MEET THE TEAM

Acclaro is the sum of our parts, a growing team of multi-disciplinary experts working together to inspire, embed and shape sustainability management within progressive organisations.

Our team is built on decades of experience and offers a breadth of skills and knowledge. From risk, data and auditing to systems, compliance and governance, strategy, training and communications, our expertise fits around your organisation’s culture and needs.

Working with us gives brands and businesses the structure, tools and confidence to change, to edge ahead, and to set new standards.

Sunil Shah

Sunil Shah

Managing Director

Sunil’s Biography

Sunil has over 15 years experience in the sustainability field of the environment. He has successfully developed and led teams at Johnson Controls, Jacobs Engineering and DPP providing services at the Planning, Design and FM stages of the building. Key projects have included: Blackfriars Station Sustainability Plan; London Fire Brigade micro-renewables roll-out; Environment Agency Carbon Calculator; Tesco design Guide; What is the Future of the CRC.

Sunil was a member of the Sustainable Construction Task Force and also of the Sustainable Development Commission. He remains an advisor to Government on carbon and wider sustainability measures. From 2002 Sunil was Chair of BIFM’s Sustainable SIG and has remained a member since 2008, helping to develop best practice and roll out to the wider FM sector. He has also authored two books on the subject and is a regular speaker at events.

In his spare time Sunil spends time with his young family, which currently involves putting together a large number of Lego Star Wars kits, cycling and playing football.

Tracey Rawling Church

Tracey Rawling Church

Principal Consultant

Tracey’s Biography

Tracey joined Acclaro Advisory in June 2020, having spent the previous three years working as a freelance sustainability consultant. Prior to that she spent almost 25 years with the UK subsidiary of a global technology company, most recently as Head of Corporate Social Responsibility. She is a passionate advocate for values-led business.

Tracey has extensive experience in stakeholder engagement; successful projects include the UK’s first sustainable business community and the first green partner programme in the IT channel. She contributed to stakeholder groups that helped shape policy, including WEEE legislation, Green Public Procurement, Government Buying Standards and EU EcoLabel. She was a founder member of the Circular Economy Task Force and contributed to the development of the BS8001 Circular Economy Framework and the Ellen Macarthur Foundation’s Circularity Indicator.

Tracey is co-chair of the Reading Climate Change Partnership which is steering Reading’s response to the climate emergency in pursuit of its goal of net zero by 2030. She also chairs the Reading Business Community Partnership which connects the business and community sectors for mutual benefit.

Jo Burton

Jo Burton

Principal Consultant

Jo’s Biography

Jo has eight years’ experience in energy and carbon management, understanding and driving building energy performance.  She is passionate about the journey of information from raw data to strategic decision making, and is excited by a future of big data and interconnectivity.

After obtaining an MSc in Renewable Energy and Sustainability, Jo started her career in Tesco’s UK Energy team. She was responsible for reporting greenhouse gas emissions, strategic planning of energy and carbon projects, and sourcing innovative solutions for the Engineering team. Since then Jo has led on many aspects of energy management for the University of Reading, helping to drive sector-leading carbon reductions and an ambitious zero-carbon strategy. She was responsible for meeting legislation and compliance requirements, developing an ISO50001 energy monitoring, measurement and analysis process, and building an interactive website to engage staff and students with live energy data.

In her spare time Jo enjoys being outdoors. She loves mountains and the ocean and is a keen skier, climber and surfer.

Andrew Towch

Andrew Towch

Associate / Energy Lead Assessor

Andrew’s Biography

Andrew started his career designing military optical equipment and then medical systems. He has over 20 years of energy management experience that he brings to Acclaro Advisory.

Initially at AWE, where for 10 years he was the corporate energy manager delivering a full range of services from energy procurement to compliance and staff awareness. This was followed by joining Johnson Controls where he initially lead the energy management team and working with the Barclays retail bank to deliver energy management and reporting. /He has also spent a period of time working on the CISCO and GSK accounts in London delivering energy projects.

Recently he has been working as an independent consultant, working with a number of clients in the hospitality, commercial, manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries to identify energy improvement opportunities as well as recently delivering ESOS compliance as a registered lead Assessor.

