Shaun became executive director of Green Alliance in June 2017. He was chief executive of CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England) for 13 years. Previously he led ABCUL, the credit union trade association. From 1994 to 1999, he was an MEP for the South East, serving on the European Parliament’s Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee.
Shaun is Vice Chair of Sustain, the alliance for food and farming, was a founder trustee of Civic Voice and is a member of the policy advisory board of the Social Market Foundation. He is currently in the stages of writing a book, How to build houses and save the countryside which will be published by Policy Press later this year.
Tamsin is strategy director at Green Alliance, leading on setting the organisation’s strategic direction, its impact priorities, generating new programmes and ideas, as well as fundraising. She was acting director between January 2017 and June 2017.
Prior to that she was deputy director with responsibility for leading the delivery of Green Alliance's policy programmes, and for the management of its policy team. Tamsin maintains strong relationships with a range of strategic partners, from business, NGOs, opinion formers and academics.
In addition to her Green Alliance role, she was a member of NERC’s Strategic Advisory Programme Group, from 2014 - 2015, and is currently a member of the Joint Advisory Board on climate change and environmental research at Imperial College and the LSE.
Prior to joining Green Alliance, Tamsin was head of IEEP’s agriculture and land management team, working in partnership with policy institutes across Europe on CAP reform and sustainable land management, for the European Commission, European Parliament, as well as UK government departments and statutory agencies. She also undertook a significant amount of capacity-building work in the new and candidate Member States. During her time at IEEP, Tamsin was a member of RISE Task Force on the delivery of environmental services by private land managers in the EU; she was a visiting research fellow to the government funded RELU programme on rural economies and livelihoods and a member of its policy advisory group; and an honorary research fellow at Imperial College London, lecturing on the Environmental Technology MSc course.
Tamsin did a three year post-doc at the Centre for Environmental Policy at Imperial College London and a PhD in the geography department at UCL. She has published a wide range of policy reports and briefings on the CAP and rural development policy, and is an experienced public speaker.
In October 2016, he became acting policy director, with responsibility for leading the delivery of Green Alliance's policy programmes, for maximising the impact of its work on expert opinion, and for the management of its policy team.
Before joining Green Alliance, Dustin worked for the Campaign to Protect Rural England where he led work on the relationship between landscape protection, climate change, and new energy infrastructure.
He holds an MA in Political Thought and Theory from the University of Birmingham and an MA in International Relations and French from the University of St Andrews.
Jo joined Green Alliance in January 2016 and is head of the development team, managing and developing our central support functions. She is also responsible for financial planning and HR and oversees all other administrative processes. She is Company Secretary and ensures the statutory compliance of Green Alliance as a company and charity.
Jo spent the first part of her career working in the private sector, but over the last 10 years she has held a number of senior operations and company secretary roles in the charity sector, overseeing financial, HR and governance matters.
She holds a Master’s degree in Voluntary Sector Management from Cass Business School’s Centre for Charity Effectiveness and a BA in Religious Studies and Philosophy from Lancaster University.
Paul previously spent three years at RSPB where he headed up the Parliamentary Affairs team in managing Government relations, creating engagement strategies, and helping to create politically resonant policies for climate change and the natural environment. Before that he spent four years at Westminster, managing the offices of various MPs.
He holds a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Manchester.
Will joined Green Alliance in June 2012 as head of sustainable business and since 2015 has lead the work of our natural environment theme. He also leads much of our engagement with the private sector through our Business Circle.
Will previously spent 8 years at FTI Consulting (formerly FD Blueprint) in Brussels as a consultant to companies across a range of sectors on issues relating to EU policy and legislation.
He holds an MSc in International Relations from the University of Bristol and a BA(Hons) in English from the University of Birmingham.
Amy became the head of Green Alliance’s new Greener UK Unit in September 2016, focusing on strategy and communications. The Unit coordinates partner organisations across the environmental sector, who are working to ensure that the UK’s environmental protections and climate leadership are strengthened during, and after, the process of leaving the European Union.
Amy joined Green Alliance in 2014 to work on our Low Carbon Energy theme and continues to lead projects in this area. Before starting work at Green Alliance, Amy was a Mellon Fellow at Yale University, graduating with an MA in Global Affairs and a Masters in Environmental Management. Her thesis focused on the politics of oil drilling in Alaska’s Arctic Ocean.
Previously, Amy worked at the Futerra Sustainability Communications, the Royal Geographical Society, and Cambridge University Geography Department. She also volunteered extensively with the UK Youth Climate Coalition, attending the UN climate negotiations as a youth delegate and then leading UKYCC’s coalition-building and political advocacy. She holds a BA in Geography from Cambridge University.
Angela joined Green Alliance in April 2015 to provide economic and quantitative analysis across all themes and areas of policy. She leads on developing the economic case for a sustainable economy through her work on low carbon energy markets, infrastructure, and natural resources. Angela became acting head of economics and resources in February 2017, leading on industrial strategy and the Circular Economy Task Force.
Before joining Green Alliance, Angela spent three years in Trinidad and Tobago, working for the University of the West Indies and as Regional Economist for the Caribbean at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. At the FCO she was responsible for the development and delivery of policy and projects to support low carbon development and the deployment of renewable energy as well as leading on the UNFCCC climate change diplomacy work in the region.
She has spent most of her career in the UK, having spent five years in finance in the energy industry before moving into economics and research. She built her expertise in regional and local development over ten years at SQW Consulting and the East of England Development Agency where she focused on productivity, economic growth, housing growth, sector and clusters, innovation, energy and sustainable development.
