Barbara is CEO of the Low Carbon Hub. From 2000 until 2010, Dr Barbara Hammond was in Government. She headed up the UK’s renewable energy programme and during this time she set up the first capital grants programmes to support renewable energy technologies. After that she worked with Sir David King to help influence international partners on climate change in the run up to the UK presidency of the G8 and the EU in 2005.
Since 2008 Barbara has been involved in community energy groups in her own neighbourhood, helping to bring projects like Osney Lock Hydro and Matthew Arnold School’s solar PV project to fruition. In 2010, Oxford City Council asked Barbara to explore the potential for growing community-led energy through social enterprise. This became the Low Carbon Hub which was launched in December 2011.
Barbara is on the UK’s Community Energy Contact Group, working with Government on the strategy for Community Energy. She was awarded an MBE in the 2015 New Year’s Honours List for services to community energy development, particularly in Oxfordshire.