People

MCS Foundation team

Trustees

Fabio Nehme

Fabio Nehme – Chair

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).

Karen Shearer – Vice Chair

Karen is a Chartered Accountant and has attained a Chartered Director qualification.

She has wide experience in financial direction and business leadership, mostly recently as VP Finance with the CANCOM UK & Ireland organisation, in the IT Services sector. As part of the senior leadership team of Novosco, a UK based IT Services business, she contributed to the growth of that organisation culminating in the sale of the business to CANCOM SE in 2019. The introduction of accreditation to a number of ISO standards was a significant milestone on that journey.

Alongside her professional career, Karen has sought to use her experience to make a wider contribution and has served as Trustee Director for several charities in the areas of supported living and learning disability.

Karen has an evolving interest in the adoption of renewable energy and the target of net zero, and in the role which the finance and technology sectors have to play in their successful achievement.

Karen is also a Director of the MCS Service Company.

Sandra Walmsley

Sandra Walmsley

Sandra Walmsley

Sandra Walmsley spent most of her career in social services and healthcare. She was a Social Services Inspector for four years. During her career she served on many national bodies in the field of social care. After taking early retirement from her post as Director of Social Services in Tower Hamlets, she became a Senior Research Fellow at the School of Public Policy at Birmingham University teaching MBA students and specialising in consultancy and publication in the field of change management. Sandra went on to serve as vice chair of an acute Hospital Trust, then Chair of Suffolk Mental Health Trust and then Chair of the National Standards Committee of DWP. In 2022 she became a Fellow of the RSA.

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. She has subsequently gained a BA in Fine Art Printmaking, an MA in Drawing and an MA in Creative writing on the environment. She has focused her writing and artwork on environmental issues. She has undertaken several courses on the environment and ecology.

She has significant experience as a Trustee and founder of charities across housing, social care, employment and community regeneration and is currently Vice Chair of CPRE Norfolk.

Sandra was appointed as the founding Chair of the Foundation, steering through to novation. She resigned as Chair when her mother died in 2021 and is now a trustee Director on the MCS Company Board.

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Mary Ethna Black

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Mary E Black has held senior posts in medicine, social care, academia, government, UN and voluntary sectors and has helped build two successful technology businesses. Her experience spans Asia, Australia, Central America, Europe and USA. Her career has included clinical and public health work in Australia, Ireland, and the UK, and staff roles with WHO and UNICEF in Balkan countries. Senior roles include 20 months leading the public health response to Covid-19 in Scotland, establishing a medical school in far North Queensland, and designing the medical evacuation airlift from Sarajevo during the 1990s war.

She is a Non-Executive Director of the UK National Centre for Atmospheric Science and the National Centre for Earth Observation, a Trustee of Paintings in Hospitals, and is an elected board member of Patient Classification Systems International. As an honorary Professor at St Andrews University she teaches at the school of Medicine.

Mary holds a medical degree and a research doctorate from Trinity College Dublin, a master’s degree in Health Policy & Management from the Harvard Chan School of Public Health, and diplomas in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics, and Tropical Medicine. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians UK and the Faculty of Public Health UK. As an award-winning writer her work is published in the medical press and anthologies of memoir and fiction. As a Fellow of Chapter Zero UK, she writes on leadership and climate change.

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Sarah Gosling

Sarah Gosling headshot

Sarah has worked in the charity sector for over 15 years and is an experienced chief executive, trustee and charity governance specialist. She is currently a chief executive, part time, for a charitable foundation supporting two inner London schools. Alongside this she writes and runs a small business supporting charities to review their board effectiveness.

Joining the Board at the MCS Foundation, Sarah hopes that she may be able to create a small impact on the issues of climate change and sustainability and leave the planet in a better position than it is now. She is about to embark on her own journey of decarbonising her home which she is trying to approach as an adventure and an opportunity.

Sarah is also a Director of the MCS Service Company.

Executive Team

Adrian Ramsay

Adrian Ramsay – Chief Executive

Adrian Ramsay

Adrian was appointed as CEO in 2019 to lead the establishment of the Foundation’s grant-giving and advocacy work and build its sector leadership role. Working with the Trustee Board, Adrian provides operational and strategic leadership for the organisation to ensure that the Foundation advances its mission through effective grant-giving programmes and partnership working.

