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The Team

Tim Lunel 

Having lived in Hook Norton since February 1994 we have enjoyed the many aspects of the strong community in Hooky, while acknowledging of course that it will be another couple of decades at least before we can start to be considered as locals!  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.  In February 2008 Frank Lucas suggested that it would be a good idea to extend my working life into using those experiences in the evening and weekends – how could I refuse such a tempting offer!  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.  We always knew that Hooky was the centre of the universe so not surprising that we can show the way to being more sustainable!  It’s a journey and with HNLC an enjoyable one – especially when so well supported by the Brewery!

Charlie Luxton


Charlie has combined television and designing since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2000. He specialised in sustainable residential design and as director of a four person pratcie Charlie Luxton Design has about 10 projects on at any time. He has made programmes about Architecture for the main broadcasters in the UK and is currently presenting ‘Building the Dream’ on More 4.

Paul Cooper


Paul is an architect, Certified Passivhaus Designer and Associate Director at TSH Architects and a founding member of HNLC. Paul started his career with an architects practice in Banbury which specialised in conservation. Paul worked primarily in the residential and education sectors, on various projects for buildings with listed status or within conservation areas. At TSH Architects, Paul has been able to expand his interest and expertise in sustainability and low energy buildings. The practice portfolio includes many projects built to the Code for Sustainable Homes and BREEAM (non-residential equivalent) and Paul is currently working on the first project in the practice to be designed to the PassivHaus standard.


Frank Lucas

Conservation Manager for the RSPB and a founder member of HNLC. I grew up in a Northamptonshire farming family and have worked in nature conservation for over 20 years. My interest in low carbon living stems from my belief that climate change is one of the greatest threats to the integrity of our natural world and the ecosystem services it provides. I moved to Hook Norton with my family in 1994 and since then have regularly dabbled with measures to minimise energy consumption and my carbon footprint. I was quickly persuaded that the LCCC provided an excellent opportunity for personal and local community action on the issues and have been involved ever since.

John Barnham

Living in a relatively new house in Hooky you may think there is little to be done to reduce carbon and importantly to a family, fuel costs. But even with current Building Regulations there are still measures to be carried out to improve the home’s energy efficiency, not forgetting behavioural change especially with two teenage children. Working for a social housing provider my role extends to ensuring the organisation’s housing stock provides an affordable place to live and is energy efficient so I am able to share my work knowledge with HN-LC and wider community. A Building Surveyor by profession, I have throughout my career focused on the refurbishment and extension of existing homes and know from past experiences how difficult it is to make an old house energy efficient. That’s why I volunteered to help the community through HN-LC.

David Newtondavid newton

Retired from the science department at the British Library and came to live in Hook Norton in 2003. Found the village to be a great place to live. Am keen to make life here more sustainable. I discovered that making energy-efficiency improvements to a listed house is not easy but despite this have been gradually and progressively been making small changes to make it greener. Volunteered to be Co-ordinator for the Hooky Car Club when it was set up by HNLC and hoping to make the Club a successful and greener transport option for the village.

Jem Hayward


Optometrist and IT specialist and photographer, working 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. 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 I went the other way and bought a mediaeval hall house, complete with thatched roof, and adjacent barn. The last five years have been a steep learning curve on the renovation and upgrading of ancient buildings, the full story is here.

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 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
320550_10150459862292489_45892147_nCatherine is Lead Advisory Teacher with Oxfordshire Early Years Advisory Team.  She is interested in the use of recycled resources in early years education, and is an experienced green home builder.  She is an expert at hemcrete construction and lime pointing.  Living in a 500 year old eco-home provides plenty of scope for hands on experience of climate change, and she is looking forward to a degree of global warming, as this photo shows (Mont Ventoux in a 60mph wind)!



Diana Barber
Diana is responsible for day to day admin for the company.  Maintaining records, collating loan applications and lots more…