Team PECT

Welcome to our friendly and enthusiastic team! See more about the work we do and the areas we cover

Staff

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Carly Leonard

Chief Executive

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Carly Leonard

Chief Executive

Carly became Chief Executive at PECT in October 2015. She oversees the work of the charity and puts in place our plans and strategies for the future. Day-to-day Carly is involved in everything from developing new opportunities for PECT, shaping the direction of existing projects, working with the Board and getting out and about talking to people about what we do.

Carly has 20 years of experience and has worked in sustainability for around 10 of these years. As well as within a charity, Carly has worked in social enterprise, local and regional government and the private sector. She has held roles in project management, IT systems implementation, finance and procurement, communications and operations management. Carly has a BSc in Environmental Studies.

Outside of work, and sometimes in work, Carly can often be found rescuing injured animals (particularly pigeons).

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Stuart Dawks

Director of Operations

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Stuart Dawks

Director of Operations

Stuart works closely with the CEO and Board on delivering the strategic direction of the organisation. He is responsible for the management of the PECT team and oversees on a number of the projects.

Previously to PECT, Stuart worked for 18years as a consultant within the water industry, specialising in innovation, visualisation and project management.

When not at work Stuart can be found checking his emails and playing with spreadsheets. He is also becoming a keen gardener (peer pressure from the rest of the PECT team).

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Sam Peeroo

Finance Manager

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Sam Peeroo

Finance Manager

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Kari-ann Whitbread

Fundraising Manager

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Kari-ann Whitbread

Fundraising Manager

Kari-ann is responsible for raising funds for PECT’s work. This includes securing funds from a diverse range of funding streams from grants and foundations, to corporates and individuals.

She has 11 years experience of fundraising at an international and national level spending five years working for UNICEF in South Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya and Palestine. She has also worked for Save the Children and Voluntary Service Overseas.

When not busy writing bids, she can be found in the garden or the yoga studio. She travels everywhere by bike and loves the colour purple!

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Laura Fanthorpe

Marketing & Communications Manager

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Laura Fanthorpe

Marketing & Communications Manager

Laura is responsible for making people aware about how to get involved with PECT’s work, whether it’s through digital media, articles, press releases or other promotional activities.

Previously a writer for gardening publications, and having worked for charitable organisations for almost a decade, she is passionate about making a difference. A champion for the environment, arts, heritage and nature in the city – she’s a strong advocate for local good works and the people doing it!

When not busy promoting all things PECT, she can be found in the garden or traipsing through woods. A compulsive list maker and pen hoarder, Laura always likes to be prepared!

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Karen Igho

Health and Wellbeing Lead

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Karen Igho

Health and Wellbeing Lead

Karen has worked in the communities team at PECT for eight years. During that time she has helped set up, deliver and manage many projects including Greeniversity, Love Local and Planet B.

Karen previously worked as a chef and is a fully qualified massage and aromatherapy therapist but her passion for the environment and previous volunteer roles with Greenpeace led her to take a degree as a mature student, focusing on the risk society in relation to the environment and after a spell of work experience at PECT became a full time member of the team.

After work she can be found walking her dog, relaxing in the garden or watching super hero movies. She has been known (occasionally) to be supporting the local brewing industry.

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Heidi Latronico

Environmental Education Lead

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Heidi Latronico

Environmental Education Lead

Heidi Latronico-Ferris is our Environmental Education Coordinator.  This involves working with schools and other education establishments to encourage them to become more sustainable in their practices and to be able to educate the next generation to make positive change. With over 12 years of experience working in schools and with other youth organisations she has a wealth of knowledge in Outdoor Learning including Forest Schools and also successfully gained the ECO flag award for The Queen Katherine Academy.
Heidi volunteers with the Duke of Edinburgh Award and is a Cub Scout Leader which includes her getting involved in local Gang Shows as a producer Choreographer. If she gets any free time she loves to go exploring with her family and reading a good book in the sunshine.
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April Sotomayor

Sustainability Consultant and Resource Use Lead

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April Sotomayor

Sustainability Consultant and Resource Use Lead

April joined the PECT team in 2013, and has since worked on all project teams, including Communities, Education, and Business teams. She currently supports businesses through Investors in the Environment accreditation, helping organisations measurably reduce their environmental impacts and improve year on year.

