We are delighted that the following advisory committee has provided strategic input to the event and entry process.
Managing Partner, Earth Capital
Beverley Gower-Jones is an innovation professional with a proven track record in pre-revenue cleantech investments and commercialisation. She founded CLT in 2006 and has supported low carbon ventures in a wide range of sectors including power, buildings, transport, waste and energy intensive industry. She specialises in accelerating innovation to market and scaling companies by providing strategic insights, providing access to funding and industry partnerships and identifying novel ways to overcome barriers to entry. Beverley is a thought leader in the commercialisation of sustainable technologies.
During her tenure at Shell she gained wide international business exposure and delivered the £500 million subsurface technology transfer programme to Shell’s operations globally. Beverley was founder and Vice President at Shell Technology Ventures. In this role she was instrumental in defining Shell’s technology venturing strategic approach. She has 30 years’ industry experience in corporate venture management including at QinetiQ, where she managed a portfolio of 8 ventures with a total value of £60 million that went on to deliver an IRR of 18%.
She chaired the DECC Energy Entrepreneurs Fund VC panel regarding grant investment decisions and served as Chair of a flywheel energy storage venture during which time she set the strategy for the company, moved the technology from early research to commercial readiness, secured the management team, raised £4.8 million in investment funding and led the company to its first sales in its launch market.
Managing Partner, Sustainable Ventures
Andrew Wordsworth is a Founder and Managing Director of Sustainable Ventures which works with investors, entrepreneurial managers and corporate partners to originate, build and grow businesses in the low carbon and sustainability sectors. The company also established Sustainable Workspaces, the UK’s largest cluster of start-up companies in the sector with over 20 ventures based in two locations near London Bridge.
Sustainable Ventures portfolio includes E-Car Club which created the UK’s first crowdfunding exit in 2015 when Europcar acquired a majority stake; and Powervault which is seeking to disrupt the domestic electricity storage industry. In 2017, the Company launched a new Sustainable Accelerator programme which has invested a total of £800k into 7 start-ups.
Prior to establishing Sustainable Ventures, Andrew had over 15 years’ experience in the energy and climate change sector – including roles within Esso, Bain & Co, Arthur D Little and Managing Director of Carbon Trust Enterprises. Andrew holds an M.Eng from the University of Cambridge.
Adviser and Investment Committee Member, Iona Capital
Prof. Richard Templer
Director, KML Intermin Ltd.
Natalie’s experience covers small business start-up and growth, strategic consulting and coordination of CleanTech incubation programmes. She is currently managing the commercialisation support provided to SMEs in BEIS’s Energy Entrepreneurs Fund. Natalie has provided support for a wide variety of low carbon innovators, helping them reach commercialisation milestones.
Prior to joining CLT, Natalie spent 10 years as part of a management team building a start-up telecoms business through rapid growth to profitability and sale. Natalie holds a degree and MA in Aeronautical Engineering from Cambridge and an MBA from INSEAD.
Sustainability Senior Programme Manager, Greater London Authority.
Nusrat is a sustainability professional with over 20 years experience in the public delivery, policy and campaigning sectors. Currently the Head of Sustainability at the Greater London authority Nusrat has more recently has been working with the London Sustainable Development Commission on a plan to create a cleantech innovation cluster in London. Nusrat has also successfully led the development of a EU funded Cleantech business Incubator programme led by the GLA called Better Futures.
Project Manager, Greater London Authority
Heather has led several projects to fund and develop clean technologies. She currently manages the Mayor of London’s flagship cleantech business support project Better Futures, which supports cleantech innovators in London to develop products and accelerate the growth of their business. Having worked in both public and private sectors, Heather has a wealth of experience in bridging the challenges and opportunities between academia, public authorities and private sector innovators.
Senior Innovation Lead – Growth and Scale
Clean Growth and Infrastructure, Innovate UK