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Our experts

The Carbon Trust has approximately 180 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.

Tom Jennings


Tom leads the delivery of policy studies, evaluations and programme design at the Carbon Trust. He has over a decade’s experience providing advice to governments on low carbon energy. Tom delivered the Technology Innovation Needs Assessments (TINAs) on behalf of the UK Government and has advised the following governments on innovation policy: Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Japan, China and Norway as well as international bodies such as the IEA. Prior to joining the Carbon Trust, Tom worked internationally with Booz & Company (now PwC’s Strategy&), focusing on corporate strategy and organisational transformation. Tom holds an MBA (Distinction) from INSEAD, and a Masters in Engineering from Cambridge University.

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.

Tanja Groth


Tanja is the lead commercial modeller for public sector projects at the Carbon Trust. With over 8 years of experience with research and energy finance in Europe and South-East Asia, Tanja leads on the delivery of commercial and socio-economic modelling of decentralised energy projects on behalf of the Carbon Trust in the UK and abroad. Her work includes the launch of a quality-assurance cashflow tool (QACT) for free use for UK public sector organisations and contributions to setting industry best-practice to cashflow analysis and decentralised energy investment decision-making.

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 Director of Business Development across the Carbon Trust group, and is a Director of Carbon Trust Advisory Ltd, Carbon Trust Certification Ltd and Carbon Trust Mexico. 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.

Soffia Alarcon-Diaz


Soffia leads our work with governments and businesses in Mexico, and provides support to our initiatives across Latin America.  She is currently leading the expansion of the Low Carbon States programme following successful pilots working with the state governments of Jalisco and Tabasco. Soffia was previously Director for Climate Change Mitigation at Mexico’s Secretariat of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), where she was responsible for the design and implementation of the National Emissions Register and other public policy and planning instruments related to carbon pricing, MRV and climate change. Soffia has a master’s degree in Public Administration and Environmental Policy from Columbia University in New York and a degree in International Relations from El Colegio de México. She is a member of the programme in Advanced Studies on Environment and Sustainable Development (LEAD-Mexico) at El Colegio de México.

Simon Retallack


Simon Retallack has 18 years’ experience of leading initiatives addressing environmental issues in a variety of roles. He is currently Director for Latin America at the Carbon Trust, overseeing the Carbon Trust’s offices in Mexico and Brazil, and managing projects and the development of new business across the region, including Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Panama, Cuba and Peru. At the Carbon Trust, Simon has led a number of high profile engagements for government clients on the development of low carbon strategy, policy and delivery programmes. 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.

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.

Rory Shanahan


Rory is a qualified Energy Systems Engineer and a key member of the Carbon Trust’s carbon management and energy efficiency team in Scotland. He has worked extensively with a range of public and private sector organisations across the UK, Ireland, and more recently in Mexico. This has included completing site energy surveys, carbon footprinting, delivering technical training and providing detailed evaluations of the potential energy saving and renewable energy generation opportunities specific to each site. Rory has also worked with several organisations in delivering a strategic Carbon Management Plan, with particular focus on energy management and project identification and quantification aspects.

Rob Hatcher


Rob supports our technical services and is extensively involved with carbon and energy management advice. Working with our public sector clients in the UK and abroad, Rob has delivered an array of technical advice and effective carbon management strategies. Rob is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and Measurement and Verification professional (CMVP) who routinely deliver energy reviews and low carbon technology feasibility studies. As an independent energy consultant, Rob has been extensively involved with building retrofit, monitoring and targeting services, lighting and boiler replacement programmes and renewable technology installations.

Richard Rugg


Richard Rugg is Managing Director of Programmes & Cities and leads the Carbon Trust’s delivery of low carbon consulting and policy advice to public sector bodies and cities. Richard is founder of the Carbon Trust's Public Sector Carbon Management Programmes & Low Carbon Cities Programme which supports strategic carbon reduction across cities in the UK, Latin America and South East Asia. Richard has worked at the Carbon Trust for over 13 years.

