CEB is run by a board of directors who meet bi-monthly and are elected by the members at Annual General Meetings.

The current directors and their skills and experience are listed below.


Secretary: Dr Beck Collins.  Beck was awarded her PhD in Success in Local Sustainable Energy Projects in 2014, and now lectures on sustainability issues and research in planning and construction at Birmingham City University.  Beck has worked on renewable energy and energy retrofit projects in Darmstadt, Germany and as an officer at Birmingham City Council.  She has also provided training and consultancy as part of the Pioneers into Practice Alumni programme of Climate KIC.  When not delivering or thinking about renewable energy projects, Beck enjoys a spot of gardening, and cider making.

Director : Phil Beardmore. Phil is a highly experienced and respected sustainability consultant.  He  was one of the founders of the Birmingham Social Enterprise Energy Network in 2005. He is a Director of the think-tank Localise West Midlands, and co-wrote the Birmingham Energy Advice Manual. In 2010 he was voted one of the top 50 Green Leaders in the West Midlands. He is also a board member of Cooperatives West Midlands.
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Director and Vice Chair : Angela Cooper.  Angela project-managed a £90,000 grant from the Department of Energy and Climate Change which enabled BHiOP, SusMo and KHT to raise awareness of the Green Deal in the local community, and engage with early adopters. The project also installed external wall Insulation on two exemplar buildings (you can watch the video on the Kings Heath Transition Facebook page). Angela retired from the University of Wolverhampton in 2010 where she had held a series of managerial posts within the university administration.

Treasurer: Dr. John Newson. John has a PhD in Technology Policy from Aston University. He has been Development Officer for Balsall Heath is Our Planet since 2009 and is well-known as a sustainability consultant. He  has also been a Climate-KIC West Midlands ambassador in Poland, and has mentored Climate-KIC project workers in Birmingham. He is lead waste campaigner for Birmingham Friends of the Earth and he also belongs to the Old Home: Super Home network and regularly hosts open days at his home, to demonstrate its various energy-generation and energy-saving measures.

Director: Kathy Hopkin. Kathy is an experienced social enterprise, community development and sustainability professional. Kathy has previously worked for Scotland’s multi-million pound Climate Challenge Fund, and has also successfully fundraised for several other environmental and social initiatives. Kathy is actively involved in her local community; she currently manages Stirchley Community Market, and was previously an active member of SusMo: Sustainable Moseley, and a founding director of EnergyWise.

Director: Simon Baggaley. Simon has 20 year career in the energy industry having worked for E.ON and npower in industrial and commercial sales and British Gas in their Solar division. Simon developed, contracted, secured funding and project managed one of the first solar parks in the UK for Toyota UK Manufacturing in Derby; the UK’s first industrial connected solar PV ground mounted installation. During his time with British Gas Solar Simon was responsible for business development and sales across both commercial and residential solar PV, launched British Gas Solar’s solar O&M division, managed investor relationships and led the business development teams. More recently Simon worked as UK and Benelux sales director for Enphase Energy, the world’s leading microinverter company, supplying a wide network distributors and installers of solar PV systems with microinverters and more recently battery storage systems. Under Simon’s leadership Enphase achieved rapid market share growth in both UK and the Netherlands following launch and became one of the top inverter suppliers in each market. In 2017 Simon realised a life long dream and now runs his own hot tub business for his day job; his volunteer involvement in CEB is focussed on leading the project to develop new solar projects to benefit the community of Birmingham.

Director: Shamsher Dharsani. Shamsher works as a coach at Sandwell Council of Voluntary Organisations to support directors and senior managers in third sector organisations with their management development needs. These are usually related to their strategy governance, funding, and their approach to issues they face with their clients or competitors. Shamsher is also a director of a charitable Community Benefit Society which he helped to set up as a collaborative body for 10 member organisations who are suppliers of health and well-being services. Shamsher’s knowledge of co-ops and CBS includes setting them up and funding them through writing community share documents for renewable energy CBS. He will contribute this knowledge and experience to support other directors on the CEB Board.
Director: Dr. Graham Ryott. Graham is a Fellow of the Energy Institute and Chartered Scientist. He has worked in the energy industry for over 30 years and is a low carbon consultant with wide ranging experience of energy regulations, energy efficient buildings, and renewable technologies. He is currently involved with the changing energy distribution systems and the development of separate System Operator functions to support the growth in Decentralised Generation, Storage and Community Energy. Graham has recently worked on Fuel Poverty schemes with Community Interests Groups, Local Authorities and Housing Associations. He has also been involved in the development of new innovative low carbon technologies with several Midlands Universities.