Trustees & advisors

Dr Brenda Boardman MBE (Advisor)Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University

Brenda is an Emeritus Fellow at Oxford University's Environmental Change Institute following her retirement in 2008 as head of its Lower Carbon Futures team. Her main research focus is on energy efficiency and the way that energy is used in British homes, particularly by low-income households.

She considers the economic, social and technical aspects of the subject and her work has a strong policy emphasis. Indeed, she has been a member of the DTI's Energy Advisory Panel and is widely viewed as one of the most experienced in her field. Her second book, Fixing Fuel Poverty: Challenges and Solutions, was published by Earthscan at the end of 2009. She was awarded an MBE in 1998 for her work on energy issues and was a trustee of CSE from 2002-18. She became an Advisor to the charity in 2018.

Peter Capener MBEIndependent Energy Consultant

Peter is co-founder and chair of Bath & West Community Energy, a community enterprise that has with partners raised over £14 million through local share offers to help build 15.5MW of community solar PV.

Peter has worked in the sustainable energy field and on community energy for 30 years, including many years as Chief Executive of the Centre for Sustainable Energy where he originally started in the mid eighties working with schools and communities. Since resigning from CSE in 2002 due to family illness, Peter has worked as an independent advisor on a range of energy efficiency, renewable energy and fuel poverty projects for various government, private and voluntary sector clients, with a strong focus on community action.

Peter is a non executive director of Community Energy England and Mongoose Energy, a trustee of the Centre for Sustainable Energy and chair of DECC’s ministerial Community Energy Contact Group. He was awarded an MBE in the 2015 New Year Honours List for services to sustainable energy and has an MSc in Energy Resource Management.

Ariane CramptonDirector of Learning and Outreach at Salisbury Cathedral

Ariane is Director of Learning and Outreach at Salisbury Cathedral, a role that encompasses social responsibility and community engagement. She is also an executive coach.

From previous roles, Ariane has extensive local government experience at county, district and unitary levels and at environmental charities. Between 2009 and 2018 she was a senior manager at Wiltshire Council, one of the largest local authorities in the country, where she led organisational change programmes. She was also responsible for the council’s award-winning Eco Strategy and Carbon Management Plan, saving carbon and reducing energy bills.

Ariane became a Trustee of CSE in June 2014.

Andrew DarntonManaging Director, AD Research & Analysis

Andrew is a widely-recognised expert in behaviour and social change, carrying out research for a wide range of public and voluntary sector clients.

Andrew has a background in advertising, followed by extensive experience – and formal qualifications – in market research. As an expert on behaviour change, he developed a new inter-disciplinary model of behaviour which was launched by The Scottish Government in 2013, and is now their tool of choice for maximising the public’s contribution to delivering a Low Carbon Scotland.

Over the years working on behaviour change and public engagement, Andrew has built up a reputation as an authority on using segmentation in the public sector. Between 2007 and 2012, he has acted as an independent advisor to Defra on segmentation models.

Most recently, Andrew acted as research director throughout the process of developing the Welsh Government’s Sustainability Audience Segmentation. Andrew continues to work on segmentation in the context of food-related behaviours (eg. with WRAP) and is completing a scoping study for the Department for Transport (with Aberdeen University) on developing a travel and transport-related segmentation model of businesses.

Andrew joined the Board of CSE in June 2014.

Dr Jane Dennett-ThorpeHead of Horizon Scanning and Research, Ofgem

Jane is the Head of Horizon Scanning and Research at Ofgem. Her work informs the regulator and the energy industry about the implications of the energy transition, especially its potential impact on consumers.

Jane has more than two decades’ experience on sustainability and low carbon energy matters. In over 13 years in government she held policy and analytic roles. She led industrial energy efficiency policy at the Department of Energy and Climate Change and served as DECC’s Deputy Head of Science (2014-16).  She has also been active in developing innovative approaches that seek to tackle social justice and environmental challenges in a holistic way both locally and internationally – including a stint with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

She has strong academic credentials: a PhD in astrophysics from Cambridge and Masters degrees from Harvard (history of science) and Loughborough (renewable energy systems). She is a Fellow of the Energy Institute.

