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Our experts

The Carbon Trust has approximately 170 staff with over 30 nationalities, based in the UK, Brazil, China, Mexico, South Africa and the US. Our experts come from a diverse range of professional backgrounds, including engineering, policy, academia, and business management. A selection of our experts are below.

Aleyn Smith-Gillespie


Aleyn has over 15 years’ international experience working in business management and strategy. At the Carbon Trust, Aleyn focuses on helping clients develop low-carbon, environmentally sustainable business models and strategies to drive operational efficiency, innovation, growth, and impact. His sector experience spans FMCG, ICT, telco, financial services, retail, energy, and public sector. Prior to Carbon Trust, Aleyn worked for strategy consultants Booz Allen Hamilton, as well as at other consulting practices based in China and the UK. He holds a BA from Cambridge University, and a double Master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Aleyn speaks fluent Spanish, French, and Mandarin.

Ainslie Macleod


Ainslie has fifteen years’ experience in strategic communications. Joining the Carbon Trust marketing team in 2006, she initially worked on a range of campaigns including a national energy efficiency financing scheme for small businesses and profile raising campaigns for pioneering clean tech start-ups. She now leads on media strategy for the Carbon Trust Group and works across the business specialising on low carbon technology innovation and sustainable energy policy. Prior to joining the Carbon Trust worked as a public relations consultant predominantly on communications for technology brands such as Cisco, Acer, HTC Europe and Shazam. Ainslie has a BSc Hons in Environmental Biology.

Alex Hart


Alex advises government departments on technology innovation in low carbon technologies. He has commercial experience in fuel cells, microgeneration, domestic energy consumption modelling and the gas and electricity sectors. Since joining the Carbon Trust Alex has worked on hydrogen technologies, bioenergy, solar heat and power, CCS and energy system modelling as well as innovation policy in the UK, Brazil and Mexico. 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.

Al-Karim Govindji


Al-Karim Govindji focuses on international projects on Industrial Energy Efficiency. He oversaw our £15m Industrial Energy Efficiency programme working with 14 sectors to identify and deploy innovative process related energy saving solutions. He also ran international offshore wind projects in Europe, China and Japan, assesses opportunities on Aviation Biofuels and works on EU H2020 projects. He holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from Birmingham University and MBA from Oxford University.

Andie Stephens


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.

Andrew Johnson


Andrew is an economist and public policy professional with ten years’ experience in economic analysis, stakeholder management, and policy development. Andrew has coordinated the refresh of several of the Low Carbon Innovation Coordination Group’s Technology Innovation Needs Assessments. These analyses look at where to prioritise public support for technologies like offshore wind, nuclear fission, carbon capture and storage, and electricity networks and storage. Prior to joining the Carbon Trust, Andrew worked as a Senior Economist at EEF – the manufacturers’ organisation. He has also worked at both the UK and New Zealand treasuries and in New Zealand’s Climate Change Office.

Bruno Gardner


Bruno heads up the Carbon Trust’s involvement in the Low Carbon Workplace, a low-carbon property development partnership between the Carbon Trust, asset manager Threadneedle and developer Stanhope. His areas of expertise include sustainable buildings, energy efficiency and carbon impact assessment. Before joining the Carbon Trust, Bruno worked as a strategy consultant for McKinsey, having previously held a range of commercial, strategic and operational roles with ExxonMobil and Barclays. Bruno holds a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA.

Daniel Perdomo-Rodriguez


Daniel Perdomo-Rodríguez is Business Development Manager for Latin America at the Carbon Trust.  Daniel is an industrial engineer from Colombia, and has over 10 years of international experience working in energy and finance with public and private institutions such as the Inter-American Development Bank in Chile, United Nations in New York, and the Central Bank and the Insurance Deposit of Colombia. In the private sector Daniel worked at KPMG, a multinational auditing and consulting firm. Joining the Carbon Trust in 2014, he has worked in projects in Colombia, Chile and Panamá. He holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Columbia University in New York and an Executive MBA from CASS Business School in London. 

Darran Messem


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.

David Aitken


David leads the Carbon Trust’s incubation support to clean tech ventures. He has advised more than 50 clean tech ventures on how to grow. He also provides strategic advice to climate innovation centres internationally. David has over a decade of technology commercialisation and infrastructure project experience for clients including the UK Government, GE, and World Bank. Before joining the Carbon Trust, David worked in a start-up venture developing clean tech projects in developing countries. He has Law and Arts degrees from Canterbury University and an MSc in Environmental Change and Management from Oxford University.

