About Us

The Founder Administrators:

Laurie Roth is an American, living in Saint-Saturnin-les-Apt.  She co-founded the Luberon Lockdown, now Luberon Life, with Simon Burrow, plus Tribal Knowledge Luberon, as a way of sharing information with the English-speaking community in the Luberon. 

Her family moved around a lot while she was growing up and she continued to move from country-to-country in her working life in the aerospace and defense industry and in the commercial semiconductor industry.  When she retired, she became a permanent resident of France. 

The first time Laurie was in France was in 1954 with her family but she was too young to remember the visit, except for the photographs of them on the Champs-Elysées.  Years later, she lived in Orléans with her parents and went to high school there, then university in Caen. Her first job was in Brussels with Hughes Aircraft Company (yes, the Howard Hughes one), then Paris and London and California, then back to London, all with Hughes.  

She finished her career in Philadelphia in the semiconductor industry and became an executive board member of an industry association until moving to France. 

Along the way she became a co-owner of an old mas just outside of Apt in 1995 and, later, a village house in Rustrel, until she bought a house in St Sat, which is currently undergoing renovations. 

Simon Burrow

Lovonne and Simon moved to the Luberon over ten years ago from Melbourne, Australia after having grown up and spent most of their lives in Cape Town, South Africa. 

Originally trained as a school teacher, Simon moved into marketing. After a spell in an advertising agency and printing company, Lovonne and Simon joined forces with two other partners in a TV/video production, sales promotion and staging company – they were one of the pioneers of industrial theatre in the country.

After selling their company, Simon was appointed as the Group Marketing Director of Clicks (pharmacy, health and beauty), Discom (ethnic hair care), The Body Shop and Musica, the largest music retailer in the Southern Hemisphere.

An acquisition in Australia saw them move to Melbourne and an MBO followed creating Australian Pharmaceutical Industries.

Extensive work and leisure related travel saw both becoming committed Francophiles, and when an opportunity arose they bought in Ménerbes and moved there in 2008.

The other incredible people without whom we could not publish:

Di Mineault

I’m a Canadian living in France. Since I was young I travelled and lived in many countries around the world working as an illustrator in Kenya and running an advertising agency in both Bahrain and Dubai. Now that I’m retired I am able to follow my dream, to paint. I get so much inspiration from the beauty and colour of the landscape that surrounds me as well as my memories to draw on from my travels.

Neil Brander

I was born in Brooklyn, New York and worked for 35 years in the Manhattan financial district, from which I retired in 2000 as managing director of a large software development area.

In addition to our lengthy New York City period, my wife Chris and I enjoyed living in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, on Bell Island (Nova Scotia) where we still have a home, and since 2015, at the top of the beautiful village of Goult. 

I began doing photography while a resident of New York, and in the days of film, I would regularly turn my apartment bathroom into a makeshift darkroom, do my developing between 3 and 6, and dismantle everything in time to get showered and to work by 8. Upon retirement, I decided to again pursue photography and took courses at The International Center of Photography in mid-town Manhattan. One of these courses was focused on working with NGOs and was given in Uganda. I went on to work with a number of NGOs in both Uganda and India, and Oxfam America in Ghana, providing images for use in their fund-raising efforts.

Chris and I now split our time between the Luberon and Canada, and I continue to pursue my interest in photography, feeling inspiration from the beauty of both locations.

Rosie Jackson

I’m a South African born Brit who who moved to the Luberon in January 2004.  I sold my London-based travel agency and with my husband Carlo, our two dogs and an overloaded Volvo we drove south, bidding farewell to our UK life.  Six months later we found and bought a house in Cabrieres D’Avignon. This has been our home ever since.

I am a keen photographer, passionate about landscapes, nature, travel and wildlife.  Since moving to Provence my daily playground has become this area of exceptional light and inspirational scenery, not forgetting its fascinating culture and history.  I particularly enjoy exploring the lesser known, hidden corners of the Luberon.

During the summer months you’ll find me immersed in the lavender fields, in autumn in the vineyards for the grape harvest, in winter exploring our hilltop villages without the tourists (!) and in springtime rejoicing when the first almond trees show their pink blossoms in an otherwise wintery landscape.  

I’ve been lucky enough to have lived and worked on four of the world’s continents but now here in the Luberon, amid such beauty, I feel I have found my spiritual home …. en Provence!

You can find my photos on rosiejacksonphotography.com, and Instagram (Rosiesprovence).

Kevin Gunning

I retired to the Luberon six years ago with my wife Siobhan after working as a consultant in intensive care and anaesthesia at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge for 24 years. I was also the Director of Intensive Care at the hospital and Vice President of the UK Intensive Care Society. Although retired from clinical practice I still maintain an interest in medicine and keep up to date with the medical journals. Otherwise we can be found cycling on the roads and up the hills of the Luberon and further afield in Italy and Spain.

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