About Us

EPIKs is the working title for Environment Kirklees Ltd, a not for profit company based in Huddersfield and operating projects throughout Kirklees.  Our team includes a combination of volunteer directors and paid part time staff. 

Through our projects we work with residents, community groups, institutions, businesses and employees to increase environmental awareness and facilitate engagement in practical environmental solutions.

Our activities go back over 20 years. The company’s forerunner was Kirklees Environment Partnership, which was a forum involving the public and private sector with the voluntary sector. Started in 2002, KEP also delivered a number of innovative educational projects.

The Greenstreams project has its origins in the 1990s. The poor quality of the river Colne and the litter and dumping in the river corridor acted as a catalyst to the formation of a river stewardship project, promoted by our local MP, Barry Sheerman.

In 2016 KEP merged with Environmental Alliance Limited, a not-for-profit organisation that managed the delivery of Greenstreams and its river stewardship projects from 2006.

Creating access to nature in our town centre

Our Team

Chas Ball

Chas Ball

Director/Chair

Chas is lead director on transport issues.  He is convenor of the transport group of Zero Carbon Yorkshire and a member of the Kirklees Cycling Campaign committee.

He was Chief Executive of Carplus Trust (now CoMoUK) the UK organisation for “combined mobility” until he retired and he served on the board of the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) for three years until 2015.

He previously worked on innovative recycling and waste projects with Leeds-based community enterprise SWAP (Save Waste & Prosper).  

He is a trustee of Huddersfield Civic Society and Marsden Jazz Festival.

Jeff Keenlyside

Jeff Keenlyside

Director

Jeff has been leading on the Greenstreams Project for several years developing the corporate sponsorship scheme, and more recently, the concept of 3 Valleys Nature Park.

With an environmental science background he previously worked for Kirklees Council as an ecologist in the Environment Unit and then the Planning Service before retirement. He has been involved with developing wildlife and recreation projects around the River Colne for over 20 years and believes rivers are a massive economic and environmental asset.

A keen birdwatcher and wildlife enthusiast, most of which is done from the saddle of a bike or the cockpit of a sailboat or kayak.

Ali Stopher

Ali Stopher

Director/Secretary

Ali has a keen interest in nature, wildlife and the wider environment.  She has a background in planning, community work, environmental policy and projects within local authorities and the voluntary sector.  Ali can be found out and about walking or tending her allotment, is a primary school governor (a chair of governors until recently) and a volunteer in her neighbourhood.  A new grandparent, she is very concerned about the current and continuing effects of climate change on people and the natural world.

Paul Davies

Paul Davies

Director

Paul is both a councillor with Kirklees Council and Holme Valley Parish Council, school governor and member of the Kirklees Education Learning and Partnership Board and Kirklees Schools Forum. He was European HR Director for Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) and European Operations Director for Orange Business Services (OBS). He qualified as a primary school teacher in 2015.

Kim Warren

Kim Warren

Project Worker (part time)

Kim has over thirty years’ experience in the environment sector, including practical conservation, managing waste and resources and working with volunteers. Kim is passionate about inspiring people to take action for the environment and is keen to involve young people in action for their futures. As an avid cyclist and advocate for local food, she also volunteers with local groups to promote active travel and growing food close to home.

Anne Merry

Anne Merry

Volunteer engagement officer (part time)

Anne is a qualified Youth and Community worker with over 20 years experience of engaging individuals and communities in volunteering opportunities. Passionate about all things wild she enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for nature and inspiring others to get involved in their local area for the benefit of both people and wildlife.  A keen grower, she can often be found working in her ‘no dig’ garden.

Caron Neild

Caron Neild

Finance and Admin (part time)

Caron worked, has over 20 years’ experience within the fostering sector for a not-for-profit organisation as a Finance Director, Administration Manager and Contracts Officer. Her voluntary roles include treasurer for a local community centre and the chair of governors for a primary school. She takes great pride in being able to achieve the best outcomes for everyone she works with and has a strong ‘can do’ attitude.

Caron loves the outdoors including hiking, fell running and cycling and always finding new ways to make the community we live in a cleaner and better place for future generations.

Mal Gibb

Mal Gibb

E-bike projects coordinator (part time)

Mal has combined his skills from a past career in the financial sector and love of cycling to become super – organised at running our e-bike scheme. He is a keen cyclist who is heavily involved with several mountain bike advocacy groups, including Ride Kirklees. Working closely with Kirklees Council, they aim to preserve and protect the areas they ride through; maintaining bridleways; improve access for mountain bikes; creating new trails and promoting good mountain biking etiquette. Through Ride Kirklees he’s also become part of the fundraising team for our local Mountain Rescue Team.