Our Board was set up in 2016 to support the strategic development of the Network as it continues to grow. We are pleased to introduce our current board members, representing different organisations from within the Network:
Sir Ed Davey Chair
The Rt Hon Sir Ed Davey was the Liberal Democrat Kingston and Surbiton MP between 1997 and 2015, and served in the UK Coalition Government, first as Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Employment Relations, Consumer and Postal Affairs, and then in the Cabinet, as the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (2012-2015). He was knighted in the New Year’s Honours of 2016 for his work in politics and on energy and climate change.
As Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Ed led the UK’s low carbon transition, reforming electricity markets, trebling renewable power, brokering a deal for the EU 2030 climate targets ahead of the recent UN Climate Summit in Paris and launching policies to boost competition in UK energy markets.
From 2012 to 2015, Ed served on the EU Councils for Energy and Environment. In 2013, Ed established the Green Growth Group of EU Council Ministers from Member States backing action on climate change, which has been credited as central to the negotiations on the 2030 energy and climate change package.
At the Department for Business, Skills and Innovation between 2010 and 2012, Ed served on 3 EU Councils – Trade, Competitiveness (Single Market) and Employment and Social Affairs. He established the Likeminded Group for Growth, with Ministers from Member States focused on developing the single market, pushing new trade agreements, deregulation and innovation policy.
Since leaving the House of Commons in May 2015, Ed has set up his own business – Energy Destinations Ltd – and consults widely in the energy space, with industry, financial and legal clients.
He lives in Surbiton with his wife, Emily and their young children, John and Eleanor.
Sarah Alsbury Environmental Manager, RSPB
Sarah has worked in the environmental sector for over 20 years, starting out in planning, urban enhancement projects and sustainability for Beds County Council. She then moved to the RSPB and managed a wetland restoration/creation programme across 20 sites and then ran the RSPB’s consultancy team in Dorset – RSPB Ecological Services. She has been the RSPB’s Environmental Manager for 5 years, setting up a formal environmental management system and working on a number of key issues – energy management and purchasing in particular
Simon Brammer UK Programmes Manager, Ashden
Simon put his skills – developed in careers in public health, social policy and then sustainable transport – to good use in his role at Ashden. He believes that selling the positive creates more effective change than dwelling on the negative. He is responsible for ensuring that Ashden winners reach their maximum potential; work in partnership to do more, and share their learning to help others replicate what they do so well. The aim is to seriously ramp-up the role of local sustainable energy in the UK with all the transformational benefits it brings. Simon is one of the co-founders of the Fit for Future Network. When not at work you will usual find Simon afloat somewhere following his other passion, sailing.
Sarah Butler-Sloss Founder Director, Ashden
As Ashden’s Founder Director Sarah oversees all aspects of their work, from setting the strategic direction to getting involved in the judging process for the Ashden Awards, as well as overseeing their programme work and representing Ashden externally. She regularly contributes to UK and global policy debates in the field of sustainable energy and is an active member of the UN’s International Sustainable Energy for All Practitioner Network.
She’s always loved the natural world – at university she studied Zoology and Psychology. After graduating she worked in a clothes retail company and then as a photographer of portraits and landscapes. In the late 80s she became increasingly aware of the problems and strains humans were inflicting on the natural world. In 1990 she set up the Ashden Trust with her husband to help support those organisations that were addressing social and environmental problems. As they became more aware of environmental problems it was increasingly evident that few people were talking about or demonstrating what the solutions looked like in action. For many years they supported a range of work in East Africa that brought modern light from renewable sources and clean cooking facilities to remote communities. In the process they saw the life-changing impact these technologies were having on people’s lives and learnt a lot about the sector. Inspired by what they saw, Sarah established the Ashden Awards in 2001 to highlight the transformational impact sustainable, clean energy has on people’s lives and the local and global environment.
Richard Carter Head of Sustainability and Finance, Adnams
Richard is Head of finance and sustainability at Adnams plc, an award-winning regional brewery and distillery based in Southwold, famous for its eco-distribution centre, its energy efficient brewhouse and its 240,000 honey bees. They describe themselves as a values-led, purpose-driven business.
Richard holds a first class accounting degree from the University of Wales and subsequently qualified as a chartered management accountant. He held a series of commercial finance and controller roles at BT before joining Adnams in 2012. Richard is a member of the executive committee and ensures that environmental and social engagement are fully integrated into business operations via the finance function.
Recent projects at Adnams have included massive carbon and cost reductions from being the first UK brewery to produce carbon and water footprints for its beers, achieving zero waste to landfill, having the lightest ale bottles in the UK and continuing energy improvements across its estate. Adnams are one of the first UK companies include social return on investment in its business cases and focus on being an engaged corporate partner rather than simply a financial sponsor of charitable affairs.
Anna Frizzell Sustainability Manager, RNLI
Anna joined the RNLI in April 2013 as Sustainability Manager
Anna has a BSc Hons Degree in Environmental Protection and is an Associate member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (AIEMA). Before joining the RNLI Anna worked for 15 years as an EU funded environmental / sustainability advisor working with businesses who employ less than 250 people.
Anna is part of the RNLI Corporate Strategy team and her role is to help the RNLI develop and deliver a robust sustainability strategy and subsequent plans and actions to support the RNLI mission of preventing loss of life at sea.
