Green Fox was established by a group of volunteers from Leicester and Leicestershire with a passion for sustainable energy and community involvement.
The current Green Fox team is also serving as a transitional board for the purposes of setting up and establishing the John Cleveland College (JCC) Community Woodheat Co-operative. Board elections from the new membership of the JCC Community Woodheat Co-op will be held at the first Annual General Meeting (AGM) in 2014.
Alan formerly worked as a Landscape Architect, initiating designs, and working on tendering, letting and managing of contracts and control of budgets. In 2004, he was appointed as Better Building Project Manager and Senior Environmental Consultant for Leicester City Council with responsibility for initiation and implementation of renewable energy and low carbon policies. He managed the district heating feasibility study for the recently operational Leicester scheme and regularly negotiates low carbon outcomes in new development.
Richard is a sustainability and energy consultant for a leading planning consultancy. He was born and lives in Leicestershire and is a professional Member of the Energy Institute (MEI) with over 10 yearsâ€™ experience advising on energy and sustainability in the public and private sectors. He has developed energy and carbon reduction strategies for over 90,000 new homes, advised on the development of innovative energy services business models and supported the delivery of a number of large low carbon and renewable heating projects.
Simon Butt is a Director of his own company, Run by the Sun Ltd, who design, install and service solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. He has been installing solar systems for over 20 years, well ahead of the recent growth in this sector. Run by the Sun Ltd has been involved with domestic, commercial and community PV solar projects and recently installed the PV solar system throughout the Olympic Park. Simon lives in Leicester, where he is also the treasurer of his local allotment society, and secretary of a mountain biking club.
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Ben has worked in the renewable energy industry for 20 years. At Environ he developed a national network of Solar Clubs, redeveloped the environmental show home the EcoHouse, and initiated the award winning community owned Braunstone Solar Streets project. In 2010 Ben started his own environmental consultancy and recently worked with Sharenergy to establish the Woolhope Woodheat Co-operative, the UK’s first Renewable Heat Co-operative. Ben is currently the Development Executive for the Green Fox Community Energy Co-operative.
Andrew is a founding member of Transition Leicester, a visiting research fellow at the Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development, De Montfort University, where he gained his PhD, and an independent consultant for community-led environmental projects. Andrew has worked as a renewable energy researcher for the Energy Saving Trust and is a professionally qualified Social Enterprise development worker.
Whilst studying for her first degree, Judith spent the long summer breaks working in the genetic departments in Toulouse, Berlin and Canada. She worked as part of research teams on mapping out domestic animal genes. Completing the science degree, Judith went on to do her medical training. She worked as a full time GP partner for 9 nine years between 2001 and 2010 and has spent the last 18 months following her passion for environmental and social issues and now works as a GP at Inclusion Health Care, a social enterprise looking after the homeless in Leicester.
Mel worked on a technology transfer project with the University of Oxford and the Radcliffe Eye Hospital after completing his MSc in Medical Imaging. The project grew from PhD theory to a commercial product with a global distribution network. He is a Director of a consultancy company with expert knowledge and experience across complex IT integration projects. He has a strong passion for environmental issues and has been involved in a series of projects within Transition Leicester, Green Fox and Footpaths.
David has thirty five yearsâ€™ experience in developing and managing community benefit organisations. He holds a Bachelorâ€™s degree in Natural Sciences and a Masterâ€™s degree in Public Service Management. His early career focused on community development and adult education. He currently works for Leicestershire Probation Trust, managing a programme to support ex- offenders into environmentally and economically sustainable employment. He has a long standing interest in environmental matters and is an enthusiastic gardener and cyclist.
Jon Halle is a founder Director of Sharenergy and has worked setting up renewable energy co-operatives for the last 10 years, including Woolhope Woodheat, the UKâ€™s first Renewable Heat Co-operative. Jon and Sharenergy have supported the development of the project from the outset and provide co-operative business planning expertise to the project.