The Consultation Shop has been developed by CAG Consultants, one of the UK’s leading sustainability, climate change and community engagement consultancies.

CAG’s engagement team provides services across the UK. It is led by CAG partners in relevant regions: Gerard Couper in the South West of England, Anna Bullen in Wales and the Midlands, Carey Doyle in the South and East of England, and Tim Maiden in the North of England and Scotland, with support from our experienced associates Peter Sandover and Rachel Crozier. Additional support is provided by our other experienced CAG partners and associates, located throughout Great Britain.

Gerard Couper
Gerard Couper - CAG Partner / BA, APC

Gerard is a qualified and experienced trainer, facilitator and coach. He has over 20 years’ experience supporting sustainable development in the public sector. Much of his work has involved community engagement on environmental and development issues. Throughout 2013 he led the development of Plymouth Energy Community on behalf of the City Council. Other recent projects include facilitating a consensus building process for the National Trust, and managing community engagement processes for the Homes and Communities Agency in Essex and for the West London Waste Plan. Gerard joined CAG in 2001. He also works independently as a life and business coach.

Dr Anna Bullen
Dr Anna Bullen - CAG Partner / BA, MA, PhD

Anna has recently joined CAG from a background in community engagement and placemaking. She is an experienced and qualified facilitator and project manager with 15 years of experience in stakeholder and public engagement. She has worked in both the public, third and private sectors delivering stakeholder engagement to a wide range of groups and individuals in diverse settings. Anna has designed and delivered hundreds of stakeholder and public engagement sessions across the UK using a multitude of methods adapted for each group. Anna has an academic background through which she has gained a comprehensive range of research and evaluation skills and an in-depth understanding of ethical practices. Her specific interests include sustainable citizenship, placemaking and social cohesion. Previous to becoming a partner at CAG Consultants, Anna was a Project Manager and Community Consultant. She has worked on multiple regeneration projects designing and delivering bespoke public engagement programmes.

Tim Maiden
Tim Maiden - CAG Partner / BsocSc, MSc, MRTPI

A chartered town planner, Tim specialises in work on energy, climate risks and sustainable development. Tim’s experience ranges from strategic research and advice on national policy and guidance for Government departments, Government agencies and NGO’s to providing advice and training to local authorities and developers. Tim has complimentary expertise in community and stakeholder engagement, including the delivery of large-scale engagement programmes. This includes, for example, managing the community and stakeholder engagement programme for the North London Waste Plan.

Carey Doyle
Carey Doyle - CAG Partner / MA, BA, PIEMA, MRTPI

Carey is an environmental planner with over 11 years of professional experience across the UK and Ireland. She is a skilled project manager, and has conducted environmental assessments across a number of industries including urban regeneration, housing, roads, energy and marine spatial planning. She has particular expertise in consultation and social research. Carey has been responsible for a substantial number of consultation programmes with the general public and stakeholders. Her experience includes designing bespoke consultation processes which respond to local context, conducting consultation events, analysis of consultation, and making recommendations for outputs. Carey’s skills are evidenced in the delivery of a number of complicated and controversial policies and projects.

Peter Sandover
Peter Sandover - CAG Associate

Peter has over 30 years professional experience in architecture, urban design, master planning and community engagement. He is a registered architect and a member of the Academy of Urbanism. Peter is committed to community led housing and regeneration projects in the South West of England. Peter's recent engagement experience includes: assisting communities with Neighbourhood Plans for Barne Barton, Plymouth and South Marston Swindon; leading engagement on regeneration strategies in the Isles of Scilly, at Devonport, Plymouth, Camborne, Pool, Redruth, Brixham, and Newlyn; and advising Design Council CABE on best practice for a new community engagement toolkit.

Rachel Crozier
Rachel Crozier - CAG Associate

Rachel has been a freelance consultant for the last 15 years and has worked regularly as an Associate on CAG projects. She has wide experience of planning, managing and engaging a wide range of stakeholders for public consultation events for the public and statutory sectors. She is also an experienced facilitator of small groups as part of public consultations, often on contentious issues such as waste management and redevelopment plans. She is a skilled recorder of proceedings and discussion, both in small groups and plenary sessions, at public consultation events which form part of the final report and the public record.

Mary Anderson
Mary Anderson - CAG Partner / MA, MSc

Mary is an economist with more than 25 years’ experience of sustainability, energy and community engagement issues. She is a longstanding member of CAG Consultants, having joined the co-operative in 1995. Mary is an experienced project manager and researcher, with extensive knowledge of energy and climate change issues, and strong skills in community engagement and facilitation as well as quantitative analysis.

Denny Gray
Denny Gray - CAG Partner / MA, BA

An experienced policy advisor and researcher, Denny specialises in work on energy, climate change and sustainable development. His recent work has focused in particular on domestic energy efficiency retrofit, local government responses to climate change and city-level approaches to sustainability. He has in-depth expertise in policy and programme evaluation, stakeholder engagement and workshop design and facilitation. Before joining CAG in 2009, Denny worked as a policy advisor at the Sustainable Development Commission.

Emma Jones
Emma Jones - CAG Partner / MSc (Energy Policy), BA

Based in London, Emma has over 16 years’ experience in the climate change and fuel poverty sector. She has particular expertise in supporting local authorities, housing providers and community organisations in these areas. An experienced trainer, Emma has delivered training on a range of energy and climate change topics for audiences including frontline workers, senior management and residents. An experienced researcher, Emma has recently worked on the evaluations of various government energy efficiency programmes. Since 2009, Emma has been on the judging panel of the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy and currently chairs the schools panel.

Bill Kirkup
Bill Kirkup - CAG Partner / BSc, PgDip, CEnv, MIES, AIEMA

Bill has worked in the environmental and sustainable development sector for over 20 years. An experienced and qualified project and programme manager he has a background in action research and the design of initiatives for translating sustainable development policy into practice. His main current area of interest is the green economy and the development of organisational, and in particular, area based transition strategies. Bill is also a Director of the County Durham Community Energy CiC.

Helen Snodin
Helen Snodin - CAG Partner / MSc (Ecological Economics)

Helen is a respected renewable energy professional with expertise in electricity sector regulation and markets, electricity grid access and charging, energy economics and energy policy. She is based in Scotland and has worked in the environment and energy fields for over 20 years. Helen has more than 15 years of consultancy experience, having previously worked at Xero Energy and Garrad Hassan and Partners (now DNV GL). She also spent five years in the NGO sector at Friends of the Earth Scotland.

Plymbridge Woods Cyclehub

CAG’s consensus building approach helped the National Trust gain planning permission for this initially controversial project.

CAG’s involvement in establishing and facilitating the Advisory Group was invaluable. It has achieved the active engagement of pro and anti groups in developing a viable alternative proposal.

- Angela Proctor, National Trust -

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