ERDF Project Manager
I was responsible for Bioregional’s work on Project Eric (Energy Resources for Integrated Communities), the largest domestic solar power and battery innovation trial in the UK, based in Rose Hill, Oxford. I led on community engagement and coordination with local partners. I also wrote the NW Bicester One Planet Action Plan.
Currently I'm leading Bioregional’s work on community energy, collaborating with partners on the OxFutures programme. This is exploring ‘urban energy demonstrators’ which maximise local benefits. Through this programme I'm working with Energy Local Community Interest Company on a smarter way of sharing locally generated renewable energy across a community and plans for an innovative heat network design. This uses heat pumps and waste heat from commercial buildings to reduce energy bills and carbon emissions for neighbouring housing estates.
I completed an Architecture Diploma and an MSc in Sustainable Buildings with First Class Honours at Oxford Brookes University.
As well as being a father I am co-founder and member of Kindling Housing Co-operative, involved in activism around affordable housing. I'm also an avid ‘bad-bird watcher’ and occasional bread baker. I'm co-director and co-founder of Transition by Design, a design and architecture cooperative based in Oxford which focuses on community-led design approaches for tackling the housing and homelessness crisis. I've also been involved in setting up the Makespace Oxford Community Interest Company, which brings empty and underused buildings back into use for local community benefit.