Our Mission

Our mission is to empower everyone in England to meet the cost of their energy needs with efficient buildings and clean, affordable, community-owned energy.

Our Vision

We will become leaders of the community energy movement, recognised for the depth of our knowledge, excellence in project delivery and strength of our community relationships.

BHESCo Team Photo

We are a not-for-profit social enterprise who are passionate about enabling communities to take control of their energy supply.

Based in Brighton and Hove, we have delivered successful projects throughout Sussex and our reach is growing. We have the expertise to scale our offer throughout England, and hope to become known the world over as a model for how energy needs can be met sustainably and affordably.

With our help, our customers are leading the community energy revolution – together pioneering a new way to meet the financial and environmental cost of the energy we use, now and for years to come.

Our History

BHESCo was founded in 2014 by Kayla Ente, who remains as the driving frce of the co-operative to this day.

BHESCo’s first share offer was in 2015, when we raised enough money to complete our first four communtiy energy projects. Since then we have completed 42 community owned energy projects which reduce CO2 emissions by more than 234 tonnes per year.

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Recognition From Ofgem

In their 2016 report ‘Local Energy In A Transforming Energy System’, Ofgem recognised our business model as a key solution to the national energy crisis.

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BHESCo At A Glance

£575,000 investment raised

160+ shareholder members

42 energy projects completed

600 energy saving surveys

Our Team

Kayla began her career with Deloitte & Touche in San Francisco and Ernst & Young in Amsterdam before moving to Greenpeace International in 1993. In 1999, as a business and project development consultant, her client portfolio included Nuon (the Dutch utility), and Ecofys  (European pioneers in renewable energy).

At Nuon, she was the financial technician on wind farm development in China and Spain and PV development projects in California and Hawaii. She advised the IEA on the feasibility of a very large scale PV project in the Sahara Desert for DESERTEC.

In 2004, Kayla moved to London providing business development and advisory services to utilities and SME’s in the Cleantech industry. Kayla is a qualified accountant and has an MBA in Environmental Management from the TIAS Business School in the Netherlands. Kayla has been living in Brighton since 2012.

Diane SMith

Diane has worked in financial services for 28 years. After running treasury operations for The Economist newspaper in London, she went to Nike to set up their European foreign exchange risk management programme.

She has lead operational support teams in the Broker/Dealer servicing arm of BNY Mellon (a US investments company) and is grateful now to be able to apply her skills in an organization that is helping both people and the environment at the same time.

Rachel is an expert in waste management operations, strategic planning and development.  She has worked in the waste industry for 20 years as a waste services manager and consultant and is a partner in Reconsult LLP.

She is a centre councillor for the London and South Counties Centre of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management and also works part time as Business Forum Manager for the University of Brighton’s Green Growth Platform.

Mark has been CEO of Mongoose Energy – a company providing asset management, project development and finance services to the community energy sector – since 2017. Prior to joining Mongoose, Mark had been with international climate change NGO The Climate Group for nearly 12 years, with the final five of these as CEO. During his time with the organisation he oversaw the launch of the Verified Carbon Standard, We Mean Business coalition and RE100 campaign and was an expert advisor to former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair on the joint policy initiative Breaking the Climate Deadlock.

Mark’s other experience includes being Senior Policy Officer for the WWF’s International Climate Change Programme, Director of Planning and Policy at Fundacion Natura in Ecuador and climate advisor to the Ecuadorian government. He lives in Brighton with his family, is a keen theatregoer, gardener, runner and activist and a season ticket holder at Brighton and Hove Albion.

Garry has a strong business and policy background in energy, environment and sustainability, built in corporate organisations (IBM, Landmark Graphics) and leading consultancies (KPMG, A.T.Kearney).

He was formally CEO of the Energy Retail Association representing the big six energy companies in the UK where he was instrumental in setting up the Warm Homes
Programme and ran the billing and selling codes as well as chairing the Supplier Requirement for Smart Metering board.

He was a founder director of the Carbon Trust leading on the UK’s carbon reduction programmes for business creating the Action Energy and Carbon Management programmes.

He has been a non-exec of the Energy Saving Trust, The Ombudsman Service Limited, The UK Public Health Association and Carbon Retirement. More recently he has worked at the Association for the Conservation of Energy leading on external communications and leading on the re-structuring of the organisation enabling it to merge with the Association for Decentralised Energy.

Nowadays he supports start-ups operating in the clean energy sector, supports the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy on their Energy Entrepreneurs Fund programme, Innovate UK and several advisory groups in Berlin.

He is a mentor for the energy sector to the Angel Academy, the award-winning women led angel network, which backs technology start-ups with at least one woman on the founding team. He participates in the Leader’s Quest; a social enterprise that works with leaders to create a more equitable and sustainable world and is a member of the Circular Economy Group. He mentors students from ‘a non typical background’ at the University of Leeds.

