The Low Carbon Hub IPS Limited is the investment vehicle for their capital projects. The Low Carbon Hub Community Interest Company (CIC) holds the staff team, develops projects and works with communities to develop new approaches to community energy. Each is governed by a Board of Directors. The majority of Board Members sit on both Boards. However, two Board members act independently to vote on issues where there is a conflict of interest between the two organisations: these are Steve Drummond for the Low Carbon Hub IPS Limited and Sue Halliwell for the Low Carbon Hub CIC.
CEO, Director Low Carbon Hub IPS
Barbara’s 25-year career in sustainable development and energy, including stints in local government, central government, the private sector and academe, gives her a very unusual ability to network across all of those sectors to build ‘coalitions of the willing’ to make projects happen. During her time in central Government she was responsible for the UK’s £350m renewable energy programme and the delivery of the UK’s first offshore wind farm, large-scale PV field trials, biomass generators and wave and tidal research programme. She is a pioneer in developing local, collective responses to climate change being founder and Director of Low Carbon Oxford, a city-wide partnership of leading corporations committed to reducing carbon emissions and founder and director of West Oxford Community Renewables Ltd and Osney Lock Hydro Ltd which together have raised around £1.5m for a range of community-owned solar and hydro projects. She advises UK Government as part of DECC’s Community Energy Contact Group and is Chair of its Community Hydro Working Group. She was awarded an MBE in 2015 for her services to the development of community energy.
A Civil Engineer by training and highly experienced manager, Adriano has held senior positions in commercial businesses in the UK, Continental Europe and Latin America in sectors as diverse as education, industrial property development and heavy construction. An entrepreneur at heart, he has set up, developed and managed subsidiaries of UK businesses in Spain, Mexico and Brazil. He used this experience to co-found Oxford North Community Renewables (or ONCORE) to develop community renewable projects locally. As the Operations Director for the Low Carbon Hub, Adriano has a key role in defining the financial and operational strategies for the organisation, including evaluation of potential projects, the development process, project finance and on-going operation and management.