Prior to her work in the sustainability sector, April has worked as linguist, analyst, and teacher. April has spent years volunteering as a community organiser with Adopt-a-Stream and Riverfly Partnership’s Anglers Monitoring Initiative to support good river basin water quality and biodiversity. April is an active member of IEMA, the Sierra Club, and is a board member of Transition Kings Cliffe. April holds a BSc in Biology and MSc in Environmental Management.

Beyond work, April spends time with her family – taking part in a host of brilliant activities in her community and her daughter’s school. She also runs an ethical food buying group.

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Tony Cook

Natural Environment Lead

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Tony Cook

Natural Environment Lead

Tony joined PECT in 2019; leading the organisation’s Nature and Environment enhancement projects. Tony works with organisations, community associations and groups to improve our local environment.  As a passionate environmentalist, he works to raise awareness of the need to implement changes in behaviour and management, to reduce the impacts, conserve and protect the environment.

Tony’s role delivers natural enhancement, often through volunteer participation at a practical level. This can be tree planting, habitat improvements and through other green space projects. Tony is keen to promote Permaculture principles in horticultural settings and other design-based approaches that reduce system wastage and optimise growth without environmental degradation. Tony qualified as a tree surgeon and then as a teacher. He has an environmental-based BSc and he completed a Permaculture PDC and has run numerous projects that work towards a more sustainable future.

Tony uses established environmental conceptual theory in conjunction with solid practical good practice, to deliver optimal environmental improvements. Tony has taught extensively in the vocational sector and was a subject specialist for a Countryside and Environmental course. Tony has a background that spans working in the environment sector, education and the technical side of the Arts. Tony first worked for PECT as an environmental contractor over 20 years ago!

Outside of the office, Tony is a keen outdoor person, he is a Mountain Leader and enjoys walking in remote and upland environments.

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Antony Gough

Grant Scheme Project Manager - Eastern New Energy

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Antony Gough

Grant Scheme Project Manager - Eastern New Energy

Antony worked for PECT from 2001-2005, during which time he led the Business & Environment team and developed the award winning Business Environment Management Scheme and The Materials Exchange.

Since then Antony has worked on a number of local, regional and national business support programmes focused on sustainability including; Envirowise; the National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (NISP); Resource Efficiency East and Grants4Growth. Antony returned to PECT in late 2016 to work on the Business Energy Efficiency programme.

Antony is a Full Member of the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment, a Chartered Environmentalist and has an MBA in Environmental Management.

Away from work Antony can usually be found on two wheels. He is a member of Velo-One Cycling team who race across the UK whilst raising awareness of Type 1 diabetes in children.

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David Knight

Environmental Consultant

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David Knight

Environmental Consultant

David joined PECT in 2015 working with Investors in the Environment as the business support officer, helping organisations identify their environmental impacts and put in place a system of action to measure, analyse and reduce their impact on the environment.

David now works with businesses as a consultant role, and is also a Project Officer and resource efficiency advisor on the Business Lincolnshire Growth scheme. Carrying out resource efficiency audits with businesses, he identifies opportunities to implement behavioural change, technology improvements, the addition of renewables, etc. to improve resource efficiency, which helps businesses save money and become more sustainable.

David has a business background working mostly in the financial sector from customer services through to client management, eventually moving into technical roles.

Outside of the office, David studies and practices Karate and when not in the dojo he can be found using his iron fists to carry out DIY at home.

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Clare Watters

Senior Project Support Officer

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Clare Watters

Senior Project Support Officer

Clare re-joined PECT in January 2017 to work on the Business Energy Efficiency programme.

