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Introducing our Trustees and Executive Team

Our Trustees

Helen Charlton

Position: Chair

Helen has over 20 years’ experience working in the utilities sector in consumer advocacy.

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Albert Chong

Position: Vice Chair

Albert is passionate about making a meaningful and lasting impact on our society.

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Mark McGillicuddy

Position: Treasurer

Mark graduated in Economics before moving on to complete a training contract with KPMG Chartered Accountants.

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Hardial Bhogal

Position: Trustee

Hardial is a Director of a community interest company that he co-founded, which offers a range of support and advise to fuel poor communities and individuals.

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Susan Deacon

Position: Trustee

Susan was awarded a CBE for services to business, education and public service in the 2017 Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.

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William Gillis

Position: Trustee

William was Managing Director of Warm Zones community interest company (WZcic) until his retirement in March 2018.

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Laurie Lee

Position: Trustee

Laurie is the Chief Executive of CARE International UK, one of the world’s oldest and largest humanitarian and poverty charities.

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Christina Thwaite

Position: Trustee

Christina is passionate about working alongside others who share a common purpose to achieve great things for all.

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Sheila Wheeler

Position: Trustee

Sheila has spent much of her career to date in the public and not for profit sectors. She is a qualified CIPFA accountant and has worked in local government.

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Our Team

Jessica Taplin

Position: Chief Executive Officer

As British Gas Energy Trust’s first full time CEO, Jessica brings with her significant sector leadership and grant making experience.

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Juliah Mackenzie-Luck

Position: Head of Finance

Juliah trained as an accountant and has been in finance for all of her working career.

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Ros Halley

Position: Head of Programmes

Ros leads on the development of the Trust’s funding programmes and is passionate about empowering communities through innovative and accessible initiatives.

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Kirstie Berridge

Position: Board Secretary

Kirstie joined British Gas Energy Trust as Board Secretary in April 2021, providing high quality and efficient Board and CEO secretariat support.

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