The Team

UK Team

Financial Director

Huw Jones

Huw joined CO2balance as an investor in July 2008, when he became the Financial Director and Company Secretary. Huw is a Chartered Accountant who was previously 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. Huw qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Moores Rowland in London, and gained his practice certificate from Coopers and Lybrand in Jersey, following which he was the Financial Director for a number of trading companies.

Chairman

Robin Williams

Robin joined the CO2balance Board of Directors in July 2008 as an investor. Prior to joining CO2balance, Robin worked in Pharmaceutical Sales before becoming the founder and major shareholder of Williams Medical Supplies plc which was sold to private equity in 2007.

Managing Director & Founder

Mark Simpson

Founder of CO2balance, Mark’s early background was as a Research Chemist with Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI). During his time with ICI, Mark specialised in computerisation and computer networking, where 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.

Mark went on to join Philips Electronics’ Computing Division, which later became part of European computing giant Atos Origin. As the Chief UK Technical Architect, Mark was 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, with the vision to mitigate 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 a key and founding player in the setting up of ICROA. As the market developed, Mark saw the opportunity to extend CO2balance’s reach, and 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 climate finance projects. In 2006, CO2balance was established as a company in Kenya, marking the beginning of CO2balance’s instrumental role as a carbon project developer in the region.

Huw and Robin joined Mark on the Board of CO2balance in 2008, and CO2balance has since secured its place as a globally renowned project developer. Mark has led CO2balance to extend its project reach into Southern Africa, Western Africa and Asia. As Managing Director, Mark continues to oversee CO2balance’s global operations and ensures that it operates in an ethical and efficient manner.

Sales & Marketing Director

Paul Chiplen

Paul has been working for CO2balance since its creation in 2003 and now leads on sales and marketing, as well as wider strategy planning for the company as a Board Director.

Paul has a BA in Geography from Staffordshire University and well as a PgC in Sustainability and Environmental Management. Prior to joining CO2balance he worked in the public sector for 10 years with Somerset County Council, mainly within its Environment Department, specialising in waste management and recycling.

Head of Project Development

Lucas Emmerson

Lucas joined CO2balance in 2013 and is now responsible for leading the company’s projects department and managing the UK based and overseas teams. Prior to his current role, he spent three years developing climate protection projects and overseeing CO2balance’s operations in Uganda, Malawi and Kenya.

Lucas holds an MSc in Environmental Sustainability from the University of Edinburgh where his research focused on market-based mechanisms for environmental protection and a BA in International Development and Languages from the University of East Anglia.

Before joining CO2balance, Lucas spent several years working in the non-profit sector in Ecuador, where he gained experience designing and managing a range of environmental and social development projects.

Senior Projects Manager

Tom Urry

Tom works predominantly on managing CO2balance’s borehole and improved cookstove programmes in Rwanda, Uganda, Malawi and Zimbabwe. His interests also include expanding the existing project approaches to new countries, as well as developing opportunities in new technology areas such as forestry and renewable energy.

Tom holds a BA in Politics and French and MSc in International Development from the University of Bristol. He joined CO2balance in November 2016 after spending over 2 years coordinating agriculture, forestry and social enterprise programmes in Malawi and Sierra Leone. He has worked extensively in sub-Saharan Africa in addition to these experiences, including undertaking a human rights-focused internship in Togo and conducting academic research into environmental challenges in Ethiopia.

Tom has completed courses in Project-Based Monitoring and Evaluation and Greenhouse Gas Accounting for Forest and Land Use Projects.

Project Manager

Ilona Coulson-Ashworth

Ilona joined CO2balance in September 2017 and is responsible for managing the company’s Gold Standard and VCS projects in Kenya and Eritrea.

Ilona holds a BSc in Business Economics from Bangor University and an MSc in Agricultural Economics from the University of Reading which she completed in 2017.

She developed an interest in sub-Saharan Africa during her Masters studies where her dissertation focused on time-use gender gaps in rural communities in Uganda. She continues to apply her knowledge on gender and development to support the Gender certification of safe water projects in Uganda under Gold Standard for the Global Goals.

Project Manager

Emma Donnachie

Emma joined CO2balance in February 2018 and works predominantly on managing and developing CO2balance’s safe water and improved cookstove projects in Ethiopia, Zambia, and Mozambique.

Emma holds LLB in European Law from Warwick University and spent 3 years working in the legal field before completing an MSc in Environment and Development at the University of Edinburgh in 2016, where her research focused on the empowerment impacts of community owned renewable energy projects.

Emma’s experience in the non-profit sector includes coordinating projects in northern Mozambique, working with a charitable brand to raise funds for projects worldwide, and monitoring and evaluating projects across Ecuador.

