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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