Sustainability First - New Director

Sharon Darcy



Sustainability First is extremely delighted to announce that from 1 October 2017, Sharon Darcy will become our new Director. She replaces Judith Ward who after five years wishes to step-aside, but who will remain a Sustainability First associate. Many of you already know Sharon through her work with Sustainability First and will see this is a great appointment to lead Sustainability First forward.
The change reflects our long-standing wish for Sustainability First to look ahead to the next five years; to tackle tomorrow’s sustainability challenges in a practical and focused way; and, to continue to build on our considerable success and impact. We very much look forward to continue to work closely with you and your colleagues. Sharon will wish to engage with all our many stakeholders in the coming months as she develops our new strategic forward-look.
On behalf of my fellow Sustainability First trustees, we wish to both thank Judith very much indeed and to heartily congratulate Sharon. We know that you will look forward to engaging closely with our newly re-shaped Sustainability First team.

Prof Ted Cantle, CBE DL
Sustainability First

Background Note on Sharon Darcy

Sharon has a strong strategic and leadership background, with great communication strengths. She brings the following mix to Sustainability First.

Sustainability experience

  • Sustainability First – an associate since 2012. Sharon leads our highly successful New-Pin project (New Energy & Water Public Interest Network) and is developing a new flagship project Compact to start in 2018. Contributes to and develops other projects and has successfully raised long-term project funds.
  • Consultant to local environmental charity

Extensive consumer and regulatory experience

  • Currently a council member of Which?, previously on boards of Consumer Futures and energywatch.
  • Board member of Solicitors Regulation Authority and Member of UK Regulators Network Expert Advisory Panel
  • Previously member of Committee on Standards – the Conduct regulator for MPs

17 years board level experience

  • Including for a pension fund (Nest), a large developing RSL and a PCT
  • Previous CABx Chair – experienced with small organisations
  • Qualified accountant
  • Qualified whilst working at the NAO
  • Chaired many audit and risk committees