Jessica Lewis

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

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

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.

Lyn Brayshaw

I am completely dedicated to helping people realise that every decision they make has an impact on the future of our planet, and that things like recycling have very minimal impact.  I role model as much as I can, hoping to influence others by setting an example in everything I do.  I have solar panels and heat pump, tandem, cargo bike & everyday bike.  I have many smaller volunteer roles too, eg sewing at Repair Cafes, helping at Veg Out Community Cafe, and Kidical Mass bike rides.

Sarah Brightwell

Solent Mind (Director of Impact and Inclusion)

I am passionate about environmental issues and the role of the environment in supporting positive health and wellbeing. As Hampshire’s largest mental health charity, we have a duty to reduce our environmental footprint for the benefit of our communities. As sponsor of our new environmental policy, I am keen to explore how we can become an environmentally responsible and sustainable organisation through practical and cultural changes that have positive benefits for our staff, service users and communities. Two of our projects, Mayfield Nurseries and Plants for People, have direct links to environmental issues and their impact on mental wellbeing.

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.

Marty Climenhaga

Marty has dual specialisms in healthcare and sustainability, as an occupational therapist with Hampshire and Isle of Wight Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, and Visiting Fellow at the University of Southampton, focusing on green social prescribing. She is passionate about green issues and the intersection of health and sustainability, particularly with respect to active transport, green space, and social justice. She is a steering group member for Occupational Therapy Sustainability Network and researcher for the Southampton Green Network.

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 Geography / Eco Committee Leader)

Last year Upper Shirley High successfully became an Eco School. We are keen to continue our work making more positive environmental changes. Teaching Geography also allows me to explore sustainability across many topics including energy, climate change and urbanisation.  

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.

Rosie Newey

Southampton Greenpeace (Campaigns Coordinator)
Southampton Greenpeace have been active in Southampton for over 20 years. If selected, we can bring our unique insight of national climate issues and use this to inform of local policy decisions in Southampton. We also work locally with MPs and councillors on issues such as the ‘warm this winter’ pledge and ocean sanctuaries. We are also locally run and I have lived in Southampton for ten years and know of the issues that affect the area.

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.

Roger Munford

Engineering degrees led to significant employment in oil exploration, electronic design, retailing  software (organic food and fossil fuels), air quality monitoring and solar engineering.

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.

Pauline Stukings

Southampton Jobcentre (Work Coach, Team Leader)
The DWP has made Sustainability one of it’s key objectives and I am a Sustainability Champion for Southampton JC. I am committed to helping with climate change as well as the wider sustainability agenda. I have a keen interest in how transport links within the city can be improved to benefit the climate and sustainability.


Pete Thomas

Pete has lived in Highfield for 25 years and is retired from the music industry. He is a keen (and at times successful) DIY enthusiast. Interests include website development, conservation of the natural environment and renewable energy in all its shapes and sizes. 

He is co-founder of RetrofitSouthampton where his role is website development and retrofit advisor. As chair of Oakmount Triangle Residents Association he is currently working on a new conservation management plan, and is committed to the concept that conservation of the built environment and climate action need not be adversaries.

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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