Our Trustees

The Charity is the sole member of the Company and is overseen by the board of trustees detailed below.

 
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Sandra Walmsley (Chair)

Sandra Walmsley spent most of her career in social services and healthcare. She was a Social services Inspector for four years. After taking early retirement from her post as Director of Social Services in Tower Hamlets, she worked as a senior research fellow at the School of Public Policy at Birmingham University teaching MBA students and specialising in consultancy work in the field of change management. 

Sandra went on to serve as vice chair of a Hospital Trust, then Chair of an NHS Mental Health Trust and then Chair of the National Standards Committee of DWP. She studied for her B.Sc (Econ) at LSE, her postgraduate diploma in Social Work at Birmingham University and her MA in Business and Public Sector Strategy at Kingston University. 

Sandra has been an advisor to Green Party politicians on economic policy, and contributed to the Marine Policy. She also stood as a parliamentary candidate for the Green Party. She has significant experience as a Trustee of charities across housing, social care, employment and community regeneration.


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Steven Gould (Director MCS)

Steven Gould is an independent consultant on regulation, consumer protection and strategic policy development. 

Having led the regulatory function of RICS – the world’s leading built environment professional body – for 14 years, Steven retired from full time employment in 2014. Before joining RICS, he had previously worked for Which?, NHBC and also in government. 

He currently holds a non- executive roles on the governing body of the General Chiropractic Council – one of the statutory health regulators and was previously a member of the Consumer Panel of the Civil Aviation Authority. 

Steven’s previous non-executive roles include membership of the government’s Better Regulation Commission, Director of Ombudsman Services Ltd, and membership of a number of conduct panels and advisory committees on regulation governance and conduct in the professions


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Nick Whitaker 

Nick Whitaker is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, with substantial experience in business, covering mergers and acquisitions, company and asset valuations, audit and assurance services, corporate governance, forensic investigations, and expert determinations. 

Nick retired on 31 March 2015 from being a partner in BDO LLP (and prior to that, since 1990, a partner in PKF(UK)LLP). As well as acting in an advisory capacity, he has acted as principal, investing in London businesses on behalf of Greater London Enterprise and has first-hand experience of investment processes and management, embracing business strategy and implementation. 

He has acted as an expert witness with High Court experience in a variety of commercial disputes and professional negligence cases, in particular relating to corporate finance, due diligence, valuations and audit work. He is a qualified mediator and undertakes expert determinations primarily on behalf of the ICAEW. 

Since retiring Nick has taken on a number of Non-Executive Director and Trustee roles, primarily in the regulatory, legal and scientific fields.


 
 
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Charlotte Powell

Charlotte is a Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology. She is passionate about renewable energy and the beneficial impact it has on the development of modern society.

Charlie is currently an independent business operations consultant and previously held operational executive / board positions with a number of companies, most notably in the anaerobic digestion of waste and solar thermal industries. She also previously served as secretary to the British Hydropower Association.

Over her 30 year career, Charlotte has sought to build businesses both small and large, achieving exit strategies for investors and supporting M&A activities. She is a strategic thinker, skilled at business transformation and the project leadership of utility scale renewables installations. She is delighted to be invited to be a Trustee at the MCS Charitable Foundation.

 

 
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Fabio Nehme

Fabio has 20 years of international executive experience building businesses and opening new markets for renewable energy, energy efficiency and environmental solutions in Europe, Americas, Asia and Africa.

He is the managing partner of Nehme Commodities, a firm that creates, funds and rolls-out new ventures around clean energy and digital technologies to solve environmental problems. Prior to founding Nehme Commodities, he was a senior executive and headed the environmental commodities group of EDF Trading, the global energy commodities group affiliated to Eletricite de France, where he participated in the early development and helped grow several clean energy and environmental markets in Europe, North America and Latin America, including carbon emissions, green certificates, and biofuels. Prior to that, Fabio was an official at the World Bank Group, where he created and led large-scale regional programs to foster investment and markets for off-grid renewable energy and energy efficiency in Africa, Southeast Asia and China. 

He is a frequent public speaker on the topics of green financing, technology and sustainability, a member of the Climate Chain Coalition, a global effort to leverage digital technologies to address climate change and sits on the Advisory Board of Smart Pesa-Credible, an Asian fintech group.

Fabio holds an MBA from IMD (Switzerland), and MA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University/SAIS (USA) and a BSc in Economics from the Universidade de São Paulo (Brazil).

 

 
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Dr. Magdalena Zarowiecki

 Magdalena has more than 15 years’ experience working as a scientist, writing statistical analysis and bioinformatic pipelines for leading research institutes, publishing high profile research papers, writing grants supporting programmes for quality assurance. Her research areas span computational analysis of biology, ecology, genetics and human health. She did her Ph.D. investigating speciation in conjunction with historical climate change, followed by a postdoc at Wellcome Sanger Institute.

She currently works as a Senior Cancer Analyst at Genomics England, a company set up by the Department of Health & Social Care, with the aim of delivering breakthrough genomic analysis to NHS patients, making UK the first country in the World to integrate genomics into standard-of-care.

Magdalena helps to validate Genomics England analytics systems and processes for ISO 15189 and ISO 13485 accreditation. 

 

 
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Gareth Williams

Gareth Williams has a deep rooted and evolving passion for the sustainability agenda that has led him to develop from his family farming roots into a diversified rural business that includes a renewable energy business, property rental and farming activity based from Herefordshire. Three generations of the Williams family have operated from Caplor since 1923.

A wide range of skills and expertise are rooted around his passions and experience based on sound academic input and ongoing personal development. An agricultural graduate in 1990, ongoing development centred on; leadership, management, counselling, financial, public speaking, environmental, local council, UK and overseas energy and sustainable based consultancy. Most recently input from the Herford director forum and Goldman Sachs growth programme at Aston University leading to current position of Visiting Fellow.

From personal passion and evolving practicality from experience within Caplor’s building and renovation enterprise, Capor Energy was established in 2007 and specialises in the design and supply of renewable energy systems for businesses, communities and home owners and actively engages within the renewable industry through board membership of the UK Solar Trade association, Board membership of Sustainability West Midlands, chair of Hereford Futures forum and Hereford Green Network to name a few engagements.

Since 2015 Gareth has worked directly with Govt dept BEIS on Solar Policy development in the UK. He also contributed to Malawi renewable policy in 2016.