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Who we are

The Energy Saving Trust Foundation (Charity number: 1144106) is the charitable arm of Energy Saving Trust and shares its mission to address the climate emergency.

The Foundation board

The Foundation is managed by a board of directors and trustees.

Louise Kingham OBE


Louise Kingham OBE has spent over 25 years working with energy professionals around the world. She is currently senior vice president Europe and head of country UK for BP. Between 2003 and 2021, she was CEO of the Energy Institute, the leading professional body for energy promoting excellence by developing knowledge, skills and good practice in the global energy sector. Prior to this appointment, Louise was director general of the Institute of Petroleum and chief executive of the Institute of Energy.

Louise is also a non-executive advisor of a Sustainable Energy Investment Company, which invests in low carbon solutions around the globe, and a board member of the Powerful Women initiative that works to promote better gender balance among the energy sector’s leadership. She is a board member and former chair of the Energy Industries Club and she volunteers her time to judge several energy industry awards programmes.

Louise was awarded an OBE in 2011 for her work in relation to services to the energy industry and is a Fellow of the Energy Institute. In 2017, she received an Honorary Science Doctorate from the University of Bath.

Margaret Cobbold

Margaret Cobbold has worked in the environmental and waste services industry for over three decades. She was executive director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, a grant-giving organisation and charity. 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. Margaret 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.

Gill Collinson

Gill Collinson, B Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. MBA, CEng, MIET, is Director of Education & Programmes at STEM Learning Ltd., which successfully manages a range of UK programmes supporting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education and skills through the National STEM Learning Centre at York and wider Network of providers across the UK.

As a Chartered Engineer and Member of the IET, Gill has many years of experience within the public and private sector in senior leadership and technical management roles. Earlier in her career, she worked in the energy, engineering and manufacturing industries in the UK, with companies including Philips, Rolls Royce and Siemens. Gill’s key areas of expertise include strategic and operational leadership, stakeholder engagement and business development.

What we do

The Foundation works to educate and inspire communities across the UK to increase their energy savings and make sustainable, energy efficient choices that will help address the climate emergency.

The Foundation uses the expertise of Energy Saving Trust, which provides trusted information, advice and support, to deliver exciting, engaging projects.


The Foundation aims to:

  • Access new and diverse audiences to provide information, advice and support to address the climate emergency, including but not limited to those in fuel poverty, children and young people.
  • Pioneer innovative solutions that empower different audiences to act to reduce carbon, including working in partnership with the public, private and voluntary sectors.
  • Work with the education sector to support a transition to a net zero carbon society.


The Foundation collaborates with organisations who align with our mission to address the climate emergency. Together with its partners, the Foundation creates campaigns that use insights from Energy Saving Trust to educate, engage and empower individuals and communities to make informed choices to save energy and facilitate the transition to net zero.

So far, the Foundation has partnered with organisations to make an impact on those living in fuel poverty, as well as to educate school children about how saving energy and carbon can help mitigate climate change.

The Foundation’s most recent partners include the Dorset Community Foundation and the Pod.

Partner with the Foundation

If you’d like to find out more about opportunities to partner with the Foundation, please get in touch via email.

Get in touch

Last updated: 26 November 2021