Adrian has a life-long passion for the environment and sustainability, and all of his career roles have been focused on these causes. Until 2019 he was Chief Executive of the Centre for Alternative Technology, where he led the growth and development of the charity’s work in promoting skills and knowledge around green technologies and sustainable living.

Previously Adrian was an organisational development consultant, specialising in support for third sector clients, and a City Councillor in Norwich. He has also worked as a senior lecturer in environmental politics and economics, and as an adviser to local councillors on behalf of the Local Government Association.

Adrian is also Chair of the MCS Service Company Board.

Lisa Overett

Lisa Overett – Executive Assistant

Lisa Overett

Lisa was appointed as the Foundation’s Executive Assistant in 2018 to assist the CEO and Board of Trustees, and to also provide administrative support across the Foundation team.

Lisa is an experienced Business Support Executive with over 28 years working across the charity, private and public sectors. She is also a qualified Personal Performance Coach and has worked with the mental health charity, Suffolk MIND, supported the Chief Officers at Suffolk Constabulary and played a key support role at Pera Consulting, focused on the Government’s ‘Growth Accelerator’ programme for small businesses.

Alongside working for MCS, Lisa runs her own business offering virtual business solutions to small businesses, start-ups and charities across the UK, helping them achieve growth and success in a more climate friendly, sustainable way.

David Cowdrey

David Cowdrey, FRGS – Director of External Affairs

David Cowdrey

David was appointed the Director of External Affairs at The MCS Foundation in July 2020 and has a track record working for environmental and conservation organisations over the last 25 years lobbying for political change within the UK.

David’s experience ranges from the Environment Agency, WWF, Guide Dogs, RSPCA and IFAW David has a passion for political advocacy campaigning to create real substantive change and works extensively across the UK political environment.

Samuel Lamont – Public Affairs Manager

Sam joined the MCS Foundation in February 2024 to work on government relations and lobbying strategy.

His background in public affairs has covered Brexit, health, and education, having previously worked at the Law Society, the British Heart Foundation, and in Parliament as a researcher and speechwriter. His focus on strategy and stakeholder management has led him to several lobbying successes, including a legal services chapter in the EU-UK Trade and Co-operation Agreement, securing war crimes and torture sanctions in the Overseas Operations Bill, and persuading the Health Secretary to make cardiovascular disease a key priority.

Alastair Mumford

Alastair Mumford – Programme Director

Alastair Mumford

Alastair has worked in the retrofit sector as a project manager, director and sector development consultant for over 15 years and has worked extensively in the public sector and worked closely with the private sector in the delivery of projects. He is also a director at Community Energy England and the Devon Energy Collective, on the Connected Places Health and Homes Advisory Panel and a working group co-chair at the National Retrofit Hub.

Alastair has found his purpose in working with others to make every house in the UK a low carbon, affordable, healthy, and regenerative home and engages with the retrofit sector in delivering that goal.

Brian Wright

Brian Wright – Group Finance Director

Brian Wright

Brian was appointed as Group Finance Director in October 2023 and he brings a wealth of financial experience to the organisation from his background working in statutory accounting, management accounting, systems migration, governance, and payroll in a range of environments from SMEs to PLCs.

Since training and qualifying as an ACA accountant in a top ten practice, Brian has worked for over 15 years in finance across multiple industries including financial services, energy, construction, and the public sector.

As the first MCS Group Finance Director, Brian will be responsible for financial management and will oversee whole system finances, from generating revenue and overseeing the allocation of grants to support projects and organisations to develop low-carbon solutions, technologies, and community efforts to help drive the UK towards decarbonisation of our homes and businesses.

Sarah Jarman

Sarah Jarman – Philanthropy Lead

Sarah Jarman

Sarah was appointed in June 2021 to lead and develop the foundation’s grant making and fundraising programme.

She is a professional principal gift fundraiser who has a significant track record of raising transformational philanthropy for health and environmentally related projects and research in universities and the third sector.

Sarah is passionate about mitigating the impact of people on our planet, and reaching net zero sooner than 2050 by conserving energy and accelerating the widespread adoption of renewable energy and zero carbon technologies.

