Cambridge Carbon Footprint's trustees jointly steer the charity's strategy and policy. Most of us have other CCF roles, depending on our skills, interests and availability.
Sarah Whitebread - Chair
Sarah joined CCF as Trustee in 2015. She works at the RSPB in their Parliamentary team, trying to persuade politicians to take action to create a world richer in nature. Before this Sarah was actively involved in local politics for many years as a County Councillor and as Campaign Director for the former MP Julian Huppert.
“As with many others I first came across CCF when I took part in a Carbon Conversations course in 2008. I found the course eye opening and many of the lessons have stayed with me. I really value CCF’s community based, supportive approach – enabling people to take positive action to reduce their carbon footprint. I’m looking forward to doing what I can to help.”
Bev became a trustee in 2009. She is responsible for Carbon Conversations, Low Carbon Network, outreach activities, events and fundraising. She is also line manager to CCF staff. Bev is retired, having worked with local mental health charity Lifecraft for 14 years, as co-founder, chair, and manager. Bev has a degree in German from Oxford University and an MPhil in Linguistics and worked at the Bell School of Languages as a teacher-trainer for many years.
"Having been incredibly impressed by Carbon Conversations some years ago, I became a volunteer because I was (and am) very excited about creating a low carbon community."
Alice works for the RSPB on climate change and energy policy, campaigning for strong action on emissions reductions from government, industry and the public to deliver an energy transition that is in harmony with nature. She previously worked for central government on renewable energy policy and is a geographer by training.
"Coming from the beautiful island of Jersey, I have had a deep appreciation for our precious natural environment engrained in me from a young age. I strongly believe that we need to change the way we interact with the world, and that bottom up action is as important as national and global changes. I'm passionate about inspiring and helping others to make the changes needed to transform our world for the better. As a relative newcomer to Cambridge, I was excited to discover CCF and am very pleased to have the opportunity to contribute to their great mission."
"Joining in a Carbon Conversations group in 2009 was a wonderfully encouraging and educative experience. Coming to understand both more about where our lifestyles produce carbon and also more about the psychological barriers to lifestyle change was very empowering. Since then I've done the facilitators' training and been involved in facilitating several groups in Cambridge. I've also enjoyed contributing to CCF's Outreach work, helping with workshops and discussions on low carbon living for community groups and students."
Tom found Carbon Conversations so engaging in 2007 that he wanted to do more with CCF. After retiring as an engineer with the worker co-op, Delta-T Devices, he became CCF chair of trustees and is involved in CCF's management and home-energy work. He’s a Carbon Conversations facilitator and thermal-imaging trainer.
“I enjoy collaborating with so many people in CCF towards a common goal. I like its powerful combination of communicating reliable information, together with a focus on why we each find some low-carbon changes difficult and how to creatively overcome that"
Katharine joined CCF as a trustee in 2013. She's a qualified Domestic Energy and Green Deal Adviser. She's currently employed in sustainability within a Suffolk local authority and is co-leading the county's approach to Green Deal as well as focusing on reducing fuel poverty and improving the thermal efficiency of new and existing housing stock.
“I've had an interest in the environment and climate change many years and in 2008 I decided to make this my career and now focus on carbon reduction, fuel poverty and sustainability. Recently I bought my own ecohouse in Cambridge which has had a major impact on reducing my own carbon consumption as well as becoming a one car household".