The sustainability hub is a not for profit, independent forum and campaign group working to promote sustainability and the low carbon economy. We work with business, third sector and political leaders to inspire progressive policy and action on climate change and sustainability.
The hub collaborates in partnership with a range or organisations to promote research, generate policy ideas, educate stakeholders and support social media and PR campaigns.
The original concept for ‘a sustainability hub’ started when a group of the UKs leading environment NGOs developed a project aimed at raising political awareness about climate change at the Political Party Conferences in collaboration with businesses and public sector organisations. That project, the Climate Clinic became an influential force in promoting climate change leadership and an effective network for business and NGO engagement.
Jane Vaus, Project Director
Jane is an influential political strategist with over 20 years’ experience working to advance sustainable growth, renewables and conservation. Through years of environmental activism she has developed a reputation for quality and professionalism delivering measurable results through a wide range of campaign and PR tactics. She has an extensive network of contacts within Westminster, Whitehall, industry and NGOs and has worked for Greenpeace, WWF, Association for the Conservation of Energy, Green Alliance, Sustainable Energy Association, Solar Trade Association and many others.
She recently helped set up the new All Party Air Pollution Group, is Co-ordinator of the All Party Group for Intelligent Energy and is one of the Directors at PRASEG.
Jane has a personal and academic interest in the environment and has been involved in community campaigning and politics throughout her adult life. She is a Trustee of the Fairyland Trust, a charity aiming to connect families and nature.
Karen Potter, Project Director
Karen has over a decade of experience campaigning on clean energy, environment and behaviour change. She has spearheaded policy and awareness campaigns social media and PR and worked with top government figures, journalists, businesses and NGOs to promote sustainable policy and climate change awareness through four Government Administrations.
Karen has co-developed the sustainability hub to work collaboratively across political parties championing investment in low carbon infrastructure, promoting a smarter economy based on sustainable development, encouraging clean technology and protecting natural capital assets. She is Co-Founder of the National CSR Awards & Summit; led the Energy Saving Trusts External Affairs programme and co-founded and directed the Climate Clinic.
Syed Ahmed, Adviser
Syed has close to 20 years working in the sustainable energy industry, in a wide variety of roles and organisations ranging from Friends of the Earth, the Combined Heat and Power Association, the Greater London Authority, Arup, and as a director of a trade association working in the insulation sector. Syed established Energy for London (www.energyforlondon.org), an independent think tank supporting London’s progress to becoming a low-carbon city. He was recently seconded into the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) undertaking a review of linkages across the Government’s demand side policies. In 2015 he produced a report for the Green Investment Bank on green infrastructure for cities, and undertook work for C40 Cities and also Greenpeace UK. He is also a Director of the Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group (PRASEG), a Trustee for national fuel poverty organisation National Energy Action (NEA), a policy advisor to the Green Gas Certification Scheme, Chair of Repowering London and an Associate at Exeter University’s Energy Policy Group.
Leonie Green, Adviser
Leonie is Head of External Affairs, Solar Trade Association she leads on media, stakeholder engagement and policy lobbying for the STA. She secured continued access to the RO for sub-5MW solar, wrote STA’s Solar Revolution Strategy and recently convened the Solar for Nature Conservation Roundtable with the National Trust. She co-led the Parliamentary campaign for Tariffs for renewable heat (RHI) and local power (FITs) with Ed Matthew of Transform UK and Dave Timms of Friends of the Earth. Previously she worked as Political Adviser to Greenpeace UK and as a Sustainability Adviser to the Deputy Major of London. Her Greenpeace report Decentralising Power; An Energy Revolution for the 21st Century was cited by David Cameron as particularly influential on Conservative energy policy.
Charles Perry, Adviser
Charles is a green entrepreneur and sustainability professional with 20 years’ experience working in the sustainability, energy and climate change field. He is the co-founder of SecondNature, one of the UK’s leading sustainability advisory firms, which he ran as Managing Director from 2009-2015 until it was acquired by Anthesis Group. Since 1997, he has worked for organisations including Tesco, Network Rail, Carbon Tracker, ENGIE, OVO, Ofgem, Sindicatum, Forum for the Future, BP, Shell, Barclays, Lafarge, H&M, GE, ArjoWiggins, Sinopoly, Thames Water and BG Group. His career in sustainability began as PR Manager of BSI where he launched ISO 14000, moving to URS and then to BP where he co-led the rebranding of “beyond petroleum” and developed BP Ultimate “more performance, less pollution”. He was promoted to lead the renewable energy business as Founder Director of BP Green Energy. He left BP to join New York consultancy GreenOrder and subsequently became Managing Director of Good Energy before starting his own business. He has a BA from Brown University and an MBA from Cranfield.
Josh Robson, Adviser
Josh has worked in politics and policy for ten years. During this time he has advised both business and government on the passage of the last four Energy Acts, including the implementation of electricity market reform. He now specialises in providing expert policy and communications advice to highly regulated industries and emerging technology firms
Nick Wood Dow, Adviser
Nick is a Cambridge graduate who has been a professional public affairs consultant for more than 38 years. He is a Deputy Lieutenant in the County of Surrey. With a long term interest in environment and energy issues, Nick was a board member of The Environment Council from 1990, becoming Deputy Chairman in 2000. He was a Councillor in the Surrey borough of Spelthorne from 1987 to 1991, serving as Deputy Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee. He stood as the Conservative candidate in Bolton South East in the 1992 General Election, and founded the Tory Green Initiative. Nick works with MPs and peers on green energy issues, and has a passion for renewable energy, having been involved in campaigns for onshore wind, solar, tidal and energy efficiency in the UK and EU. He has worked as an adviser within the European Parliament since 1983, and has extensive experience in working with MEPs in Brussels and Strasbourg. He has run environmental events at Party Conferences since 1988, and was involved supporting the development of the sustainability hub.