Ted Cantle CBE, Chair

Ted was one of the founding gtedroup of Sustainability First Trustees in 2000. A committed environmental champion, with a strong focus on tackling climate change, he was a member of the Board of the Environment Agency for England and Wales (from 2000 to 2008) and Deputy Chair (2005 to 2008). Ted led the Environment City bid for Leicester City Council in the late 1980s and the Nottingham Declaration on climate change in 2000, subsequently adopted by many other local authorities in the UK and elsewhere. Ted also founded and chairs the iCoCo foundation, an institute to promote inter-culturism and community cohesion. He chaired the Independent Review of the riots in northern towns in 2001, was responsible for the ‘Cantle Report’ and the founding of the community cohesion programme. He was formerly chief executive of Nottingham City Council and chair of the DTI Construction Task Force for local government. Ted was appointed CBE in 2004 and is a Deputy Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire. Ted has recently spear-headed the successful multi-million bid to the Heritage Lottery fund to transform Nottingham Castle into a world class attraction.

Richard Adams OBE

Richard is a founder of several successful UK social enterprises that allow people to express ethical values through their work, spending or saving, mostly focused on fair trade, the problems of social exclusion, fuel poverty, international development and sustainability. Richard is the British founder of the UK fair trade organisations Tearcraft and Traidcraft and was convenor of the steering committee of what became the UK's Fairtrade Foundation. He has also founded a corporate social responsibility research group and the UK’s first ethical supermarket chain. He has degrees in sociology, theology and business and has a number of honorary doctorates and visiting fellowships from British universities. He is currently President of the EU’s Economic and Social Committee’s Permanent Study Group on a European Energy Community.

Phil Barton

Phil is the former chief executive of Keep Britain Tidy (until March 2015), the charity which campaigns for a cleaner, greener England and which runs a range of environmental programmes including EcoSchools, Green Flag Awards for greenspaces and Blue Flag beaches. Keep Britain Tidy merged with Waste Watch in 2011and launched a new national local pride campaign: Love Where You Live. Phil formerly worked on regeneration skills for the NWDA, for Defra on rural voluntary sector policy and for Groundwork UK.

Derek Lickorish MBE

Derek has had an extensive career in the energy business. Derek spent more than six years as chair of the Government’s Fuel Poverty Advisory Group (until 2015). He is honorary chair of the trustees of National Energy Action and a non-executive director of Secure Meters SHPL Pte. He is a member of Ofgem’s Sustainable Development Advisory Group. Derek was previously EDF Energy’s Chief Operating Officer, (Customers Branch) for 5 years, and, before that the Customer Service and External Affairs Director at SWEB from 1996. He started his career as a trainee at Seeboard in 1970.

Derek Osborn CB

Derek is a senior environmentalist advising on long-term strategic issues for governments, international bodies, business and the voluntary sector. He is also president of the Stakeholder Forum for Our Common Future, and a member of other boards in the private and voluntary sectors.

Derek held senior roles in the arena of environmental protection: he served as director general for environmental protection with the Department of the Environment (until 1996), chaired the board of the European Environment Agency (1995-1999), and was a board member of the Environment Agency for England and Wales (1996-98), having been involved in its early set-up. He was a member of the European Economic and Social Committee from 2006 to 2010 and was the first chair of its Sustainable Development Observatory.

He currently lives in Wales and is Chairman of Cynnal Cymru - Sustain Wales.

Trevor Pugh

Trevor is Strategic Director, Environment and Infrastructure directorate, Surrey County Council, and has held senior positions in a number of London boroughs. Trevor is an environmental scientist and has championed sustainability in construction and across the range of local authority services.

David Sigsworth, OBE, FRSE

David is chairman of Sigma Capital Group plc (property and urban regeneration specialist), chairman of the Central Market Agency Ltd (administers the market for water and wastewater retail services in Scotland), chairman of Bellrock Technology Ltd (delivering high-tech software to utilities for making innovative analytics operational) and chairman of Turnbull & Scott (an engineering business specialising in the generation, transfer and recovery of heat).  Previously chair of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Flexitricity Ltd, and the Scottish Fuel Poverty Forum, he chaired the Scottish Fuel Poverty Strategic Working Group, which in 2016 advised the Scottish Government on future policy.  He is a director of The Heat Trust and is a vice-president of the Association for Decentralised Energy.  A former main board director of Scottish & Southern Energy, David is an honorary Professor at the University of Dundee, involved in MSc courses covering sustainable energy and environmental modelling, as well as jointly chairing the Energy Technology Partnership in Scotland, based at the University of Strathclyde.

Sarah Deasley

Sarah is a Director at the consultancy Frontier Economics. She has over 25 years’ experience working as an economist within the energy sector with a focus on environmental policy, network regulation and the energy retail market. She is well known for her recent work on the implications of the move to a low-carbon economy, with a particular focus on smart technologies and consumer energy behaviour.

Don Leiper

25 years of experience in the energy sector, 14 of which were served as an executive director of E.ON UK. At E.ON, board responsibilities included over time distributed energy (including residential scale renewables, district heating and CHP), Transformation (including IT, Change, Lean and Customer Experience), plus energy efficiency delivery, smart metering and metering field services, street lighting, insulation services. Non-Executive Director of Tonik Energy, an energy supply company which started acquiring customers in 2017, with a mission to halve their customers’ energy bills

Peter Atherton

Peter is currently an Associate with two leading consulting firms, FTI and Cornwall Insight.  

Prior to this Peter spent 20 years as an equity analyst covering the pan European Utility sector. Peter headed up the sector research teams at a number of investment banks including Kleinwort Benson, Citigroup, and Jefferies.  During this period Peter and his team regulatory topped the rankings as voted for by institutional investors. Prior to joining Kleinwort Benson in 1997 Peter spent 6 years at National Grid where he had a number of commercial roles and was laterly a member of the corporate strategy team with responsibility for the core transmission business. Peter has appeared as an expert witness before numerous parliamentary committees and is a regularly asked to comment on energy issues by the broadcast and print media.