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One eco-fanatic blocking roads in central London is a former BBC tech chief who lives in a £900,000 house and once worked on a ‘green’ initiative with a state-owned company in China.

Tim Lancaster, the current director of a climate change research group that will participate in COP26, was pictured yesterday as he and his wife, the teacher’s wife, Louise, 56, desperately tried to stop a car during an Insulate Britain protest in near Southwark Bridge.

MailOnline can reveal that Mr Lancaster, 54, was building ties in China while serving in a senior position with the Carbon Trust, which fights climate change.

Ms Lancaster has quit her job as a teacher to devote more time to climate activism, and has been a well-known figure at the Insulate Britain protests in recent weeks.

She has repeatedly held up traffic while facing the wrath of angry motorists despite being arrested several times, ignoring a series of Supreme Court orders prohibiting her from blocking roads.

But it is believed that yesterday was the first time her husband was photographed joining her at a protest.

Lancaster, who lives with his wife in a £900,000 house in Grantchester, near Cambridge, was head of technology for BBC Worldwide for nine years before joining the Carbon Trust in 2005.

He spent eight years with the taxpayer-funded organization, initially as Operations Director before becoming a director in China, more than 5,000 miles away in Beijing.

Tim Lancaster, the current director of a climate change research group that will participate in COP26, was pictured yesterday as he and his teacher wife Louise, 56, (both pictured) desperately tried to stop a car during an Insulate Britain protest in the near Southwark Bridge

Lancaster, who lives with his wife in a £900,000 house in Grantchester, near Cambridge, was head of technology for BBC Worldwide for nine years before joining the Carbon Trust in 2005

Lancaster, who lives with his wife in a £900,000 house in Grantchester, near Cambridge, was head of technology for BBC Worldwide for nine years before joining the Carbon Trust in 2005

A message revealing a court order over Tim and Louise Lancaster's home

A message revealing a court order over Tim and Louise Lancaster’s home

Lancaster spent nearly three years in office in China between 2008 and 2011, at a time when the one-party state invested heavily in CO2 farmers’ coal-fired power plants to fuel its economic growth, and became infamous for human rights violations.

He was responsible for setting up the organization’s first office in China and “developed a joint venture with a Chinese state-owned company to invest in low-carbon technologies,” according to an online biography.

Lancaster reveals his work in China for the Carbon Trust in his LinkedIn profile, saying he “negotiated, set up and ran a venture capital firm involving the Chinese and British governments.”

He adds in his profile: ‘As British politics changed, I sought a Singaporean partner, renegotiated the joint venture and doubled its valuation.

‘Designed and led a number of projects that won funding from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Presented on carbon emissions reduction at the Shanghai Expo and at conferences across China. Newspaper and radio interviews provided.’

Lancaster spent nearly three years in office in China between 2008 and 2011, at a time when the one-party state invested heavily in CO2 farmers' coal-fired power plants to fuel its economic growth, and became infamous for human rights violations.

Lancaster spent nearly three years in office in China between 2008 and 2011, at a time when the one-party state invested heavily in CO2 farmers’ coal-fired power plants to fuel its economic growth, and became infamous for human rights violations.

Louise Lancaster, a teacher and another woman stand on Marsham Street in Westminster as they protest in front of the Home Office on Friday

Louise Lancaster, a teacher and another woman stand on Marsham Street in Westminster as they protest in front of the Home Office on Friday

Mr. Lancaster also served as Transition Director with the Carbon Trust for a little over a year before leaving the organization in 2011.

He is currently Managing Director Cloud for technology company Digital Space, which manages cloud storage platforms for public and private organizations in the UK.

Mr. Lancaster is also a board member of the international non-profit network Climate Strategies, which boasts ‘an extensive network of leading researchers as members’.

The organization is organizing a series of meetings at the upcoming COP26 political leaders’ climate change conference starting next week in Glasgow.

The Climate Strategies website states that it “works at the science-policy interface and advances climate policy through meaningful interactions between decision-makers and researchers across Europe and internationally.”

In the photo, Ms Lancaster was arrested on September 20 during a protest blocking the M25, and two days later she was seen again taking part in another demonstration outside the Home Office, where she carried a sign that read: ‘ Louise Lancaster, teacher and mother, best investment to reduce CO2, isolate Britain’

She was also one of two female activists filmed last week sitting on the road when they were ‘pushed’ by a Range Rover driven by irate mother Sherrilyn Speid, 34, who delayed her school career in Thurrock, Essex. .

Ms Lancaster was one of two female activists filmed last week sitting on the road when they were 'pushed' by a Range Rover driven by irate mother Sherrilyn Speid, 34, which had delayed her school run in Thurrock, Essex.

Ms Lancaster was one of two female activists filmed last week sitting on the road when they were ‘pushed’ by a Range Rover driven by irate mother Sherrilyn Speid, 34, which had delayed her school run in Thurrock, Essex.

MailOnline can reveal that Mr and Mrs Lancaster live on a cul-de-sac in Grantchester, the idyllic village featured in the ITV detective drama of the same name. Their home is about 350 yards from the home of Tory peer and novelist Jeffrey Archer.

The couple are known in the village as committed eco-campaigners and drive a white Renault Zoe electric hatchback worth around £20,000 that was in their driveway today.

A sign on their door read: ‘A package has been left with a Supreme Court order and you must read it immediately and seek legal advice. If you need another copy, call Mr Abbey Ameen from Transport for London.’

The couple’s 24-year-old son, who opened the door, said, “They’re not here.”

When a reporter pointed to the note on the door, he added, “They do that every day.”

He admitted that his mother had been arrested a number of times and said that she and his father stayed in London “for a while”.

Tristan confirmed that his mother was a teacher, but said: “She had to quit her job for a while because schools are concerned about activism. You’d think they’d be open to it.’

Speaking of his father, he added: “He has been very knowledgeable about climate issues for a long time.”

Tristan also defended his parents’ green credentials by saying they only had that one car. He added: “If we have to take long trips, we drive with other people.”

He claimed the family had also spent money improving the energy efficiency of their home by installing additional insulation in the attic.

Tristan: ‘It takes a lot to insulate such a place, but we have done everything we can to improve the energy label.’

Neighbors declined to comment on the couple. One said, “I don’t think anyone will talk to you on the street.”

But one villager said, “Tim and Louise are known here for their environmental campaigns. People just let them have their way.’

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