Cooler co-founder. Having graduated in biochemistry, Dave began his career with Deloittes and then spent twelve years working in IT becoming a director of one of the North West’s top IT companies. He then founded a small consultancy and spent ten years working as a management trainer and coach in the commercial sector.
Having spent six years on the board of Friends of the Earth, he chaired the “Energy” writing group of “Manchester A Certain Future”, and now sits on its steering group, chairing the Low Carbon Culture aim.
Dave is an experienced public speaker and advocate and has appeared widely on BBC TV and Radio, ITV, C4 and Sky and in the regional and national press, and recent work has included management consultancy advising a corporate on product sustainability, developing a feasibility study for a sustainable business network, work creating, developing and leading The Carbon Literacy Project, and general advocacy, advisory and chairing work.
Cooler co-founder. Phil is a long-standing social entrepreneur, broadcaster and community activist based in Manchester. He wants to leave his children ‘a future, not an apology’.
Phil has been a long-time activist for sustainable development, moving from local work with Friends of the Earth in the 1980s to riding a tandem back from Sydney raising awareness of rainforest conservation in 1990. Having studied law at Manchester Polytechnic, Phil enjoyed a successful career in radio working as a presenter and producer of features and documentaries for BBC Network Radio and working for programmes as diverse as You and Yours and Mark Radcliffe. One of his proudest moments remains giving the first-ever radio airplay to The Inspiral Carpets. Between making programmes Phil delivered media training to a wide range of national and local clients, from the RSPB to Manchester Museum of Science and Industry.
In 1999 he was the moving force behind setting up the leading community media charity Radio Regen (www.radioregen.org) working in community engagement and creating community solutions from the ground up. This work led to a place on the Board of the Manchester Local Strategic Partnership where he sits as an independent member, ensuring a high profile for sustainable development in the City’s overarching strategies. Phil was also a lead lobbyist in the successful campaign establishing legislation for community radio – working with ministers and civil servants to that end. He is still Director of Radio Regen, working part-time there as Cooler grows.
In 2007 Phil was one of the founders of the high-level climate change advocacy network The 100 Months Club, which in turn led to involvement in the drafting of the city’s climate change action plan: Manchester: A Certain Future, (www.manchesterclimate.com) as part of which he led the ‘Buildings’ writing group. He still contributes to the MACF Steering Group and is also a member of the Board of Manchester’s Local Strategic Partnership.
Emma is our Head of Development. She is tasked with driving the development of The Carbon Literacy Project; leading our Finance, Fundraising, and Communications Teams; improving internal processes, for current and future demand; and identifying new opportunities for collaboration.
Emma has worked with CLP, in varying capacities, since 2015. As one of the first accredited Carbon Literacy Trainers, Emma has delivered CL training within organisations across England, France and Germany. Emma also undertook an internship with CLP during the final year of her BSc Geography, progressing to the roles of Project Coordinator and Project Leader leading to her current position.
Emma’s experience within the wider environmental and sustainability sector includes work with – Manchester Climate Change Agency; Manchester Met University Environment Team; and, Manchester Museum as part of Climate Exchange. Emma currently sits on the Yorkshire and Humber Climate Commission (YHCC) in the role of Commissioner.
Additionally, Emma’s public engagement on climate communication and action is wide-ranging, spanning youth development (GM100; MMU Careers); panels (MMU – Global Science, Local Impact: Smart Cities; YHCC Climate Action Plan); and festivals (Blue Dot; Kendal Mountain Festival; ARS Electronica).
Helen is our Head of Operations; she oversees the recruitment of our team, HR system, and management of our volunteers, as well as supporting and delegating responsibilities to our wider team. She also coordinates our external communications, maintains our customer relationship management system and supports advocacy.
Helen began volunteering with The Carbon Literacy Project in March 2018, before joining the team as Project Administrator, later in the year, after graduating from a BA Human Geography. Prior to this Helen had undertaken Carbon Literacy training, and then become certified as a Carbon Literacy Trainer in 2017, at Manchester Metropolitan University. Helen has delivered multiple days of training to students at Manchester Met, as well as the world’s first Carbon Literacy for Labs session at The University of Manchester.
