Professional Profiles

Andy Gray, Director

Andy is a passionate conservationist, born and nurtured in the North East of England. He works as a professional tree planter in Northumberland, and in addition to leading our community tree planting days, he also organises and runs our Dwarf Birch Propagation project.






Ben Holden, Director

Ben is a social entrepreneur and filmmaker with a long standing involvement with environmental movements, having co-founded Transition Towns Newcastle as well as the Sentient Cities project. He is a co-founder of Co-Hydro – a commercially successful micro-hydro design and installation company, and has a Masters degree in Film and Digital Media.





Mark Shipperlee, Director


Mark has been in the North East since 2003, having been based in various parts of UK, and spending significant time on overseas development projects. He comes from a background in countryside management, and now divides his time between working on small-scale woodland and forestry working, food growing projects for clients, and looking after his own small-holding where he grows food and also produces apple trees. He teaches permaculture design in the North East and also has taught it in Scotland and Romania. He is passionate about local, regional and global sustainability and resilience, and also about bringing woodlands back into sustainable management in our own region – one of his key focuses within LWNE.