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Ed Matthew

Programme Director

Transform UK

Transform UK

Ed Matthew

Ed is the founder and Director of Transform UK, which is hosted by the sustainable development organisation E3G.

Before that he was at Friends of the Earth where he led the Economics Team for four years which specialised in climate economics. The team successfully campaigned for the introduction of Carbon Budgets within the Climate Change Act and the introduction of Feed in Tariffs and the Renewable Heat Incentive in the Energy Act 2008.

Ed has 14 years experience as an NGO campaigner working on biodiversity and climate change issues and has also worked for WWF, The Wilderness Society in Australia and the Environmental Investigation Agency.

Ed is an award winning campaigner and has received The Energy Institute's Communication of the Year award for the Green Investment Bank Campaign, the Renewable Energy Association's Campaign of the Year award for the Feed in Tariff campaign and the Observer Food Monthly Campaign of the Year award for the UK's first palm oil campaign.


Adrian J. Wilkes

Chairman

The Environmental Industries Commission

The Environmental Industries Commission

Adrian J. Wilkes

Adrian Wilkes is the Founder and Chief Executive of The Environmental Industries Commission (EIC), which was launched in April 1995 to promote the international competitiveness of the British environmental technology and services industry.

EIC now has over 300 Member Companies and is the EU's largest trade association for the environmental technology and services industry.

Adrian was the Founder Chair of "The European Committee of Environmental Technology Suppliers Associations", which represents the European industry in Brussels. He also sat on the Eminent Persons Group of the EU Clean Clever & Competitive Europe initiative.

He is author of two leading reports on the industry: "The World of Opportunities for the Environmental Industry" and "Government Policies as the Catalyst for the British Environmental Industry".

Adrian has also been Executive Secretary of the all-party Parliamentary Environment Group since leading its formation in early 1993. He was also the founding Chairman of The Aldersgate Group. He launched the prestigious "Green Ribbon Political Awards" in 1992, and has been, himself, a judges' chairman in the "British Environmental Media Awards".

Adrian qualified as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court, in 1984, after obtaining an Honours Degree in Law (M.A.) from Downing College, University of Cambridge. He then specialised in political consultancy, concentrating on environmental issues.


Ingrid Holmes

Programme Leader, Low Carbon Finance

E3G

E3G

Ingrid Holmes

Ingrid Holmes leads E3G's work on Low Carbon Finance and joined E3G in January 2010.

Ingrid's work currently focuses on two key areas: the development of a green infrastructure bank and complementary financial instruments including green bonds; and the financial and market reforms needed to deliver energy efficiency at scale.

Before joining E3G Ingrid worked for Climate Change Capital, a boutique investment bank specialising in low carbon investment, where she focused on the interface between investment and policy and the management of policy risk. She has also worked on air quality issues for the Science Policy Unit in DEFRA, as a Scientific Advisor focused on energy and environment in the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, and was Head of Policy at the UK Business Council for Sustainable Energy. Prior to that Ingrid worked in science publishing and journalism, latterly as a Subeditor for Nature in New York.

Ingrid has a BSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Edinburgh and an MSc and DIC in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London.


Dr Alex Bowen

Principal Research Fellow

Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment

Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment

Dr Alex Bowen

Dr Alex Bowen joined the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics in Autumn 2008 as a Principal Research Fellow.

His research interests include the design of public policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote the development of a low-carbon economy, with due regard to its cost effectiveness and distributional consequences, and the macroeconomic aspects of climate-change policy.

He has long been involved in aspects of economic policy, having worked in the Bank of England for sixteen years, most recently as Senior Policy Adviser, on both monetary and financial stability issues, including responsibility for the Bank's Inflation Report and Financial Stability Review. He first became involved in climate change issues when seconded as Senior Economist to the team that produced the Stern Review of the Economics of Climate Change in 2006.

Dr Bowen has a BA in Economics from Cambridge University and a PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he studied on a Kennedy Scholarship.


