We have a team of ten 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 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 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.
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 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 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.
Chair of Ethics and Sustainability Committee
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.
Neil is our Trustee focused on the East African programme and also sits on the Board of Renewable World East Africa an independent Kenyan non-profit company that implements Renewable World strategy and projects in that region. 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, predominantly in developing countries. He was Managing Director of PPA Energy – a consultancy specialised in electricity – for nearly 18 years until the company was sold in 2014. Prior to co-founding PPA Energy, Neil worked for Kennedy & Donkin (now part of WSP), during which time he was Managing Director of the company’s South African subsidiary and following his return to the UK he was appointed a Director of the UK company. Neil has now retired from full time employment and is undertaking a limited amount of freelance consultancy.
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 in both Anglophone and Francophone countries. He has worked for multilateral lending agencies including the World Bank and is the author of a number of technical papers related to planning and development of the power sector.
Chair of Programme Committee
Chris joined the Board of Renewable World in 2017 and has already ridden in our EWT cycle event! 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. RES is an international, developer, constructor, owner and operator of renewable energy projects and Chris’ roles including 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.
Claire joined Renewable World in 2017 and has over 10 years of experience working in international development , with expertise in livelihoods, economic recovery and agricultural programming. 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.
Chair of Fundraising Committee
Marc joined Renewable World in 2017 and has over 15 years’ experience working in the development sector, linked to agribusiness supply chains. He is a biology graduate of Newcastle university (BSc Hons) and holds a Master of Arts in geography from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, where he studied the impact of Fairtrade coffee production in Nicaragua. He worked for over 6 years for Twin & Twin Trading Ltd as part of the coffee and sugar trading team, conducting producer support activities in East Africa and the Caribbean. 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, raising over $15m in donor funding for a portfolio of projects that delivered training on climate-smart agriculture practices to over 800,000 farmers in Africa and Asia. 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.
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.
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)