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About Us

New Prosperity Devon is founded on a few principles:


COLLABORATION by working together to amplify shared experience, ideas and intelligence through seminars and interviews.


LISTENING to the needs of citizens, institutions and landscapes, and working to find the common ground between them.


CONNECTION by joining up local stories and community conversations to regional and national issues.


EDUCATING and KNOWLEDGE SHARING, by seeking and amplifying lessons from those who are working to bring about the new economy.



We offer consultancy and research for organisations looking to engage and explore what this means for their own work.

Who we are

We're currently a small team researching and exploring existing work, and opportunities for collaboration and future work


Dr Gill Westcott is a director of NPD, a trainer, facilitator and social entrepreneur. She is Co- Chair of Transition Exeter, a co- founder of Cheriton Bishop Community Land Trust and a freelance researcher. Gill is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, and a member of the Devon Net Zero Task Force coordinating a Carbon Plan for the Devon Climate Emergency Response Group.


Joshua Malkin FRSA, is a director of NPD and co-founder of  the Commons Equity Society; Civil Society Alliance and previously Partnerships Manager at Network of Wellbeing and. Josh has many years experience as a change maker in business, education and the arts, empowering people through values based creativity and supporting intergenerational leadership as an elder of the Synergized Earth Network and developing wellbeing in education as a trustee of the South Devon Steiner School.

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Andrew Birnie, new director at NPD, has a background in sustainable development and has over 30 years of experience in economic and environmental policy research and development. He has worked as a specialist consultant on World Bank sustainability projects which included assessing financial support for SMEs in over 20 countries. Apart from international assignments, Andrew has held senior research and strategy roles in several training and development organisations which include the Engineering & Marine Training Authority, Guernsey Government and Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board.  


Gerald Conyngham, of Devon New Economy Initiative, director of NPD, has a background in training, project management and evaluation. Gerald was Chair of Sustainable Crediton for many years.  He is a member of Exeter Quaker Meeting.  He believes that changing the way we organise our economy is a critical part of our response to the Climate Emergency.


Roxy Piper is a consultant for NPD. Her background is in active citizenship, resilience education, and events management.  She worked as a strategy designer for the Permaculture Association of Great Britain. She co-organised and curated education programmes for local and national events such as Resilience College and Another World is Possible Forums, and Permaculture Convergences. Roxy is a member of the Devon Doughnut Collective and Action on Climate in Teignbridge. She believes that resilient economies are built on a foundation of igniting agency in local people through dialogue and education.

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Elizabeth Wainwright FRSA co-ordinated NPD’s first seminars in 2019, and now supports as a Consultant. Elizabeth has a background in local and international community development. She developed and still works with the international community development organisation, Arukah Network. She is also a Mid Devon District Councillor, and was Cabinet member for Climate Change. She has been deputy Editor of Resurgence Magazine, and a contributing Editor at The Ecologist. She is also a writer, coach and facilitator. 

New Prosperity Devon Ltd is a Community Benefit Society registered in 2019 under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014. Registration no 8195

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