GOVERNANCE

We have an independent Board that is representative of the diversity of the Aldersgate Group membership.
The Board oversees the work of our small Secretariat. 

Honorary President and Chair

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Dame Fiona Woolf DBE, Honorary President

Dame Fiona joined the Aldersgate Group as Honorary President in May 2015. 

Dame Fiona has advised over 28 governments and the World Bank on privatisation and energy reforms. She has over 20 years experience in dealing with regulation, market design, implementation and major projects in the electricity industry – culminating in a CBE for her contribution to the UK knowledge economy and invisible earnings. She was awarded a CBE in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to the Legal Profession, Diversity and the City of London.
 
At CMS Cameron McKenna, Dame Fiona has built an innovative energy and major projects practice in energy reforms and infrastructure projects that combines law, engineering and economics. 

Dame Fiona is the Alderman for the Ward of Candlewick (Sheriff 2010/11, Lord Mayor 2013/14) in the City of London and a past President of the Law Society of England and Wales (2006/7). She is a Senior Adviser with London Economics International LLP, a trustee of Raleigh International, The Lord Mayor's Appeal and President of the Chelsea Opera Group. She is a member of the Council of The London Regiment of the Territorial Army and of the Women's Business Council.

She was a Member of the Competition Commission and a non-executive director of Affinity Water Ltd, both from 2005 to 2013.

 

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Joan Walley, Chair

Joan joined the Aldersgate Group team as Chair in May 2015. 

Joan was elected MP for Stoke-on-Trent North at the 1987 general election and represented that constituency for twenty-eight years before stepping down in 2015. She was Chair of the influential cross-party Environmental Audit Committee from 2010–2015, and was named Politician of the Year (2015) by businessGreen.

Joan also sat on the Members’ Expenses Committee (2011–2015), National Policy Statements Sub-Committee (2010–2015) and Liaison Committee (2010–2015). Previous to this, she was shadow spokesperson for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1988–1990) and then for Transport (1990–1995).

Throughout her time in office, Joan championed the public and political profile of issues such as climate change, sustainable transport, alternative energy and responsible government procurement. 

She is honorary president of the Institute of Environmental Health Officers and takes a keen interest in public health matters. She takes a particular interest in citizenship, grass roots football and was a member of the All Party Football Group.

The Board

The Board of Directors is responsible for the direct management of the Aldersgate Group’s resources and activities.
It oversees operations and the work programme as actioned by the Secretariat.

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Jamie Agombar, Director

Jamie Agombar is the Head of Sustainability at the National Union of Students.

Jamie has grown NUS’ sustainability team from a single role to 25 full-time dedicated sustainability staff, delivering transformational student-led engagement and curriculum reform programmes into most universities across the UK.

Jamie’s key achievements include the development of NUS national engagement programme, securing the £5m Students' Green Fund, the development of the UK’s first Pay Per Lux lighting model, and the creation of the international alliance Students Organizing for Sustainability (SOS).

Jamie is a winner of the Guardian Inspiring Leader award and a Fellow of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment.

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Fiona Ball, Director

Fiona Ball is the Head of Responsible Business at Sky. 

She leads the company’s work in being a sustainable business to ensure its ethos of ‘Believe in Better’ is implemented through its sustainability practices. This includes the Group’s work on the environment (from reducing the company’s impact on the environment to ensuring its product and services are sustainable), child safety, access services and responsible sourcing. Alongside this, she is responsible for Sky Rainforest Rescue, Sky’s partnership with WWF to inspire customers to get involved and help save 1 billion trees in the Amazon Rainforest. Fiona is also responsible for stakeholder engagement and reporting the company’s sustainability performance and strategy. 

Previously Fiona spearheaded the company’s environment strategy and leadership position on climate change as their Head of Environment and was instrumental in Sky becoming the world’s first carbon neutral media company, in May 2006, through the measurement, reduction and offsetting of its CO2 emissions. Prior to joining Sky, Fiona was the Global Environment Manager at a multinational telecommunications company.

Fiona possesses an honours degree and masters in Environmental Management from Brunel University, is a Chartered Environmentalist and a member of the Institute of Environmental Management.

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Ian Dickie, Director

Ian is a Senior Consultant and Director of Business Development with Economics for the Environment Consultancy (eftec).

At eftec, Ian has worked on European and UK natural environment policies, providing inputs to impact assessments of new natural environment regulations. His analysis has covered a range of policies from the benefits of environmental advice to SMEs, to the use of biodiversity offsets and habitat banking.

Prior to working at eftec, Ian was Head of Economics at the RSPB for 5 years.

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Mark Gough, Director

Mark joined Aldersgate Group in September 2014.

He is the Executive Director of the Natural Capital Coalition, a role he took on in March 2015. A strong believer in integrating sustainability into decision making where it becomes everyone’s opportunity, Mark previously worked for The Crown Estate, helping to develop its integrated vision and approach to value measurement. Prior to this he was the Global Environmental Manager for the information company, Reed Elsevier.

Mark has sat on a number of national and international committees, including the Steering Committee of the United Nations CEO Water Mandate and the Board of the Alliance for Water Stewardship.

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Rowland Hill, Director

Rowland is Sustainability and Reporting Manager at Marks & Spencer. 

Rowland is a former M&S store manager who has been with the UK retailer for over 35 years taking on various roles on the environment and sustainability since the 1990s. He has contributed to the development of the company’s Plan A sustainability programme and personally manages its annual Plan A Report rated as the best global sustainability report by Corporate Register users two-years running.

          Rowland has also Chaired and participated in a wide range of environmental forums include the British Retail Consortium’s Environment Group, and the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan and Courtauld Commitment Steering Groups.

