Introducing your Power Up North London team…
We’re always looking for new members, so please do get involved with PUNL! Come along to one of our meetings – we’re sure we could use your expertise. Or talk to us – we’d love to hear from others that have done similar and have advice for us. And vice-versa – give us a shout if you’re looking for support in starting up your own project. Take the power back!
Nikki Brain, Chair (Director)
Nikki has been Chair of PUNL since it began in 2014. An International Politics graduate with a background in policy and campaigning, Nikki is excited by the potential renewable technology has to democratise energy and put power in the hands of communities. Nikki is Coordinator of PRASEG, the Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group.
Ben Pearce, Society Secretary (Director)
Ben is another founding member of Power Up North London, from Transition Kentish Town. Ben is a Senior Social Business Analyst for CAN Ivest, managing social investment funds that invest into social enterprises. Ben also provides consultancy to social enterprises in a range of areas such as impact measurement and strategic/business planning. He leads on PUNL’s business planning utilising these skills to develop our impact-led strategy for growth. Ben believes that shaping sustainable communities with the backdrop of climate change is one of the key things that will define our generation.
Adam Spence, Treasurer (Director)
Adam joined Power Up North London in February 2015, wanting to support clean energy initiatives alongside a career in commercial investment management and fundraising. Adam is a chartered accountant with 8 years’ post qualification experience. Adam qualified from general practice, gaining experience in accounting, taxation and audit. Upon qualifying, he spent seven years at a leading media investment house, responsible for fundraising projects and the management of deployed funds on behalf of investors. This included providing financial and commercial guidance to companies in the media sector, requiring a number of Finance Directorships. In January 2016, Adam set up his own investment and advisory group, Edition Capital, along with three other colleagues.
Ian Grant (Director)
Ian Grant is a Director of PUNL and was part of the team which ran “North London Energy Transition Challenge”, an energy efficiency challenge for a year between different areas in North London. Ian has been an editor and writer on the environment and built environment for over 30 years. He has produced reports for NGOs and Government and has developed content for over 120 conferences/events on environmental issues. He has founded two publications and is also a freelance consultant. Ian sits on several working groups of the Environmental Industries Commission.
Sara de le Serna (Director)
Sara has been an active part of PUNL since its first meeting in May 2014. Originally from Madrid, she came to London to study a masters in renewable energy, after which she started working in a low carbon strategic management consultancy. Through her work, she has been involved in projects in the energy and transport sectors giving advice to policy decision making. She believes in the wide benefit of local renewable energy initiatives such as PUNL not only from an environmental, but also from an economic and social perspective, and she is attracted by the challenge of delivering community projects through local collaboration and thrilled to see a direct impact of her work into a tangible outcome. Sara is passionate about music, always ready for a bit of live music, guitar or singing.