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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Stuart Dawks

Chief Executive Officer

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Stuart Dawks

Chief Executive Officer

Stuart is the CEO at PECT and works closely with the PECT 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 18 years 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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Antony Gough

Head of Sustainability

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Antony Gough

Head of Sustainability

Antony is the Head of Sustainability for PECT and is the National Lead & Principal Consultant for our Investors in the Environment (iiE) Accreditation Scheme.

He 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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Elizabeth Franklin

Finance Manager

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Elizabeth Franklin

Finance Manager

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Trevor Gibson

Fundraising & Business Development Manager

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Trevor Gibson

Fundraising & Business Development Manager

Trevor started his local government career as an Environmental Health Officer in the West Midlands in 1984 and progressed to the role of Director of Environmental Services and Community Services with Peterborough City Council in 2002 with responsibility for, amongst many other things, development control, transport, environmental and consumer regulation.

One common theme throughout Trevor’s career continues to be his passion for environmental protection and sustainability. He has been responsible for leading the development of city-scale strategies relating to both agendas since the 1980s with a more recent focus on the circular economy. He has too many hobbies to mention, is an avid gardener, reader and a committed football fan.

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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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Tony Cook

Natural Environment Lead

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Tony Cook

Natural Environment Lead

Tony is our Natural Environment Lead and works across multiple environmental projects most notably our Forest for Peterborough work. Tony has an environmental-based BSc honours degree, is a qualified tree surgeon and previously was a secondary school teacher and Duke of Edinburgh coordinator.

A passionate environmentalist, Tony has completed a Permaculture PDC and uses permaculture principles to increase sustainability through design and actions. He is also a qualified Forest School Leader and is enthusiastic about promoting a greater connection to nature to all the students and individuals he works with.

Outside of work, Tony is a keen outdoor person, as well as being a Mountain Leader enjoying walking in remote and upland environments. He also regularly practices bushcraft, canoeing and tends to his allotment.

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Alexandra Szczurek

Marketing and Communications Manager

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Alexandra Szczurek

Marketing and Communications Manager

Alex started at PECT in November 2020 working on the EU-funded projects BLUEPRINT to a Circular Economy and Cool Food Pro as a Project & Marketing Coordinator. In February 2022, Alex moved into the Marketing & Communications role for PECT.

Holding an MSc in Conservation & Biodiversity from the University of Exeter, she has a strong environmental research background alongside experience in corporate events management and sponsorship.

A keen interest in shouting about the work we do, Alex’s role is to spread awareness of the charity and work directly on engagement projects such as Bring it Back. Cool Food Pro & splits her time marketing PECT’s Investors in the Environment (iiE) environmental accreditation scheme.

Alex spends her free time in the great outdoors and has hiked all over the world including across a glacier in Colombia.

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Nikki Dekker

Domestic Energy Lead & Senior Project Coordinator

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Nikki Dekker

Domestic Energy Lead & Senior Project Coordinator

Nikki is the Energy Lead at PECT where she she manages and supports our Energy Advice service which aims to improve the warmth of people’s homes throughout Cambridgeshire. Nikki also works as a Project Coordinator on Bring it Back, a project aiming to remove the barriers to reusable packaging schemes through delivery of five pilots throughout Peterborough.

Before PECT, Nikki was studying International Relations at University. She researched the effects of climate change on those most vulnerable and the impacts this would have on migration. Supporting those most vulnerable is what motivates her to do the work she currently does at PECT.

Nikki spends her spare time training for a half-marathon and also has a 2-year-old beagle that she’s obsessed with.

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David Knight

Principal Environmental Consultant

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David Knight

Principal 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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Jenny Wilton

Project Manager

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Jenny Wilton

Project Manager

Jenny is the Project Manager for our SENE (South East New Energy) Project, helping businesses apply for grants that will enable them to decarbonise through energy efficiency measures.

Previously, she has worked within Government Funded Business Support for about 15 years, as a Manufacturing Specialist for the Manufacturing Advisory Service and delivering many other programmes including Innovation & Sustainability projects.

She has extensive experience of business process improvement, across businesses of many different sizes and across many different industries and has a Masters Degree in Technology Management. She is also also a Trustee of another local charity.

Jenny spends most of her free time running a dance based fitness business, teaching 4 or 5 classes per week. She also enjoys walking, cycling and socialising!

