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Our team - Judith Ward

Judith Ward

Judith was Director of Sustainability First from 2012-2017 and has been an Associate since 2005. She is a sustainable energy policy professional with long-standing practical experience of both the utility and  consumer worlds. She has  published extensively, with a particular focus on the energy demand side and  on smart energy data. Judith also worked with National Grid (1990-2004) where her last role was a six- year period as Group Head of Public Affairs.

In her early career, she worked in policy roles with the House of Commons Environment Select Committee and the national Electricity Consumers’ Council. She has a master’s degree in Energy Resources Management.

Judith was previously an honorary fellow of the Energy Policy Group at the University of Exeter, a  trustee of the Institute for European Environment Policy and part-time adviser to the UK Business Council for  Sustainable Energy. She is a member of the BEIS / Ofgem Smart Systems Forum, the Ofgem Design  Advisory Board for Settlement Reform, the ESO Technology Advisory Council, and the Ofgem Challenge  Group for the RIIO-ED2 price control.

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Sharon Darcy
Sharon DarcyDirector
Sharon is a champion of consumer concerns in energy and water and has worked with Sustainability First since 2013. She served on the Council of Which? until April 2019, prior to which she was a long-standing board member of Consumer Futures.
Clare Dudeney
Clare DudeneyAssociate
Clare currently works with Sustainability First as an associate on a number of current projects, including leading the Sustainable Futures Programme. She is also a fine artist and curator.
Maxine Frerk
Maxine FrerkAssociate
Maxine Frerk has wide regulatory experience including 15 years in Ofgem in senior roles.
Dr Martin Hurst
Dr Martin HurstAssociate
Dr Martin Hurst was a senior civil servant on environmental issues for 20 years, including as Water Director in government and Environment Advisor in Number 10, and is by background a professional economist.
Zoe McLeod
Zoe McLeodAssociate
Zoe McLeod is a consumer policy and regulatory expert with a particular focus on energy, water, innovation and consumer vulnerability issues.
Judith Ward
Judith WardAssociate
Judith Ward has worked with Sustainability First as an associate since 2005. She was director of Sustainability First for five years. She is an energy policy professional with long-standing practical experience of both the utility and consumer worlds.
Alice Cross
Alice CrossResearch Officer
Alice is Sustainability First’s Research Officer, responsible for carrying out research on projects and Sustainability First initiatives, as well as communicating Sustainability First’s messages.
Janine Duffy
Janine DuffyCommunications and Engagement Officer
Janine is Sustainability First’s Communications and Engagement officer, responsible for developing and implementing the organisation’s communications strategy.
Sonya Peres
Sonya PeresEducational Outreach Officer
Sonya is Sustainability First’s part-time Educational Outreach Officer for the Sustainable Futures Programme. She is working on delivering workshops on sustainability for primary and secondary school youth.