Helen is passionate about communicating to, and enlightening individuals about their potential to mitigate climate change within the various aspects of their lives, whether that be in a personal, social, professional or political capacity. Helen has also engaged the public in carbon reduction at Blue Dot Festival, and undertook a year of study at California State University San Marcos.
Fiona started volunteering with The Carbon Literacy Project in November 2017 and joined the team as our Certification and IT Coordinator in May 2019. Now our Head of IT & Systems, Fiona works to develop and maintain our IT and email systems.
Natalia began volunteering with The Carbon Literacy Project in June 2018 and joined the team as our Public Sector Coordinator in May 2019, with Natalia’s work focuses on coordinating the development of the BEIS (Government Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy) funded suite of Carbon Literacy Public Sector Toolkits, then the piloting and wider roll-out of the materials.
Now our Head of Advocacy, Natalia leads our Sector Toolkits Team which has expanded from the initial five Public Sector Toolkits to incorporate further Public and Private Sectors. Natalia’s work involves supporting the Sectoral Coordinators with the continued outreach and support for their sectors, and working with our partner organisations to pioneer Carbon Literacy Toolkits in new sectors.
Louise is our Healthcare and Bluelight Coordinator and has been coordinating this sector since May 2020. Louise joined the Sector Toolkit team after spending a year volunteering for The Carbon Literacy Project and delivering Carbon Literacy as a certified Trainer to students at Manchester Metropolitan University. Louise is tasked with advocating for and supporting Healthcare (NHS) organisations and Blue Light services to roll out Carbon Literacy training.
Since joining the team, Louise has led in the research, development and dissemination of the NHS and Blue Light toolkits. Her experience in working with sector professionals and relevant healthcare stakeholders has allowed her to build a base of specialist expertise in the development and delivery of Carbon Literacy for healthcare. Louise’s role has expanded her understanding of the relevance of healthcare and climate change and how our healthcare systems will be affected by the impacts of climate change.
Louise’s personal experience as a certified Carbon Literacy Trainer, alongside her experience working with healthcare trainers, has allowed her to better understand the support and guidance trainers require within the sector. The organisation and running of trainer support events and guidance documents has allowed Louise to support sectoral trainers in effective ways.
Louise hopes to continue to engage the NHS and other Blue Light services in climate education to see greater emission reductions and mitigation approaches.
William started volunteering with The Carbon Literacy Project in August 2019, completing a summer internship before continuing to volunteer remotely alongside his studies. Whilst volunteering, he assisted with reviewing and updating the Carbon Literacy Knowledge: E-Learning framework, developed Carbon Literacy resources, and supported the creation of the BEIS-funded Carbon Literacy Public Sector Toolkits. He holds a BSc in Human and Physical Geography from the University of Reading. His thesis for his MSc in Climate Change and Development involved investigating how UK businesses are responding to the climate emergency. After completing his MSc at the University of Reading in October 2020, he joined the Public Sector Team.
After a change in career direction and much time spent undertaking online courses related to environmental matters, Ruth began volunteering with The Carbon Literacy Project in January 2021 and joined the team as Project Officer in June of the same year. Ruth’s work focuses on helping to develop a new toolkit for the automotive industry alongside organisational partner Auto Trader.
Ruth’s academic background is in chemistry, in which she holds a Masters.
Since Ned’s introduction to Carbon Literacy in 2015 on a student-focused course, he became one of the first certified Carbon Literacy Trainers. He also volunteered with The Carbon Literacy Project, in 2016, alongside his studies towards BSc Environmental Management & Sustainability at Manchester Metropolitan University. Having since assisted on Carbon Literacy delivery for a number of Manchester-based courses, and then earned his MSc Sustainability, Culture & Development from Durham University, Ned’s passion for environmental outreach and sustainability education has only grown. With The Carbon Literacy Project team and scope of work continuing to grow, Ned joined the team in July 2020.
