Shaun became executive director of Green Alliance in June 2017. He was chief executive of CPRE, the countryside charity, for 13 years. Previously he led ABCUL, the credit union trade association. From 1994 to 1999, he was an MEP for the South East, serving on the European Parliament’s Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee.
Shaun chairs the board of Greener UK, a coalition of 12 environmental groups set up in the immediate aftermath of the Brexit referendum. His book, How to build houses and save the countryside, was published by Policy Press in March 2018.
Belinda joined Green Alliance in 2018 and is responsible for developing and executing Green Alliance’s strategy and overseeing Greener UK and its influence on the Brexit process. Prior to joining Green Alliance, Belinda worked as head of government and rural affairs at the Campaign to Protect Rural England for two and a half years. Before that, she worked in the Science Policy Centre of The Royal Society and at Defra, where she focused on issues ranging from waste to noise and agriculture. She started her career at Shell before joining the Countryside Agency. She has a degree in geography from Cambridge University and an MSc in environmental management from Birkbeck College.
In October 2016, he became policy director, leading the delivery and advocacy of Green Alliance's work across energy, resources, and the natural environment, with a particular focus on getting on track to net zero emissions. Before joining Green Alliance, Dustin worked for the Campaign to Protect Rural England where he led work on the relationship between landscape protection, climate change, and new energy infrastructure.
He holds an MA in Political Thought and Theory from the University of Birmingham and an MA in International Relations and French from the University of St Andrews.
Jo joined Green Alliance in January 2016 as head of the development team, managing and developing our central support functions. She is also responsible for financial planning and HR and oversees all other administrative processes. She is company secretary and ensures the statutory compliance of Green Alliance as a company and charity. She is also a board member of UK100 and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts.
Jo spent the first part of her career working in the private sector, but over the last 10 years she has held a number of senior operations and company secretary roles in the charity sector, overseeing financial, HR and governance matters.,
She holds a Master’s degree in Voluntary Sector Management from Cass Business School’s Centre for Charity Effectiveness and a BA in Religious Studies and Philosophy from Lancaster University.
Roz joined Green Alliance as head of policy in June 2019 and coordinates its policy work. She began her career as a researcher and then worked as an environmental journalist, writing for a number of publications including ENDS Report, Environmental Finance, The Guardian and The Architects’ Journal, before becomingthe associate editor of the daily EU news service ENDS Europe.
Prior to Green Alliance, Roz worked at the manufacturers’ organisation, Make UK, where she led the team working on climate, energy and environment policies affecting the sector, including emissions trading, energy pricing, chemicals regulation and air pollution.
Roz studied Biology and Geography at the University of Bristol and has an MSc in Science Communication from Imperial College, London.
Ruth joined Green Alliance’s Greener UK unit in October 2017 and leads the coalition’s work on the Environment Bill.
Before joining Greener UK, Ruth worked with a wide range of not-for-profit and public sector organisations, helping them to engage with and influence government and parliament. She has worked on a number of bills including the Modern Slavery Bill, Housing and Planning Bill, Criminal Finances Bill and the Welfare Reform and Work Bill. Prior to that, she was deputy chief executive of the Campaign for National Parks.
In addition to her Greener UK role, she is a Trustee of the London Wildlife Trust, a board member of Hexagon Housing Association and the lay member on COMEAP, the expert committee that advises the government on the effects of air pollutants on health.
Libby joined Green Alliance in May 2017 as a senior policy adviser in the Resources theme and is now the head of resource policy, leading our project work on resource efficiency and the circular economy.
She previously spent nearly ten years as an editor at Resource Media, an environmental publishing and communications company aiming to lead discussions around sustainability and resource use. She edited the company’s flagship magazine, Resource, as well as overseeing the company’s daily news site. Her role also involved working on projects for many of the main organisations active in the field of waste and resources and managing contract publications including The Loop, the members’ magazine for the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC), and Green World, the official magazine of the Green Party of England and Wales. Libby’s areas of expertise include the circular economy, marine plastics, energy from waste, household waste and recycling collections, food waste, and the sharing economy.
She holds a BA in English Literature and Anthropology from McGill University in Montreal and an MA in English Literary Studies from Durham University.
Caterina joined Green Alliance in August 2016 as a policy analyst and is now head of climate policy, leading Green Alliance’s work on the Low Carbon Future theme. In this role, Caterina has worked to ensure that policy on the environment increases the competitiveness of businesses in the UK, focusing particularly on low carbon and resource efficient growth in the manufacturing and construction sectors, the role of digital technologies in the transition towards a net zero emissions economy and policy for low carbon innovation.
