The Board of Directors of the Gloucestershire Community Energy Co-operative currently has six members with a range of complimentary skills. The Directors are not related to each other.
Alex Agombar (Acting Chair – elected General Meeting, February 2013)
After completing her Ecological Sciences degree in Edinburgh Alex went to volunteer for Friends of the Earth in Leeds. This led to a role in the climate change campaigns team in London, where she stayed for 7 years. During the last few years she was involved with Friends of the Earth’s ‘The Big Ask’ campaign which successfully lobbied the Government to introduce the Climate Change Act. More recently Alex has been campaigning to reinstate the founding principles of the National Health Service. She acting as Chair whilst we seek to reinvigorate the Board – find out more.
Richard Walter (Treasurer – elected AGM 2012)
Originally from a farm in Devon, Richard has lived in Cheltenham for over 25 years working as an engineer then an engineering manager in the public sector. He had been involved in voluntary activities for most of that time. He initially did conservation work with the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, then acted as secretary of a Reserve Management Committee and is currently Treasurer & Webmaster of Cheltenham Film Society.
He installed solar PV, solar water and a wind turbine on his house in Cheltenham in 2005, collecting 4 years of detailed performance data and has recently refurbished an old cottage with solar water and ground source heat pump in Ireland. He had an Open Home day in 2010 to show alternative energy ideas.
Since retiring in 2010, Richard has become Treasurer & Webmaster of Transition Town Cheltenham and a trustee of The Rendezvous Society. Richard opens his home every year as part of the Cheltenham Eco-Homes open day.
Alison Crane (Secretary – elected AGM 2012)
Alison has a long-term interest in environmental issues and stewardship of the earth. This has resulted in a variety of activities from campaigning with Greenpeace to responsibility for the Home Energy Conservation Act as a local government officer. While working for two West Midlands local authorities she developed and helped to implement a number of energy efficiency projects, many of them addressing fuel poverty in areas of housing deprivation. She has also taken various roles with Housing Associations.
She is currently an accredited Domestic Energy Assessor, and on the steering group of Transition Town Cheltenham, which she helped to establish. A Quaker, she is also a trustee for the Quaker Housing Trust and The Rendezvous Society.