Tim chairs Dorset Community Energy, a community renewables enterprise, established in partnership with Dorset County Council and WCA.
It has recently undertaken two successful share issues, raising £0.5 million to install PV solar panels on 10 schools and 4 community halls – they will save around £600,000 in electricity costs over the next 20 years, while share-holding members benefit from the feed-in tariff and tax incentives. Other voluntary posts include being a trustee of Bridport Area Development Trust, which recently completed a £2.6 million refurbishment of a community owned workspace.
Tim Crabtree helps to co-ordinate Wessex Community Assets’ focus on research and innovation – in particular exploring new approaches in the field of community-led housing.
This links with an action research PhD he is undertaking with the Plymouth University- Schumacher College Research Node. Tim also teaches part-time on an economics Master’s programme at Schumacher.
Tim has been involved in “new economics” for 30 years, after studying economics at Oxford University and then working for the New Economics Foundation for 5 years. He is the co-founder of a number of a successful social enterprises including the Wessex Reinvestment Trust group and Dorset-based Local Food Links Ltd – where he was responsible for developing farmers’ markets, food festivals, community gardening projects, a specialist workspace (the Centre for Local Food), a vocational training programme for young people and a school meals catering service, which now supplies 50 schools with a turnover in excess of £1 million every year.