Meet the team

Chris Dodwellborder
Chris Dodwell

Chris is Ricardo Energy & Environment’s Director of Climate Change and Sustainability. He has over 15 years’ public and private sector experience in climate change, sustainable energy and environmental policy and regulation, specialising in international climate change and carbon markets. Since joining Ricardo Energy & Environment in 2011, he has directed projects on a variety of topics in South Africa, India, China, Kenya, Latin America and Europe and has worked for a variety of national governments, donors and international institutions.

Prior to joining Ricardo Energy & Environment, Chris worked at the heart of UK climate change policy for 10 years including leading the UK delegation to the international climate negotiations and leading the UK implementation of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme. Chris has an extensive global network of senior contacts within the UK Government, overseas governments, non-governmental organisations and the private sector.

Tel: 01235 753000

Dan Forster
Dan Forster

Dan Forster has over ten years experience of policy evaluation and environmental economic appraisal, with a particular focus on the energy and environmental sectors. His expertise includes external costs assessment, life cycle analysis, policy appraisal, cost-benefit analysis, and evaluation. He has applied these techniques to air quality, climate change, water, waste and other environmental issues, and he has practical policy experience in the energy, transport, water, waste and agricultural sectors.

Dan has led major studies for the UK Government and private sector covering the wider consideration of environmental, social and economic effects. He has particular expertise in climate change mitigation polices. This includes research to determine the optimal level of abatement (e.g. analysis of the social cost of carbon, and research on marginal abatement cost curves), but also applied consultancy to develop and implement guidelines for GHG policy appraisal.

Tel: 01235 753519

emelia holdaway
Emelia Holdaway

Emelia Holdaway leads the International Climate Change Policy team, and has specialist knowledge across: energy and climate change policy development and analysis, capacity building, international negotiations, climate finance and market based mechanisms. She has over 19 years of environmental sustainability and climate change experience, with a solid track record of delivering complex, high profile strategy and policy studies for both the public and private sectors. Emelia oversaw Ricardo’s Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) support to over 15 countries, and was the lead author for Ricardo/CDKN’s ‘Guide for INDCs’ for small island developing states (SIDS) and least developed countries (LDCs). She is now involved in supporting countries to implement and finance their NDCs.

Tel: 01235 753059

Mark Johnson
Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson has over ten years experience in the energy and environment policy arenas, working for private and public sector organisations. He has an in-depth knowledge of energy and climate policy issues, including emissions trading in particular, gained through successful delivery of many large projects. Recent projects include a review of the EU ETS for the European Parliament, a study of the issues surrounding the role of nuclear power in European energy policy for the European Commission, a review of personal carbon trading options for the Irish Sustainable Development Council and he is currently Ricardo Energy & Environment's lead advisor to DECC and the Environment Agency on the development of the Carbon Reduction Commitment.

Tel: 01235 753332

Chris St Jon Cox
Christine St John Cox

Chris leads the Energy and Carbon Management team and specialises in supporting organisations to develop and implement their sustainability and carbon strategies. She has worked extensively in the public and private sectors on a range of topics including regulation, greenhouse gas inventories, data management, and carbon reporting and mitigation activities. More recently she has been closely involved in the development and implementation of Article 8 of the Energy Efficiency directive in the UK, the Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), and across Europe. Her involvement has been at all levels from supporting the UK Government in the development of the initial guidance and drafting the best practice guidance, to supporting professional bodies and their Lead Assessors, and finally providing ESOS compliance to a range of businesses.  Last year she supported a colleague in the development of a paper on GHG reporting put to the IPCC based on her experiences of GHG reporting. Between 2009 and 2011, she was the strategic advisor to the Carbon Disclosure Project on the UK Government’s Public Procurement Programme, which supports Government departments to engage with their suppliers and encourage emissions reduction and was involved in the piloting of the GHG Protocols Scope 3 guidance. Looking forward she is working on supporting organisations on their Scope 2 reporting and preparing organisations for the introduction of new non-financial reporting requirements.

Her knowledge is well grounded with a background in designing and overseeing the installation of mechanical building services, and managing repair and maintenance programmes. She is also a Chartered Building Services Engineer through CIBSE.

Tel: 01235 753084

Glen Thistlethwaite

Glen has nearly two decades of experience in environmental consultancy. He is a leading energy and industrial process expert with a background in emissions measurement and industrial process technologies. His areas of expertise include general combustion, power generation, oil and gas production, refineries, iron and steel works, ammonia production, nitric acid production, chemical and petrochemical production, and cement kilns. Working with UK industrial operators and regulators, Glen and his team provide industry-specific analysis of process control, fuel quality/switching and emission abatement options, and tracking and forecasting industrial emission trends to assess the UK’s policy and regulatory framework and progress to national air quality targets. Glen has extensive international experience having worked with inventory compilers from Europe, Asia and South America.

Tel: 01235 753638

Dr John Watterson

John has over two decades of experience in environmental consultancy. John led the team that produced the UK’s greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories for submission under the Kyoto Protocol from 2002 to 2006 and has implemented a number of substantial programmes of development and improvement on inventory approaches. John and his team have assessed, designed and delivered numerous national and international inventory projects; represented the UK at European GHG inventory working groups; worked with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC) to develop international methodologies for the estimation of GHG emissions; and developed GHG reporting software.

John’s international work has seen him assist a number of countries with aspects of their GHG inventories, most recently supporting the Government of Saudi Arabia in preparing its second national communication to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Government of Malta on the implementation of its national inventory system and the Government of the Philippines on the development of its GHG inventory framework.

Tel: 01235 753595