Syed Ahmed
Syed AhmedChair
Syed has close to 20 years working in the sustainable energy industry, in a wide variety of roles and organisations ranging from Friends of the Earth, the Combined Heat and Power Association, the Greater London Authority, Arup, and as a director of a trade association working in the insulation sector.

Syed established Energy for London, an independent think tank supporting London’s progress to becoming a low-carbon city. In 2014, he was seconded into the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) undertaking a review of linkages across the Government’s demand side policies. He is also a Director of the Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group (PRASEG), a Trustee for national fuel poverty organisation National Energy Action (NEA), and a policy advisor to the Green Gas Certification Scheme. In 2015 he produced a report on the opportunities for green infrastructure investment in cities for the Green Investment Bank.

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Sydney Charles
Sydney CharlesSecretary
Sydney was very involved with the formation of CEL, working on the admin and website etc. She has been the Secretary of CEL since November 2017 and brings her experience of the en10ergy solar projects and HSSL projects into CEL events and strategy. Her passion for a Green New Deal has been overtaken by a passion for a green recovery from the pandemic and she responds to consultations on UK energy with this in mind, particularly Community involvement.

There are some signs that the powers that be are thinking about ‘Building Back Better’, though the messages are far from clear or adequate. Members of CEL have vital knowledge and experience of working with people in their areas on renewable energy and energy efficient homes. Sydney plans on helping to grow the Community Energy sector in London and influencing actions to enable the sector to thrive.

Tanuja Pandit
Tanuja PanditDirector
Tanuja joined the Community Energy London (CEL) board in June 2020 as the Treasurer. Tanuja has worked in the commercial sector in finance and general management, with Ford Motor Company, Deloitte, General Electric, Diageo and the BBC. Tanuja also led the International Business Leaders Forum, a charity focused on corporate social responsibility, and was the COO of the Start Network, a humanitarian NGO.

Tanuja moved into environmental sustainability work in 2016, initially running a household sustainability project as a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She joined Power Up North London in 2017 and helps to deliver its renewable energy projects.

Tanuja sees CEL as a catalyst in the decarbonisation of the UK at a time when there is greater appreciation of the climate emergency and of the power of communities to help address climate change.

Nadia Smith
Nadia SmithDirector
Nadia joined as a Director of Community Energy London (CEL) in July 2021. Nadia has worked in the renewable energy sector on a variety of projects including large scale community solar projects and exploring avenues for community energy to scale up in the urban and sub-urban environment. She has a keen understanding of wider renewable energy policy as well as practical project development and policy knowledge on solar, domestic retrofit and energy efficiency schemes for community buildings.

Nadia is also a Director for South East London Community Energy (SELCE) as well as a Project Manager for their on Sustainable Futures Project which supports schools and community buildings to transition to Solar PV & LED lighting. Nadia is keen for CEL to facilitate further collaboration and sharing learning between exiting community energy enterprises as well as supporting the development of new groups. Nadia would also like to encourage the integration of community energy into local authority climate action plans and engage local authority stakeholders further, to enable a stable policy environment for community energy enterprises going forwards.

Dave Powis
Dave PowisDirector
An energy consultant specialising in the fabric first approach to demand reduction, and decarbonisation of heat in domestic homes. A strategic leader with 20+ years experience in the energy industry, a degree in environmental management and a passion to urgently engage and empower people to tackle the climate crisis.

Dave co-founded Home Energy Action Lab (HEAL), a framework test bed for community powered retrofit in 2022, after serving on the steering committee of Stokey Energy for a year. He is an active member of CEL, co-opted to the Board in early 2023, mentor and co-author of an in depth study into the potential for heat pumps in community buildings. He has contributed to the Local Energy Bill roundtable discussions, and worked closely with Hackney council on their newly launched Community Energy Fund. He is also a Director of Studio seARCH, an architectural practice focussing on regenerative design and retrofit, and contributor to external publications from industry leading bodies such as LETI.

Dave has a passion for leading and inspiring people, with the ability to engage and enthuse an audience. He is well versed in effective project management, with a keen focus on improving efficiency of process and systems. His wide network and extensive knowledge of the energy industry will ensure an innovative, agile and effective approach to achieving the CEL’s vision.

Connie Duxbury
Connie DuxburyDirector
I’ve been working in the energy industry for over 6 years in a range of roles, and now am
working in my dream career at Younity, supporting the community energy sector. Outside of work, I’ve founded Croydon Community Energy and we’re working hard towards our first share offer! I’m a hard-working and passionate person, who deeply cares about community energy. I think Community Energy London is such an amazing organisation and I would relish the opportunity to contribute my time and skills to supporting the sector in London.
Paul Hallas
Paul HallasDirector
Paul Hallas has spent his whole career since the early 1980s in and around the energy business. In his
time with Centrica (1997-2019), he held senior positions in strategy, commercial, business development / M&A and regulatory areas. Since the middle of 2019, he has been a Director of Sustainable Energy 24 (“SE24”) which is an active member of Community Energy London. One of his main roles there has been in new project development, both rooftop solar and LED lighting installation, working closely with other CEL members such as SELCE. He has also been involved in mentoring Community Energy organisations which have joined CEL more recently.
Paul now has an energy sector ‘portfolio’ career which includes the following:
Non-Executive Director (NED) at the Retail Energy Code Company;
NED at the Manchester Energy Network;
NED and later Advisory Board member (2017-22) at IRT Surveys, a provider of energy efficiency services with a focus on social housing; and
As an independent consultant working for energy companies, service providers, large energy consumers and national energy regulators, with a strong focus on the transition towards Net Zero.
As CEL has identified, there is a tremendous opportunity to grow Community Energy in London and Paul would relish the opportunity to contribute to that growth as a Director of CEL.


Katherine Linsley
Katherine LinsleyCoordinator
Katherine joined CEL in August 2021 as the Coordinator. Her background is in the public and charity sectors in various roles. She is one of the Directors of Croydon Community Energy and an organiser for Croydon Climate Action. Katherine is passionate about climate justice and is excited to join the team and help to grow CEL’s role in London’s decarbonisation.