Jane was appointed to the Board in October 2018.

Peter EllisFreelance planner

Peter is an experienced town planner used to engaging at the highest levels of government, and with leaders of business and the third sector. He has an excellent understanding of policy development in Whitehall complemented by experience gained in local government, working for a private sector house builder and delivery roles in government regional offices.  For over seven years, Peter was Deputy Head of the Infrastructure and Environment Division in DCLG’s Planning Directorate, leading on a wide range of high profile planning and environmental policy including renewable energy.

Peter led the team responsible the first national planning policy statement on climate change, provided the planning input to the zero carbon homes policy and the UK Renewable Energy Strategy. He was also a member of the Energy Minister’s Renewables Advisory Board.

He joined CSE's board of trustees in June 2014.

William GillisFormer CEO of Warm Zones and NEA

William was Managing Director of Warm Zones community interest company until his retirement in March 2018. Warm Zones is a not-for-profit social enterprise wholly owned by national fuel poverty charity, National Energy Action (NEA). The company contributes to the achievement of NEA’s objective of addressing fuel poverty by delivering energy efficiency improvements and related services targeted at low income and other vulnerable households.

William was involved in the establishment of Warm Zones in 2000, was a founding director of the company and was appointed as full-time Managing Director in 2008. Prior to this he was Chief Executive of NEA for nine years having been initially appointed to the charity as Deputy Director in 1988.

William has been a member of a number of government and industry fuel poverty and energy efficiency advisory bodies.

Before joining NEA he had extensive experience working in local government in housing management and the delivery of capital programmes, together with general community development.  He has also been involved in a range of voluntary housing and energy projects.

William has a degree in economics and holds the Institute of Housing Professional Qualification.

Bill HullPartner and Head of Commercial Services at TLT

Bill Hull is a Partner and Head of Commercial Services at national law firm TLT. He has worked as a lawyer specialising in energy, renewables and energy efficiency for the last 20 years. He has been recognised as a Leader in his Field by Chamber UK (Guide to the Legal Profession) and is recommended by the Legal 500 directory.

Bill has advised on a wide range of renewable energy projects including solar PV, off and onshore wind, hydro, biomass, anaerobic digestion and landfill gas generation schemes. He has led on a number of energy projects including advice to licensed suppliers on wholesale gas procurement arrangements and on customer supply terms, as well as advice to large consumers on their flexible electricity and gas procurement arrangements. He is recognised for his work as an adviser on UK Government and Scottish Executive funding programmes supporting energy efficiency and renewables.

Bill is regularly invited to speak at industry events for Renewables UK, Regen SW and other industry bodies. In April 2015 he spoke at the Chartered Institute of Housing South West conference on the opportunities for EE, renewable electricity, renewable heat and energy supply.

Felicity JonesPartner, Everoze

Felicity is a Partner at Everoze, a technical and commercial energy consultancy. She specialises in energy system flexibility and disruptive business models, providing project support, due diligence and strategic advice. Her work is wide-ranging, supporting investors, renewables developers, utilities, aggregators and the wider supply chain.

Felicity sits on Advisory Panels for the Energy Network Association’s Open Networks Project on the DSO transition, and the University of Exeter’s IGov2 programme on energy system governance. Prior to joining Everoze, Felicity was Strategy Manager at DNV GL Energy, where she also served as chair of the World Energy Council storage knowledge network.

Felicity was appointed to the Board in 2018.

Professor Catherine Mitchell (Advisor)Professor of Energy Policy, University of Exeter

Catherine Mitchell is Professor of Energy Policy in the Geography Department of the University of Exeter. She has worked previously in the Centre for Management Under Regulation at the Warwick Business School, University of Warwick; the Energy Group of the Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex; and the Energy and Resources Group, University of California, Berkeley.

