Since 2015, 2020 Group Secretariat has been provided by the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI). ECCI brings low carbon leaders and practitioners from business, finance and the public sector together to turn good ideas into reality. Part of the University of Edinburgh, ECCI engages with forward-thinkers and uses its network to help companies drive innovation into their supply chains and create new low carbon products and services.
Information on the roles of staff within the Secretariat can be found below.
Siobhan Dunn, Acting Project Director
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Siobhan leads the Secretariat team. She previously worked in a communications role with the 2020 Group and is acting up as its Project Director. Siobhan is an experienced manager, with a detailed understanding of the project and a strong track record in sustainability communications and business engagement. She has over 17 years experience in marketing and communications and has led private, public and third sector campaigns as a senior account director working with leading clients. She joined ECCI in 2014 with the flagship Smart Accelerator project. An experienced communications strategist Siobhan works with the 2020 Group board and manages the Secretariat at ECCI.
Sarah Ford-Hutchinson, Communications and Marketing Manager
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Sarah is responsible for developing, implementing and managing the 2020 Group’s communication and marketing strategy. She is also a Communications Coordinator for the University of Edinburgh’s Department for Social Responsibility & Sustainability. Sarah previously worked for the BBC and she is a competent self-shooter and video editor.
Heather Walker, Project & Communications Officer
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Heather has over 20 years’ experience in communications and marketing, in house and as a freelance. In addition to recent roles in the University of Edinburgh’s School of Informatics and School of History, Classics and Archaeology, she has worked for Changeworks, Home Energy Scotland, Energy Saving Trust and, earlier in her career, University of St Andrews and Heriot Watt.
Laura Scotland, Events Coordinator
Laura is responsible for organising the 2020 secretariat events at ECCI. From managing room bookings to ensuring the ‘behind the scenes’ organisation of meetings and conferences runs smoothly and efficiently, Laura provides on-the-day support for events and meetings. She facilitates delegate management and registration and provides high quality customer service to event organisers and attendees. Laura has been in post since 2013.
Matthew Ross, Centre Administrator
Matthew oversees the day-to-day administration of the 2020 secretariat budget. As well as supporting the 2020 Group secretariat he also supports ECCI’s senior team and manages the ECCI events administrator and receptionist posts. Prior to his current role, Matthew worked for the Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance (SULSA), where he gained experience supporting interdisciplinary scientific activity spanning both academia and industry.