Dr Giovanna Speciale
Giovanna brings 14 years' practical and theoretical experience in community development to SELCE. She has worked for ARVAC (The Association for Research in the Voluntary and Community sector) and ran her own successful Community Research Consultancy. She is an expert in evidence-based practice but also a qualified IAP2 Participation Practitioner.
Latterly she managed projects on behalf of Groundwork London enabling residents to work together to improve their local environment, health, and wellbeing. She has recently completed an M.Sc .in Energy Policy for Sustainability at the University of Sussex graduating top of her year. She lives on an off-grid solar-powered boat on Deptford Creek. She has given up her job to focus on setting up SELCE London.
Alex has fourteen years of experience in managing sustainability initiatives at senior level in business and the third sector. She has presented to PRASEG (Parliamentary Renewable And Sustainable Energy Group) at the House of Commons on fuel poverty. She developed a number of programmes to enable citizens to access grants for domestic energy efficiency measures, renewables and save money on their fuel bills. She was an active member of the Energy Efficiency Partnership for Homes Community and Education group, a Director of Co-operatives London and is a trained facilitator for the Carbon Conversations initiative. What’s more, Alex is a Twitter celebrity - providing her 3,500 followers with valuable insights on sustainable transport, energy and ethical lifestyles.
Rowan works in renewable energy corporate finance and specialises in raising finance for renewable energy projects. He has a background in the energy industry and primarily provides financial modelling and commercial strategy support to SELCE. He has an MSc in Environmental Technology - Economics & Policy from Imperial College London.
Sergio has worked in the Third Sector since 1982 and is focused on developing alternative economic systems and participatory and democratically-run enterprises. He works for Greenwich CDA: a local co-operative that supports social enterprise. In this capacity, he has helped many local co-operatives and social enterprises as well as representingThird Sector interests. He believes passionately in the efficacy of community action.
Sylvie has a first class masters in environmental engineering from Cardiff University and has worked in the renewable energy industry for the last six years covering the private and charity sectors, both office-based and on site. Sylvie first knew that she wanted to become an engineer when she was 12-years-old and a male careers' advisor told her that it wasn't really a job for women. She is currently an engineer at a solar PV company where she specifies systems, designs products, trains installers and asks people if they have tried, 'turning it off and on again'. When not at work she enjoys activism, fixing bikes and drawing comics at youtookthatwell.com
Camilla Berens is a journalist and activist based in Brockley. She has written for The Guardian, The Independent and the New Statesman on issues relating to climate change and protest movements. In the early 1990s she published ‘Pod’ magazine and coined the term ‘DIY culture’ to describe a new generation of radicals. She took part in the nationwide campaign against motorway expansion and later joined ‘Plane Stupid’ to oppose aviation expansion at London City Airport. More recently, she was joint co-ordinator of the Stop New Nuclear Alliance, a network of groups campaigning against ‘new nuclear’ energy. She has run Greenpeace’s Greenwich and Lewisham active supporters’ group for the past nine years. She passionately believes that a safe, affordable energy future is possible without nuclear energy or fracking.
Adam Pope has a degree in Architectural Technology. He has worked on schemes to mitigating fuel poverty for the last seven years and currently works for a Lewisham-based housing association as the sustainable homes project manager. His roles include: developing sustainable policies, mitigating fuel poverty, auditing properties for energy efficiency and implementing energy efficiency schemes.
Andrew Rendel is an asset manager with a sustainability-focused investment management firm. He has been working in the financial services sector for the last five years with the majority of that time focused on renewable energy financing. Before that Andrew worked for a number of international development organisations in both Sudan and South Sudan after earning a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from the University of Cambridge and a Masters degree in International Conflict Studies from King's College London.
Helen has been involved in grassroots community projects since 2001 including the Camp for Climate Action, Transition Town Brixton and the Breaking the Frame technology/politics network. She has a research masters in environmental sociology. She has worked at Corporate Watch workers' cooperative since 2008 where she conducts research and investigative journalism. Helen brings communication, facilitation, group organisation, community outreach, research and journalism skills to SELCE, as well as in-depth knowledge of and long-term engagement with environmental and social movements in the UK.
Simon comes from a scientific and technical background with an MSc in manufacturing and technology management. While working for a mining company, he specialised in crystallization technology. He has also run several small businesses. He has recently retrained to become a domestic electrician and a solar installer and is completing further studies to qualify in plumbing.