Nicole leads a growing programme of activities around the Bicester Eco Town and across Oxfordshire.
With clients at both the district council and private developers, Nicole coordinates and delivers Bioregional’s Sustainability Integrator function by advising on all environmental aspects of the Eco Bicester programme. Nicole has initiated a number of successful research and development bids to enhance the work in Bicester, winning funding for cutting edge climate change adaption work, smart grid technologies, carbon mapping and public engagements on domestic energy efficiency and post occupancy evaluation of new homes. Nicole is Co-Director of the Eco Bicester Living Lab, a joint research initiative with the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development at Oxford Brookes. In Oxford, Nicole’s team leads a cluster of energy and smart grid related projects in Rosehill.
Nicole comes from a civil engineering background and joined Bioregional in 1997. She led the ZED programme within Bioregional throughout the BedZED project and having bought a flat there, she lived at BedZED for 10 years as well as working there. She authored the BedZED Construction Materials Report and the BedZED Carbon Neutral Toolkit. Nicole initiated and led the Bioregional Reclaimed programme, promoting and trading in reclaimed building materials. She was Technical Director of the One Planet Communities Programme, responsible for developing and maintaining the core technical capacity at Bioregional, covering: ecological footprinting, Sustainability Action Plans, carbon accounting, energy, waste and other sectoral expertise as required by the team.
Nicole is listed in Building Magazine’s Top 50 rising stars of sustainability for 2012 and was a finalist in the Outstanding Women in Construction Awards 2014.