Andrew Raingold

Deputy Director

Aldersgate Group

Aldersgate Group

Andrew Raingold

Andrew Raingold is Deputy Director at the Aldersgate Group where he leads on environmental policy and company strategy.

The Aldersgate Group is a high level coalition of progressive businesses, environmental groups and individuals who believe that high environmental standards will be a major part of future economic growth and international competitiveness.

He is the author of a number of reports on the low carbon transition (on topics such as finance, skills and resource efficiency) and regularly writes articles for economic journals and trade publications.

Prior to joining the Aldersgate Group, Andrew was the Environment Manager at the Training and Development Agency, where he drafted and implemented a Sustainable Development Action Plan.


John Alker

Director of Policy & Communications

UK Green Building Council

UK Green Building Council

John Alker

John is Director of Policy & Communications at the UK Green Building Council and has been there since it was established in 2007.

He is responsible for government and political communications, media relations, campaigning and policy. John has worked as an MP's researcher and speech-writer in the House of Commons and in commercial public affairs for Political Intelligence.

Prior to joining the UK-GBC John led political communications on the EU Emissions Trading Scheme and sustainable homes campaign for the environmental charity WWF-UK.


Philip Pearson

Senior Policy Officer

Trades Union Congress

Trades Union Congress

Philip Pearson

Philip is a Senior Policy Officer in the TUC's Economic & Social Affairs Department, with policy lead on energy, climate change policy, low carbon industrial policy and sustainable development.

He represents the TUC on the Renewables Advisory Board (ex officio) and Yorkshire Forward CCS partnership. He is a member of the European Trade Union Confederation's working group on sustainable development, and the International TUC's working group on climate change, which he chaired for two years (2008-2009). He has represented the TUC on the US Labour Leaders Climate Forum, coordinated by the Cornell Global Labour Institute.


Jonathan Johns

Director

Climate Change Matters

Climate Change Matters

Jonathan Johns

Jonathan founded Ernst and Young's UK renewable energy, waste and Cleantech practice where he originated its influential global country attractiveness indices.

He has advised on in excess of $3 billion of transactions in three continents covering all major low carbon technologies.

Jonathan is a recognised thought leader and speaker on renewable energy and waste policy and has advised governmental bodies on regulatory issues in a number of jurisdictions. Through climatechangematters.biz he mentors a number of businesses in the renewables, waste and cleantech sectors. He also provides market insights to institutional investors and banks and to selected NGOs.


Philip Wolfe

Managing Director

Ownenergy Plc

Ownenergy Plc

Philip Wolfe

Philip Wolfe is one of the pioneers of the UK renewable energy industry.

He recently founded Ownergy Plc, to provide renewable electricity and heating systems to businesses and consumers, supported by the government's new Renewable Energy Tariffs. He is also a Director of the Renewable Energy Association and the Aldersgate Group.

A Cambridge first-class engineering graduate, Philip has been involved in the sector since the 1970's when he became the first Chief Executive of what is now BP Solar. He later established his own photovoltaics company Intersolar Group, which from 1993 to 2002 was the sole UK manufacturer of photovoltaic cells. He has served on the Boards of European and British industry bodies, and advised the European Commission and the British Government.


Leonie Greene

Head of External Relations

Renewable Energy Association

Renewable Energy Association

Leonie Greene

Leonie Greene is Head of External Affairs at the Renewable Energy Association and Manager of the We Support Solar campaign.

She co-led the Parliamentary campaign for Tariffs for renewable heat (RHI) and local power (FITs) with Ed Matthew of Transform UK and Dave Timms of Friends of the Earth. Previously she worked as Political Adviser to Greenpeace UK and as a Sustainability Adviser to the Deputy Major of London. Her Greenpeace report Decentralising Power; An Energy Revolution for the 21st Century was cited by David Cameron as particularly influential on Conservative energy policy.

