The Team

Richard Black

Richard Black

Director

Richard Black studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University before joining BBC World Service in 1985 as a studio manager. He subsequently worked there as producer and presenter on a wide range of programming including current affairs, science, health and sport, and as Science Correspondent. He also ran an independent radio production company specialising in health and medicine. As BBC Environment Correspondent, his reporting assignments included many UN summits including five UNFCCC meetings and Rio+20. He reported from the field on issues such as carbon capture and storage, nuclear power, amphibian conservation, whaling, forestry, aquaculture and earthquake prediction. From 2012 Richard was Director of Communications for the Global Ocean Commission prior to setting up ECIU. 

Peter Chalkley

Peter Chalkley

Head of Policy and Engagement

Peter Chalkley joined the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit from communications consultancy Fishburn. He has built up 10 years of experience advising a broad range of corporate and public sector clients on communications strategy, media relations and stakeholder engagement. During this time he has worked across a variety of sectors and issues, from communicating the facts around employing members of the Reserve Forces to raising public awareness of key health issues.

George Smeeton

George Smeeton

Head of Communications

Before joining ECIU, George worked as a media relations manager for WWF-UK, covering a range of issues including energy and climate change as well as food, transport, finance and economy, sustainable business and WWF’s corporate partnerships. He was also seconded to WWF’s Global Climate and Energy Initiative (GCEI), and was media lead for their recent global campaign, Seize Your Power. Prior to WWF, George worked for communications consultancy Luther Pendragon, and before that in the parliamentary office of Bath MP Don Foster, where he was employed after completing a masters in politics at York University.

Dr Jonathan Marshall

Dr Jonathan Marshall

Energy Analyst

Jonny joined the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit from Platts, where he was responsible for analysing and reporting on European gas and electricity markets. Prior to this he was a researcher at Imperial College London, developing new materials for low-cost solar cells. Jonny holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from Imperial College London and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of York.

Matt Finch

Matt Finch

Business and Economics Analyst

Before joining ECIU, Matt spent three years working for a number of civil society organisations, including CARE International's Climate Change centre of expertise, the Fleming Policy Centre and Green Cross France. However the vast majority - 10 years - of his working life has been spent in the private sector. His main achievement there was setting up a recruitment company from scratch and turning it into a £7m success, and for this he appeared in the Who's Who of Britain's Business Leaders. Matt has a Masters degree in International Politics from the University of Surrey and an honours degree in Business Studies from the University of Sheffield. He is also a member of the Institute of Directors.

Philippa Henderson

Philippa Henderson

Communications Intern

Philippa Henderson recently completed her Master’s in Environmental Technology at Imperial College London where she specialised in Global Environmental Change and Policy. Prior to this she interned at the Environmental Justice Foundation, and was communications officer for Ethecol, a Liverpool-based social enterprise. She holds an undergraduate degree in Music and Italian from University College Cork, Ireland.