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I'll help you direct projects, craft the appropriate words or design lobbying approaches which make your project run smoother or get your message across better; whatever it may be and to whomever it has to get to. I have proven track records in environmental campaign and communications management and delivery (both strategy and tactics); am an expert project and event manager; an experienced and well-published writer and offer a range of other services covering advocacy, public affairs, wider communication and facilitation. Whilst I have specialised in recent years in the sustainable housing arena and wider environmental sphere, I can turn to my hand to a full range of projects and representative communications


why

Oftentimes through a simple lack of knowledge and understanding, rather than on purpose, the way we choose to live our lives is using up the Earth’s resources, and pumping out pollution, at a rate the planet can’t cope with. Therefore it is imperative that we (whether that is people, business or government, all of which I’ve worked with) try and bring back a sense of normality and limits to proceedings.

I choose clients based on one of two criteria - either those that are already progressive on the environmental or wider ethical agenda, or those that want help getting there.

Here is a selection of my recent works.


Project Director of Hab (2011 onwards)
hab
I work on various issues for Kevin McCloud's development company - a nose to tail approach that runs the gamut from site negotiation, consultation and planning exercises, oversight of construction and delivery and resident liaison throughout. Our developments focus on the need to turn the standard developer model on its head in the drive to deliver high quality, affordable, beautiful and sustainable homes.


Campaign Strategy and Delivery, Product and Event Design and Delivery, Public Affairs Advocacy
grand designs refurb
Director of the Grand Designs
Great British Refurb campaign
(2010 onwards)

I lead on both the strategy and delivery aspects of, and am the main quotidian spokesperson for, this multi-partner (WWF, the UK Green Building Council and Grand Designs Magazine) public and political engagement campaign geared to deliver a nationwide home energy refurbishment programme.


Rapporteur and Report writing
zero carbon
Author of the Department of Communities and Local Government (2010) Report on the journey to zero carbon non-domestic buildings in the UK.


Campaign Strategy and Delivery, Advocacy
wwf
Campaigns consultant to WWF UK (2009 and 2010) and Political Spokesman for WWF Cymru (2010)

After having run WWF’s sustainable housing work for five years, I was retained to provide freelance strategic campaign planning and delivery work, and was employed by WWF in Wales to speak at several party political conferences.


Policy advice, Facilitation and Report Author
climate chaos
Author of the Stop Climate Chaos Cymru coalition’s pre-election policy report (2011)

I provided wide-ranging environmental policy input to, and facilitated the process of, all SCC’s Welsh members refining their policy priorities for the 2011 election and beyond. I also wrote the final policy recommendation report on the chosen policy direction.


All of the above
message hub
The Message Hub
(2009 and ongoing)

I am fortunate to do a lot of my work through this forward-leaning and ethical communications agency.