Meet the Team

Details of our team and how you can contact us are provided below.

Dr Tim Jones
Chief Executive
[email protected] / 01872 245566 ext 211

Tim joined Community Energy Plus as a Director in 2009 before being appointed as Chief Executive in January 2013.

As Chief Executive his primary goals are to work with communities to effectively meet the growing challenges of a changing climate, and to ensure the world is a safe place for his grandchildren.

Drawing upon over 20 years of experience in charity administration and management, Tim brings high-level strategic and operational insight to shape the development and delivery of Community Energy Plus’ services.

A Member of the Institute of Leadership and Management (MInstLM), Tim has a PhD in Political Science, an MSc in Social Research and a BSc (Hons) in Politics.


Laura Tregonning
Senior Project Manager
[email protected] / 01872 245566

Laura manages the Energy Advice Team and coordinates the delivery of our energy advice projects. She also plays a key role in the development of new and existing projects and commercial services.

Laura initially joined Community Energy Plus in 2009 in the role of Communications Manager, bringing with her more than seven years’ experience of working on a broad portfolio of consumer, business to business and public sector clients.

Laura has a BA (Hons) in Public Relations and has completed NEA’s Energy Debt in the Community training.



Cordel Butler

Sustainable Energy Technical Officer
[email protected] / 01872 245566 ext 212

Cordel joined us in July 2021 and provides carbon and energy-related consultancy and diagnostic advice to SMEs and renewable energy project development in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Cordel is also a qualified Domestic Energy Assessor.


Charlie Furness
Assistant Energy Advisor: Positive Mental Health Service
[email protected] / 01872 308931

Charlie joined us in November 2021 and assists our energy advisors in taking telephone enquiries from people who need advice and support, including signposting, emergency measures, help with completing application forms and information on eligibility for available funding.

Charlie has an MSc in Sustainability and Adaptation from the Centre of Alternative Technology and a BSc in Music Technology.


Rachel Garside
Energy Advisor
[email protected] / 01872 245566 ext 238

Rachel joined us in July 2021 and is one of our team of qualified energy advisors, providing advice to people in Cornwall with energy related issues. Rachel’s experience includes working in a number of European Funded projects supporting people across Cornwall.

Rachel has a BA in Politics and Sociology with an MA in International Studies, and has completed NEA’s Fuel Poverty & Health and Introduction to Domestic Energy Efficiency training.


Sandy George
Assistant Energy Advisor: Cornwall Energy Advice Service
[email protected]

Sandy joined us in October 2021 and assists our energy advisors in taking telephone enquiries from people who need advice and support, including signposting, emergency measures, help with completing application forms and information on eligibility for available funding.

Sandy is a former Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives and has extensive knowledge of property, especially historic buildings.  She also has a BSc (Hons) Design & Innovation (Environment) and has completed NEA’s C&G Level 3 Energy Awareness.


Emma Graham
Marketing & Communications Officer
[email protected]

Emma joined us in September 2020 and oversees our marketing and social media activities to help us ensure our advice and support reaches and is accessible to the whole community in Cornwall. Coming to us from an admin, marketing and wellbeing background, Emma takes a person-centred approach to marketing, with an empathic approach in understanding and connecting with people, and a focus on advocacy and autonomy.

Emma holds a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and has completed NEA’s Fuel Poverty & Health and Introduction to Domestic Energy Efficiency training.


Karen Leach
Energy Advisor / Caseworker
[email protected] / 01872 245566 ext 232

Karen uses her energy, drive and technical knowledge to help vulnerable households in Cornwall escape from the misery, anxiety and ill-health caused by fuel poverty.

She has almost ten years’ experience of providing phone-based energy advice for Community Energy Plus and in the last three years, Karen’s role has broadened significantly and she helped to shape and deliver our in-Home Advice, Hand-holding and Advocacy services. This includes our Big Lottery Funded Energy Wise Project which she now works within as a caseworker.

Karen has a BA (Hons) in Geography and Environmental Studies and a Diploma in Domestic Energy Assessment, a City & Guilds in Energy Awareness and Renewables and an NVQ in Providing Energy Efficiency Services. She is also a qualified Domestic Energy Assessor and Green Deal Assessor.

