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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.

Marlo High

Marlo High

Marlo joined Carbon Co-op in 2022, and works in the Retrofit Team. They developed their knowledge of buildings and retrofit through a MSc in Green Building, from the Centre for Alternative Technology, following an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering. Their studies focused on sustainable building techniques and materials.They are enthusiastic about bridging the gap between technical knowledge and practical, accessible routes to broad-scale home improvements.

Carly Harper

Carly Harper

Carly joined the Energy Commons team in 2021, working on the Oldham Energy Futures project. She specialises in community engagement and citizen involvement and has trained in facilitation, experience-based design and public speaking.

Before joining Carbon Coop, Carly developed and implemented citizen engagement and wide-scale consultation activities in museum services, Health Services, and the Environment Agency.

She brings ten years of experience in engaging communities and is passionate about citizens’ voices being at the heart of decision making.

Britt Jurgensen

Britt works in the Energy Commons Team and specialises in participatory planning processes, multi-stakeholder co-creation, community business development and creative communications. Originally trained as a theatre maker, Britt has 15 years of experience in community development. She is passionate about securing common ownership over land, housing and energy infrastructure. For Carbon Co-op she currently works in project development and delivery on Oldham Energy Futures and mPower.

Britt is a co-founder of Homebaked Community Land Trust and co-operative bakery in her own neighbourhood in Anfield, Liverpool. She is a trained action learning facilitator and coach and runs Action Learning sets for the School of Social Entrepreneurs. Britt is a native German speaker and fluent in English, Spanish and Italian.

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Claire Knox

Claire joined Carbon Co-op’s Energy Services team in August 2021 and works on Energy Systems and Energy Commons projects. Claire has several years’ project management and system implementation experience predominantly in clinical and surgical settings, as well as a strong passion for reducing carbon emissions and protecting biodiversity. Gaining her BA(Hons) degree from the University of Leeds, Claire is now working towards a qualification in Environmental Science.

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Jonathan Atkinson

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 is a co-founder of Carbon Co-op, a board member and staff member, developing and project managing innovative, new low carbon projects.

 

Matt Fawcett

Matt Fawcett

Matt has been involved in Carbon Co-op since its inception and works on energy monitoring and smart home technology.

Aneaka Kelly

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.

 

Matt Sanderson

Matt is currently working towards his PhD as a post-graduate researcher in the Power Networks group at the University of Manchester. His particular fields of study include community engagement and associated processes, data sharing and co-production, and the landscape impacts of power infrastructure.

Prior to his return to academia, Matt worked for over 20 years as a hydrographic surveyor, survey manager, and project manager, mainly in the oil and gas sector, but also in subsea telecommunications, ports and infrastructure, and mapping for safe navigation.

Matt and his family live in SW Cumbria. They are slowly working towards a carbon-neutral (or better) home, though at this stage most investment has been around energy systems and an electric car.

Carla Smith

A support worker in primary education, I love my role and feel strongly about the future for our children – the choices we make for them and our impacts upon the world we leave to them.

A wife and mother of two grown up daughters, we moved house in 2018 and I made a promise to reduce our carbon footprint in our new home! Joining the Carbon Coop at the 2019 AGM, I jumped at the chance to be a volunteer observer member of the board. We have learned so much about retrofit since and quickly developed ideas for our home – just completed is our first DIY insulation project.

I’m particularly interested in affordable retrofit, as well as avoiding plastics and utilising natural fibre products. Carbon Coop has been a huge inspiration to me in all things Carbon Drawdown and I look forward to continuing to support the community in any way I can.

Chris Jones

I am the Knowledge Exchange Fellow for the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of Manchester. Tyndall Manchester has been a leading group on doing policy relevant research on climate change for 20 years, particularly on issues around decarbonising energy, carbon budgets and resilience. My background is on environmental assessment of energy systems and I also sit on the Zero Carbon Advisory Group for the Manchester Climate Change Agency. 

Ivana Jakubkova

I work as the Outreach Officer for St Nicks, York’s centre for nature and green living. I’ve organised a series of York Open Eco Homes events and it was Carbon Co-op’s workshop for organisers of similar events that gave me an impressive introduction to the co-op a few years ago. 

