Who We Are

Convenor

Claudius van Wyk

As a life-long scholar of holism Claudius has enjoyed a career in executive coaching and organisational consultation offering strategic transformation facilitation for over 25 years. He applies complexity-theory insights to strategic management and leadership focused on wellness and sustainability. His expertise is applying holistic approaches to promote engagement and resilience in the dynamic world. He holds post-graduate degrees in applied ethics and organisational behaviour and a Ph.D. from the Indian Board of Alternative Medicine for research into a transformed epistemology to wellbeing.

Claudius lectured complexity science approaches on economics to MA students at Schumacher College, where he also developed a short-course, ‘Holism and Leadership – Transforming Organisational Practice’. He has addressed conferences on economics and governance at Kingston University, London, Bournemouth University, and the University of Pretoria. He is an external marker for Ashridge/Hult Business School in the post-graduate Master’s in Management program. Claudius was honoured to be asked to give the memorial oration on the 150th anniverary of the death of Jan Smuts, the originator of Holism and author of Holism & Evolution [1926].

Claudius lives with his wife, Michelle, in Granada, Spain.

Curator Team

Christopher Cooke

MSC, BA, INLPTA

Christopher heads a specialist change management company known as 5 Deep.  This Company was established in 2001 as an experiment to explore the leading edge of the science and practice of complexity-aware organisational and social change. www.5deep.net. In 2015, 5 Deep was appointed as the as the sole UK’s hub organisation for the Savory Institute under the brand known as 3LM. www.3LM.network. A water engineer by background, Christopher is a trusted and respected coach, mentor, trainer, advisor and facilitator who works at the cutting edge of innovation and change in multiple arenas. His career is best characterised as an international  troubleshooter of both complicated and complex issues.  With over 20 years dedicated study, research, development and application, Christopher is recognised as a luminary of the Spiral Dynamics Integral lineage. As such he advises on and delivers advanced training for the owners and trainers of Erickson Coaching International for whom he has recently delivered programmes in China and Russia. Christopher is an accredited educator and full field professional in Holistic Management with The Savory Institute. He is also an INLPTA trainer.

Jane Pightling

MSc, MA, BA (hons)

Jane studied politics, social work and leadership and has wide experience across the health and care sector. Working in the NHS leadership Academy she developed leaders across the system and specialised in creating collaborative learning environments. She is an experienced executive coach, leadership and board development specialist and has a deep interest in developing communities of practice and learning networks. She is described as a “landscape convener” bringing together networks and conversations and connecting people and ideas across boundaries. She established www.EvolutionaryConnections.co.uk using autonomy, wholeness and purpose to support businesses aspiring to become transformative and next stage organisations.

Joshua Malkin

FRSA

Joshua Malkin is a holistic thinker and activist. His particular interest is in systemic community and public wellbeing and the design of civil ecologies that that deliver coherence, resilience and community wealth. He has consistently campaigned for a new dimension of political economy through the re-balancing of the state and the market with civil society, to harness a new layer of value through collaboration and collaborative structures. He originated the concept of community wealth building and is active in promoting holistic economic models that separate profit from power such as the Common’s Equity Society and Nondominium. He is an advisor to the Vocaleyes Participatory City Platform, which aims to deliver democratic agency over decentralized networks something that our ancient institutions are unable to do. He has worked at director level in major urban regeneration projects as well as in the public and voluntary sectors and is a co founder of Civil Society Alliance , The Kindness Revolution and The Heart Shift.

Marcus Link

BA, CertHum, DipRS, FRSA

Marcus is an entrepreneur, researcher, and writer with a special interest in human becoming and the human relationship with nature. He is co-founder and CEO of New Foundation Farms, a disruptor enterprise in the agricultural sector with the mission of establishing regenerative agriculture at scale in the UK to transition agriculture from unprofitable environmental problem to profitable ecological solution. As an entrepreneur and organisational leader he has delivered complex innovation projects in education, agriculture, and digital business. As a researcher, he is associate researcher focusing on agroecological entrepreneurship at the Food, Farming & Countryside Commission in the UK. As a writer, Marcus publishes his work on the blog  foolsjourney.me under the pseudonym Carrie Ohn, a soul recovery project at the experiential edge of becoming drawing on his interests in depth psychology, mysticism, philosophy, poetry, and ecology. Marcus studied philosophy, religious studies and business. He is a fellow of the RSA (FRSA).

Mark Drewell

Mark has worked at the interface between business and society throughout his career. He is currently executive Chairman of New Foundation Farms, an initiative to develop a scaled regenerative agriculture in the UK as a solution to the multiple emergencies of economy, ecology, society and health which converge on farming. He has served in numerous leadership roles including as CEO of the UN-backed Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative, as well as on advisory boards at The University of Pretoria, South Africa, The University of Cumbria, UK and The Business School of Lausanne, Switzerland. Mark chaired the largest local environmental NGO in Southern Africa, the Endangered Wildlife Trust. In thought leadership, he is co-author of The Rise of the Meaningful Economy which explores how meaning has become a new currency changing our economic choices in terms of what we buy, where we work, how we invest and how we run our organisations. Prior to shifting his focus to regenerative agriculture, Mark spent five years as the UK Senior Partner of the Foresight Group, a Stockholm-based global consultancy working with major corporations seeking to stay relevant as the world transitions to a stronger focus on social justice and environmental sustainability. In that work, he created a Playbook for Climate Leadership which was launched at Davos 2020 in partnership the Jakob Trollbäck, the designer of the Sustainable Development Goals. At ForeSight he also co-wrote Changing the World We Create,  a guide to the work of Tomas Björkman.

Shantena Sabbadini

Shantena Augusto Sabbadini worked as a theoretical physicist at the University of Milan and at the University of California. In Milan he researched the foundations of quantum physics. In California he contributed to the first identification of a black hole.
“I often teach at Schumacher College, Devon, UK, and I give lectures, courses and seminars about physics as an instrument of wonder.”

In the 1990s he was scientific consultant for the Eranos Foundation, an East-West research centre founded under the auspices of C.G. Jung in the 1930s. In that context he studied Chinese classics and produced various translations and commentaries in Italian and English, including the Yijing and the trilogy of Daoist classics, the Laozi, the Zhuangzi and the Liezi. He is presently director of the Pari Center for New Learning, an interdisciplinary education and research center located in the medieval village of Pari, Tuscany. He leads workshops on the philosophical implications of quantum physics, on Daoism, and on using the Yijing as a tool for introspection. His most recent book is Pilgrimages to Emptiness: Rethinking Reality through Quantum Physics