Emma Bridge

Emma Bridge

Chief Executive
Emma is Community Energy England's Chief Executive, having been instrumental in developing the organisation since its creation by a group of community energy practitioners. Emma is a prominent figure within the community energy sector and her knowledge and expertise of community energy and broader sustainable development is sought by a wide range of local, national and European organisations and events. Emma is currently on the expert panels of three EU projects focussed on community energy and sits on a several national energy advisory groups and project stakeholder panels. She has previously supported a number of European best practice projects on green infrastructure, governance and renewable energy. Emma has over fifteen years’ experience in sustainable development, working for the public, private and community sectors. She has on the ground experience of community energy, as previous to her role at Community Energy England, Emma was General Manager of Sheffield Renewables from 2012 to 2014. Her role included project management of community renewable energy schemes, developing and managing community share offers and supporting the development of community energy across the South Yorkshire region.

Philip Coventry

Projects & Operations Managerp.coventry@communityenergyengland.org
Philip manages Community Energy England's internal operations, finances and governance, and oversees our major projects and research. In addition, Philip oversees our our key collaborations with other organisations and represents Community Energy England externally. He joined the organisation in late 2019, shortly after completing his PhD in climate justice and international climate finance policy. Philip is particularly interested in innovation and capacity within the sector, as well as ensuring responses to climate change and community energy projects are equitable and just. Philip previously worked in banking regulation and consultancy, before returning to university in 2013. He is currently a trustee for a grant-making charitable trust focused on building community, social justice and environment/sustainability.

Duncan Law

Policy & Advocacy Managerd.law@communityenergyengland.org
Alongside our Chief Executive, Emma Bridge, Duncan leads on our work to raise the profile of community energy benefits, needs, opportunities and policy obstacles. Since joining the Community Energy England team in 2019, Duncan has forged strong connections with government and regulators and throughout the community energy sector, increasing the strength and reach of our policy and advocacy work and securing several important impacts such as the extension to the feed in tariff installation deadline in April 2020. Duncan worked as an actor and director until 2006, when he changed his focus to climate change. He founded Transition Town Brixton and has been involved in developing many of its main projects, including Brixton Energy, which has put three community-owned solar arrays on social housing roofs since 2011 and gave rise to Repowering, a highly successful London community energy organisation. From 2013 Duncan worked as a campaigner for Biofuelwatch. He is a qualified permaculture designer and has conducted a full scale energy retro-fit on his Victorian house. He is passionate about people-led solutions to climate change and re-imagining the way we do everything.
Charlotte Heywood

Charlotte Heywood

Membership & Executive Support Officerc.heywood@communityenergyengland.org
Charlotte leads on membership of Community Energy England - speak to Charlotte if you have questions about your existing or prospective membership. She also plays a vital role maintaining a wide range of our administrative and governance functions, including our AGM and Annual Report, and provides exec support to our Chief Executive, Emma Bridge. Charlotte has been with Community Energy England since 2016, having previously worked as an administrator for a small, Sheffield-based company. Alongside this she has several years experience within the voluntary sector.

Henry Bettley

COP26 Community Energy Mobiliser h.bettley@communityenergyengland.org
Henry works with our membership and partners to create a unified approach for community energy at COP26. He joined the Community Energy England team in July 2021. Henry studied politics and economics with an emphasis on the climate crisis and the rights of marginalised groups. He has since worked on numerous campaigns within the environmental sector, and is driven by a belief in the power of communities to improve their environment through collective action. Henry is based in Brockley, South East London, where he is highly involved in local projects and can often be found working on the community garden he helped to establish. Henry's post is generously funded by Power to Change and Friends Provident Foundation.

Flora Robertson

Policy & Advocacy Internf.robertson@communityenergyengland.org
As the Policy & Advocacy Intern, Flora works closely with Duncan Law to design and deliver impactful advocacy, policy and engagement strategies for the community energy sector, and to expand Community Energy England’s reach and influence. Flora joined the Community Energy England team part-time in the Spring of 2021. In her spare time, Flora is studying for a PhD in the indirect benefits of community energy. Before joining the team, she completed a master’s degree in landscape architecture and then a second master’s degree in renewable energy development, which included working with Community Energy Scotland. Flora’s academic interests focus on the development of rural communities and the empowerment they gain from successfully integrating renewable energy systems into sensitive and often fragile landscapes.