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For any new partnership to be a success, you need to know and trust the people involved. So here we are; a down-to-earth and commercially-minded team of entrepreneurs, investors, strategists and advisors that love working and winning together.

Meet the team

Managing Director, Arete Zero Carbon

Dr Steve Finnegan

Steve is one of the UK’s leading experts on Net Zero Carbon (NZC) and climate change for business. He has more than 25 years of experience in the industry and during that time he has consulted and designed strategies for the likes of EasyJet, Volkswagen AG, US Department of Energy, UK Department for Transport, KFC and Royal Mail Group. He has held senior positions with KPMG, Ricardo and Arup. He is currently the director of the University of Liverpool Zero Carbon Research Institute (ZCRI) as well as heading up the Arete Zero Carbon division in a private capacity. 

Project Manager

Brontë Smyth‑Hyde

Brontë's work focuses on understanding a client’s carbon footprint and developing data visualisation to help clients see their impact and opportunities for improvement. Her work spans project management to data analysis as well as helping clients understand the purpose of our work. Brontë has a degree in Physics and a Master's in Sustainability, both from the University of Salford. During her studies, she developed a model house powered by a hydrogen fuel cell and analysed the UK’s tree-planting targets.

Data Analyst

Hannah Kowalski

Hannah is Arete Zero Carbon’s data analyst, helping the team to understand and estimate a client’s carbon footprint and creating interactive visuals to represent it. She works with large data sets to help businesses identify the most carbon-intensive areas. Hannah has a degree in Mathematics from LJMU and a Master's in Big Data Analytics from Edge Hill University. As part of her studies, she undertook a year-long placement as an operational researcher for the Government, working on time-sensitive projects to inform decision making.

Project Consultant

George Forrester-Coles

George manages projects that help clients understand their emissions and design and implement reduction strategies and data improvements across their operations and surrounding value chain involvement. He has a Master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Liverpool and has gained experience in process engineering and utilities and energy management in multiple multinational manufacturing companies.

Junior Project Consultant

Shaun Gilroy

Shaun assists the team in managing a variety of projects. With a degree in Business Management from Manchester Metropolitan University, Shaun is able to apply his knowledge of business in the practical application of achieving Net Zero Carbon. Shaun previously worked as a resource consultant and the skills he obtained are being transferred to his new role at Arete Zero Carbon.

Project Manager

Brontë Smyth‑Hyde

Brontë's work focuses on understanding a client’s carbon footprint and developing data visualisation to help clients see their impact and opportunities for improvement. Her work spans project management to data analysis as well as helping clients understand the purpose of our work. Brontë has a degree in Physics and a Master's in Sustainability, both from the University of Salford. During her studies, she developed a model house powered by a hydrogen fuel cell and analysed the UK’s tree-planting targets.

Project Consultant

George Forrester-Coles

George manages projects that help clients understand their emissions and design and implement reduction strategies and data improvements across their operations and surrounding value chain involvement. He has a Master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Liverpool and has gained experience in process engineering and utilities and energy management in multiple multinational manufacturing companies.

Managing Director, Arete Zero Carbon

Dr Steve Finnegan

Steve is one of the UK’s leading experts on Net Zero Carbon (NZC) and climate change for business. He has more than 25 years of experience in the industry and during that time he has consulted and designed strategies for the likes of EasyJet, Volkswagen AG, US Department of Energy, UK Department for Transport, KFC and Royal Mail Group. He has held senior positions with KPMG, Ricardo and Arup. He is currently the director of the University of Liverpool Zero Carbon Research Institute (ZCRI) as well as heading up the Arete Zero Carbon division in a private capacity. 

Data Analyst

Hannah Kowalski

Hannah is Arete Zero Carbon’s data analyst, helping the team to understand and estimate a client’s carbon footprint and creating interactive visuals to represent it. She works with large data sets to help businesses identify the most carbon-intensive areas. Hannah has a degree in Mathematics from LJMU and a Master's in Big Data Analytics from Edge Hill University. As part of her studies, she undertook a year-long placement as an operational researcher for the Government, working on time-sensitive projects to inform decision making.

Junior Project Consultant

Shaun Gilroy

Shaun assists the team in managing a variety of projects. With a degree in Business Management from Manchester Metropolitan University, Shaun is able to apply his knowledge of business in the practical application of achieving Net Zero Carbon. Shaun previously worked as a resource consultant and the skills he obtained are being transferred to his new role at Arete Zero Carbon.

Project Manager

Brontë Smyth‑Hyde

Brontë's work focuses on understanding a client’s carbon footprint and developing data visualisation to help clients see their impact and opportunities for improvement. Her work spans project management to data analysis as well as helping clients understand the purpose of our work. Brontë has a degree in Physics and a Master's in Sustainability, both from the University of Salford. During her studies, she developed a model house powered by a hydrogen fuel cell and analysed the UK’s tree-planting targets.

Project Consultant

George Forrester-Coles

George manages projects that help clients understand their emissions and design and implement reduction strategies and data improvements across their operations and surrounding value chain involvement. He has a Master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Liverpool and has gained experience in process engineering and utilities and energy management in multiple multinational manufacturing companies.

Would you like to know more about the Arete Zero Carbon team? Contact us and we'll get in touch.