Who are we

Communities and organisations coming together in Reading to tackle climate change

Reading Climate Action Network is run by Reading Climate Change Partnership, a voluntary, multi-stakeholder group including representatives from business, academia, community groups and statutory authorities.

Our constitution

The story so far

We were originally founded in 2008 as part of the Local Strategic Partnership and have developed two previous climate change strategies for Reading

What do we do?

By the people of Reading, for the people of Reading

We aim to inspire everybody who lives, works or studies in Reading to work together towards our goal of a net zero, climate change resilient town by 2030

Meet the team

The members of the Reading Climate Action Network board are volunteers drawn from various stakeholder groups.

Dylan Parkes

Co-chair and representing Higher Education and Research. Head of Strategic Engagement (Climate and Environmental Sustainability) at University of Reading.

Tracey Rawling Church

Co-chair and representing Business. Principal Consultant at Acclaro Advisory. Representing Thames Valley Berkshire LEP.

Ben Burfoot

Energy Theme Lead & Partnership Treasurer. Representing Reading Borough Council.

Paul Ducker

As Resources & Consumption Theme Lead, I am keen to connect with anything and anyone that will help make Reading a zero waste, circular town.

Alison Foster

Health Theme Lead and Programme Director for Building Berkshire Together New Hospital Programme at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust.

Gudrun Freese

Communications and Engagement Theme Lead and Co-ordinator of Reading Climate Change Partnership.

Heather Marshall

Water Theme Lead. Representing Thames Water and Mott MacDonald.

Chris Maddocks

Transport Theme Lead. Representing Reading Borough Council.

Tricia Marcouse

Nature Theme Lead. Representing Environmental NGOs and community groups (Greater Reading Environment Network).

Bryan Puszkar

Energy Theme Sector representative and Customer Relationship Manager at Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks - Thames Valley & South East Region

Justine Alford

Sustainability Lead Manager Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Peter Moore

Head of Climate Strategy at Reading Borough Council

Scott Witchalls

Representing Small and Medium Sized Enterprises in Reading

Brian Grady

Director of Education, Brighter Futures for Children

Mike Waddelove

Representing Larger Businesses in Reading and Head of Risk, Invoice Finance & Working Capital Sales at NatWest.

Cllr John Ennis

Lead Councillor for Climate Strategy and Transport, Reading Borough Council

Rachel Spencer

Chief Executive at Reading Voluntary Action

Nick West-Oram

Director of Operations and Development at Get Berkshire Active

Why do we do it?

Why is it important to act on climate change?

We believe that by taking concerted action on climate change we will be healthier, fitter and happier, that the negative impacts of climate change will be reduced, and that our communities will be more resilient to, and better able to cope with, those impacts.

Our Plan

How do we do it?

Working in partnership with individuals and organisations

Our strategy and action plan was developed in collaboration with a wide range of stakeholder groups to ensure that it reflects their concerns, issues and priorities.

Our Plan

Delivery partners

Become a delivery partner and help us achieve our goal of a net zero town

We are grateful to these businesses and community groups who have already committed to partner with us in delivering some of the actions. Why not join them?

Contact us

The three levels of impact you can have

Some things are easier and cost nothing; others require some additional effort or investment – it all adds up.



Easy things that take little time and cost no more



Things that cost a little more time and/or money



Might take up more of your time or capital investment

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