Our Team


Nigel has 30 years’ experience working in business. After 5 years in the Army he worked as a Retail Director in Allied Breweries and helped develop several well-known brands including Pitcher & Piano Bars.  Nigel identified a niche market in analysing and reducing costs for such organisations. Hence the idea of setting up the Cost Reduction Company in 2010, based in Henley on Thames where he has lived and worked for 25 years.

He targets businesses that want to combine cost savings with long term carbon reduction.  As well as reducing costs, Nigel embraces opportunities to help clients to use less stuff, an aspiration widely discussed in society but rarely achieved in earnest without outside help.

Nigel’s book, Using Less Stuff, will be invaluable to any organisations interested in knowing how to motivate staff to be environmentally friendly and to promote personal responsibility amongst staff.


Having grown up in Henley on Thames, Vanessa is very much a local. She set up her business, Deep Clothing Co, in Henley and ran it successfully for 18 years.

Retail is a challenging area of business in these internet days where costs have to be closely watched at all times, cash flow is vital and Using Less Stuff an essential part of that. Vanessa expanded the business up to 4 shops before downsizing again back to the key large store in Henley.  She then decided to close the business in 2014 in order to challenge herself with something new, and with this in mind Vanessa joined The Cost Reduction Company in 2014.


Jon has spent the bulk of his business life in corporate retail sales operations including working with Nigel in the early years at Allied Breweries in Central London as a Business Development Manager.  Jon left Greene King in 2013 to set up his own Consultancy assisting clients to reduce their energy and operational costs and has lived in Chalfont St Peter, Bucks for many years.

Jon is passionate in championing ‘all things green’ and driving awareness of the impact of carbon emissions on increased global warming. He is a qualified Commercial and Domestic Energy Assessor and given the synergies with CRC and their ‘Using Less Stuff’ programme, joined the company in January 2016. His main remit operationally is to support the ULS programme and manage client projects through to completion.


Having studied Politics and Law at Southampton University, Harriet worked for Motivforce Group, a full-service marketing and incentives agency. She started as an Account Manager running corporate incentive campaigns, then ran the Awards Services and Buying Departments.

Her time at Motiveforce was cut short when her husband’s job took them to the Far East, where she taught English as a foreign language, worked as a marketing consultant for an interior design company, and learnt to speak Thai.

Back in the UK, now with three children, Harriet wrote a Thai Cookery book, ran Thai cooking demonstrations and designed several websites. Once her youngest child started in full time school in 2012 it felt like the right time to return to the workplace, and she joined The Cost Reduction Company.