Edward Baxter – Chairman

Edward Baxter is a long-term resident and farmer in the East Neuk. He has been involved in ENCAP since its inception and became Chairman in 2017, taking over from Alex Nairn of Elie who had guided Colinsburgh and Kilconquhar through the preparation of their community action plan. Edward has had various public roles in Scotland, including chairing the environmental charity LEAF in Scotland (Linking Farming and Environment) and for 15 years he has been involved in RHET’s (The Royal Highland Education Trust) Fife’s initiative, hosting an annual visit to his Estate for 250 Levenmouth school children.


Stuart Bridges

Stuart Bridges has lived in St Monans for over six years. A qualified company secretary, Stuart has worked in a number of senior compliance, legal and risk roles within the UK financial services sector. He currently is the risk and compliance director for a wealth management company and a non-executive director for a software company. In 2018, he chaired the Steering group which was responsible for the production of the St Monans & Abercrombie Community Action Plan (2018 – 2022). He currently is the Secretary of the St Monans & Abercrombie Community Council, Trustee of the JM Camera Collection Trust based in St Monans and is an Elder at the ‘Auld Kirk’.


Philip Riding

Philip has lived in St Monans for over four years with his wife and son. Having moved to the East Neuk to study a PhD at St Andrews, he now works as a senior analyst with a risk advisory firm, specialising in the Middle East and Africa. Philip’s involvement in community projects has seen him act as treasurer for the St Monans Community Action Plan 2018-22 and as treasurer for the St Monans and Abercrombie Residents’ Association. Philip is also a committee member of Elie & Earlsferry Sailing Club’s rowing section, which is partnered with St Monans and its skiff ‘Sea Queen’.


Principal Officer

Sonja Potjewijd

The Centre Manager of the East Neuk Centre Trust and Co-Founder of Footprint East Neuk. She has a keen interest in restoring the Earth ever since she can remember: at the age of 6, she organized cleanup activities of ponds and ditches, and lead nature walks for school friends. Born and raised in The Netherlands, she moved to the UK and USA because of its vibrant community of changemakers. She gained extensive experience in volunteer management, environmental campaigning, and educating and empowering youth to think globally. In the USA, she has managed teams from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds from across the world on three programmes: 1) Community Environmental Projects; 2) Research & Writing; 3) Operations. In East Neuk she organizes tree planting activities, nature workshops and an annual Science & Nature Festival and coordinates the Shared Path project from Pittenweem to Earlsferry.



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Latest news

Bike Fix & Swap Event

Join the Free Community Bike Fix & Swap Event

When: Saturday the 2nd October

Time: 1 pm – 4 pm

Where: St Monans Town Hall

Bring your old bike to fix or swap or upgrade a child’s bicycle.

If you have a bike you want to fix, donate or swap, please drop it off between 1 pm – 2 pm.


  • Cyclepath St Andrews offering advice and doing minor repairs and get bikes ready for the swap
  • Swap/donate your bike for an upgrade
  • Kids bikes for sale
  • Information stands and maps of shared path projects across the East Neuk – we are looking for community feedback!


  • Smoothie bike
  • Pedal-powered slot car racing game
  • Obstacle course for children (TBC)
  • Decorate your bike
  • Arts & Crafts for kids

Hope to see you there.

Our Shared Path survey shows a huge amount of support for our project

The results of our shared path consultation are in! Thanks to those who participated. The vast majority of the respondents (541) support a path between Earlsferry and Pittenweem.

The results of our consultation have been published and can be found here

Elie, St Monans and Pittenweem have their say on active travel paths linking communities

A consultation on shared use paths linking communities from Earlsferry to Pittenweem opens today.  It’s an opportunity for everyone in those communities to have their say on the project proposals to improve links for walking, cycling and wheeling. The consultation takes around four or five minutes and can be done easily on a smart phone.

Survey link:

Local charity East Neuk Community Action Plan is the organisation that initiated the project. Chair Edward Baxter said: “We want to hear from local people what their concerns are around walking and cycling, for example with kids or wheeling a buggy.  Responding to this consultation will help shape the sort of high quality, safe and direct path that could be built to link our communities.” 

Sustrans Infrastructure Officer Chris Coldwell said: “We are delighted to support this project and encourage locals and those who regularly visit the area on foot or by bike to use the consultation to give their views. Community engagement is a key part of all our projects and we cannot wait to see the ideas that the community come up with.”

East Neuk Community Action Plan has been awarded a further £31,000 through Sustrans Scotland’s Places for Everyone programme, which is funded by Transport Scotland, to develop a feasibility study for a traffic free path route. Consultant Crispin Hayes said: “We’re really pleased to be working with ENCAP on this locally important project.  We will be feeding back to the community soon after the consultation closes in a fortnight – so you will be able to see what everyone said.”


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