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.

Poppy Potter


As an Energy Consultant, Poppy’s main role is to advise on housing projects, focusing on retrofitting and building fabric energy efficiency. She also advises public and private sector clients on energy efficiency and renewable energy, through the Resource Efficient Wales programme. Poppy has worked in the low carbon buildings sector since 2008. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and a first class Master’s degree in Environmental Management, specialising in climate change adaptation in housing. Poppy has been a board director for the National Communities Resource Centre, home of the Housing Plus Academy, since 2013. Poppy has also undertaken practical and theoretical training in the restoration of traditional and historic buildings, which she regularly puts into practice in her spare time.

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.

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.

Dr Paul Swift


Paul has worked at the Carbon Trust for seven years, during which he assisted clients from a range of sectors, including AXA, Samsung and Vodafone, in achieving their sustainability goals. He is one of our lead consultants on delivering science-based targets as well as organisational carbon footprinting. He has particular expertise on measuring and reducing emissions falling outside an organisation’s four walls (scope 3) and emissions associated with electricity procurement. Paul has worked extensively with the airport industry, and also leads our energy management service offering. He holds a PhD in bioinformatics (computational analysis of genetic data) from the University of Oxford.


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 Huggins


Paul heads up Carbon Trust's services that deliver market transformation in built environment and process industry technologies.  Paul advises DECC, HMRC and HMT on technology markets and delivers the Energy Technology List on their behalf.  He also advises Chinese Provincial governments and private clients on developing sustainable product markets.  Paul’s expertise includes technology strategy, energy efficiency, and market transformation through directed technology innovation.  Prior to the Carbon Trust Paul was on the leadership team of BHP Billiton Petroleum, and championed process optimization at BP and Shell.  Paul holds a Master's degree in Artificial Intelligence and an MBA (Cranfield).

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.

Morgan Jones


Morgan has over a decade of work experience in carbon and environmental issues. He has extensive knowledge of environmental footprinting, climate finance and green bonds, corporate social responsibility and socially responsible investment. He is currently responsible for assurance and certification at Carbon Trust Certification, including working on green bonds, environmental footprints, carbon neutrality and reduction. 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.

Megan Smith


Megan leads on international Offshore Wind delivery, focusing on the US and Asian markets. She is also responsible for overseeing the Foundations and Wakes & Wind Resource research areas 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 LIDAR and scanning LIDAR validation, optimisation of electrical systems and O&M strategy. Megan holds degrees from Imperial College London and Bristol University and spent several years as a Senior Policy Analyst developing the UK’s Offshore Transmission regime before joining the Carbon Trust in 2013.

Martin Hockaday


Martin is responsible for leading the certification work against ISO 50001, including launching the service to market, managing auditor resources and overseeing project delivery. He has over nine years’ experience in energy and environmental management systems, holds a degree in Environmental Management and is a qualified ISO 50001 Lead Auditor. He has audit experience in a wide range of sectors, taking him from railway depots to a royal palace, but has particular expertise in auditing the higher education sector, having worked with over ten per cent of all UK universities.

Martin Barrow


Martin is one of the world’s leading authorities on product and value chain footprinting. He was instrumental in the development of the PAS 2050 footprinting standard, developing the guidance for the GHG Protocol’s Scope 3 Standard, and creating/advising on international footprinting schemes. Over the last 10 years he has overseen a wide range of projects to help companies derive business benefit from understanding and optimising their products and value-chains. Prior to this he spent 20 years in the automotive sector, managing $100m+ projects in manufacturing, design, commercial, IT and business re-engineering.

Mariana Silva Paredes


Mariana has led efforts such as the Low Carbon States project and the Municipal Energy Efficiency Programme among other low-carbon innovation projects in Mexico. She has also been an independent consultant to renowned companies in the field of carbon emissions, mandatory and voluntary sustainability reports, and climate change strategy. Her experience focuses on carbon and energy management, the development of low carbon business models, project development and regulation to boost energy efficiency and process optimization. Mariana holds a Chemical Engineering degree from the Universidad Iberoamericana and an MSc in Engineering of Processes, Energy and Environment from the Technological University of Berlin.