Brenda Sullivan

Brenda Sullivan

Senior Sustainability Consultant

Brenda’s Biography

Brenda joined Acclaro with a background in risk management and procurement/ supply chain, with expertise in financial services, manufacturing, and public sector. She has experience in creating strategy and embedding sustainability, modern slavery, and social value into a range of size, breadth, and type of organisations.

Brenda is supporting Responsible Business and Net Zero initiatives for Acclaro clients. This includes communications, supplier engagement, and embedding all aspects of Sustainability including modern slavery and social value into supply chains.

With a keen interest in the recognition of the importance and urgency of the work we do, Brenda is a member of the Sustainable Procurement Pledge, ICRS, and IEMA. Brenda holds the Sustainability Excellence Associate credential from ISSP and in 2022 is pursuing an ACCO certification for climate change officers.

In her free time Brenda enjoys feeding animals in the local park and reading stories with a happy ending.

Zuzana Symmonds

Zuzana Symmonds

Senior Sustainability Consultant

Zuzana’s Biography

Zuzana joined the Acclaro team in September 2021 to focus on supporting companies and institutions on their net zero carbon journey.  She brings with her 20+ years of energy market experience ranging from commodities fundamental and technical analysis, oil products trading,  derivatives sales, and energy product development.  

 

In the last seven years she was responsible for building and marketing Shell Energy’s Clean Energy Solutions portfolio, helping customers meet their carbon footprint ambitions and at the same time helping Shell transition from a major oil company to a cleaner energy company. 

 

Zuzana holds a bachelor’s degree in International Business and Spanish and an MBA with a Major in Finance. 

 

In her free time, you can find her on the side-lines of football fields or tennis courts supporting her children, open-water swimming, running, or going for long family dog walks, which invariably end in a pub. Being Slovakian, she also loves skiing and hiking in the mountains.

Debbie Shore

Debbie Shore

Senior Sustainability Consultant

Debbie’s Biography

Debbie joined Acclaro early in 2022 after 23 years in the corporate world, where she was a part of the team instrumental in developing UK and latterly European Sustainability programmes. She brings significant experience in global environmental corporate reporting, GHG inventory development and with external voluntary ESG frameworks such as CDP and DJSI.  Debbie also has a wealth of experience in developing employee engagement programmes across diverse business settings, which lead to an interest in human sustainability, connection and response to change. In 2019, she graduated with an MSc in Leading and Facilitating Transformational Change in Organisations. She hopes to combine her experience with her passion for empowering individuals and businesses towards a greener future.

Jo Dunmow

Jo Dunmow

Sustainability Consultant

Jo’s Biography

Jo is a Sustainability Consultant with 12 years’ experience of Environmental Management Systems. Working previously within the construction sector Jo has gained experience and knowledge working in an advisory role, implementing processes, reporting and auditing on environmental issues such as waste management, pollution control and biodiversity.

After taking a step back in recent years to raise her young family, Jo has since joined the Acclaro team to start a fresh challenge.

In her spare time Jo can be found, come rain or shine, on the side lines of various sporting activities supporting her three children. Jo also enjoys going to the gym when she can and has an interest in sustainable floristry.

Cecilia Olley

Cecilia Olley

Sustainability Consultant

Cecilia’s Biography

Cecilia’s awakening in things environmental were sparked when she lived in Germany. Since then, she has incorporated sustainable living into her teaching at every possible opportunity. She began the successful Green Team when working at Ampleforth College. It made savings in energy, food waste and recycling costs.

Following many years teaching, primarily as a Spanish and French teacher, Cecilia decided to change direction in 2019. She thoroughly enjoyed expanding her knowledge in her studies during a MSc in Renewable Energy, Sustainability and Technology at the University of Reading.

She joined Acclaro in May 2021 to work on net-zero projects which deliver sustainability programmes to clients. She is fully signed up to working towards better stewardship of our planet. She has been a trustee for Westmill Sustainability Energy Trust (WeSET) where she oversees the education portfolio and is a guide. Based in Oxfordshire, there are 5 wind turbines with 22,000 solar panels beneath them.

In her spare time she has managed to explore over 50 countries, play tennis, sing, volunteer for the National Trust, play bridge and litter pick. At elections times, she is a Presiding Officer for West Oxfordshire. She is involved in SOLa, the Swindon link with Ocotal in Nicaragua; she delights in her local historical society, goes to the theatre and works at an auction house, when time permits.