She holds an MSc (Distinction) in Environmental Change and is a qualified yoga instructor.


Simon Bullock

Head of Economics

Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth

Simon Bullock

Simon leads the economics team at Friends of the Earth and is an expert on climate economics.

Simon has led Friends of the Earth's green economy team since Spring 2010, and has been a campaigner at Friends of the Earth since 1995. He's been involved in many campaigns over these years - on the economics of airport expansion, reforms to the social cost of carbon, the extension of carbon budgets and increasing vehicle excise duty for gas guzzlers. 15 years at one place is quite a long time he puts it down to their fantastic international network, their commitment to social as well as environmental issues, and being part of a campaigning organisation which can win big victories.


Sean Kidney

Director

Climate Bonds Initiative

Climate Bonds Initiative

Sean Kidney

Sean Kidney is Chair and co-founder of the London-based Climate Bonds Initiative, promoting long-term debt models to fund a rapid global transition to a low-carbon economy.

He is also a member of the coordinating committee of the Network for Sustainable Financial Markets and Europe Manager for corporate risk advisors, Climate Risk Ltd. Climate Risk prepared the highly regarded "Climate Solutions 2" report for WWF in mid-2009.

Sean spent 20 years running public policy marketing and environmental communications consultancies, and acting as marketing advisor to a number of major pension funds. He is member of the boards of Cleardocs.com and of Greenpeace Australia Pacific.


Ben Caldecott

Head of UK and EU Policy

Climate Change Capital

Climate Change Capital

Ben Caldecott

Ben Caldecott is the Head of UK & EU climate change and energy policy at Climate Change Capital (CCC), an environmental investment banking group.

Ben runs CCC's in-house policy think tank and also advises CCC's funds and clients on the development of policy-driven markets. He is also a Board Member & Trustee of the Green Alliance.

Prior to joining CCC, Ben held research directorships at Policy Exchange and The Henry Jackson Society, two leading UK based think tanks. He has also worked in Parliament and for a number of different HM Government departments and international organisations, including the United Nations Environment Programme and Foreign & Commonwealth Office. Ben read economics and specialised in China at London, Beijing and Cambridge universities.


Penny Shepherd

Chief Executive

UKSIF

UKSIF

Penny Shepherd MBE

Penny Shepherd has been Chief Executive of UKSIF, the sustainable investment and finance association, since 2005.

UKSIF (www.uksif.org) promotes responsible investment and other forms of finance that support sustainable economic development, enhance quality of life and safeguard the environment. Founded in 1991, it has over 200 members including over fifty asset managers and other financial institutions, together with pension funds, investment consultants, research providers, non-governmental organisations and financial advisers.

Penny is also a lay member of the Professional Regulation Committee of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.

She has over thirty years of experience in working with the finance sector, including over fifteen years on sustainability and corporate responsibility issues. She was the first Chief Executive of the London Sustainability Exchange (2001-2005) and has been a member of the Mayor of London's Sustainable Development Commission (2002-2007).

At the start of her career, Penny spent twenty years in the computer industry where she advised financial services and other companies on business solutions.


Colin Purdie

Fund Manager – SRI Credit

Aviva Investors

www.avivainvestors.co.uk

Colin Purdie

Colin joined the investment industry in 2002 and Aviva Investors in 2010.

Colin runs the Sustainable Future Corporate Bond Fund as part of the SRI desk and has a wealth of experience running credit funds in order to maximise value.

Colin joins Aviva Investors from Aegon Asset Management where he worked for 4 years as an Investment Manager for 2 credit funds in addition to being a banking sector specialist. Previous to this, Colin worked as a Fixed Income agency broker with Charles Stanley. Colin began his career with the FSA on a graduate programme which included a 6 month secondment at Gartmore.

Colin holds an LLB Law (Hons) degree from the University of Edinburgh in addition to the Certificate in Securities and Financial Derivatives from the Securities Institute and the CFA. He also speaks German to an intermediate level.