The Investment Committee Members
Jill Shedden – Chair
Group Director, HR – Centrica
Jill joined Centrica as a graduate in British Gas marketing, soon realising that her real passion was for people. Following a number of generalist HR roles, she was appointed HR Director in British Gas Business and soon after in the wider company – British Gas Energy (BGE).
After two years in BGE, Jill was appointed HR Director in Centrica Energy, a gas and oil exploration, production, power generation and trading business. Her focus has always been on building a high performance environment and a great place to work and she has achieved operational and commercial success, as well as ‘Best Companies’ and ‘Great Places to Work’ awards, throughout her career. In July 2011, Jill was appointed to the role of Group HR Director for Centrica plc.
Sustainability Consultant – Arup
Alison Ball is a Sustainability Consultant for global engineering firm Arup where she works with multidisciplinary teams to embed sustainability into infrastructure projects. She is developing sustainability training for infrastructure practice leaders, leading work on social impact measurement and is Community Engagement Manager for the firm’s UKMEA region.
She joined Arup after working as a Director at FRC Group where she set up award winning social enterprises and led the Group’s business development, impact reporting and sustainability agendas. Her work has won several national awards including ACCA/Accountability’s Best Social Report. Her earlier career includes working in waste management consultancy, Friends of the Earth UK and the Peak District National Park Authority.
Co-founder – Wavelength
Liam Black is the Co-founder of Wavelength, which exists to change the world for the better through business. He works with ambitious business leaders, entrepreneurs and social innovators from across sectors to build their knowledge, insights, resilience, connectivity and networks. A social entrepreneur, Liam has created and led more than a dozen social businesses including Fifteen which, with Jamie Oliver, he grew into a global brand.
CEO Nirvana, Wales
Gay is a relentless advocate of social enterprise as a force for good business practice. She was one of the original team behind the Eden Project in Cornwall, the Millennium Landmark visitor destination that educates the public about our dependency on plants. She established a new model for partnering between the public and private sector and secured £140m of funding that has returned over £1bn in economic impact to the region. Under her 15 years of leadership as Managing Director, Eden has attracted over 15 million visitors and many awards.
Gay joined the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in 2013 as the Director of Public Programmes, where she reinvigorated the visitor experience, attracting large new audiences, improving both the educational and commercial success.
She grew up in Wales, graduated from University College London in Economics and Education and trained in the city as a Chartered Accountant. She has recently returned to Wales where she is the CEO of Nirvana, a new start up visitor destination that celebrates hands on creativity, science and technology.
Managing Director of UK Home at British Gas – Centrica
Sarwjit is responsible for British Gas’s 22 million domestic accounts. Joining Centrica in 2002, previous roles include Managing Director for the Exploration & Production business, covering operations in the UK, Netherlands, Norway, Canada and Trinidad.
Prior to Centrica, Sarwjit was at the consulting company, Booz Allen & Hamilton where his achievements included developing new retail formats for gasoline sites. Before Booz, Sarwjit was an engineer with Parsons Brinkerhoff where he worked on energy infrastructure projects across the globe. Sarwjit has a MEng degree from Cambridge University. He is a chartered engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology and a Fellow of the Energy Institute. Sarwjit sits on the Investment Committee for Ignite, a social enterprise fund.
Sarwjit has two children and enjoys building motorcycles, competing in triathlons and supporting Leeds United FC.
Director of Corporate Finance – Centrica
Andrew qualified as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen in 1998 before joining Robert Fleming Securities as an equity analyst. He then returned to Andersen’s Corporate Finance department, working on a variety of corporate transactions over a number of years. In 2005 Andrew joined the Investor Relations team at British Energy, becoming head of investor relations in 2007. He joined Centrica as investor relations director in 2009 and moved to become director of corporate finance in 2014.
The Ignite Team
Talent & Mentoring Manager