I am an Associate with environmental think-tanks Green Alliance and Sustainability First and am a Visiting Research Fellow with the Policy Studies Institute. I offer freelance research, policy expertise and project management support on environmental projects. I have worked in environmental policy for eleven years: on a national level I specialise in energy and behaviour change policy. On a local level I manage creative projects that help enable and encourage sustainable living. I work with a number of charities and research organisations including Groundwork UK.
Previously I was a Senior Policy Adviser at Green Alliance in charge of their Green living theme which I set up and developed. I have written extensively on green living issues and authored Green Alliance's influential From Hot Air to Happy Endings and Bringing it home reports and founded Green Alliance's blog.
I also worked on Climate and Energy at Green Alliance. My research in 2008-09 into the government's transport decision making led, in spring 2011, to a reform of government appraisal of transport proposals to ensure the benefits of low carbon are fully recognised. My work on sustainable heat in 2006-7 helped lead to the government's first strategy on renewable heat and the introduction of the renewable heat incentive in 2011.
Prior to joining Green Alliance, I was the Environment and Transport Analyst for BBC News, providing briefings and advice on content and interviewees to all news oulets and programmes. At the BBC I developed a climate-change micro-site, helped advise on special environmental programmes, helped produce the 2005 election night programme on Radio 4 and edited two comprehensive guides on the political year.
I have also worked at Elsevier Science in Amsterdam, for Womankind Worldwide and for Action for Armed Violence in Liberia, where I managed a team of eight, running the country-wide evaluation of a project to rehabilitate child soldiers through agricultural training and pyscho-social counselling before re-situating them back in their home villages.
I read anthropology and archaeology at Durham University and hold a D.E.L.F. premier degree in French.
I am also a director and co-founder of the creative events company Aestival Productions and am heavily involved in my family business in Suffolk.
Key skills and expertise:
- Excellent interpersonal, relationship-building and stakeholder liaison skills;
- Acknowledged expert in green living and environmental policy;
- Strong writing and communication skills in traditional and new media;
- Energetic and creative;
- Highly organised project manager, with experience running projects of various sizes from scoping to evaluation;
- Extremely reliable and flexible.