Jack began volunteering for The Carbon Literacy Project in August 2020 whilst completing a Master’s in Environmental Governance at the University of Manchester, joining the Sector Toolkits team as Museums Coordinator a year later. Since joining, Jack’s work has included overseeing the development of a new Carbon Literacy Toolkit for the museum sector with partner organisation Museum Development North West as part of the Roots and Branches project.
Jack started his career in third sector and arts marketing, but decided to return to university to explore his interest in the environment. He retains a keen interest in the intersection between culture, social justice, and environmental issues.
Caelan is our Local Authorities Coordinator. He oversees Carbon Literacy for local government and is responsible for the development and dissemination of the Local Authorities Toolkit. He is passionate about the role of local government in the climate crisis, and thoroughly enjoys supporting the sector to reduce emissions through Carbon Literacy training.
Caelan began volunteering at The Project in September 2021 while studying for an MSc Environment, Climate Change and Development at the University of Manchester. Having previously completed a BA Politics and Spanish at the University of Leeds, including a year at the Universidad Católica de Santiago, Chile, Caelan worked for several years in the private sector before deciding to pursue a career with a more positive social and ecological impact.
Initially, Caelan volunteered as part of the Certification Team, assessing learner evidence and issuing certificates. He also provided support to the Local Authorities Coordinator. After completing his MSc, for which he received a High Distinction, he started working full-time for The Project as the Local Authorities Coordinator.
Caelan hopes that Carbon Literacy will provide local government with a foundation for cross-cutting action on climate change, ensuring that everyone working at a local authority understands carbon emissions, and is empowered to reduce them.
Sarah began working with the Carbon Literacy Project in August 2022. She has worked with Local Authorities to help them roll out Carbon Literacy Training before joining the Education team.
With a background in teaching, training and course design, and experience gained from living in various Asian Countries (Vietnam, Myanmar, Borneo and the UAE), whilst working for the British Council for almost ten years, she is passionate about the role education can play in empowering people to understand and interact with our world in a more compassionate way. During the pandemic, lockdown provided some time to question her values, and having come face to face with some of the biggest environmental threats our planet faces during her travels, she was inspired to study an MSc in Education for Sustainability with London South Bank University, where she gained a Distinction. Her thesis focussed on the opportunities of bringing sustainability into private language institutes and thus not only focussed on education, but also organisational change. This research made her realise the importance of subject matter knowledge for everyone within an institution to begin to work on change towards sustainability. She began to follow the work of The Carbon Literacy Project, inspired by how accessible it made climate change education and provided not only subject matter knowledge but also focused on action to empower learners. Now working with the Education Team, she is passionate about engaging and helping educational institutions to cascade Carbon Literacy and work towards a whole systems approach of engaging staff and students in a cultural shift that embeds greener and more sustainable practices.
Throughout her adult life, Sarah has volunteered with Environmental groups such as Friends of the Earth, Action for Sustainable Living, Extinction Rebellion, ENV (Vietnam) and has played key roles in coordinating activities and events. She often does charity fundraising events with a local choir and volunteers with refugees and asylum seekers, helping to connect them to place and establish new friendships through language and cultural city tours.
Anna is an Education Project Officer working to support the Education Co-ordinator within the education sector.
Having started as a certification volunteer in January 2021, Anna later went on to do her placement in the Education sector and subsequently went on to work during her final year study microbiology as Education Project Officer. A role which she has continued since graduating with her main responsibilities being engaging with those in the sector, supporting them in adopting Carbon Literacy and working to improve Carbon Literacy for Education.
Whilst studying at university she became Carbon Literate and subsequently went on to become a Carbon Literacy trainer at her university and loved teaching both staff and students while there. Alongside her studies, she engaged in many jobs and projects that focused on sustainability and worked to foster greater engagement and action from those where she studied.
Despite studying Microbiology at university, Anna has a keen interest in sustainable fashion and textiles and a love for sustainable theatre and art.