Clare worked for PECT for nearly three years previously, managing the Business and Environment Management Scheme and several funded projects supporting businesses to implement Environmental Management Systems, save money and be more sustainable. Other roles in the environmental sector have included working as Waterwise East Co-ordinator, working to support construction of more water-efficient housing in the East of England and beyond, and Energy and Buildings Officer for Huntingdonshire District Council, supporting the Council to become more efficient and sustainable in their own activities and buildings.

When not eligibility-checking or chatting to businesses, Clare likes to spend time with her family and friends, and gardening, doing yoga, cycling, and walking.

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Nikki Dekker

Warm Homes Project Officer

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Nikki Dekker

Warm Homes Project Officer

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Shannon Wells

Data Monitoring & Compliance Officer - Eastern New Energy

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Shannon Wells

Data Monitoring & Compliance Officer - Eastern New Energy

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Alexandra Szczurek

Project Coordinator (BLUEPRINT)

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Alexandra Szczurek

Project Coordinator (BLUEPRINT)

Direct Dial: 07378 249520

Email: [email protected]

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Lauren Cox

Project Coordinator

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Lauren Cox

Project Coordinator

Direct Dial: 01733 568408

Email: [email protected]

Patrons

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Ken McKay

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Ken McKay

Honorary Patron of PECT since 2012 and currently a Business Advisor for the Prince’s Trust. Previously Non-Executive Director (1995-2012) and Chairman (2003-2008) of PECT.

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Sir Hugh Duberly

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Sir Hugh Duberly

Sir Hugh Duberly KCVO, CBE, Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order. President of Cambridgeshire St John’s Council, Patron of the Cambridgeshire British Red Cross, and Honorary Colonel of the Cambridgeshire Army Cadet Force.

Board

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Toby Willison

Chair

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Toby Willison

Chair

Toby has worked in the environment sector for the last 30 years, in research, consultancy and public service. He is currently Director of Environment and Corporate Affairs at Southern Water, and was previously an Executive Director of the Environment Agency.

In the early parts of his career, Toby researched into looking at how changing land use can impact on the balance of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, more recently he have been working with government and business to ensure we are both prepared for and reducing the impacts of climate change. He believes passionately that protecting and enhancing the environment is good for people, communities and business.

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Andrew Heeler

Vice Chair and Company Secretary

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Andrew Heeler

Vice Chair and Company Secretary

Andrew is a corporate and commercial solicitor with over 20 years’ experience in advising businesses all over the country. His work covers advising businesses in a wide variety of sectors on their structure, acquisitions and disposals as well as their commercial contracts. So it is no surprise that Andrew looks to bring that experience to the commercial operations of PECT and it’s trading subsidiary, Green Energy Switch.

Whether in relation to a legal or a business matter, Andrew focuses on the key objectives and looks to take a practical approach to achieve those key objectives in the most effective way possible.

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Steve Magenis

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Steve Magenis

Steve Magenis has recently retired from full time work where he was Director of Development at the international consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV. His 50-year professional career spanned the public and private sectors, where he promoted leading edge flood and coastal management techniques and green cities to achieve smart and sustainable growth in the dense urban context.

Steve has held numerous senior management and board positions and was Chair of PECT through the Trust’s successful transition into an independent charity. A Chartered Civil Engineer, he is a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environment Management and a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

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Chloe Walker-Harrison

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Chloe Walker-Harrison

Chloe works for the Knowledge Transfer Network, the UK’s innovation network, as a Knowledge Transfer Manager in the Projects and European Programmes Team. Most recently, she has been working as programme manager for a start-up accelerator programme for UK academics focusing on Cyber Security ideas.

Having previously spent eight years as Chief of Staff for a Member of Parliament, she is a public affairs professional with varied experience across campaigns, project management, communications, speech writing, influencing, lobbying, policy, strategy, consultation and event management with national and local government.

