We have a team of nine experienced trustees who provide strategic oversight and direction for the organization. Our Trustees listed below, are experts drawn from a number of relevant fields, including: renewable energy, business, development, and policy making.

Trustees and senior member of staff make up the following for four sub-committees: Programmes, Fundraising, Finance, and Ethics. These sub-committees provide a forum for joint discussion between trustees and relevant staff on the key organisational areas of Renewable World and provide informed recommendations to the full Board regarding key decisions that are in the best interests of Renewable World.

Programmes Committee: Supports the programmatic direction of the organisation including oversight of programme & technical strategies and priorities. Signs off on new concepts, tracts programmatic progress and programme liabilities and M&E.

Fundraising Committee: Oversees the organisational fundraising strategy in line with the overall organisational strategy and objectives, provide support and resource to the fundraising team, mitigating fundraising risk.

Finance Committee: To provide specific input, assistance and advice to the administration and Board on financial issue including budget management and financial policies and procedures.

Ethics Committee: The Ethics Committee provides a critical look at the organisation and serves to ensure that issues of Ethics and Sustainability within Renewable World are addressed. The Ethics Committee will discuss issues in the field of fundraising, programme development, partnership, communication, and environmental impact, before making an official recommendation to the Board of Trustees.

Stephen Balint


Stephen held a variety of technical, managerial and leadership roles during 41 years in the electricity generation industry, encompassing R&D, project management, business development, operations management, strategy and communications. From 1998 to 2003 Stephen played a leading role in establishing Scottish Power as a major player in the UK renewable energy market. He then joined the management team of RES, an international developer, constructor, owner and operator of renewable energy projects, playing a key role in their strategic development and growth until retiring at the end of 2016. Stephen has a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Manchester, an MBA from the Edinburgh Business School  and is also an alumnus of the Advanced Management Programme at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Stephen joined Renewable World’s Board of Trustees in October 2014. He became Chair of Renewable World in August 2016.

Catherine Adams


Catherine Adams works as a Risk Specialist at the Prudential Regulation Authority where she is a Supervisor for large Investment Banks. Catherine is a qualified accountant and has a Masters in Business from London Business School.  Before working in regulation she worked for over 20 years in Investment Banking and has been the Finance Director for the UK subsidiary of a large European bank. Catherine has been involved in fund raising campaigns for Oxford University, London Business School and Ace Africa.

Sarah Donnely

Vice Chair

Sarah has over fifteen years experience working within the charitable sector, with expertise in major donor fundraising. After graduating in Geography and Environmental Issues, Sarah spent twelve years with Friends of the Earth, the world’s largest international environmental campaigning network. She began her career supporting national and international policy and campaigns before joining the major donor and trusts fundraising team, raising significant funds from private individuals, trusts and foundations and public advocates. Sarah was a key member of the climate change fundraising team which enabled Friends of the Earth to secure the world’s first climate change law in 2008. Currently managing the High Value fundraising programme at the RSPCA, Sarah remains passionate about climate change, sustainability and environmental justice and joined the trustees of Renewable World in February 2014.

Gemma Grimes

Gemma Grimes is Benefits and Legacy Lead for the National Trust’s Renewable Energy Investment Programme; established in 2013 to deliver a 50% reduction in carbon emissions across the Trust’s estate. Prior to joining the Trust, Gemma led on onshore renewable energy policy for RenewableUK.  Having initially trained in industrial design in Newcastle she worked in North America and Asia before gaining a Masters in planning at London South Bank University. Gemma is a Chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and has been a trustee for Renewable World since 2010.

Jeremy Taylor

A highly experienced leader, CEO, and Director in the fields of international development, education, health and social care.  He has been involved for many years with roles in Africa, the Middle East, China and Eastern Europe through his extensive professional networks, and is an alumnus of the UK Government Cabinet Office Top Management Programme. He has an MBA from the University of Manchester. He was for 15 years a CEO in NHS Trusts in Scotland and England before moving into the commercial and charity sectors. He is a qualified teacher, executive coach and for ten years has been  a “Manchester Gold” University student mentor. From 2011 to 2014 he led Aegis Trust’s  business administration and social enterprise activities, helping develop peace-education and genocide prevention initiatives in Rwanda, winning major grant support from DfID and the Swedish International Development Authority. He led the international component of the Government of Rwanda’s “Kwibuka 20” commemoration in 2014. He also provides pro-bono support to Oxfam and the UK’s “International Citizen Service” initiative.

Peter Weston

Peter is an expert in power and renewables, with 20 years’ experience as an investor, lender and strategic adviser, much of it in developing countries. Since early 2015, he has been providing independent advice to energy investors focused on Sub Saharan Africa and South Asia. Peter is a non-executive director of Triodos Renewables, a community-oriented investor in small-sized renewable projects, and a visiting lecturer at ESCP Business School. He was previously global head of finance and investment for two power equipment suppliers: Siemens Wind Power and MAN. He led the European energy lending team at GE Capital and was an executive director at Westdeutsche Landesbank. Peter has a BA in Economics and Politics from the University of Warwick.

Louise Heaps

Louise currently works for WWF as chief advisor to Marine as well as sitting on a number of WWF network steering committees and boards. She is an environmentalist and programme leader with twenty five years’ experience of working in NGO, public and private sector organisations. Louise is currently completing her Executive One Planet MBA at the University of Exeter with a focus on corporate sustainability.

Patrick Davis

Patrick has worked for RWE npower since 2014 where he heads up strategy for the Domestic customer business. Patrick started his career in Pharmaceutical Consulting specialising in sales force design and portfolio planning before moving to EDF Energy in 2011. There he held management positions in their Customer Acquisition Team. He has been involved in growth strategy, long term planning, commercial optimisation, and financial modelling. Patrick holds a bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering (honours) from the University of Michigan as well as a masters degree in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan (USA)