Our Team

Halton Lune Hydro (HLH) is a Society for the Benefit of the Community (Bencom).  HLH has responsibility for design, procurement, construction and operation of the hydro electric scheme.


John Blowes CEng FIMarEst, FIDGTE, MIMechE (Director)

John is a Chartered Engineer with electrical, civil and electrical project management experience, working in particular on renewable and fossil fuel based power stations, in the UK and overseas. John has sat on various committees associated with energy efficiency and the regulation of carbon emissions. He is a past President and Director General of the Institution of Diesel and Gas Turbine Engineers.


Alan Denham B.Sc.,C.Eng.,C.Env.,M.I.C.E.,M.C.I.W.E.M.,M.I.P.H.E.(Director)

Alan is a Chartered Engineer and a Chartered Environmentalist. He recently retired from United Utilities with considerable project management experience leading multi disciplinary teams on contracts worth up to £47million. Alan was the project leader on the building of Halton’s first community centre.


Brian Jefferson, MBE (Director)

Brian was the first person to propose that a community owned hydro be built at Halton and, together with Maureen Richardson from Halton Community Centre, work to secure grant funding for the hydro. Brian is Chair of Halton Community Association and was, until recently, Chair of Halton with Aughton Parish Council.

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Kevin Frea M.Sc., B.Phil. (Director)

Kevin originally qualified as a Physics Teacher, and now works part time with young people with special needs. In 2008 he gained a Masters in Human Ecology and has since been developing expertise in community owned energy. A founding Director of Gloucestershire Community Energy, he was Project Manager for their first solar PV installation. He is also Director of Energy Services for LESS (Lancaster) CIC.


Georgina Sommerville MA, MSc, MCIH (Marketing and Admin)

Gina has over 10 years experience working in the public and voluntary sectors including with housing associations, credit unions and charities for children and young people. She is currently also Office Manager at Scientists for Global Responsibility based in Halton Mill.


Huw Johnson, (Chair, Halton Carbon Positive)

Huw has 15 years industrial experience in Quality Management, Health & Safety Management, People Management and IT in both the Food and Engineering sectors. He lives at Lancaster Cohousing where he looks after his two young daughters. Huw administers the Rural Community Challenge Fund Grant for Environmental improvements on behalf of Halton Carbon Positive.

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Jonathan Sear (Contracts Engineer)

Jon has an ecology degree and was a founding Director of Lancaster Cohousing. Jon works as a consultant on environment and transport policy as well as project management. Jon was client project manager for the new build Marsh Community Centre and for the Cohousing project.


Alison Cahn (Media and PR)

Alison is a BAFTA winning Journalist and Film Maker, now living at Lancaster Cohousing. Before moving to Lancaster she was Communications Director at Kingston University and now she works as a freelance journalist at the Environment Centre at Lancaster University. She is a Director of the Green Elephant Co-operative that runs Halton Mill and a partner in Forgebank Films.

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