PeCAN is an environmental charity set up by local residents in and around Petersfield, Hampshire. We were registered as a CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation) in December 2020, charity number 1192778. Here is our constitution. PeCAN's staff positions are funded with support from the Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme via the National Energy Foundation, and the South Downs National Park Authority.
Our mission is to help Petersfield and surrounding villages reduce their carbon emissions and protect nature, which we do by leading and supporting decarbonisation and nature projects in the community. We work with local people and organisations to create the changes to our buildings, transport, natural environment, understanding and behaviour that our community needs to live sustainably. Our vision is for the Petersfield area to become carbon neutral as quickly as possible. PeCAN’s charitable objects are: The advancement of environmental protection, education and community development relating to climate change and biodiversity loss for the benefit of residents and the general public in and around the Petersfield area.
PeCAN is a community-based network of local volunteers. It grew out of a couple of public meetings held in early 2020 - just before the lockdown - and has since registered as a charity and built a following of around 300 supporters. We have ten trustees and several active volunteers, but we are looking for more!
Sign up for our newsletter on the Contact Us page to hear more about our activities. We also have vacancies for a Trustee and several volunteer roles.
Alistair Simmonds has joined PeCAN to support the marketing of the new ‘Petersfield Area SuperHomes’ pilot. This new pilot aims to provide support and guidance to people on their journey to improve their homes by investing in retrofitting energy saving measures. Alistair says “I’m delighted to join the fantastic PeCAN team and help support them in the great work they do in such an important area”.
Amelia is a geographer at heart and has previously worked and volunteered in the charity and education sectors, focussing on sustainable development, youth work, careers guidance and mentoring. She is passionate about social mobility, climate justice and education about the climate crisis, so she is delighted to have joined the PeCAN team. She lives locally with three young children and is a lover of maps, nature, hiking, trees, basketball, chatting and tea.
Patricia has joined PeCAN to support the Superhomes project. She brings a wealth of experience from her previous roles in BT and Citizens Advice, and is keen to support local people to reduce their impact on the planet. Patricia has lived in Petersfield for 25 years, is married with 2 children. When not at work she enjoys playing violin in several local orchestras and walking on the South Downs Way.
Tom is a designer and 3d visualisation artist who has lived and worked in Petersfield for 12 years. His growing concerns about climate change led him to seek ways to take action locally. PeCAN with its non-partisan structure provided the opportunity he was looking for. He is now looking forward to helping Petersfield achieve real progress and positive change on it’s journey towards net-zero over the coming months and years.
After careers working abroad for United Nations agencies, my husband and I returned to Petersfield in 2012 reconnecting with our roots and families. When my horrified granddaughter said: “Granny, that’s single-use plastic!”, I decided to become more informed about environmental and climate issues and what we can do as individuals. This started us on a journey which led to the installation of our Air Source Heat Pump, a green and sustainable way of heating our home. By working together in PeCAN, and in partnership with others, we can raise awareness in our local community and take action to reduce carbon emissions and protect the planet for our grandchildren.
Liz tries to live by the maxim of "be the change you want to see" and thinks that we all have a responsibility to cut our carbon emissions to halt global warming. She believes that PeCAN can work with other community organisations, local authorities and national government to help individuals make the necessary changes to their lifestyles which will reduce their carbon emissions.
I come to the climate issue from a faith perspective. If God created the world and all that is in it, then surely I need to do something to preserve that creation! It is as simple as that. Friends in PeCAN are enabling me to find my place and role in achieving that for which I am grateful. My background has been focused on addressing poverty issues in South Asia, living in India and Nepal in my earlier life and working out of a London office mid-career and from my house latterly. Wherever I have been, Petersfield has always been ‘home’ to me.
Greg is an advisor and director at the NGOs, Finance Watch and Positive Money Europe, where he works on climate finance policy and on advocacy for a more environmentally and socially sustainable economy. He believes that tackling the urgent climate and biodiversity crises requires both government leadership and local community action. He previously worked as a financial journalist and is normally based in Buriton with his wife and two children. The family are currently spending a year in Germany.