Sophie Adams

Sophie Adams

Sustainability Consultant

Sophie’s Biography

Sophie joined Acclaro Advisory in July 2019 after graduating from the University of Birmingham and studied BSc Geography. She is passionate about sustainability, the environment, people and animals.

In her spare time she enjoys going to the gym, nature walks, watching horror movies and experimenting with SFX makeup.

Kieran King

Kieran King

Sustainability Consultant

Kieran’s Biography

Kieran joined Acclaro Advisory in May 2022 and graduated with a 1st class degree in Environmental Geography from the University of Stirling.

He began his career as a Technician at a waste management company where he was responsible for data collection, analysis and annual reports. He was also partly responsible for investigating how the company could transition towards net zero. Most recently, Kieran worked as a Global Improvement Manager at an environmental software firm. During his time there, he designed and executed a climate action programme, aimed at helping suppliers decarbonise to hit customer emission targets. Key process areas were energy efficiency, renewables, behavioural change and waste management.

In his spare time, Kieran enjoys playing squash, video gaming and walking. He also has a blackbelt in Taekwondo.

Isabel James

Isabel James

Sustainability Analyst

Isabel’s Biography

Isabel joined Acclaro Advisory in May 2021 as a researcher after graduating from the University of Exeter with a degree in English. She developed a passion for sustainability and protecting the planet alongside her degree, and participated in voluntary work with the Plastic Free Exeter campaign and local litter picking groups. Isabel is a member of the Institute of Corporate Responsibility (ICRS). With a humanities background Isabel is excited to bring her own unique skill set to Acclaro and learn more about sustainability in the business sector. In her spare time she enjoys reading, practising yoga and watching documentaries.

Maria Serrano

Maria Serrano

Sustainability Analyst

Maria’s Biography

Maria joined Acclaro in October 2021 after having worked as an Energy Company Obligation Coordinator delivering and monitoring energy efficiency projects to help in the decarbonisation of the housing sector.

Maria has had a passion for sustainability from a young age, having led to her volunteering in a range of ecology programmes. While studying BSc Environmental Science at Oxford Brookes University, Maria worked on a consultancy project which involved determining alternative technologies to decrease the company’s carbon footprint in specific reference to on-site diesel generators for construction machinery and fuel used in company car fleet.

In her spare time, she enjoys exercising, visiting art galleries and exploring nature.

Nicholas Mitchell

Nicholas Mitchell

Sustainability Analyst

Nicholas’ Biography

Nicholas joined Acclaro Advisory in October 2021 after studying at the University of Reading, graduating from the MMet Meteorology and Climate course. As part of his course, Nicholas also studied at the University of Oklahoma at the US National Weather Centre gaining qualifications in Emergency Weather Management.

Through his studies, he grew a passion for climate change, sustainability, and renewable potential – working on Planet Partners, an e-learning video series about the climate crisis from the University of Reading for college students, and helped in the creation of a published paper on renewable energy potential in Africa.

In his spare time Nicholas watches American sports, goes on walks and reviews movies.

Harry Luckcock

Harry Luckcock

Researcher

Harry’s Biography

Harry joined Acclaro Advisory in February 2022 after graduating from the University of York where he gained a BSc in Environment, Economics and Ecology. His final year project explored the feasibility of urban farming in the developed world and involved talking to key policy makers in York. He is interested in sustainability having volunteered at a local nature reserve and for a turtle project in Malaysia.

In his spare time, Harry enjoys going to gym, video gaming and walking in his local Berkshire countryside. He loves music, especially Drum & Bass and UK Garage, and has previously played the classical guitar for a number of years.

Tasha Moran

Tasha Moran

Office Manager

Tasha’s Biography

Tasha has spent the last 15 years working in several management roles; spanning the retail, veterinary and professional service sectors.  This broad range of sectors means she has had experience in payroll management, recruitment, invoicing, people management, facilities management – amongst other things.

Joining Acclaro in May 2022 as Office Manager is a very exciting opportunity for Tasha as she always strives to apply her skills in an area she feels passionately about – sustainability and protecting our environment is definitely one of these.

In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cooking and spending time with her young son, Max. She also runs an online eco shop with her husband – a place for people to buy great plastic-free, environmentally friendly, affordable products.