 

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Camilla Sherwin

Sustainability Consultant and Partnerships Manager

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Camilla Sherwin

Sustainability Consultant and Partnerships Manager

Camilla is a keen environmentalist with a strong knowledge in the area of resource efficiency and a strong advocate of businesses improving their sustainability performance.  She has previously worked for WasteWatch and London Remade, before setting up her own freelance research, project management and communications work in the environmental sector.  She has also delivered energy efficiency, sustainable transport and waste reduction projects in her home town and has experience of running programmes in the Humanitarian Aid and Arts sectors. She has recently completed the Certificate of Business Sustainability Management at the Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership. 

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Leah Friend

Senior Project Coordinator

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Leah Friend

Senior Project Coordinator

Leah coordinates the Bring it Back project which aims to remove the barriers to reusable packaging schemes through the delivery of five pilots throughout Peterborough. Leah also manages the delivery of the Library of Things in Peterborough Central Library, which aims to save waste and reduce carbon via making useful household items available to borrow, as well as working with community groups to provide events and workshops for locals to upskill or learn something new.

Leah worked on Blueprint to a Circular Economy which aimed to help local authorities transition to a circular economy with the creation of the Blueprint Model, circular economy training and targeted community pilot projects.

Before PECT, Leah studied BA Geography and MA Sustainable Development at University. She has a keen interest in environmental justice, worldviews of development and sustainable development. Being able to make a difference in her current role is a key motivation for working at PECT.

Leah enjoys keeping active in her spare time and enjoying the outdoors.

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Emily Appleby

Sustainability Consultant

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Emily Appleby

Sustainability Consultant

Emily has a flair for encouraging iiE members to devise and implement changes to improve their environmental and social impact. After completing a MSc in Sustainability, Emily joined PECT as part of the iiE team to help organisations improve their environmental performance and support them on their sustainability journey.

Emily is great at systems thinking and process – key things that will help businesses move forward on the things that count. 

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Oli Bachini

Project Coordinator

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Oli Bachini

Project Coordinator

Oli is project coordinator for our LEAD Energy Van Project, before this he worked as a Business Advisor on our SENE (South East New Energy) Project, helping businesses apply for grants that will enable them to decarbonise through energy efficiency measures.

Previously, he worked for Hunts Forum supporting local charities and is keen to bring the experience from that role, along with his background of running his own businesses, into the environmental sector.

Outside of work, Oli loves spending time outdoors, is a member of his local triathlon club and has recently finished converting a campervan. He also likes to get involved with volunteer projects in his hometown of St Neots.

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Giustina Diana

Sustainability Advisor

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Giustina Diana

Sustainability Advisor

Giustina is a sustainability professional with previous experience in the consumer goods, health and construction industries, promoting and embedding sustainability across key functions of businesses. She is a sustainability adviser working on our national accreditation scheme, Investors in the Environment (iiE).

A team player with powerful communications experience, Giustina is skilled in corporate social responsibility, strategic planning,  and has represented globally recognised brands. She has a flair for generating sustainability-focused behavioural change both within organisations and with consumers and strives to establish customer relationships and partnerships to achieve common sustainable goals.

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Jemima Leedham

Sustainability Advisor

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Jemima Leedham

Sustainability Advisor

Jemima joined the iiE team as a Sustainability Advisor in May, after completing her BSc in Biological Sciences at the University of Exeter.

Before university she spent several months in Sri Lanka for a research internship with a team of marine biologists.

Outside of work Jemima enjoys Muay Thai, surfing and feeding the garden birds.

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Keith Christmas

Project Officer

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Keith Christmas

Project Officer

Keith joined the PECT team as a Project Officer in February 2023, to work on the CHESS project providing an energy advice service to households across Cambridgeshire.

He has previously spent many years working in Local Authority Property Services and Social Housing. For the past 15 years he has worked as a Surveyor, on both commercial and residential portfolios, and producing energy performance certificates as a domestic energy assessor.

Away from work, Keith can be found spending too much time following football,  he also enjoys a long country walk, especially one that ends in a nice pub.

 

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Hannah Smith

Sustainability Advisor

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Hannah Smith

Sustainability Advisor

Hannah joined PECT in September 2023 working as a Sustainability Advisor on our national accreditation scheme, Investors in the Environment (iiE). After completing an MSci in Environmental Biology at the University of Nottingham, Hannah started in the environmental charity sector working on a citizen science project to tackle plastic pollution in rivers across Merseyside, Cheshire, and Greater Manchester.

She also has experience in mental health charities, having previously volunteered for Nottingham Nightline for four years. She currently provides support to people of all ages and backgrounds as a volunteer for Beat.

When she’s not working or volunteering, Hannah can be found either birdwatching, gaming, or practicing yoga.

