Barbara’s 25-year career in sustainable development and energy, including stints in local government, central government, the private sector and academia, gives her a very unusual ability to network across all of those sectors to build ‘coalitions of the willing’ to make projects happen. During her time in central Government she was responsible for the UK’s £350m renewable energy programme and the delivery of the UK’s first offshore wind farm, large-scale PV field trials, biomass generators and wave and tidal research programme. She is a pioneer in developing local, collective responses to climate change having founded the Low Carbon Hub, West Oxford Community Renewables Ltd and Osney Lock Hydro Ltd which together have raised nearly £10m for a range of community-owned solar and hydro projects. She advises UK Government as part of the BEIS Community Energy Contact Group. She was awarded an MBE in 2015 for her services to the development of community energy.