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. More 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. Currently, Laura leads the Carbon Trust’s Green Business Fund and also sits on the BBC’s Sustainability Advisory Group, providing external input into the sustainability strategy for the corporation.   

Laura Glover


Laura works within our Public Sector team, providing advice and support for the delivery of decentralised energy and carbon management projects. She is an expert in sustainability data analytics, leading in the development of carbon emissions footprints, renewable energy feasibility studies and project financial analysis. Additionally, she has a strong background in facilitation and stakeholder management. Recent project experience includes developing city-wide Carbon Management Plans for Petaling Jaya and Ampang Jaya in Malaysia, financial analysis for district heating projects in Bristol, Birmingham and Leeds and delivery of training workshops for SMEs. Laura is a certified Heat Network Practitioner and has a first class MSci in Natural Sciences from Durham University.

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.

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

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.

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. 

Dr Jo Atkinson


Jo is a Manager based in the Cardiff office and is the housing sector lead at the Carbon Trust. Jo is a building fabric expert and has a PhD based on research evaluating domestic energy efficiency retrofit and holds a first class degree in Architectural Technology. Jo works across all sectors, including the Welsh government, local authorities, housing associations, and commercial suppliers and installers providing technical advice and support for housing retrofit schemes. Jo assesses the suitability of buildings, occupants, designs, specifications, as well as installations during and after completion using a combination of desk-based and on-site methods, including thermographic, environmental, moisture and occupant surveys. Jo also supports the delivery of the Welsh Government’s Resource Efficient Wales Client Manager service for the public sector in Wales. 

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 developed, the world’s first app to measure, compare and validate ecological footprints among friends. Prior to this, Jan was Deputy General Manager at Maersk Logistics South China, Head of Strategic Planning at Maersk China, and Director of Production at the Alibaba Group during its start-up days in 2000. Jan holds an MBA from London Business School, has lived and worked in China for 15 years, and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Dutch and English.

Jan Matthiesen


Jan Matthiesen is passionate about wind energy. He started in the onshore sector but has got his feet wet managing all offshore wind activities at the Carbon Trust, such as the Offshore Wind Accelerator, UK’s leading RD&D programme for offshore wind. He combines a good awareness of management techniques and a high level of business comprehension with good understanding of engineering principles and the ability to grasp complex technical problems.  He joined the Carbon Trust in 2010, to work on the Offshore Wind Accelerator, a ground-breaking collaborative RD&D project between the Carbon Trust and nine leading offshore wind developers. Prior to joining the Carbon Trust, Jan was Head of Onshore at RenewableUK, the wind energy industry association and accountable for all issues affecting the deployment of onshore wind energy development.

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. 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 holds Master’s Degree in Sustainability Leadership from the University of Cambridge.

James Wilde


James Wilde leads the Carbon Trust’s global policy and innovation work, supporting governments, development banks and international organisations with technical expertise and programme management skills in order to accelerate the move to a sustainable, low carbon economy. With over a decade of experience in climate change issues, from renewable energy to energy efficiency, James has authored over 20 publications that have led to fundamental changes in the policy and market landscape. These publications have included a strategic review of the UK business sector’s energy efficiency and developing the first standard for measuring the carbon footprint of products. 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.

James Dunlop


James has over 15 years engineering experience with over 10 years’ experience delivering energy efficiency solutions to commercial and public sector clients.  He is a Chartered Engineer with an honours degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from the Queen’s University of Belfast.  James supports the delivery of the Carbon Trust’s Implementation Services to a range of clients, from SMEs to large corporates, identifying and advocating practical energy efficiency opportunities.   James delivers procurement support to enable organisations to specify and competitively tender for best in class solutions and provides financial and technical due diligence for the Carbon Trust’s financial support mechanisms.

