About Us

Meet the South Shropshire Climate Action Group by viewing the profiles below. 

Richard Davies MBE

Richard Davies MBE

Conference Chair

Richard is a Chemical Engineering graduate. He spent the first 10 years of his working life inventing. His next role was as the founding director of Shrewsbury based Marches Energy Agency (MEA).

Richard’s new mission is about living a life of sufficiency and sustainability, working less, and having more time for important things.

Richard was awarded an MBE for Services to Sustainable Energy in 2011.

Simon Ross

Simon Ross

Energy & Buildings Lead

Simon Ross is the Director of Marches Energy Agency, a Shropshire-based energy charity dedicated to supporting people to be warmer and more comfortable at home, to lowering energy bills, using energy more efficiently and in generating their own energy.

Mike Bourke

Mike Bourke

Energy & Buildings support

Mike studied Modern Languages and worked in the ordained ministry of the Church of England in the dioceses of St Albans and Lichfield. He is a trustee of Stretton Climate Care and is learning the new technologies of solar panels and an electric car.

Phil Holden

Phil Holden

Land and Biodiversity support

Phil Holden has been the Manager for 16 years with the Shropshire Hills AONB Partnership, which works to conserve and enhance the nationally important landscape of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, covering most of the Ludlow constituency. 

Jane Cullen

Jane Cullen

Chair & Communications Team

Jane has experience of being a teacher as well as working on the land. This combination has made her determined to do all she can to work with others to create a practical action plan in South Shropshire.

Richard Bubb

Richard Bubb

Speaker on Interconnectedness & Community

After spending over 20 years working in the environmental NGO sector, Richard now runs his consultancy delivering training and project management in sustainable energy and circular economy. He is currently working to implement a combined systems innovation and design thinking approach to climate problems as well as the challenges to sustainable large-scale retrofit improvements.

Nick Read

Nick Read

Land & Biodiversity Lead

Nick Read is an Anglican Priest and an Agricultural Chaplain with Borderlands Rural Chaplaincy. He has a degree in Agricultural Science, a Masters’ Degree in Forestry, an OBE for services to agriculture and is a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Society.

Alison Weeks

Alison Weeks

Energy & Buildings support

Alison Weeks is an environmental scientist working to help to reverse and mitigate the effects of the Climate and Ecological Crisis. Her area of activity is mainly within the communities of south Shropshire and the Marches. 

Janet Lewis

Janet Lewis

Land and Biodiversity support

Ordinary person optimistic for extraordinary spark to emerge from this Conference for our children and all our futures.
Lorraine Waumsley

Lorraine Waumsley

Communications Team

As a teacher of Geology and Geography, Lorraine has been active in raising awareness about the intimate relationship between people and their environments. Lorraine set up her own company specialising in Education Business Partnerships, worked with businesses, schools and colleges across the UK and is now a Director at Lightfoot. 

Esmée Begemann

Esmée Begemann

Technical Host

Esmée is a social entrepreneur and theatre-maker. Currently she is working with the colonial heritage centre (IHC) in the Netherlands to help raise awareness around the colonial history. At the same time, she is working more with social media, video and sound editing as tools to reach people and spark conversation.

Professor John Whitelegg

Professor John Whitelegg

Transport Lead

John Whitelegg has worked in sustainable transport for 30 years. He is the Foundation for Integrated Transport Fellow for transport and climate change and has written 10 books on sustainable transport topics.

Steve Hale

Steve Hale

Transport support

Retired IT Project Manager, Quaker and Green Party Officer. Working to give my children and grandchildren a livable planet.
 Helen Fairweather

Helen Fairweather

Energy & Buildings support

A lifelong interest in sustainable buildings led to volunteering as an energy surveyor, building an eco-house and now co-chair of Lightfoot. A consultant community worker, Helen is enthusiastic and experienced in participative and inclusive facilitation. She is also a dedicated reuser, upcycler and recycler, and a WWOOF host.

 Susie Wynne Willson

Susie Wynne Willson

Land and Biodiversity support

Susie has lived in the Clun Valley for 30 years, and worked until recently as a child psychiatrist in the NHS. She and her husband manage a 16 acre patch aiming to encourage wildlife and nature. She has long witnessed and is concerned about the decline of natural ecosystems both locally and in general.
Lizzie Hulton-Harrop

Lizzie Hulton-Harrop

Communications Team

Lizzie works part-time on her family farm in South Shropshire and part-time as a website freelancer. Lizzie is one of the founding members of the Middle Marches Community Land Trust and is involved in many other local initiatives.