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Carbon Co-op AGM 2024

26th March, 6:00 pm8:00 pm

Free

We invite members and guests to join us for our annual in person / hybrid AGM and social.

We will re-cap of Carbon Co-op’s work in tackling climate change through collective action and highlight the progress made over the last few years and the plans and challenges ahead.

Come along to hear about our work, offer your views and meet other members. The event features a celebratory meal and social, hosted at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation in central Manchester.

Agenda
Members present and apologies
Minutes of last meeting
Report on the year & Future Plans
Appointment of Auditor resolution
“Proposal to dis-apply the requirement to appoint an auditor in line with the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014.”
Board Election

Board papers
Board Papers
2023 Minutes

Carbon Co-op Accounts
Take a look at a brief statement of accounts:

Statement of Accounts

Board Members standing for election

Meet the potential board members who’ve put themselves forward as member representatives for 2024/25
Dr Chris Jones – “I’m a Knowledge Exchange Fellow at Manchester University’s Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. I’d like to continue as a board member to support the great work of Carbon Coop and feed in insights and opportunities from the University sector that might support that work.”

Jonathan Atkinson – staff member, Director – “As a co-founder and long-standing board member I have extensive experience and insight into the sector and policy developments around the low carbon transition. I’d like to continue in the role and be an advocate for collective, co-operative solutions.”

Dr Lloyd Hamilton – “I have a background in research, innovation and applied sciences, most notably in biological and biochemical sciences and my day job involves reducing the environmental impact on skin and hair. In 2017, we started to renovating our home, utilising some assistance with contacts and information from Carbon Coop. We have addressed fabric and are incorporated smart tech and measurements, with a future eye on renewables. I’d be happy to continue and share my limited knowledge and skills with others making the retrofit journey.”

Matt Fawcett – staff member, Director – “I’ve been involved in Carbon Co-op and involved in steering the organisation since before we were constituted. Most of my working life has been in the co-operative sector and I’ve been involved as a founder or board member of 6 co-operatives / social enterprises which are still operating in the city. I’d like to continue in my role to help maintain the organisation memory.”

Peter Livesey – “I’ve been a board member since 2019, I’ve had a long career running my own business and providing services to financial service organisations. I’m keen to continue supporting Carbon Co-op’s work.”

Michael Hemingway – “I support the Carbon Co-op model, working with like-minded people at grass roots level to bring about change. I am a longstanding member of the board and would like to continue in this role.”

Eddie Sheehy – “My home was retrofitted in 2014 with the scheme fully planned and delivered by Carbon Coop. The planned reductions of at least 40% in energy consumption has been achieved and exceeded. This has ensured that my carbon footprint has fallen significantly as well. I worked as a lecturer in education in Manchester and was also a Councillor in Salford for 15 years. In that time, I have helped set up a number of groups and many are working on environmental and community projects to this day. Over the last few years I have devoted time to helping set up carbon reduction and solar energy schemes in my local area.”

Chris Medrano – “I have c35 years experience in the social housing sector. I’m really interested in the work that the carbon co-op do, put simply it is the future. Whilst RSL’s have been improving homes and reducing reliance on carbon, I do not think it is moving quickly enough, for our customers or for our planet. We are making headway on new builds to higher specification, but retrofit is much more difficult. I’d like the opportunity to explore and better understand what the blockages are from all perspectives and be part of a team trying to resolve these issues so that this type of essential work becomes mainstream.”

Richard Amos – “I have self-built an AECB level retrofit on my own property and have significant technical and practical knowledge in this area. I also work for a startup specialising in corporate sustainability and have considerable interest in policy/system driven change. I would like to hep provide my experience and skills in helping define pragmatic but impactful ways to help retrofitting in a sustainable way that grows the skillset of trades and takes it out of the realm of only being truly possible with (a lot of) money, or (a lot of) personal time.”

Graham Lock – “My business runs the UK’s largest retrofit network and stages regional retrofits summits across the UK. I’m very interested in the Carbon Coop model and am keen to learn more about it, but also to see who it might inspire others across the UK. I am also at the early stage of considering setting up a local retrofit community where I live in the West Midlands, so it will also help me understand the challenges and pitfalls of embarking on that journey.”

Christopher Price – “I have experience working on the UK & EU regulatory roadmap, my day job with Knauf focuses on the technical side of insulation and I also sit on the Passivhaus Trust technical committee. I’ve been a member for some time and have been meaning to get a bit closer to the activity of the carbon co-op and take advantage of the wealth of knowledge available to members. This seems like a way to do that and contribute something back. I hope my career in social housing, climate education and insulation manufacturing puts me in a place to contribute a different but complimentary perspective.”

Christina Brooks – “I believe in retrofit and being able to support people to live in green homes and use them correctly. Reducing our carbon footprint is beneficial to us all.”

Harriet Harper – “I’m an experienced project manager and am proud to have worked in the Zero Carbon Team at Salford City Council. I’m passionate about the power of people to come together to solve problems, like climate change, by drawing on the skills and experience of each-other. I know Carbon Co-op are doing great work across Greater Manchester to engage people and empower them to make changes in their own homes and communities, while working with councils to support their zero carbon ambitions. I’d be delighted to help support this.”

Details

Date:
26th March
Time:
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Cost:
Free
Event Category:
Website:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/carbon-co-op-agm-2024-tickets-852161908207?aff=oddtdtcreator

Organiser

Carbon Co-op
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Venue

Anthony Burgess Foundation
3 Cambridge Street
Manchester, M1 5BY United Kingdom
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