Our experts

Our Experts

A selection of our experts

Aleyn Smith-Gillespie, Principal, Carbon Trust Advisory

Aleyn Smith-Gillespie

Associate Director, Business Advice

Aleyn has 14 years' experience advising global blue chip companies and organisations. His work focuses on issues at the intersection of business strategy, operational efficiency, innovation, and sustainability. His sector experience includes FMCG, ICT, financial services, retail, and energy. Prior to Carbon Trust, Aleyn worked for strategy consultants Booz & Co. He holds a BA from Cambridge University, and a double Master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Al-Karim Govindji

Al-Karim Govindji

Technology Acceleration Manager

Al-Karim Govindji manages international offshore wind projects in China and Japan. He also oversees our Industrial Energy Efficiency programme working with 14 sectors to identify and deploy innovative process related energy saving solutions. Additionally, he manages work in Aviation Biofuels and Smart Grids. He holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from Birmingham University and MBA from Oxford University.

Alex Hart, Strategy Manager, Policy & Markets

Alex Hart

Strategy Manager, Policy & Markets

Alex advises government departments on technology innovation and led a year-long project on UK innovation needs in hydrogen technologies. He has extensive experience in low carbon technologies with a particular emphasis on hydrogen technologies, fuel cells, domestic energy consumption, the gas and electricity sectors and microgeneration. Prior to working at the Carbon Trust, Alex spent 4 years commercialising low carbon products and 7 years developing technologies for the police and military. He holds an MChem from Oxford University and an MBA from Cranfield School of Management.

Andie Stephens

Andie Stephens

Senior Consultant, Business Advice

Andie leads our work with ICT companies advising on carbon measurement and reduction programs. He has worked with CWW, EE, O2, Samsung, Vodafone, and helped develop the methodology for BT’s innovative Net Good programme. He initiated the development of the ICT Sector Guidance for the GHG Protocol Product Standard. He is an expert in carbon measurement, having contributed to various international standards and European Commission ICT initiatives. He previously spent 20 years as an international consultant in software and manufacturing. He has an MA in Engineering from Cambridge University.

Ben Lynch

Ben Lynch

Technical and Change Consultant

A member of the Energy Institute and Chartered Institute of Building Service Engineers by profession and Technical Support Manager at the Carbon Trust, Ben is the manager of technical services to our Public Sector customers and leads on all technical aspects of our decentralised energy project portfolio. He has considerable experience in the commissioning, delivery and management of decentralised energy projects, and has developed a number of bespoke services that aim to address the market failure to implement carbon savings in the public sector, including the management of collaborative implementation programmes through regional bodies across the UK.

Darran Messem, Managing Director, Carbon Trust Certification

Darran Messem

Managing Director, Carbon Trust Certification and Director, International

Darran leads the Carbon Trust's pioneering certification team, and the Carbon Trust's international development. Darran’s international experience includes being a Director of companies in Canada, the US, China and South Africa, and the UK. Before joining the Carbon Trust Darran was Vice President Fuel Development for Shell, and General Manager Market Development for British Airways. Darran graduated with a First in Geography from Cambridge University and holds a post-graduate diploma in Marketing. Beyond the Carbon Trust, Darran is Chairman of the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership, and a Fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Royal Geographical Society.

Emilie Reeve

Emilie Reeve

Manager, Offshore Renewables

Emilie leads the Carbon Trust’s work on Offshore Renewable consenting. She is responsible for the delivery of the Offshore Renewable Joint Industry Programme, involving 16 developers and 3 public bodies. Emilie also leads the Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator, Cable Installation work stream, collaborating with the 9 Offshore Wind Accelerator partners to reduce the risk and cost of cable installation in offshore wind. Prior to this Emilie worked on the Marine Renewables Commercialisation Fund aimed at accelerating the deployment of commercial-scale wave and tidal stream energy arrays.

Geoff Smyth, Head of Technology and Delivery

Geoff Smyth

Head of Technology and Delivery

Geoff has 20 years’ experience in delivering successful energy and carbon management programmes across both public and private sectors in the UK. Chartered engineer, with first class honours degree in engineering from the University of Ulster.

