Our team

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The Courmettes team is passionate about nature and the environment. The work at les Courmettes is diverse so we all get involved with a variety of tasks, but our main responsibilities are outlined below:

Romain Emery

Building upgrading & Maintenance

Having recently finished his studies in environmental engineering at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Romain joined the A Rocha team in October 2016 to carry out the renovation and maintenance of the Courmettes buildings. He also has the role of groundskeeper, and contributes his knowledge gained during his studies to develop projects for the centre.

Dominique Gautier


Cook and charcutier by training, Dominique has more than 40 years of experience in a variety of cuisines accross France and beyond. He joined the team in September 2015 and delights the team and visitors with his culinary creations.

Jean-François Mouhot


After more than ten years of research oversees (UK, Ireland, Italy, Canada, USA …) during which he wrote multiple books and articles on the history of protecting the environment and climate change, Jean-François joined the A Rocha team in June 2014. He works to develop an international centre for environmental education.

Chris (and Alison) Walley

A Rocha France associates

Chris and Alison took early retirement to work as volunteers with A Rocha, and moved from Wales to Courmettes in 2014. They now live in Var but regularly visit Courmettes to help out. Chris is involved with some of the teaching weeks and regularly gives natural history guided tours of the estate.