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.

Chris Havers

Chris Havers

Principal Sustainability Consultant

Chris’ Biography

Chris joined Acclaro Advisory in January 2018 with 7 years of experience in the environmental services sector. His chief responsibility is to lead the strategic direction of the SFMI and build on the success of the project and expand its impact.

Chris’ environmental background was based on becoming a specialist in environmental corporate reporting and GHG measurement with CDP and other voluntary reporting mechanisms. He managed client relationships with major businesses across the world from industries including Information technology, oil and gas, and metals and mining. He expanded his experience in corporate reporting with experience in UK and EU regulatory reporting in carbon and energy such as GHG mandatory reporting. He also spent two years working on corporate water risk reporting through CDP and has much experience with analysing environmental data for corporate benchmarking.

Chris has also worked on waste audits and energy audits while working for the London Borough of Camden. He led a business facing initiative called the Camden Climate Change Alliance which provided consultancy services for local business facilities. In this time, he also completed the 5-day lead auditor training course for ISO50001.

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

Though I started my career designing military optical equipment and then medical systems I have over 20 years of energy management experience that I bring to Acclaro Advisory.

Initially at AWE, where for 10 years I 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 initially I lead the energy management team and working with the Barclays retail bank to deliver energy management and reporting. I have also spent a period of time working on the CISCO and GSK accounts in London delivering energy projects.

Recently I have 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.

Mary Pothitou

Mary Pothitou

Senior Consultant

Mary’s Biography

Mary’s work is related to sustainability in the built environment, involving environmental and energy management systems and technological advances of facilities, and behaviour change of building occupants to achieve energy efficiency and reduce the environmental impact of organisations. She is involved in various sustainability projects from the UK and international clients to meet sustainability goals and legal compliance.

Mary’s expertise on ‘energy and sustainability’ from her academic background (MSc and Engineering Doctorate) involves energy demand and consumption in domestic and non-domestic environments, looking at behavioural and social aspects of energy use. Prior to joining Acclaro Advisory, Mary worked for 4 years as an environmental engineer in the construction industry, looking at sustainable solutions to improve energy efficiency in buildings and the adoption of renewable energy sources.

Beyond her passion for energy and sustainability, she enjoys lecturing in academic institutions and travelling.

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.

Brenda Sullivan

Brenda Sullivan

Sustainability Consultant

Brenda’s Biography

Sophie Adams

Sophie Adams

Sustainability Analyst

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.

Maddie Sansom

Maddie Sansom

Marketing Executive

Maddie’s Biography

Maddie joined Acclaro in April 2021. She studied business and management and went on to specialise in marketing completing a master’s in Strategic and Digital Marketing from De Montfort University

Maddie previously worked in healthcare (teleradiology) and decided to make the move over to sustainability this year, it is something she has always felt passionate about and wrote her dissertation on Corporate Social responsibility and the impact it has on marketing and customer. Maddie enjoys all aspects of marketing, particularly design and campaign creation.

In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors exploring the country come rain or shine. She also plays Korfball in a local league and loves to (PC) game.

Isabel James

Isabel James

Researcher

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.

Harvey Dolton

Harvey Dolton

Researcher

Harvey’s Biography

Harvey joined Acclaro Advisory in July 2021 on a placement year as part of his Biological Sciences degree at Imperial College London.  His interest in sustainability began during his year out prior to starting university, during which he worked with an Ecuadorian NGO to develop frameworks for smallholder farmers aiming to achieve organic certification. He has since begun to read into carbon management and his article assessing the potential of bacteria to be used as a source of electricity was published in the energy edition of Imperial’s science magazine, I, Science. During his time at Acclaro, Harvey is excited to learn more about how businesses can use data-driven decision making to work towards realising carbon emission targets.

In his spare time, he enjoys cycling and is attempting to learn Spanish, which he speaks at a B1 level after taking courses at his university.