About Us

“Thank you very much for your support throughout this project, the lighting has made a great difference and we will also be saving money  on our bills, so its win, win!”
Linda Baker, Westways Vending, Hailsham

Meet the Team


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.



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.



Jack Dale, Project Officer

Jack is the Project Officer for the ERDF Utilise Plus project. He also supports the day-to-day delivery of various projects at the SBP, including the Energy Efficiency Grant Scheme for businesses and social enterprises, training workshops and networking events. He has previously worked at Demos, a London-based think-tank. Jack is interested in technology and green politics and is completing an MSc at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), at the University of Sussex.



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.

Network Update – September 2017

New Events, Book Now! Our new Utilise Plus programme, funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), is kicking off with three exciting events across Sussex: a Case Study Visit to Wakehurst Place, a Business Networking Breakfast in Chichester, and an Energy Saving Workshop in Brighton. Find out more and book your place.   Boosting Economy, Reducing Energy New research […]

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