David Reilly


David is a Chartered engineer with 12 years’ experience in delivering projects in the areas of energy efficiency and carbon management, climate change, sustainable building design, sustainable planning / master-planning and renewable energy. As Head of Carbon Trust Wales, David leads all of our energy efficiency and carbon reduction improvement services in Wales, including the Carbon Trust’s support to the Welsh Government’s Resource Efficient Wales service.

David Sanders


David has over 25 years’ experience in strategy consultancy, corporate advisory and as a technology entrepreneur with a focus on energy, clean technology and telecoms. David works internationally with early stage and large corporate customers on strategy, venturing and innovation delivery in areas including energy efficiency, offshore wind, biofuels, electricity networks & storage, and ocean energy. Prior to the Carbon Trust, David spent 9 years as an entrepreneur in three technology start-ups, and then 12 years as a partner in a firm providing strategic consultancy and corporate advisory services. He has an MBA (Finance) from Wharton and a degree in Mathematics from New College, Oxford.

Dominic Burbridge


Dominic has over 15 years’ experience working in business management and strategy, low carbon, resource efficiency and renewable energy consulting. He is on the Management Team of the Carbon Trust’s Business Services practice with responsibility for project leadership, business development and client management. His sector experience spans construction, building materials, hospitality & leisure, catering equipment and retail. He holds a BEng Hons in Electrical Engineering from the Royal Naval Engineering College, Manadon. 

Emilie Reeve


Emilie leads the Carbon Trust’s work on Offshore Renewable consenting. She is responsible for the delivery of the Offshore Wind, Offshore Renewable Joint Industry Programme (ORJIP), involving 16 developers and 3 public bodies, focussing on reducing the risk of offshore consenting through strategic research. Prior to this Emilie led the Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator, Cable Installation work stream, collaborating with the 9 Offshore Wind developers to reduce the risk and cost of cable installation. Emilie has also previously helped set up the Marine Renewables Commercialisation Fund aimed at accelerating the deployment of commercial-scale wave and tidal stream energy arrays.

Geoff Smyth


Geoff has over 20 years' experience in delivering successful energy and carbon management programmes across both public and private sectors in the UK. He is a qualified ESOS Lead Assessor and a Chartered Engineer, with a first class honours degree in engineering from the University of Ulster.

Gina V Hall


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. Based in Washington DC, she is also responsible for developing the Carbon Trust’s activities with multilateral organisations and US-based philanthropics. Gina 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.

Guy Rickard


Guy leads our work in corporate footprinting and target setting. He has delivered projects for a range of companies, including AXA Group and Stagecoach, to set targets for carbon, water and waste and define the business case for reductions. He sits on the Technical Advisory Group for the Science-Based Target Setting initiative led by CDP, WRI, and WWF. He holds an MEng in Engineering from the University of Durham and has completed an MSc in Climate change and Sustainable development. He has over eight years’ of business experience prior to joining the Carbon Trust, the majority of which was spent working for the food manufacturer Mars.

Helen Andrews Tipper


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


Hugh is an experienced commercial director whose team helps business solve problems around sustainability, resource efficiency, supply chain risk and technology implementation. He has led projects and developed propositions in numerous sectors and disciplines, including (most recently) supply chain sustainability and water impact. Previously as Director of Solutions his department enabled private and public sector customers to save 15 million tCO2 and £1.5bn over three years. He has an MA from Cambridge University and an environmental MSc from Imperial College, and has over 15 years of business experience prior to joining the Carbon Trust.

Irene Maffini


Irene Maffini is an experienced environmental technology commercialisation and investment professional who has worked for a range of clients including the Department of Energy and Climate Change, General Electric, the World Bank and the European Commission. In her current role at the Carbon Trust, Irene has provided incubation support to more than 40 clean technology ventures to help them grow and be successful. She also leads INNEON activities, a new network sponsored by the European Commission to grow investment in the eco-innovation sector in Europe. Irene has two Bachelor degrees with honours specialising in business and economics and Masters qualifications specialising in environmental technology.

James Wilde


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.

Jamie Plotnek


Jamie is responsible for communicating the Carbon Trust’s international work and research across traditional and digital media, as well as providing practical and strategic sustainability communications advice to large businesses and the public sector. Jamie was previously Campaign Manager for Climate Week, a national campaign which resulted in half a million people attending over 3,000 events across the UK, with support from the Prime Minister. He has produced international conferences in the Middle East in the infrastructure and defence sectors, and worked for a UK top 30 law firm. Qualified as a Barrister, Jamie was Called to the Bar at Gray’s Inn in 2007. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and is undertaking a Master’s Degree in Sustainability Leadership at the University of Cambridge.

Jan Van der Ven


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 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.

