Chair, secretary & patron

Mike Berners-Lee
Mike Berners-LeePatron
Mike Berners-Lee consults, thinks, writes and researches on sustainability and responses to 21st century challenges. He’s the founder of Small World Consulting, an associate company of Lancaster University that works with organisations from tech giants to supermarkets. Small World is a leader in the field of carbon metrics and their use. He is a professor at Lancaster University where his research includes sustainable food systems and carbon metrics.

Mike is the author of three books on climate change and sustainability:
* How Bad Are Bananas? The Carbon Footprint Of Everything
* The Burning Question
* There Is No Planet B: A Handbook for the Make or Break years

David Beuzeval
David BeuzevalChair
David has been chair of the CAfS board of trustees since our 2018 AGM. He’s a freelance business development consultant, working with a variety of charities to develop new strategies and business models, implement change programmes, and create new strategic partnerships. He also supports them to diversify and increase income through grants, commissioning and the creation of social enterprises.

Previously he established a land services social enterprise for Groundwork, had a leading role in the successful establishment of the Land Restoration Trust and established and led the first national external funding team at the Environment Agency.

As an environmental scientist, a regular volunteer with local community organisations, and someone who enjoys walking and running in the Lake District, David welcomes the opportunity to support the successful development of CAfS.

Tim Boden
Tim BodenSecretary
Tim is a freelance IT solutions architect and brings a range of technical consultancy and programme management skills. He’s keen to promote more take-up of community energy and heat networks in Cumbria. He has always been fascinated by Earth sciences and recently completed an Open University degree in Environmental Studies, which reinforced his interest in low-carbon energy technologies and in mitigating climate change.

Tim recently retired from BT after 37 years of working with global customers, including six years working on the London 2012 Olympics. Tim was responsible for the Games-Time services delivered to press and broadcast organisations. He has published papers and presented on minimising the carbon footprint of the communications technologies of the 2012 Games and on how to build communities of interest.

He is a member of the British Computer Society, Institute of Engineering and Technology and a chartered engineer. He moved in 2018 to Ambleside from West Yorkshire and enjoys cycling, mountain walking and orienteering in his spare time, as well as travel.

Trustees

Adrian Banford
Adrian Banford
Adrian joined CAfS as a trustee in July 2017. He’s currently the programme officer for the Appleby Heritage Action Zone scheme, at Eden District Council.

Adrian has been involved in environmental work throughout his life, working for local and national charities as well as governmental bodies and community enterprises. His main focus was environmental and wildlife conservation. Adrian has also been able to share his knowledge and experience as a lecturer, including teaching on countryside management for Newton Rigg and the University of Cumbria.

He was previously a rural development officer with Cumbria County Council, focusing on community and economic development. He’s a member of Cumbria Wildlife Trust and honorary warden of Smardale Gill National Nature Reserve. Adrian’s also a director of Learning Fields, a farm-based community wellness centre near Appleby.

Mandy Barnett
Mandy Barnett
Mandy runs MB Associates from Kendal, working around the country with organisations committed to developing their social value, that is their impact on people, prosperity and planet. She is an accredited Social Return On Investment analyst, on the board of Social Value UK and increasingly involved in sustainable wellbeing economics.

Her support will help CAfS with the ‘people’ part of the three Ps; supporting Cumbrians to make the biggest difference they can in our challenging times.
Mandy was a change consultant for Government for several years, focusing on multi-agency working for the benefit of young people. She has an MBA from London Business School, and worked in the arts and museums, before specialising in a collaborative approach to caring and community.

Mandy is highly committed to creating a zero-carbon, wellbeing way of living that will support our 12-year race for climate sustainability – professionally, politically and personally through her activism.

Karen Bentley-Brown
Karen Bentley-Brown
Karen is a freelance project manager and fundraiser for Bentley-Brown Associates and member of the Institute of Fundraisers. She has a wide range of fundraising and project management skills, having worked in the not-for-profit sector for many years.

Starting her career as a geography teacher she went on to work for WWF, The National Trust, Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, Cumbria Waste Minimisation Project, The University of Cumbria and Nurture Lakeland, among others!

Passionate about all kinds of environmental issues, she was the inaugural chair of the Big Onion, Staveley – a community group aimed at growing more food locally. After moving to Kendal, she’s now involved in South Lakes Action on Climate Change. Karen likes to get out in the fells and dales with family, friends and dogs as much as possible and enjoys sewing and upcycling.

Tracey Hart
Tracey Hart
Tracey is an architect with over 25 years experience and developed an interest in natural materials and sustainable architecture in the 1990s. She is a passionate advocate for low-energy and healthy buildings that make the best use of traditional and modern building methods.

Having trained and worked in London and run her own practice, Tracey moved to Cumbria in 2011. Since 2014 she has been associate director at 2030 architects in Penrith, and has strongly promoted the practice commitment to architecture with a low environmental impact.

Tracey has worked with CAfS on many occasions. She’s been doing a self-build renovation of an off-grid farmhouse and hosted home visits and talks as part of our Cumbria Green Build Festival. She brings a focus on the built environment and renewable energy, along with valuable experience in business management, communication and generating income.

When not working on her own house, Tracey loves walking on the fells with her two border collies and cooking up a storm using windmill power.

Tim Foster
Tim Foster
Tim joined CAfs as a trustee in December 2021. He’s currently the Head of Group North for the Field Studies Council, a leading environmental educational charity.

By background Tim is a geographer and a former Chair of the Royal Geographical Society’s NW region. Tim was Head of the Blencathra Centre and promoted low carbon energy solutions to mitigate climate change. This goes some way towards offsetting his earlier career as a planning analyst for ARAMCO, the world’s largest oil company. Tim left the corporate world to ‘make a difference’ working with young people. He has spent most of his career as a senior manager in education and the outdoor sector.

He will be stepping down from the FSC shortly and will be sharing his skills and experience to help CAfS have a positive impact towards building a sustainable economy whilst protecting biodiversity. His recent work has been building resilience in a competitive and complex marketplace against the background of the pandemic.

Tim moved to Cumbria in 2004 and is a former Threlkeld parish councillor.

Philip Hewetson
Philip Hewetson
Philip is a qualified project and programme manager and a Chartered Accountant. He has worked for a number of companies and organisations in his career including Kellogg’s, AstraZeneca, the Co-op Bank, the Medical Protection Society and most recently NHS Resolution.

Philip is passionate about environmental sustainability and believes that we need to tackle the twin challenges of climate change/decarbonisation and biodiversity loss as two sides of the same coin.

He is particularly keen to promote local solutions that make a tangible and positive difference to individuals and communities, for example energy efficiency, sustainable farming and nature-based solutions (e.g. tree planting to reduce flood risk) as part of climate change adaptation and resilience.

He is also the Treasurer and a trustee of Wildlife and Countryside Link which is the largest environment and wildlife coalition in England. Hill walking, running, volunteering with environmental charities and travel are amongst his hobbies.