Tim Lunel

Tim Lunel

I have had the pleasure of working in different aspects of the environmental field all my working life in private, public and now the charitable sectors. Right from the very first meeting hosted at our very own “Green Flag” school I have felt inspired by the way that people in Hook Norton want to make a difference and don’t just want to talk about things but to take action to reduce the amount of energy they use whether motivated by saving money or acting to counter climate change. The great thing about the members of Hook Norton Low Carbon is that all those different motivations can come together and we really are showing how we are a leading community not just in the UK but the wider world.

Mike Richardson

Mike Richardson

Moved to the village with Laura in 2001 as one of the dreaded weekenders from London. Having liked what we found (not just the beer), we decided to make our permanent home here, planned to self build and maximise our energy efficiency with high levels of insulation, solar heating, rainwater recovery, etc. Unfortunately the numbers didn’t work out so we moved instead and then set about retro-fitting some of these features whilst also extending to cater for the growing family. The step-change in scope provided to HNLC by the LCCC grant proved very timely and I initially joined the group for the expert advice available. I later took out a loan to help fund an expanded range of eco-friendly improvements over what we could initially afford to incorporate (see our case study) and I somehow ended up as treasurer! We are now reaping the benefits of our investment and are financially self-sufficient in energy (i.e. our FiT income from a 3.6kW array of panels more or less offsets our entire annual electricity bill) and our solar thermal provides 95% of our summer hot water with only the odd top-needed after a string of cloudy days and/or high water consumption.

Charlie Luxton

Charlie Luxton

Charlie Luxton Design started as a one-man practice in 2005 and since then has grown slowly but steadily in to an eight-person practice, always sticking to its core principles of creating beautiful, sustainable homes fit for the 21st century with projects that now include Hook Norton Community Housing. Charlie is director of the practice, a tv presenter and public speaker. He joined HNLC in the early days and has been one of its key members ever since

Cathy Ryan

Cathy Ryan

I was first attracted to HNLC by the E bikes scheme as I recklessly moved to Hooky from London in 2016 without being able to drive ( I can now ) but I still like using the bikes in Summer.
I have worked as a freelance Theatre Designer in different parts of the country for over 25 years and have particularly enjoyed working with primary school children, devising and performing new operas.
I have a strong interest in architecture and social change and after going along to an open meeting about sustainable community housing in Hooky, I ended up working on the project. I think affordable housing can look wonderful, be sustainable and transform lives and I’m delighted that it’s happening here in Hooky.

Catherine Hayward

Catherine Hayward

Catherine has worked in Early Years and Primary education for many years, most recently for Oxfordshire County Council. She is interested in sustainable buildings and is a self-taught “expert” at hemcrete construction and lime pointing. Living in a 500 year old eco-home provides plenty of scope for hands on experience of making a wonderfully quirky building as green as possible. Catherine is passionate about reducing food waste. She has developed a close relationship with her soup maker and is a whizz at making “interesting” soups from vegetable peelings, leaves, stalks and leftover straggly bits.

Hugh Pidgeon

Hugh Pidgeon

I run my own dialogue consultancy in the fields of strategic thinking and conflict resolution, facilitating difficult conversations, supporting strategic judgement and intelligent responses in a wide range of complex circumstances. I have sustained a long-term interest in ecologically sustainable development – and the conditions that are supportive of dialogue there too, particularly in the context of conflicts within the global economy and the wider ecology of the planet that are in themselves inherently complex, and polarized.

Paul Gowers

Paul Gowers

Paul has recently joined the board of HNLC and works with us to promote our interest in a low Carbon approach to dealing with the environment.

He supports the ethos of Hook Norton Low Carbon and what it seeks to achieve in encouraging alternatives such as active travel and the
use of EV’s (electric vehicles).

He is currently doing a degree at Northampton University
in law and criminology.

Bethan Dennick

Bethan Dennick

Bethan joined the team to look after the loans committee. She has also contributed to the future planning for the company. She is also an active member of Hook Norton Community Smallholding, often known as “Hooky Pigs”!

Keith Musson

Keith Musson

Keith runs S-branch, a Fraud Analytics Consultancy business. S-branch assists its clients to identify crime and fraud in large amounts of data using the latest technology. Keith is interested in sustainable transportation. “I believe Bicycles have a place in our daily transport, rather than simply being a hobby. Mainland Europe is far ahead of us on this one. Some of this is down to infrastructure and cycle paths. A lot of it is perception.” Keith helps manage the maintenance and promotion of the HNLC e-bikes initiative. We have 4 e-bikes available to hire at a ludicrously cheap price. These are here for the community to use and enjoy. They are also there to promote e-bikes as a concept. A number of people have bought there own since trying ours.

Jessica D’Souza

Jessica D’Souza

Jess is a marketer with over 15 years experience, mainly within B2B tech start-ups. She is currently a Marketing Director for a consultancy firm, plus has her own clients where she advises and assists on the latest marketing technology.

She also volunteers marketing skills to the dog charity, Barking Mad Dog Rescue, that helped rescue her dog Chooky from the streets of Romania.

She loves the outdoors and traveling. Her idea of relaxing is bouncing down a mountain on a bike, or kayaking around a cave lined coast.

She is passionate about living a sustainable, low carbon lifestyle, and was very impressed with the impact HNLC had on the local community when she moved to the village 6 years ago. Over the last few years she has made many changes towards this. Some of these include getting solar panels, becoming vegetarian, using the Hooky eBikes instead of driving, shopping more eco consciously (e.g. wool clothes, natural household products, using refill and zero plastic shops, always carrying a water bottle) and recently switching to a plug-in hybrid car.

She is also a fan of quality beer. Real ale and Belgium styles being her favourite.

Laura Paterson

Laura Paterson

Co-opted Member

Laura is a product manager in the field of English Language Assessment for Oxford University Press. She moved to the village in 2018 with a young family to pursue a more outdoor lifestyle and has followed HNLC with keen interest ever since, inspiring Laura and her husband to pursue a more sustainable way of life. The birth of the ‘Hooky Hub’, a sustainable community co-working space gave Laura an excuse to roll her sleeves up and get involved, and she’s excited to play an active role in the work HNLC do in the community. Laura is a novice and gung-ho veg gardener who loves good food and hates food waste (think nose-to-tail vegetables!)

Diana Barber

Diana Barber

Administrator

Diana is responsible for day to day admin. Maintaining records, collating loan applications, invoicing car club members, organising events, and lots more…