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The Foundation

The Energy Saving Trust Foundation is the charitable arm of Energy Saving Trust. It shares its mission to help everyone to save energy every day.

The Foundation aims to:

  • act as a repository of energy efficiency advice and support where that’s no longer supported by Government
  • access new and diverse audiences, particularly those in fuel poverty 
  • pioneer innovative solutions in partnership with the public, private and research organisations.

Future direction

The Foundation has focused on providing a lead to one-off community energy projects that lacked long term security over the past few years.

Energy Saving Trust is currently exploring proposals for the future direction of the Foundation. Given the current political climate, with city leaders recognising their role in climate mitigation and tackling air pollution, recent public action around climate change and the declared climate emergency it’s a positive time to create new alliances. 

Following meetings with key stakeholders, the Foundation is reviewing two proposals with potential partners:

The Water, Energy and Food Nexus, and Planet and Wellbeing. These two themes would enable the Foundation to have a public platform to lead on how Sustainable Futures can gain public support. The accompanying chart prepared by the Mott MacDonald team illustrates the high-energy impact of today's lifestyle and increased climate risk. 

Mott MacDonald Red Meat infographic

Get Involved

If you, or your organisation, is interested in getting involved with either our Water, Energy and Food Nexus or Planet and Wellbeing proposals, you can email us at or call 020 7222 0101.

Foundation Board members

Our Foundation board is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the Foundation. It meets regularly during the year to review progress and identify future opportunities for continued research and investment.

Tom Flood CBE (Chair)

Tom Flood joined the Board of the Energy Saving Trust in July 2012 and became Chair of the Energy Saving Trust Foundation in 2014. He spent 11 years as Group Chief Executive of the Conservation Volunteers (formerly known as the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers). Before joining the charity sector, Tom worked with 3M UK, A E Herbert, and W S Atkins and Partners. He is also Director of the UK Water Partnership, Chair of Defra Civil Society Partnership, Vice President of the Council for Protection of Rural England. He is a companion of the Chartered Management Institute, a Fellow of the RSA, and was awarded a CBE for services to conservation in 2004. He is a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Water Conservators and a regular speaker on social and environmental issues.

Dr Tom Knowland

Tom Knowland is Head of Sustainable Energy & Climate Change for Leeds City Council. Tom joined Leeds in 2002 to establish the Council’s Environment Unit after previous posts with Oxford City Council, Cherwell District Council and sustainable development specialists, CAG consultants. Tom is a full member and also served two years on the Council of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment. He is a Chartered Environmentalist and Fellow of the RSA and is currently seconded part-time to the University of Leeds as a visiting researcher. Tom’s role is concerned with achieving sustainable development, which effectively means achieving the Council’s corporate priorities for economic, social and environmental improvement, but all at the same time rather than at the expense of each other. A significant priority in the city is attracting investment for low carbon energy infrastructure to address fuel poverty, increase competitiveness and increase resource efficiency.

Margaret Cobbold

Margaret Cobbold has worked in the environmental and waste services industry for over three decades.

Margaret was Executive Director of a grant-giving organisation and charity, The Veolia Environmental Trust. During this period, she was responsible for overseeing hundreds of individual projects across the UK, funded through the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme.  Schemes ranged from practical community initiatives to significant research projects aimed at reducing waste and protecting the environment working with businesses, charitable organisations and government.  During Margaret’s period in charge of the Trust, she also drove a period of significant change, including the creation of new operational processes for the business.

Margaret’s background prior to this was in marketing and communications, working for Veolia and Waste Management Ltd. Among other achievements, she was involved in the introduction of bi-weekly waste collection and recycling, working in partnership with local authorities. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

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