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

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.

Frank Lucas

Frank Lucas

Frank moved to Hook Norton with his family in 1994. He has worked in nature conservation for over 30 years and has a long-standing interest in low carbon living, stemming from his belief that climate change is the single greatest threat to the integrity of our natural world and the ecosystem services that it provides. He has regularly experimented with measures to minimise his personal energy consumption and to reduce his carbon footprint. He has also been keen to support community action on climate change and low carbon living. He was a founder member of Hook Norton Low Carbon.

Anthony Ackner

Anthony Ackner

I moved to Hooky at the beginning of 2017 after a lifetime in London. Most of my commercial career has been within the automotive industry initially running a Honda Motorcycle dealership in the 70’s & 80’s before moving to Renault spending a long time within their UK fleet division. Shorter spells in the Lloyds’ insurance market, Toyota PLC and Beer distribution took me up to retirement age. I believe the future will herald significant changes in the personal car market place. Hooky Car Club is about collaborative mobility using shared vehicles, reducing congestion, pollution and significant costs for all. For most, a car is a seriously wasting asset, underutilised and expensive to own, the Hooky Car Club and E bikes are a very viable alternative.

Jem Hayward

Jem Hayward

Optometrist, IT specialist and photographer.
I work for Walford & Round, mainly in Banbury and Shipston on Stour. My initial involvement with HNLC was as a representative of the Parish Council. I also help run the village website www.hook-norton.org.uk and have in the past been involved in village events such as the Rural Fayre, Charitable Association and the Hook Norton Festival of Fine Ales. My main responsibility within HNLC has been the website and the general IT infrastructure, and have been involved in our PV project at Banbury Plant Hire, which has been exciting, and our relationship with the FCA, which was not.
I have been interested in environmental issues for as long as I can remember and green building in particular. I planned to build an earth sheltered house, way back at the turn of the century, but found that the planners don’t really like radical ideas! So, in 2005 we went the other way and bought a mediaeval hall house, complete with thatched roof, and adjacent barn. The last few years have been a steep learning curve on the renovation and upgrading of ancient buildings, the full story of Hare Cottage can be found on the case studies page.

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.

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”!

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.

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.

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.

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…