About Us

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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 working on the ERDF-funded Utilise Plus programme. 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 – as well as coordinating training workshops, networking events, and communications. Jack is interested in technology and green politics and has an MSc in Science & Technology Policy from the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), at the University of Sussex.




Svenja Czubayko, Intern

Svenja is an intern at the SBP, with a background in events coordination. She currently supports the team at network events and is excited to be working on energy efficiency projects. Svenja qualified in Permaculture Design in 2016 and is accredited by the British Permaculture Association. She has also finished studying courses in ‘Environmental Science’, ‘Water and Climate’, ‘Sustainable Cities’, and ‘Global Energy and Climate Policy’. She is interested 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.

Event Report: Energy Saving Workshop in Brighton

The Sustainable Business Partnership CIC welcomed delegates to Brighton on 16th November for an Energy Saving Workshop. These half-day workshops are interactive sessions in which organisations produce bespoke action plans tailored to their particular needs. The group outlined their energy saving objectives. Some were specific, such as dealing with ineffective night storage heating, while others […]

Office Energy Savings

Insulation, boiler upgrades and LED lighting helps two East Sussex businesses reduce energy costs.


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