About Us

The British Gas Energy Trust incorporating the Scottish Gas Energy Trust, is an independent charitable Trust , established in 2004. The Trust is funded solely from donations from British Gas - £6 million in 2017/18. The Trust contributes to the relief of poverty, with a particular focus on fuel poverty.

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The easiest way for an individual to apply is via the Trust’s online application form.

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Need Fuel Debt/Money Advice?

The British Gas Energy Trust provides funding to organisations across England, Wales and Scotland, to enable them to offer specialist fuel debt/money advice services. These impartial and independent services are available free to individuals. Find your nearest funded advice organisation here.

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The Trust

The Trust helps families and individuals experiencing hardship, who are struggling with gas and electricity debts, by awarding grants to clear those debts. This makes a significant difference to the lives of thousands of people each year, helping them to get back on their feet and remain debt free going forward.

The Trust also funds organisations across England, Wales and Scotland to provide fuel debt and money advice services within communities.

The British Gas Energy Trust Mission Statement

  • The relief of poverty particularly among those who are unable to meet or pay charges for the supply of energy provided to premises used or occupied by them; and
  • The prevention and relief of poverty by educating the public in relation to debt awareness and prevention.

The British Gas Energy Trust – Aims

  • To deliver a grants programme aimed at reducing energy debt for individuals and families experiencing poverty and hardship;
  • To increase and improve free and impartial independent fuel debt and money advice services and education in England, Wales and Scotland via the Trust’s Organisational Grant Programme;
  • To reduce the potential for people to get into debt through the funding of debt prevention work;
  • To fund innovative and holistic programmes that balance energy efficiency measures with wider welfare benefits take up and other interventions to improve the physical and mental health and well-being of vulnerable people; and
  • To ensure the maximum amount of funds available for giving through the effective and efficient management of the Trust.

The Trust meets its aim by delivering two grant making programmes:

Organisational Grants Programme

The Trust provides grants to organisations to provide fuel debt and money advice services within communities.

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Grants to Individuals and Families

The Trust awards grants to clear gas and electricity debts for individuals demonstrating greatest priority need.

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Case Studies

Highlighting particular instances where British Gas Energy Trust funded organisations have been able to make a positive difference to people’s lives. These Case Studies can be viewed by following the link below.

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Meet The Team

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.

Imelda Redmond CBE – Chair

Imelda has 20 years' experience working in senior roles in the not-for-profit sector. Most currently the National Director for Healthwatch England, recently she was CEO of the charity 4Children, where she lead the organisation through a period of significant change.

Before that Imelda was Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Marie Curie Cancer Care, and Chief Executive of Carers UK where in 2009 she received a CBE for her services to disadvantaged people. Imelda is passionate about championing access to the right help for people and ensuring their views are listened to.

Peter Smith - Trustee

Peter has been at NEA since July 2010 and was appointed a Director in 2016. He is responsible for overseeing the charity’s policy and research work; working with government, industry and other stakeholders to address the causes and impacts of fuel poverty. He has particular interest and expertise in the field of domestic energy efficiency and decentralised energy policy. He also provides the strategic direction for NEA’s role as the secretariat of the All-Party Parliamentary Fuel Poverty and Energy Efficiency Group. Prior to joining NEA Peter played a leading role within the combined heat and power industry.

Colin Trend - Trustee

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.

Steve McClenaghan – Treasurer

Steven is an ICAEW qualified accountant currently working as an Audit Principal for the National Audit Office. His experience in public sector audit includes government departments and publicly funded charities. His current role involves the audit of the Academies Sector.

Daksha Piparia - Trustee

Daksha has 14 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.

Previously she was Head of Campaigns and Targeted Services for Coventry Citizens Advice and was responsible for the development and operational delivery services with private sector partners to tackle fuel and water poverty.

Daksha is now a Project Manager and third sector consultant, a Trustee for Team Springboard Community Interest Company and Independent Oversight Panel member for the WATRS Water Redress Scheme.

Maxine Edney – Chief Executive

Maxine has 30 years' of experience at senior management level across a diverse range of roles in the not for profit sector, including significant interim senior management roles as a management consultant. She has held CEO and Director Roles in small, medium and large charities and with social housing and care providers.

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