SEA Secretariat Team
The Sustainable Energy Association team are well versed in the policy and regulation that impacts upon the sustainable energy sector. With a wealth of industry experience, they bring a passion for sustainability to the policy development process. They apply careful analysis of the facts and figures before formulating credible and innovative policy solutions in collaboration with our members.
Richard Best, Baron Best
President of the Association
Lord Best sits as an independent crossbencher in the House of Lords. He is Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Housing and Care for Older People. He led the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust and has served as Director of the British Churches Housing Trust and Director of the National Housing Federation. Lord Best was Chair of Hanover Housing Association from 2006 to 2015 and President of the Local Government Association from 2007 to 2016. He also chaired the Council of The Property Ombudsman between 2009 and 2017. He has successfully piloted four Private Members Bills through the House of Lords, most recently the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017.
As Chief Executive of the Sustainable Energy Association Jade brings with her over 25 years of experience working in various roles in the construction product sector spanning technical sales, operations, quality management, R&D, and project leadership.
For the last 10 years, she previously worked in Advocacy for Saint-Gobain UK and Ireland. As Director of Advocacy, she has built collaboration with the industry and government organisations to help inform the policymaking process. Jade’s efforts in engaging with policymakers has been dedicated to driving improvement in the performance of buildings to enhance the wellbeing of occupants and minimise the long-term impact of our built environment on the planet.
Jade is also active in the Construction Leadership Council’s Innovation in Buildings workstream where she is helping to drive the uptake of smart construction in the house building industry.
Head of Parliamentary Affairs
Ron is leading the Campaign to bring all homes up to EPC band C by 2035 and is now working closely with Sir David Amess to introduce the Domestic Properties Bill.
Ron Bailey has been responsible for over 20 successful Private Member’s Bill campaigns and numerous amendments to government legislation. In particular he was responsible for achieving the 5% VAT rate on energy saving materials and on microgeneration technologies; for the legislation that led to both microgeneration strategies and for leading the campaigns that prevented the repeal of the Planning and Energy Act 2008 (which allows councils to set higher energy efficiency standards than those required by Building Regulations) and the Home Energy Conservation Act 1995 (which requires councils to set energy efficiency objectives).
Samantha is a Policy Advisor at the Sustainable Energy Association (SEA). She uses her knowledge of energy efficiency, heat and building policy to advise and support SEA members and also to inform policy development more widely. Sam is the author of Energy Efficiency – A Policy Pathway for the able to pay a document which continues to inform the development of energy efficiency policy. Sam is an expert in the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) and has recently led the organisation of and participated in two large (100+) workshops hosted by the SEA and the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy to drive innovation in ECO.
Sam has an BSc (Hons) in Environment, Economics, and Ecology from the University of York accredited by the Institute of Environmental Sciences. Whilst working at the SEA Sam has established excellent relationships with policy makers, local authorities and leading industry players and this together with her academic background has enabled her to become an important contributor to energy efficiency policy development.
As a Policy Advisor for the Sustainable Energy Association, Jess conducts extensive research and develops content for SEA policy pathway papers and member meetings. She represents SEA member’s views at external meetings and events, helping to facilitate and participate in large (100+ attendee) workshops and regularly works on Government consultation responses within the energy field. This gives her good breadth and depth of knowledge in the political environment surrounding energy, including heat strategy, energy efficiency and building policy and delivery.
Jess holds a BSc (Hons) in Geological Sciences from the University of Leeds and a MSc in Oceanography from the University of Southampton, which are accredited by the Geological Society of London and the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) respectively.
Scott works as a Policy Advisor for the SEA undertaking research and contributing to work on the energy efficiency and decarbonisation of heat agendas. He develops member briefings and policy papers specialising in these areas. He regularly attends events and engages with policy makers on behalf of members across the country, and has a particular interest in advocating the SEA’s policy work with the devolved administrations.
Following the completion of his MA (Hons) in International Relations at the University of St Andrews, Scott gained experience initially in Brussels with Scottish Enterprise before returning to the UK and taking a campaigning role within WWF Scotland. He then spent two years at npower Business Solutions across a range of roles from operations to the sales and marketing of non-commodity solutions like energy management and DSR. Scott enjoys making the most out of the countryside by hill walking and mountain biking. When he isn’t exploring the great outdoors, he spends time singing and playing the bagpipes.
Robert provides techno-economic analysis on all policy areas including cost-effective reforms of the RHI, the SEA’s response to the feed-in-tariff consultation and analysis of policy ideas for developing the energy efficiency market.
Whilst completing his MSc, Robert conducted research which looked at the applications of Behavioural Science and Economics to energy efficiency policy. His research involved the running of a randomised control field trial, data collection, analysis and report writing. Rob applies the valuable skills developed whilst undertaking this research to his role at SEA.
Robert holds an MSc in Environmental Economics with Climate Change and a BSc in Environmental Policy with Economics from London School of Economics and Political Science.
Team Project Co-Ordinator
Sandra takes responsibility for the smooth running of the office whilst providing project and administrative support and managing many of the companies’ meetings and events.
Sandra joined SEA in 2011 as the office manager, having previously worked for over fourteen years as an assistant-office manager and then office manager for a UK based German automotive consultancy.
Born and educated in the Netherlands, she obtained an Economics/Linguistic bachelor’s degree at the H.E.S. in Rotterdam.
Eva leads on financial functions, producing VAT returns, year-end financial statements and all day to day bookkeeping duties in between. Eva keeps things running smoothly around the office, drawing on an array of expertise and proficiencies to support her within the role.
Eva has worked in Finance Managerial roles for the past ten years and has an impressive thirty years’ experience as an accountant. Her previous employers include Thinktank Science Museum and Million Point Property where she worked as a Project Accountant and Malachi Specialist Family Support Services where she appointed Finance Director.
Eva is known for her positive can-do attitude around the office. When she’s not buried in numbers and invoices, she enjoys researching her family tree and has recently committed to learning Welsh on Duolingo.
Laura has an active engagement with both traditional and new media outlets allowing the SEA to deliver campaign messages to a wide stakeholder base.
Her main priority is to streamline internal and member communications as well as increase awareness of SEA services. She is responsible for managing and coordinating the implementation of comprehensive marketing and PR initiatives in several capacities.
Laura has a wide background of events, marketing and project management and has successfully supported and managed campaigns and programmes for UK Trade & Investment and other organisations. She also holds a degree in Events Management from University of Birmingham and several academic qualifications in creative industries.
Tawia joined the Sustainable Energy Association as Office and People Coordinator and is the first point of contact for all general enquiries. Amongst other duties, Tawia assists with maintaining and updating spreadsheets and databases, transport and accommodation planning and assists in the overall smooth running of the office throughout each working week. As people coordinator, Tawia plays an important role within the team and has been valuable in shaping the office culture and environment.
Tawia joined the company with a wealth of experience within this setting having worked as an administrator and events coordinator for many years including for the UN Convention on Human Rights in Switzerland and the NGO, Women Empowerment in Ghana. Tawia has a Diploma in both Secretarial Studies and Event Planning and Décor, and a Bachelor of Science, Environment and Development obtained from the Open University.
In her free time, Tawia enjoys visiting new places and spending time with her very close-nit family. When her four daughters aren’t entertaining her with their singing and dancing, she’s either spending time with her grandchildren or on the phone to one of her five sisters.