Gina V Hall

Gina V Hall

Investment Director

Gina V Hall manages the Carbon Trust’s wide-ranging portfolio of investments, from joint ventures such as Partnerships for Renewables and the Low Carbon Workplace to minority stakes in early stage cleantech companies. She has entrepreneurial experience, having founded and floated her own business on AIM, as well as a background in banking and finance. Gina has an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Helen Andrews Tipper

Helen Andrews Tipper

Public Sector Energy Programmes Manager

An expert in strategic communications and stakeholder management with ten years’ experience advising the public sector on low carbon energy and environmental policy and projects, Helen currently develops and manages delivery of the Carbon Trust’s Decentralised Energy Service. She also advises on the content and implementation of planning policy to support decentralised energy development, drawing on her experience as an adviser to a regional planning authority. Previously based in Brussels, Helen is an advisor to the Carbon Trust on European policy and funding.

Hugh Jones, Managing Director, Carbon Trust Advisory

Hugh Jones

Director, Business Advice

Hugh is an experienced commercial manager whose team helps business solve problems around sustainability, resource efficiency and supply chain risk. Previously as Director of Solutions his department helped private and public sector customers save 15 million tCO2 and £1.5bn over three years. He has an MA from Cambridge University and an environmental MSc from Imperial College.

James Persad

James Persad

Marketing Manager

James has 15 years experience in marketing and advertising, across many sectors, and has worked on behalf of some of the world’s strongest brands, including; Coca-Cola, MasterCard, Mars, Cunard, Fiat, DaimlerChrysler and Great Ormond Street Hospital. James’ responsibilities at the Carbon Trust include awareness raising, brand building & protection and lead generation.

James Rawlins, Associate Director, Policy and Markets

James Rawlins

Associate Director, Policy and Markets

James leads projects advising government clients and global institutions on the policies and interventions they can use to stimulate energy efficiency and technology innovation and deployment. James has recently worked on projects for various UK government departments, the Scottish Government, and the World Bank. In previous roles James has served as a board director for a number of Carbon Trust business units, worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as a climate change diplomat in China, and worked for a leading management consulting firm.

James Wilde

James Wilde

Director of Innovation and Policy

James leads our policy and markets work, informing government policy and thinking across the business and the investor community on transforming markets. James also leads our innovation business area, working with governments and corporates to commercialise new low carbon technologies. Prior to joining the Carbon Trust, James worked for management consultants McKinsey & Company. James has a PhD in Nanotechnology from the University of Cambridge and a first class degree in Materials Science from the University of Oxford.

Jan Van der Ven

Jan Van der Ven

Director, Asia

Jan is responsible for the development of the Carbon Trust’s activities in Asia. Prior to joining the Carbon Trust, he was Deputy General Manager at Maersk Logistics South China, Head of Strategic Planning at Maersk China, and Director of Production at Alibaba.com. Jan holds an MBA from London Business School, has lived and worked in China for 12 years, and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Dutch and English.

Jeff Beyer

Jeff Beyer

Manager, Policy and Markets

Jeff provides strategic advice on climate policies and energy markets to governments and agencies in the UK and internationally. He offers expertise in energy efficiency, global clean tech markets, low carbon options in emerging economies, impact assessment and low carbon financing mechanisms. He also represents the Carbon Trust at the UNFCCC climate negotiations.

Dr John Kazer

Dr John Kazer

Carbon Footprint Certification Manager

John is responsible for managing certification projects and has audited product carbon footprints of over 200 individual products. His main areas of expertise in product carbon footprinting and sustainability are agriculture and food processing. He has additional experience of analysing water, land, trade, distribution, packaging and economic aspects of footprinting. He is the technical author of the carbon footprint assessment methodology for the UK dairy industry.

Larissa Lockwood

Larissa Lockwood

Senior Public Sector Manager

Larissa manages the Carbon Trust’s Public Sector Carbon Management and Carbon Management Revisited Programmes. With ten years’ experience of sustainable development in the public sector, she now leads the Public Sector Team’s work with the NHS, police, fire, central government and local government estate. She is also the team lead on behaviour change.