Lucia began volunteering with The Carbon Literacy Project in April 2021 while studying MSc Environmental Governance, when she took up responsibility for managing our social media channels to grow awareness of and engagement with Carbon Literacy. With her belief in the utility of communications to foster climate action strengthened by the role, Lucia joined our staff team full-time in August 2021 as our Communications Officer.
In January 2023, she took up the position of Communications Coordinator, in which she oversees the growing Communications Team and its work across our social media and broader communications channels.
After being introduced to The Carbon Literacy Project in February 2020, Catherine volunteered as a Social Media Assistant upon completion of her degree in Marketing. Catherine joined the Staff Team in August 2021 as Communications Officer, where she enjoys sharing vital and engaging communications around climate change and action.
Saaniya began volunteering with The Carbon Literacy Project in December 2022, mainly focussing on social media content. Soon after, she joined the Staff Team in January 2023 as a Communications Officer. Saaniya started her career in the fashion industry, but after coming face-to-face with the sustainability issues in the sector, she decided to pursue a Master’s in Sustainability Management. She believes that making sustainability fun and accessible to all is critical to driving mainstream change.
Vydune’s Carbon Literacy Project journey began volunteering, mainly focussing upon evidence processing. Her work now revolves around coordinating accreditations for trainers, organisations and CL courses, supporting our volunteers and placement students while also managing customer relationships.
Vydune graduated in BSc Psychology and later went on to complete a Masters in Environmental Management and Sustainable Development. This combination has fuelled a wide breadth of interests ranging from Individual and neuropsychology to mental health and climate action.
She is an outdoor enthusiast and a keen adventurer, having travelled and volunteered across the globe. She has creatively engaged numerous audiences in England and Bangladesh with sustainability topics, via community events and workshops. Having learnt Spanish just before joining the team, she has played a key role in the accreditation of the first-ever Spanish CL course. She is excited about the international growth of Carbon Literacy and the prospect of working together to find solutions to mitigate the climate crisis.
Dan started work with the Project as a Certification Officer and stepped up to become Certification Coordinator in March 2023. His role includes overseeing the certification process, dealing with clients’ evidence-related queries, managing our CLP Certificate Database, as well as helping out with Salesforce admin.
With a BSc in Wildlife Biology from the Manchester Metropolitan University, Dan is passionate about protecting the planet’s future for the good of human, plant, and animal life. He loves working with the CLP and knows that as we expand further, the impact and influence we have to curb the climate crisis can only become greater.
Christopher started working for The Carbon Literacy Project in August 2022 but completed his Carbon Literacy Training in 2017. During his undergraduate degree in Environmental Science at Manchester Metropolitan University, he decided to become a Carbon Literacy Trainer. Christopher graduated with an MRes in Biodiversity, Evolution and Conservation and continues to pursue his interests in climate advocacy, sustainability and science communication. As Criteria Checker Coordinator, Christopher oversees and manages all criteria-checking processes including criteria-checking courses against the Carbon Literacy Standard, managing relationships with clients to get their courses accredited, and being responsible for the criteria-checking team.
Katherine is one of our Certification Officers and was first introduced to Carbon Literacy through one of our peer-led courses at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2019. Katherine began volunteering with The Carbon Literacy Project in May 2021, working on evidence and certification and then joined the team as a Certification Officer in March 2022. As a Certification Officer, Katherine processes evidence sent in by our trainers and produces certificates for our learners.
Nicole began her CL journey as a placement student in 2021. After graduating with a BSc in Geography, and a greater passion for the outdoors and environmental education, she joined the team full-time.
Part of her role involves supporting various work in the operations team, including course accreditation, certification and in the Trainer Network. Nicole is also the assistant to the Managing Director, Dave Coleman.
