Carbon Copy is a UK charity that helps drive more big-thinking local action to protect us from climate breakdown and to defend nature.

Meet our team

Carbon Copy has always welcomed diversity and aimed to be inclusive. Although we are a small team, we try to encompass as many of the protected characteristics as possible – such as race, age, gender and neurodiversity – as well as include people of different backgrounds and viewpoints.

Riccardo Casale Chair of Trustees

Ric is the author of Civic Revolution. A Citizen’s Guide about the power of collective local action to address the biodiversity and climate crises. An entrepreneur who has successfully taken three technology ventures from concept to market, Ric’s career has included strategy consulting with LEK Consulting and brand marketing with Coca-Cola North America. He is enthusiastic about disruptive innovation for social and environmental good. Ric chairs the Carbon Copy Trustee Board.

Andy Knott Chair of Advisory Board

Andy is the co-founder of Hedron, the pioneering change management consultancy. Andy has advised top UK companies on the human dimensions of designing and implementing radical change programmes to achieve lasting shifts in attitudes and behaviours. He is a former trustee of the Marine Society and Sea Cadets, and of the Fifth Trust for learning-disabled adults. Andy chairs the Carbon Copy Advisory Board.

Heather Allen Trustee

Heather is a trustee of The Carbon Community and a non-executive director of Jamieson Wellness Inc. A career in health and household products has provided a depth of insight into both how challenging it can be to change behaviour, and into how tied we are to the current “way of doing things”. She was the executive vice-president for category development at Reckitt plc responsible for the global brand portfolio, including sustainability. She is a lifelong believer in the environment, and the importance of spending time outdoors.

Claudia Jaksch Trustee

Claudia is the CEO of not-for-profit think tank Policy Connect. As head of the sustainability team, she has also overseen the development and delivery of 13 substantial research publications and over 150 parliamentary discussion events that collectively engaged government, civil service, businesses, academia and the third sector. In addition to being a seasoned policy expert, Claudia has in-depth experience from strategy to operations, financial reporting and governance.

Isabelle Sparrow Chief Storyteller

Isabelle heads up the communications team at Carbon Copy, working on strategy, campaign planning and implementation. She uses her storytelling expertise, gained through roles within the NHS, Fauna and Flora International and the British Heart Foundation, to highlight big-thinking local climate action through on and offline channels, including most recently as the host of the Carbon Copy Podcast.

Yasmin Redfern Head of Social Media

Yasmin leads Carbon Copy’s social media strategy, developing creative copy, video content and managing our paid advertising, so we can share community-led climate action stories across our channels. With a background in environmental communications and social media management, including at The Organic Trade Board and Veolia, Yasmin helps ensure that the stories shared on social are told in a more compelling and engaging way.

Zarina Ahmad Advocate for climate justice

Zarina has played a leading role in Scotland supporting 150 BAME projects to apply successfully to the Scottish Climate Challenge Fund and actively connecting community groups with the nation’s government addressing climate justice and race equality. She has recently embarked on a PhD focused on sustainable behaviours within migrant communities in the UK.

Sonya Bedford Partner, Spencer West

Sonya is a partner at renown legal firm Spencer West, sits on the board of five community energy groups, is a non-executive director of Regen and is also a Trustee of the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT). She is one of the founders of the innovative and ambitious Zero Carbon Wedmore group and was awarded an MBE for services to community energy.

Ian Thomson Professor of Accounting and Sustainability

Ian teaches and oversees projects that inform the development of sustainable policies and practice, from citizen accounting to carbon accountability, at Dundee University. His other roles include Chair of the international Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research (CSEAR) network.