Countdown to 2020

Finance is key in unlocking Scotland’s ambitions for a low carbon economy and a more sustainable future. A magnet for expertise, new ideas and action, the Finance sub-group promotes the best environment possible for the deployment of funding to support the delivery of a 42% reduction in carbon emissions by 2020.

It also does this responsibly within a spotlight on climate justice. As example, the Finance sub-group has prompted the Scotland Lights up Malawi project, helping to raise £2020k in 20 months and 20 days.

Samantha Barber (Vice-Chair)

Portfolio NED | Independent Member

Samantha has worked at CEO and Board Level in both domestic and international companies and has extensive strategic business experience. With particular focus on multi-stakeholder, complex organisations she has worked across sectors for nearly 20 years, delivering tangible growth & results to effect change.

Samantha qualified with a BAHons in Applied Foreign Languages & European Politics. She also studied at three French Universities resulting in a Post Graduate degree in EC Law from the University of Nancy. Samantha started her career as a Policy Advisor in the European Parliament where she worked for four years, focusing on the Economic & Monetary Affairs Committee. She then became the Director of Business for Scotland, followed by nine years as CEO of Scottish Business in the Community led by HRH the Prince of Wales as President.

She was appointed to the Advisory Board of Scottish Power in 2007, post acquisition by Iberdrola, and was subsequently appointed to the Board of Iberdrola in July 2008 where she is also Chairman of the Board CSR Committee. Samantha is also an Advisory Board member for Breakthrough Breast Cancer, sits on the 2020 Group on Climate Change & undertakes consultancy & business coaching.

Watch Samantha Barber discuss key aspect of collaborative working

Paul Brewer

Partner | PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Robert Carr

Chairman | Anderson Strathern

Robert is Chairman of the leading Scottish law firm Anderson Strathern where he is head of the Healthcare, Public and Regulatory team. Robert is qualified as a solicitor advocate.  Robert is the immediate Past President of Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce and the Society of Solicitors in the Supreme Courts. Robert chairs the Edinburgh Development Forum and is a Regent of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Robert is a Fellow of Strathclyde University Business School and is a FRSA. Robert is passionate about sustainability and balancing economic growth, community development and the environment. In 2009/10 Robert had the honour of being the HRH Prince of Wales’ Ambassador for Corporate Social Responsibility in Scotland

Lesley Fordyce

Member of the PA's Management Group | PA Consulting

Lesley Fordyce is the Lead Partner for PA in Scotland. She is privileged to be able to work regularly with Boards and Senior Leadership Teams to drive performance improvement within their organisations.  She has an excellent understanding of public policy and delivery; gained from her work with PA clients and also from her pre-PA industry experience in The Scottish Executive (now Scottish Government),  Lesley is particularly interested in delivering changes within organisations that create positive societal impacts; hence her involvement with the 2020 Climate Group.

Dave Gorman

Director for Social Responsibility and Sustainability | University of Edinburgh

Dave is Edinburgh University’s first Director for Social Responsibility and Sustainability, managing a department that provides leadership and advice to the University on delivering its ambitious climate change, sustainability and social responsibility objectives.

Dave was Head of Environmental Strategy at the Scottish Environment Protection Agency before coming to take the new role in July 2013.

At SEPA, Dave was responsible for futures and cross-cutting issues, including climate change, energy, sustainability, national planning and strategic environmental assessment, research and development and horizon scanning.

Prior to his move to SEPA in 2000, Dave worked for Falkirk and Dundee City Councils on sustainability, environmental strategy and waste and recycling issues.

Dave has a degree in Engineering and a Masters in Environmental Management, is a Chartered Environmentalist, a Chartered Manager, a fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Watch Dave Gorman discuss academic expertise with real life problems

James Hamilton

Scottish Renewable Energy Expert | PA Consulting

James Hamilton leads PA Consulting Group’s work with the Supply Chain Group as part of Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group’s objectives to help Scotland’s business, voluntary and public sectors work together to achieve Scotland’s targets and the transformational changes required in the Scottish Government’s Climate Change Delivery Plan.  He facilitates this cross-industry group that was established by PA to take forward practical steps in how businesses and Government in Scotland can work collaboratively to support the development of a sustainable renewable energy supply chain.  James has a background in strategic programme delivery, business transformation and M&A having been formerly Director of Programmes at Cable & Wireless plc.  He is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and has an MA in Management from the University of St Andrews.

Andy Kerr

Executive Director | ECCI

Andy was appointed Director of the Edinburgh Centre on Climate Change (ECCC), a low carbon innovation and skills centre, in 2010. He is also the Policy Director of the Scottish Centre of Expertise in Climate Change. Previously Andy was a Director at E3 International, working with companies to develop strategic and practical management responses to emerging market opportunities in international carbon and biofuel markets.