Jo Atkinson


Jo Atkinson manages our work in Wales, delivering resource efficiency support to businesses and public sector organisations through the Welsh Government’s Resource Efficient Wales programme. She is an expert in retrofitted energy efficiency fabric upgrades and her research has been widely published and used to support a review of standards for retrofitting traditional solid walls. Jo has a first class honours degree in Architectural Technology and her PhD thesis is on evaluating retrofitted external wall insulation.

João Lampreia


João is a Manager at the Carbon Trust in Brazil, drawing from 10 years of experience to advise government agencies and the private sector on low carbon programmes and policy strategies across multiple domains. Recent activities include: Designing a resource efficiency programme for Brazil´s beef supply chain;  a global assessment of energy efficiency obligation schemes; advise on energy efficiency finance mechanisms; designing and setting-up Brazil’s first product carbon footprinting scheme; and a detailed assessment of grid resilience strategies for Rio’s Olympic Games. Prior to joining the Carbon Trust João was an analyst at the International Energy Agency, and a project manager at Petrobras. João holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Sciences and Energy Planning from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and University of Aalborg. 

John Hsu


John is an expert in sustainability data analytics, reporting and software solutions. He helps companies achieve their sustainability needs and objectives through the power of data and insightful analysis. His specialities are organisational and product footprinting (carbon, water and waste), cost v carbon optimisation, sustainable supply chain modelling, sustainability reporting frameworks and strategy (CDP, GRI, Mandatory Carbon Reporting) and sustainability software solutions. John has advised and built data models for companies and public bodies such as GSK, Samsung, British Sugar, Taylor Wimpey and SERMANAT. John is also an accredited assessor of the Carbon Trust Carbon, Water and Waste Standards.

Dr John Kazer


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

Joseph Thornton


Joseph works in the Carbon Trust’s Advisory team managing strategic projects for large multinationals and international governments. His current work includes developing a water impact strategy for a large, international pharmaceutical company; supply chain engagement strategies for a number of large corporates; and developing product labelling schemes in Mexico and Hong Kong. Joseph has also worked for the Carbon Trust's Innovation team on fuel cells and biofuels. He holds an MEng in Engineering Science from the University of Oxford.

Joseph Williams


Joseph is the Carbon Trust’s lead social marketing expert, and has 8 years’ experience working within the carbon reduction sector, supporting schools, local authorities, public sector organisations, SMEs, corporates and housing associations. He leads the Carbon Trust’s behaviour change work, applying experience and academic research into social marketing, psychology and behavioural economics to drive cost, carbon and resource savings. Joseph also manages the Carbon Trust’s online behaviour change tool Empower. Joseph is currently doing a post-graduate course in Social Marketing at Brighton University and has a Masters Degree in Physics from the University of Exeter

Laura Timlin


Laura works within the Business Advice team delivering consultancy services across a broad range of topics. She has worked extensively with UK Trade & Investment trade teams both in the UK and internationally as a business specialist advising on Low Carbon opportunities for the global High Value Opportunities programme. Most recently Laura has been supporting the National Business Initiative with the delivery of their Private Sector Energy Efficiency programme, an £8.6m UK funded initiative in South Africa. Laura also sits on the BBC’s Sustainability Advisory Group, providing external input into the sustainability strategy for the corporation and leads the Carbon Trust’s software partnership with sustainability software provider Credit 360.

Martin Barrow


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.

Megan Smith


Megan leads the Wakes and Wind Resource research area as part of the Offshore Wind Accelerator, a collaborative RD&D project between Carbon Trust and nine leading offshore wind developers. She has experience in a range of technology areas, and has delivered a number of research projects including optimisation of electrical systems, O&M strategy, and technology validation and demonstration. Megan holds degrees from Bristol University and Imperial College London and spent several years as a Senior Policy Analyst developing the UK’s Offshore Transmission regime before joining the Carbon Trust in 2013.

Morgan Jones


Morgan has 11 years work experience in carbon and environmental issues. He has extensive knowledge of carbon footprinting, carbon markets, corporate social responsibility and socially responsible investment. He is currently responsible for certification and verification of the Carbon Trust Standard. Prior to joining the Carbon Trust in 2009, Morgan worked as senior research analyst at Trucost PLC, a leading environmental research organisation, as well as The Ethical Investment Research Service (EIRIS) where he advised clients on socially responsible investment strategy.

Myles McCarthy


Myles McCarthy is Director of Implementation at Carbon Trust, leading our energy efficiency services in the UK and internationally, enabling the implementation of cost effective energy saving initiatives across industrial and commercial sectors. These services include energy efficiency financing (including a £550M fund delivered with Siemens Financial Services), implementation advice and equipment supplier accreditation. A Chartered Accountant, Myles’ early career was spent at KPMG in London where he worked with early stage technology businesses on their establishment, development, fund raising and growth. Myles studied for his first degree in Applied Physics at the University of Durham.

