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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.

  • Jade Lewis - SEA

    Jade Lewis
    CEO

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    As Chief Executive of the Sustainable Energy Association (SEA), Jade engages with the development of a range of energy policies and is dedicated to the decarbonisation of homes and buildings.

    She joined the SEA with a wealth of experience within a policy and regulatory affairs capacity after working with Government, Parliament, and industry at the heart of some of the biggest challenges facing the sustainable energy sector.

    Having experienced the good and bad of political interventions over the past decade whilst the climate emergency has worsened, Jade recognises just how important it is to bring industry and policymakers together to design policy that works. Her 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.

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  • Girvin Gill

    Girvin Gill
    Policy Advisor

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    Girvin Gill is a Policy Advisor with experience working in the charity sector, building materials and wider construction sector. Girvin has a passion for the political process and exploring the workings of parliament. He has a fascination with the ideologies behind policy, and the way we can work together to tackle challenges of our generation.

    Girvin has worked at Saint-Gobain UK & Ireland for three years in two roles. His first role was as an Advocacy Coordinator where he helped build relationships with stakeholders, enhance business reputation and influence, while minimising risks from policy and regulation. His second role as a Partnership Support Executive was predominately in sales, where he assisted in the management of customer accounts and gathering industry/government intelligence for the wider business. Girvin enjoys working with the SEA team and focusing on Sustainability and Energy Policy as both government and industry work towards a more sustainable future.

    When not following current affairs and sustainability policy, Girvin is an avid gamer and reader with a particular fondness for a good story. He also enjoys playing chess, learning guitar and long hikes with amazing views.

  • Hannah Schmidt
    Policy Advisor

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    Hannah is a Policy Advisor at the Sustainable Energy Association (SEA) supporting the team in developing consultation responses, carrying out research and writing policy papers to champion the views of the SEA. Hannah engages in policy debates, attending industry events and collaborating with members and policy makers to help achieve net zero buildings that are fit for the future.

    Hannah has previously worked on energy efficiency delivering key research for government, providing thought leadership and presenting key findings on analysis for government departments including the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Hannah also has experience of managing the Biomass Suppliers List (BSL), helping to accredit biomass suppliers in order to be eligible for Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) payments.

    Hannah attended the University of Manchester where she studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE), then worked as a Technology Consultant for a recruitment firm in Manchester before moving to London for a role with Gemserv as an Energy Analyst in the Low Carbon Team. Hannah’s passion to transform our society to operate a low carbon, net zero economy blossomed in 2019 when she travelled to China, India, Japan and Vietnam. She became aware of the scale of change required to cease harming the environment, which must start with developed countries. Hannah is highly motivated by thisand looks forward to confronting the barriers to net zero as she develops in her role with the SEA.

  • Ben Copson

    Ben Copson
    Policy Advisor

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    Ben is a Policy Advisor at the Sustainable Energy Association (SEA) supporting the team in developing consultation responses, carrying out research and writing policy papers to champion the views of the SEA. Additional roles include advising and supporting members, collaborating with policy makers, and advocating for the development of net zero buildings that are fit for the future.

    Ben’s previous experience includes work in the charity sector, where as an intern at Thames Estuary Partnership he collated research, collaborated with stakeholders and upheld the protection of the River Thames. He has also worked as a Student Ambassador for Cardiff University, where he studied and has worked on a range of enriching part-time roles.

    Ben graduated with BSc (Hons) in Environmental Geography from Cardiff University, where he studied the mechanisms of climate change, the physics and evolution of the natural world, past and present, and environmental policy. His love for the outdoors and natural environment personally drives him to contribute to and develop a career in reaching net zero and supporting the sustainability agenda.

  • Robert Honeyman
    Head Economist

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    Rob leads the Economics team and is responsible for ensuring high-quality analysis is provided to support the work of the SEA. He has an in-depth understanding of the way in which economics intersects with policymaking.

    Rob holds an MSc in Environmental Economics & Climate Change and a BSc in Environmental Policy and Economics from the London School of Economics.

    Outside of work, Rob follows his football team (Newcastle) in eternal hope and enjoys playing himself. He also has a keen interest in China, having lived and worked in the country twice.

  • Christina Thompson-Yates

    Christina Thompson-Yates
    PR Manager

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    Christina is our PR Manager and forms the link between public affairs, policy advocacy and strategic communications.

    She specialises in translating complex policy frameworks into compelling narratives to raise awareness, encourage parliamentary engagement, and communicate policy positioning for our partners across the low carbon sector.

    Prior to this, she worked as a content writer generating in-house, B2B and B2C marketing strategies and content for e-business and spent year working for a marketing agency in Melbourne, Australia.

    Christina completed a BA in Drama and Scriptwriting from Northumbria University and is now a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

    Outside of work, she enjoys blogging, travelling, and spending time out in nature.

  • Erin O’Neill

    Erin O’Neill
    Social Media Officer

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  • Sandra Morris
    Project Co-Ordinator

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    Sandra supports the smooth running of the office, managing  the organisation of many of the company’s numerous meetings and events, whilst providing project and specialised administrative support to Ecuity and the Sustainable Energy Association (SEA).

    She has extensive experience in bringing together a wide range of stakeholders from across the energy sector for parliamentary receptions, industry round tables, project meetings and working group events. Her communication, organisational and event management skills are second to none.  

    Working closely with the SEA team, Sandra is also responsible for the CEO’s diary and logistics management. In addition, she provides onboarding support for new members and support for SEA projects such as the current EPC campaign. 

    Sandra joined Ecuity as the Office Manager in 2011 having previously worked as Office Manager for a UK based German automotive consultancy, where she worked for a period of 14 years.  

    Born and educated in the Netherlands, she obtained a degree in Economics and Linguistics at the H.E.S in Rotterdam and is fluent in Dutch, English, German and French. 

     

  • Ron Bailey

    Ron Bailey
    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).