Earth Community Trust

About Us


Polly Higgins

Polly Higgins founded the ECT in 2011 as a conduit charity so that others in the UK who are advancing the same purpose could benefit. She recognised that there was a gap; individuals and organisations that are pioneers in their fields are sometimes precluded from funding when they lack charitable status. In setting up her charity as a conduit charity, she made the ECT available for their funders to fund them via the ECT.

Since Polly’s death in 2019, the ECT also supports the continuation of her life’s work towards a future for Earth and all its inhabitants based on a principle of “first do no harm” – this is our Earth Protector work.

Polly is the author of the award-winning book Eradicating Ecocide and was a lawyer, visionary and pioneer. She was Scottish-born and loved whisky – organic of course… As a Hoffman graduate, she was a true advocate for people care and Earth care!


Karen Stokes (s)Karen J Stokes, Trustee & CEO

Karen J Stokes is the Chief Executive Officer of The Earth Community Trust. Her role is to oversee all ECT operations. Like all of our team, Karen gifts her time freely.

Karen is a Hypnosis and Regression Therapist and NLP Practitioner.  She started her working life in the corporate world and is experienced in UK corporate and employee tax. In 2005 she realised her desire was to help people in preference to businesses and started training as a therapist. She recognises that there is more healing available for people internally than is currently known about and her desire is to raise this awareness.  She organises local community events inviting inspirational speakers to share their wisdom with the emphasis on healing the mind, body, spirit and planet.  You can read more about Karen here.

ManleyManley Hopkinson, Trustee

Manley Hopkinson advises business leaders globally on the creation and running of high performing organisations. To explain his unique leadership approach, he draws on his challenging life experiences, which include skippering a yacht in a round the world race, and winning a race to the Magnetic north pole. He is a renowned public speaker and director of leadership at the Georgia Group Consulting and is an adviser to many High Performance Organisations.

Trish-head-&-shouldersTrish Dickinson, Trustee

Trish pioneered Non-Violent Communication (NVC) training, with two others, in the UK 26 years ago.  She has travelled extensively with her training.  Her pioneering work has taken her from under acacia trees in Kenya with Peace & Conflict teams, to the House of Commons with MP’s and Conflict Resolutionists. Over the last six years she has integrated Film Conversation Cafes with NVC, creating the space to share knowledge, visions, despair and hope to help face today’s challenges.



Zambodhi SchlossmacherZambodhi Schlossmacher

Zambodhi has a deep interest in the well being of vulnerable/disadvantaged people. Her work spans from special needs education to end of life care. Bereavement counsellor and NVC trained by Dr Rosenberg, Zambodhi has over 30 years of experience in caring and therapeutic roles, 20 years in the UK and the previous 10 years in Sweden and Germany, working with people aged 3 – 100. Now also working with sounding bowls – you can read more here. Zambodhi is an initiator of a local network called ‘friendShip’ which aims to support people living with life threatening illness, building a network of family/friends/volunteers that are available to surround and support them as they create their journeys.

MM QCMichael Mansfield QC

Leading lawyer in the UK who specialises in Human Rights and Civil Liberties; notable court cases and inquests include the accused IRA bombers, the Bloody Sunday incident, the deaths of Jean Charles de Menezes, Stephen Lawrence‘s family and Diana, Princess of Wales. Michael Mansfield QC is a regular lecturer and keynote speaker around the world including the UK, Europe, Asia the Middle East and North America. Topics include the law of Ecocide and his role as lead prosecutor in the 2011 Mock Ecocide Trial held in the UK Supreme Court Michael Mansfield QC is also a regular speaker to the university circuit including the likes of Oxford, Cambridge, Keele University, Sussex and Middlesex.

FelixFelix Applebe

Felix Appelbe specialises as a consultant at Ambrose Appelbe Solicitors. He specialises in tax investments, the administration of probates, estates and charities, and residential and commercial property. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Felix Appelbe has a strong interest in the land and conservation. Besides his London-based legal practice, he farms in Gloucestershire.