Dr Steffie Broer
Steffie is the founding director of Bright Green Futures. She has lived in communities in Spain, Chile, Germany, the UK and Sweden and led several eco-construction projects in Germany, Portugal, Spain and the UK. Steffie’s first self-build memories are laying blocks with her newborn baby Isham on her back. Isham’s first memories are watching diggers and smiling at builders from the baby bouncer in the entrance of their temporary trailer home.
Steffie founded Bright Green Futures after 8 years of working as an advisor for Sustainable Energy Solutions at ESD (now Verco) and completing a Masters with Distinction in Applied Energy and Buildings (Cranfield University) and a Doctorate in Engineering at UCL’s Centre for Urban Sustainability and Resilience, where she studied eco-self-build communities around the world to find out what really works, what delivers true benefits to self-builders and what makes a significant contribution towards solving climate change.
She won an award for her publication on how to achieve low carbon livelihoods in new build housing communities, and since no one was making them happen, she thought it might as well be her. Steffie loves a challenge. When someone says: “this can’t be done” she loves going for it and creating the world she is passionate about. In recognition of her achievements Steffie won the 2016 South West Energy Efficiency Champion of the Year Award.
Dr Larch Maxey
Larch is also a director of Bright Green Futures. Larch has an unrivalled combination of practical and academic experience of building and living in sustainable communities. He has leading edge expertise in sustainable transport, wellbeing, legal structures, food growing and how peaceful community living can really really work for everyone. Since 1988 Larch has co-founded over twenty sustainability social enterprises, including the pioneering Lammas Ecovillage whilst teaching, researching and practicing sustainability and writing over 50 academic and popular publications. His co-edited books include The Sustainable University (Routledge/Earthscan) and Low Impact Development: The Future in Our Hands which sold out within 8 months and is now available as a free download.
Larch has held lectureships and post-doctoral research posts with Swansea University, the Centre for Alternative Technology and Plymouth University.
In 2012 he co-founded the Network of Wellbeing (www.networkofwellbeing.org) and remains its community projects manager. He was a director of the ELC (www.ecologicalland.coop) from 2009-2014 and its Chair from 2012-2014. Larch has built and lived in several low impact homes and is delighted to be pursuing his passion for affordable, low impact homes within integrated sustainable communities by working with Bright Green Futures.
Martin is Bright Green Futures’ business development and communication guru and very good at making us laugh! He has extensive commercial experience in events, finance and media. Graduating from Bolton University (2001) with a Bsc/BA in Business Studies and Urban Cultural Studies, he has a life long interest in how the global economy impacts society. With family in Bath, Martin moved to Bristol in 2012 which lead him to meet Steffie and the Ashley Vale Self Build Site.
Martin is a Director for three start-up companies including Ecomotive, a social enterprise that delivers training and consultancy to the self-build and custom build market. He sees working with Bright Green Futures as an exciting opportunity to assist small-medium sized developers access more opportunities to provide much higher standards of housing in terms of sustainability and community-led design and lifestyle.
Pablo is a marketing and communications assistant at Bright Green Futures. His role involves working on a variety of projects and tasks, specifically harnessing his writing and design skills. Pablo graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 2016 with a Master’s in City and Regional Planning, specialising in urban design. He has experience assisting the delivery of regeneration projects with Fareham Borough Council and has worked with his hometown community to help develop their neighbourhood plan.
Since moving to Bristol in the summer of 2017 he developed a particular interest in self-build, co-housing and sustainable design, having become disillusioned with traditional housing provision in the UK. Growing up in generation rent he wants to create sustainable and affordable housing opportunities, and raise living standards and expectations. Pablo believes Bright Green Futures’ eco self-build communities can set a leading example and pave the way for future housing developments to follow in their footsteps.
Samantha has been working in the financial services industry for the past 20 years and qualified as a financial advisor (FPC1, 2 & 3) in 2001. She has worked for St. James’s Place Wealth Management and J. Rothschild Wealth Management looking after private and corporate client accounts including the Innocent Drinks Company Pension Scheme. She moved to Bristol in 2009 and lives with her family in the Courtyard, built by Bright Green Futures.
She has a passion for working on projects that benefit her community (and the world!) and is the finance manager for Bright Green Futures, a governor for the Blue Sky Community School and is the Finance Director of Fishponds Co-Build.