361 Energy Team
As the founder and project manager of 361 Energy CIC, Thomas has raised over £45,000 in grant funding for the organisation. Under his management, the organisation has worked on a wide range of projects including advising 40 local households on energy saving, engaging those in fuel poverty, LED bulk buying discounts, Green Open Homes and a large Energy Fair. 361 Energy were part of the European SEACS project and Thomas became the Devon Ambassador for the SEACS project. He is currently the Energy Manager for Walsall Housing Group (whg). Prior to that he has been Resident Costs Manager at AdvantageSW and a Ready for Retrofit Project Officer with the Energy Savings Trust. He was a founding partner in the sustainability consultancy Zero 2050 and has also worked as an environmental business consultant with Global Action Plan, Envolve and Future West.
Paul is a Director and one of the founding members of 361 Energy CIC. Paul was the Project Co-ordinator for the 361 Green Doors events and 361 Energy Fairs. He has organised tours of renewable energy sites in Devon and led the community owned renewables project. He designed the 361 Energy websites and other marketing materials. He is currently a Technical Project Development Co-ordinator with fuel poverty charity National Energy Action (NEA). Prior to that he taught renewable energy courses on the Foundation Degree in Sustainable Resource Management at Petroc in Barnstaple and was the Technical Manager at Green Deal Installations. He studied Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge. He later completed a PhD associated with erosion-corrosion in coal fluidized bed boilers and carried out post-doctoral research at Cambridge for Rolls Royce and British Coal. More recently he retrained in renewable energy with the Open University.
Nicola Corrigan has over 15 years experience as a sustainability and environmental management practitioner working in both the private and public sectors. She has worked with organisations to transform and influence strategic, operational and management practices to improve environmental, carbon management and corporate responsibility performance. Nicola is currently the Director of Forward Sustainability and a lecturer at Petroc College in Barnstaple on the Foundation Degree in Sustainable Resource Management. She is also a Trustee of the North Devon Environment Trust.
Gwen de Groot
Gwen de Groot studied Business Strategy and International Studies with The Open University and is an associate fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs. She completed the North Devon School for Social Entrepreneurs Project in which she explored the idea of social enterprise using renewable energy. She has previously worked in marketing and PR for the sustainability sector at CosyHome Company where she attended, and was inspired by, renewables conferences. Gwen is passionate about environmental and social issues. Her professional interests include entrepreneurship, community engagement, the marketing of sustainability, PR, project management and public speaking.
Georg van den Berg