Team

ClearLead Consulting is an international consulting company made up of experienced consultants with recognised expertise in their field(s). Our International team offers a successful combination of the right qualifications and unique experience in helping our clients become more sustainable whilst improving their profitability at the same time.

Dave Covell

Dave Covell

Director, ClearLead UK
Dave is a Director and Co-Founder of ClearLead Consulting Limited in the UK. Since qualifying with an MSc in Energy & Buildings in the late 1980’s Dave has been involved in all aspects of energy efficiency and climate change management. He has considerable experience in many industrial, commercial and agricultural settings both in the UK and abroad. Dave currently project manages a global energy efficiency programme for an international chemicals company, delivering many millions of dollars to the bottom line. His energy efficiency and greenhouse gas (GHG) work has meant traveling throughout the world to help clients reduce costs and environmental impact leading to many air-miles. He is passionate about his work and his wealth of experience and expertise is widely recognised resulting in him being asked to speak at conferences both in the UK and abroad. When not saving energy Dave volunteers on a heritage railway in the UK, shovelling coal into an extremely inefficient, but wonderful piece of Victorian engineering. Dave lives in the South West of the UK near both the coast and wilderness moor land.
James Patterson

James Patterson

Director, ClearLead UK
James is a Director and Co-Founder of ClearLead Consulting Ltd in the UK. James spotted an opportunity in school science classes at the age of 13 when told that the world’s oil reserves would run out in 15 years’ time. Well over 30 years later we’re still waiting for that moment, but he wasn’t wrong when he worked out that energy efficiency would be a good business to be in! Since graduating from the University of Leeds with a BEng (Hons) degree in Fuel and Energy Engineering, James has amassed over 25 years’ experience in energy and carbon management and sustainability consultancy and has carried out client engagements in almost all industrial, commercial and public sectors, from the UK to mainland Europe, North America, Russia, Uzbekistan, Moldova, China and the Middle East. James lives in the UK’s picturesque Peak District and in his spare time enjoys spending time with his children, motorcycling, mountain biking, fell running, snowboarding, warm beer and travel.
Johanna Mitchell

Johanna Mitchell

Director, ClearLead UK
Johanna is a Director and Co-Founder of ClearLead Consulting Limited in the UK. Her career began in academia at the University of Manchester where she was involved in a number of national and international sustainable development projects as well as running training programmes around the world. Johanna is an expert in the field of strategic environmental assessment and sustainability appraisal having worked in this field for the past 20 years. She is an experienced project director and has led over 50 strategic environmental / sustainability assessments and has worked in numerous sectors including transport, tourism, regeneration, energy, minerals and waste and at a variety of spatial scales. Johanna has considerable experience in capacity building and stakeholder engagement and is an experienced facilitator. She regularly runs both internal and external training courses, consultation workshops, and has presented at numerous national and international conferences. In her spare time she enjoys running, skiing and surfing (badly!) and also has been helping to teach young children about the natural environmental through volunteering at a local school. However, her holy grail is spending as much time as possible with friends, family and Marge the dog, preferably on the beach and in the sea.
Emma Goodchild

Emma Goodchild

Associate Director, ClearLead UK
Emma is an Associate Director of ClearLead Consulting Limited in the UK and leads our Environmental Compliance services. Emma’s interest in the environment began at an early age, leading her to study Atmospheric Chemistry, amongst other natural sciences, at Cambridge University before specializing with a Masters in Environmental Resources at Salford University. Since then she has focused on the implementation of management systems, completing a PhD in the subject in the 1990s. She has helped a diverse range of organisations both within the UK and globally ensure compliance with legislation and gain certification to ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, ISO 9001 and ISO 50001. Her approach is to work in partnership with her clients, empowering them with the knowledge and skills to effectively maintain their own systems. She aims to become a ‘critical friend’ to her clients and frequently works with them over many years (over 20 in one case). During her spare time she would rather be outside when the weather permits, although living in the North West of England means that the gym, yoga studio and swimming pool often have to substitute!
Vicky Pearson

Vicky Pearson

Principal Consultant, ClearLead UK
Vicky is a Principal Consultant at ClearLead Consulting Limited in the UK and joined the team in May 2015. Vicky has been an environmental and sustainability consultant since 2003, when she began working on strategic environmental assessment / sustainability appraisal and habitats regulations assessment and providing support to organisations to improve sustainability performance. She has undertaken assessments of the sustainability performance and environmental impact of a range of activities and plans, from individual buildings, proposed developments, and business operations to local, regional and national scale plans. As well as undertaking full sustainability assessments, Vicky has also been involved in supporting clients through providing review and verification services and training. Vicky is an experienced project manager who regularly manages the co-ordination and integration of multiple assessment processes effectively and efficiently. More recently, she has assessed entries for a high profile national sustainable development award and managed the team of assessors working through a large volume of entries in a short period. Vicky is interested in sustainable living and looks for ways to reduce her own impact. In her personal time she enjoys spending time with friends and family, pilates and making the most of the great outdoors in the spectacular South West of England.
Louise Dunkerley

