Chair & secretary

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.

Silas Heys
Silas HeysSecretary
Silas joined CAfS as a trustee in April 2018. He is a solicitor specialising in commercial and residential property. Silas moved to Cumbria in 2017 after previously living and working in Greater Manchester.

He studied geography at university in London before returning north, and is passionate about the Earth, its physical processes and climate change. He tries to use his background in geography and climate change through his job as a solicitor to better inform clients of the interaction between property, land and the environment.

He has worked with a plethora of companies ranging from oil giant BP to local green builders, and brings experience and knowledge of commercial property development and investment to CAfS. His aim as a trustee is to help CAfS develop relationships with key stakeholders in the property industry in Cumbria, as well as local land and property owners, and ultimately to help further green credential and climate resilience in new builds and refurbishments.

In his spare time Silas can be found in the great outdoors, either playing hockey, fell walking or wild swimming. He’s often exploring Scotland and its malt whisky distilleries with his Patterdale terrier!


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.

Mike Berners-Lee
Mike Berners-Lee
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

Tim Boden
Tim Boden
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.

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.

David Horn
David Horn
David trained as a communications and electronic engineer and spent his entire career supporting the emergency services. Before retiring, he worked at the Metropolitan Police Service, where he was head of quality assurance.

He brings to CAfS considerable knowledge and experience in project management, business systems administration and process improvement, which he has applied to our processes, resulting in an NCVO Good Governance award.

David’s aspiration is to make sure future generations have the best possible landscape and environment in which to live and work. As previous chair of our board of trustees, he played a key role in the restructuring of CAfS after the successful Sustain Eden programme. David is also a director of Community Energy Cumbria and the BEEP Fund Ltd.

Seònaid Lafferty
Seònaid Lafferty
Seònaid is studying a PhD in organisational sustainability. Her background is in environmental science and organisational development. She’s currently working with Kendal Mountain Festival to find new and effective ways for festivals to raise awareness of sustainability and normalise sustainable behaviour.

At the heart of her work is helping organisations to find more efficient ways to have impact while managing their resources, sharing their learning and fostering a healthy working culture that retains strong values and vision.

Seònaid loves the outdoors. She’s had no problem settling in since moving to Cumbria in Autumn 2017, and is proud to call this place her home. As a trustee, she aims to help CAfS in our mission to influence behavioural change, to reinforce sustainability as a culture, not merely a target.