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The Renewable World Board of Trustees provides strategic oversight and direction for the organization. Our Trustees listed below, are experts drawn from a number of complementary fields, including: renewable energy, business, development, and policymaking.
Michael Bullock - Interim Treasurer
Michael is a founder Director of Renewable Risk Advisors, a risk management consultancy & insurance intermediary firm. Michael previously served with Narec Capital as Head of Risk Mitigation and SeaRoc Group as Commercial Director after more than 20 years working in the international insurance markets in London and Bermuda, including helping to establish Ascot Renewco, an insurance underwriting operation dedicated to the renewable energy sector. Michael also has extensive experience and contacts in various emerging markets. Michael has a Masters degree in Finance from London Business School.
Michael has been a trustee for Renewable World since 2009 and currently holds the position of interim treasurer.
Chris Tomlinson has a background in Planning, qualifying in Bristol in 1995. He spent six years working as a project manager in urban regeneration across three London Boroughs, before moving into the renewable energy field in January 2002 when he joined BWEA (the British Wind Energy Association - now Renewable UK).
Chris spent eight years working on behalf of the renewables industry, developing and lobbying for positive policies at all levels of Government to facilitate a growth industry.
After building RenewableUK to an organisation of 35 staff and leading a team of 12, Chris moved to E.ON in April 2010 to take up a new challenge; to support the successful development of the proposed Rampion Offshore Wind Farm off the Sussex Coast.
Chris has been a trustee at Renewable World since 2007.
Louis FitzGerald - Chairman
Louis FitzGerald is Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland (1971). His professional career has covered a broad spectrum of commercial activities in many industry sectors.
In 1997 Louis co-founded Airtricity (now SSE Renewables) a leading global renewable energy company embracing development; construction; wind farm operation and energy supply. His executive responsibilities covered Finance; Corporate & Strategic Development.
In 2007 Louis was instrumental in Airtricity becoming a friend of Renewable World and has been an Ambassador for the charity since that time. Louis has recently been appointed to the Board of The Community Foundation in Ireland. Having been on the board of trustees since 2007, Louie took over the role of chairman from Dr Ray Thomas in 2013.
Gemma Grimes is Director of Onshore Renewables at RenewableUK where she oversees all aspects of onshore wind development policy. Having initially trained in industrial design in Newcastle she worked in North America and Asia before gaining a Masters in planning at London South Bank University. Gemma is a Chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and currently chairs the RTPI's energy policy committee. Gemma has been a trustee for Renewable World since 2010.
Christian is an economist and a journalist. He has been leading the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) since 2006. EWEA, with its 60 staff, is situated in the heart of the EU district of Brussels ensuring close proximity to the European institutions and decision-makers.
Before becoming CEO, he was Policy Director of EWEA for three years. He represents the Association in external forums, engages actively with international institutions, key stakeholders and NGOs, members of EWEA and the media.
He was Expert Reviewer on the IPCC’s 4th Assessment Report on Climate Change (2007) and Review Editor on the IPCC’s Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources (2011).
Christian became a trustee for Renewable World in 2011.
A professionally qualified engineer with 30 years experience, Christian is the founding CEO of EDF Energy Renewables (EDR ER), a joint venture between EDF Energy and EDF Energies Nouvelles.
EDF ER is dedicated to the development and responsible for the delivery of EDF Group's renewablse objective in the UK to increase net equivalent wind capacity to between 800-1000 MW in the next 5 years, with current construction of onshore windfarm (currently 180 MW under construction) and offshore windfarm (Teesside, North East, 62 MW). Christian was responsible for the launch of the company and isnow overseeing the management of a development team, the establishment and follow-up of partnerships with other developers and the acquisitions of projects or companies
Formerly Managing Director of Gamesa Energie in France, leading a 25 people development team, Christian has been in renewables for over 10 years, and is extremely passionate about the industry. Christian became a trustee for Renewable World at the start of 2013.
Sarah has over fifteen years experience working within the charitable sector, with expertise in major donor fundraising.
After graduating in Geography and Environmental Issues, Sarah spent twelve years with Friends of the Earth, the world’s largest international environmental campaigning network. She began her career supporting national and international policy and campaigns before joining the major donor and trusts fundraising team, raising significant funds from private individuals, trusts and foundations and public advocates.
Sarah was a key member of the climate change fundraising team which enabled Friends of the Earth to secure the world’s first climate change law in 2008.
Currently managing the High Value fundraising programme at the RSPCA, Sarah remains passionate about climate change, sustainability and environmental justice and joined the trustees of Renewable World in February 2014.