His public policy work has focused on supporting the development of effective national policy frameworks that reduce dependence on fossil fuels and lower greenhouse gas emissions. Recent projects include the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Inquiry Report: “Facing up to Climate Change: Breaking the barriers to a low carbon Scotland” and the Scottish Government’s “Climate Change Delivery Plan”. Andy also co-authors the book: “Climate Change & Emissions Trading: What Every Business Needs to Know”. Andy has a doctorate in glaciology from the University of Edinburgh.

Adam MacDonald

Director of Asset Backed Solutions | Lloyds Banking Group

Adam is a Director in the Corporate Solutions team. Adam is leading Lloyd’s push into the developing market for green and sustainable capital markets. In July 2014 Adam led Lloyds Bank’s £250 million Environment Social and Governance bond, the first bond issue of its kind in the market. He also closed the first green loan for a UK Corporate (J Sainsbury PLC) in July 2014. Adam currently financing advisor to a large UK utility looking to invest in the UK’s smart meters programme. Earlier in 2014 Adam led the capital markets and ratings advisory work for Amber Infrastructure’s winning bid for Priority Schools, a £550 million financing procurement run by the Department for Education. Previously at Lloyds he led a number of innovative financings such as the GBP 600 million bond issued by the Greater London Authority used to fund CrossRail (Lloyds were sole structurer and bookrunner). Prior to Lloyds Adam held positions at Bank of America and UBS Investment Bank where he worked on transactions such as the creation of Network Rail’s GBP 20 billion MTN programme and lead arranging a GBP1.25 billion securitisation of track access charges to fund the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.

Maggie McGinlay

Director, Energy and Clean Technologies | Scottish Enterprise

She leads Scottish Enterprise’s support for the growth of the Energy sector in Scotland, working closely with the public and private sectors to deliver an integrated response. This support recognises the continuing scale of the oil and gas sector and the size of the opportunity in the renewables, carbon capture and storage and low carbon technologies sector in which Scotland enjoys a strong competitive advantage.

Having worked in the field of economic development for over 20 years, Maggie was previously Director of Food and Drink for Scottish Enterprise and a founder member of the Board of Scotland Food and Drink.

Maggie also represents Scottish Enterprise on ACSEF – Aberdeen City and Shire Economic Forum – a public-private sector partnership which develops and delivers the regional economic strategy.

Hayden Morgan

Vice President | UK Green Investment Bank

Hayden sits in the Green and Sustainability Team, supporting the bank’s objective to accelerate the transition to a low carbon, green economy.

He has 17 years’ experience of working to integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) and sustainability issues into investment and ownership considerations, with a focus on private equity and investment banking. Formerly a consultant, Hayden has extensive experience of conducting due diligence and portfolio enhancement projects for private equity and corporate mergers and acquisitions across the globe. Hayden has also advised management of cleantech / environmental businesses seeking investment. 

In addition Hayden has a track-record of advising businesses in matters of corporate responsibility, assurance, capacity building and environmental performance enhancement

Linda Pooley

Head of Unit for Energy, Technology & Investment. | Scottish Government

Linda graduated from Imperial College London in Biochemistry. Following an academic career, she joined the Scottish Government in 2003 initially working as a scientific adviser before moving into policy work.

Linda has worked on climate change policy and also in the water industry team where she had responsibility for the government’s interactions with Scottish Water’s large capital investment programme.

Linda moved to the Energy Division last year where she heads up two teams: the offshore renewable team and the International, low carbon and constitution team. She is also the Scottish government’s policy lead for the Green Investment Bank, is actively involved in the design of Scotland’s Renewable Energy Investment fund (REIF) and leads for Scottish Government interests in the annual Scottish Low Carbon Investment Conference.

Susan Rice (Vice-Chair) (Chair of Finance sub-group)

Managing Director | Lloyds Banking Group

Susan Rice CBE is Managing Director, Lloyds Banking Group Scotland. She is a Vice-Chair of the 2020 Climate Group, was a non-executive director of SSE for 11 years and has spoken internationally about financing renewables, Scotland’s low carbon agenda and climate justice. She is also a non-executive of J Sainsbury and Big Society Capital. Susan is a strong advocate of corporate responsibility and throughout her career, both in the United States and UK, has driven financial, social inclusion and sustainability agendas.

Mike Robinson

Chief Executive | Royal Scottish Geographical Society

Mike Robinson is Chief Executive of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society (RSGS) based in Perth. For the past six years Mike has been heavily involved in many aspects of climate change policy in Scotland and further afield. Since 2006 he has established, chaired and remains a board member of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, sat (informally) on the board of Stop Climate Chaos in London, and represented SCVO at the Climate Agora in Brussels in 2008. He is a grant panel member of the Government’s Climate Challenge Fund and chaired the Scottish Parliament Short Life Working Group on annual targets. He is a board member of a number of other charities and co-ordinates a carbon reduction scheme in his local community.

