OUR PEOPLE


With a wealth of experience, across a number of sectors, leading global corporations, the CO2balance team understand the requirements of a business to be successful and drive growth. The focus is on supporting and exceeding expectations with our clients as well as implementing socially beneficial carbon offset projects in Africa and Asia, enabling the company to continue to grow and develop.




Mark Simpson

Managing Director & Founder

Founder of CO2balance, Mark's early background was a Research Chemist with ICI. During his time with ICI Mark specialised in computerisation and computer networking, he developed the first PC based Laboratory Information Management (LIMs) system for the company. He also architected and implemented the companies first peer to peer PC network, which at the time was one of the first in the UK.

After ICI Mark joined Philips Electronics's computing division that later became part of European computing giant Atos Origin, where Mark was the Chief UK Technical Architect and was the person responsible for bringing internet access and networking to the UK part of the company in the late 1990s.

Mark moved on to found CO2balance in 2003, to assist with the mitigation of climate change using carbon offsetting as the primary vehicle to achieve this. Under Mark's stewardship CO2balance soon became one of the leading carbon management companies in Europe and was key and founding player in the setting up ICROA. As the market developed Mark saw the opportunity to extend CO2balance's reach and the opportunity to move further in to the carbon project developer space. To this end Mark identified the East African region as offering an opportunity to provide ethical and community based carbon offsetting projects. He established a company in the region in 2006 and since then CO2balance has been instrumental in the carbon market of Kenya and the wider region.

Huw, Robin and Suzanne joined Mark on the board of CO2balance in 2008 and CO2balance has since secured its place as a globally renowned project developer and Mark has extended it project reach in to Southern Africa, Western Africa and in to Asia and in particularly to the Indian sub continent. Today Mark as MD oversees the CO2balances global operations and ensures that it operates in an ethical and efficient manner.

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Huw Jones

Financial Director

Huw joined CO2balance as an investor in July 2008. Huw is a Chartered Accountant who became the Financial Director and Company Secretary at the same time. Previously Huw was the Financial Director and Company Secretary of Williams Medical Supplies plc. Prior to joining William Medical Supplies plc Huw was self-employed for 15 years running several businesses. In addition he has been the Financial Director for a number of trading companies after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Moores Rowland in London before moving to Coopers and Lybrand in Jersey to gain his practicing certificate.

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Robin Williams

Chairman

Robin joined the CO2balance board in July 2008 as an investor. Prior to this Robin was the founder and major shareholder of Williams Medical Supplies plc which was sold to private equity in 2007. Prior to this his previous role was in Pharmaceutical Sales.

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Ian Williams

Strategic Advisor

Ian Williams worked as the Executive Director of the charity Concern Universal for 16 years. Concern Universal is an international not for profit managing over £15m worth of projects annually, benefiting more than 2m people, through approximately 500 employees in some of the world's poorest countries. Prior to leading the organisation, Ian worked in Malawi and Papua New Guinea.

Ian has a PhD in Strategy and was a longstanding Visiting Fellow at Cass Business School. He is a non-Executive Director of Haygrove, an international horticultural business.

CO2balance are delighted to welcome Ian on board as their Strategic Advisor.

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Paul Keir

Managing Director Of Carbon Zero Kenya Ltd

Paul was born in Scotland in 1964 and brought up in Africa from 10 months old. Boarding school at Fettes College in Edinburgh from 1972 was to be his educational base whilst his adopted home remained East Africa in general and Kenya in particular. Paul has lived in Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa but for the most part in Kenya.

Now based in Kenya, Paul brings a wealth of African business, political and cultural experience having set up a number of businesses over the years in East Africa which includes Seaboard Overseas Trading (K) Ltd (a company that imported around 200,000 tons of wheat per annum), Windsor Group of Hotels and Wines of the World. Having been a Director with CO2balance from 2008, Paul is responsible for the expansion and running of our African operations in the world of carbon.

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