Ashok, previously CEO of London Cycling Campaign, joins Ashden with a wealth of experience in environmental, sustainable development and justice issues in the UK and the Global South.
After a PhD in renewable energy, a stint as a climate modeller and time as a policy analysis with Forum for the Future, Ashok moved into advocacy – serving on the Board of Amnesty International, helping to found and lead Make Poverty History and becoming the first Director of the Climate Coalition. Ashok is currently also the Chair of the London Sustainable Development Commission, an independent, unpaid body that advises the London Mayor.
Ed leads on building the funding partnerships Ashden needs to deliver its mission and create impact. Success for him is much more than what the balance sheet looks like; it’s about a long-term relationship with the individuals and organisations that share Ashden's purpose.
Jo has been at Ashden since 2005 and is responsible for our communications. She is also a member of the Executive Management team with particular responsibility for HR. In her time at Ashden she has overseen the smooth delivery of 15 Ashden Awards ceremonies with speakers including former US Vice President Al Gore, Sir David Attenborough and Ashden’s Patron HRH The Prince of Wales.
She is a keen gardener, dog walker and reader and trying to be a better piano player.
Alice has worked in finance for 10 years, starting in local practice before finding a home in the not for profit sector. She leads the finance team to deliver both operational and strategic financial support.
Alice’s drive comes from breaking down the barriers many non-finance professionals have when it comes to numbers. Her passion is freeing delivery staff to do what they do best, with an accounting framework stable enough to let them reach new heights. Enabling and building confidence in the numbers for all non-finance staff is at the heart of everything the Finance team strives to achieve.
Alice is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and has been with Ashden since 2018. When not working you can normally find Alice in her garden with her dog, weeding or enjoying a glass of wine-sometimes both!
Craig makes sure Ashden's voice is powerful and passionate. As well as thinking about the climate stories we want to tell, he writes and edits articles, pieces, reports, video scripts and more.
Sue shares the powerful examples of our climate champions with media around the world. Prior to joining Ashden, she worked as a journalist and a communications professional specialising in environmental issues, refugees and international development.
When not working, she loves honing her green building skills.
Emma looks after Ashden’s online presence, making sure our website is the best it can be, positioning Ashden as a bold voice for change across our digital channels, and growing our online community to maximise reach and impact.
Fran works with Emma and Sue, assisting with digital and press communications across Ashden’s work. She supports and maintains the website, social media and shares relevant and inspiring stories. Before joining Ashden, Fran worked at the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts on a wide variety of communication projects.
Abby uses her strategic storytelling and campaigning skills to support schools in lowering their emissions and inspiring students into climate action.
With more than 20 years in national journalism across print and digital, as well as being a qualified marine biologist and anthropologist, Abby puts people at the heart of her stories and makes sure our many channels of influence speak with one voice.
When not campaigning, Abby enjoys life-drawing, tango dancing, long-distance open water swimming and impatiently gardening.
Lucy is responsible for the stewardship of Ashden’s corporate partners and fostering new relationships, both in the UK and internationally. At its heart this means the development of partnerships that are mutually beneficial and based on a shared commitment to sustainability.
Catherine works alongside the Director of Business Development to ensure Ashden has the financial resources to pursue its mission. This involves fostering relationships with government and philanthropic funders and developing grant funding proposals.
Prior to joining Ashden she held fundraising positions at ActionAid UK, British Red Cross and Frontline AIDS. When not working, she can often be found walking on the South Downs.
Krissy works within Ashden’s fundraising team. She manages fundraising systems, organises fundraising-related events, and researches prospective partnerships. She is also responsible for the stewardship of Ashden’s individual giving programme.
Before joining Ashden Krissy worked in marketing. She is currently studying part-time for a Master’s degree in Sustainable Development from the University of Sussex.
Steve leads the development and delivery of the prestigious Ashden Awards. With our UK and International team Steve explores the latest challenges for global climate action and searches for the best solutions in the world. Steve joined us from a research career where he published extensively on sustainable energy systems, energy transitions, sustainable cities and climate policy and economics.
Outside work Steve is a volunteer lifeboat coxswain, keen gardener and angler; he is interested in regenerative cultures as a response to the climate emergency.
