Meet the Team

CLS in Dorset is a partnership led by Dorset Community Action, and includes Bridport Energy Saving Ltd, Dorset Agenda 21, Dorset County Council, Dorset Coast Forum, Dorset Public Health, Transition Town Bridport, Transition Town Dorchester, Wessex Community Assets, West Dorset Partnership, WSX Enterprise Ltd.

Programme Co-ordinator - Candida Blaker

Prior to taking up this post, I was Director of the Jurassic Coast Earth Festival 2012 – a programme of arts-science events along England's only natural World Heritage Site, and the arts programmer for the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival. I founded Turn Lyme Green, a community environmental group. I have 25 years experience in international and community development, advocacy and project management, with Non Governmental Organisations such as Oxfam, as well as the Department for International Development.

Eco-Schools Support Officer - Alison Jay

I work with schools in West Dorset to embed sustainable practice into their daily activity and support them in their Eco-Schools journey. I previously worked in DCC’s Outdoor Education Service.  I am a volunteer Green Flag Assessor for Eco-Schools and I work closely with colleagues at Keep Britain Tidy.


Schools Energy Officer - Max Bishop

I am the Schools Energy Officer for Dorset County Council. My role is to work with schools across the county to help them to reduce energy consumption – and with that to help address the rising cost of bills! This is best achieved through a combination of technical solutions and behavioural change, and I am able to assist you with both of these elements. I am working on the Eco Schools strand of the CLS Dorset project and can help CLS schools with the energy topic, which is required for the green flag award. I have a background of working with schools on sutainability issues and significant experience of energy efficiency projects.

Greener Choices Co-ordinator - Emily Bullock

I am leading work on greening homes, workplaces and schools and on making homes and workplaces more energy efficient.  I gained my experience in energy and climate change at three organisations in the South West and with two environmental organisations in Nigeria. I hold a Masters in Climate Change and Sustainable Development.  I am an experienced trainer, and a long-term volunteer for RESULTS UK.

Local Food Co-ordinator - Linda Hull

My role is to develop a new partnership bringing together the range of stakeholders involved with local food - whether that’s growing, cooking, selling, serving or just plain savouring it! Over last 12 years in Somerset I have worked on various food projects including sustainable tourism initiatives, establishing food co-ops with those on low incomes and increasing access to land for community growing.

Renewable Energy Co-ordinator - Pete West

The Renewable Energy strand of CLS comprises various projects, including installing Solar PV panels on schools and community buildings, and a Community Woodfuel Co-operative. I have been Renewable Energy Development Officer for Dorset County Council since 2008 and am currently co-ordinator for the community energy work package of the SEACS (Sustainable Energy Across the Common Space) European funded project.  I have previous experience at not-for-profit energy advice centres in West Wales and Gloucestershire. I was a member of the management board of the International Network for Sustainable Energy.

Climate Change Adaptation Officer - Rupert Lloyd

Rupert leads acitivities aimed at building resilience to severe weather and climate change with vulnerable communities. He has a background in town planning and community engagement on climate change issues and has previously worked with the Environment Agency and Dorset Coast Forum. 


CLS in Dorset Programme Assistant - Zoe Smith

Zoe previously worked as the Policy Assistant with the Dorset Coast Forum and joined the team in July 2014. Prior to this, Zoe has worked in the conservation and environmental sectors, working for organisations such as Natural England, Environment Agendy and National Trust. In this role, Zoe works 2 days a week (Mondays and Thursdays) on communications for the CLS in Dorset project.

What's it all about?

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Working with local communities to address climate change in their local area.


A unique opportunity to partner Communities Living Sustainably (CLS) Dorset and position your organisation at the very heart of sustainable living in Dorset.


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Supporting schools to take part in the internationally recognised Eco-School programme.


Providing local residents with information about what they can do to reduce their environmental impact at home.


Working with communities, local producer groups, healthworkers and business support organisations to make local food more accessible to local people.


Helping develop community renewable energy projects such as solar installations on school and community buildings.