• About Us

    Climate Essentials emerges from the critical need to fight climate change. Our mission is to empower individuals, households, and small businesses to create a global community that is taking control of their carbon footprint and catalysing action to fight climate change. We want to drive awareness, knowledge, and action to avoid, reduce, and offset carbon emissions.

    We are an early-stage start-up whose members are extremely passionate about solving today’s most pressing problem. We have gathered a small team of driven professionals who not only have a proven record of creating and scaling successful start-ups but are also experts in sustainability and climate change. We believe together we can fight towards a greener future

  • Our Team

    Daniela Menzky

    Daniela Menzky

    Daniela Menzky

    Daniela has 25 years of international and diverse industry sector experience featuring a combination of expertise within global corporate blue-chip organisations such as Kodak, Avon Products, and HAVI Logistics, the world’s largest privately-owned food service logistics company, as well as small & medium size technology enterprises. She is also a Director of Waterbridge Capital, a venture capital firm with a portfolio of small-cap companies in digital media, telecoms, and cybersecurity.

    Steve Berry

    Steve Berry

    Steve Berry

    Steve has over 35 years of international business experience in corporate finance. He started his career at Bankers Trust and worked in the capital and securities market in NY, Tokyo, and London. This period in investment banking was followed by a career in venture capital, a focus retained to the present day. Steve holds several executive and non-executive directorships, including chairman of Clima Investments, a green FinTech asset management company.

    Anna Campbell

    Anna Campbell

    Anna Campbell

    At Climate Essentials, Anna works to ensure client success with new and existing clients and leads our outreach and project delivery activities. Anna joined Climate Essentials in 2021 with 9 years of experience in client and project management, having worked in a variety of projects ranging from large scale client service delivery to product development, and establishing an international subsidiary in India.

    Martina Colman

    Martina Colman

    Martina Colman

    Martina joined Climate Essentials in 2019 to build and manage the engineering of our software, Climate Essentials. She has a background in engineering, renewable energy, and sustainable development. She has worked in a variety of projects across R&D and consulting, ranging from biofuel implementation at a country level to energy efficiency and climate change impact measurement. As a supporter of broadening the roles of engineers to solve today’s most pressing problems, Martina is passionate about the inclusion of sustainability as a practice to promote systemic change.

    Sam Evans

    Sam Evans

    Sam Evans

    Sam Evans has joined us from Business in the Community NI where he spent five years as a Business Development Manager. Sam has experience in customer service and account management as well as advising on Responsible Business and most recently Social Value.

    Nadia Teague

    Nadia Teague

    Nadia Teague

    Nadia joins Climate Essentials in 2024 as our Marketing Manager. She is an accomplished marketer with 10 years of diverse industry expertise spanning start-ups and SMEs. Equipped with a Master’s in Business Management, she brings a wealth of knowledge in both B2B and B2C marketing, consistently driving brand visibility, customer engagement, and effective communication strategies through commercially minded marketing approaches. Tasked with driving our marketing outreach, she’ll leverage her expertise to shape Climate Essentials' strategic positioning. Nadia's blend of academic qualifications, practical experience, and passion for driving our marketing efforts forward aligns with our mission to empower individuals, households, SMEs, and the public sector to collectively accelerate carbon reduction on a national and global scale.

    Beatrice Clementel

    Beatrice Clementel

    Beatrice Clementel

    Beatrice joined Climate Essentials in 2023 after completing a Master's in International Development & Sustainability at the University of Bath. At Climate Essentials, Beatrice works to support community development and engagement activities.

    Steph Stroud

    Steph Stroud

    Steph Stroud

    Steph has 3 years experience working in tech start ups across a range of industries, and has worked extensively in onboarding and implementation of new tech and software. At Climate Essentials, she focuses on building relationships with the local authorities and businesses that we work with in order to understand their unique requirements and to help them get the most out of our programmes.

  • Advisers

    Garry Felgate

    Dr Garry Felgate

    Dr Garry Felgate

    Garry is passionate about clean-affordable energy - how do we decarbonise our homes whilst allowing the most vulnerable to afford to stay warm. His PhD was in Passive Housing. Garry has a background in energy, environment and sustainability, built in corporate organisations (IBM, Landmark Graphics) and leading consultancies (KPMG, A.T.Kearney). He was a founder director of the Carbon Trust leading on the UK’s carbon reduction programmes for business creating the Action Energy and Carbon Management programmes.

    Nowadays he supports start-ups operating in the clean energy sector and supports the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy on their Energy Entrepreneurs Fund programme and Innovate UK. He recently has advised several overseas governments on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and the elimination of coal. He is a board director of the Brighton and Hove Energy Service Co-op and Chair of Thermify – an innovative start-up providing zero cost, zero carbon domestic heating.

    David van der Walt

    David van der Walt

    David van der Walt

    David van der Walt qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG in 1991 and joined Rand Merchant Bank in 1992 and subsequently Investec in 1994. Since joining Investec, David has held a number of positions within the Group both in South Africa and the UK since 2002, when he moved to set up the Corporate and Institutional banking business for Investec in the UK. In July 2004 David was appointed Global Head of Corporate and Institutional Banking with responsibility for the business unit across all geographies. David was appointed CEO for Investec Bank plc in 2010 and in June 2019 moved on to take a Group Executive Board role to look after all business outside SA, group risk and sustainability. David retired from Investec in December 2020 and currently remains on contract with Investec Bank Plc. In addition David currently sits on the boards of a number of JV companies that are associated with Investec and holds a number of positions on various fund Investment Committees including Israeli Trust Investments, Templewater Australia Property Fund and chairman of Investec Private Debt Fund.

    Andrew Dakers

    Andrew Dakers

    Andrew Dakers

    Andrew’s career has spanned IT at the BBC, business change management at GSK, campaigning for WWF-UK, leading Public Affairs at corporate responsibility charity Business in the Community, and leading Spark! a West London-based Education Business Partnership. Andrew was a founder director of fast fashion brand Strawberry Kats. Andrew was Course Leader and a tutor in Business Ethics & Sustainability on the University of Bradford’s MBA programme (2010-15). The online MBA is ranked #8 globally by The Financial Times. Andrew was selected as a London Leader 2012/13 by the London Sustainable Development Commission. He has worked in Fiji, India, Uganda, UAE and the USA, and gained an MSc Development Management from The Open University in 2002. Andrew is a member of UKSIF and the Institute of Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability, as well as a subscriber to the Institute of Business Ethics.

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