        His technical expertise lies in carbon reporting, resource use and Green Marketing where he has co-authored a wide range of legislative, standards and guidance documents.

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Robert Lambe, Treasurer & Director

Robert is Managing Director of Melius Homes.

Robert has been involved in the construction sector since 1982 and before Melius Homes was Director of Willmott Dixon for 11 years, one of the UK's largest privately owned construction companies. At Willmott Dixon, Robert's primary role was to develop Willmott Dixon's sustainability strategy and ensure the business delivers against its commitment to be a sector leader in sustainable development.

As chair of the UK Contracts Group (UKCG) Environmental Sub Group, and through active involvement with organisations including the UK Green Building Council, the Chartered Institute of Building and the Strategic Forum for Construction, Robert is engaged in driving sustainable development within the built environment.

Robert is an alumnus of the University of Cambridge Business and Environment Programme (Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership).

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Stephanie Maier, Director

Stephanie is the Director of Responsible Investment at HSBC Global Asset Management.

Previously she was Head of Responsible Investment at Aviva Investors. Prior to Aviva, Stephanie was Head of Research at EIRIS, where she headed up a team of over 30 researchers and six international research partners. Before starting at EIRIS she was at corporate governance consultancy PIRC. Stephanie holds a BA (Hons) in Biological Sciences from Oxford University and an MSc (Distinction) in Environmental Technology from Imperial College. She also holds the Investment Management Certificate (IMC).

In 2013, Stephanie was elected to the Board of Directors of the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF). She is also the Chair of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC) Corporate Programme.

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David Symons, Director

David Symons is Director at WSP.

David works with businesses on sustainability and compliance issues and also leads WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff’s own sustainability programme, Future Ready. He has worked in the environmental sector for around 25 years and has provided recent commentary on environmental issues to BBC Radio Four, FiveLive and Two, The Times, The Guardian, CNN and the New York Times. David has an MBA with distinction from Warwick University and a first degree in physical sciences from Southampton University. 
 
Outside work he’s a keen distance runner and a rather less accomplished photographer.

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Mary Thorogood, Director

Mary Thorogood is UK Government and Stakeholder Relations Lead at MHI Vestas Offshore Wind.

Mary joined MHI Vestas from Vattenfall, the state-owned Swedish utility and one of the world’s largest offshore wind developers. Mary’s role is to build government and societal support for sustainable, long term growth in UK offshore wind. Mary has strong experience of the UK CfD and wider offshore wind space as it has evolved and grown, working with Government and wider stakeholders to ensure the CfD delivers low cost power. Before Vattenfall, Mary worked for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, promoting the highest standards in the development of land, real estate, construction and infrastructure.

Secretariat

The Secretariat is responsible for turning the policy decisions of the Board into action and the administrative management of the Aldersgate Group. 

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Nick Molho, Executive Director

Nick was appointed Executive Director of the Aldersgate Group in October 2014.

He is responsible for the overall management of the Aldersgate Group, including the development of its work programme, its relationships with key political and business stakeholders and its robust representation of member views to government ministers and parliamentarians. He has played a key role in broadening the Group's impact and membership and bringing its influence to bear on areas that are core to the Group’s interest.

Nick is the lead author of Aldersgate Group reports and a regular commentator on sustainability issues. He was most recently Head of Climate Change and Energy Policy at WWF-UK following a career as an environmental and energy lawyer at CMS Cameron McKenna, where he spent six years working on commercial energy law for a range of international businesses, regulators and governments. A regular public speaker, Nick also writes for a range of outlets such as The Economist Insights, Business Green and the Huffington Post.

Nick also sits on the Aldersgate Group Board.

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Victoria Fleming-Williams, Policy Manager, Company Secretary

Victoria is currently on maternity leave. Victoria joined the Aldersgate Group Secretariat in April 2010 as its second member of staff. 

She builds the Group’s profile in key policy areas, develops and runs influencing campaigns and acts as the central point for all Aldersgate activities, with knowledge of all stakeholders. She became Company Secretary in 2015.

Victoria received her MA in environmental policy from King's College London in November 2009 and her BA from the University of Birmingham in 2002. Previously she worked in marketing, handling property, technology, food and aviation clients.

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Alex White, Acting Policy Manager

Alex joined the Aldersgate Group Secretariat in January 2016.

She leads the group's green finance work for the Centre for Understanding Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP) and supports the Policy Manger on key policy areas.

Prior to joining the Group Alex worked at CDP on the We Mean Business 'Commit to Action' campaign, engaging companies on RE100 and the Science Based Targets initiatives amongst others. She has a BSc in Government from the London School of Economics and an MA in International Law from SOAS, specialising in environmental law.

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Will Tricker, Policy Officer

Will joined the Aldersgate Group Secretariat in June 2018. 

Prior to joining the Group Will worked in Parliament as an adviser to Maria Eagle MP, former Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, Environment, Defence, and Culture. This period coincided with preparation of the 2015 manifesto. Will has also worked in Colombia as an English teacher and most recently in City Hall supporting two London Assembly Members. 

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Sarah Williams, Public Affairs Manager

Sarah joined the Aldersgate Group Secretariat in June 2015.

She is now responsible for advancing the Aldersgate Group's policy priorities through engagement with politicians, civil servants and other stakeholders. She is currently acting Company Secretary. 

Sarah graduated from Balliol College, Oxford in 2008 and previously worked in Parliament as special adviser to Tim Yeo, former MP and Chair of the Energy and Climate Change Committee.

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Sophie Arndt, Communications Officer

Sophie joined the Aldersgate Group Secretariat in April 2017. 

Prior to joining the Group, Sophie worked as a recruiter in Chicago before joining the communications team of a UN REDD+ project in Kenya. Sophie holds a BS in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Illinois and has completed a diplomatic program in Vienna.