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Foundation board

Our Foundation Board of Trustees is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the Foundation. They meet regularly during the year to review progress and identify future opportunities for continued research and investment.

Who are the trustees of the Energy Saving Trust Foundation Board?

Margaret Cobbold

Margaret Cobbold has worked in the environmental and waste services industry for over three decades.

Margaret was Executive Director of a grant-giving organisation and charity, The Veolia Environmental Trust, from 2001 to 2012. During this period, she was responsible for overseeing hundreds of individual projects across the UK, funded through the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme. Schemes ranged from practical community initiatives to significant research projects aimed at reducing waste and protecting the environment working with businesses, charitable organisations and government.  During Margaret’s period in charge of the Trust, she also drove a period of significant change, including the creation of new operational processes for the business.

Margaret’s background prior to this was in marketing and communications, working for Veolia and Waste Management Ltd. Among other achievements, she was involved in the introduction of bi-weekly waste collection and recycling, working in partnership with local authorities. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

Since retiring part of Margaret’s time is spent in London helping with her young grandchildren. Outside of this she enjoys various activities including walking, dancing and helping in the local community. Her belief in the commitment and achievements of communities and volunteers remains unstinted.

Tom Flood CBE (Chair)

Tom Flood joined the Foundation Board of Trustees of the Energy Saving Trust in July 2012 and became Chair of the Energy Saving Trust Foundation in 2014. He is Chair of Acevo Solutions, which is the social enterprise arm of the Association of Chief Executives for the Voluntary Sector (ACEVO) and he spent 11 years as Group Chief Executive of the Conservation Volunteers (formerly known as the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers). Before joining the charity sector, Tom worked with 3M UK, A E Herbert, and W S Atkins and Partners. He is also Director of the UK Water Partnership, Chair of Defra Civil Society Partnership, Vice President of the Council for Protection of Rural England, a patron of Knowledge Peers, and an ambassador for Foodcycle. He is a companion of the Chartered Management Institute, a Fellow of the RSA, a member of the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service Committee and the National Trust Council, and was awarded a CBE for services to conservation in 2004. He is also a regular speaker on social and environmental issues.

Dr Tom Knowland

Tom Knowland is Head of Sustainable Energy & Climate Change for Leeds City Council. Tom joined Leeds in 2002 to establish the Council’s Environment Unit after previous posts with Oxford City Council, Cherwell District Council and sustainable development specialists, CAG consultants.

Tom is a full member and also served two years on the Council of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment. He is a Chartered Environmentalist and Fellow of the RSA and is currently seconded part-time to the University of Leeds as a visiting researcher.

Tom’s role is concerned with achieving sustainable development, which effectively means achieving the Council’s corporate priorities for economic, social and environmental improvement, but all at the same time rather than at the expense of each other. A significant priority in the city is attracting investment for low carbon energy infrastructure to address fuel poverty, increase competitiveness and increase resource efficiency.

Elizabeth Morgan

Elizabeth Morgan is a trustee of the Energy Saving Trust Foundation and has extensive experience leading teams and strategy within large, well-known consumer-facing companies. Earlier in her career, Elizabeth was Marketing Director for Carlsberg Tetley and Allied Breweries, and was well-known for ground-breaking TV campaigns. From 2003 to 2010 she led Boots’ Global Product Development team and founded and chaired the Boots Centre for Innovation, which was supported by the Welsh Assembly Government. She steered launches for market-leading brands such as No 7’s Protect and Perfect, Soltan and the Boots vitamins and supplements range. She now runs Innoweaver, a consultancy that focuses on innovation for both retailers and brand owners seeking to build their brands in retail.

Elizabeth has a special interest in helping companies with brands and products that want to be more commercially successful, often based on consumer behaviour change and business opportunities as a result of climate change trends, regulations and impacts. Elizabeth has a first-class degree in economics from the London School of Economics and an MSc in sustainability from the University of Leeds.