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Our highly skilled and dedicated team works across the wider South West, offering practical support, raising awareness of local energy schemes, attracting investment, and developing innovative and impactful renewable energy projects.

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The South West Net Zero Hub Team

Programme

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Margaret Davis

Programme Co-ordinator

Margaret coordinates new enquiries to the Hub and project reporting to the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero. She also hosts the Local Authority Climate Change Officers group in the South West. Margaret’s specialist knowledge includes demand side response, flexibility, smart grids, and carbon saving calculations. Margaret is always happy to share knowledge and answer your net zero questions.

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Justin Olosunde

Funding and Investment Manager

Justin has an extensive background within investment banking in derivates trading and structured products, as well as over 15 years’ experience working in renewables and net-zero project management. Justin provides pricing and investment support for the ever-growing South West Net Zero Hub project portfolio

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Phillip Morris

STRATEGIC STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT MANAGER

Phillip returned to the Hub last year having previously worked with us as a Project Manager. Prior to re-joining, he worked as Net Zero Development Lead for Plymouth Energy Community as well as for the Centre for Sustainable Energy and the National Trust. Phillip's role at the Hub is to increase visibility and champion the delivery of net zero in the region. He provides information, advice and guidance to stakeholders on policy and projects at a national and regional level.

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Georgina Gray

Senior Communications and Marketing Officer

Georgina delivers the communications and marketing activity for the Hub. She manages the Hub’s communications channels and creates content to promote specific projects and demonstrate how the Hub can support the delivery of net zero in the region. Prior to joining the Hub, Georgina worked as a Freelance Communications Consultant working mainly in the public sector, and before that as a manager in the Comms and Marketing Team at Bristol City Council.

Energy Project Development

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David Lewis

Senior Project Manager, Project Development Team

David is passionate about the delivery of low carbon projects and has over 12 years’ experience specialising in heat related technologies. He manages the Hub's Energy Project Development Team and leads on skills, green finance, and the self-funded retrofit market.

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Linda Irwin

Project Manager, West of England LEP

Linda joined the hub in 2021 bringing a wide range of skills from her diverse experiences in civil engineering and project management. She is the Hub lead for transport and is always on the lookout for good ideas! Linda is the hub-funded provider of local capacity support for the West of England area, helping to deliver net zero projects in her area.

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John Lancaster

Project Manager, Solent LEP

John is the Hub’s Project Manager for the Solent area. He specialises in the financial appraisal and development of renewable energy projects. Areas of particular interest include community ownership, ESCO and private wire models, local electricity supply, virtual PPAs and hydrogen supply.

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Adam Longfield

Project Manager, Cornwall & Isles of Scilly LEP

Adam has worked in both the private and public sector providing solar PV design, technical support and advisory services. He also has considerable experience with other low carbon technologies and dealing with District Network Operators. Adam works with the Hub’s stakeholders across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to develop and deliver impactful renewable energy projects.

Sam Moore

Project Manager, Dorset LEP

Sam joined the Hub as Project Manager for Dorset in 2021. Previous experience includes careers in investment management, energy efficiency and heat networks. He represents the South West in the Net Zero Hubs’ Green Finance Working Group, incentivising investment and opportunities for collaboration. Sam holds qualifications in finance, Heating Design and Hydronics for Air Source Heat Pumps.

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Lara Ruetsch

Project Manager, Heart of South West LEP

Lara's has recently joined the Hub as a project manager for the Heart of the South West area covering Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay. Her previous experience includes the delivery of energy innovation projects within both the private and public sector, with a particular focus on energy system flexibility.

Public Sector Decarbonisation

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John Allen

Buildings Decarbonisation Manager, Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS)

John’s work as Building Decarbonisation Manager for the PSDS team focusses on the delivery of low carbon heat and renewables development. John has a great deal of experience delivering projects in complex situations including Grade I listed buildings requiring innovative solutions to meet the requirements of the surroundings.

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Elli Nikolaidou

Zero Carbon Buildings Engineer, Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS)

Elli is part of the Hub’s PSDS team, supporting public sector organisations to achieve the heat decarbonisation of their estate.S he is a Registered Architect and a Certified Passive House Designer, specialising in low/net zero carbon design and has extensive experience in multi-objective building design optimisation.

Housing Retrofit

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Joanne Wright

Team Manager, Housing Retrofit

Joanne is a passionate Retrofit manager with a diverse background in Project Management which includes Mining, Chemical Engineering and Roads. She is a skilled qualified Retrofit Project Manager with over 7000 homes delivered.

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Joel Templeton

FINANCIAL PROJECT OFFICER, HOUSING RETROFIT

Joel coordinates financial processes for housing retrofit projects, alongside the associated governance, communication and reporting requirements. His background is in the financial coordination of academic research grants at the University of Bristol and Client and Carer Finance for local authorities.

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Adam Beveridge

Project Manager, Housing Retrofit

Adam joins the Hub as a Project Manager delivering domestic retrofit programmes. Through his work managing the Department of Energy Security and Net Zero's Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund, Adam helps his projects overcome the complex challenges associated with decarbonising the UK housing sector.

Regional Delivery

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Hayley Ash

Senior project manager, Regional Delivery

Hayley has recently joined us as the Regional Projects Team lead, supporting projects including the Community Energy Fund, Local Energy Advice Demonstrator (LEAD) and the Local Net Zero Capacity and Development Fund. Prior to joining the Hub, Hayley has worked in local authorities in Derbyshire and Bristol, delivering co-designed interventions with communities. More Recently Hayley managed the REPLICATE programme (Horizon 2020) and was Senior Project Manager for the City Leap Client Function.

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Jason King

Project Manager, Local Energy Advice Demonstrator

Jason joined the Hub's Retrofit Team in 2022 working on the delivery of the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund programme. He is now moving into the role of Project Manager on the Local Energy Advice Demonstrator (LEAD) project working with local advice providers offering in-person advice and support to people who are hard to reach or those living in hard-to-treat properties.

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Sam Porter

Project Officer, Local Energy Advice Demonstrator

Sam is a new member of the Hub team, he will mainly be working on the LEAD programme as a Project Officer. He has previously worked for a local authority connecting skills and education with business growth, in both delivery and project management support roles.

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Katherine Rooney

Project Manager, Community Energy

Katherine is the Hub’s lead for Community Energy, managing applications to the Community Energy Fund from across the South West, as well as supporting community energy work more broadly. She has significant experience working with community groups and delivering projects in partnership with government. She has worked for Bristol City Council’s City Innovation Team, and at Sustrans.

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Jess Scragg

Project Officer, Local Net Zero Fund

Jess is a Project Officer working on the administration of the Local Net Zero Capacity and Development Fund. Before joining the Hub she worked in an Innovation Delivery team in the private sector focussed on facilitating organisational change, primarily through the management of digital automation projects and conducting market research and data analysis on the environmental and sustainability markets.

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Matt Windsor

Senior Data Performance Officer

Matt plays a key role gathering and reporting the Hub’s data and making sure it is readily available. He uses mapping and interactive data visualisation software to make sense of the numbers in the context of net zero targets and to help visualise the outcomes of projects and programmes.