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Rachael Smith

Project Officer

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Rachael Smith

Project Officer

Rachael joined PECT to work on the CHESS project, providing energy advice and support to people around Cambridgeshire.

She has a Master’s degree in Smart Grid and Demand Management and spent time working for a company that installs small scale renewable energy technologies. She has also done a wide range of other roles, usually with a customer support focus.

Outside of work, Rachael loves doing lots of different outdoor activities and exploring nature, doing crafts, and playing boardgames.

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Dawn Friend

Project Officer

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Dawn Friend

Project Officer

Dawn is a Project Officer for our Low Carbon Lincolnshire project, supporting small and medium sized businesses in Lincolnshire to access free expert advice through a series of workshops, in conjunction with the Business Lincolnshire Growth Hub.

Before joining PECT, she was in the NHS for over 25 years, working with and alongside various national and local organisations and teams.  She is currently also a patient and public involvement representative for a national cancer charity.

In her free time, Dawn is a regular parkrunner, a member of a local running club, a volunteer with Nene Park Trust and enjoys spending time with friends and family.

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Dani Paterson

Sustainability Advisor

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Dani Paterson

Sustainability Advisor

Dani joined PECT in November 2023 to be part of the Cambridge Green Business project. This project helps businesses to reduce their carbon footprint and implement positive environmental changes.

She has a Law degree and her primary research analysed UK commercial environmental regulation. Dani worked in software before PECT as an Implementation Associate, training SMEs on job management software, assisting with change management, and developing custom solutions.

Outside of work, (and now inside of work) Dani has a passion for the environment and sustainability taking steps to reduce her impact, as well as educating and encouraging others. She loves to read, go to comedy and music gigs, and listen to vinyl.

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Harry Cox

Digital Marketing Assistant

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Harry Cox

Digital Marketing Assistant

Harry started at PECT in February 2023 as a Digital Marketing Assistant alongside working towards a Level 3 Digital Marketing Apprenticeship. He splits his time working for PECT and our national accreditation scheme Investors in the Environment (iiE).

Prior to PECT, Harry obtained A-Levels across IT & Business Studies. Furthermore, he completed a Digital Marketing bootcamp course which led to his passion for the digital world. He loves creating content across all platforms to spread awareness of the work we do.

Harry spends his free time travelling, socialising and can be seen at the King Power Stadium on a weekend!

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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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Ashley Sutherland

Company Secretary

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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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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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James Cole

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James Cole

James leads the innovation, corporate relations, communications and marketing functions at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, where is part of the senior leadership team.

James has worked on sustainability issues in private, public and NGO sectors. He previously set up a Business Engagement and Innovation team at Friends of the Earth to develop new ideas, business partnerships, networks and alliances. In this role he worked across environmental campaigns and programmes on climate and energy, food, resource use, nature and biodiversity. In 2011 he worked for 6 months setting up sustainable agriculture projects in high altitude communities in the Peruvian Andes.

He held a variety of senior commercial roles at Vodafone UK developing strategic partnerships and new routes to market and founded a digital media startup in 2008.

James holds a BSc (Rural Estate Management) and a Master’s in Leadership for Sustainable Development. He is a Board Trustee of two sustainability-focussed NGOs, PECT and TPI – The Partnering Initiative, where he brings sustainable business, commercial, and leadership experience.

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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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Gemma Wright

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Gemma Wright

Having commenced my training in 2008, I qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2014 and have taken a keen interest in the voluntary sector ever since.

I have taken part in numerous events to raise money for charitable organisations including a 75km walk in day, the national three peaks challenge and abseiling down Peterborough Cathedral. I am always on the look out for new ways to challenge myself.

I was first introduced to PECT through the Investors in the Environment accreditation and was part of the award-winning team which culminated in us achieving the Overall Achiever Small Business Award 2015/16 and a Green Apple Award.

I am still the Green Champion of the Azets Peterborough Office and I am always seeking ways to improve our environmental impact both in our working and personal lives.

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Penny Hansen

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Penny Hansen

Born and bred in Peterborough, Penny is currently Head of Commercial Activities for The Cresset, part of YMCA Trinity Group where she has worked since leaving school. Specialising in marketing and communications, Penny is also a member of the Peterborough Cultural Alliance and has a strong belief in the benefits of collaboration, culture, and the environment on quality of life.

Outside of work Penny is a music fan, and is never happier than when camping in the muddy madness of Glastonbury festival which she has been attending either as a customer or a volunteer for the past 15 years.

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