Core Sector39 Team

Steve Jones (

Steve  is a passionate and articulate teacher and practitioner of permaculture design with extensive knowledge of both the theory and practice of sustainable development.

More than 25 years of hands-on experience implementing and project-managing land-based initiatives such as community gardens, small farms and sustainable housing cooperatives underpin Steve’s expertise. Steve has worked  as a member of the Get-Growing team in Newtown, Powys, which supports the development of community food growing projects, and as a consultant to the Squash Nutrition urban food growing project in Liverpool.

Steve is a certified business studies and economics teacher and has a degree in sustainable development, which bring depth and professionalism to his teaching approach, he writes several blogs and is an avid networker and communicator on the subjects of sustainability, transition and co-operatives. With his colleagues at Sector39 -Steve delivers up to six on-site permaculture design certificate courses per year alongside numerous shorter courses, including on low impact structures, introduction to permaculture and forest gardening.

Mick Clifton (

Mick has over 16 years experience of working with communities on social and environmental projects. He has been successful in raising over £1.3million through public and private funding bids for a wide range of projects as well as having experience in community development, project management and volunteer recruitment.

Mick has a honours degree in community development and has spent most of his career working in rural and remote communities where his professional interests include sustainable development, community owned resources, community growing and social investment.

Jack Hunter


Jack is the Social Media Co-Ordinator for the project. He is also a PhD candidate in the Department of Archaeology & Anthropology at the University of Bristol, and a lecturer in Sociology and Religious Studies at North Shropshire College. He has published several books on the intersection of anthropology, religious studies and the paranormal, the most recent of which include Talking With the Spirits (2014), Strange Dimensions (2015) and Damned Facts (2016). He is interested in exploring the possibility of an alternative way of engaging with and understanding the landscape and environment, informed by his anthropological research and interests.

Members at Large

Paul Odiwuor Ogola

Paul Odiwuor Ogola is a permaculture project leader. His mission is to bring permaculture knowledge and technology to his community of small farmers facing climate changes, low investment, and relative isolation in Kawiya Village, Kenya. He is the founder of the PermoAfrica Centre.

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