Paul Allen – Project Co-ordinator
Holding an Honours degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Paul joined CAT in 1988. He assisted in the development and production of a wide range of renewable energy systems and helped develop CAT’s spin-off engineering company, Dulas Ltd. He is currently CAT External Relations Officer and ZCB Project Co-ordinator. Paul has also been a member of the Wales Science Advisory Council (2010), board member of the International Forum for Sustainable Energy (2008) and a Climate Change Commissioner for Wales (2007).
Laura Blake – Food and Diets Researcher
Laura has an undergraduate degree in Nutrition and an MSc in Food Security. During her studies she covered topics such as public health, agriculture, climate change and food governance. She researched obesity and developing countries (the nutrition transition) and the interactions among global human population, livestock production systems and sustainability. She believes that food issues should be tackled holistically – addressing health requirements, social justice issues and environmental sustainability together.
Lisa Hopkinson - Researcher
Lisa is an environmental and sustainability researcher with over 25 years’ experience in the environmental field in the charitable, educational and private sectors. She has published reports on a wide range of issues including sustainable transport, energy in buildings, air pollution and biodiversity. She was formerly head of research for Hong Kong public policy think tank Civic Exchange, has provided support on environmental matters to UK universities, and managed a behavioural change project. She has been a life-long volunteer on numerous environmental campaigns and projects, and is currently active in her local Transition Town and Cycle Campaign groups.
Philip James – Researcher
Having completed a doctorate studying strategies for low and zero carbon homes, Philip was keen to get involved in research looking at the energy system as a whole. He is interested in the ways we can reduce our and make it more flexible, and is working to understand how we can match demand with a decarbonised energy supply.
Martin Kemp - Sustainable Economics Researcher
Martin completed his masters degree at CAT’s Graduate School of the Environment before going on to help develop a distance learning MSc for CAT; he also coordinated the second Zero Carbon Britain report. He is now an independent sustainability advisor working with the European Institute of Technology amongst others.
Sarah Woods – Stories for Change researcher
Sarah is a campaigner and playwright, creating participatory performances, films and events in collaboration with communities, campaigns, specialists and arts organisations. Sarah’s plays have been produced by many UK companies including The Soho Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, the RSC, BBC TV and radio, many regional theatres and touring companies. Her campaign work includes The Co-operative Group’s Frack Free UK campaign, the Fabian Society’s Commission on Food and Poverty, and the Ashden Trust’s VISIONING LONDON project. Sarah also teaches at Manchester University and is a Wales Green Hero.
Helen Atkinson – Research volunteer
Over the last 15 years Helen has worked and volunteered for dozens of local and global charities, NGOs and government advisory groups. Her research focuses on human rights issues, particularly the prevention of violence against women, commercial sexual exploitation, and developing holistic support services. She has held criminological Research Fellowships at the LSE and South Bank University, and has a Law degree from the University of Cambridge. Helen was named one of ‘Britain’s Everyday Heroes’ in Gordon Brown’s inaugural book as Prime Minister.