Project Manager

James Walker

James joined CO2balance in February 2018. His main work focuses on Ugandan carbon and CSR projects, as well as Rwanda and Zimbabwe.

James graduated with a 1st class Law degree in 2013 and worked in the financial sector for 2 and a half years. In 2017 he completed his MSc in Environmental Management from the University of the West of England. His masters research focused on rural water and sanitation in Uganda and was supported by the International Water Security Network.

James’ experience with environmental and development work includes community-based development, teaching and conservation in Thailand, WASH research and project implementation in Uganda, reforestation and water conservation in India and practical conservation work in England and Wales.

Carbon Projects Officer

Oscar Lozada

Oscar works on supporting borehole and improved cookstove programmes in Rwanda, Malawi and Zimbabwe, whilst focussing on expanding CO2balance’s projects into Southern Asia. His interests also lie in developing new technology areas in Climate-Smart Agriculture – a field with great potential for climate change mitigation. He is also responsible for managing CO2balance’s online presence and social media.

Prior to joining CO2balance in November 2018, Oscar worked for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, where he worked on carbon auditing large scale projects in Vietnam and Mozambique. He has also worked on the ground in Nepal, delivering aid and establishing agricultural and social development projects for rural people.

Oscar holds a BSc in Zoology and an MSc in Ecological Applications from Imperial College London, gained in 2016 and 2017 respectively, where his research focused on agroecology, honeybees and Martian soil.

Carbon Projects Officer

Amie Nevin

Amie joined co2balance in January 2019 and works supporting co2balance’s safe water and improved cookstove projects in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Zambia and Mozambique.

Amie graduated with a First Class Honours in Environmental Geography from The University of York in 2016, where her research focused on the links between climate change mitigation, sustainable development, environmental and social policy. Following this, she spent 3 months living in Kruger National Park on a biodiversity, climate resilience and mitigation, and community-outreach programme.

Amie’s professional experience began in ecological consultancy, gaining broad experience in project management, conducting protected species surveys and writing reports.

Overseas Team and Consultants

Finance & HR Coordinator: Kenya

Catherine Ruhiu

Catherine Ruhiu joined CO2balance in 2013 and is responsible for all issues related to finance and HR in Kenya. Over the years she has developed a diverse skills set in finance and accounting specifically handling Financial Management, Cash Flow Management, Taxation and Audit, Procurement, Payroll Management, Administration and Human Resource Management.

Catherine is an Association of Chartered Certified Accountant holder from Strathmore University and is currently in her final year pursuing a higher diploma in Human Resources Management at the Institute of Human Resource Management.

Prior to joining Co2balance, she worked with the AP Moller Mearsk Group where she gained extensive experience in Finance and Accounting.

Project Development Coordinator: Kenya

Moses Maina

Moses joined CO2balance in 2014 and is responsible for coordinating all activities related to the company’s climate protection projects in Kenya. He is passionate about working with like-minded organisations and individuals to help the poor communities across Sub-Saharan Africa gain access to clean energy and other services, that can help to spur sustainable development.

Moses graduated from Kenyatta University in 2011 with a BA in Environmental Studies (Community Development), and he also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Project Management from Kenya Institute of Management. Moses is currently undertaking an MA in Development Studies from Mount Kenya University.

Prior to joining CO2balance, Moses worked at the German Technical Cooperation as a Project Officer implementing a renewable energy project on Biogas in East Africa where he developed an interest in the renewable energy sector. Over time he has refined his skills in implementing and managing projects on improved cook stoves, safe water and clean energy within the disadvantaged communities in Africa.

Project Development Consultant: Uganda

Grace Lilly Ayoo

Grace joined CO2balance in June 2015 as the Project Development Consultant in Uganda and is responsible for managing all aspects of our in-country operations with the help of our local field consultants and NGO partners. She overseas the company’s projects across Uganda, working closely with our local partner organisations, community leaders and government to ensure that everything runs smoothly.

She holds a degree in Tourism and Public administration and has also completed courses in Project Planning and Management.

Prior to joining CO2balance, she worked as an administrator for three years and a carbon finance specialist for two years where she gained experience working on a variety of projects in the field of household energy efficiency.

Project Officer Consultant: Uganda

Isaac Okaka

Isaac Joined CO2balance in May 2015 as a project consultant and is responsible for coordinating the monitoring, community engagement and CSR activities for our projects in over 120 villages in northern Uganda.

Isaac has 9 years’ experience in the field of rural water supply, sanitation and hygiene transformation and community-based project design and management. He has worked as a WASH specialist on several projects in northern Uganda, including the Global Water Initiative program.

Isaac holds a PGD in Projects Monitoring and Evaluation from Uganda Management Institute and a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration and Management.