Ellie Radcliffe

Ellie joined Carbon Co-op in June 2024 as a project manager in the Energy Commons team. Ellie’s previous work at the Centre for Local Economic Strategies involved developing expertise around the connection between energy democracy and economic democracy, and the ways in which different governance and finance structures can help to retain public and community value from natural resources. She has significant experience working with anchor institutions, local and regional governments to deliver community wealth building approaches to local economic development.

Ellie has a strong interest in using the energy transition as a catalyst for greater economic democracy through building the energy commons – ensuring wealth generated by, and investment driven into, transition is retained for the benefit of local people and places.

Helen Priestley

Helen joined Carbon Co-op’s Energy Systems team in June 2024. Helen has a background in energy and higher education having led stakeholder engagement, net-zero projects and community energy activities for Northern Powergrid and worked extensively in organisational change and communications for the University of Leeds for many years. Helen has expertise in establishing and facilitating Citizen’s panels and using a wide variety of tactics to gather views from diverse stakeholders.

Helen is passionate about developing a just transition, and has a keen interest in identifying scalable solutions to non-technical barriers to retrofit and opening up the opportunities and benefits flexibility brings to communities and households.

Joe Cain

Joe joined Carbon Co-op in May 2024. He has a background in working in the charity sector for many years, on projects relating to social inclusion, advocacy, community engagement, social action and enterprise. He is passionate about green technologies and working with the local community in a participatory way, and has experience in retrofitting homes and coproduction of projects.

Natalie Merrick

Natalie joined Carbon Co-op in October 2023 as a project officer in the retrofit team. She has recently gained her degree in MSc International Public Policy, which involved working with the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs in Northern Ireland to understand the perspectives of stakeholders across society to achieve a just transition to net zero. With a geography background, Natalie is interested in taking a place-based approach to energy justice to understand the relationship between people and the environment.

She is passionate about social justice and is also involved in the UK Youth Climate Coalition to communicate messages and engage with policymakers. She is keen to engage with communities to understand and apply this work in retrofit to power a community-led transition.

Ellis Barnwell

Ellis joined Carbon Co-op in May 2023 to work in the Energy Systems team as a software developer. After doing a PhD in wave mechanics Ellis went on to work on condition monitoring of high voltage electrical systems. Since 2022 Ellis has been working in building control systems focusing on the integration of tech into smart buildings.

Ellis has a strong interest in the use of demand side response to smooth out the electricity grid, making renewable energy more reliable. He works primarily on home energy management systems to control devices like EV chargers and immersion heaters within the homes.

Kat Wong

Kat joined Carbon Co-op in April 2023 as a project officer for the Energy Commons team. With a background in urban design and planning, Kat is an experienced urban designer and researcher who previously served as a director at URBED, a workers’ co-operative focused on research and design consultancy.

Between 2020-2022, Kat worked on a project called Oldham Energy Futures, which aimed to explore how communities could engage in the energy transition. This project involved urban data mapping and spatial energy planning in two neighbourhoods in Oldham and working with the community to develop a series of local energy projects.  Kat was also involved in a project in 2022 called Poplar Green Futures, running workshops in Poplar, London to map and develop a climate action strategy with the local community.



Lorenza Casini

Lorenza joined Carbon Co-op in March 2023 as the Energy Commons team lead.

She is a qualified architect and urban designer with an MSc in environmental and energy science. Her career spans across two decades developing solutions to combat climate change with a focus on just energy transition. She has worked both with the private and public sectors, supporting them to produce in cooperation with their communities, innovative projects.

Between 2020 and 2022 Lorenza worked on Oldham Energy Futures, a Google Foundation project that used innovative urban data mapping to inform householder engagement and spatial energy planning within the Westwood and Sholver areas of Oldham.

She is also a founding householder member of the co-operative and former director of workers’ co-operative URBED.

Helen Grimshaw

Helen joined in November 2022 and works as Carbon Co-op’s Lead for Research and Evaluation. She works across teams and projects offering specialist sectoral expertise and knowledge, as well as delivering workshops and training in a variety of settings.

