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Sarah is an expert in regional and local economic development and argues for economic and social justice and the creation of places which enable people to live good lives. Before joining The Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) in 2021, Sarah was Director of IPPR North, the dedicated think tank for the North of England.  She previously worked for CLES until 2011 and began her career in local government, working in County Durham and North Yorkshire.  She has a PhD in Urban Studies from the University of Glasgow.

Dr. Sarah Longlands

Chief Executive, The Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES)

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As a Senior Advisor at the CCC during 2020,  Louise researched and wrote Local Authorities and the Sixth Carbon Budget report published alongside the Sixth Carbon Budget. In 2021 with Quantum, she developed the recommendation for a local delivery framework for Net Zero. Recent projects include engagement events and drafting Greater Manchester’s Local Nature Recovery Strategy; Power Shift: Research into Local Authority Powers relating to climate action for UK100 and Rural Net Zero: The Role of Rural Local Authorities in Reaching Net Zero for UK100’s Countryside Climate Network. Quantum are currently supporting Creative Concern to develop a women’s climate leadership online course for C40 Cities’ Women4Climate initiative.

Louise Marix Evans

Director, Quantum Strategy & Technology

Formerly Senior Advisor, Committee on Climate Change

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Jason has a large and comprehensive background in all operations within the
Parking, Fleet and Transport Services departments’ in a local authority setting.
In addition to having extensive experience in managing a wide range of diverse and high turnover service areas, Jason is the only individual to have worked on Nottingham’s award-winning Workplace Parking Levy (WPL) scheme, from inception, approval, development, implementation and, ultimately, the continued successful operation of Europe’s only WPL scheme. With 18 years’ experience of working in a local authority, Jason understands the delivery pressures faced within local government as well as the need for a flexible and collaborative approach to successfully deliver in a political environment.

Jason Gooding

Head of Services for Parking, Fleet and Transport Services

Nottingham City Council

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Nigel has been thoroughly involved in the efficient operation of the award-winning WPL scheme, having reduced the cost of operation to less than 5% per year. Since taking on the role as service manager, Nigel has worked to develop solutions with the use of available technology to gather data in an efficient manner to assist in the effective delivery of scheme performance and compliance. Nigel developed the operational policy and procedure for Nottingham’s WPL and continually refines the operational compliance and enforcement model to ensure successful compliance and licensing of employers. Nigel has invaluable knowledge, expertise and experience in the key messages and modes of engagement with stakeholders such as liable employers that will be required to successfully operate a WPL scheme, which is highlighted by the consistent revenue Nigel’s team brings in as well as the 100% compliance rate from all liable employers.

Nigel Hallam

WPL Service Manager, Nottingham City Council

Nottingham City Council

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As an Orcadian Adele has a personal stake in the wellbeing of the Islands, both opportunities in the present and resilience into the future. She has had the pleasure of working in the renewables industry on the Islands for over a decade with five years working specifically on the high profile green hydrogen projects like BIGHIT and HySeas3. Her new role as climate change project officer with the local authority will help ensure that the climate strategies developed in the Islands make the best of the green transition principles while address climate mitigation and adaptation.

Adele Lidderdale

Climate Change Project Officer


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Alex has led Bristol City Council’s sustainability and climate change work for over 15 years. He works with a team of professionals responsible for the city council’s environmental performance, air quality management, sustainable development and leading the council’s response to the climate and ecological emergencies. He works with a wide range of partners across the city, supporting Bristol’s fantastic ecosystem of environmental organisations.

Alex Minshull

Sustainable City and Climate Change Manager, Bristol City Council



Anna has many hats: working as a researcher, writer, and worker director at Ethical Consumer Magazine whilst also acting as coordinator of FoodFutures, North Lancashire's sustainable food partnership. Anna studied Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia and, since graduating in 2010, has completed a Permaculture design course, RHS certificate in horticulture and a variety of facilitation and collaborative training. For the past ten years she has worked on a range of community-led projects with focuses ranging from environmental and social regeneration, seed saving and food growing- both in the UK and abroad. 

Anna Clayton

Writer, Researcher and Worker Director at Ethical Consumer Magazine

FoodFutures: North Lancashire

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Sander is a Circular Economy project manager at the municipality of Apeldoorn. He is a serial initiator of circular and sustainability projects, among which the ‘Story of Stuff’ project which aims to circularise material flows in the municipality. He is a strong believer in taking action and learning on the go. He likes to challenge everyone around him to find ways to start doing. His attitude and thoroughness earned him the award of ‘most straightforward civil servant of 2020’ from the Dutch ministry of Home Affairs.

Sander Lubberhuizen

Circular Economy Project Manager, Apeldoorn Municipality

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Jane Sherry is the Behaviour Change Project Manager at Waltham Forest Council where she has worked since 2014. Jane’s work on the Enjoy Waltham Forest Programme focuses on encouraging and enabling everyone to walk and cycle where possible whilst enjoying the unique culture and green spaces of the borough. The Enjoy Waltham Forest Programme consists of 33 infrastructural schemes which have been introduced in conjunction with tailored behaviour change projects, aiming to enable residents, businesses and visitors to the borough to feel confident, knowledgeable and safe in using our new and innovative infrastructure, and encourage them to live more sustainable lives.

Jane Sherry

Behaviour Change Project Manager, Waltham Forest Council
Waltham Forest

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Jonathan Atkinson is an environmental campaigner and co-founder of Carbon Co-op, a low carbon social enterprise which retrofits homes in Greater Manchester and delivers energy efficiency services across the UK. Jonathan is currently project managing People Powered Retrofit, a partnership with URBED that is developing an end-to-end householder service and a supply chain for domestic deep retrofit in the city region.

Jonathan Atkinson

Co-Founder, Carbon Co-Op & Enviromental Campaigner


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PhD in design and landscape from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and Master’s degree in urban design from Columbia University (NYC). Eugènia has extensive planning and teaching experience regarding open spaces and contemporary landscapes. She is currently working at the Department of Infrastructure and Innovation of the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona, where she is team coordinator for the Spatial Planning of the Collserola Natural Park.

Dr. Eugènia Vidal Casanovas

Architect & Team Coordinator, Spatial Planning of the Collserola Natural Park



James Williams is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Sero, a hybrid technology and housing company which specialises in developing Zero carbon homes. Sero also supports partners to deliver Zero Carbon in both new build and retrofit, Sero operates those homes to benefit the residents and grid decarbonisation, and aggregates homes to deliver the best outcomes for families, energy grids and the planet.

James Williams

Co-Founder and Managing Director, Sero

Sero Homes

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Ben is the Housing Development Manager on York’s Zero Carbon Homes Programme, which will be developing over 500 Passivhaus certified homes, which are zero carbon in use. The schemes take a holistic approach to sustainability, also focussing on low car ownership, sustainable travel, and biodiversity. He has been with the programme since its inception and is currently responsible for the first two zero carbon schemes.

Ben Burton

Housing Development Manager, York’s Zero Carbon Homes Programme


Waltham Forest
Food Futures
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