New Zero-Carbon Service Station

July 2023: CFG collaborating on Zero-Carbon design of Stannington Services, A1

Sustainable Energy Solutions

June 2023: CFG is proud to work on Neven Sidor’s RIBA award winning ‘Ponds Rough’

New Team Member

May 2023: We're excited to welcome Prue to the team to manage business operations

R&D Grant Received

Dec 2022: CFG awarded LoCase grant to develop decarbonisation platform

Smart Microgrid Audit

Dec 2022: CFG delivers asset audit for BRE smart microgrid project with Power Transition

Energy & Ecology Innovation

Dec 2022: CFG engaged to help plan Paragraph 80 projects in Northamptonshire and Suffolk

Solar Upgrade

Oct 2022: Bay Trust commissions CFG to implement solar upgrade to Pines Calyx

Carbon Capture R&D

Oct 2022: CFG undertakes R&D into a unique continuous-batch biochar kiln

CFG Against Greenwashing

Sep 2022: CFG Receives Anti Greenwash Chartership

RTAP International Launch

Aug 2022: RTAP is helping Canadian farm undertake greenhouse regeneration

Skilgate: From Good to Great

July 2022: Strategy delivered to empower a low emission farm to achieve net zero

Charles Bicker MSt. (Cantab), FRSA
Non-executive Director

Charles is a social entrepreneur, strategist, policy advisor and academic with some 30 years experience of growing organisations - specialising in innovation and the development of growth models for the social sector. Charles is a member of Wolfson College, Cambridge, and has published a number of papers in his field.

He is probably most widely known as Strategic Director of the iconic and award winning Blackthorn Trust, widely cited in research as the founder of the Healthy Living movement.

Charles has been involved nationally and locally in policy implementation strategies, the development of social enterprise strategy and the creation of network structures, such as; Social Enterprise South East (joint founding Chair); Kent & Medway Social Enterprise Network CIC (founding Chair). He headed Innovation for Health, commissioned by the Minister of Health, which researched and advised on innovation and commissioning with Social Enterprise - one of the legacies has been The Innovation Consortium CIC, the national support & policy body. Recently Charles has been working to leverage more mainstream investment into the social sector.

Charles has wide experience in social investment & funding; national strategy & social sector consultancy; which has included past moderator roles at Government Regional Offices & RDAs; membership of government panels; advising or supporting grant making charities and local authorities - as well as leading or chairing large consortium initiatives.

Current Positions:

Executive Chair, The Bay Trust
Chair, Cathedral Innovation Centre
Executive Chair, The Innovation Consortium CIC
Trustee, Muddy Wellies Charity
Trustee, The Cleary Foundation
Director, Positively Useful Limited

Non-executive Director
The Bay Trust,
Executive Chair