Masonde works on the awards process including looking after our winners during awards week and everything in between.
Simon heads up our cities programme that aims to create liveable, sustainable cities. At the heart of this approach is a network that brings together the UK metro mayor regions. Using our winners to demonstrate the possibilities, we are showing policymakers that by tackling climate change you can simultaneously address a multitude of other challenges. Challenges such as cleaning up toxic air, providing affordable warm homes or creating new, fairly paid jobs. We want a just transition.
Cara works with Simon Brammer to support our UK Award winners, helping them to share best practice and showcase their work to influential audiences including policymakers. She also works with Steve Hall on the UK Awards process, including researching potential applicants and undertaking visits of shortlisted applicants.
She has been involved in community energy for several years, and appreciates the impact of promoting innovators in sustainable energy.
Matthew supports Ashden's UK awards work by carrying out research into new award themes, such as Citizen Engagement and Green Skills. This includes investigating both sectors to better understand how the Ashden Awards can have the greatest impact, whilst beginning new conversations with potential applicants for the awards. He also supports the Cities programme through providing research for our range of publications and events.
Frieda works alongside Matthew, Cara and Emma Jones in the Cities Team. She is based in Nottingham, where she was born and raised, having also recently graduated from the University of Nottingham. She investigates inspiring local and grassroots examples of innovative climate solutions across the UK.
Chhavi manages Ashden’s International Awards and Business Support programmes. This involves overseeing the application and judging processes and helping find our new cohort of winners as well as providing them with the support they need to grow and scale their work.
Dawn helps run Ashden’s International Awards, searching for the most game changing solutions globally and collaborating with thought leaders so that we can deliver the most exciting and impactful awards possible. She is constantly thinking about how Ashden can keep creating opportunities for innovators to tell their stories, reach new audiences and get the support they need to thrive.
Before Ashden, Dawn worked on UK government international climate and energy programmes.
Outside of work, she loves adventure travel, always planning the next surf, ski or mountain climbing challenge. She also loves painting and salsa dancing.
Alex is the Schools Lead for Ashden and leads on Let’s Go Zero 2030, a campaign that supports UK schools working together to be zero carbon by 2030. She managed Ashden’s sustainable school awards and peer to peer LESS CO2 programme for 7 years before launching the Let’s Go Zero campaign in 2020.
Alex has a Masters in Environmental Management from the University of Cape Town and has previously worked running an environmental business awards scheme for a local authority, supporting small businesses to cut carbon and regulating industry at the Environment Agency.
Suzy joined Ashden in 2008 and manages the Let’s Go Zero sign up process, liaising with campaign partners and participating schools. Suzy supports our fundraising team with administration and events organisations. She also provides PA support to the directors of programmes and development.
Suzanne is part of the team leading Ashden's schools' campaign, Let's Go Zero 2030, a campaign that supports UK schools working together to be zero carbon by 2030. She helps to build the movement of change by engaging with local authorities and organisations. She also speaks with schools directly, collecting inspirational stories that have made strides on their path to zero carbon.
Suzanne has a Masters in Climate Change: Environment, Science and Policy from Kings College University. She has previously worked for an environmental charity with a focus on community engagement, environmental education, and green space consultation.
Alison is part of the Let’s Go Zero team, helping schools on their journey to zero carbon. She works on the OVO Foundation Nature Prize, which awards schools for creative nature projects that inspire climate action and bring students closer to nature.
After teaching for nearly a decade, Alison is excited to focus on helping schools lower their environmental impact and become more sustainable. She is currently in the last year of a master’s degree in Sustainability and Behaviour Change at the Centre for Alternative Technology.
Lucy is the Project Manager for the Climate Action Advisors programme within Let’s Go Zero, supporting schools on their journey to zero carbon. She manages a team of Climate Action Advisors who support school leaders, local authorities and others to carry out projects that reduce emissions, inspire young people and spark change in the wider community.
Lucy has worked in and with schools for the past 10 years, as a teacher, environmental educator, and youth development manager, encouraging young people to care about the environment and take action to address the climate crisis. She is a trained geography teacher and has a Masters in International Development.
