We have a small but dedicated team who work hard to deliver our projects.
Phil Davies – Acting Chief Executive
Phil wins the CAfS long-service badge, having been involved since 2003. For five years he managed CAfS’ predecessor, Eden Local 21. He worked as the Social Enterprise Manager for Impact Housing Association, having previously been the North West Development Agency’s sub-regional Climate Change Officer for Cumbria.
Phil has been recognised by the EU Commission at European level for his success in delivering an ERDF supported programme of energy efficient refurbishment whilst managing a £1.6million ESF programme of training in the low carbon economy.
He’s currently leading CAfS as chief executive while Hazel Graham is on maternity leave.
Chief Executive – on maternity leave
Hazel is CAfS charity manager and works alongside our trustees to make sure that we stay focused on our goals and to ensure that our work has the greatest impact. She is a committed environmental campaigner with experience of developing charity systems and coordinating successful new projects. Hazel has wide knowledge of sustainability issues, having served six years as a housing association board member and environmental champion, combined with an MSc in Environmental Sustainability. Her past experience includes leading behaviour change projects, developing energy efficiency training programmes and working as a consultant to improve the financial viability of charities. She is also part of the local transition movement in Carlisle.
Finance & Funding Manager and Project Officer
Caroline has taken up the mantle of overseeing the charity’s finance while Hazel is on maternity leave. A whizz at grant applications, she also ensures that our funding strategy is on track as well as forging new partnerships and opportunities for future income. A specialist in charity project management, with 18 years’ experience developing and delivering environmental sustainability projects, she provides invaluable support to local community projects as part of our Rebuilding Together programme.
Caroline was previously the climate change officer for South Lakeland District Council, and developed their carbon management programme, driving a 5% annual reduction in CO2 emissions and overseeing the council’s first renewable installation. She is passionate about protecting our environment and is a founding director of Community Energy Cumbria, as well as a keen cyclist, runner and wanabee mountaineer.
Kushti has been CAfS’ fab administrator since February 2013. She looks after all of our office systems and finances, and assists with our statistics and reporting. Kushti also administers events, helps with marketing and communications and provides our reception service. She has held a number of administrative roles throughout her working life, ranging from receptionist to corporate services manager.
The majority of her experience has been in educational establishments, which gives her lots of relevant experience when organising our events and managing attendees and delegates.
Don’t tell anyone, but Kushti keeps a well-stocked emergency chocolate drawer!
Project Manager: Domestic Energy Efficiency
Andrew joined CAfS in 2013 to lead on energy efficiency for our Sustain Eden project, along with projects in South Lakeland. He created our household draught-proofing service and developed programmes to advise on energy saving and fuel bills.
Andrew also established and trained teams of energy-saving advisors. He developed our professional training programme, leading with our successful series of courses on retrofitting for energy efficiency in 2016, as well as creating and delivering our ‘Energy Advisor’ series. He has produced videos for householders and housing associations targeting energy saving and damp and condensation.
He also conducts comprehensive energy audits and thermal-imaging surveys for CAfS and delivers a series of workshops on energy saving, draught-proofing techniques and thermal-imaging assessments.
Andrew joined us from LESS in Lancaster, where he completed numerous thermal surveys for clients throughout Lancashire, assessing heat loss and providing comprehensive energy-saving advice. He also has a wealth of experience providing draught proofing and efficient LED lighting solutions. He is qualified in a City and Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Green Deal Domestic Advice and is a Certified Level 1 Thermographer.
Prior to moving into the sustainability area, Andrew worked in central government where he delivered many training projects throughout the UK.
Project Manager for Rebuilding Together
Emma leads one of our biggest projects, Rebuilding Together. It’s a three-year programme funded by the Big Lottery to help Cumbrians prepare for events similar to the floods of December 2015, and build resilience. Emma’s overseeing our initiatives to help people adapt their homes to cope better with extreme weather, while also improving their energy efficiency.
Frankie joined us in November 2015 and rose through the ranks to become project manager for the 2017 Green Build Festival manager. She has previously supported projects including the Big Energy Saving Network in winter 2015-16 and the Energy Saving at Home scheme in winter 2016-17. Frankie’s quickly become the official star of CAfS videos. Before CAfS, she worked in public engagement for the Energy Saving Trust and on a carbon-budgeting research project for the Stockholm Environment Institute. She volunteered with micro-finance projects during a year’s travel in India after graduating with a BSc in Environmental Economics & Environmental Management.
Oh, and she’s also the lead singer in the fab festival band Ponyland.
Marketing & Communications Manager
Jaki joined CAfS in June 2016, and leads communications on all our diverse projects as well as looking after our social media and other online channels. Jaki has worked in communications throughout her working life, starting as a reporter in local and regional newspapers before moving into corporate communications. She has previously been internal communications manager with the City of London Police, Metropolitan Police Service and Lancashire County Council before moving to Cumbria. Since coming to the county, she has been running her own communications consultancy, mainly supporting charities and civic organisations. She’s a volunteer with Penrith Action for Community Transition and the Penrith and Eden District Freegle group.
Project Manager for Alston Moor Greenprint (among other things!)
Roe joined CAfS in June 2015 and works on community engagement, project development and management.
She has experience of leading sustainable, environmental and built-heritage community projects, including urban and rural regeneration schemes. Roe works closely with communities to facilitate, develop and finance projects that will have a lasting beneficial impact on day-to-day lives. She’s led an impressive range of projects, from community transport and community-owned renewable energy schemes, to community land and food-growing plots, green business and green waste projects.
Roe is currently leading an exciting three-year project, funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, to create a “Greenprint” for Alston Moor – a shared vision for making it a sustainable area, with practical actions linked directly to the development of a community plan and the neighbourhood planning process.
Low-Carbon Communities Project Manager
Rhona is leading the third year of our Community Energy Support Programme in South Lakeland, providing advice to communities wanting to improve the energy efficiency of their community buildings or to generate community-owned renewable energy, as well as developing some long-term project ideas for us.
With experience spanning more than 25 years, Rhona has worked as a practitioner, policy maker and researcher in sustainable development and regeneration. In her early career she worked with a community in Bradford to design, develop and then manage an environmental education and training centre, using the environmental design features in the building as a working laboratory. She then went on to do more strategic work for local and regional government, writing policy and strategy in sustainable development and regeneration. From 2003-2010 she led Yorkshire Forward’s Rural Capitals programme, including the ground-breaking Renaissance Market Towns, Rural Capitals Business Space and Low Carbon Rural Capitals programmes, creating new jobs and revitalising town centres.
Since 2010, Rhona has run her own consultancy specialising in sustainable development and regeneration, supporting partners in delivering a wide range of research and projects. She conducts research at Newcastle University on sustainable development, particularly in relation to rural areas, and also lectures on sustainable development and climate change courses at the university. She completed a PhD there on energy self-sufficiency for rural areas. Keen to ensure that her research informs policy, she has contributed to government policy briefings, including an invitation to No 10 and contributing to the National Audit Committee’s inquiry into the government’s approach to sustainable development.