Knowledge Exchange Manager (Policy & Government Affairs)
University College London
Peter joined the UCL Energy Institute as a Principal Research Fellow in February 2018. Peter looks after the Institute’s strategic relationship with Whitehall and carries out research into how successful energy demand policy works. Peter’s government affairs role expanded to cover the CREDS programme in November 2019.
Peter began his career in UCL as an environmental plant physiologist. He joined the scientific Civil Service in 1990, working on acid rain, urban air pollution, climate modelling and EU energy policy. Peter helped write the first UK’s first Climate Change Programme in 1999, set up the Carbon Trust in 2000, leaving the government in 2002 to lead the Trust’s government and policy team.
Peter left the Carbon Trust in 2006 to be CEO of Salix Finance, a finance company vehicle set up by the government to accelerate energy efficiency investment in the public sector. He returned to academia in 2012 as Reader in Climate Policy at De Montfort University before finding his way back to UCL.