Low Carbon Hub and partners win bid to bring home retrofit project to Oxfordshire

We are really pleased to announce we have led a winning consortium bid with the Department for Business, Energy and Industry Strategy (BEIS) to lay the foundations for developing a home retrofit scheme in Oxfordshire.

Delivering the project will be the Low Carbon Hub, the National Energy Foundation which is already active in the county providing the council’s Affordable Warmth programme and RetrofitWorks, a cooperative based in London that is at the forefront of delivering cost effective retrofits.

We are working closely to together to develop a scheme that will match householders in Oxfordshire interested in improving the energy efficiency of their homes with trusted and skilled practitioners, backed up with rigorous quality assurance measures and whole job coordination.

Once established, the programme will make it easier for homeowners to improve the energy efficiency of their homes which will reduce energy bills, cut carbon emissions, and improve comfort, quality and wellbeing.

Improving the energy efficiency of homes in Oxfordshire would have a significant impact on the county’s carbon emissions and go some way towards the county’s carbon target of 50% reduction of CO2, on 2008 levels by 2030. It is estimated that 4,000 homes per annum need to be improved to a higher efficiency standard by 2030 to meet these targets.

Communities across Oxfordshire, such as the Low Carbon Hub’s 29 community shareholders, have been active in reducing the energy demand of their neighbourhoods through thermal imaging projects and behavioural change programmes such as Low Carbon Living, amongst many other initiatives.

In the first phase until March 2019, we will work closely with these communities to develop the programme before it’s rolled out fully to homeowners. We look forward to launching the service later in 2019 and we will be in touch with more news as the project develops.

Reducing our energy demand and improving our homes is a crucial part of the picture in reducing our carbon emissions which we need to do urgently. We are delighted to have been awarded this funding to kickstart an Oxfordshire retrofit pilot project, where we have so many motivated communities keen to take part. We are also excited to be working with such excellent project partners who are expert in their fields.

Barbara Hammond, CEO, Low Carbon Hub

We are pleased to bring over 30 years of trusted and independent advice of how to improve the use of heat and power in the home through this pioneering project. I’m confident that our track record of providing support and encouragement to home owners will help many families in Oxfordshire benefit from a more comfortable, healthier and affordable way of living.

Paul Ciniglio, National Energy Foundation

We know that the RetrofitWorks cooperative is a robust way of building up the local capacity of expert advisers, designers and contractors and then a great way of helping them to work together. There are so many organisations across Oxfordshire that carry out great work, either in the Home Improvement space or as community-based organisations seeking to improve their area, it makes sense to bring them together to work toward common goals. We’re excited about the prospect of making interesting and attractive offers to the homeowners of Oxfordshire together with our partners.

Russell Smith, RetrofitWorks


Come and work with us - Business Development Director

Our team is growing – would you like to join us?

The Low Carbon Hub is a social enterprise that’s out to prove we can meet our energy needs in a way that’s good for people and good for the planet. We are at the forefront of innovation in the development of the next generation business models for transforming our energy system.

Our goal is clear: a zero-carbon energy system by 2050. We see our role as catalysts of innovation and our ethos is being community focused, collaborative and inclusive. We care a lot about our impact, where we maximise leverage and aim to make it tangible, visible, replicable, scalable and lasting.

The Low Carbon Hub is now embarking upon a new phase of its journey, working with several partners, small and large, including academia, local authorities, central government and commercial businesses, to demonstrate in practice how to make that goal a reality.

We are a small team of very passionate, flexible, open minded and committed individuals and we are looking for like-minded people to join us. Like-minded does not mean identical - we are already quite diverse and we would like more diversity in our team.

We do need some specific skills, but more than that, we are looking for individuals who are open to exploring and developing new ways of doing things, who are proactive and driven to achieve change, whose motivation is the overall wellbeing of our communities and our planet.

The Low Carbon Hub has secured funding for this new phase of innovation and you will be part of a dynamic, collaborative and busy team. We also have a clear strategy – but we know all too well that we must be prepared to adapt or change direction if we realise we got it wrong and as we learn new things. Our ethos and clear goal provide the stability for us to work in this environment marked by rapid change.

Business Development Director – the role:

We aim to develop projects that combine mostly existing technologies into new products and services and demonstrate how they will work when plugged into a smart electricity network. This is about collaborating with internal and external teams to create products and services that meet the needs of customers and other stakeholders. Individual projects might range in value from tens of thousands to a few million pounds.

The challenge is to identify and further develop potential new business models for projects, demonstrate how they can be financially viable and get them delivered on time, on budget and to the required performance specifications. This role needs a leader working strategically at Board level and with external stakeholders to identify potential new smart energy business models and leading a development team working with external contractors to deliver projects to time, cost and specification. This is an absolutely key role in our growing organisation, needing someone able to think innovatively and who is driven by the desire to turn these ideas into a very practical reality.

We expect the new Business Development Director to have a demonstrable track record of successful business development and project management experience, ideally at Board level, and with a good understanding and ideally experience of raising finance into new projects.

This role reports to the CEO and will have direct support from and line manage a Development Manager and Project Manager.

How to apply

Please download and read the full job description (below).

If you are interested and would like to apply please send us a 300-word pitch on why you believe you are the right person for the job and for the organisation, your salary expectations, as well as an up-to-date CV and 3 references. The email address to be used is info@lowcarbonhub.org with subject “Business Development Director”.

Deadline for applications is 5pm, Monday 18 February 2019 with an interview day scheduled for Wednesday 27 February 2019.

Business Development Director Job Description
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