Meet the team
A small team of volunteers and one member of staff deliver the work of Tidal. Our Coordinator and office volunteers look after our day-to-day activities, while the Directors on our Board meet around 8 times per year to oversee our strategy and make sure we’re operating effectively and within the law. Scroll down to meet the team and drop us a line.
Laura McFarlane-Shopes | Coordinator
Laura graduated from the University of Leeds after studying International Development. She took a year out during her degree to work as Communications and Internal Affairs officer at Leeds University Union. This experience included chairing the Union’s board of trustees and sitting on the University’s trustee board. She was also elected to chair the Ethical and Environmental committee of the NUS Services Limited where she also served as a board member.
Laura has been campaigning on a variety of issues for over ten years, from animal rights to higher education, freedom for Palestine to climate change. This more recent focus on climate change brought her to Tidal’s efforts, in particular the campaign against Leeds Bradford Airport Expansion.
Contact Laura: laura.mcfarlane-shopes at leedstidal.org
David Pattinson | Chair
David was born and grew up in Australia, and has lived in China, New Zealand, Hong Kong, before coming to Leeds in 2000. His involvement with Tidal began in the run-up to the Make Poverty History rally in 2005, where he helped organise groups cycling up to Edinburgh, before cycling there and back himself. Since then he has supported Tidal campaigns relating to issues such as climate change, trade justice, debt in the global south and fuel poverty. He is also interested in sustainable agriculture, biodiversity, co-housing and generally finding ways to flourish without destroying the planet or other people.
During the day David is a lecturer in Chinese studies at the University of Leeds, with primary interests in social networks and letter-writing in pre-modern China. Though he doesn’t keep bees himself, he has also written a short study of bee-keeping in pre-modern China, the only such study in English. He has an allotment on which the odd spud or onion can be found amongst the bindweed. He is not related to RPatz, nor to the Australian fast bowler James.
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Lizzie has been involved in various environmental campaigns and projects in Leeds since moving here as a student, and in 2008/9, Lizzie worked part-time for Stop Climate Chaos Leeds before it merged with Leeds Tidal. Over the last few years, Lizzie has been particularly interested in food and climate change, and has been working within the local food movement. She worked part-time for 2 years as a Food Co-ops Advisor for Sustain and part-time as the Coordinator of the Bardon Grange Project, a student and community food growing project. In 2013, Lizzie spent several months in The Gambia with various community food growing and sustainability projects, exploring how and what we produce and eat can contribute to a more sustainable and just world.
Currently she is working at Leeds Bread Co-op, an artisan bakery and co-operative that is owned and run by it’s workers. Lizzie is an active member of Leeds Permaculture Network, Leeds Urban Harvest and is helping set up a local community woodland co-op. She can often be found cycling the streets of Leeds with bread in her bag!
Matt is a local teacher and writer, the co-author with Alastair McIntosh of Spiritual Activism published by Green Books. Born in Tanzania, he became passionately aware of global justice issues from an early age, and recognised the intrinsic link between environmental and economic injustices.
Matt has served as Tidal chair, and been active in Tidal since 2006. His parents Robin and Debbie have been long term supporters of Tidal since its inception, and he lives in Meanwood with his young family. He blogs at ecohustler.co.uk
Kay studied Sociology at Portsmouth University. She moved to Leeds in 2003 where she did an assortment of jobs including working for Pointed Arrow Theatre Company and Network:Leeds. Kay also volunteered with LASSN (Leeds Asylum Seeker Support Network) short stop programme and Joanna (a project working with women working in the sex trade).
Kay currently works at Leeds University Union with Faith & Culture and Political & Campaigning societies. She is currently learning sign language and enjoys cooking and knitting.
Bill has been involved with global campaigning in Leeds for over 30 years. In 1998 he co-founded the Leeds Jubilee 2000 Rickshaw Freedom Riders, who pedalled an Indian cycle rickshaw to the Birmingham G8. Later that year he bought his own rickshaw and in 2001 led a team from Leeds over the Alps to Genoa. In 2005, as a joint Tidal/JDC venture, he initiated the Jubilee G8 Bike Rides – a dozen teams of cyclists from across the UK, all converging on the Edinburgh G8.
Nicola Hambridge has been involved in global justice campaigning since she was a student in Leeds in the 1990s, campaigning in locations as far afield as Genoa, Prague and Edinburgh. She was a founding supporter of the Leeds Jubilee 2000 coalition, which evolved into TIDAL. She’s heavily involved in the Greenbelt Arts festival and in running live music gigs in Leeds. In between all this she works as a GP in West Leeds and teaches undergraduate medical students at Leeds University.