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 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.
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.
Sepi joined ECIU in October 2018 as Deputy Director (Strategy). She brings over a decade of experience engaging closely with political and policy processes in the UK and internationally, and across Government, private and civil society sectors.
Prior to joining ECIU, she led the UK programme at climate change think tank, E3G; worked as an adviser to organisations as diverse as investment management firms and charities; and spent 7 years as a Whitehall official, serving under Conservative, Lib Dem and Labour ministers and across a variety of departments, including the Department of Energy and Climate Change. She also spent 2 years as Visiting Academic at King’s College London, Faculty of Law and has worked as Legal Researcher to former Court of Appeal judge, Sir Stephen Sedley.
Sepi holds an LLM from McGill University and an LLB from King’s College London. She is a Board Member of UK100 and sits as a Co-Optee on the JRCT Sustainable Futures Committee.
John joined ECIU following a five year stint in management consultancy.
A qualified barrister and solicitor from New Zealand, John runs the e-nvironmentalist, a climate change and digital media communication platform, and Consult Climate, a sustainability consultancy.
He holds a Master of Laws in environmental law and policy from UCL and completed his undergraduate degrees at the University of Otago.
Jonny joined the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit from S&P 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 and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of York.
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.