Dr Richard Hauxwell Baldwin

Dr Richard Hauxwell-Baldwin – Research and Campaigns Manager

Dr Richard Hauxwell Baldwin

Richard joined The MCS Foundation in 2021 and is a sustainability research, consulting and project management professional with over fifteen years’ experience across the private, public and third sectors.

He holds degrees in both natural and social sciences, including a doctorate from the University of East Anglia focussing on the contested role of community in tackling climate change. Following his doctorate, he conducted ethnographic research into the role smart technologies can play in managing domestic energy demand in one of the first studies of its kind.

His research and consultancy work has had impact on projects including the redevelopment of the London Olympic Park, smart-home technology design and implementation, and local council waste and recycling policy.

In his current role, his focus is on delivering strong, research-based evidence to support the Foundation’s goal of a world where everyone has access to affordable and reliable renewable energy and low carbon technologies.

Jenny Russon

Jenny Russon – Research Assistant

Jenny Russon

Jenny joined the team in December 2022 as a Research Assistant for the external affairs team, responsible for contributing to the scientifically-backed research which supports the campaigns and advocacy for both the MCS Foundation and the MCS scheme.

This position is kickstarting Jenny’s career in the environmental sector and advocacy. She has a BA in French from the University of Leeds, and was heavily involved in the Environmental society, where she organised sustainable awareness campaigns on campus and events such as clothes swaps.

In September 2021, after extensively travelling and working abroad, Jenny studied for an MSc at the University of East Anglia in Environmental Sciences.

Jenny had a unique opportunity of combining these two disciplines when carrying out a qualitative study for her MSc dissertation. In this, she compared heat pump diffusion in France and the UK since 2008 and interviewed both French and English stakeholders. The study aimed to identify lessons that could be learnt from France’s heat pumps success, as the UK strives to reach its ambitious target of 600,000 heat pumps per year by 2028. This experience, learning the complexities and challenges of home efficiency and decarbonisation, has sparked a deeper interest in this subject area and she is very excited to join the team and contribute to bringing about positive change in this ever-important sector.

Lucy Galvin

Lucy Galvin – Communications and Media Manager

Lucy Galvin

Lucy joined The MCS Foundation in June 2022 to help communicate the Foundation’s vision and research findings for policy change and the scaling up of retrofitting.

A trained journalist, she has a background in newspapers and a subsequent career in communicating on behalf of protected areas like national parks, with a focus on nature and public engagement and access.

Lucy has worked across the UK and beyond, leading projects from Ukraine to Northern Ireland, and more locally for the Broads National Park, and Norfolk Coast Partnership. She recently helped steer the setting up of a UK-wide climate action group on behalf of areas of outstanding natural beauty.

Closer to home she is experienced in and committed to close working with communities, both as an elected member and in chairing local groups including a county-wide climate action group and a community centre (the first to get solar panels in Norwich!)

Jamie Osborn

Jamie Osborn – Communications and Media Manager

Jamie Osborn

Jamie joined The MCS Foundation in May 2022 to help communicate the Foundation’s vision and research findings for policy change and the scaling up of retrofitting.

He has a background in local politics and advocacy and has previously worked at Oxfam’s EU office in Brussels and for one of the East of England’s MEPs. Jamie has worked in charities all his life and is a passionate environmental and social campaigner.

Holding a degree in English Literature, Jamie is now completing an MSc in Sustainability and Behaviour Change at the Centre for Alternative Technology, with a focus on communicating for social change.

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Chloe Carpenter – Digital Communications Executive

Headshot - Chloe Carpenter

Chloe is a marketing and communications professional who specialises in digital comms. An expert content creator, Chloe is a trained videographer with a degree in film production and technology, a wealth of graphic design experience and skill in copywriting for a variety of audiences and platforms. She has over a decade of experience in leading communications in responsible businesses and the civil service, writes compelling and effective digital communications and strategy and has a proven track-record of growing and inspiring audiences. She builds innovative websites and has gained commendations from publications such as the Financial Times for her designs.

Chloe is passionate about utilising her skills in the transition to net-zero and hopes to help achieve this via engaging, dynamic and informative content and communications.