Louise Dunkerley

Principal Consultant, ClearLead UK
Louise Dunkerley is a highly experienced environmental planning professional with over fifteen years’ experience advising local authorities, developers, government bodies and local communities on a wide range of environmental assessment, planning and sustainability projects. She specialises in environmental assessment, planning and sustainability and has led and managed in house EIA teams as well as large multi-disciplinary project teams. Louise has successfully handled controversial projects and has won call-in and public inquiry cases. Since qualifying with an MSc in Environmental Conservation Louise has worked on both national and local scale projects in different areas of the UK in numerous sectors including major infrastructure, housing, regeneration, retail, marine and the energy sector. Prior to working at ClearLead Louise worked on the HS2 Phase 1 Appraisal of Sustainability and led the community topic for London and Country south for the HS2 Phase 1 EIA. In her spare time Louise enjoys swimming, kayaking and photography. She also enjoys running environmental education sessions for children in London most recently at Kew Gardens.
Matt Harris

Matt Harris

Principal Consultant, ClearLead UK
Matt is a Principal Consultant at ClearLead Consulting Ltd in the UK and joined the team in March 2021. Matt’s primary motivation is energy & emissions reduction, which has driven him throughout his career. Matt’s experience as an engineer has led him through many aspects of building performance and HVAC including; new design & construction, building energy simulation, energy audits, re-commissioning, retrofit design & build, controls optimisation, energy metering installation & analysis, product development and more. He has a strong HVAC and BMS control knowledge particularly due to his experience in pharmaceutical manufacturing and laboratories. He really likes unpicking the tough puzzles of existing buildings and systems, putting together an ambitious, achievable plan and working together with owners, occupiers and other building professionals to make it happen!
When not working, Matt likes to volunteer including with local community groups such as Transition Bollington and town council, including helping local schools have a net-zero plan, supporting local EV charger installation and community air quality monitoring. He occasionally runs, his longest being half marathons for Refugee Action and Engineers without Borders. Occasionally, he gets to the mountains for some splitboarding, although mostly he’s looking after 4 young kids, in-between DIY round the house.
Claire Bushell

Claire Bushell

Senior Consultant, ClearLead UK
Claire is a Senior Consultant at ClearLead Consulting Ltd with over 10 years’ experience working in the environmental field. She has a degree in Environmental Studies and a Masters in Environmental Management and Sustainable Development. Claire is also a Registered Lead Auditor with the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment, an ISO 14001 Trained Lead Auditor, and an ISO 9001 Trained Auditor. She has managed a wealth of environmental projects including compliance auditing, due diligence auditing, environmental management systems, Phase I site assessments and calculating carbon footprints. She has successfully supported clients to achieve ISO 14001 certification and manages their ongoing commitments including undertaking regular internal / compliance audits. She also develops and maintains legal registers to provide clients with added reassurance that they are meeting their compliance obligations and are kept up to date on changes in environmental legislation that may impact their site or activities. Her experience includes work with national and multinational clients. In her spare time, Claire loves to travel and in her youth spent a year travelling around South-East Asia and New Zealand. She is also an avid reader, often with three or four books on the go, and when not reading loves escaping the city to go walking in the Derbyshire Dales.
George Bryant

George Bryant

Senior Consultant, ClearLead UK
George is a Senior Consultant at ClearLead Consulting Limited in the UK and has been working in the energy and carbon management sector since 2007 after graduating from Bath Spa University with a BSc in Environmental Sciences. George has become a specialist (geek!) in energy efficiency projects and carbon footprinting, working for a large number of clients across a range of sectors, including industrial, retail, commercial and public sectors in UK and global markets. He is experienced at leading and managing energy efficiency audits and can regularly be found in the back of plant rooms, on roof tops, in basements or cold stores, in search of energy savings! George’s passion for energy efficiency has led him to work internationally, in British Columbia, Iceland and mainland Europe on a range of strategic and technical projects. When not chasing carbon savings, George loves going to the Cornish coast with his family in his VW Campervan. He also loves surfing, mountain biking, and sharing his sofa with his ex-racer greyhound, Maddie.
Liz Whinnett

Liz Whinnett

Senior Consultant, ClearLead UK
Liz is a Senior Consultant at ClearLead Consulting Ltd with nine years’ experience working within varied roles in energy and resource efficiency, sustainability and business support. Liz has delivered high-level, detailed energy efficiency and carbon advice to over 90 businesses through on-site energy audits, analysis of energy data, identification of energy saving actions, quantification of energy, carbon and financial savings and the presentation of findings to senior management. She has a reputation for delivering a high quality, professional service and has most recently successfully managed a capital fund to help businesses develop circular economy and environmental growth strategies. Having a MSc in Climate Change & Risk Management, Liz also has an understanding of climate change adaptation. Liz has a BSc in Geography and is a Practitioner with the Institute for Environmental Management and Assessment.
Outside of work, Liz loves to travel, having spent a career break travelling slowly around the world, making her way to the mostly southerly part of South America and from the UK to Hong Kong overland. At home, Liz spends her time exploring the south-west countryside, running, playing netball and loves all activities that involve getting in the sea.
Izzy Teague