Chloe Hampson Manager, Fit for the Future Network
Chloe has managed Fit for the Future Network since it launched in 2013, helping to build it from someone’s ‘bright idea’ into the network it is today. Prior to her current job and a brief stint as Low Carbon Villages Co-ordinator at the National Trust, she focused her energy on developing sustainable food practices in Bristol, organising food festivals, farmer markets and other initiatives that championed local, seasonal produce. She’s an anthropologist with a masters in international development.
Cheryl Hiles Executive Director, Regen SW
Cheryl Hiles is an executive director at Regen SW, responsible for Regen’s future success as director of strategy. Cheryl also provides policy and strategy advice to regulated businesses, third sector clients, local authorities and government, through scenario planning, energy strategy development and market analysis. Cheryl is a founding director of the community interest company Communities for Renewables, a director of Mendip Renewables Ltd and a governor of the Raleigh Federation. Cheryl was also a trustee of the Centre for Sustainable Energy from 2005 to 2011.
Cheryl is a specialist in land use planning, distributed generation and community energy and has led a number of initiatives to support the growth of the community energy sector and improve the planning environment for renewable energy across England and Wales. She has worked with the wind industry since 2004 and remains Regen’s lead on wind energy, having written national guidance for the government on best practice community engagement and securing community benefits from wind energy.
Cheryl began her career as the planning and environmental policy advisor at the South West Regional Assembly, where she worked on a wide variety of policy areas including energy, transport and social policy, and was instrumental in setting up Regen SW and the REvision 2010 project, to establish sub-regional renewable energy targets.
Keith Jones Environmental Practice Advisor in Wales, National Trust
A change of career to pursue childhood ambitions to be a Trust warden has brought Keith Jones to his current role, advising on environmental matters across the National Trust’s 250,000 hectares of land.
Keith’s time at the NT began in 2000, as he’d dreamt, as a ranger on Snowdon and progressing to countryside manager for Snowdonia. His ever-enquiring mind then took him on a new path to get involved in renewable energy and sustainability. Keith’s work now wins awards as he applies expertise that spans hydro energy, biomass, photovoltaics, heat pumps, community energy and land management.
Described by the media as ‘the man who’s making the National Trust’s properties greener’ he has appeared on national TV and radio, in programmes ranging from farming to current affairs. And he’s been a familiar voice as BBC Radio Cymru’s environmental expert since 2000.
Over the years he’s enjoyed a wide variety of experiences: ‘I’ve run a 1,600 hectare farm, built a lobster processing factory, bought a bull and worked in a castle. I used to rally cars but now seek out quieter habitats – my favourite Trust spot is Uwchmynydd at the tip of Llyn. It’s a ‘place where your soul can rest’.’
James Lloyd Senior External Affairs Advisor, National Trust
James Lloyd is the National Trust’s Senior External Affairs Adviser specialising in climate change, energy and the environment. He is also the lead adviser to the Trust on its strategic campaigning and advocacy around its cause.
He uses his wide range of campaigns and policy knowledge to build relationships with stakeholders across many sectors, from government to business, and from NGOs to the media. He is a passionate believer in taking a commons-sharing approach to building the resilience of places, as a new way of facilitating sustainable development while also enhancing the quality of the historic and natural environment. An example of this is the National Trust’s Fit for the Future Network.
Previously he has advised the Green Party on political strategy; worked in Parliament as the DECC and DEFRA adviser to the Liberal Democrats; worked as Head of Campaigns for People & Planet – an environmental and international development charity – and was elected to the role of National Secretary of the NUS.
Iain Mills Senior Asset Manager, The Crown Estate
Iain is a Chartered Surveyor and Senior Asset Manager at The Crown Estate. The Crown Estate is an independent commercial business, created by Act of Parliament. Iain works in the Rural & Coastal team which manages significant areas of foreshore and seabed, over 100,000 hectares of rural land and Windsor Great Park. The Crown Estate manages a portfolio that also comprises central London properties, including Regent Street St James’s, and a number of regional retail parks. All The Crown Estate’s net revenue is returned to the UK Treasury.
Iain has worked in the UK property industry for over 20 years and also spent three years managing an environmental study field station in the Bahamas and three years running a reef biodiversity volunteer survey project in Fiji.
Iain’s role is to ensure that the land and property The Crown Estate invests in and manages are sustainably worked, developed and enjoyed to deliver the best value to its many stakeholders over the long term.
Paul Southall Environmental Advisor, National Trust
Paul specializes in conservation environmental management, project development and successful delivery within the heritage sector; and ensuring environmental and financial management targets are both established and understood.
He is responsible for the strategic planning and setting of operational delivery targets across in-hand built property portfolios, in order to be an exemplar in sustainable management. He also engages and enthuses members, communities and visitors by showing first-hand what can be achieved within an historic environment and older building stock.
Paul has been working over the last few years within the National Trust Renewable Energy Investment Programme – a commitment to invest £35 million in over 40 more renewable energy projects to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, and source 50 per cent of its energy from renewable sources on land it looks after by 2020.
Paul sits on various governmental, NGO and heritage advisory panels; and 2015 saw Paul being honoured with recognition from the Renewable Energy Association as well as being awarded “Sustainability Executive of the Year”.
Paul loves coffee and heat pumps