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 a trustee 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. His book, How to build houses and save the countryside, was published by Policy Press in March 2018.
Belinda joined Green Alliance in 2018 and is responsible for developing and executing Green Alliance’s strategy and overseeing Greener UK and its influence on the Brexit process. Prior to joining Green Alliance, Belinda worked as head of government and rural affairs at the Campaign to Protect Rural England for two and a half years. Before that, she worked in the Science Policy Centre of The Royal Society and at Defra, where she focused on issues ranging from waste to noise and agriculture. She started her career at Shell before joining the Countryside Agency. She has a degree in geography from Cambridge University and an MSc in environmental management from Birkbeck College.
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 as 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.
Amy has run the Greener UK unit since it was established in September 2016 following the EU referendum. The unit co-ordinates and drives forward the Greener UK coalition’s work, campaigning with partners across the environmental sector to influence the exit negotiations and related law and policy.
Amy joined Green Alliance in 2014 to work on our Low Carbon Energy theme, leading projects on renewables investment, energy efficiency, and public engagement in infrastructure planning.
Previously, Amy worked at Futerra Sustainability Communications, the Royal Geographical Society, and Cambridge University Geography Department, and she held leadership roles with the UK Youth Climate Coalition. She holds a BA in Geography from Cambridge University and two masters degrees from Yale University, in Global Affairs and Environmental Management.
Angela joined Green Alliance in April 2015 to provide economic analysis and insight across all themes and areas of policy. She develops the economic case for a sustainable economy through her work on low carbon energy, infrastructure, and natural environment and leads Green Alliance’s work on industrial strategy and resource efficiency.
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 policy and projects to support low carbon development and the deployment of renewable energy as well as leading on the UNFCCC climate change diplomacy in the region.
She has spent most of her career in the UK, starting with five years in finance in the energy industry before she moved 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 led 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 theme, 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, 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.
Ruth joined Green Alliance’s Greener UK unit in October 2017 to manage its parliamentary work on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill
Before joining Greener UK, Ruth worked with a wide range of not-for-profit and public sector organisations, helping them to engage with and influence government and parliament. She has worked on a number of bills including the Modern Slavery Bill, Housing and Planning Bill, Criminal Finances Bill and the Welfare Reform and Work Bill. Prior to that, she was deputy chief executive of the Campaign for National Parks.
In addition to her Greener UK role, she is Chair of the Campaign for Better Transport, a Trustee of the London Wildlife Trust, vice chair of Defra’s Civil Society Partnership and the lay member on COMEAP, the expert committee that advises the government on the effects of air pollutants on health.
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 from Imperial College London, a PhD in Biochemistry from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich and an MChem in Chemistry from the University of Oxford.
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.
Gwen joins Green Alliance from the Green Party where she worked as Leadership Officer, coordinating the activities of the leadership team and working at the highest levels of the party. Gwen has also worked for CHEM Trust and completed an internship with an MEP where she was based in the European Parliament in Brussels.
She holds a BSc in Environmental Science from Plymouth University.
Tom joined Green Alliance in September 2017 as a policy assistant in the Political Leadership theme.
Prior to working at Green Alliance he served as co-founder and editor-in-chief of the LSE Undergraduate Political Review, the LSE’s first undergraduate academic journal. He has also interned in the International Affairs and Defence Section of the House of Commons Library.
He holds a BSc in Government from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Prior to working at Green Alliance, she completed an emergency traineeship with the United States’ Federal Emergency Management Agency creating GIS tools to spread knowledge on seismic zones in the southeast region of the U.S. She has experience in local government initiating technology and innovation efforts in Los Angeles City Hall and in international affairs as General Motors’ research fellow in Washington, D.C.
Melissa holds an MSc in Disasters, Adaptation and Development from King’s College London and a BA in Political Science from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. During her time at KCL she interned for Energy 4 Impact supporting business development research and volunteered for Missing Maps, assisting humanitarian organisations by adding local details to unmapped areas of the world. While completing her BA, Melissa was Head Delegate of the university’s National Model United Nations team and a BLOOM Reintegration Academy mentor introducing African American youth at risk of being involved in the juvenile justice system to opportunities in higher education.
Chris joined Green Alliance in September 2018 as a policy assistant in the Low Carbon Future theme.
Before working at Green Alliance, he worked as a new market analyst for energy consultancy Cornwall Insight, specialising in electric vehicles and low carbon heat. He also created the climate change advocacy non-profit company DecarboniseNow, focusing research and campaigns on decarbonisation policies.
He holds a MSc in Climate Change and a BSc in Environmental Geography and Climate Change, both from the University of East Anglia.
Patrick joined Green Alliance in September 2018 as the policy assistant for the Greener UK Unit.
Prior to this, he completed an MSc in Environmental Technology at Imperial College London and his thesis focused on the impact of Brexit on British agriculture. He has worked in environmental roles in the public sector for the NHS and also in the charitable sector, and helps run the Divest Parliament campaign.
He holds a BA in Natural Sciences, specialising in ecology, from the University of Cambridge.
Prior to working at Green Alliance, he completed his BSc in Earth Sciences at University College London. At UCL he was actively involved in decarbonisation campaigns such as Fossil Free UCL and helped found the UCL Clean Energy Projects society.
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 moving to 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.
Benjamin joined the Greener UK unit of Green Alliance in December 2017 as media and communications manager. He coordinates the unit’s press work, campaigning to strengthen environmental policies and legislation as the UK leaves the European Union.
Prior to Greener UK, Benjamin was the press officer for the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), running press campaigns on protecting designated countryside and enhancing the provision of affordable housing in rural areas. He has also worked in the communications team for the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra).
Benjamin holds an MPhil in Modern European History from the University of Cambridge and a BA in History from Durham University.
Molly Easton joined Green Alliance in September 2018 as a communications assistant and supports media activity. She also helps facilitate Green Alliance’s core events.
She has just graduated from the University of Oxford where she read English Language and Literature. Over the course of her degree, her work increasingly gravitated towards environmental theory and her dissertation - 'Edward Lear, Nature and the "Fiddlediddlety of Representation"' - looked at the ecological consciousness of nonsense poetry.