Executive team

Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive

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Why are you so passionate about AD?

AD is a no brainer. We can help support climate smart farming, reduce how much food we waste and make the most of what we do, reduce GHG emissions from organic wastes and commercial fertilisers, help address energy security, recycle the nutrients vital to our food production into biofertilisers, generate a constant supply of renewable energy – helping to balance the intermittent supply from other valuable renewables – and in the form of a gas allowing us to address areas other renewables can’t reach, such as fuelling HGVs and air quality. 40 TWh is a significant amount of energy, and on top of that the industry could create 35,000 jobs – just what the economy needs in a recession. No wonder the Coalition government made supporting a huge increase in AD a Coalition commitment.

What is your greatest strength and how does this help with what you do?

I like to think my greatest strength is always wanting to know why we are doing something, or being clear about what the question is. If you know that, you’re half way there.

Ollie More, Head of Policy

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Why did you want to work for ADBA?

I’ve long been a fan of anaerobic digestion. It’s a ‘two for the price of one’ technology in that it gives us food and fuel. It provides food via fertiliser, and fuel in the form of methane gas. Methane is already so widely-used in the UK for heating homes and generating power that the infrastructure is already there to incorporate AD as a new technology.

Where would you like to see ADBA in five years’ time?

I would like us to be representing an industry that has reached its aims of recycling the vast majority of suitable organic wastes into energy and into the food production cycle. I want us to have demonstrated at a large scale some of the other advantages that AD offers: biomethane in the grid and in transport; combined heat and power; gas storage to allow AD to meet peaks and troughs in demand; recycling of carbon dioxide (from methane combustion) in greenhouses to improve plant growth; quality digestate displacing a significant portion of the UK’s artificial fertiliser use, and lots more!

Jess Allan, Environment and Regulation Manager

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Why did you want to work for ADBA?

I have long been interested in the natural environment and how we as a society interact with it. After studying Environmental Science at university, I worked for a consultancy as a specialist in waste permitting and environmental management. AD is a fantastic example of how ‘waste’ can be used as a resource and I wanted to work for the organisation that provides support to the AD industry.

What is your greatest strength and how does this help with what you do?

I think one of my key strengths is being able to see the bigger picture while also having attention to detail. Regulatory matters can be seen as a bit dry but they do have a real impact on how the industry functions and I believe it is vital that there is an active, constructive link between the industry and the regulators.

Thom Koller, Policy Officer

Why are you so passionate about AD?

Having spent years researching energy, climate change and environmental responsibility, what's not to love about AD? Forget about incinerating waste or putting it into landfill; AD turns waste into biogas ready for the grid or to fuel vehicles. As well as biogas it also produces digestate, full of nutrients that can go back into the land. It’s win win.

Why did you want to work for ADBA?

To be a part of an environmentally-sound energy industry that is tackling climate change, promoting local business and innovation.

Vera Gerson, Senior Marketing Executive

What are you most passionate about? What motivates you?

I love putting together useful and interesting publications for the AD industry which keep people informed, such as the AD & Bioresources News and the AD Industry Directory. I think it is crucial to have good communications in a rapidly developing industry in which things are constantly changing. I also enjoy putting together events with the key speakers in the industry, again with the aim of keeping those involved in AD as informed as possible.

Why did you want to work for ADBA?

I wanted to work for ADBA because I could see that the AD industry is very dynamic and has a lot of potential. I was excited to work to support an industry which is helping to supply green, sustainable energy and also helping to deal with waste in an ecologically responsible manner. I am very interested by my work in ADBA because there are many different messages to convey to different audiences: from communicating with business and academia to lobbying parliament.

Amy Pritchard, Finance Manager

Why did you want to work for ADBA?

I wanted to work for ADBA as AD is an industry that I wanted to see reach its full potential. The use of fossil fuels to power our world is obviously finite so to be involved in an industry that should be able to ease the use of these finite resources is both fascinating and worthwhile.

Where would you like to see ADBA in five years’ time?

My vision for ADBA is that it helps the anaerobic digestion industry as a whole to experience some significant advances, with the maximum amount of potential food waste being used in AD, and all the gas and digestate output being utilised to the maximum benefit. I would like to see AD being a major player in the renewable energy market to the benefit of all our members.

Kirsty Sharpe, Managing Editor, AD & Bioresources News

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Why did you want to work for ADBA?

I was first attracted to ADBA because they were a start-up with big ambitions. I like being involved at the beginning of a project or business where we can build and shape marketing tools together, like the magazine. Working with a team which is enthusiastic, young and dynamic was also attractive too. Although the AD industry was a challenge to understand, I quickly saw its potential and vast array of benefits which would help a wide range of individuals, as well as the country as a whole. I liked the idea of creating a magazine which would spread the word, generate enthusiasm, and help the association to sell its product and services, demonstrating an active organisation working hard for its members.

What has been your proudest achievement since you started working at ADBA?

Creating a product, the magazine, which involves so many individuals (with differences of opinion) is tricky! I’m proud of how the product has grown into a marketing tool to aid the promotion of the association adding value to its bottom line, and most importantly how beneficial it is seen to be for the membership and AD community. I think it strikes the right balance, and through clear communication I’ve been able to develop a powerful and flexible tool with a promising lifespan.

Kate O’Reilly, Editor, AD & Bioresources News

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What are you most passionate about? What motivates you?

I love learning new things and am enthusiastic about life in general. I enjoy pressure and am motivated by a desire to keep my brain active! As the mother of two young children I care passionately about the world in which they are growing up and am proud to represent an organisation that helps to preserve our threatened environment.

Why did you want to work for ADBA?

The speed at which ADBA has grown is impressive – I like organisations which make a difference and ADBA’s actions speak for themselves. No challenge is too great and their positivity is infectious. Knowing that I can be even a small part of such a dynamic and innovative association, which is truly improving the future of our country, is inspiring.

Bruce Nelson, Compass Renewables

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