Our People

Our team is turning John Wilkes’ Foundation for Water charity into an international organisation helping water support life, by the application of his and other’s innovations and insights.

John had the Foundation centre built and the charity formed with the intention that it would be a vehicle to help the world’s water. Since he passed away in April 2011, we have been carrying this aim forward.

Costantino Giorgetti – Trustee

Costantino Giorgetti – Trustee
Costantino has been a long term friend and supporter of John Wilkes. Professor Giorgetti is a consultant and advisor in environmental matters internationally and the founder and director of IISSAA (International Institute of Studies for the Development of the Amazon-Andean Region). He is Professor of Planning at the University of Trieste, Italy and a senior advisor at Tolerance International. Costantino has a special interest in the continuation of water research started by John Wilkes.


Peter Malaise – Trustee

Peter Malaise – Trustee
Peter has also been a long term friend and supporter of John Wilkes. From 1991 to 2010, he was in succession, External Consultant, Research and Development Manager and Concept Manager with ECOVER, an international company in sustainable washing and cleaning products. He was instrumental in bringing this company to its worldwide leadership in the market segment. Peter continues to act worldwide as an advocate for sustainable concepts and strategies in the global society.


Ian Trousdell – Trustee and Director

Ian Trousdell – Trustee and Director
Ian has spent over 35 years developing John Wilkes’ Flowform technology and arts in the South Pacific and Asia, after training with him in sculpture and hydrology at Emerson College in the mid 1970s. He also simultaneously worked as a Waldorf teacher in New Zealand, and in Biodynamic agriculture there. In recent years he created a succession plan for and with John Wilkes to carry this work into the future, both for Flowform® technology as well as the research and education programmes. He now lives at Emerson College in England.


Deborah Watts – Administrator

Deborah Watts – Administrator
Deborah has worked all her life managing offices, first in primary schools, banks, small business and county education departments in California and then in England at Salisbury Cathedral and within adult education in Emerson College, Sussex. She has a very wide experience in all aspects of this work technically and interpersonally and for 17 of these years has been associated with Rudolf Steiner based initiatives. Deborah has a bachelor’s degree in business administration.


Jochen Schwuchow PhD – Research

Jochen Schwuchow PhD – Research
Jochen has a Ph.D. in Plant Biology (University of Mainz, Germany) and a M.Sc. in Physics Engineering (Universities of Stuttgart, Germany and Grenoble, France). He has been involved in professional research as a research associate from 1986 until 1991 in Mainz, and as a post-doctoral researcher from 1992 until 2003 at the University of Freiburg, Germany, at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio and at Kennedy Space Center, Florida in the U.S. Jochen has had a special interest in how gravity affects plant responses and growth, as has many scientific publications on varied aspects of plant life. He has worked with John Wilkes from 2003 as a research and teaching consultant.


Nick C. Thomas – Research and Technology

Nick C. Thomas – Research and Technology
Nick was the full time General Secretary of the Anthroposophical Society in Great Britain from 1985 for 21 years. He trained as an electrical engineer in the Royal Air Force, serving as an engineering officer for sixteen years and, subsequently, worked in data communications for Nortel. With Lawrence Edwards and John Wilkes he researched the practical application of projective geometry, and understanding of rhythm in water flow. His major research interest is the development and application of Rudolf Steiner’s discovery of negative space in building a bridge between natural and spiritual science. He lectures widely on this and on other anthroposophical subjects.


Louise Coe – Education

Louise Coe – Education
Louise has many years teaching experience, with a particular interest in water in the landscape. She is a Trustee of the Gatekeeper Trust for which she organises the UK national events and leads river pilgrimages. Louise studied with John Wilkes and learned much about the importance of water issues today from him. This led to her work in fundraising and that experience has helped focus development plans for the Foundation. She will be part of the education programme in the Foundation for Water.


Paul van Dijk - Education and Technology

Paul van Dijk – Education and Technology
Paul van Dijk is a sculptor and performance artist and works with Flowform technology as an artistic and functional designer in the Netherlands. He has realized a number of major projects in Flowform design, including a world premiere in the treatment of municipal waste water. He studied with John Wilkes in the 1970s in England and for many years has taught sculpture and Goethean Science, with morphology and metamorphosis as his favourite subjects. He started running courses in Foundation for Water in 2012


Hanne Keis

Hanne Keis – Sound and Movement in Design
Hanne Keis is a sculptor and artist, living in Denmark.  She has been part of the original Flowform® colleague group since 1987, contributing to the development and understanding of the Flowform® Method and has worked on several projects in collaboration with pioneers John Wilkes and Nigel Wells. Her specific interest and research has been “sculpturing” the sound of water and the movement and rhythms in Flowform, and to research how the sound and rhythm of water can affect the human mind, body and soul to help change the indoor environment in a natural way, in such places as homes, offices, hospitals and hospices. She is a leader in this field of technology design development.


Hans van Sluis - Research and Technology

Hans van Sluis – Research and Technology
Hans was educated as a chemical engineer and worked for over 35 years as a consultant on drinking water and waste water treatment technology and water management planning. He specialised on the design of artificial wetlands for effluent polishing or surface water quality improvement. He contributed to Flowform research at Warmonderhof in the 1980’s. In recent years he integrated Flowform cascades in wetland water treatment. He created the Soerendonk water harmonica, which was put into operation in 2012.