Chloe is a life-long vegetarian and has always taken a keen interest in environmental issues. She lives in central Peterborough with her husband and two children. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, camping, gardening and walking the dog.

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Julie Taylor

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Julie Taylor

Julie is the Chief Executive at the Thomas Deacon Education Trust. She has been a teacher and a leader in education for over 30 years and is passionate about good quality education and the difference that having the best possible school experience can make to young people’s lives. The Thomas Deacon Education Trust is a charitable organisation dedicated to raising educational outcomes across a range of primary and secondary phase schools and academies in the East Midlands. The trust is passionate about raising educational standards in the Peterborough area and take their wider responsibilities seriously: sharing best practice and working together with schools in their region.

Julie founded and chairs the Peterborough Trust Leadership Network, which brings together all Chief Executives who are responsible for any school in Peterborough, so includes local, regional and national multi-academy trusts. This group was established to take a city-wide collaborative and strategic approach to driving up attainment across Peterborough. The group works with the LA and RSC and has developed a relationship of real honesty and trust.

Additionally, Julie is the Chairperson of Schools of Tomorrow – a national, member-owned social enterprise open to all schools seeking values-led, research-informed change who share a broader understanding of school purpose and quality based on the Four Quadrant Framework, and commit to research and development, long-term partnership and peer support, in order to embed this deep into their practice. Julie is also a trustee and advocate for the Combined Cadet Force Association.

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Peter Brotherton

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Peter Brotherton

Dr Peter Brotherton is Director of Science and Climate Change at Natural England, the government’s official advisor on nature conservation in England. He has worked at the interface between conservation science, practice and policy for over 20 years. He was lead adviser to the Government on the England Biodiversity Strategy and an author of the influential ‘Making Space for Nature’ report. Before joining Natural England, Pete was an academic, and studied for his degree and PhD at Cambridge University.

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Steven Trewhella

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Steven Trewhella

Steven is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers specialising in the shaping and deliver of sustainable investments in flood and coastal resilience. With a UK wide and international career spanning more than 27 years, Steven takes great delight in working with people and partners to build the connections between water, people and place.

In line with PECT’s vision, Steven is committed to using his skills, influence and networks to create great places that are sensitive to future risks and opportunities, and leave a positive legacy for people and the environment.

Outside of work Steven can usually be found near a river, the sea or the mountains.

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Laura Knudsen

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Laura Knudsen

Laura has over 20 years’ in financial management and control. As a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants Laura’s career has covered a broad range of industries including manufacturing, publishing and engineering consultancy. Laura is committed to using her skills to help maintain PECT’s strong financial position, ensuring growth of the charity to help build and create a more sustainable environment.

Outside of work Laura can be found, with her family, walking her dogs in the local woodland areas.

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Nick Sandford

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Nick Sandford

Nick is the PECT Board member responsible for liaison with company members. He is a long serving city councillor for the Paston and Walton ward of Peterborough City Council and is leader of the Liberal Democrat group on the Council. He serves on the Council’s Health Scrutiny Committee and the Constitution and Ethics Committee.

Nick has worked for the Woodland Trust for over 25 years and is currently regional external affairs officer, liaising with councils on policy matters across the Midlands and East of England. He has an MA degree in Biochemistry from Merton College, Oxford and previously worked in the financial services industry. Nick is a regular worshipper at Holy Spirit, Church of England church, in Bretton and has a keen interest in politics, history, environmental issues and transport. He also enjoys reading historical fiction and watching cricket and tennis in the summer.

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Gemma Mason

Green Energy Switch

Set up as a subsidiary of PECT, Green Energy Switch (GES) is a profit for purpose company, specialising in working with communities, utility companies, and social landlords to manage their energy services.

Any profits made are gift aided to the charity PECT, making GES an ethical choice for your energy management solutions. For more information, call 01733 646253 or visit www.greenenergyswitch.co.uk