Trustees

Lord Whitty (Chair)
 
Larry has worked in aircraft industry and the Civil Service. His background includes: Trade union officer at TUC and GMB. General Secretary Labour Party 1985/94. Peer 1996. Minister for Roads, waterways and Energy efficiency DETR 1998/2001; Minister for Food, Farming and Sustainable Energy Defra 2001/2005.  Privy Councillor 2005. Chair Consumer Focus (formerly National Consumer Council) 2006 - 2011; Member of Board of Environment Agency 2006 - 2012; President CHPA 2005 - 2011.
 
 
 
 
 
 Dr Anne Feltham
 
Anne was John Chesshire's partner for nearly 40 years. She is highly supportive of the Trust, believing that it will support key areas of John's work which he held dear, and had developed over his working life.  Anne is an education specialist, having worked most recently in both local and national contexts in advisory and inspection roles. As a teacher she specialised in languages, and continues to take a keen interest in international education initiatives.
 
 
 
 Dr Brenda Boardman, MBE
 

Brenda is an Emeritus Fellow at the Environmental Change Institute following her retirement in September 2008. She is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Exeter. At the ECI, Brenda was the former head of the Lower Carbon Futures team and a co-director of the UK Energy Research Centre. Her main research focus is on how to achieve demand reduction in energy across the UK economy, but in particular the built environment.

 

Brenda's main research focus is on energy efficiency and the way that energy is used in British homes, particularly by low-income households, i.e. fuel poverty. She considers the economic, social and technical aspects of the subject and her work has a strong policy emphasis. She is widely viewed as one of the most experienced in her field and was awarded an MBE in 1998 for her work on energy efficiency and received the Energy Institute's Melchett Medal in the same year.


Brenda's second book, Fixing Fuel Poverty: Challenges and solutions examines why the numbers of households in fuel poverty are rising - currently 5m in the UK - despite the government's legal obligation to eradicate fuel poverty by 2016. Brenda has given a series of presentations about the book to various professional and academic audiences in the UK, in Brussels and in Prague.

 

 
Jenny Saunders, OBE
 

Jenny Saunders has been Chief Executive of National Energy Action since 2007, and prior to that was Director of Communications for the charity.

She is a member of the UK Government's Fuel Poverty Advisory Group; Ofgem’s Sustainable Development Group; North East Energy Leadership Council; and the Advisory Board for the Energy Institute at the University of Durham.

 

She is a Board Director of National Grid Affordable Warmth Solutions Community Interest Company, sits on Centrica’s Corporate Responsibility Advisory Group and chairs SSE’s Customer Forum.


Jenny is a trustee of Energy Action Scotland, and the Chesshire Lehmann Fund. Having helped to establish a grant-making fund at the Community Foundation for Tyne & Wear and Northumberland to assist women to achieve their full potential, Jenny served on the Women’s Fund Committee for 5 years from 1999-2004.  She served as a trustee of the British Gas Energy Trust for 6 years until October 2010 and is chair of a local community group in Newcastle.

A language graduate of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Jenny worked in Norway and in youth and community training programmes prior to joining NEA. She was awarded an OBE in the 2013 New Year Honours List for her services to the fuel poor.

 

 

 Professor Jim Watson
 

Jim Watson is Research Director of the UK Energy Research Centre and a Professor of Energy Policy at the University of Sussex. He was Director of the Sussex Energy Group at Sussex from Dec 2008 to Jan 2013. Jim has a first degree in engineering from Imperial College London and a PhD in science and technology policy from Sussex. He has 20 years’ research experience on climate change, energy and innovation policy. He frequently advises UK government departments and other organisations. He was an advisor to the Government Office for Science for a Foresight project on energy (2007-08), and has been a Specialist Adviser with House of Commons Committees on Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (2006-09) and Energy and Climate Change (2010-11). Jim has extensive international experience, including over ten years working on energy scenarios and energy innovation policies in China and India. In 2008, he spent three months as a Visiting Scholar at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Jim is a council member of the British Institute for Energy Economics, and was its chair in 2011. He is also a member of DECC and Defra’s social science expert panel.

 
 
 
 Gordon Tilett
 
After graduating in Economics from University Of Sussex, Gordon joined the Treasury Department of a multi-national oil company to assist in the raising of finance for their several North Sea Oil projects.In 1978 he joined the International Treasury Management Group of Marine Midland Bank where he was a regional manager in both Singapore and London managing a group of consultants that advised international clients on all aspects of their international currency exposures. Gordon subsequently worked for over twenty years in the Treasury Department of American Express Bank advising international clients on their investment portfolios.