Alex is part of the team involved with Ashden's schools' campaign, Let's Go Zero 2030, a campaign that supports UK schools working together to be zero carbon by 2030. He helps to provide the most appropriate and effective guidance to our team of Climate Action Advisors by engaging with best practice and sharing examples of successful decarbonisation schemes more widely to inspire progress. He also speaks with wider partners directly, ensuring that the most up to date routes to zero carbon are shared widely and are accessible for all.
Alex has worked within schools for the past 15 years, both abroad and in the UK. He has been a teacher, environmental lead and senior leader, inspiring the next generation to take climate action and prioritise environmental stewardship in their futures. He is a trained geography teacher and has a bachelor’s degree in Geography with Chinese Studies.
Max is a member of the Let's Go Zero team, supporting schools to reach zero carbon by 2030. He coordinates the Zero Carbon Fund which funds established programmes and projects who are helping schools in the UK to decarbonise.
Jo is a Climate Action Advisor for the East and West Midlands working within the Let’s Go Zero campaign supporting schools, nurseries and colleges on their journey to zero carbon. Her work includes supporting school leaders, local authorities and others to carry out projects that reduce emissions, inspire young people and spark change in the wider community.
Before joining Ashden, Jo spent 15 years working in schools, in roles ranging from TA, Teacher, Assistant Head and Trust-wide Sustainability Project Coordinator.
Jasmine serves as a Climate Action Advisor for the Midlands area, contributing to the Let’s Go Zero campaign. She is dedicated to assisting nurseries, schools and colleges in their pursuit of decarbonisation. Jasmine’s role involves collaborating with school leaders, local authorities and various stakeholders to facilitate projects aimed at emission reduction.
Jasmine is an experienced teacher and has taught in classrooms across the UK and China. Beyond her teaching career, Jasmine has collaborated with a wide range of organisations to craft innovative educational programmes, that encourage climate action amongst young people. She is passionate about learning outside the classroom and connecting children with nature.
Jelly is a Climate Action Advisor for the Midlands region working within Let's Go Zero, a campaign that supports UK schools working together to be zero carbon by 2030. She works with school leaders, local authorities and others to carry out projects that reduce emissions, inspire young people and spark change in the wider community.
Jelly has worked in the third sector for over a decade in housing research, programme management and sustainability management roles. She is also a member of the Council at a parent climate movement supporting parents to take climate action and build resilience within their communities.
Sarah is part of Let’s Go Zero’s team of Climate Action Advisors for the East and West Midlands, helping schools become zero carbon by 2030. She provides guidance and support to school communities, connecting them with the information and resources they need to succeed in lowering their carbon footprint.
Prior to joining Ashden, Sarah spent 12 years teaching in schools in the UK and US and has extensive experience coordinating school sustainability initiatives around energy, waste and active travel. She led a municipal sustainability group working to find effective ways to decarbonize homes and the community through events such as movie/speaker nights and an annual Green Fair. She secured major funding for a transformative Education for Sustainability summer training program for teachers and has researched behavioural change in relation to climate during her time as an educational TV producer.
Rosie is part of the Let’s Go Zero team working as a Climate Action Advisor in the Midlands. She will be working to advise and support schools to decarbonise and build a better educational environment for the future.
Previously Rosie has been a Science Teacher in the UK and abroad for 5 years and has developed environmental clubs in both these schools. She has developed her understanding of education through her Master's in Education and Leadership from Exeter University.
Chloe is helping Ashden through an exciting period of growth. Reporting to the CEO, and in a team with the Operations and People Manager, she works across all teams to ensure internal systems are fit for the future and that teams are able to work together to support the strategic direction.
Prior to joining Ashden she was a consultant to INGOs on strategic and internal policy processes, and before that held senior change and strategy positions at Practical Action and ADPC in Thailand. She loves living and working from her narrowboat on the rivers and canals of South-East England.
Anita has overall responsibility for organisational systems and processes that underpin Ashden’s work, ensuring the team have the tools and resources they need to work effectively.
She is responsible for recruitment, leads on our DEI work and is a Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts DEI Ambassador.
Dan helps Ashden to ask and answer questions like, What difference are we making in the world? How can we tell? How can we strengthen our approach? He aims to embed curiosity, evidence and learning in our programme delivery and strategic thinking.
He has led impact, knowledge and learning work in several NGOs, with experience in climate action, active travel, global health and organisational development.
