Council news

Aug 31, 2014

The June Council meeting was held at Redfield in Buckinghamshire and made use of their newly refurbished stable-block centre. It was attended by the full Council, two prospective directors and two members of the WWOOF UK administrative team. There was once again a very full agenda reflecting the numerous, very exciting initiatives and developments being pursued this year. The Sunday morning session was devoted to strategic planning. During the meeting one prospective director became a full director and we are delighted to welcome Nim Kibbler to the Council. As you’ll see below Nim has kindly introduced herself and shared her aspirations for her work as a director. 

our new director: Nim Kibbler
new director: Nim KibblerIt was my pleasure at this year’s June council meeting to have been accepted in principle to be a director of WWOOF UK. I value WWOOF UK’s work immensely and hope through my work as a director I will be able to continue all the unique work that WWOOF fosters and creates. 

I grew up in rural Yorkshire surrounded by large-scale agriculture and industry but I’ve spent my entire adult life in Edinburgh, where I have predominantly worked for community food and farming projects and charities. This has meant being a jack-of-all-trades from farmer to running a pet shop, from youth worker to supporting people with dementia. 

I’ve been lucky in that my work has allowed me to travel and see other parts of the country and world. I’ve been to North America, Romania and across Scotland learning about how people produce food and share it, meeting a range of farmers and growers. 

Just as with many WWOOFers and hosts whose comments I hear and read, WWOOFing has changed my life also through providing a hands-on and financially-viable learning opportunity. 

I hope through this new role I will be able to bring fresh ideas to a well-loved charity that has strong ethics and committed members. I hope my background in charities and community work will prove useful in maintaining WWOOF UK on its current path of being organic (both in terms of growing and feel). Whilst also being a professional organisation that that cares for its members. After all, it the members that make WWOOF UK happen. 

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