Izzy Teague

Consultant, ClearLead UK
Izzy is the newest member of the ClearLead Consulting Ltd UK team, having joined in February 2019 as a Graduate Consultant. She graduated from Swansea University, Wales, in 2018 with a BSc (Hons) in Marine Biology. During her final year, Izzy undertook a module which focused on the role of assessments such as environmental impact assessments (EIAs), which sparked her interest in the consultancy sector. In her spare time, Izzy enjoys walking on Dartmoor and swimming at her local club.
Carla Sinton

Carla Sinton

Graduate Consultant, ClearLead UK
Carla is a Graduate Consultant at ClearLead Consulting Ltd who recently graduated with a distinction in an MSc in Global Sustainability Solutions at the University of Exeter. Her time at university equipped her with significant proficiencies in the realm of sustainability and climate change. Carla is interested in the emerging effects of climate change on the natural world and how behavioral change is a necessary means of mitigating these impacts, fueling her passion for consultancy. Carla has worked considerably with GIS mapping programs, utilizing the software significantly in her undergraduate degree in BSc Geography with Applied GIS. Aside from her academic work, Carla has experience in consultancy, conservation, and retail, and in doing so has worked with several clients on projects ranging from in-office carbon footprinting to sea turtle nest relocations in Greece. Carla loves to travel and some of her favourite places that she has visited so far include Lake Tahoe, Gullfoss Falls, and the Parque Natural de Corralejo, but she one day hopes to travel the world. She loves surfing and team sports, having played Cricket and Netball for much of her life, and she is a black belt first dan in Tae Kwon Do.
Paula Bader

Paula Bader

Office Manager, ClearLead UK
Paula is the Office Manager for ClearLead Consulting Limited in the UK and joined the team in January 2016, she is the first point of contact, and deals with the day to day general Administration duties, Accounts, Health & Safety, Arranging Travel and any other support the team needs, and tries to bring some order and structure to the office!
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family and getting out and about to enjoy what the South West has to offer.
Emma Farthing

Emma Farthing

Associate ejf@quarterpennyconsulting.co.uk
Emma Farthing has worked with Dave, James and Jo intermittently since 2006. She launched Quarter Penny Consulting in 2018, having seen a gap in the market for quality delivery of a range of sustainable finance services by experienced personnel. QPC is client focused and applies professional, practical knowledge to technical assignments. The QPC team is based in the UK and works with associate colleagues, specifically ClearLead Consulting and Bridge House Advisors.

Trained as a hydrogeologist (MSc) she has nearly 30 years of experience in environmental consulting with expertise in ESG due diligence auditing, compliance & liability assessments; sustainable finance; environmental management systems and capacity training; and corporate sustainability strategies. Emma has worked extensively with industrial and commercial clients in a variety of sectors including ports and airports, mining, steel, metals processing, packaging, petroleum, chemical, pharmaceutical, electronic and telecommunications, automotive, and food. She has also been consultant to various law firms and private equity firms in the context of due diligence assignments. Emma has completed numerous environmental projects in the UK, the USA, Brazil, Germany, The Netherlands, France, Portugal, Sweden, Poland, Croatia, Egypt and Israel.
https://www.quarterpennyconsulting.co.uk
Adrian Partridge

Adrian Partridge

President, ClearLead Canada
Adrian is the company president of ClearLead Consulting in Canada and has been consulting on energy matters for years – many, many (25) years. And in that time he’s covered almost everything from energy strategy for international industry to multi-family energy studies to municipality carbon footprints. He has completed carbon management and sustainability projects in seventeen countries around the globe and is one of the few people to have run energy efficiency training courses in a Siberian brewery. He also has a strange tendency to struggle up the Grouse Grind a couple of times each week.
Bijan Pourkarimi

Bijan Pourkarimi

P.Eng, Associate, ClearLead Canada
Bijan is a versatile professional engineer with over 27 years of management and operations experience in energy management, project management, and demand side management program development in gas and electric utilities. He has extensive experience in developing, implementing, and evaluating energy studies, energy management programs and business plans, as well as feasibility studies. Add to that the fact that he’s worked in places as diverse as Abu Dhabi, Turkey, Malaysia and Prince George and you get the feeling he can turn his hand to just about anything in the energy field.
On top of all that, he teaches courses in energy and HVAC at UBC and Douglas College.
Ben Mills

Ben Mills

P.Eng, Associate, ClearLead Canada
Ben Mills is a P.Eng, Associate who has provided design and project management services on projects from First Nations community centres to hospitals and university buildings. He is a Certified Energy Manager, is a LEED Accredited professional and a graduate of UBC’s Sustainability Management Program. Ben applies proven project management skills and sustainable design solutions to deliver energy reductions in buildings. His holistic approach ensures that facilities are not only economical and efficient, but practical to operate and to maintain. With strong leadership ability and communication skills, he thrives in directing a team. Ben brings a collaborative approach to the development process that resolves conflicts. Ben’s expertise has produced substantial results for his clients for more than a decade.