Adrian Ramsay has this week started in post with MCS Charitable Foundation and will lead the Foundation through its start-up phase to establish a robust grant giving, monitoring and impact evaluation framework.
Working with the Trustee Board, Adrian will provide operational and strategic leadership for the organisation to ensure that the charity promotes the value of renewables and low carbon technology through the provision of grants for education and training, research and innovation, campaigning and advocacy and partnership with key stakeholders and funders.
Adrian has a life-long passion for the environment and sustainability, and all of his career roles have been focused on these causes. Until recently he was Chief Executive of the Centre for Alternative Technology, where he led the growth and development of the charity’s work in promoting skills and knowledge around green technologies and sustainable living.
He also holds a non-executive position as Chair of Eco Attractions Group, a network of environment and nature focused visitor attractions around the UK and is an organisational development consultant, specialising in support for third sector clients.
Previously Adrian was Deputy Leader of the Green Party in England and Wales, and a City Councillor in Norwich. He has also worked as a senior lecturer in environmental politics and economics, and as an adviser to local councillors on behalf of the Local Government Association.
Adrian said: “I’m delighted to be joining MCS Charitable Foundation. It has a powerful vision of a world where everyone has access to affordable renewable energy. This goal is central to addressing the climate emergency and to tackling fuel poverty.”
“I’m looking forward to working with the MCS team, other funding bodies and key organisations in the renewables sector to have the biggest possible impact on these crucial causes.”
Sandra Walmsley, Chair of the Board of Trustees said “We are delighted to have appointed Adrian Ramsay as our new CEO. Adrian has a strong background in renewables and in developing Charities and as former CEO of the Centre for Alternative Technology he brings experience of training in the field.”
“Now the Charitable Foundation has cleared much of the outstanding work which industry representatives identified prior to novation, we are looking forward to expanding our work to bring about a future of renewable energy and contributing to the Government’s Net Zero target.”