Environment Kirklees Ltd – now rebranding as EPIKS – aims to make our towns and villages a better place to live, work and study.
Through its projects we work with residents, community groups, institutions like the university, 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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
Admin/Finance (part time)
Rosalind is a qualified accountant who is passionate about the environment and has good experience in the not-for-profit sector. Her role with Environment Kirklees allows her to put her skills and experience to good use. Using her financial skills, she is able to monitor and report the financial position accurately to the directors of the company, so that we ensure we manage our finances in the best way possible and make every penny count. She is also responsible for the smooth running of the office.