Sojan joined in September 2022 as part of his placement year, and is currently working in the Healthcare sector. He manages day-to-day tasks including client engagement, sector toolkit management, certifications and E-learning which is under development for the sector. Having previously lived in Oman and India, Sojan has completed his Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering and worked for a couple of years as a Site Engineer for a Hospital project in Oman. He is working towards his MSc in Construction Project Management at Sheffield Hallam University and is expected to graduate in September 2023. Sojan has had the opportunity to be certified as Carbon Literate during his MSc which has promoted him to take over the sustainability side of things, which is a growing concern in his field of study. He looks forward to spreading awareness and involving maximum public engagement for the worries and immediate climate emergency.
Tega joined The Carbon Literacy Project in September 2022 as a Project Officer as part of his placement year at the University of Plymouth. He has a great interest in sustainability and working towards achieving an equitable future, and therefore decided to study Environmental Management & Sustainability BSc. Tega is a member of the Certification team where his role involves reviewing evidence from learners who pledge new actions to reduce their carbon emissions after receiving Carbon Literacy training. He has also been introduced to new tasks such as managing contacts in the Salesforce database and accrediting new courses.
Lucas joined the team in July 2022 to undertake an academic placement with The Carbon Literacy Project. As a part of his degree in Politics and International Relations from Bath University, he is spending his placement year working as a Project Intern and is supporting the team across a variety of operational aspects. His main responsibilities focus on processing learner evidence and the accreditation of new courses, and he also enjoys contributing to blog writing.
While completing her BA in Geography at the University of Sheffield, she was a
student lead on the Sustainability Strategy, as well as involved in co-ordinating
multiple campaigns addressing Divesting, Food Waste, Fast-fashion and Green Careers.
This is also when Lily was first introduced to Carbon Literacy, completing her
training in 2020. After learning about the challenges facing the Food System, she
went on to get a MSc in Food Security from the University of Glasgow, and has since
assisted with community food projects, including growing schemes, cafes, and
researching community priorities for the Glasgow City Food Plan.
Lily is excited to certificate more learners and support them in gaining the confidence
to engage with climate crisis mitigation.
Ashley joined the team as Project Officer in early 2022. Originally from the USA, she has a background in communications and holds an MA in Library and Information Management from Manchester Metropolitan University. As a Project Officer, she manages the primary info@ email account through the website and answers the office telephone. She also works with the Advocacy team to help coordinate enquiries about Carbon Literacy from interested organisations. In her spare time, Ashley enjoys sewing and embroidery and is keen on sustainable crafts.
Josh joined the Carbon Literacy Project in June 2023 as the HR Officer after actively following the group’s progress since 2019 whilst researching further education and volunteer opportunities. His position involves supporting colleagues and volunteers at the Carbon Literacy Project, managing the HR systems and taking a key role in the onboarding and development of the team.
He has an academic background in Environmental Science through a BSc in Climate Change and a more recent MSc in Environmental Change and International Development. These were broken up by an extensive period working in multiple financial roles which included advisory positions, system design projects and in training/recruitment.
Josh is passionate about nature and enjoys engaging with local environmental and re-wilding projects, creative writing and playing sports in his free time.
Ellie is the Finance Officer for The Carbon Literacy Project; she is responsible for several duties related to managing financial records, keeping the books, invoicing and payments.
Ellie joined the team as Bookkeeper in 2020 on a part-time basis, to help further her experience in the wider environmental and sustainability sector, alongside interning at the Manchester Climate Change Agency, after graduating with a BSc Geography from Manchester Metropolitan University. She moved into the role of Finance Officer in 2022.
Ellie’s experience within the wider environmental and sustainability sector includes: Work with Manchester Climate Change Agency – Ellie is currently the Programme and Finance Officer at MCCA, where she is responsible for the smooth running of the day-to-day operations of the Agency and working all workstreams to strengthen climate change action across the City. Ellie also took part in the Uprising Environmental Leaders Programme over 2021.
Sarfraz joined The Carbon Literacy Project in July 2021 as a volunteer Project Officer while studying for a master’s in Business Analytics at the Manchester Metropolitan University. He carries several years of working experience in large-scale and small-scale education-related projects with different national and international organisations in Pakistan.
