“The course was great and very well put together.”
Graham Hillier, Cash Bases, Newhaven
Meet the Team
Shelaine Siepel, Managing Director
Shelaine is an ISO 14001 Environmental Management System and ISO 20121 Sustainable Events specialist with an MSc in Science and Technology for Sustainability. She 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 and main contact for the Utilise Plus programme, East Sussex Energy Efficiency Grants and the ‘Sustainability in Business’ training courses, which enable organisations to reduce their carbon footprint and become more energy efficient. She is also an Elmhurst-accredited Commercial Energy Assessor and creates Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) for business premises. Svenja qualified in Permaculture Design in 2016, accredited by the British Permaculture Association, and she is actively involved with the Brighton Permaculture Trust. She has a special interest in smart building design and sustainable technologies.
Brett Hagen, Director
Brett is a Heat Network Specialist with background as an Energy and Environment Manager at Crawley Borough Council and is a founding Non-Executive Director of the SBP CIC.