Who we are

We are a group of committed volunteers in North London who work with local communities to fund, install, own and manage their own low-carbon energy solutions. We believe in the power of collective action to tackle the impacts of climate change and to build resilient communities.

Ben Pearce, Society Chair (Director)

Ben is a founding member of Power Up North London, from Transition Kentish Town. Ben is a Portfolio Manager at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Charity, working on a number of frontline projects on their ‘health effects of air pollution’ programme, which seeks to find innovative solutions to those most vulnerable to poor air quality. 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 founder Director of PUNL and started the Transition Kentish Town Energy Group in 2011 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, leading on to PUNL. Ian has been an editor and writer on the environment and built environment for over 35 years and set up a publications and conference company. He has produced reports and publications for NGOs and Government and has developed content for over 120 conferences/events on environmental issues. He founded several publications and is also a freelance consultant.

Martin Narraway (Director)

Martin joined PUNL in 2016 wanting to promote clean energy in Highgate and north London.

As a Chartered Engineer Martin brings technical know-how having spent the last 40 years or so developing technical projects for breweries and distilleries and more recently paper mills, in the UK and Africa.

Tanuja Pandit (Director)

Tanuja joined Power Up North London in October 2017 to deliver local projects that address climate change and build community resilience. Tanuja has worked in the commercial and non-profit sectors in finance and general management, with Ford, Deloitte, General Electric, Diageo and the BBC.  She also led the International Business Leaders Forum, a charity focused on corporate social responsibility, and was COO of the Start Network, a collective of 40 humanitarian organisations working to improve the speed and effectiveness of international aid response.

Joanna Macrae (Director)

Dr Joanna Macrae has lived in Camden for nearly 30 years. She is passionate about tackling the climate and ecological crisis. Jo currently works for the UK’s Department of the Environment, Food and Agriculture working on international forests and land use. She represents PUNL on Climate Emergency Camden and is also on the Camden Climate Emergency Advisory Panel. She is recognised internationally for her expertise in humanitarian policy, research and innovation management and has served in a variety of roles in government, the World Bank, NGOs and think tanks.

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