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Our experienced, skilled and committed team works across our Local Net Zero Hub areas, offering practical support, raising awareness of local energy schemes, attracting investment and developing innovative projects.

Karen Oliver-Spry

Karen Oliver-Spry

Net Zero Hub Manager

Karen joins the Net Zero Hub from the Hull and East Yorkshire and formerly Humber LEPs where she spent 8 years managing over £150m capital investment programmes, providing effective strategic and operational management of key programmes and ensuring exceptional delivery for economic and social benefit. Karen brings determination, rigour and attention to detail to her work and cares passionately that the best possible energy outcomes can be achieved for the North East and Yorkshire.

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Alan Millar

Net Zero Hub Programme Manager

Alan has been with the Hub since August 2019. His primary role is promoting the Rural Community Energy Fund in Yorkshire and Humber. He has also been getting back to his housing roots through involvement in the Green Homes Grant LAD2 programme. He has over 15 years’ experience in project delivery for housing associations in the North East and in Scotland, including delivering social housing in the Inner Hebrides. The commute could be long but was very relaxing.

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Abbie Raynes

Net Zero Hub Project Manager

Abbie joined the Net Zero Hub in June 2021 after relocating, from Edinburgh, back to her hometown of Middlesbrough. Her background is in environmental geography, housing retrofit schemes, and home energy efficiency and renewable technology programmes, which she managed while working with Energy Saving Trust. The Coronavirus pandemic has further highlighted the need for safe and comfortable energy efficient homes - which Abbie is keen to strive towards within her role in the Net Zero Hub.

Lee Gately-Hall

Lee Gatley-Hall

Tees Valley Energy Project Manager

Lee joined the Energy Hub in July 2021 having previously worked within Stockton Borough Council’s Environment Team tackling fuel poverty and improving health and well-being across the Tees Valley. An experienced professional, Lee has a number of years’ experience in projects and management and was even a teacher in a past life. Lee is keen to secure and implement exciting future renewable energy and energy efficiency opportunities for the residents working and living within our region.


Nicole Huston

Housing Retrofit Project Manager

Nicole has worked in roles across the housing and third sector for the past 10 years, both for Local Authorities, Housing organisations and charities, mainly in community, tenancy, sustainability, energy, environmental fields. She worked as a Project Development Coordinator at a national charity (NEA) part of the team managing a £26 million Redress fund on behalf of Ofgem and Central Government. This involved working on over 100 projects across the UK, working with Local Authorities and Housing Associations to deliver energy improvements to over 8,500 homes. Nicole joined the North East and Yorkshire Energy Hub in July and her main work involves supporting North East Local Authorities to deliver the Green Homes Grant Phase 2 Funding.

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Nadia McPherson

West Yorkshire Project Manager

Nadia joined the team in February 2021, working in partnership with local councils and businesses to ensure that everyone in the region benefits from a strong, successful economy and a modern, accessible transport network. Nadia has significant experience in the renewables industry having worked on the design and management of commercial solar systems as well as on supporting businesses to be more resource efficient.


George Lee

South Yorkshire Project Manager

George joined the Hub in late 2021 from a role in energy and sustainability project development and delivery at Barnsley MBC. George has specialised in built environment, energy management, EV charging, and carbon accounting and net zero pathways, as well as dabbling in community energy. George is responsible for working with the local authorities and stakeholders across South Yorkshire and the Hub region to develop innovative projects and deliver on our ambitious net zero commitments

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Andrew Clark

North East Project Manager

Andrew heads up our collaborative work in the North East, driving growth through regional energy. He has extensive experience in leading energy and low carbon programmes both nationally and internationally. He is a chartered environmentalist, a member of the Energy Institute, and a published journal author.

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Katie Privett

York & North Yorkshire Project Manager

Katie supports energy project development in York and North Yorkshire, helping partners to drive change towards a regional target of becoming carbon negative by 2040. She’s got a particular interest in innovative approaches to reusing unavoidable food and agricultural wastes, via bio-refining and anaerobic digestion.

Hull and East Yorkshire Project Manager

We are currently recruiting for our Hull and East Yorkshire Project Manager position.

Board members

The Net Zero Hub Board Members govern and provide strategic direction for all Hub activity, and are formed of representatives of the six constituent Local Net Zero Hubs in the region

Chris Rowell, Tees Valley (Chair of the Board)

Richard Baker, North East LEP

Katie Thomas, York & North Yorkshire LEP

Karen Oliver-Spry, Hull & East Yorkshire LEP

Daniel Barrett, Leeds City Region


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