Lu Qi

Lu Qi

Consultant, Asia Office, Beijing

Qi’s experience includes projects covering product carbon footprinting, industrial energy efficiency, demand response, alternative fuel and power storage. Prior to joining the Carbon Trust, Qi worked as a consultant at Azure International in Beijing, and completed an internship at Bloomberg New Energy Finance in New York. She holds a Master of Operations Research from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Martin Barrow, Carbon Trust Advisory

Martin Barrow

Associate Director, Business Advice

Martin is one of the world’s leading authorities on product and service carbon footprinting, and was instrumental in the development of the PAS 2050 footprinting standard. He has overseen a wide range of projects to help companies derive business benefit from understanding and optimising their value-chains. He spent 20 years in the automotive sector, managing $100m+ projects in manufacturing, design, commercial, IT and business re-engineering.

Michael Ashcroft

Michael Ashcroft

Strategy Analyst

Michael works with the UK government and international agencies advising on low carbon innovation policy. He has expertise in small-scale concentrated solar power, innovation needs in the buildings sector, and has worked closely with the UK government to support the development of a low carbon innovation strategy across a number of technology areas. Michael holds an MSc in Environmental Technology, specialising in energy policy, and a BSc in physics - both from Imperial College London.

Paul Huggins

Paul Huggins

Associate Director, Carbon Trust Programmes

Paul helps governments and industry understand and shape current generation low carbon technology markets to improve building and industrial processes energy performance. He sits on numerous government and industry boards and councils. Paul has extensive experience in the energy sector, with 12 years in upstream roles with BP, Shell and BHP Billiton. He has an MBA from Cranfield School of Management.

Paul McKinney

Paul McKinney

Technology Programme Manager

Paul is an experienced programme and project manager, with 17 years’ experience in the low carbon arena. He has managed programmes within the Carbon Trust for over ten years. Currently Paul leads the Research Programme for DECC’s Energy Technology List, managing the delivery of around 30 research projects focussed on energy using equipment and products, with a project team of over 20 experts.

Dr Paul Taylor

Dr Paul Taylor

Senior Consultant, Business Advice

Paul provides technical advice, model development and project support to companies around the world in carbon footprinting, including Scope 3 and supply chain analysis. He has also authored numerous research projects for UK and national government on sustainability and climate change issues.

Philippe Pernstich

Philippe Pernstich

Consultant, Business Advice

Philippe specialises in bespoke solutions for clients’ product and value chain footprinting requirements. He has worked with clients from a wide range of sectors, but has a particular focus on construction, waste management and chemicals. He holds an MSc in Environmental Sciences from the University of East Anglia.

Richard Rugg, Director of Carbon Trust Programmes

Richard Rugg

Managing Director, Carbon Trust Programmes

Richard Rugg is Director of Carbon Trust Programmes and is responsible for the Carbon Trust's delivery of low carbon advice to both public sector bodies and small business. Richard has played a pivotal role in developing successful UK approaches to cost effective advice dissemination across multiple sectors. He has directed the Carbon Trust’s Public Sector Carbon Management service since its launch in 2003 which has identified savings of over £2bn net across 3,000 large public sector organisations. Over 70,000 small businesses have obtained support from Carbon Trust services to date.

Simon Retallack, Strategy Manager

Simon Retallack

Associate Director, Policy and Markets

Simon has led a number of major projects for government in the UK, Brazil and Mexico, informing the development of low carbon strategy, policy and delivery programmes. Previously, Simon spent 12 years' leading initiatives on climate change and sustainability.

Tim Pryce

Tim Pryce

Head of Public Sector

Tim heads up the Carbon Trust’s public sector work, helping public bodies to develop financial and management strategies to cut costs and carbon. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant, and spent five years at the National Audit Office where he worked on published reports on the Carbon Trust and flood risk management among others. He also has a Masters degree in Applied Meteorology.

Tom Cumberlege

Tom Cumberlege

Senior Consultant, Business Advice

Tom is an experienced consultant helping businesses to tackle diverse sustainability issues across a range of sectors such as agriculture, FMCG, financial services and luxury goods. His advice enables clients to realise low carbon investment opportunities across their value chains, conduct product footprinting projects and supply chain engagement and financing solutions. He has also developed guidance for the GHG Protocol’s Scope 3 Standard on behalf of the World Resources Institute. Prior to working in the Business Advice Team, Tom managed the Carbon Trust’s Public Sector Programmes.