About

Who runs the BGET

The British Gas Energy Trust is an independent Charitable Trust. The governance and development of the Trust is overseen by a group of unpaid Trustees drawn from across the UK. The Trustees meet on a quarterly basis.

The administration of the Trust is undertaken by Charis Grants Ltd, a company that facilitates charitable and corporate giving to support vulnerable members of society.

  • Imelda Redmond CBE – Chair

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    Imelda Redmond has spent more than 20 years working at a senior level in the charitable sector. She has previously been the Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Marie Curie Cancer Care and prior to this was the Chief Executive at Carers UK. Imelda has been a Trustee or Non-Executive Director at a number of organisations. She is Vice Chair of Homerton University Foundation Trust. She was awarded a CBE in 2010.

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    Andrew Brown is a Pensions Consultant at Aon Hewitt with 19 years experience in the pensions industry, providing specialist pension scheme Secretarial Services to a wide range of clients. Prior to joining Aon Hewitt he was the Pensions Technical Manager at one of the largest electricity and gas companies in the UK. Andrew is legally qualified and has an interest in the running and operation of Trusts.

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    John has worked in the field of fuel poverty since 2006 and currently leads the small but influential Seasonal Health & Affordable Warmth Team at the London Borough of Islington, leading on affordable warmth and seasonal health work. In addition to developing policy and strategy he manages a number of programmes, including the successful Seasonal Health Interventions Network (SHINE), aiming to reduce seasonal excess deaths and emergency hospital admissions through extensive partnership working.

    John is a member of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Public Health Advisory Committee on Excess Winter Deaths and Illness from 2013 to 2015. He is also national Deputy Chair and health policy lead for the Carbon Action Network, representing energy officers in over 300 local authorities across England and Wales.

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    Colin has established two not-for-profit money advice centres in Plymouth, one of which he still project manages: Plymouth Focus Advice Centre. He is also a specialist tutor in mental health and vulnerability and has written and tutored courses both for advisers and creditors across the whole of the UK as part of the MAT's Wiseradviser branded training programme for a number of years.

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    Ten years’ experience in the advice sector supporting people to access advice and information and campaigning to tackle unfair policies and practices to protect the most vulnerable on a local, regional and national basis.

    Currently heading up specialist services for Citizens Advice Coventry, responsible for the development and operational delivery services with private sector partners to tackle fuel and water poverty. Responsible for the development and oversight of bureau’s social policy and campaign work.

    Supporting the bureau to monitor and respond to social policy issues in order to affect change to benefit the most disadvantaged and excluded.

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