He is passionate about tackling the climate emergency.
Sarah Butler-Sloss has been internationally recognised for her work in the field of green energy over the past 20 years, best known for founding the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy in 2001. She led Ashden as Founder Director from 2001 to 2019. Sarah is a regular contributor to UK and global policy debates in the field of sustainable energy and an active member of the UN’s International Sustainable Energy for All practitioner network. Sarah is also the founder and trustee of the Ashden Trust and a trustee of ClientEarth.
Emma is Managing Director at Spring Impact, a non-profit that helps organisations to design, test and implement the strategies and partnerships needed to achieve impact at scale. Previously, Emma founded and led the Global Distributors Collective, an alliance of over 200 organisations that work to drive distribution of beneficial products to low-income households. She is a co-founder and former Executive Director of Pollinate Group, a multi-award winning last mile distribution enterprise in India and Nepal; an experienced trainer in social entrepreneurship and innovation; and has worked with the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) focusing on development finance and innovation. Emma is also a Trustee at the Postcode Innovation Trust.
Caroline joined We Mean Business as the Communications Director following a spell as an independent consultant on sustainability content and strategy for a range of clients including Unilever, The Crowd and Bloomberg. Prior to that she was head of content globally for Guardian Sustainable Business, which she helped launch in the UK and US. She was the site editor and also held responsibility for delivering content partnerships, events and strategy.
Nick is Chief Executive and a founder director of E3G (Third Generation Environmentalism). In addition to his management role, Nick leads E3G’s work on European climate change policy, climate diplomacy and foreign policy, and the security implications of climate change. Nick was previously a senior advisor in the UK Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit leading work on national and international policy areas. Before he joined government Nick was Head of Economics and Development at WWF-UK. He came to WWF from research at London Business School on the economics of climate change, which he published as the book ‘Argument in the Greenhouse’.
Agamemnon is Founding Director of Energy Garden, Brixton Energy, Repowering, and Community Energy England and has a wealth of experience in community energy policy, finance, project development, management, and operations.
He helped launch UK industry advocacy body Community Energy England, and draft the Europe’s first national community energy strategy. He project managed energy coops Brixton Energy 1, 2, & 3, Banister House Solar and Vauxhall Energy.
He is currently CEO of London’s largest community-owned solar project, Energy Garden. Previously, he was Director for Renewable Energy Project Finance and Social Responsibility at a financial institution and CFO for a renewable energy trading company.
In 2014, he was made a London Leader; in 2016, he was awarded an MBE for services to community energy in the UK; and in 2017, he was named one of the 51 Most Impactful Green Leaders globally by CSR Congress.
He is frequently asked to speak about sustainable, low-carbon economies and has a master’s degree in Architecture: Advanced Environment & Energy and a Baccalaureate in Pre-Medicine, Literature and Fine Arts. His story is featured in the documentary “We the Power”, which had over 1 million views in its first month.
Andrew’s 43-year career has been in finance, private equity and development finance and investment. He joined CDC in 1999 and was Head of Infrastructure there and later at Actis, where the bulk of investments were in the electricity sector in Africa, Asia and Latin America. He advised the founders, invested and joined the investment committee of Berkeley Energy, a leading developer and operator of renewable energy plants in Africa and Asia. Since 2010, Andrew’s family have been active business angel investors in energy access in Africa.
Mark is the Founder of the Carbon Tracker Initiative and conceived the ‘unburnable carbon’ capital markets thesis. He commissioned and was editor of Unburnable Carbon – Are the World’s Financial Markets Carrying a Carbon Bubble? in November 2011. More recently, Mark co-founded ‘Planet Tracker’ which focuses on agriculture, seafood, forestry, water and textiles. Mark is responsible for management strategy, board matters and developing their capital markets framework analysis. Their goal is to align capital markets with natural ecological limits to growth.
Prior to forming these groups, Mark had twenty five years experience in sustainable financial markets working for major institutional asset management companies. Mark is a co-founder of some of the first responsible investment funds firstly at Jupiter Asset Management in 1989 with the Ecology Funds, NPI with Global Care, the AMP Capital Sustainable Future Funds, and Henderson Global Investor’s Industries of the Future Funds.
