Meet the team
The group of experts who represent our members on energy and climate change
Nicola Walker, acting business environment director
Nicola took over as head of the CBI’s infrastructure and environment team in January 2012 – a role that steers the CBI’s work on economic infrastructure, transport, environment, planning and property policy. She spearheads the CBI’s campaign to boost investment in infrastructure, pushing for government action to deliver key strategic decisions and attract much-needed private finance. Her varied CBI career over almost four years has seen her heading up projects on boosting the UK’s export performance, making the consumer case for low-carbon and increasing diversity in the boardroom. She has been acting business environment director since January 2014.
Rhian Kelly, business environment director
Rhian is director for business environment encompassing construction, infrastructure and energy and climate change. She spearheads the CBI’s campaigns to boost investment in infrastructure, promote the development of the low-carbon economy and ensure the resilience of the construction industry. She joined the CBI in 2006 and was responsible for the ground breaking 2007 report on climate change, which helped shift the perception of the role business can play in moving to a low-carbon economy. Rhian became head of Climate Change in 2008. Prior to the CBI Rhian worked in Beijing and Taipei.
Michelle Hubert, head of group
Michelle heads up the energy and climate change team and is responsible for steering the CBI’s work in this area, which includes energy supply, business and household energy efficiency, energy markets and the EU and international energy and climate change framework. Having joined the team in 2009, she previously worked on housing policy and manufacturing policy.
Before joining the CBI, Michelle studied politics at Nottingham University and worked in the Ministry of Justice.
Barnaby Wharton, senior policy adviser
Barnaby is leading the CBI’s work on EU energy and climate change policy and international climate change. Before joining the energy and climate change team, Barnaby worked on the CBI's medium-sized business campaign and parliamentary and regulatory affairs.
Prior to joining the CBI he worked for a professional regulator and as a political adviser in Parliament, working on defence and welfare reform. Barnaby has a masters in International Relations from Nottingham University.
Ross Gurdin, policy adviser
Ross joined the CBI energy and climate change team in December 2012 as a policy adviser focusing on supply side energy policy and oil and gas policy.
Prior to joining the CBI, Ross worked for the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Group where he worked on transport policy. Ross has a degree in Modern History and Political Science from the University of Liverpool.
Jade Rickman, policy adviser
Jade is leading on energy efficiency for businesses and energy intensive industries in the energy and climate change team. Prior to joining the CBI, Jade worked for a Labour MP in Parliament, interned at the Ministry of Justice and spent a year with an NGO in Brussels. Jade has a Bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Surrey and a Master’s degree in European Law from the University of Edinburgh.
Annie Crawford, policy adviser
Annie joined the energy and climate change team in October 2014, and leads on household energy efficiency and retail energy markets. Annie previously worked in the CBI’s membership team, interned at St Mungo’s Broadway, and volunteered in Tanzania with an NGO. Annie has a Master’s degree in International Relations specialising in the Middle East and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Politics, both from Durham University.