Also an active member of York Community Energy, I’ve become more and more aware of the need for large-scale deep retrofitting (and not just of my own house). I’ve joined the Carbon Co-op’s board in order to learn more about its highly successful, people-centred model so that we can attempt something similar in York. In return I will do anything I can to support the co-op and its staff in the great work they do.

Dr. Lloyd Hamilton

I have a background in research and applied science, most notably in biological and biochemical sciences and my day job involves reducing environmental impact on skin and hair. Since 2017 we have been renovating our home utilising some assistance with contacts and information from Carbon Coop. We have addressed fabric and are incorporating smart tech with a future eye on renewables. 

I have experience in translating concepts to products with project management and problem-solving experience. Happy to share my limited knowledge and skills with others making the journey.

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Jonathan Atkinson

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 is a co-founder of Carbon Co-op, a board member and staff member, developing and project managing innovative, new low carbon projects.

 

Matt Fawcett

Matt Fawcett

Matt has been involved in Carbon Co-op since its inception and works on energy monitoring and smart home technology.

Michael Hemingway

I work in the climate change field for a local authority; I have a professional background in social housing and a particular interest in housing strategy, affordable warmth and adapting to climate change. I have been on the Carbon Co-op’s board for four years now. I support the Carbon Co-op model, working with like-minded people at grass roots level to bring about change and I am keen to help facilitate this.

With the help of the Co-op we have been retrofitting our family home as one of the Community Green Deal Pioneers and will be pleased to share this experience with members of the co-op.

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Rob Jones

I am a long-term resident of Rusholme, Manchester with an abiding interest in the environment and two rapidly growing girls. We fully retrofitted our house in 2014 with extensive support from Carbon Coop. Since then we’ve seen reductions of c40% in both gas and electricity. Not bad for a busy family home where nobody likes to be chilly! We’re committed to continually improving on this, and have subsequently sought to improve our house’s performance further as well as getting rid of our car.

By day I work in public finance – auditing and advising a variety of public sector bodies. I bring financial skills to the Carbon Coop committee, along with an understanding of public policy and governance. I am by no means an expert in energy systems or activism but I enjoying learning and helping where I can to make the Coop as effective as it can be.

Dr. Ann Kolodziejski

I work as a Biology lecturer in the higher education sector. My background is in ecology and environmental management. My most recent areas of research encompass participatory planning, social learning and environmental psychology. I’ve been interested in environmental matters for many years and that has led me to become involved in groups with social and environmental aims. One of the most significant influences on my way of thinking has been permaculture design. I am the treasurer for Bolton Wholefoods Co-operative and am one of the founder members of the Friends of Seven Acres Local Nature Reserve, as well as a volunteer Breeze Champion (a British Cycling initiative to get more women riding bikes). My interest in retrofit stems from concerns about climate change and my involvement with Transition Town Bolton. Energy saving measures have been done in my house but there are still significant works that need to be completed in order to achieve a comfortable and energy efficient home.

Sian Richards

I joined Carbon Co-op early in 2014 as I am keen to make my home more comfortable, cheaper to run, at the same time as reducing my carbon footprint. Mother of two daughters, both currently working and living in Bristol; I’m a software engineer by day; acappella choir singer at night, and occasional weekend walker.

I’ve been conscious of my carbon contribution even if I have some way to go before giving up my car. I’ve learnt a lot from Carbon Co-op training courses, events and socials, and after several years of monitoring and some small changes I’m about to get some new triple glazed windows and internal insulation.

Eddie Sheehy

I have lived in Eccles for over 30 years and now in a house that is 260 years old. The environment and sustainability have been longstanding concerns for me for many, many years and I have supported ‘green’ initiatives for all of that time. My home was retrofitted in 2014 with the scheme fully planed and delivered by the Carbon Coop. The planned reductions of at least 40% in energy consumption has been achieved and by passed and I now have an energy consumption of about 40% of my previous levels. This has ensured that my carbon footprint has fallen significantly as well. My home is now draught free and much more energy efficient than it used to be.

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.
I like to think that I have shopped responsibly for years and buy from co-ops whenever I can.