The CHEESE Project was setup in 2015, Bristol's Green Capital year, by a small group of local people concerned about climate change and who wanted to make Bristol a truly sustainable city. It was formally founded as an unincorporated association in August 2016, governed by a five-member volunteer management committee working to a formal constitution (PDF). In February 2018, the CHEESE Project was registered as a Community Interest Company (CIC), limited by guarantee (company number 11204415). For more information on the structure and organisation of the CHEESE Project, please read our articles of association (PDF).

The project is organised by a central office and operates through community segments and city partners who carry out the internal and external surveys. Community segments are partner associations based in Bristol city wards and city partners replicate the CHEESE Project, in coordination with Bristol, in other cities (more details on who we work with here).

Our central office management team consists of six directors and a survey manager:

The team

Michael Alford Andrews

Managing Director, Chair and acting Treasurer

Mike was a BBC TV senior producer responsible for budgets of millions of pounds while directing environmental TV series that won international awards. He subsequently ran his own company for 10 years, contributing ideas to national environment exhibitions including the Eden Project. He was a founder of the C.H.E.E.S.E project in 2014 and has worked pro bono since then.

Jeremy Birch

Technical Director

Jeremy founded a venture-capital funded software company (Pulsic Ltd, Bristol). With 33 years experience in software and silicon chip design, he is the author of several patents. Having developed bespoke software to power our low-cost iPhone-based survey equipment, he has trained 32 surveyors to carry out more than 200 C.H.E.E.S.E. surveys successfully. He is currently designing our own custom thermal-imaging camera based on a Raspberry-Pi computer. This system is currently at the working prototype stage. Jeremy works pro bono for the project.

Brian Harper

Director (trainer and technical development specialist)

Brian developed thermal imaging cameras, in secret, for the government in 1970s working for the Radar Research Laboratory at Malvern. He setup his own company to produce some of the first commercially-available thermal imaging camera in the world. More recently, over 5 years, he developed the innovative survey protocol which was licensed and adapted by the C.H.E.E.S.E. Project, with his help, for use with miniature thermal cameras, reducing the cost dramatically. Brian trains and supports staff to our own CPD qualifications.

Susan Nicholls

Director (data analysis specialist)

Sue first became involved with the sustainability sector as an Energy Champion when Bristol became European Green Capital in 2015. After volunteering for the C.H.E.E.S.E. Project, in 2015-2016 she obtained funding for and organised pilot energy surveys in Bishopston, Cotham and Redland and has since been responsible for overseeing the collation of data from the surveys and the statistical analysis. Before joining the project Sue spent 29 years working as a research immunologist and post-graduate supervisor at the University of Bristol.

Jamie Hanlon

Director and Company Secretary

Jamie joined the project in 2015, meeting Mike and Dave through the Bristol Green Capital Energy Champions initiative. He has worked as an Energy Tracer, and helped to develop the materials and process supporting C.H.E.E.S.E surveys, including the website and and back-end database system for managing surveys and data collection. Jamie works as a silicon engineer at Graphcore in Bristol, building processors for machine intelligence.

Dave Tudgey

Community and Development Director

David is a community energy specialist & founder of Bristol Energy Network, through this role has supported numerous successful community energy initiatives. Notably supporting The C.H.E.E.S.E Project in its early development stages, leading the 1st cluster of home surveys via its members & energy champions programme in 2015. He continues to support the project in its development informing strategy, funding and partnerships.

Maddy Longhurst

Survey Manager

Maddy joined C.H.E.E.S.E. in Autumn 2018 to manage the surveys. She previously co-devised and facilitated the MakeYourHomeEco course in Bristol and worked as volunteer coordinator for the first Bristol Green Doors. In 2013, she set up the Blue Finger Alliance, Bristol soil campaign, to coordinate efforts to protect land for food growing and continues to run this alongside C.H.E.E.S.E. She has a degree in Town and Country Planning, has worked with the Happy City Initiative and has worked with young people both as a one to one and group mentor and in one of the founding staff of Steiner Academy Bristol. She is currently studying for a qualification in Community Organising.