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Executive Directors

Philip Sellwood, Chief Executive

Philip SellwoodPhilip Sellwood has been the Chief Executive of the Energy Saving Trust since 2003, leading the organisation to deliver on its mission to help everyone save energy every day. Philip has substantial experience in both the public and private sector, and is an active member of a number of influential Boards. He is Vice Chair of the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership Board, a Non-Executive Director of REAL (Renewable Energy Assurance Limited) Board and a Non-Executive Director at the Local Government Improvement and Innovation Board. In addition, Philip is an Advisory member of UKERC (UK Energy Research Centre) and NHBC (National House Building Council). Philip is also a Founder Trustee of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, which aims to build a positive circular economy.

During the last 15 years, Philip has undertaken work with DTI/Defra, for an educational charity and as Ministerial Advisor at the Home Office, and sat as an Independent Commissioner on the LGA Climate Change Commission. 

Philip had an extensive commercial career in the Retail, Food and Private Equity markets. He spent twenty years with Marks & Spencer, joining as a graduate in 1977 and working in almost every part of the business. Amongst his achievements at M&S were the expansion of the £3 billion food business and the development of the innovative mail order and e-commerce activity. He left M&S in 2000 as Director of Group Strategy. Philip has other strong retail experience, as Commercial Managing Director for the Thresher Group - best known for its Thresher/Victoria Wine/Wine Rack stores - where he was responsible for Trading, Buying, Marketing and the Supply Chain. 

​He graduated from Nottingham University with BEd (Hons) and has an MBA (Dist) from the University of Westminster. In addition, Philip is a Member of the Institute of Energy, a Fellow of the British Institute of Management and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. 

Roger Ponting, Group Finance Director

Roger PontingRoger Ponting joined the Energy Saving Trust Group in 2010. His career began in practice providing accounting, tax and commercial support services to the SME sector. He joined PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1997, where he provided audit and deal-based advisory services; IPO and post-deal integration support to large, blue-chip and entrepreneurial organisations.

During 2000 Roger moved into commerce with Aim listed FFastFill plc and has since continued to apply his commercial and financial skills to a number of private and public businesses in the role of Finance Director. Roger retains non-executive Director positions within the software development and pubs sectors. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.

Mike Thornton, UK Director of Government Programmes

Mike ThorntonMike Thornton joined the Energy Saving Trust’s Scottish team in 2002. He started out as an academic undertaking research as a PhD student in ecological genetics. He then went on to become the first director at LEEP (now Changeworks), a regional NGO working on energy efficiency, transport and recycling.

Mike spent three years as development co-ordinator for Friends of the Earth (Scotland) after periods as a systems analyst and software research engineer, with what is now Rowntree in York. While in York, he was Chair of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Conservation Committee. Mike holds a First Class Honours degree in genetics from the University of Nottingham.

Damian Coulton, Group Commercial Director 

Damian CoultonDamian Coulton joined the Energy Saving Trust in 2014 to lead our commercial activities. His ambitions are to take a strong, established brand into new markets and segments, and to develop new propositions by building upon the Energy Saving Trust’s strengths. He firmly believes that energy efficiency is the key to the energy challenge and that the Energy Saving Trust is well placed to lead on this.

Damian has held leadership and consultancy roles in sales and business strategy in the energy industry, both domestic and international. As an independent consultant he advised clients on strategy, growth and market entry. His projects have included sales and marketing strategies, segment evaluation, renewable energy generation, electricity market reform and new product development in the energy efficiency markets.

As general manager of International Power he set up and managed its retail supply business. He also led a review into the feasibility of establishing a trading business in Turkey. He has also held marketing, operations and managerial roles with E.ON and Total Gas & Power.

Non Executive Directors

Ted Brown (Chair)

Ted has wide-ranging experience in environmental services, including an executive career spanning 25 years with Rentokil Initial, one of the world’s leading service companies, where he rose to the position of Chief Operating Officer. Ted sits as a non-executive on the boards of several influential companies in the clean tech and sustainable service sector, including Green Compliance, Moat Homes and Sustainable Ventures and Anitcimex. Ted has also sat on the boards of several key public bodies which developed the market for environmental goods and services.

Mike Fairey

Mike Fairey spent the first 25 years of his career with Barclays Bank, within the UK branch banking operation, and then Barclaycard, where he ran card services and direct lending. In 1992 he moved to TSB Bank, where he became group credit director. He was appointed IT and operations director following the merger of Lloyds and TSB, then group director for central services, and finally deputy group chief executive.  Mike is chair of Lloyds TSB Pension Funds, and a non-executive director of APR Energy plc, Vertex Group Ltd and Legal and General plc.

Dame Judith Hackitt 

Dame Judith Hackitt has 15 years’ experience of chemical engineering including various process management roles with Exxon Chemicals. She was European operations director of a speciality pigments business, and then group risk manager at Elementis PLC. Judith was director of the Chemistry for Europe project with the European Chemical Industry, director of Business and Responsible Care (1998 to 2002) and director general (2002 to 2006) at the Chemical Industries Association. Judith was chair of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) from 2007-2016 before stepping down to take up the role of chair designate of EEF, the manufacturers' organisation.

Judith is also a council member and President of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and non-executive director of High Vale Manufacturing Catapult. Judith trained as a chemical engineer at Imperial College, London and was made a Dame in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to health and safety and engineering, in particular for being a role model for young women. She was awarded a CBE in 2006 and a DBE in 2016.

Sir Hayden Phillips

Sir Hayden Phillips is the independent reviewer of the adjudications of the Advertising Standards Authority, Chair of the appointment panel of the Independent Press Standards Organisation and Chair of Marlborough College and the Digital Funding partnership. He was previously a civil servant at the Home Office, and has worked for the European Commission, the Cabinet Office and the Treasury – becoming the Permanent Secretary of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and then of the Ministry of Justice. He was educated at Cambridge and Yale.

Tom Flood CBE

Tom Flood joined the Board 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 Chair of the Defra Water Innovation Group, a member of the Defra Civil Society Advisory Board, 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 and Fellow of the RSA, and was awarded a CBE for services to conservation in 2004. He is also a regular speaker on social and environmental issues.