He is an alumnus of the University of Cambridge, HRH The Prince of Wales Business & The Environment Programme.

Paul Beckett

Paul is co-owner and co-founder of the multi-disciplinary environmental consultancy Phlorum, which he set up with a colleague in 2003. Before then he cut his teeth in environmental consultancy at WSP and RPS.

As a consultant, he has completed environmental impact assessment work on a very broad range of projects, from housing developments to energy production, warehousing, sewage treatment, various industrial processes and transportation infrastructure schemes.

His academic background is in plant ecophysiology and air quality management, having studied at a number of universities and institutions including Forest Research, Bangor University and the University of Sussex.

He still keeps his hand in active research, having recently been the industrial supervisor for EU Regional Development Fund and UK Research Councils funded PhD studentships at Liverpool, Lancaster and Sussex Universities.
He is a past member of the Manchester City Council Climate Change Action Plan Steering Group and is a full member of a number of professional environmental bodies and the Expert Witness Institute.

Paul lives in Brighton with his wife and two young daughters and is a keen cyclist and Thai boxer.

Tim joined BHESCo after qualifying as a Domestic Energy Assessor. He has several years’ experience working with an environmental and community-focused charity, visiting customers in their home, offering fuel debt advice, along with the installation of energy and water efficiency measures, in communities across East and West Sussex. He has an environmental science masters degree (MSc) in ecology conservation and biodiversity surveying. His background is in community-focused work, giving housing advice and benefit support. Tim is also qualified to deliver Energy Performance Certificates (EPC’s).

“I am very proud to be part of a not-for-profit, community energy co-operative such as BHESCo, whose ethos is to put people and planet first, beginning at the local level. Tackling fuel poverty and empowering the community by reducing energy bills, increasing home energy efficiency, investing in vital renewable energy projects, and being a democratically controlled, community-owned co-op, is the heart of what we’re about.”

Dan joined BHESCo in November 2015 and is responsible for managing the co-op’s marketing activities. He brings over ten years of experience to the team, and is dedicated to ensuring that BHESCo is able to deliver only the highest standards of service to our members and our community.

Each winter, Dan is responsible for delivering BHESCo’s energy advice desks and talks to community groups around the city.

“I am thrilled to be a part of our pioneering social enterprise. Working to help people lower their energy bills and stay warm, whilst also reducing Brighton and Hove’s carbon footprint, provides an invaluable service to the community and the environment. It seems like every day we achieve another small victory on behalf of our city”.

Esmé is brings a passion for community energy to BHESCo, 15 years’ experience in sustainability project management as well as 10 years of business management and development.

Esmé graduated from University of Hertfordshire with a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Studies and a PgD in Environmental Management for Business. She went on to manage the University of Hertfordshire’s Environment Team and all projects culminating the University being placed twice in the top five of the Green League of UK Universities.

Esmé was a founding Director of Cloud Sustainability where she managed the delivery of sustainability consultancy and software development operations. She has also founded her own freelance sustainability consultancy NetSustain Ltd.

Alongside her role as Project Manager for BHESCo, Esmé is a Director of Forest Row Energy and also works with Community Energy South and other community energy groups throughout the South East.

Jessie spent over 15 years in the retail sector, mostly in management positions, before a redundancy made her re-evaluate her goals. She enrolled in college in 2010 and qualified as an Accounting Technician in 2012.

Over the next few years Jessie worked as a freelance bookeeper while balancing the demands of motherhood.

In January 2016, after years of serious issues with her energy provider, Jessie approached BHESCo for help and support. Over the course of several months, BHESCo resolved the dispute with the energy company as well as installing energy saving measures in Jessie’s home. In addition to improving comfort and reducing carbon emissions, BHESCO also helped Jessie to switch her energy supplier and save an estimated £300 a year on bills.

In November 2016 BHESCo was delighted to offer Jessie a postion as a bookeeper and admin assistant.

Combating Fuel Poverty

We believe that everyone has the right to live in a warm home. In Brighton and Hove there are an estimated 15,000 households living in fuel poverty and we are dedicated to helping those living in cold, damp conditions.

Every winter we provide free advice talks and support sessions at food banks and health centres in Brighton. Since 2014, we’ve helped more than 1,000 residents to collectively save over £60,000 on their bills!

We have also completed hundreds of free energy surveys for vulnerable households, making properties warmer, more livable, and cheaper to heat.

Dan Curtis giving free energy saving advice at a BHESCo energy advice desk in Brighton and Hove
Dan Curtis giving free energy saving advice at a BHESCo energy advice desk in Brighton and Hove

Our Awards

We are very proud to have been nominated for awards by the following organisations:

Our Partners

BHESCo is regulated by the FCA and is member and partner with a number of organisations

We’re constantly looking to improve our service and greatly value all feedback from our customers. Please take a moment to leave a review on Trustpilot or Google, where you can also see what others have had to say about BHESCo.