About Rowanbank

The Place

Our main office is in central Edinburgh, which is where we develop most our workshops, courses and events. Rowanbank is the name of our rural base in the north east of Scotland. It is a beautiful traditional croft, with a number of outbuildings, and has 16 acres of land that we have planted with native trees. We are trying to make the refurbishment of the house and the barns as ecological as possible, from the materials we use to the energy we don’t!

Eco Cabin OfficeOur eco cabin office is made from reclaimed timber, windows and doors, local FSC larch cladding, and is insulated with sheeps wool and recycled newspaper. Designed and built by Arran Sheppard.

The people

Lucy Power (Partner) BSc. Hons

Lucy PowerLucy has worked successfully with schools, community organisations, government agencies and the private sector. Her previous experience includes working as an environmental consultant for whitbybird ltd (now Ramboll UK) and Energy for Sustainable Development Ltd (now ManagEnergy) and as a performer and project manager for te POOKa, an Edinburgh based performing arts charity. Lucy has a First Class degree in Ecological Science (with Honours in Environmental Science) from the University of Edinburgh, is a qualified Forest School leader (level 3) and is an EcoHomes and BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) Assessor. Lucy is also an aerial performer and teacher for All or Nothing Aerial Dance Theatre and Dance Base.

Recent projects include: motivational energy efficiency and waste minimisation workshops for businesses; renewable energy workshops in schools around proposed wind farm developments; development of bespoke educational materials for RWE Innogy, the Forestry Commission and RSPB; community events as part of the Scottish Renewables Festival; environmental theatre productions as part of Edinburgh’s Science Festival and for the Woodland Trust, the National Trust and the Scottish Wildlife Trust; environmental theatre workshops as part of Edinburgh Council’s GO4IT programme for young people; environmental training courses at the National Communities Resource Centre; developing community involvement strategies for renewable energy developments; and environmental assessments of buildings.

Arran Sheppard (Partner) BSc, MSc

Arran SheppardArran has extensive experience running environmental and community music workshops, and has been a workshop leader and performer for Orkestra del Sol (2005-2006), the Edinburgh Samba School (2002-2006) and te POOKa (2003-2006). Arran also provides consultancy on ecological building techniques. Arran has a BSc (Hons) in Engineering with Appropriate Technology from Warwick University, and an MSc in Architecture with Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies from the Centre for Alternative Technology.

Recent projects include: running environmental training courses at the National Communities Resource Centre; renewable energy workshops around proposed wind farm developments; development of bespoke educational materials for RWE Innogy, the Forestry Commisssion and RSPB; and community events as part of the Scottish Renewables Festival; recycled percussion workshops as part of the Nairn Active Families Easter and Summer programmes; environmental theatre productions as part of Edinburgh’s Science Festival and for the Woodland Trust, the National Trust and the Scottish Wildlife Trust; environmental theatre workshops as part of Edinburgh Council’s GO4IT program for young people; and an assessment of the renewable energy potential of Trafford Hall, National Communities Resource Centre.


We also have a number of highly skilled and experienced free-lance workshop facilitators and performers that we work with on a regular basis.

Jemima Thewes (illustrator and performer)

Jemima works as an illustrator, puppeteer, workshop facilitator and actor for Rowanbank. She is an invaluable member of the magical woodland walks team, captivating audiences with skills in puppetry, performance and improvisation.

Jackson Moulding (Environmental consultant and workshop facilitator) BSc, MSc

Jackson MouldingJackson has a BSc in Zoology and an MSc in Environmental Pollution Control. As well as running his own business, Ecomotive Ltd, Jackson works as a consultant and workshop facilitator for Rowanbank on a regular basis. His previous experience includes working for the Centre for Sustainable Energy in Bristol, Streets Alive and Bristol City Council as an energy efficiency advisor.

Jen Howard-Coles (Project manager and workshop facilitator) BA, MSc

Jen Howard-ColesJen has an MSc in Architecture, Environmental and Energy Studies from the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales. She has a First Class degree in Photography, Film & Imaging from Napier University in Edinburgh.

Since 2011 Jen has worked as an advisor, workshop facilitator and researcher for national waste management company, Sita UK. In previous years she has coordinated large events at St Werburghs City Farm in Bristol (2009-2011), for Bristol Cycle Festival (2010) and numerous others between 2007 and present, including as Sustainability Coordinator for Shambala Festival. Jen also has a background working with young people with disabilities, co-directing two participatory films for WECIL (West of England Centre for Inclusive Living) and volunteer coordinating for Mencap. She worked on numerous projects with tePOOKa (2004-2008) as a technician, performer, workshop assistant and videographer.

Rachel Avery (Environmental consultant and workshop facilitator) Bsc. Hons

Rachel AveryRachel has a First Class degree in Ecological Science from Edinburgh University (with Honours in Conservation and Ecological Management). She is a highly experienced environmental educator and a qualified Forest School Leader (Level 3).

Her previous experience includes 3 years as a Community Woodland Officer for the Scottish Wildlife Trust, Environmental Education Officer in a botanic garden in Cameroon, a project worker leading Forest School sessions for the Green Team, a small environmental organisation specialising in working with socially excluded young people, and Environmental Project Worker at Currie Community High School in Edinburgh. In addition, she has worked in a freelance capacity as a trainer, workshop facilitator and event organiser for Scottish Natural Heritage, Forest Research, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and many other environmental agencies and organisations. Rachel Avery is currently studying for an Msc in Outdoor Education.

Cameron Hall (Workshop facilitator and performer) B.A. and Grad. Dip Education

Cameron HallCameron has worked as a drama and social studies teacher for the past six years in Melbourne, Australia. Previously he worked as a performer, workshop facilitator and director for te POOKa, an Edinburgh based performing arts charity. Now back in the UK he is working with Rowanbank as a project manager, workshop facilitator and performer, and with Let’s Circus, in Newcastle, as a workshop facilitator.


UnicycleWhen travelling to our projects we use public transport or bicycles whenever we can. For those times when we can’t, we are members of the Enterprise Car Club, who have a strict low-emissions policy on their fleet of cars. We try to use their electric and hybrid vehicles whenever possible. More info on The City Car Club website


Rowanbank is a not-for-profit organisation.

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