Ashden announces new CEO and new Chair


Alliance magazine


The UK sustainable energy charity, Ashden, has announced that Founder Director Sarah Butler-Sloss, will be moving on from her role managing the day-to-day operations at Ashden to become Chair of Trustees. Harriet Lamb, most recently CEO at the peacebuilding organisation International Alert, and formerly head of Fairtrade will join Ashden as CEO.

Sarah Butler-Sloss founded Ashden in 2001. Christiana Figueres, Former Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Convenor of Mission 2020 and the keynote speaker at the 2018 Ashden Awards ceremony, said: ‘Sarah Butler-Sloss has established Ashden as a force to be reckoned with in the sustainable energy sector over the last eighteen years. Her tenacity and drive have helped Ashden to champion and promote multiple vital projects that are benefiting hundreds of thousands of people across the UK and the developing world. It is due to Sarah and the team she has built, that policy makers, government officials and community leaders are being driven to acknowledge and adopt ground-breaking initiatives that bring about positive change.’

Harriet Lamb joins Ashden after almost four years at International Alert, where she has directed the organisation’s work to build peace across 20 countries. Prior to this Harriet was CEO of Fairtrade International and the UK-based Fairtrade Foundation from 2001–2012.

Commenting on Harriet’s appointment at Ashden, Sarah Butler-Sloss, said: ‘I cannot imagine a better person than Harriet to ensure that Ashden rises to the climate change challenge. Harriet’s appointment comes at a critical time as the world faces up to the challenge of the climate emergency. Ashden has a strategy designed to focus where the need is urgent and the potential for impact is great, and we are poised to play our part in creating liveable cities and increasing access to sustainable, affordable energy. I look forward to working alongside her as Ashden’s Chair of Trustees.’

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