Angela holds an MA in Economics and Politics from the University of Dundee and an MSc in Economics from Birkbeck, University of London.
Frieda joined Green Alliance in 2013 as a policy assistant in the Low Carbon Energy, working on the UK’s electricity market reform and energy efficiency policies. She became a policy adviser in the Political Leadership theme in 2014 where she worked on the Climate Leadership Programme with MPs, supported climate and environment advocacy, and led the Greener London work with our NGO partners. In September 2016, she became programme manager, working with staff across Green Alliance’s policy programmes and developing new areas of work.
Frieda previously undertook placements with Crisis Action and World Ecology Economy & Development in Berlin. As part of her studies she worked with the Dutch foundation World Waternet and carried out research in Morocco, focusing on the governance of water and sanitation at local and national levels.
She holds an MSc in Environmental Policy and Management from Utrecht University and a BA in International Relations and Development Studies from Sussex University.
Chaitanya joined Green Alliance in February 2017 to lead our work in the Low Carbon Energy theme.
Before joining Green Alliance, Chaitanya worked as the South Asia campaigns leader at 350.org, an international climate campaigning group. He was responsible for designing and executing political and educational campaigns, to move India and other key South Asian countries away from coal and towards cleaner forms of renewable energy. He has closely followed the international climate negotiations since 2008 and has written extensively on climate and energy issues.
He holds an MSc in Energy Policy for Sustainability from the University of Sussex and a BA in Computer Science from Osmania University in Hyderabad, India.
Libby joined Green Alliance in May 2017 as a senior policy adviser in the Resource Stewardship theme.
She previously spent nearly ten years as an editor at Resource Media, an environmental publishing and communications company aiming to lead discussions around sustainability and resource use. She edited the company’s flagship magazine, Resource, which promoted the use of waste as a resource, as well as overseeing the company’s daily news site. Her role also involved working on projects for many of the main organisations active in the field of waste and resources and managing contract publications including the Loop, the members’ magazine for the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC), and Green World, the official magazine of the Green Party of England and Wales. Libby’s areas of expertise include the circular economy, marine plastics, energy from waste, household waste and recycling collections, food waste, and the sharing economy.
She holds a BA in English Literature and Anthropology from McGill University in Montreal and an MA in English Literary Studies from Durham University.
Prior to Green Alliance, she worked as a researcher at the Institute for Social-Ecological Research in Frankfurt, focusing on the development of precautionary measures to tackle pharmaceutical residues in the aquatic environment.
Caterina holds an MSc in Environmental Technology at Imperial College London, a PhD in Biochemistry from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich and an MChem in Chemistry from the University of Oxford.
Costanza joined Green Alliance in September 2015 as a policy assistant in the Political Leadership theme. In July 2016, she became a policy adviser in the same theme.
Before Green Alliance she worked as a research consultant for the International Institute for Environment and Development, focusing on the political economy of low carbon and climate resilient development. She has also interned with Plan International’s disaster risk management team, working to improve schools’ adaptation and resilience to climate change in disaster prone countries.
She holds an MA in Environment Development and Policy and a BA in International Relations, both from the University of Sussex.
James joined Green Alliance in September 2016 as a policy assistant in the Political Leadership theme.
Before joining Green Alliance, James was a Fellow of the Charityworks Leadership Development Programme, working on strategy development and strategic projects in a large charity. He has volunteered in a variety of roles, from conservation to campaigning, and attended the 40th meeting of the IPCC as an assistant to the Netherlands delegation. He was also a Student Research Fellow with Maastricht Law Faculty on a project exploring the connection between climate science and law.
He holds an MSc in Sustainability Science and Policy from Maastricht University and a BA in History, Politics and International Relations, and Philosophy from Durham University.
Josie is in charge of Green Alliance’s premises, office systems and IT resources. She also supports Shaun Spiers, managing his diary and administering quarterly board meetings.
Prior to joining Green Alliance, she volunteered and then worked at EcoLocal in Sutton, helping to start up a zero-emissions courier service and running recycling workshops in primary schools among other projects.
Marta has worked with Green Alliance since 2001. She is in charge of Green Alliance’s finances including payroll and VAT, and supports the head of resources in preparing the management accounts.
Marta has been involved with the voluntary sector since she moved to the UK from Colombia in 1985. She started off as treasurer to a housing cooperative, and went on to work for an auditing firm specialising in charities and housing co-operatives. She has since worked for several charities, including the Latin American Women’s Rights Service and Demos.
Marta has degrees in Computer Programming and in Systems Engineering. Since arriving in England she has taken several courses in accountancy.
Elena manages Green Alliance's core events programme, including major debates and specialist seminar series.
Prior to Green Alliance, Elena worked as a research scientist specialising in deep sea methane seep habitats and their relationship to climate change. Part of her research also focused on the study of benthic ecology off the Antarctic Peninsula and pollution proxies in the Venice Lagoon. She has published a series of research publications in these areas.
Elena earned a PhD from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, based on her work of the geological record of ocean productivity and climate change in the South Atlantic. She has a degree in geology from the University of Granada, Spain.
Amy joined Green Alliance in September 2016, and assists with online communications and media activity. She also provides support on Green Alliance’s core events.
Prior to joining Green Alliance, she interned at an environmental consultancy, and coordinated the University of Exeter’s largest mentoring scheme. She was also heavily involved with the development of a FoodCycle Hub in Exeter as its marketing and communications hub leader, as well as being nominated for the 'Student Community Impact Award' whilst studying abroad in Canada.
She holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Exeter.