All good things come to an end

Tom Delay

In just over two decades, the Carbon Trust has grown from a small team of climate pioneers to a global climate consultancy. Today we have over 400 experts across five continents, and have supported 3000 organisations to turn their climate ambition into impact. All of this has been achieved under the leadership of CEO Tom Delay, who has decided the time is right for him to step down at the end of the year. 

The organisation was originally founded by the UK government in 2001 to help drive the decarbonisation of businesses, governments and financial institutions. Throughout his tenure Tom’s leadership has always focused on advancing our mission, while looking to the future. This is best illustrated by two early examples of our work. In 2007 we launched the world’s first carbon footprint label. This now graces household items around the world as a trusted mark of climate action. 
In 2008 we established the Offshore Wind Accelerator. This flagship programme has led to a significant reduction in offshore wind costs globally and greatly enabled the advancement of this technology. 

As an organisation, we focus on collaboration and taking a solutions-focused approach to the climate crisis. This direction has been set by Tom, which has seen the organisation grow to our strong, future-focused position. His stepping down will be a significant loss to the Carbon Trust, but we are well positioned to continue to deliver on our mission. And as Tom would advise, we should always be looking forward.

Tom will finish his time as CEO of the Carbon Trust at the end of this year. We thank him for his passion, dedication and leadership.

As we look ahead, to find our next CEO, we are working exclusively with Spencer Stuart as part of an internal and external recruitment process. We encourage any potential candidates to get in touch with the recruitment team at Spencer Stuart via email at