Prior to Green Alliance, she worked as a researcher at the Institute for Social-Ecological Research in Frankfurt, focusing on the development of precautionary measures to tackle pharmaceutical residues in the aquatic environment.
Caterina holds an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London, a PhD in Biochemistry from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich and an MChem in Chemistry from the University of Oxford.
Chris runs Green Alliance’s Political Leadership theme. He works to build the political momentum for bold and ambitious political action on the climate and nature crises. He manages our Climate Leadership Programme for MPs and joint UK-focused advocacy work with business and civil society.
He previously worked in the Houses of Parliament as the campaigns and political lead for Green Party MP Caroline Lucas on environmental issues. Before that, he led the work of the global health charity Medact on social and economic justice and worked in Brussels for a foreign policy think tank. He has been involved in grassroots organising and campaigning for over a decade. He has a BA in politics from the University of York.
Sarah joined Green Alliance in November 2019 as head of the Greener UK unit. The unit co-ordinates and drives forward the Greener UK coalition’s work, campaigning with partners across the environmental sector to influence the Brexit negotiations and related law and policy.
Sarah was previously Public Affairs Manager at the Aldersgate Group – responsible for advancing the Group's policy priorities through engagement with politicians, civil servants and other stakeholders. Prior to this, she worked in Parliament as special adviser to Tim Yeo, former MP and Chair of the Energy and Climate Change Committee.
She holds a BA in Modern History from the University of Oxford.
Sam leads the Green Renewal programme, part of the Greening the Economy theme, aiming to put actions that meet our climate objectives and restore nature at the heart of our Covid-19 economic recovery. He is also a member of Chatham House’s Panel of Young Advisors, advising on youth strategy and climate.
Before joining Green Alliance Sam was a Senior Advisor to Tony Blair, as well as a leading on Brexit and Industrial Strategy for the Wellcome Trust. Prior to this he worked for the Shadow Treasury team in Parliament. Outside of work Sam is a school governor, charity trustee and mentor with the Social Mobility Foundation. He holds a MSc in Climate Change.
Before joining Green Alliance, James was a Fellow of the Charityworks Leadership Development Programme, working on strategy development and strategic projects in a large charity. He has volunteered in a variety of roles, from conservation to campaigning, and attended the 40th meeting of the IPCC as an assistant to the Netherlands delegation. He was also a Student Research Fellow with Maastricht Law Faculty on a project exploring the connection between climate science and law.
He holds an MSc in Sustainability Science and Policy from Maastricht University and a BA in History, Politics and International Relations, and Philosophy from Durham University.
Joe joined Green Alliance in April 2021 as senior political adviser on our Political Leadership theme. He works to help build on our exceptional relationships and networks in Westminster to advocate for action on climate and nature.
He previously worked as a senior parliamentary assistant to Neil Parish MP, chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee. In parliament, Joe helped Neil to campaign for higher environmental standards, including cleaner air, and to amend the Agriculture and Trade Bills to protect standards in trade deals. Joe has also worked for Rebecca Pow MP.
Joe read history and politics at Newcastle University and is a qualified barrister.
Helena joined Green Alliance as a senior policy adviser in the Low Carbon Future theme in April 2021. Prior to this, she was the Sustainability Lead in PwC's Innovation team, and worked part time with the Climate Vulnerable Forum as a research assistant.
Helena writes environmental articles for BeKind Magazine and has appeared on podcasts and panels speaking on the importance of intersectionality, climate justice and human rights in the international climate movement.
Helena has an MSc in Global Environmental Policy from Imperial College and an MPhys in Astrophysics from the University of York. Outside of work, Helena sings in a Motown band and has performed on the West End in various roles.
Gwen joins Green Alliance from the Green Party where she worked as Leadership Officer, coordinating the activities of the leadership team and working at the highest levels of the party. Gwen has also worked for CHEM Trust and completed an internship with an MEP where she was based in the European Parliament in Brussels.
She holds a BSc in Environmental Science from Plymouth University.
Zoe joined Green Alliance as a policy analyst in September 2020.
Prior to this, she worked on policy and market analysis at the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board.
She has a BSc in Environmental Chemistry from the University of Glasgow and an MSc in Environmental Science from Lancaster University. Following her masters, she worked at the Mekong River Commission, contributing to research on food security, hydropower and climate change.
