Jessica Lewis

CHAIR
Southampton City Council (Sustainable Projects Lead)
Jessica has experience working in the environment sector in local government for 15 years and currently works for Southampton City Council in the Sustainability Team. Working across different topic areas including emissions, waste, conservation, Jessica has developed work programmes and strategies to deliver action and focus on solutions. Her work emphasises how now is a really important time for the climate commission to establish and contribute to the city’s net zero plans. 

Phil Horton

VICE-CHAIR
Royal Yachting Association (Environment and Sustainability Manager)
Phil is a Chartered Engineer and has worked for the Centre for Alternative Technology in mid Wales, where he worked on sustainable building, renewable energy and water treatment . After a further 7 years working for a renewable energy co-op, he decided to change direction and combine his 20 years of work in sustainability with his love of sailing and moved to the RYA. He also acts as Environment Secretary for the European Boating Association.

Melanie Robertson

SECRETARY
Southampton City Council (Sustainable Projects Officer)

Melanie was an undergraduate at the University of Southampton where she studied Geography, this was followed by postgraduate study in Planning, Policy & Practice. She has spent nearly 2 decades aiming to make Southampton a better place through various roles at the Council, which includes the past 15 in Sustainability. Currently leading on an internal climate change training programme and a Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan for the Council.

Prof. AbuBakr Bahaj

University of Southampton (Head of Energy and Climate Change Division)
Professor AbuBakr S Bahaj, leads the Energy & Climate Change Division and the Sustainable Energy Research Group (ECCD) at the University of Southampton. For more than 30 years, Professor Bahaj has pioneered sustainable energy research and established the energy theme within the University. His major research programmes include Renewable EnergyEnergy AccessCities & InfrastructureBuildings & Communities, and Behaviour & Modelling.

Mandi Bissett

Director of social enterprise The Southampton Collective CIC. Member of the new Southampton Climate Commission and part of the Scorecards Advisory Group for Climate Emergency UK. Project management and fundraising expertise.

Jo Cleary

Balfour Beatty (Environment and Sustainability Manager)
An Environmental Professional with extensive experience of overseeing and improving environmental performance within construction sector as an Environmental Sustainability Manager . During 17 years Jo has also worked in the fields of conservation, policy, contaminated land, and environmental management within defence.

Phil Dominey

South Western Railway (Senior Regional Development Manager)
Phil is the Senior REgional Development Manger for South Western Railway having previously worked as stakehodler engement manager at Stagecoach Rail and stakeholder manager at South West Trains.

Fanny Garrigou-Grandchamps

Equans (Decarbonisation Project Manager)
Fanny works as Decarbonisation Project Manager at Equans, having previous worked at Engie and Lansdowne Partners.

Elizabeth Giles

Quilter (Sustainability Analyst)
Elizabeth oversees the operational sustainability strategy for Quilter, a national investment, advice and wealth management business, and large employer in Southampton. This includes carbon calculation, management and reduction from operational activities, and colleague engagement with a focus on culture change towards sustainable activity.

Adam Goulden

The Environment Centre (Chief Executive)

Adam is an Environmental Science graduate with over 14 years’ experience managing a diverse range of sustainability projects. He joined tEC in 2009 where he began working on EU funded knowledge sharing projects looking at energy in buildings and low carbon communities. Adam took on the Chief Executive role in 2012 and is immensely proud of the work the tEC team delivers to support residents improve the energy efficiency of their homes, encourage sustainable behaviours and improve air quality.

Mark Hancock

Mark has been a member of Southampton FOE for some years and co-chair of Transition Southampton co-chair for 4 years, with particular interests in energy, carbon, the Repair Cafe.  Professionally, he has been developing renewable energy in our locality, principally wind turbine blades since 1980 (Chief engineer, Vestas, IoW 2001-14, now in GE Renewables). 

Liz Harris

Southampton University Students Union (Head of Sustainability)

Liz leads on SUSU’s sustainability work, embedding ethical and environmental practices in the Union’s operations and supporting students to be sustainable on campus and in their personal lives. Roles include working with the University on delivery of its Sustainability Strategic Plan, representing students’ interests, and challenging the institution to continue delivering more ambitious environmental plans.

Emma Hyslop

Upper Shirley High (Subject Lead for Geopgraphy / Eco Committee Leader)

Last year Upper Shirley High successfully became an Eco School and are keen to develop this further. Also teaching Geography, it would be great to be a part of to support our sustainable cities work.

Ellis Jackson

Ellis is an advocate for raising awareness of issues that impact society, these include but not limited to climate change, sustainability and environmental wellbeing. He believes educating ourselves is important, so we can grow more conscious, and make better and more informed decisions for the future.

Rebecca Kinge

SoCAN (Director)

A Community Organiser involved in community projects and urban change; working with others to help promote a healthier, more sustainable, creative and inclusive society. I am employed by Southampton Voluntary Services as a development worker. I am also a Director of The Southampton Collective, a community interest company dedicated to a healthier, more sustainable city. I trained and worked in my early professional years as a town planner, and remain committed to placemaking and healthy, inclusive, green urban environments. I am Autistic, with Functional Neurological Disorder and at times struggle with speech and language, so sometimes use Alternative Communication. I am keen to see greater inclusion for disabled people. Feel free to ask me about neurodiversity.

Charlotte Large

Equans (Director, Decarbonisation & Strategy, Urban Energy)
Charlotte has over 17 years’ experience in energy and sustainability within the built environment working in consultancy, strategy and delivery roles in the private sector, local government and the civil service.

Jason Light

University Hospital (Head of Sustainability and Energy)
Currently building a path to meeting the NHS goal of University Hospital Foundation Trust being Net Zero. Development, delivery and embedding of the Trust green Plan. Professional adviser on all matters pertaining to Sustainability and Energy Management, including, through partnership working.

Gareth Miller

Gareth is the Sustainability and Efficiency Lead of the Southampton Chamber of Commerce. He is Managing Director of Carswell Gould, a multi-award-winning integrated marketing agency, working to deliver impact and growth for some of the world’s biggest brands.

Stuart Perry

Science Park (Operations Director)

As Operations Director for the Science Park,  Stuart is responsible for all internal operations including project management, ICT, communications and facilities including onsite catering. Previously, Stuart has over ten years’ experience in financial and operational management, having held various management positions within the hospitality trade working with the likes of Greene King Pub Company, EI Group and Roadchef.

Gemma Pratt

Go! Southampton (Business Relations Manager)
GO! Southampton (the BID) works on behalf of 630+ businesses in Southampton city centre, and I hold a varied role to support them. From cost savings for business, city centre improvements, business training and sustainability, it is an honour to help strengthen my hometown and its economy.

Adam Tewkesbury

University of Southampton (Associate Director, Environment & Sustainability)
Adam oversees the sustainability and environmental performance of the University estate, with a focus on decarbonization and delivering progress against the goals of the University Sustainability Strategy. He manages transport activities across the University, including the University Travel Plan and associated operational contracts, with targets to reduce car use and increase travel via sustainable modes.

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