Taylor Roark (Director BES2) is a sustainability and renewable energy consultant. He provided legal and strategic advice and assistance on Brixton Energy Solar 1 and has been heavily involved in the formation and development of Repowering South London. Taylor worked as commercial and legal manager in the development of offshore wind projects with Mainstream Renewable Power and Airtricity. Prior to that, he practiced corporate law in New York, Tokyo and London. He has been involved in setting up and running community projects, and serves as Secretary for GREEN, a community-owned solar PV co-operative based in North London.
Becky Payne (Director BES2, Company Secretary) has lived in Brixton since 1985. She has worked for over 25 years in the heritage world. She has been a policy and grant officer with extensive experience in administration, building contracts, engaging with local communities and giving advice on sustaining historic buildings. Becky has held executive positions in public and private institutions including English Heritage and the Church of England’s Church Buildings Division. Now currently working as a freelance consultant and researcher on sustaining historic places of worship through wider community use.
(Director BES2) has lived in Brixton since 2004. He has worked for several years as a software developer for both government and consumer website. Currently he is product manager for energy efficiency
at a large UK consumer website. Jason is passionate about using technology to create a better world. He has contributed to UNICEF’s open source RapidFTR project and helps organise London Cleanweb
events which promote the use of the web for sustainability.
Agamemnon Otero (Director BES2, Project Manager & Signatory) is experienced in providing finance solutions for the energy sector including business development, management, and operations. He is a founding member of Repower South London, and a Director & Project Manager for Brixton Energy Solar 1 co-operative. He has previously been Director of Renewable Energy Project Finance and Social Responsibility at Better World Finance and the CFO of Energy Bank Ltd. A community activist and speaker on sustainable low carbon economies, Agamemnon has a Master’s degree in Architecture in Advanced Environment & Energy and a Baccalaureate in Pre-medicine, Literature and Fine Arts.
(Signatory, Director BES1 & Chair) is currently chairing Repowering South London and has been a Lambeth Green Community Champion since 2009. He holds a Masters degree in aerospace engineering with a thesis in large scale wind energy modelling. He is a young committee member of Institute of Mechanical Engineers IMechE) Energy, Environmental and Sustainability Group (EESG)
. Over the last few years Andre has accumulated experience in energy efficiency, co-generation and small scale renewables. He works in an international ESCO as project engineer for their energy solutions division.
(Signatory & Director BES1) is a writer, researcher, designer and self-builder. He is well-known to readers of the Independent for his column Diary of an Eco-builder
which described the construction of one of Britain’s first energy self-sufficient homes (on the Brixton-Clapham border). Will has a Masters degree in Energy and Sustainable Development and led the energy and environmental design of the building, which combined exceptional building performance with solar photovoltaic technology.
From 2009 to early spring 2011 Will was Senior Researcher at the Centre for Sustainable Energy where he led research into smart meters, energy feedback systems, fuel poverty and energy improvements in historic and listed buildings. His most recent book, Homes for a Changing Climate, focuses on designing buildings to cope with the expected changes in the climate over the 21st century.
is founding member and chair of Transition Town Brixton
and has helped start up many TTB projects such as the Brixton Pound, Brixton Community Draught Busters, Brixton Re-use Centre and Brixton Energy. He spends his life trying to pioneer a better low energy future. He has just super-insulated his Victorian house and put 4 kW of solar on the roof. He is a qualified Permaculture designer and has done energy and climate change education and consultancies for many individuals, schools and organisations. He campaigns against biofuels as a false solution.
Rowena Parsons has been a resident of Brixton since the late eighties. She became aware of the Peak Oil situation thanks to the activities of Transition Town Brixton and worked as a volunteer in the Community Shop in Brixton Village. Rowena is a member of the St Matthew’s Tenants and Residents Association and is helping to set up their community gardening project. Her area of professional expertise is information management and reporting. In her current position at asos.com, she is involved in the carbon reduction efforts of their Social Responsibility department.
leads the Green Community Champions program
within the Brixton Low Carbon Zone, a community-led initiative aiming for a 20.12% reduction in carbon emissions in time for the Olympics. This program facilitates and supports environmentally focused community groups around the areas of food, energy, waste and transport. In addition to community facilitation, Kees has a strong sales background in a number of start up companies ranging from solar water heating to international logistics.
Afsheen Kabir Rashid
manages the Brixton Low Carbon Zone
, one of ten Low Carbon Zones across London. Afsheen has several years experience in implementing behaviour change programmes across London engaging with residents and businesses. Along with having a strong community engagement background Afsheen has successfully run community based social marketing campaigns to foster environmental behaviour.
As a behaviour change co-ordinator at London Sustainability Exchange (LSx) Afsheen was recognised for her work on the ‘Hinduism and H2O’ project when she received an award for social marketing best practice at the national launch of ShowCase 2009. Afsheen was instrumental in setting up the Muslim Women’s Collective in Tower Hamlets that seeks to empower women to play an active role in improving the environment. Afsheen is an Associate member of the Institute of Environment and Assessment (IEMA) and currently works for Lambeth Council.
has lived in Brixton for the last eight years. After an early career in academic technology transfer and intellectual property management in the Biosciences, she retrained as a plumber , qualified as a heating engineer and is now in her final year of a BEng in Building Services Engineering at nearby South Bank University. Chris is passionate about increasing access to renewable technologies and founded technology start-up Helianth Systems Ltd
in 2009 to adapt renewable technologies to the needs of small households.
Brigid Clarke A Brixton resident for 18 years, Brigid originally qualified as a Chartered Accountant. Her subsequent experience includes Management Consultancy: implementing systems for major infrastructure projects, Business Management: shareholder director of a public relations, lobbying and media group and Project Management: property renovations and community led new build. She is a Lambeth Green Community Champion having co-founded Telford Park CAN to promote energy conservation and efficiency within her local community and in 2011 completed a MSc. Architecture: Advanced Environmental Studies and Energy. She currently provides support to a number of environmental projects including BES1, BES2 and Repowering South London.
Kevin Wilson worked on the Brixton Energy Solar 1 solar installation and is on the development team for BES2. Kevin is an electrical engineer and has lived in Brixton for the past 12 years. Kevin is a community activist, interested in renewable energy and recycling.
Other volunteers with a diverse range of expertise including energy efficiency, renewable energy, research, project management, journalism, engineering, web development, communications, finance and business development.