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 in UK and internationally, and has overseen the development of propositions in numerous sectors and disciplines, including (most recently) supply chain sustainability and science-based targets for businesses. 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.

Helen Andrews Tipper


An expert in strategic communications and stakeholder management with 15 years’ experience in the public and private sector, Helen works in the Carbon Trust Cities and Regions team. She has a particular focus on decentralised energy and heat, with a strong track-record on strategic, technical and financial issues, ensuring planning and strategic policy effectively supports project development. Helen specialises in complex stakeholder management, behaviour change and communications, and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. Having worked in the European Parliament and in advocacy and programme development in Brussels, Helen also advises the Carbon Trust on European policy and funding.

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.

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.

Geoff Smyth


Geoff has over 30 years engineering experience with over 23 years’ experience in delivering successful energy and carbon management programmes across both public and private sectors in the UK and overseas. He is a qualified ESOS Lead Assessor and a Chartered Engineer, with a first class honours degree in engineering from the University of Ulster.  Geoff leads a team of Chartered Engineers providing a wide range of technical services to Carbon Trust clients across the globe including the provision of: energy audits, technical due diligence of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects and best value procurement of energy saving solutions.

Eric Lounsbury


Eric Lounsbury is Director, Ventures at the Carbon Trust. He manages the company's venture capital investments and leads efforts to identify, incubate, and grow new ventures within the Carbon Trust. He is currently a non-executive director or board observer for six portfolio companies, which range from low-carbon infrastructure developers to early-stage technology start-ups. He holds an MBA with distinction from London Business School and a BA in Human Biology from Stanford University. He grew up in the Chicago area and is an avid alpine skier and dedicated jazz fan.

Emma Ashcroft


Emma is an experienced energy and low-carbon professional with over 6 years’ experience delivering projects in the fields of Energy and Carbon Management, Decentralised Energy, Energy Efficiency and Affordable Warmth. She leads on a portfolio of our Decentralised Energy projects, largely focussed on supporting the public sector to develop heat networks. Emma is an expert in stakeholder management and public consultation, and a lead auditor for the ISO 50001 Energy Management Standard. Prior to joining the Carbon Trust, Emma worked as Public Sector Manager for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority of New Zealand and as Project Manager for Merseyside-based energy efficiency charity, Energy Projects Plus. She holds a first class Master’s degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Liverpool, specialising in climate change impacts modelling. 

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.

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. 

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 Powlesland


David is based in Cardiff, and currently works on the Welsh Governments Resource Efficient Wales and Re:fit Cymru support programmes for the public sector. David also works businesses both as an ESOS Lead Assessor and as a consultant Energy Manager. David has a Masters Degree in Sustainable Energy, is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and is a Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP). His experience provides a breadth of skills and knowledge across the fields of strategic energy management, performance benchmarking, feasibility studies, project management and post project monitoring. David has specialist knowledge in the implementation of metering & monitoring systems to deliver data driven energy management and behaviour change.

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.

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.

Daniel Perdomo-Rodriguez


Daniel is Senior Manager, Strategy & Business Development for Latin America. Daniel has over 10 years of international experience working with public and private institutions such as the Inter-American Development Bank, United Nations, and the Insurance Deposit of Colombia. In the private sector Daniel worked at KPMG and as an entrepreneur. Since joining the Carbon Trust in London, he has worked on projects in Colombia, Chile, Panamá, Cuba, and Perú. Daniel’s areas of expertise are energy finance and energy policy. He received a BSc in Industrial Engineering in Bogotá, a Master’s degree in Public Administration in New York, and an Executive MBA in London.

