Chief Executive (currently on maternity leave)Emma has been instrumental in developing the organisation since its creation by a group of community energy practitioners in 2014. Emma is a prominent figure within the community energy sector and her knowledge and expertise of community energy, as well as broader sustainability, climate action, and community empowerment issues, are sought by a wide range of local, national, and European organisations and events. Emma has almost twenty years of experience in sustainable development, working across the public, private, and community sectors, with on-the-ground experience of community energy from a previous role as General Manager at Sheffield Renewables. She also undertakes several voluntary roles such as sitting on the Yorkshire & Humber Climate Commission.
Acting Co-Chief Executivep.firstname.lastname@example.orgPhilip is Acting Co-Chief Executive, overseeing Community Energy England's operations, governance, projects, research and collaborations, 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.
Acting Co-Chief Executive - Policy & Advocacyd.email@example.comDuncan 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.
Communications & Events Officerk.firstname.lastname@example.orgKim joined Community Energy England in January 2022 and leads on our Communications and Events. She has over 10 years experience of managing large scale events, including those attended by members of the royal family, and other high profile VIPs. Kim currently volunteers for the national Single Parent Rights campaign calling for the UK Government to add single parents as a protected characteristic to the Equality Act; to outlaw discrimination and allow single parents and their children to thrive.
Networks & Learning Coordinators.email@example.comShannon joined CEE in March 2022 and will be leading on expanding and innovating our networks and sector support. For the past two years, Shannon has been working hard and on the ground in the community energy sector as a Project Manager at Solar for Schools, trialling and testing new ways of building organisations, projects, and partnerships with other community energy organisations, local authourities and always with communities themselves. Shannon is excited to step into the new role at CEE and work beyond one organisation; as an urban planner and cross-systems thinker by previous training and trade, Shannon hopes to bring some new ideas to this. As a movement builder for the past three years with the groundbreaking youth climate campaigns, YouthStrike4Climate and FridaysforFuture, Shannon also hopes to bring some dynamism, creativity and even a little fun to the work too!
Policy & Advocacy Officerf.firstname.lastname@example.orgAs the Policy & Advocacy Officer, 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.