In February 2023, Sarfraz joined the staff team as a full-time Certification Officer. He is responsible for evidence processing, certifying learners, overseeing the certification process, and helping with Salesforce database certification admin. He believes he is contributing towards a positive change in society while working with the CLP.
Georgina is our Trainer Network Trainer Network Coordinator dealing with training-related enquiries and Accredited Carbon Literacy Trainer applications.
Georgina has held senior leadership and management roles in local authorities and the social housing sector. Her experience covers a range of disciplines, including Sustainability, Carbon Reduction, and Housing Standards; developing and implementing collaborative strategies and projects with multi-agency partners and residents to address decarbonisation, energy security and energy affordability. She is also a Non-Executive Director and Trustee for a Housing Association in Staffordshire.
Georgina is an Accredited Carbon Literacy Trainer and has extensive experience in delivering training to social housing associations and local authorities, working across all tiers within the organisation. She is passionate and enthusiastic about enabling and delivering innovative carbon reduction solutions and achieving positive results.
Christiane is part of the Advocacy Team at The Carbon Literacy Project. Having previously worked as a Carbon Literacy Trainer, she has helped numerous SMEs, local authorities and residents on their journey to reducing their carbon emissions.
Christiane has a background in business, having studied French and Business at Hull University and is qualified in Business Sustainability Management as certified by the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Sustainability Leadership. Throughout her career, she has gained extensive knowledge from managerial and training roles both in the Food and the Fashion Retail Sectors.
On her latest project before joining The Carbon Literacy Project, Christiane has worked with De Montfort University and the Universities Partnership Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to deliver courses and support to local SMEs on how to decarbonise their businesses and become more sustainable.
Ted began volunteering with The Carbon Literacy Project in November 2022 and joined the staff team as a joint Project Advocate & Salesforce Coordinator in May 2023. Ted joined after 7 years working in market research & insights that specialised in the hospitality sector.
Chloé began her journey with The Carbon Literacy Project (CLP) as a volunteer in February 2023 focusing on Carbon Literacy within the fashion sector. She has a decade of experience in the fashion industry, specialising in marketing and events. Over time, she became acutely aware of the industry’s environmental impact and its contribution to climate change. This realisation ignited her passion to use fashion as a platform for positive change, promoting sustainable practices and a low-carbon culture. In June 2023, Chloé transitioned to a full-time role at CLP as the CLAD (Carbon Literacy Action Day) Advocate. In this role, she coordinates the annual global campaign, bringing together organisations and people from all walk of life and sectors for a simultaneous training, empowering them to take action during COP28.
Kate administers our e-learning resource, Carbon Literacy; Knowledge, designed to provide learners with an understanding of the science behind climate change.
After graduating with a degree in History, Kate began her career, most of which has been spent in Training and Development roles in a range of sectors including insurance, healthcare and retail. She returned to full-time education to gain a Masters in Managerial Psychology after which she worked as a freelance Development Consultant for 5 years before re-joining the corporate world at one of the “Big 5” retailers.
A qualified performance and career coach, she was responsible for setting up an online Leadership Development resource, providing bespoke consultancy to managers and 1-1 leadership coaching. As a Senior Talent Development Specialist, Kate worked with the Executive Team to identify and develop their teams and individuals as part of a succession planning process.
Alongside her responsibilities at The Carbon Literacy Project, Kate continues many years spent as a volunteer in the Community, currently as a Helpline Volunteer providing emotional and practical support for the MS Society.
Nicola is a Business Sector Advocate with The Carbon Literacy Project, working within the Advocacy Team. She researches and develops Carbon Literacy training resources, and has overseen the development of a new Carbon Literacy Toolkit for Elected Members alongside supporting the creation of the BEIS-funded Carbon Literacy Public Sector Toolkits.
Nicola has a background in science communications and studied physics at the University of Manchester. She went on to become a project manager in various sectors, ultimately focusing on the environmental issues surrounding land use and agriculture after becoming acutely aware of climate change as the defining issue of our time. She also works as a Carbon Literacy trainer within the food sector working with organisations like Proper, Fairtrade Manchester and Quorn.