The team behind the Zero Carbon Academy is unified by a single purpose: to provide practical, actionable training and support to the people in business who are leading the charge against climate change.

International Partners

The Zero Carbon Academy was launched in 2021 with backing from the Critical Information Group. In 2022, we are delighted to welcome a strategic partner with international reach and deep capabilities in technology and content. Newgen Knowledge Works is headquartered in Chennai, India, and also has teams in Europe and North America.

Advisory Board

Zero Carbon Academy (ZCA) is delighted to announce that Philip Sellwood CBE has been appointed as the inaugural Chair of its Advisory Board.

Philip Sellwood CBE

Philip Sellwood CBE

Advisory Board Chair

Philip Sellwood was CEO of the Energy Saving Trust from 2003-2020. During that time he undertook work for all UK Administrations and has represented the UK as part of the European Energy Network, twice serving as President. He was awarded a CBE in the 2019 Queens Honours List for services to public policy. Currently Philip is Chair of the Zemo Partnership, he advises several companies in the private sector alongside membership of several Government bodies in the academic research sector.

Philip is Chair of the Board of the Renewable Energy Assurance Ltd and a NED at the Local Government Innovation and Improvement Board. Philip has recently been appointed as the inaugural Chair of the Zero Carbon Academy. Philip was also a founder Trustee of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation a global charity committed to promoting the development of the circular economy. Philip is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Arts and the British Institute of Management.

I feel privileged to take on this role at such an exciting time for Zero Carbon Academy. As ZCA prepares to launch its first courses, the needs of its clients, employees and stakeholders are changing rapidly. Zero Carbon Academy is dealing with these changes in thoughtful and innovative ways which will benefit us all on our journey to Net Zero"

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Founding Team Q&A

Simon Graham

Simon Graham

Founder & Chief Knowledge Officer

Simon’s background was originally in satellite imagery, working in a world of spies and rocket scientists, and it was there that he first saw the effects of climate change. He undertook his first net zero programme in 2006 and since then has helped numerous organisations in the private and public sector achieve zero carbon, picking up over twenty awards in the process. He has been a Visiting Fellow at the University of Nottingham, a successful entrepreneur in low-carbon technologies and part of the development of the University of London’s External Programme. “The Zero Carbon Academy brings together all the threads of my work story and enables me to offer back to the growing community of people in business who are striving to create low-carbon transformation.”

Oliver Gadsby

Oliver Gadsby

Executive Chair

Oliver has published leading thinkers, academics, analysts and educationalists, as CEO and Chairman of several significant publishing companies in Europe and north America. He was CEO of Nelson Thornes and of Continuum; he led Rowman & Littlefield’s academic and professional publishing. As Director of Strategy at Informa plc, he established a pioneering partnership with the University of St Andrews to deliver online courses in Terrorism Studies. He has served as a Director of the Independent Publishers’ Guild, and is Chair of WTiN. “I know that many people are looking to do the right thing for the climate in their organisation. The Zero Carbon Academy will give them the tools and learning they need, in a way which is rooted in real business experience.”

Lauren Foye

Lauren Foye

Head of Reports

Lauren has extensive experience as an analyst and market researcher in the digital technology and travel sectors. She has a background in researching and forecasting emerging technologies, with a particular passion for the Videogames and eSports industries. She joined the Critical Information Group as Head of Reports and Market Research at GRC World Forums, and leads the content and data research team at the Zero Carbon Academy. “What drew me to the academy is the opportunity to add content and commentary around sustainability across a wealth of industries and sectors.”

Sarah Wilman

David Haggie

Business Development Director

David has worked in publishing, broadcasting and technology, having had a career including time at the BBC as a Senior Producer in radio and television, working in senior business development and strategy positions for two publishers, and then in the educational technology field. His last role before joining ZCA was as CEO of Grade Maker, an EdTech business which he founded and led for 8 years. “Addressing the climate crisis is a critical challenge for our age, and I’m delighted to be part of the ZCA team working to help people and organisations deliver change which will make a difference”.

David Smith

David Smith

Founding Investor

David has over 40 years of operational and strategic experience in many global businesses, including Walters Kluwer and Informa plc, as well as a pragmatic approach to the many business challenges the Academy faces each day. "The Academy seeks to position itself at the centre of the Zero Climate and Sustainability communities; offering reliable support and career/ personal development resources and forums for professionals seeking to make a difference."

Oscar Pusey

Oscar Pusey

Junior Analyst

Oscar is a recent graduate with a background in earth science. He is currently studying an MSc focussing on disaster responses, emergency planning and community resilience. His postgraduate research project will assess the link between climate crisis risk perception and attitudes to green energy projects. “Adapting to the climate crisis through the pursuit of net zero requires community engagement and understanding. Zero Carbon Academy’s goals closely align with this approach and I’m excited to have the opportunity to research and communicate a variety of topics relating to our environment and sustainability”.

Tony Foye

Tony Foye

Founding Investor

Tony brings a wealth of over 30 years' financial and operational experience to the Academy, from his time as Chief Financial Officer of a number of high value businesses, including Taylor & Francis and Informa plc. His passion for the Zero Carbon Academy comes from a strong belief that good business is underpinned by high ethical standards, and that for the economy to maximise its potential, it is necessary for business to act in a responsible way. “I believe the Zero Carbon Academy will be instrumental in helping transform organisations for good with a focus on pragmatism and outlining the benefits of 'doing the right thing'. Through the work of the Academy, I hope to be part of a positive influence on the evolution of organisations, and fellow professionals across the world.”

Sarah-Jean Harris

Sarah-Jean Harris

Head of Marketing

Sarah-Jean has a wealth of experience across the full marketing mix, with a passion for and specialising in, all things Digital Marketing. She has a background in senior marketing roles within the software industry and freelancing for marketing agencies and start ups. During lockdown, she started her own business, hand making sustainable children's clothing from recycled materials and marketing the business; Ceci, C’est Chic. “The mission that Zero Carbon Academy is spearheading on climate change, is a vital one and the passion the team at ZCA has towards Zero Climate and building sustainable communities is what drew me to the role. It’s so rewarding to feel like you are contributing towards the important message of reducing the world's carbon footprint”

Emily Serwadczak

Emily Serwadczak

Administrator and Copy-Editor

Emily comes to Zero Carbon Academy with a background in scriptwriting and a passion for media. After working for a large charity rooted in conservation, she’s happy to be with ZCA as they begin their journey towards teaching other companies about sustainability. “I’m glad to be with a disability friendly employer who appreciates those who work with them. I want to help ZCA realise its goals.”

Steve Ayres

Steve Ayres

Chief Technology Officer

Steve is a highly experienced technology professional with a specific focus on data and analysis for over 20 years. He is at the forefront of realising and developing modern cloud-based data strategies to deliver significant business change. Steve joined Zero Carbon Academy in March 2022, bringing with him experience across the financial services, publishing and retail industries. “I have a passion for using technology practically and pragmatically to drive business value; what better way to apply that than by helping the fantastic Zero Carbon Academy team drive forward low-carbon agendas and adoption. On a personal note, I’m excited to help implement a technology architecture that is modern, robust and scalable and, importantly, supports our own low-carbon goals.”