Bruno Gardner


Bruno heads up the Carbon Trust’s team of policy and innovation experts that provides cutting edge advice to governments, policy makers and institutions around the world, helping to make the transition to a low carbon economy. His previous roles at the Carbon Trust include heading up the Carbon Trust’s involvement in the Low Carbon Workplace property development partnership and overseeing the Carbon Trust’s commercial energy efficiency and implementation activities. He has also held Board and Observer positions on a number of Carbon Trust commercial spin-outs and joint ventures. Before joining the Carbon Trust, Bruno worked as a strategy consultant for McKinsey and held various commercial, strategic and operational roles with Barclays and ExxonMobil. He holds a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA.

Benjamin Curnier


Benjamin heads up the Carbon Trust’s Southern African office in Pretoria, South Africa. He is responsible for establishing, and growing the Carbon Trust’s operations in Southern Africa, in charge of business development, and delivery.

Prior to this, Benjamin was providing technical and strategic assistance to the NBI (National Business Initiative) as it implemented the Private Sector Energy Efficiency (PSEE) Programme in South Africa. This programme aimed to improve energy efficiency in commercial and industrial companies in South Africa through the provision of services to assist companies in identifying and implementing energy saving measures.

Benjamin joined the Carbon Trust from PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he worked as a consultant within their strategy group.  He holds a Masters in Aerospace Engineering with French from Bath University.

Arturo Palacios


Arturo has more than eight years of experience in technology management, financial infrastructure and sustainability and has worked in the business, development banking, and academic sectors while interacting with non-profit and public sector organisations. Prior to joining the Carbon Trust, he collaborated with international institutions such as the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the German Development Bank KfW, where he participated in the design, planning, and implementation of sustainable housing programs. He also collaborated in the development of methodologies and software tools for assessing sustainability criteria in housing projects. Arturo holds a Master’s Degree in Technology Policy with a specialization in Sustainable Development from the University of Cambridge, and an honours degree in Industrial Engineering from ITAM.

Andrew Lever


Andrew Lever has nineteen years’ experience in the energy industry.  At the Carbon Trust Andrew leads the Energy Systems and Marine Innovation teams working with both public and private sector clients providing strategic, technical and commercial support. Prior to joining the Carbon Trust, Andrew worked internationally with E.ON SE, the world’s largest investor owned utility. Andrew held a number of roles including, Head of Innovation Europe Retail, Head of UK Retail Strategy, Head of UK Energy Services Strategy and Head of UK Generation Strategy. Andrew holds an MBA from Warwick, a Masters in Energy and Environmental Systems for Glasgow Caledonian University and a Bachelor of Engineering from Strathclyde University.

Andrew Johnson


Andrew is an economist and public policy professional with ten years’ experience in economic analysis, stakeholder management, and policy development and has been certified as an expert in climate and renewable energy finance by the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management. Andrew has coordinated the refresh of several of Technology Innovation Needs Assessments, prioritising public support for technologies like offshore wind, nuclear fission, carbon capture and storage, and electricity networks and storage. He has also led the design of energy efficiency finance and advice schemes in India and Colombia. 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.

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.

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.

Alexander Farsan


Alex leads our work with businesses in India. Working closely with our Indian partner PKF, he helps businesses in India shape sustainability strategies that address their impact on the environment while providing a platform for commercial success and growth. Prior to his role in India, Alex worked as an experienced consultant and project manager out of the Carbon Trust’s London office for over 5 years, advising businesses from SMEs to global industry leaders and across a broad range of sectors. Prior to joining the Carbon Trust, Alex worked as a policy researcher at the Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research, with a focus on emerging markets.

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.

Alessandro Ciampechini


Alessandro is a Chartered Engineer and currently working as an Energy Consultant within the Carbon Trust Business Services – Implementation team. He has a proven track record of delivered energy saving projects from the early feasibility to the full development and technical implementation within a broad range of sectors and countries (UK, Italy, EU and recently Malaysia). Energy audits, cogeneration, HVAC, lighting and compressed air are some of the areas of Alessandro’s expertise. Alessandro holds a MEng in Mechanical Engineering, a Master in Thermal & Mechanical Engineering and is a Member of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE).

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 she 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.

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