Meet our Board
We have a team of experienced trustees who are also Directors of Renewable World and provide strategic oversight and direction for the organisation. 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 seven sub-committees: Operations, Strategy, Programmes, Remuneration, 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.
Programme 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 Monitoring & Evaluation.
Finance Committee: To provide specific input, assistance and advice to the administration and Board on financial issue including financial policies and procedures, annual budgets and annual accounts approval.
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.
Operations Committee: focuses on short term issues and risks, critical decisions and regular financial reporting.
Ethics and Sustainability Committee: provides a critical look at the organisation and serves to ensure that issues of Ethics and Sustainability within Renewable World are addressed. The 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.
Remuneration Committee: meets annually to approve global staff pay as part of budgeting process.
Strategy Committee: monitors strategy delivery, supports the strategy process and leads strategy reporting.
Neil joined Renewable World as a trustee in 2017 and took over as Chair from Stephen Balint in 2019. Neil has an Engineering Degree from Cambridge University and is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. He has nearly 40 years’ experience of consultancy in the power sector. He was Managing Director of PPA Energy for nearly 18 years until the company was sold in 2014. Neil has advised governments, utilities, regulators, and the private sector on issues related to the restructuring, regulation, long term planning and pricing of electricity across Africa. He has worked for multilateral lending agencies including the World Bank and is the author of a number of technical papers.
Sarah became a trustee at Renewable World in February 2014. 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. 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. She currently manages the High Value fundraising programme at the RSPCA. Sarah is passionate about climate change, sustainability and environmental justice.
Catherine became a trustee at Renewable World in December 2014. She is 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.
Chris became a trustee at Renewable World in 2017. He has over 35 years experience in engineering and construction having started his career with Sir Robert McAlpine in 1980 and joined its in-house renewable team, which later became RES, in 1986. Chris’ roles at RES included engineering and construction management, project and commercial management, responsibility for health, safety & quality management and business leadership. During his time at RES, Chris held a number of senior positions including Group Engineering and Construction Director, HSQE Director and RES Offshore CEO. Chris retired from RES in 2015. He is a keen cyclist and took part in our bespoke cycling event, EWT, in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Claire joined Renewable World’s board of trustees in 2017. She has over 10 years’ experience working in international development. After graduating with a Masters in Tropical Agriculture and Development Claire spent over 3 years living in East and West Africa supporting agroenterprise and livelihood initiatives with Catholic Relief Services. Since returning to the UK Claire has worked with Tearfund, initially helping coordinate their response to the 2011 Horn of Africa crisis before moving into a technical advisory role as their Food Security Advisor and currently as their Global Lead for Livelihoods. Claire is passionate about empowering global staff and partners to deliver high quality programmes as well as ensuring effective monitoring, learning and improvement.
Marc became a trustee at Renewable World in 2017. He has over 15 years of experience working in the development sector linked to agribusiness supply chains. He is a graduate of Newcastle University and holds an MA in Geography from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. He worked for over 6 years for Twin & Twin Trading Ltd as part of the coffee and sugar trading team. He then worked for the Rainforest Alliance for over 8 years managing the growth of the programme in East Africa, and leading the tea programme globally. Since early 2017, he has founded a consultancy business developing clean energy projects in agribusiness supply chains, including on solar technology, clean cooking, and productive forms of renewable energy.
Patrick became a trustee at Renewable World in 2014. He 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)
Steve became a trustee at Renewable World in 2019. A marketer and communicator by profession, his career has been characterized by leading organisations through intensive periods of transformation, whether it be change of ownership, new business establishment, re-branding or significant shifts in strategy. More recently Steve has utilized his leadership, commercial and communications experience to work on an independent basis with other senior leaders across a range of sectors in an executive coaching and transformation consultancy capacity. Steve is also the Chair of the Advisory Board for Pimp My Cause, a social enterprise connecting charities with marketers offering pro bono expertise.
Alexandra became a trustee at Renewable World in 2019. She is the Managing Director and Senior Coach for The iNNiTi Effect, a company providing consultancy, coaching and training to enable businesses to overcome key challenges, so they may realise long-term growth opportunities and deliver change for the future. Alexandra is qualified as a Lean Practitioner through the University of Cardiff and holds a Batchelor of Arts degree in Business Studies from the University of Lincoln. She is a keen member of the ‘Lean In’ movement, championing gender equality and providing women to women mentoring. She is currently completing a ‘Women in Leadership’ scholarship for an Executive Masters of Business at the University of Hull.
Peter became a Renewable World trustee in 2014. He 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.
Diana became a Renewable World trustee in 2020. She is a partner in the international law firm HFW and specialises in energy, advising government and private sector clients across the world. Much of her recent work has been in Africa and the Middle East. Diana has been a member of HFW’s Community Investment Committee since its inception in 2008 and has chaired the Committee since 2016. Working with HFW’s Corporate Social Responsibility team, Diana has implemented a strategy of building partnerships with charities operating in the firm’s specialist sectors. As part of this strategy, HFW’s Energy and Resources and Construction groups formed a partnership with Renewable World three years ago. The partnership has included HFW offering pro bono and financial support, as well as hosting the 2018 Ten Year Impact Report Launch in 2018 and entering a team for the Earth Wind and Tyre cycling event in 2019. Diana has an MA in Law from Cambridge University.