“The energy auditor showed us how to adjust the settings to most efficiently run our heating system as well as explained the benefits of low-cost measures such as draught proofing.”
Judith Brown, The Sheldon Hotel, Eastbourne
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.
Jack Dale, Programme Manager
Jack is the Programme Manager for the ERDF-funded Utilise Plus programme, as well as the East Sussex Energy Efficiency Grants Scheme. He is committed to helping organisations to reduce costs and environmental impact with grants, training workshops and Energy Audits. In addition to this, he co-ordinates the Sustainable Business Network, bringing environmentally-minded businesses together at various networking events. Jack is interested in technology and has an MSc in Science & Technology Policy from the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), at the University of Sussex.
Svenja Czubayko, Project Officer
Svenja is the Project Officer for the Utilise Plus programme. She is currently studying to become IEMA qualified in Environmental Management and qualified in Permaculture Design in 2016, accredited by the British Permaculture Association. Svenja has also studied courses in ‘Environmental Science’, ‘Water and Climate’, ‘Sustainable Cities’, and ‘Global Energy and Climate Policy’ and has a special interest in using sustainable technologies and smart design to make cities more resilient.
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.