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

General Manager

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Stuart Dawks

General Manager

Stuart is the General Manager at PECT, where he 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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Selina Wilson

Office Manager and Company Administrator

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Selina Wilson

Office Manager and Company Administrator

Selina is PECT’s Office Manager, her role ranges from human resource management to IT and from ordering office supplies to project delivery.

Selina has worked for PECT for almost seven years and finds that not one day is ever the same! She is always learning new things and enjoys developing her skills as much as possible.

When she isn’t working Selina can be found learning to play guitar, listening to music and playing with her Labrador.

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John Foster

Accounts Assistant

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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

Communities Team Manager

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Karen Igho

Communities Team Manager

Direct Dial: 01733 866441

Email: karen.igho@pect.org.uk

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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Simon Belham

Forest for Peterborough Project Officer

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Simon Belham

Forest for Peterborough Project Officer

Simon is responsible for delivering our Forest for Peterborough project. This includes securing land to be able to plant an average of 6,000 trees during each planting season, which runs from October to March. He also gives away free trees at city events, maintains current and previously planted sites, and works on volunteer engagement.

Having 15 years’ practical experience as a qualified tree surgeon, including four years as a tree surveyor for the local authority, Simon has a strong insight into the tree industry. This enables him to give sound aboricultural advice in line with planning and client-based responses.

When not busy planting trees, he can be found with a camera in hand exploring the globe to find the next great shot.

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Antony Gough

Project Manager - Business Energy Efficiency

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Antony Gough

Project Manager - Business Energy Efficiency

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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Warren Pope

Senior Business Advisor

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Warren Pope

Senior Business Advisor

Warren is the energy advisor for the BEECP ERDF project providing free energy efficiency advice for SME businesses in the Greater Cambridge & Peterborough LEP areas.

A full member of the APM, his experience stems from a portfolio career in engineering, construction, energy and environmental management.

During this time Warren has gained a great deal of technical knowledge, which enables him to easily find solutions to difficult problems through product or process innovation and improvement, gained from his work in the Automotive Industry, The Social Landlord sector and at BRE.

When not at work Warren is normally repairing, fixing or making something for his home.

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Clare Watters

BEECP Business Support Officer

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Clare Watters

BEECP Business 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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Emma Taylor

BEECP Financial Claims Manager

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Emma Taylor

BEECP Financial Claims Manager

Emma works on the Business Energy Efficiency programme, focussing on the financial and compliance aspects of the project. She makes sure that PECT complies with the terms of the funding agreement, prepares and submits financial claims to the project funder and oversees delegated grant payments to small businesses.

Emma has been at PECT for three years, during which time she has worked on a number of energy efficiency and fuel poverty projects in the Business and Communities Teams. Before joining PECT, Emma worked in the Woodland Trust’s funded projects team and as a Project Manager in Children’s Services and the museums and galleries sector.

Outside of work, Emma enjoys walking in the countryside and cooking.

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David Knight

Environmental Consultant and Project Officer for Business Lincolnshire

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David Knight

Environmental Consultant and Project Officer for Business Lincolnshire

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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April Sotomayor

Sustainability Consultant

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April Sotomayor

Sustainability Consultant

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 is 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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Danette O'Hara

Project Officer

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Danette O'Hara

Project Officer

Danette joined PECT in October 2017, splitting her time between delivering the Warm Homes projects and working with the green accreditation scheme Investors in the Environment (iiE).

Danette has previously volunteered for PECT on a number of occasions since moving to Peterborough in 2014, and is a passionate environmentalist. She is a member of the steering group for Peterborough in Transition, and part of Fossil Free Cambridgeshire, the Going Green Working Group, and Barrier Breakers.

Prior to joining PECT, Danette worked within HR and completed a masters in Occupational Psychology, which she will be able to use within her role with iiE.

In her spare time, Danette can be found at the allotment, or relaxing with a good book or doing crafts.

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Shani Lambert

Warm Homes Project Officer

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Shani Lambert

Warm Homes Project Officer

Shani joined PECT in October 2017 to help deliver two new Warm Homes projects in Peterborough and South Holland. Shani will be out and about conducting surveys, providing home visits and advising people on how they can save money on their energy bills whilst also improving the environment by reducing their carbon footprint.

In a past life Shani has worked across the board in a variety of roles within the charity, public, education and private sectors, holding roles in grants administration, project management and bid writing. Shani holds a BA in Archaeology, BSc in Conservation and Countryside Management, PGCE:PCE in Environmental Science and a MSc in Biodiversity Conservation.

Outside of work Shani is a keen Archer. She currently shoots for her county team but her competitiveness has taken her as far as America and New Zealand. She also enjoys gardening, conserving wildlife and walking in the countryside.

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 Duberley

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Sir Hugh Duberley

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.

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Steve Magenis (Chair)
Andrew Heeler (Vice Chair and Company Secretary)
Nick Sandford
Peter Brotherton
Toby Willison

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