Paul is passionate about educating the local community about the climate and ecological crisis and equipping young people with the skills needed to tackle feelings of eco-anxiety. After winning an RGS award for excellence in teaching, Paul left his post as Head of Geography at Bedales school last year to focus full time on training teachers at the university level and developing climate teaching resources including the AimHi Climate and Nature course. He is an UN-accredited climate change teacher.
I feel very privileged to live and bring my children up in Petersfield. I want to ensure that this beautiful place can be enjoyed for generations to come. The climate crisis is the greatest single threat humanity faces and we need to act now. I believe we need to understand the climate crisis, be empowered with solutions and Be The Change. It is great to work with the fantastic PeCAN team, a group of like minded people who are passionate about taking action locally to decarbonise and protect nature.
Peter is a qualified accountant who has worked in private practice and the waste management and logistics industries before moving to DEFRA where he worked for the Environment Agency and, until his retirement this year, for the Rural Payments Agency. He has just moved with his wife to Petersfield where one of his three grown children lives. Throughout his career adopting a sustainable lifestyle and being conscious of our impact on the natural world has been of key importance. He looks forward to contributing his experience to PeCAN in working with local communities to improve the environment in the Petersfield area.
Peter is a successful business and technology leader, who left the large corporate world and has most recently been CEO of a Fintech start up. A keen adopter of low carbon technology for his own consumption (solar panels, battery pack, underfloor heating, air source heat pump, renewable energy supplier and an electric car), he is very keen to share his experiences with as many people as possible and encourage broader adoption. Peter has lived around Petersfield for more than 30 years; his son went to school in the town, and he is also a director of a Petersfield based business.
Danny works on clean-tech investment research, local and national environmental lobbying, and as a Citizens Advice advisor. This follows a career featuring marine and sustainable design-and-build research and the Environment Agency. One of his companies received a 2015 national Green Apple Award for an Eco-rating tool in the ‘Built Environment & Architectural’ category. Danny is keen to close the sustainability gap in thinking and practice focused on the United Nation’s holistic need to address the ‘Triple Challenge’: stop Climate degradation, rising Pollution and loss of Biodiversity. He hopes to help and see local towns and parishes become more sustainable places to live and work.
I live in Petersfield with my wife and three children. I have been working on decarbonising my home and lifestyle for about four years now. I am still working on it! Global warming can seem like an insurmountable challenge when we consider it as individuals. But when we work together, we can make huge strides towards Net Zero. Getting Petersfield to Net Zero is a big challenge and I believe PeCAN can inspire the town to do it by 2030. I have learned so much from my PeCAN colleagues, and I enjoy sharing what I have learned with others. We would love you to join us on our mission.
Melanie is an ecologist, botanist and lifelong environmental campaigner who has worked for a number of not-for-profit organisations, delivering campaigns including Planta Europa and The Peat Inquiry for Plantlife. She most recently worked for The Ecology Consultancy in London on ecology and species protection in the built environment.
Now retired, she devotes her knowledge and experience to a range of local groups including the Petersfield Society (PfS), Petersfield Physic Garden and Friends of Petersfield Heath. Her work with PeCAN focuses on the biodiversity crisis and new approaches to green infrastructure, through planning and management interventions. Melanie spear-headed PeCAN’s Verges Campaign and is part of the Tree Location initiative for PfS, which will complement PeCAN's fruit tree planting.
John spent six years as a Petersfield Town Councillor, during which time he helped generate interest in a local Climate Action Network and was thus one of the founding members of PeCAN. His area of interest is energy efficiency and, having spent three years working for the Passivhaus Trust, he now works for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government in the Energy Performance of Buildings division. When he’s not working he can usually be found somewhere on the South Downs riding a mountain bike!
I joined PeCAN because I wanted to contribute to making Petersfield a greener and cleaner place in which to live and work. At first I wasn’t sure where I would fit in. I didn’t have much knowledge about 'green issues' and really wasn’t very sure about how I could help. However, I needn’t have worried. The strength of PeCAN lies in its supportive members who, together, have extensive knowledge and expertise in bringing about beneficial changes. We all have a stake in things such as clean air, saving energy, being healthy and valuing our surroundings. By working collaboratively, we do make a difference. By being involved, I am learning a lot and feel that I am doing something that is useful, rewarding and a lot of fun!