Mark Pellant – Design & Technical Director
After 7 years training and graduating with distinction from the University of Brighton Mark worked for a number of internationally acclaimed, design-led architecture practices including Conran & Partners and Sheppard Robson in London. Mark gained extensive project experience in the housing, commercial, education and health sectors and also worked in Australia for Group GSA Architects on the Sydney International Shooting Centre for the 2000 Olympics. Mark now serves on the Architects Design Review Panel for Eastbourne Borough Council and has been a fully chartered and registered architect for over 25 years.
In the mid-1990s Mark spent over 3 years travelling overland through Africa, Asia and South America. Not only were these travels hugely influential in terms of exposure to alternative world culture, architecture and design, they were a sobering experience highlighting global environmental devastation and the onset of climate change. He witnessed first-hand glaciers retreating, flooding, drought, polluted seas and beaches, deforestation and wide-spread poverty.
Following this experience Mark resolved to make a difference in both his personal and professional life and in March 2000 he established his own practice – Koru Architects – with the intention of designing sustainable, low-energy buildings that would reduce carbon emissions and promote the use of healthy, natural and sustainable materials.
Mark says: “PassivPod will give everyone an opportunity to experience a healthy lifestyle in an inspirational space connected to nature, and will demonstrate the benefits and wellbeing of sustainable, off-grid leisure, living and learning.”
Clive Bonny – Commercial Director
Clive Bonny is a professionally qualified management consultant, having set up his own consultancy Strategic Management Partners in 1990. Clive is an expert in business strategy, risk management, business environmental policy, fundraising and intellectual property protection. His consultancy has achieved Gold Award in Responsible Business Standards 2012-2017 for social and environment management.
Other recent recognitions include 2018 Seahaven Environmental Business Award, 2017 TMT Media Award, 2017 National Mediator Award, 2016 Corporate Vision Technology Innovation Award and a 2016 Emerging Technology Excellence Award from Corporate Live-Wire. Clive has managed business support projects in construction, leisure, government, education and environmental sectors including Brighton University Green Growth Platform, WS Atkins, South East Construction Consortium, Oxford Innovation Centre, and leisure parks.
He authors books on sales, marketing and business ethics, published internationally. He is passionate about conservation sustaining the quality of life. He is a founding Trustee of the charity Beacon Hub Brighton, reclaiming unused community open space for environmental education.
Clive says: “I’m especially looking forward to seeing schools adopt PassivPod as a unique outdoor classrooms to stimulate learning in a unique clean air space. Let’s encourage the next generation to practice what we preach.”
Issi Rousseva – Architect & Business Development
Issi has worked in architecture for over five years, on projects covering both residential and commercial sectors. She has a strong interest in renewable energy and zero carbon design and most of her proposals incorporate low energy technologies and natural materials.
Issi has worked on architectural projects across Europe giving her an insight into the international diversity of architectural styles and building regulations. Before she started her career in architecture, Issi worked for four years as a Section Commander at the University of London Officer Training Corps, where she trained cadets and picked up strong leadership and management skills.
Issi says: “I’m excited about utilising innovative green technologies to create a unique and luxurious holiday experience that is zero-carbon”.
Aylin Metin – Design Developer
Aylin joined the team to support Mark on design work for all our projects. She is currently finishing her Part II Masters Degree in Architecture at the University of Kent, where her dissertation is on improving the quality of urban life through waterfront developments.
She holds an undergraduate degree in Architecture from the University of Portsmouth, where she worked on a wide range of design projects and picked up skills in digital architectural design and image editing software and hand sketching. Before starting at PassivPod she previously worked at What Architecture in London as an Architectural Assistant.
Aylin learnt to draw at practically the same time as learning to walk, and has always loved art and photography. She is multilingual, speaking four languages.
Sophia Marci-Anderson – Communications Officer
Sophia is a graduate in French & Italian from the University of Cardiff. After her studies she spent three years travelling extensively in South America, Asia and New Zealand and returning occasionally to Cornwall where she grew up.
She then worked for five years in the adventure travel industry while living in Scotland, before moving into content editing and marketing. She’s a keen traveller who loves the outdoors and blogs about her active travel experiences.
After living in Lyon, France for two years Sophia moved to Brighton in 2017 to complete a diploma in Journalism. She is the newest member of the team and joined PassivPod in April 2018 as the Communications Officer.
Rian Harris – Marketing Intern
Rian is a second year marketing and management undergraduate at the University of Brighton, with strong analytical and communication skills developed during his degree and three years working as a customer service operative. His key modules include: introduction to marketing, consumer behaviour, managing projects and technologies, marketing research, international business environment and accounting.
At school, Rian ran regular basketball coaching sessions with the younger pupils, where he learnt the importance of being a role model and an example for the younger students.