Lesley Sawers

Vice Principal and Pro-Vice Chancellor for Business, Enterprise and Innovation | Glasgow Caledonian University

Professor Lesley Sawers joined Glasgow Caledonian University in July 2013. Her key role is to drive and support the University’s UK and international business activities including enterprise and innovation growth in key sectors and markets.
Prior to joining GCU Lesley was Chief Executive of the Scottish Council for Development & Industry, Scotland’s leading independent economic organisation, for 5 years. She joined SCDI from Glasgow Chamber of Commerce where she played a leading role in delivering Glasgow’s successful bid for the Commonwealth Games. She has held senior appointments in Scotland and internationally, in Royal Mail Group, ScottishPower, CACI, Management Horizons and VisitScotland. She is a non-Executive Board member of the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, a member of the Secretary of State for Scotland’s Scottish Trade and Economic Growth Board and Chair of the Scottish Cities Alliance Leadership Group. Lesley is also a non-Executive Board member of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau and is a Trustee of Glasgow Life.
Lesley is also a Trustee of the Commonwealth Youth Trust.
Lesley has a degree in political economy from Glasgow University and a PhD from the Institute of Retail Studies in Stirling University. She received an honorary doctorate from Strathclyde University business school in 2009 and from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2012. She was awarded the Lord Provost’s Award for Enterprise and the Evening Times Business Woman of the Year in 2008.

David Sigsworth

Chairman | SEPA and the Scottish Fuel Poverty Alliance

David Sigsworth took up office as Chairman of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency on 1 January 2008. Since that time David has been influential in driving changes in the way SEPA delivers its environmental services. The organisation is now spearheading improved approaches to better regulation and environmental science whilst implementing financial efficiencies. David was appointed Chairman, Scottish Fuel Poverty Forum in September 2011, and Chairman of the Scottish Energy Technology Partnership Industry Advisory Group in September 2013. He became a member of the Scottish Government’s Expert Commission on Energy Regulation in July 2013. A Chartered Electrical Engineer by profession, David is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and an Honorary Professor at the University of Dundee. He also undertakes a range of non-executive roles and is Chairman of Sigma Capital Group plc, Chairman, SeaEnergy plc, Chairman, Dundee Science Centre, and also Chairman, the Offshore Renewables Institute since January 2014. He is also Vice President of the Combined Heat and Power Association (CHPA) and a Trustee of the Think Tank Sustainability First. Before joining SEPA, David’s career spanned 43 years in the utility sector.

He held several positions on the Board of Scottish and Southern Energy plc (SSE) and had previously been Commercial Director of Scottish Hydro Electric plc since 1995. David was presented with the degree of Doctor of Laws, honaris causa, from the University of Dundee in June 2014

Gavin Templeton

Head of Sustainable Finance | Green Investment Bank

Gavin leads GIB’s Green and Technical team. He is responsible for all of GIB’s external engagement on green issues, and leads the sustainability element of GIB’s work. Gavin has worked in finance and commodity markets for 20 years, beginning his career at BP before moving to Morgan Stanley, Rabobank and VTB Capital. Over his career, Gavin has worked in both physical and financial emission and commodity markets covering sales, marketing, finance, origination, trading and analysis. He has worked on the sustainability agenda since the beginning of the European Emissions Trading Scheme and United Nations Clean Development Mechanism, as well as financing renewable energy and emission reduction projects across Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas

Kate Turner

Legal Director | Pinsent Masons

Kate is a Director of Pinsent Masons and specialises in projects in the energy and natural resources sector.

Kate advises on energy projects (development, construction and financing), trading and regulation. Recent work includes advising on power station (CCGT and CHP) developments, acquisitions/disposals and joint ventures, tolling arrangements, gas transportation and gas storage. Kate has significant experience of advising clients on renewable energy projects; in particular onshore and offshore wind projects, OFTO, anaerobic digestion and biomass projects, new technologies and regulatory matters affecting renewables projects. Kate also regularly advises on UK and European energy trading and credit support arrangements, fuel supply arrangements, grid connection and regulatory issues. Kate is regularly involved in discussion on energy policy and regulation and participates in a number of Scottish Renewables working groups.

Kate is a Governor of Strathallan School and also sits on the 2020 Finance Group.

Martin Valenti

Business Engagement and Climate Change Manager | SEPA

Martin leads on Strategic Partnerships and Business Engagement for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency where he has worked for 10 years in a variety of roles. Martin has extensive experience in all aspects of environmental and regulatory policy and has significant experience in project directing major projects and initiatives. He successfully delivered several major projects for the Scottish Government and more recently was the Project Director for Scotland’s high profile 2020 Climate Group and was instrumental in setting the group up. He has extensive experience working with the highest levels of government and developing high level political and industry focused network contacts, allowing the capturing of key decision makers to help bring about strategic beneficial outcomes.

Martin is a trusted and experienced adviser who builds credibility quickly, excels in creating consensus among divergent groups, and communicates at all levels to manage sensitive issues and negotiate successful outcomes. Martin is a trustee in Helping Hands Associates and spends what free time he has raising funds for a variety of charities or digging his allotment in Comrie in Perthshire.

Professional specialties includes: Business development, change management, sustainable development, climate change, environmental management systems, low carbon economic development, various environmental regulatory experience including: noise policy, air quality and pollution prevention and control.