Helen has worked in energy and retrofit for many years, with a particular interest in handover and evaluation stages. Previously at co-operative consultancy URBED, she collaborated with Carbon Co-op on many occasions, including the pilot phase for People Powered Retrofit. She’s also worked at the Centre for Sustainable Energy.

Helen has a keen interest in how technical information is communicated to and understood by ʻnon-technicalʼ users, and the impact this has on the operational performance of buildings and systems.

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Aldous Everard

Aldous joined the retrofit team in October 2022 to manage projects which span retrofit and monitoring and evaluation of buildings performance.  

With a passion for working on environmental issues he brings experience in managing renewable energy and interdisciplinary research projects. 

He has an MSc in renewable energy technologies from the Centre for Alternative Technology and also has experience in buildings air tightness, recycling and environmental monitoring.

James Lester

James joined us in November 2022 with a background in start-ups and scaling, having previously led project management and operational development for both small and large organisations (including a certain red-shirted football club). He has an extensive experience in retrofit and green energy, and has been involved in several of Carbon Coop’s projects prior to joining the team full time.

Sophie Norton

Sophie joined Carbon Co-op in April 2022 to work as a Project Manager in the Retrofit Team. Sophie is seconded from Historic England, the government advisor on the historic environment, where she has spent 6-years delivering training for professionals and projects that upskills construction workers in heritage skills. Sophie is currently part of a major heritage skills training programme, which is delivering 2 summer school events for construction trainees to learn about heritage conservation together and during capital repairs. She is keen to learn more about the Carbon Co-op’s work in retrofit and understand how it could support the retrofit of the historic built environment.

Matt Franklin

Matt joined Carbon Co-op in July 2020, working on the Membership Team and the Energy Systems team. His work has focused on PowerShaper Flex & PowerShaper Monitor, working with householders to get participate in the projects.

He has previous experience in the environmental NGO sector, working as the European Communications Co-ordinator for a global plastic pollution campaign.

Matt has been involved in European and UN policy spaces, drafting technical position papers, planning media stunts and supporting impacted communities in these spaces.

He has further experience in working with and developing co-operative enterprises, and working in membership organisations to empower members to take collective action.

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Jonathan Atkinson

Jonathan is a co-founder of Carbon Co-op, a board member and staff member, developing and project managing innovative, new low carbon projects. He is the Retrofit Lead at the organisation, overseeing a wide range of energy efficiency projects.

Since completing a degree in Environmental Biology Jonathan Atkinson’s career has crossed boundaries and disciplines. He worked at two research co-ops, Ethical Consumer Magazine and Corporate Watch and in 2002 co-founded UHC Collective, a multidisciplinary art and design project. Jonathan’s interests lie at the point where urban development, art, community and politics meet. Throughout his career he has explored the potential for co-operative and collective action to create change.

He splits his time with People Powered Retrofit where he is Business Director.

Matt Fawcett

Matt Fawcett

Matt Fawcett is Energy Systems Lead at Carbon Co-op, overseeing a wide range of innovative projects that utilise open technologies and collective approaches to tackle energy transition challenges and opportunities.

Matt has been involved in Carbon Co-op since its inception and has particular experience of energy monitoring and smart home technologies. He is a regular convener of Carbon Co-op’s long-running Eco-home Lab MeetUp.

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Aneaka Kellay

Aneaka works in the Retrofit Team and Energy Commons Team at Carbon Co-op. She is experienced in workshop development, facilitation and community engagement. She is passionate about social and environmental justice. Over the last 6 years, she has worked to engage and organise training for householders and contractors around retrofit.

Her current area of interest is in people-centred approaches to energy-efficient schemes.

Laura Williams

Laura Williams

Laura has 10 year’s worth of experience campaigning on climate related issues in Manchester. She is particularly interested in the social justice aspects of the climate transition, incorporating democratic and equality demands in to the campaigns and projects that she works on. At Carbon Coop she is involved with marketing strategy and developing new events, projects, and campaigns. She is currently leading our involvement in mPOWER.