10:10 Board of Trustees

Howard Johns (chair)

Howard Johns author of “Energy Revolution – your guide to repowering the energy system" is an energy engineer, entrepreneur, business leader and activist.

After completing a degree in energy technology and environment, Howard became an energy and climate change protestor, trying to stop (amongst other things) an open cast coal mine, and being evicted from a tree in the process. 

Moving on from saying no to the problems, Howard set about building solutions, eventually founding Southern Solar a national solar energy company, and Ovesco a locally owned renewable energy cooperative. At the same time he chaired the trade body representing the UK solar industry, the Solar Trade Association, finding himself once again a campaigner around energy policy in the process. 

A believer in solutions, Howard is convinced we have all the technology and money we need to implement the climate and energy solutions we need. It is now time for lots of people to get involved with making it happen. As well as being Chair of the board of trustees he is also currently Managing Director of Encome Energy Performance UK Ltd.

Jack Cunningham

Jack's interest in environmental issues started very early on, going on long walks in the Peak District and avidly watching David Attenborough programmes. He was originally destined for a career in conservation having volunteered for with his local wildlife trust for many summers and spending three months in Tanzania mapping coral reefs, but after a Zoology degree from Leeds and an MSc at Imperial College he spent six years as an environmental & climate change consultant working on air quality, waste, transport and energy policy projects. He was part of cutting-edge teams developing EU Emissions Trading Scheme policy, models to test whether "agri-residues" (poo) was a viable energy source, research on UK coal-fired power stations, and managing the DTI's Cleaner Coal and New & Renewable Energy Programmes.

Jack is passionate about being part of the solution; agitating from within to create positive outcomes and changes with the private sector. From 2006 he was seduced by the dark-side and has been in-house advising companies - either directly or as a management consultant - on environmental and broader sustainability issues. He advises sector-leading boards and management teams and then implements long-term strategies to meet this constantly evolving agenda. He builds the business cases and facilitates the execution of programmes that are truly pioneering, market-leading and result in significant sustainability investments and impacts. He has worked for ITV plc, Sainsbury's and recently spent two years in Malaysia with PricewaterhouseCoopers. He currently heads up sustainability, health & safety and risk management at mining company Gemfields plc. 

Jack loves sport and the outdoors (skiing, rock-climbing, tennis and football being his favourites), though has little time for any exercise with two very small children! He makes a mean curry and is also massively in to wine, occasionally writes a blog about it, and is happy to give his recommendations to anyone that cares to listen.

Laura Gilmore

Laura is a European Union Politics MA graduate from the University of Liverpool. She is currently Head of Public Affairs and Campaigns at Dearman, a fast growing British clean technology company, and leads campaigns across the UK, EU and California.

Before this, Laura was Head of the Liberal Democrat Whips’ Office in the House of Lords whilst the Liberal Democrats were in Government. There she provided senior counsel to the Chief Whip and the Leader of the group of 99 peers on political, communications, and legislative matters. Laura’s career before this was also in politics where she worked in political roles for the Rt Hon David Laws MP, London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon and at Liverpool City Council.

Outside of work, Laura set up and still runs the successful Women in Public Affairs network which supports women in the public affairs industry to reach their full potential.

Alex Jelly

Alex's main contribution to the board is her fundraising expertise. Over a 15 year+ career she has raised many millions of pounds for charities including ShelterGreen Alliance, the RSA and CARE International - and consulted to dozens more on strategy, high level fundraising and capital campaigns.

She has been a supporter of 10:10 since its inception, both financially and through providing voluntary fundraising support. She's particularly fired up by renewable energy, especially where it can be locally generated and owned by communities, so 10:10's Solar Schools campaign in this area has always had her weak at the knees. 

Carly McLachlan

Carly is a Lecturer at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of Manchester. She is a social scientist interested in how individuals and organisations make sense of and act on energy and climate change issues. She has worked as part of many interdisciplinary teams on issues such as: assessing the potential for low carbon energy technologies, what our food system could look like in 2050 and the interactions between our water, energy and food needs. The thing Carly has enjoyed most about this kind of work is trying to understand the different perspectives that people bring to a problem, issue or opportunity. A long term theme in Carly’s work has been understanding the controversies that can arise during the siting of energy technologies (whether its wind, nuclear or shale gas)– and she is particularly interested in how people see the potential impacts of developments differently, the symbolic and emotive interpretations of developments and how the consultation process is designed and experienced.

Carly was the chair and co-organiser of the 2013 Radical Emissions Reduction Conference which sought to identify the potential to accelerate our pathway to a low carbon economy. She is particularly excited to be joining the 10:10 board because of its optimistic, positive and practical approach to engaging with communities in developing solutions that work for them.

Paula Owen

Paula has worked in the field of sustainability for longer than she will admit to. She began her career in academia with a DPhil in climate chemistry from Oxford University. However, quickly realised she couldn’t spent her entire life in a darkened laboratory and so changed tack to concentrate on communicating environmental and scientific concepts to non-technical audiences in one way or another.

Since then she has worked for charities such as Forum for the Future, within the public sector at the British Library, in UK Government environmental departments, and for the Energy Saving Trust. In 2010 she set up her own research, training and advice agency, Green Gumption, focusing on energy issues and carbon management.

She is a published author, writing on the subject of energy and energy efficiency. Her most recent book is ’How gamification can help your business engage in sustainability’.

In 2012, she was awarded a London Leaders for Sustainability position to further her work in researching the power of fun and games to encourage sustainability. Out of that she founded, and is officially the world’s first Chief Fun Officer of, eco action games – a social business which re-imagines well-known games and gives them an environmental twist to help educate, engage and engender behaviour change in wider society.

She is very excited to become a trustee of 10:10 as she sees many synergies between what she has been trying to achieve over the last decades and what 10:10 is successfully implementing.

Georgina Stevens

Georgina Stevens has worked in sustainability for 16 years, working on all sides of the fence; she has worked as an environmental consultant in Asia, at NGOs including WWF-UK where she helped and challenged many companies on their environmental policies (to mention a few - M&S, Vodafone, Boots Plc, Nokia, Virgin and Canon) and has then helped shape some of the most respected sustainability programmes and initiatives during her tenure at both M&S and Virgin. 

She now runs a sustainability advisory supporting a wide range of organisations from start-ups to multinationals who all share the bravery and intention to look at things differently and make big changes.  Some of her recent work has included helping a $2bn valuation food company realise the bottom line benefits of sustainability as they went through their IPO, chairing a sustainable production workshop with Bafta, and doing pro-bono work for a fantastic food waste start up.

She’s also a writer, campaigner and speaker on sustainability, with her own radio show, and she’s a mad keen cyclist too. 

Martyn Williams

Martyn Williams has been an environmental campaigner for over 20 years, usually specialising in parliamentary campaigning.

He spent many years at Friends of the Earth, where after promoting numerous campaigns for new laws on issues ranging from fuel poverty to recycling, he led the Big Ask campaign that led to the UK becoming the first country in the world to pass a Climate Change Act.  He has also advised many other charities and trade associations on their campaigns.  He is currently spending most of his time indulging a passion for renovating old things - both old houses and old cars - while of course attempting to make them as energy efficient as possible.