The Board of the CBS

The Directors combine long-term experience in renewable energy finance, helping schools go solar, managing schools and education for sustainable development. The schools that become members of the CBS may propose and elect additional Directors at the AGM.

Ann Finlayson

Chair. Executive Chair of SEEd, the Sustainability and Environmental Education Charity and Founding Member and Chair of the Sustainable Schools Alliance.

35 years’ in environmental and sustainability education: teaching and training teachers in Scotland, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Canada and the UK.

Previous roles include: Head of WWF-UK Education Department; UK Commissioner for Education for Sustainability on the Sustainable Development Commission; UK lead for the UNESCO global action plan for education for sustainable development.

Peter Roberts

Senior Project Manager and Technical Advisor to the Education Funding Agency.

15 years’ experience in the education sector overseeing the design and contract management of new schools and capital programmes and ensuring project delivery to specifications and budget.

School Governor Associate of the Chartered institute of Building.

Marino Charalambous

CEO of CHATS Academy Trust.

Oversees five schools in the Cuckoo Hall Academies Trust, all of which have solar funded or managed by SfS.

Previous experience in finance and project management at HSBC and Siemens Financial Services as well 15-years at Managing Director level experience in digital marketing consultancies and other businesses.

Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Ann Flaherty

Business & Project Director for Solar Options for Schools

Has helped over 250 schools go solar over the last five years, working with programmes like Eco-Schools and Engynious before joining Solar for Schools.

Previous experience in co-creating and developing the educational platform for HRH Prince Charles' Rainforests SOS campaign, and HISTORY’s The People Speak, led by Colin Firth.

Over 20 years’ experience in journalism, media and brand marketing.

MSc Sustainable Development.

Robert Schrimpf

Co-Founder & CEO of Solar Options for Schools Ltd.

10 years’ experience in founding and building online businesses such as netXtra and hotels.com followed by nine years’ experience investing in renewable energy technology companies at TVM Capital and Greencoat Capital.

M.Eng in Aeronautical Engineering from Imperial College London.

MBA in Entrepreneurship and Finance from INSEAD

Julian Leslie

Head of Network Capability Electricity at the National Grid

Responsible for identifying future GB transmission network requirements and recommending the best economic option. Also for granting system access (connections) to future generation and managing that access for transmission owners, existing generation, DNOs and demand sites while ensuring GB transmission is operable into the future.

A governor at his local school, he is keen to educate the next generation about the challenges of managing intermittent energy sources.

Being in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Liverpool University) and Fellow Member of the IET. (www.sundidactics.de)