York Community Energy

The Management Committee

The Management Committee meets semi-regularly to plan YCE’s activities. We also hold open planning meetings which are advertised to the wider membership, as well as the usual AGM. The current Management Committee is:

IJ-headshotChair – Ivana Jakubková
Ivana was responsible for starting the ball rolling that eventually led to YCE, by arranging a meeting and conference as part of York in Transition. She has previously worked for an international activist network on sustainable transport and currently works at St Nicks, York’s centre for nature and green living.

Vice-Chair – Kit Bennett
Kit Bennett comes from a background of project management in the civil engineering sector. As well as being Vice-Chair, Kit does bat surveys for the Bat Conservation Trust. He also volunteers for York Greenways, helping their Railway to Greenway Project, which will highlight the history and wildlife of the York to Selby cycle path.

tomTreasurer – Tomás Sherwen
Tom is currently an atmospheric chemistry PhD student working on compounds emitted from the oceans and their impacts on air quality and climate. He has previously published work on lifecycle assessment and biofuels at Stockholm Environment Institute, and spent time in the chemicals industry in Liverpool and Manchester. He also publishes his Little Eco Terrace blog about the extensive renovations he and his partner have made to their York house to massively reduce its carbon footprint.

Secretary – Elizabeth Crossley
Elizabeth is a Trust Doctor in Psychiatry and honorary lecturer for Hull York Medical School, co-running a module at York University on the relationship between Health and the Environment. She has worked with local environmental organisations to support student training and research.

Social Media Officer – Tom de Simone
Our latest recruit to the committee, Tom is a web developer with a degree in Computer Science from the University of York. He is a keen gardener with a particular interest in permaculture and off-grid living, and is always looking for innovative ways to use technology to solve environmental (and gardening) problems.

headshot_croppedRichard Lane
YCE Chair from 2015-2018, Richard is a longstanding environmental campaigner, director of a York-based web business, and enthusiast for renewable energy. He has been a committed activist for decades, as a member of York and Ryedale Friends of the Earth, York Greenpeace, Frack-Free York and the York Environment Forum among other groups. In 2010 he was one of the organisers of the ninth Towards Car-Free Cities Conference. He was the Media Officer for the York Fair Trade Forum for six years and is now also the Media Officer for Fairtrade Yorkshire. He trained as an electronic engineer and is now studying an MSc in Renewable Energy at the University of Strathclyde.

Alan Hurd
Alan has been championing renewable energy for many years – he recently spent 8 months living off-grid with both small scale wind and solar. He is passionate about reducing the need for the use of energy by insulation to reduce heating and more efficient appliances and equipment. He works as a Quality Systems Engineer in a steel wire manufacturing company.

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