire where he helped found Transition New Mills. He has worked as a senior IT manager, teacher, and most recently at the University of Leeds supporting materials science research. He is currently pursuing a PhD in psychology examining the relationship between diet and psychic functioning.
Steve is from Nottingham and studied agriculture at his local university, despite having no family connection with farming. After working on several farms, and a short spell selling climbing equipment, he joined the Grassland Research Institute, based in Berkshire but doing surveys and studies throughout England and Wales. He switched to advisory work in the mid 1980s and his work evolved towards the impact of farming on the environment and measures to mitigate it and restore biodiversity. From 1998 until retirement in 2017 he worked for Natural England and predecessor bodies. He moved to Ilkley in 2000. Steve’s wife Carol worked in the Grove Bookshop until January 2021. They have three grown-up children.
I have lived in Ilkley for over 20 years. I worked as a GP until retiring in 2015. I am a keen allotmenteer and have had an allotment in Ilkley since I moved here, using the no dig method to grow my vegetables and fruit. I have been vegetarian since a teenager but over the past 2 years I have become vegan. I became increasingly interested in environmental issues and climate change and felt the need to become involved in taking action to tackle climate change, encouraged by my 4 grown-up children. I have no particular expertise in this field but feel strongly that everyone needs to get involved, not only experts. I also enjoy yoga and walking on the moor
I am semi-retired Professor of Earth Sciences at Leeds University. I also have business experience from creating and acting as Chairman of a large international geoscience consultancy company. I moved to Ilkley in 1995 and both children attended local Primary and Secondary Schools. I have been a member of the CAI Operations Committee since its formation. I maintain my research in rock deformation and serve on Committees of the Geological Society of London, where I am helping to co-ordinate awareness of the role of geosciences in the energy transition. I also spend time promoting the understanding of the links between culture, history and earth sciences. Also enjoy hill walking, ornithology, painting, DIY projects and being a grandparent.
I am a retired Marketing person having worked with companies like Asda, Pizza Express and Mothercare. Me and the family moved to Yorkshire at the end of the 80’s with British Satellite Broadcasting and enjoyed it so much that we stayed when BSB was taken over by Sky. I have been a trustee with Ilkley U3A and U3A’s national executive committee. CAI’s Land and Nature group inspired an interest in trees and have recently formed the Ilkley Trees Initiative with other CAI members and organisations in the town.
Martin’s interest in environmental issues and concern regarding the impact of human activity on Earth developed through childhood and led to a BSc in “Chemistry, Resource and The Environment” at University of York. The realisation that economics and not morality drives research caused Martin significant frustration. After a period of pursuing his sporting passions Martin developed a career in Information Technology with a specific focus on database management system performance. Having moved to Ilkley with a young family in 2015 he has been involved in a range of Climate Action Ilkley activities prior to becoming a trustee.