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Our experienced, skilled and committed team works across our Local Enterprise Partnership 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 joined 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.

As the Hub manager, Karen leads the strategic delivery of the Hub co-ordinating its day to day functioning and acting as a key node in terms of reporting to the Hub Board. Karen also acts as the primary channel through which the Hub communicates with central government officers at BEIS.

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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.

Abbie manages the Hub’s regional funding and support programmes, including the Rural Community Energy Fund and Energy Project Enabling Fund.


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.

Nicole leads the Net Zero Hub’s housing retrofit activity, including managing the Local Authority Delivery Housing Retrofit Programme (LAD2).

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Claire Brewis

Hub Programme Manager

Claire joined the Hub from Coventry University where she was involved in managing leading hydrogen and circular economy projects. She has a background in project management across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. She has managed high impact strategic projects for organisations such as the BBC, the Open University and the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply.

As Programmes Manager, Claire is responsible for ensuring the Hub delivers a suite of programmes, and ensuring the Hub’s projects are managed robustly, demonstrate value for money and deliver against objectives.


Isaac Johnson-Caddell

Net Zero Projects Officer

Isaac joined the Net Zero Hub in June 2022, with previous work experience at Tees Valley Combined Authority supporting the region’s strategic investment ambitions through analytics work, including cost-benefit analysis for the Teesside Freeport announced in the March 2021 budget.

Isaac assists with the administration of the Hub’s daily activities, including leading on its public facing communications element and assists the Team with co-ordination of the project pipeline and other programmes.


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.

George is the Hub-funded provider of local capacity support, for the South Yorkshire area, helping to deliver local energy strategy.


Oluwafemi Omoniyi (Femi)

West Yorkshire Project Manager

Femi joined the team in June 2022, He has previous experience in working on scientific projects on the energy transition particularly the uptake and distribution of Hydrogen and biomethane for heat and transport applications. He is also an associate member of the institute of chemical engineering, a published journal author and has carried out research on optimising the production process for energy gases particularly hydrogen from renewable sources.

Femi is the Hub-funded provider of local capacity support for the West Yorkshire area, helping to deliver local strategy in his area.

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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.

Katie is the Hub-funded provider of local capacity support for the North Yorkshire area, helping to deliver local strategy in her area.

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Phil Glover

Hull & East Yorkshire Project Manager

Phil comes with an extensive background in economic policy, business support delivery, project management and Inward Investment. Phil joined the Humber LEP in 2014 to establish the Humber Growth Hub. In his role at the newly established Hull and East Yorkshire LEP, Phil has helped to secure key investments; he also occupied positions on several regional and national groups and currently sits on an advisory board to the British Business Bank. Networked into the Northern Powerhouse region, Phil is a Certified Quantitative Risk Manager and strategic problem solver.

Phil is the Hub-funded provider of local capacity support for the Hull and East Yorkshire LEP region, helping to deliver local strategy in his area.


Laura Hood

Net Zero Projects Officer

Laura joined the Hub in November 2022, with a background in social housing, including 8 years within the Wandsworth and Richmond SSA’s Housing Policy Team where she was the strategic lead for climate change. Laura also led on funding bids and retrofit programmes in this role. Through the BEIS Technical Assistance Pilot, Laura helped to develop a strategy for reaching net zero across the Council’s stock, as well as on a project to improve asset data to enable the efficient programming of improvements.

Laura provides support to the Hub’s project and programme delivery, particularly around community energy projects.


Current vacancies

We are currently applying for the following positions(s):

Strategic Stakeholder Manager

Clink on the link above to find out more and apply.


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 Enterprise Partnerships in the region

Chris Rowell, Tees Valley (Chair of the Board)

Richard Baker, North East LEP

Katie Thomas, York & North Yorkshire LEP

Andrew Hewitt, Hull & East Yorkshire LEP

Noel Collings, West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Colin Blackburn, South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority

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