Sharon Darcy – Chair
Sharon is a Non-Executive Director of Portsmouth Water and Chair of the Linear Infrastructure Planning Panel. Until 2022, she was CEO of the think tank and charity Sustainability First, which works in the energy and water sectors on social and environmental issues. A qualified accountant with over 20 years of Board experience, Sharon has extensive experience in regulation and consumer policy development and was a previous Council member of Which?
Justin Wilkes – Vice Chair
Justin Wilkes is Executive Director of ECOS – Environmental Coalition on Standards – a position he has held since 2019. As Executive Director Justin has focused on the leadership, strategic development, impact, and growth of the organisation. Prior to that Justin was Deputy Director of ECOS.
Justin has 25 years of professional experience impacting national, European and global policies, having worked on key environment, climate, energy and trade policy developments during this time. During his career Justin has held numerous positions for a European industry association promoting renewable energy, WWF where he worked on the agreement and implementation of the REACH regulation, and for a member of the European Parliament. He has a Master’s degree in International Studies (Diplomacy), and is a joint Irish/UK national.
Leslie Jones, OBE – Treasurer
Leslie Jones is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance, a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Accountants and a Member of the Institute of Water and Environment Managers. He had a long career in the water industry, including the National Rivers Authority before joining WWF-UK as Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Finance.
Les now provides consultancy to many charities and is Honorary Treasurer to several, including the Thames River Trust and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. He is also on the Board of the North and West Reading Clinical Commissioning Group.
Colin is the Chief Executive of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, the global network for the materials cycle. Previously, Colin spent 21 years in the UK Civil Service in a range of roles, including leading negotiation of the EU chemicals regime REACH up to its substantive agreement in the UK Presidency in 2005. That year he led the EU delegation in international negotiations at the Stockholm and Rotterdam Convention Conferences of the Parties and the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) preparatory discussions.
He has spent time in the Secretariat of the EU Council of Ministers in Brussels, the UK Cabinet Office and on a range of economic and environmental policy areas.
Gareth is Senior Communications Adviser for the trade association Solar Energy UK, acting as spokesperson and media liaison for the solar energy and energy storage sectors.
He began his career as an MCS-qualified environmental consultant, joining the environmental Journal, ENDS Report, in 2005 and spending 16 years there, founding ENDS Waste & Bioenergy in 2012 and ending as senior writer and legal editor of The ENDS Report in 2022. His specialities included industrial regulation, air quality, industrial decarbonisation and chemicals management, which led him to investigate the UK’s Furniture Regulations. He was so shocked by what he found that it led him to engineer a parliamentary inquiry to force reform, and continues to campaign on the use of toxic flame retardants in furniture.
Ariadna Rodrigo is a senior campaigner at Greenpeace’s EU Unit in Brussels, where she has worked on a variety of campaigns. Before that, Ariadna worked on waste and resources policy for over a decade, for NGOs and UK government agencies. She has over 10 years of experience in advocacy, campaign and policy development at the EU level, where she has worked on campaigns ranging from plastics to sustainable finance for NGOs and a political party. Ariadna has published book reviews and articles in political magazines, such as Mediterranean Politics.