“Good to receive thoughts and guidance in what can be a very complicated process.”
Mike Radlett, Carville Switchgear, Burgess Hill
Meet the Team
Louise Downey, Programme Manager
Louise is the Programme Manager for the ERDF Utilise Plus project. Louise is a Practitioner Member of the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (PIEMA) and has worked in the environmental sector since 2013. She is a strong believer in the potential for sustainability to drive business growth, competitiveness and resilience. In addition to the Utilise Plus project, Louise supports local organisations to reduce costs and environmental impact through improved resource efficiency, as well as helping organisations in the environmental and low carbon sector to develop their businesses and create a local, low-carbon economy. This support includes training courses and networking events, environmental audits, environmental management systems and wider sustainable business consultancy services. She also co-ordinates the Sustainable Business Network which links like-minded, environmentally committed businesses to share ideas and build working relationships.
Ash Abraha, Project Officer
Ash is the Project Officer for the ERDF Utilise Plus project. He also supports the day to day delivery of various projects at SBP including Energy Efficiency Grant Scheme for businesses and social enterprises, training workshops and networking events. He previously worked with the Royal Geographical Society on environmental research projects and was also a researcher at the University of Sussex. Ash has a keen interest in renewable energy technology and has a BSc in Environmental Science.
Shelaine Siepel, Managing Director
Shelaine is an Environmental Management Systems specialist with an MSc in Science and Technology for Sustainability. Shelaine has been working in the sustainability sector since 2002 and joined the Sustainable Business Partnership in 2006, overseeing its spin out in early 2011 from a local authority project to a Community Interest Company. She developed the UTILISE Course and Sustainable Business Network, recognising the need to not only help businesses identify savings through resource efficiency, but also provide the link to the local suppliers that can help them turn their good ideas into action.
Jeremy Way, Director
Jeremy is the Managing Director at Greenpower, a charitable trust that promotes engineering to school children through electric car design and racing competitions. He is a Non-Executive Director at the Sustainable Business Partnership CIC.
Brett Hagen, Director
Brett is Environment Manager at Crawley Borough Council. His responsibilities include co-ordinating the council wide Environmental Management System (EMAS and ISO 14001) and Corporate Climate Change Strategy. He is a Non-Executive Director at the Sustainable Business Partnership CIC.