Heather joined Green Alliance as a policy analyst in May 2021.
Prior to this she was an interdisciplinary research fellow at the Walker Institute, University of Reading working on climate adaptation and resilience building in Africa. Her research included flood forecasting and food security in Uganda and regional climate risk assessments for Africa and the Middle East. She completed a fellowship at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology in 2019 where she wrote a briefing for MPs and peers on climate change and agriculture.
Heather has a PhD in Environmental Science from the University of Reading and a BA in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge.
Agathe joined Green Alliance in September 2019 as a policy assistant in the Greener UK Unit. In September 2020, she became a policy adviser.
She has an BSc in philosophy, politics and economics and studied for an MSc in international public policy from University College London (UCL). In particular, she focused on the British parliament and its impact on the Brexit process. Previously, she has worked as a research assistant in public policy at the UCL Department of Political Science.
Holly joined Green Alliance in September 2020 as a policy assistant in the Political Leadership theme before becoming a policy adviser.
She has a BA in History from the University of Oxford and an MA in History and Politics from UCL. After finishing her MA, she worked as a research assistant for the UN, contributing to published research for the UN Women Beijing+25 discussion paper series.
Aradhna joined Green Alliance in September 2020 as a policy assistant in the Greener UK unit.
Before moving to London, she practised law in India with a focus on environmental litigation and the renewable energy sector. Aradhna has worked as a research assistant at the Grantham Research Institute at the LSE on climate governance in the European parliament. She has also interned with the strategic litigation team at Client Earth.
Aradhna holds an MSc in environmental policy and regulation from the London School of Economics, an LLM in Environmental Law from SOAS and a BA LLB (Hons) from the Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi.
Benjamin joined the Greener UK unit of Green Alliance in December 2017 as media and communications manager. He coordinates the unit’s press work, campaigning to strengthen environmental policies and legislation as the UK leaves the European Union.
Prior to Greener UK, Benjamin was the press officer for the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), running press campaigns on protecting designated countryside and enhancing the provision of affordable housing in rural areas. He has also worked in the communications team for the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra).
Benjamin holds an MPhil in Modern European History from the University of Cambridge and a BA in History from Durham University.
Frieda joined Green Alliance in 2013 as a policy assistant in the Low Carbon Energy theme, working on the UK’s electricity market reform and energy efficiency policies. She became a policy adviser in the Political Leadership theme in 2014 where she worked on the Climate Leadership Programme with MPs, supported climate and environment advocacy, and led the Greener London work with our NGO partners. In September 2016, she became programme manager, working with staff across Green Alliance’s policy programmes and developing new areas of work.
Frieda previously undertook placements with Crisis Action and World Ecology Economy & Development in Berlin. As part of her studies she worked with the Dutch foundation World Waternet and carried out research in Morocco, focusing on the governance of water and sanitation at local and national levels.
She holds an MSc in Environmental Policy and Management from Utrecht University and a BA in International Relations and Development Studies from Sussex University.
Marta has worked with Green Alliance since 2001. She is in charge of Green Alliance’s finances including payroll and VAT, and supports the head of resources in preparing the management accounts.
Marta has been involved with the voluntary sector since she moved to the UK from Colombia in 1985. She started off as treasurer to a housing cooperative, and went on to work for an auditing firm specialising in charities and housing co-operatives. She has since worked for several charities, including the Latin American Women’s Rights Service and Demos.
Marta has degrees in Computer Programming and in Systems Engineering. Since moving to England she has taken several courses in accountancy.
Leslene joined Green Alliance in March 2021 as HR and Administration Officer.
Her career was established in the commercial sector working in client services, project management and HR and recruitment. She later turned her attention to the non-profit sector where she has been active in the charity and community space for 20 years. She has worked with a wide range of organisations such as Childline, Dress for Success, and the Museum of Brands.
Leslene is passionate about health, wellbeing, and social justice. Since studying community health development, she has participated in the re-development of a local hospital as a committee member, and has been involved in grassroots initiatives to provide healthy affordable food for local residents via a food co-op; broaden opportunities for trade for smallholder farmers in Jamaica; and establish support services for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
Leslene has a BA (Hons) Economics from Middlesex University and M.A Communication from Birkbeck, London University.
Liz joined Green Alliance in April 2019. She has spent the majority of her career working in the not-for-profit sector: grant makers Nesta, LandAid and Rosa, and the New Economics Foundation, Open House London and Architecture Foundation. She holds a BA in media and cultural studies from London College of Printing.