The Team

The Team

Find out more about the Low Carbon Dorset team.

Dr Erik Blakeley

Energy Efficiency Technical Officer

Erik has university degrees in Metallurgy, Archaeology and Renewable Energy Systems Engineering, as well as a teaching qualification (PGCE).

He joined the Low Carbon Dorset team from Severn Wye Energy Agency where he worked on a similar energy efficiency programme called Target 2020.

Erik has spent several years working in museums across the country, including the National Coal Mining Museum and Tank Museum.

Matthew Peukert

Sustainable Energy Technical Officer

Matthew started his working life in the telecoms industry, from here he made the move into renewable energy where he spent 12 years working as an independent supplier and installer of solar and wind energy technologies.  This work saw him mostly based in the East of England (where he still holds the title of Norfolk’s reigning tug-of-war champion!) with the occasional trip south.

In 2019, Matt moved down to Dorset and in 2021 joined the Low Carbon Dorset team as a technical officer.

Sarah Harris

Finance Officer

Sarah has had a wide spanning career at Dorset County Council, and the past twenty five years have seen her work in a variety of roles from switchboard operator to project support for Procurement and Capital Property projects.

In 2011, Sarah graduated from the Yeovil College University Centre with an Association of Accounting Technicians qualification.

Sarah joins the team from the South Dorset Ridgeway Partnership where she worked as a Project Grant and Support Officer.

Gary Foot

Project Support Officer

Gary began his career working for the Ministry of Defence in an administrative role. It was during this time that he completed a Bachelor of Science degree with the Open University, focusing on environmental science.

In 1997, he moved into an IT role within the MOD and later left to work for IBM Ltd. Here he worked on various IT outsourced accounts within the UK.

Gary joined the Low Carbon Dorset team at the end of 2021. In his role as project support officer, Gary’s combined his extensive experience in admin and tech with his interest in the environment and local community.

Gary’s our karate expert (having studied it for nearly 30 years) and loves the outdoors.

Katie Dawes

Communications & Engagement Officer

Katie studied Communications and Media at Bournemouth University. After graduating, she went on to build her career in the renewables sector, working as an international marketer in the private sector for 5 years.

In 2017, Katie returned to Dorset and joined Dorset County Council as a project based communications officer.

Ian Rees

AONB Countryside Officer

Ian’s background lies in practical river restoration and habitat enhancement. More recently he has worked on developing partnerships and seeking funding with the aim of delivering positive environmental outcomes.

Ian’s current role covers countryside management. This includes woodland management which will play a large part in the project’s aim to build the biomass infrastructure in Dorset.

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If you work in the energy sector or are interested in finding out more about the net-zero electricity issues we face in the South West, we definitely recommend attending the 'Keeping the Lights On' event this Thursday (18th).

Hosted by Plymouth's Net-Zero Exchange project, this free online event promises to explore the challenges and opportunities of turning national targets into local plans.

📅 18 July
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Find out more, including how to register, by following the link in the comments below 👇
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Low Carbon Dorset2 months ago
Thank you to all the businesses and community groups that attended the launch of our new climate exhibition last week.

Through a collection of photos, the ‘Our journey to net zero’ exhibition tells the stories of local organisations who, with the help of our Low Carbon Dorset programme, are cutting emissions and helping tackle climate change.

The exhibition will be touring the county throughout the summer. To find out when and where you can see it, visit our website (link in comments 👇)

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