Somerset CAN is made up of a large diverse group of people from across the county who want to make a difference. Everybody is welcome so please join us.
We are a registered Community Benefit Society and our board members are;
Cara Nadan: Cara joined Somerset Climate Action steering group in June 2018 having been involved in Somerset Convergence. She has a degree in Eco Design from Goldsmiths University where she specialised in eco building, renovation and community eco living solutions including renewable energy projects. Since 2005 Cara has been involved in environmental organisations and community groups across Somerset.
Jane Durney: Jane is a sustainability consultant with almost two decades’ experience in the sector: with Bioregional (orginators of the One Planet Living concept), leading the London 2012 programme-wide sustainability assurance team at the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012, and as Chief Executive of a Wildlife Trust. Since 2014 she has done interim management roles and consulting engagements with a range of organisations including Bioregional, the Building Research Establishment (BRE), the Ecosystems Knowledge Network and the Wildlife Trusts.
Nick Pyatt: Nick has a background of leading organisational development consultancy for international natural resource management within complex commercial, social, environmental and climate sensitive environments. He now works with clients addressing climate and other long term sustainability challenges; Government, infrastructure operators, construction, manufacturing, international trade and services companies. He has supported clients in: Europe, East and Central Asia, Africa, Australia and USA.
Oban Mackie: Oban is a lifelong environmentalist, having been concerned about climate issues from a very young age. Based in West Somerset, he is currently a Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) for Somerset leading a campaign to ‘Save Our Environment’. He aims to encourage collaboration between local decision makers, organisations and young people in order to take effective action on the climate crisis.
Shelly Easton: A dedicated environmentalist, Shelly has extensive experience in communicating climate issues with grassroots groups, and through mainstream media channels. Her current role is with the Somerset Wildlife Trust on an international, climate adaptation project called Adapting the Levels. The project aims to increase awareness of the threats climate change poses to the Somerset Levels, and develop climate-friendly solutions. www.adaptingthelevels.co.uk
Sonya Bedford MBE: Sonya is a Partner with Stephens Scown solicitors; a Non-Executive Director at Regen SW; a Director at Exeter Community Energy and South Dartmoor Community Energy; is on the board for the Sustainability Institute and the committee for her local branch of the Energy Institute, vice Chair of Green Wedmore.
Stewart Crocker: Stewart brings a life-time’s experience of promoting sustainable farming and environmental conservation. Today, he Chair’s Wells Food Network, which has created the Somerset Food Trail – a first in the UK. He also Chairs Avalon Community Energy which provides renewable energy for schools, to drive down carbon emissions and inspire the next generation of sustainability champions.
Steve Mewes: Steve was born and brought up in Wedmore and now lives nearby in Heath House. He is the Policy and Campaigns Manager at Somerset Wildlife Trust involved in advocacy to protect nature and prepare for Climate Change in this stunning county. His background is in policy, quality assurance and project management in the renewable energy, internet, education, charity, food and travel industries.