Ashden Conference 2018
Find out more about the people behind Ashden below. Vacancies listed here.
As Ashden’s Founder Director I oversee all aspects of our work, from setting our strategic direction to getting involved in the judging process for the Ashden Awards as well as overseeing our programme work and representing Ashden externally. I regularly contribute to UK and global policy debates in the field of sustainable energy and am active member of the UN’s International Sustainable Energy for All Practitioner Network.
I have been at Ashden since 2005 and oversee the promotion of Ashden and Ashden winners to a wide audience. I am a member of the Executive Management team with particular responsibility for HR. In my time at Ashden I have overseen the smooth delivery of 12 Ashden Awards ceremonies with speakers including former US Vice President Al Gore, Sir David Attenborough and Ashden’s Patron HRH The Prince of Wales.
I lead on securing the income that Ashden needs to fund each of our Awards and to develop our UK and International programme work. Success for me is much more than what the balance sheet looks like; it’s about building relationship with individuals and organisations that share our mission to bring sustainable energy to all.
Before Ashden, I was the first the Head of Energy, then Director of Programmes at Forum for the Future with responsibility for our work in the energy and food systems. I found my way to Forum via an earlier career as an environmental law specialist. My first degree was a BSc in Geography and I have written a thesis on the impact of UK fiscal policies on the project financing of onshore renewables during a Masters degree in Energy Policy and Sustainability. When not thinking about energy, innovation and system change, I can be found walking my retired greyhound (Bonnie) or surfing or kitesurfing somewhere on the UK coast.
I am responsible for the stewardship of Ashden’s corporate partners and fostering new relationships, both in the UK and internationally. At its heart this means the development of partnerships that are mutually beneficial and based on a shared commitment to sustainability.
I support Ed with fundraising to secure the income needed for our Awards and programmes. In particular, I produce progress reports for our funders, process donations, and provide support on our range of events across the year.
As part of the communications team, I’m involved with everything from writing blog posts, looking after our social media channels and managing the website, to helping promote our events and fantastic winners. I was new to the sustainable energy sector before Ashden, and I learn something new from the team every day.
I create content for our communications channels, support the upkeep of our website and am involved in promoting our events and our winners. I also support the UK and International teams in their call for entries process, which involves researching potential award applicants.
I manage Ashden’s International Awards and Business Support programmes. This involves overseeing the application and judging processes and helping find our new cohort of winners as well as providing them with the support they need to grow and scale their work. I also manage Ashden’s relationship with the Ashden India Collective.
I work on all aspects of the international awards process, including carrying out assessment visits to shortlisted applicants. I work with our alumni of winners on business support and monitoring and evaluation. I also oversee Ashden’s international research work, which is currently focusing on clean energy for women and girls.
I primarily work on Ashden’s gender and energy research commitments, as well as working with international winners to monitor and evaluate our impact. I also support various aspects of the international awards process and business support programmes.
I run the Ashden school programme. This includes managing the Ashden School Awards as well as running the LESS COs programme, a pioneering peer-to-peer mentoring scheme for schools to help them reduce their carbon footprint.
I manage the UK awards process, from researching areas we could award and designing application forms to organising the judging process and visiting the applicants. With my background in engineering research and computing, I also get involved in technical aspects of almost all the team’s work at some point in the year.
I collaborate with our UK and travel winners, to come up with innovative ways of helping them grow as a business or organisation. I also encourage winners to work together – we have developed quite a few partnerships now, including the Fit for Future Network we developed with the National Trust. No day is ever the same. How good is that?
I work to share the learning and experience of Ashden Award winners with policy makers. As cities around the UK develop their green agendas, we want to ensure that their policies are informed by the experience of our winners, enabling them to thrive, and making it easier for similar projects to get off the ground in future.
I work with Simon Brammer to support our UK Award winners, helping them to share best practice and showcase their work to influential audiences including policymakers. I also work with Mike Pepler on the UK Awards process, including researching potential applicants and undertaking visits of shortlisted applicants. I’ve been involved in community energy for several years, and appreciate the impact of promoting innovators in sustainable energy.
I take care of the whole awards process – setting up the application forms, helping applicants, arranging judging meetings and visits, looking after our winners during awards week and everything in between.
My role is split between being personal assistant to both Jo Walton and Giles Bristow as well as providing administrative and logistical support for internal and external Ashden events.
As well as providing general administrative support to the team, I also help organise the workshops that are part of our LESS CO2 programme, liaising with our school mentors and the participating schools.
I provide executive level support to the Founder Director, Sarah Butler-Sloss, PA support to the Director of Development, Ed Dean and the Ashden Trustees. I am responsible for meeting administration of the quarterly Trustee meetings and the monthly Executive Management Team meetings which I attend and take minutes.