From 1998-2003 she was a member of the Government’s Energy Advisory Panel; in 2001 she was seconded to the Cabinet Office to work on the PIU Energy Review; and in 2000 she was the renewables representative on the DTI/DETR/Ofgem Embedded Generation Working Group. She is currently responsible for policy and regulation within the infrastructure and supply theme of the UK Energy Research Centre, 2004-9.

She is an advisory board member of various sustainable energy bodies, both nationally and internationally. Her areas of interest include energy and climate change policy, sustainable energy, distributed generation and economic regulation. She was a trustee of CSE from 2002-18 and became an Advisor to the charity in 2018.

Anne Obey OBE (Chair)Director of Financial Reporting at Nationwide Building Society

Anne is a Director of Financial Reporting at Nationwide, where she has recently completed a major change programme to implement new financial reporting requirements for recognition of credit risk.

She was previously Chief Internal Auditor, a high profile role which demands regular and authoritative engagement, both formal and informal, with executive and non-executive directors and with senior management throughout the firm. Her areas of expertise include enterprise-wide governance, risk management and control as well as internal and external reporting.

Formerly a director at PricewaterhouseCoopers with a leadership position in client-facing and internal roles, Anne is a qualified Chartered Accountant with extensive experience of working with clients in the retail banking and mortgage lending industry.

She has a strong commitment to Nationwide’s values and mutual status, and is engaged in various aspects of the firm’s diversity and inclusion strategy. Anne became a CSE Trustee in 2012.

Anne was awarded an OBE for services to financial reporting and sustainable energy in the New Year’s Honours List 2019.

Shantha ShanmugalingamFreelance Product Development and Strategy

Shantha is a product development and strategy specialist, including spending nine years in senior roles at Dyson and most recently at music tech company ROLI.  He started his career in the civil service, first on the fast track working on renewables policy in the DTI (2002) then HM Treasury’s climate change team (including the Stern Review). Shantha went on to work for NESTA then KPMG before joining Dyson in 2010 as Global Strategy and Product Director. He served as Dyson’s Europe Commercial Director. He joined ROLI as Chief Commercial Officer from 2019 before shifting to a freelance role in summer 2020. He has a PhD in Molecular Biology. Shantha was appointed to the Board in October 2018.

Dr Chris VernonOne Planet Development Pioneer

Chris lives in Wales on a One Planet Development in a self built, off-grid, zero-carbon house. He also sits on the One Planet Council, a voluntary organisation which supports and promotes the One Planet Development policy.

Formerly a climate scientist with Met Office, he is a chartered engineer and holds a Ph.D. in glaciology focusing on the Greenland ice sheet. Chris also holds masters degrees in Computational Physics and Earth System Science, and studied energy systems and environmental decision making with the Open University.

He has worked as principal engineer for Orange/EE specialising in radio network architecture and off-grid power systems in emerging markets. He joined CSE's board of trustees in 2009.

Kaye Welfare (Deputy Chair)Managing Director of The Glass Lift

Kaye has a wealth of experience with a wide range of organisations in the private, public and voluntary sectors. She has over 15 years’ experience in sustainable energy and has held senior positions including Assistant Chief Executive of Severn Wye Energy Agency, an environmental charity based in Gloucestershire, and Chair of the Board Energy Advice South West responsible for delivering Energy Saving Trust advice services in the South West.  Kaye brings to CSE her considerable knowledge and understanding, at both a practical and strategic level, of developing and delivering sustainable energy projects, in particular in the areas of energy efficiency advice, affordable warmth and fuel poverty.

She is currently involved in developing her interest in equality and diversity and is Managing Director at The Glass Lift, an organisation which encourages gender diversity in the work place, supporting women at all levels to develop their leadership capabilities and break through the glass ceiling.

Kaye was appointed to the Board in June 2014.

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