Meet our Board Members
Our Board members are volunteers who give their time to fulfill their board duties to Low Carbon Hub. You can find out more about the people who make up our Board below.
Chairman & Board Member of The Low Carbon Hub IPS & CIC
Sam is currently Chair of the Soil Association Standards Board. He is a founder and chair of both Low Carbon Oxford North and Oxford North Community Renewables (or ONCORE). Previously he founded and chaired the Climate Coalition, was Chairman of New Economics Foundation, Friends of the Earth and the Ethical Property Company plc. He is a trustee of Charity Mentors.
Board Member of The Low Carbon Hub IPS & CIC
Tim is the Executive Director - Sustainable City at the City Council where he leads a number of programmes including those in respect of environmental and social sustainability. With Sue Halliwell, Tim ensures that the Hub has good links into local government and has access to advice on local policy development.
Treasurer & Board Member of The Low Carbon Hub IPS & CIC
Luke is a Chartered Accountant and the Finance and Commercial Director of the Oxford Bus Company and its sister companies Thames Travel and Carousel Buses. In 2013, he helped Oxford Bus Company become the first local business to partner with the Hub, which led to a 140kw solar PV array being installed on the company’s depot premises in Cowley. Luke started his career with Ernst & Young before joining Reckitt Benckiser, where he spent 7 years in various Commercial Finance roles in the UK. He joined the Low Carbon Hub as non-executive treasurer early in 2015.
CEO - Board Member of The Low Carbon Hub IPS & CIC
Barbara’s 25-year career in sustainable development and energy, including stints in local government, central government, the private sector and academia, gives her a very unusual ability to network across all of those sectors to build ‘coalitions of the willing’ to make projects happen. During her time in central Government she was responsible for the UK’s £350m renewable energy programme and the delivery of the UK’s first offshore wind farm, large-scale PV field trials, biomass generators and wave and tidal research programme. She is a pioneer in developing local, collective responses to climate change having founded the Low Carbon Hub, West Oxford Community Renewables Ltd and Osney Lock Hydro Ltd, which together have raised nearly £10m for a range of community-owned solar and hydro projects. She advises UK Government as part of the BEIS Community Energy Contact Group. She was awarded an MBE in 2015 for her services to the development of community energy.
Operations Director - Board Member of The Low Carbon Hub IPS & CIC
A Civil Engineer by training and highly experienced manager, Adriano has held senior positions in commercial businesses in the UK, Continental Europe and Latin America in sectors as diverse as education, industrial property development and heavy construction. An entrepreneur at heart, he has set up, developed and managed subsidiaries of UK businesses in Spain, Mexico and Brazil. He used this experience to co-found Oxford North Community Renewables (or ONCORE) to develop community renewable projects locally. As the Operations Director for the Low Carbon Hub, Adriano has a key role in defining the financial and operational strategies for the organisation, including evaluation of potential projects, the development process, project finance and on-going operation and management.
Investment Committee Chair and independent Board Member of The Low Carbon Hub IPS
Steve has extensive experience in the energy sector. Starting as an engineer and then moving into finance, he has spent nearly 30 years working in nuclear, conventional and renewable energy power generation. Roles include power station design, operations and development in the Central Electricity Generating Board and its successors, Partner of Corporate Finance at PwC, and emissions trading, finance and global project development at Cantor Fitzgerald.
Steve is now MD of Bainton Capital Partners Ltd, a boutique advisory firm that helps develop and finance renewable energy power projects around the world. Back in Oxford, he was one of the founding directors of Oxford North Community Renewables (or ONCORE) and developed the structure of the enterprise and the financial model to install community renewable projects in North Oxford.
Board Member of The Low Carbon Hub IPS & CIC
Tom is General Manager for Noble Green Energy, a renewable and low carbon energy solutions company part of the Noble Foods Group. Noble Energy (formally Bowler Energy) have completed some 500 renewable energy installations across the UK in technologies from Solar PV to battery storage and Biomass Heating.
Previously Tom worked for The Co-operative Energy and then Opus Energy with 7 years’ experience in the energy supply business, primarily focussed on the purchasing of energy from Renewable Generators.
Independent Board Member of The Low Carbon Hub CIC
Sue is Director for Planning and Place at Oxfordshire County Council overseeing place shaping functions including strategic infrastructure planning, transport and environmental strategy and policy including low carbon community engagement and green infrastructure. Previously Sue has been involved in developing energy and resource management strategies both locally and nationally and established a centre of excellence for local authorities sharing best practice in business resource efficiency.
Community Director: Board Member of The Low Carbon Hub CIC
The Low Carbon Hub CIC’s community shareholder groups have elected Liz as their representative for a two-year term starting in 2016.
Liz is Chair of Southill Community Energy, a community benefit society, which was responsible for the construction of a 4.5MW solar farm between Finstock, Fawler and Charlbury. Community benefit will be granted initially to the Thomas Gifford Charity responsible for the newly-built library and sports hall in Charlbury, designed and built to low energy standards. Future community benefit will go to low energy refurbishment of community buildings and other projects that reduce energy use and carbon emissions.
Liz is also a director of Sustainable Charlbury, which developed the solar farm. Liz has spent a long career in energy – as an energy markets consultant and wind developer. In the last few years she has been promoting the knowledge and skills for low energy buildings. She is keen to help the Hub to promote its powering down agenda. She is well aware of why this proves so difficult, but equally believes that the visible development of new renewable energy schemes is the catalyst we need to engage communities in developing their buildings energy literacy.
Ramsay Dunning’s first involvement in community energy was in 2004 with the Gigha community-owned wind farm in Scotland.
Prior to that he was co-founder of Green Energy (UK) plc in 2001 and he then started Coop Energy in 2010, running it as Managing Director until July 2017. Coop Energy has been a strong supporter of community energy in the widest sense, and Ramsay started the annual Community Energy Conference, now run with Community Energy England.
Ramsay remains involved with Coop Energy (as a non-executive director), and is very much in touch with what’s happening in the energy industry.
George has worked in the voluntary sector for over 25 years. He was Head of Marketing & Communications at the British Red Cross for three years and then Chief Executive of the Motor Neurone Disease Association for 10 years. Since then he has been consulting, mostly to charities and other non-profit organisations, on strategy, governance, leadership and leadership teams. In addition to this, he has also been a trustee of a number of charities.
George brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of governance, leadership and management of charities and other organisations to the Board of the Low Carbon Hub.