Mark served on the World Business Council for Sustainable Development working group on capital markets leading up to the 1992 Earth Summit; was a Member of the Steering Committee of UNEP Financial Sector Initiative (1999-2003). Mark is a Founder Director of the UK Sustainable and Responsible Investment Forum (UKSIF), 1990-2006, a member of the Advisory Board of the New Venture Philanthropy’s ‘Conservation and Markets Initiatives’; is Hon Treasurer of The Rainforest Foundation UK and on the Development Board of the Ashden Awards. Mark is an advisor to Consilium Capital, to Faith Invest and serves on the Advisory Board of Tribe Impact Capital. Additionally, Mark is Visiting Lecturer at the Master’s Course of the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Sustainability Leadership.
Mark has a BA in Politics & Economic History and an M.Sc in Agricultural Economics.
Louise has over 18 years’ experience of tackling climate change with local authorities and city-regions with a strong focus on citizen engagement and delivering action. As a Director of Quantum Strategy and Technology, she has supported Greater Manchester Combined Authority and various North West local authorities for over 12 years. She maintains her local focus through community renewable energy, local resilience groups and has set up a Repair Café in her village which is a haven of waste reduction and chatting over tea and cake.
During 2020 she was a Senior Advisor to the Climate Change Committee, focusing on local delivery of the sixth carbon budget. She researched and wrote Local Authorities and the Sixth Carbon Budget published alongside the Sixth Carbon Budget in December 2020.
Her early career focused on human rights in the Middle East, at Amnesty International and landmines charity, MAG.
Rebekah is the Director of Research, Data & Innovation at WRI Africa, where she works to create widespread public access to high-quality data and insights for mobilizing sustainable development solutions.
Prior to joining WRI, Rebekah was the Chief of Research at Power for All, a global non-profit organization advancing universal energy access. Over her tenure she built a novel energy research dissemination engine that fills critical knowledge gaps for practitioners and decision-makers on implementing integrated utility energy services, unlocking agricultural value-addition, and creating livelihoods in the African context, receiving multiple awards for this work.
Rebekah earned her PhD and MSc from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley, where as a University Chancellor’s Fellow she designed innovative tools for power system planning in emerging markets. She has fourteen years of experience leading energy and environmental research across Southeast Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean.
Hailing from the West Indies with roots in Jamaica and Trinidad, Rebekah now lives in Nairobi with her husband and family. Together they enjoy exploring Kenya’s great outdoors.
She is also a Visiting Research Fellow at Strathmore University, where she mentors young students and researchers
Jane has over 15 years of global experience in the practice and application of international human rights, humanitarian and refugee law with United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in various countries - Kosovo, Sudan, Ghana, Kenya and Switzerland. While in UNHCR, she designed and implemented multiple empowerment projects for youth, women, and refugee communities in various areas including security, basic education and gender mainstreaming.
She designed and implemented training programmes, key among them including Training of Trainers (TOT) Curriculum for Camp Management for displaced persons. An accomplished researcher, Ms Muigai Kamphuis has conducted studies on various legal, policy, regulatory and skills training topics. In 2020 and in 2019, she authored Gaps in Kenya’s Regulatory Framework on Workplace Based Training and A Synthesis of Inter-Agency Knowledge on Workplace Based Training Applicable to Skills Training for Vulnerable Youth in Kenya, respectively, for United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO). In 2017 she authored Standards and Instruments for Pedagogical Upskilling of Master Craftsmen in Kenya for World Bank and Government of Kenya Youth Employment Opportunities Project (KYEOP).
Previously, she authored and co-authored various publications, including Camp Management Toolkit, a global tool for NGO, UN and Government officials running refugee and displaced persons camps
Hannah is a young environmentalist from Bolton interested in environmental philosophy, critical time studies and political ecology. In 2022, she graduated from Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, with a BA in geography before spending a year teaching about the connections between climate change and theology in primary schools and youth groups in Cambridge.
Previously, she was a member of youth-led NGOs including ClimaTalk and Generation Climate Europe and represented the young people of the United Kingdom in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, at COP27. Hannah will be travelling to SB58 in Bonn, Germany, with the Future Leaders Network before pursuing a master’s degree in Human Ecology at Lund University, Sweden.
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