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. In 2018 he wrote 'Denied: The Rise and Fall of Climate Contrarianism', the only book about the UK's climate contrarian elite, its influence and its retreat. Richard frequently contributes to UK broadcast programmes and news media, including taking part in the BBC's 'Climate Change: The Facts' presented by Sir David Attenborough
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.
Deputy Director (Strategy) - on maternity leave from June 2020
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.
Kathy joined the ECIU as a Media Assistant after completing her Masters in Science Communication at Imperial College London. Whilst studying, Kathy was involved in producing podcasts for I,SCIENCE and editing their magazine. Kathy has completed other internships at the Royal Institution and IBM. Prior to her Masters, she studied sociology at the University of Bath.
Communications and Finance Manager
John joined ECIU following a five year stint in management consultancy.
He holds a Master of Laws in environmental law and policy from UCL and completed his undergraduate history and law degrees at the University of Otago.
Dr Jonathan Marshall
Head of Analysis
Jonny joined the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit in 2016. Before this he was employed at S&P Global Platts and as a Postdoctoral researcher at Imperial College London. Jonny holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from Imperial and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of York.
Before joining the ECIU in April 2020, Jess worked for Ecuity Consulting LLP where she specialised in energy policy and communications and the Sustainable Energy Association where she held a policy advisor role particularly for energy efficiency and low carbon heating. She holds a BSc in Geological Sciences from the University of Leeds and MSc in Oceanography from the University of Southampton.
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.
Head of Engagement
After some time working in the advertising industry, Lindsay’s first role in the climate space was for WWF-UK, leading their climate change communications. Since then, her main roles have revolved around bringing together a breadth and depth of stakeholders, from health and faith, to business and development groups, for various means. In 2018 she worked with The Climate Coalition on their strategic and all-society approach to securing a legally binding net zero target. Following from the success of the campaign, she worked as a consultant for the European Climate Foundation, bringing together health and climate voices to build a strategic approach to securing strong clean air laws in the UK.