Karen has participated in NEA’s Energy Debt in the Community training.


Katharine Lewis
Energy Advisor: Warm Wales ‘Healthy Home, Healthy People’ project
[email protected] / 01872 308952 ext 235

Katharine joined us in July 2021 and is one of our team of qualified energy advisors, providing advice to people in Cornwall with energy related issues.

Katharine has a background in education and community development, and has been working on climate change at the community level since 2018. Katharine has an MA in Gender and Development and a BSc (Hons) in Applied Biology. Katharine has completed NEA’s Fuel Poverty & Health and Introduction to Domestic Energy Efficiency Training.


Susie Mackintosh
Energy Advisor / Caseworker
[email protected] / 01872 245566 ext 211

Susie joined our advice team in October 2020 after working for more than 30 years for the Department of Work Pensions, with the last seven years delivering the Cornwall Together for Families programme. She brings with her a wealth of experience in engaging with families and individuals with multiple and complex challenges and helping families overcome barriers and work towards their own positive outcomes.

Susie has a City & Guilds Level 3 Award in Energy Awareness 6281-01 and an NEA Level 2 qualification in Fuel Debt Advice in the Community.


James Miller
Energy Advisor / Caseworker: Sustainable Homes Advice Service
[email protected] / 01872 245566 ext 204

James joined us in September 2020 from a renewable energy background to work as a Community Engagement Worker on our Healthy Homes, Healthy People project where he helped vulnerable people reduce their energy costs, access grants and additional income, as well as accessing other services that could help them live in a warm and affordable home.

James now works on our Sustainable Homes Advice Cornwall project, offering advice on retrofitting home insulation, low carbon heating systems, renewable energy, battery storage and car charging.

James’ qualifications include a Renewable Energy M.Eng (Hons) degree from the University of Exeter / Camborne School of Mines and City & Guilds Level 3 Award in Energy Awareness 6281-01.


Stephen Murphy
Energy Advisor: Cornwall Energy Advice Service, Park Homes Plus project
[email protected] / 01872 308937

Stephen joined us in July 2021 and is one of our team of qualified energy advisors, providing advice to people in Cornwall with energy related issues.


Hugh Parkinson
Energy Advisor / Caseworker: Cornwall Energy Advice Service
[email protected] / 01872 245566 ext 229

Hugh joined the team as an Energy Wise Caseworker in February 2018. As one of our team of qualified energy advisers, Hugh will be using his skills to provide advice to people in Cornwall with their energy related issues. He has worked on our Energy Wise project and delivered Big Energy Saving Network workshops for householders and frontline workers.

Hugh is currently studying a Masters degree in Energy & Environmental Change, has a BSc (Hons) in Geography, a City & Guilds Level 3 Award in Energy Awareness and is a qualified Domestic Energy Assessor. Hugh has completed NEA’s Energy Debt in the Community training.


Annabelle Ray
Energy Advisor / Caseworker: Positive Mental Health Service
[email protected] / 01872 308942 ext 233

Annabelle joined us in October 2020 and is one of our team of qualified energy advisors, providing advice to people in Cornwall with energy related issues.

Annabelle has a BSc in Psychology from the University of York and a MRes in Psychology from the University of Bath. Annabelle has completed the City & Guild’s Level 3 Award in Energy Awareness and NEA’s Fuel Debt Advice training.


Nicole Solomons
Energy Advisor: Warmer Tenants Advice Service
[email protected] / 01872 308930 / 01872 245566 ext 209

Nicole joined the team in November 2020 heading our Warmer Tenants Advice Service team which provides advice and support for landlords and tenants to help improve the energy efficiency of private rented properties, including helping landlords achieve an improved rating on their property’s EPC.

Having worked for many years in the sustainability sector (including the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales and Marches Energy Agency in Shropshire), Nicole has also managed a number of European funded projects looking at improving the energy efficiency of buildings and integrating renewable energy technologies.

Nicole has a BA(Hons) in Political Economy, an MSc in Architecture: Advanced Environmental & Energy Studies; and she is also a qualified Domestic Energy Assessor and Green Deal Assessor. Nicole has completed NEA’s Fuel Debt Advice in the Community training.


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