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The Team

Ben Cuddon - Co-founder and Programme Manager.

Ben grew up in London. He studied History at Edinburgh University and was a Frank Knox Fellow at Harvard where he took an MA in Middle East Studies. He also has a PGCE from Cambridge University. He taught History and Sociology in two London schools (Ernest Bevin College and Archbishop Tenison's High School) before co-founding Climate Ed in 2018. He currently coordinates the Climate Ed programme in schools.

Ben Cuddon

Abi Jermain -  Development and Fundraising Manager.

Abi has worked in environmental NGOs and research organisations for over 25 years. Most recently she has spent 18 years at Earthwatch where she worked in partnership with businesses such as HSBC to support them in their journey towards becoming more sustainable. Abi specialised in creating learning experiences that inspire change in people, particularly around the subjects of climate change and nature recovery. Abi is passionate about meeting the challenges of climate change and spurred by the responsibility our generation faces as we bring the next generation into this challenge.   Abi has two children and loves to spend time outdoors with them in the countryside around her home in the Malvern hills.

Abi Jermain

Vivina Vincent Co-Founder

Vivina is a Climate Reality Leader from The Climate Reality Project. She has given talks on climate change to children in schools and libraries. She has undertaken and participated in community activities in India, Singapore, and London on the environment and climate change. She is also a school speaker for Animal Aid and Water Aid.

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Trustees

David Morgan (Chair) has worked as a sales and marketing director in education organisations for the past decade. He previously ran marketing, digital and customer experience teams in major corporates such as Vodafone and BT.

 

David joined Climate Ed through a desire to help young people understand the action they can take on climate change and empower them to reduce their own carbon footprint and that of their local communities.

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Dominique Airey has worked in a range of leadership roles in start-ups and non-profits. She is passionate about scaling organisations that deliver sustainable social and environmental impact by blending evidence-based and market-based approaches.

She is Partnerships Director at Cur8 and Adviser to Rethinking Removals, who both focus on accelerating carbon removals. She previously co-founded a carbon removal start-up and led commercial/impact functions for two other start-ups. Dominique has also worked extensively for youth-focused non-profits as CEO, Head of Partnerships, independent advisor, and trustee. She brings significant fundraising, strategy, and governance experience to the board.
 

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Hoa Doan is a climate policy expert with experience in consulting, public sectors and entrepreneurship. Some of her work includes developing the Net Zero Plan for the UK National Health Service (the fifth largest employer in the world) for COP26, making it the first national health service to commit to a net zero target. She then joined the Prime Minister’s Office in Downing Street to oversee the delivery of decarbonisation programmes across the building and transport sectors, a portfolio worth over £7 billion.

 

Hoa is currently the Head of Impact and Sustainability at Notpla, a UK-startup that recently won The Earthshot Prize for its plastic-free consumer packaging products made from seaweed and plants.

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Claire Gilbert's career is in educational publishing, creating engaging and effective resources for students and teachers. She has worked in management and leadership positions in editorial, sales and marketing, people and operations for organisations including established publishers and edtech start-ups. 

 

Claire is passionate about the impact the education sector can have on the sustainability agenda. She has worked closely with her local primary school on their sustainability journey, working with leaders on aspects including teacher training, curriculum development, supporting students, and working with the business manager to decarbonise. 

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Henry Purkis is a Project Manager at the London Borough of Camden in Children’s Integrated Commissioning. Previously, he was Chief Operating Officer of PACE (Play Adventures & Community Enrichment) for 9 years - a children’s charity based in Camden.

Henry started working in the voluntary sector as a playworker at an adventure playground in Lambeth in 2002 and has a degree in Playwork from Leeds Beckett University. Before joining Camden LA, Henry worked for various charitable organisations - initially as a front-line worker and subsequently in management - delivering a wide range of Local Authority commissioned contracts and other non-statutory services for children, young people and families.

Mark Blackett is a Chartered Accountant who worked for multinational companies before leaping into development work.  He has worked for large and small NGOs leading work on inclusive agribusiness development and sustainable food system programmes, as well as emergency responses in Africa and Asia.  He currently leads the Agribusiness Market Ecosystem Alliance (AMEA), a global network of development organisations, foundations and businesses.  Mark is also a Parent-Governor at an independent school and Treasurer of an RNLI branch.  Mark brings significant experience in change management, fundraising, programme design and financial management to the Board.

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Lily Keyzor is dedicated to connecting all people to our planet and empowering them to make positive changes. As a true naturalist, she is an entomologist, arborist, science communicator and volunteer manager. Her understanding of the effects of increasing CO2 on the UK's ecosystems grew with her work at the University of Birmingham. She works providing STEM education and producing volunteer management plans in the UK and abroad, whilst working towards constructive changes in UK policy and studying full-time. Lily provides insight into developing effective and inclusive ways to share science.

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Victoria Hewett is a passionate geography teacher, middle leader, and education consultant. After university, she intended to pursue a career in environmental education, but after working at the Centre for Alternative Technology, she was inspired to train to teach. Since then, Victoria has been dedicated to designing and delivering a curriculum that embeds education for sustainable development whilst empowering students to be active, global citizens.

 

In addition to her classroom work, Victoria is the teacher behind Mrs Humanities, a highly respected and influential voice in the online education community. Through her blog and social media presence, she shares her expertise and insights, inspiring and engaging teachers and educators around the world.

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Looking to get involved?

We welcome anyone who wants to help us to grow and progress towards our goals, volunteering is a key part of Climate Ed!

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