Paul Huggins


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 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.

Paul Wedgwood


In Scotland Paul has led the development and delivery of multi-faceted programmes, providing independent, impartial advice on carbon management, energy and resource efficiency, and renewable energy, supporting hundreds of organisations in the business, public and third sectors to saves costs and carbon emissions. Paul is also programme manager for energy efficiency and carbon management work with State and Municipal governments in Mexico.

Philippe Pernstich


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 manufacturing, construction, events and catering. He holds an MSc in Environmental Sciences from the University of East Anglia.

Rachel Barker


Rachel is a carbon and sustainability professional specialising in Greenhouse Gas reporting and verification. She works across all sectors and has been an Accredited Assessor for the Carbon Trust Standard since 2009. Rachel is a lead auditor for ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems and draws on her broad environmental management experience. Rachel trained as a Chemical Engineer and worked in the oil and gas sector with BP Exploration prior to completing an MSc in Business Strategy and Environmental Management. She is an experienced project manager, having worked as an environmental consultant since 1996.

Richard Rugg


Richard Rugg is Managing Director of Carbon Trust Programmes and is responsible for the delivery of strategic low carbon advice to governments, public sector bodies, charities and small business both across the UK and overseas. Richard has worked at the Carbon Trust for over 12 years and has played a pivotal role in developing successful national approaches to resource efficiency and advice dissemination with a strong focus on robust target setting, effective programme governance and organisational engagement.

Rob Hatcher


Rob supports our technical services and is extensively involved with the delivery of carbon management. He has over 5 years’ experience in energy auditing, carbon footprinting, modelling and specifying low carbon technologies. Working with our public sector clients in the UK and abroad, Rob has delivered an array of technical advice and carbon management strategies. As an independent energy consultant he has carried out extensive data analysis, renewable technology feasibility studies and delivered energy management training. Recent projects include the delivery of technical advice for DECC’s electricity demand reduction scheme and carbon management for Petaling Jaya in Malaysia.

Silvana Centty


Silvana is an experienced manager with more than 15 years of work experience and a strong background in sustainability, project management and international business. Silvana leads our business development of the Carbon Trust’s international footprinting business working with corporates around the world on environmental footprinting, certification and eco-labelling strategies. She has helped businesses to identify operational improvements, reduce costs and enhance their brand reputation. Fluent in Spanish and English, Silvana holds a degree in Communication Science from Universidad de Lima, an MBA from Birmingham University and a Diploma on Climate Change Science, Impact and Responses from Imperial College.

Simon Retallack


Simon has led initiatives addressing climate change and other environmental issues in a variety of roles over the last 17 years. As a Director in the Carbon Trust’s Policy and Markets team, he leads high profile engagements for government clients, developing low carbon strategy, policy and delivery programmes for the private sector. Previously he was head of an award-winning team working on climate policy at the Institute for Public Policy Research, working at a senior level with Ministers and CEOs. Simon has extensive project experience in the UK and across Latin America. He is a member of the board of Carbon Trust Mexico and a trustee of the New Economics Foundation.

Stefania Omassoli


Stefania has almost fifteen years’ experience in strategic problem solving. She joined the Carbon Trust strategy team in 2005, where she worked on and led a wide range of projects, from internal strategy reviews and new product development activities to market insight and policy advice work in energy efficiency and low carbon innovation. Stefania is now Head of Business Development across the Carbon Trust group, and is a Director of Carbon Trust Advisory Ltd and Carbon Trust Certification Ltd. Stefania has a Master in Chemistry from Oxford University and prior to the Carbon Trust worked for a global strategic marketing and sales consulting firm in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sector.

Steven Gray


Steven leads our México office, supporting the Mexican Government in turning high level mitigation plans into policies, programmes and actions that will drive change and helping businesses take full commercial advantage of the economic opportunities from early action on sustainability. Prior to joining the Carbon Trust in 2014, Steven worked at the interim Secretariat of the Green Climate Fund, at Climate Change Capital, and he worked on linkages between climate change regulation and development at ODI (Overseas Development Institute). Steven holds a law degree from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and a Master's in Law from the London School of Economics.

Tim Pryce


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 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.

Yihui Shi


Yihui is a Consultant in energy efficiency for the Beijing Office. He specialises in low carbon city planning and development, large scale renewable energy implementation, sustainable infrastructure and financing. He was responsible for the sustainability division of the Ningbo Damuwan Ecocity, where his responsibilities included implementation of low carbon building standards, large scale renewable energy implementation feasibility study, World Bank loan project proposals and several GEF TA projects on urban form and integrated transport. Yihui holds a MEng in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College London and worked on Tidal Turbine Fluid Mechanics as a DPhil candidate at Oxford University.

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