Our Trainers

Our network of Carbon Literacy Project accredited trainers come from a broad range of backgrounds and have developed individual, tailored courses for several industry sectors. Many of the principles of Carbon Literacy apply universally, but the action individuals in different industries need to prioritise to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases varies.

The Carbon Literacy Project encourages trainers to develop specific courses that take the context of a particular organisation, community or industry setting into account. Our broad experience base ensures we can provide training that is relevant to you.

Meet the Trainers

Pete Watkins (he/him) – Carbon Literacy for “interested” organisations and citizens 

After running a successful coffee business for 12 years, Pete and his family moved to York. With the chance to take on a new challenge, he decided the Climate Emergency was one which he could not ignore.

While undertaking a MSc in Sustainability & Behaviour Change at the Centre for Alternative Technology, Pete delivers online Carbon Literacy training. His next ambition is to use the Speak Carbon project to deliver Carbon Literacy training across Yorkshire – in an effort to become the UK’s first Carbon Literate County.

Alison Tomlin (she/her) – Communities and educational institutions

Alison Tomlin is the Founder and Director of Oak Tree Sustainable Living Centre, a community space offering training and information on the climate crisis, low-impact living and self-sufficiency.

She is passionate about engaging diverse communities with the climate crisis and building connections with like-minded organisations and individuals.

Alison is currently working to promote carbon literacy in communities and educational institutions in order to develop and deliver training relevant to these settings.

Michelle Marks  (she/her) – food industry and organisations

Michelle is the founder of Coral Mountain, a Sustainability Consultancy based in Leeds. She works with businesses to raise awareness of their environmental impacts, providing clients’ teams with the knowledge and inspiration to make sustainable choices. Using a methodology called THE FOUR ‘A’ SYSTEM, this culture change is supported by tools which  deliver measurable environmental and commercially sound outcomes.

Michelle’s special interest is food waste and sustainable food, as what we eat contributes over a fifth of humanity’s carbon emissions. Her Carbon Literacy training encompasses the whole of the farm-to-fork food system.

She is passionate about sharing the message that we all have a role to play in averting runaway climate change and cumulatively, individuals’ actions add up to significant carbon savings.

Michelle has a BA in Food and Accommodation Management, is a Chartered Marketer and Practitioner Member of IEMA.

Dr Matt Sawyer  (he/him) – Carbon Literacy Healthcare and Life Sciences

Matt has been a GP in the North East of England for over 15 years. He currently work as a front line GP two days a week. The rest of the week is spent running his sustainability consultancy SEE Sustainability working to improve planetary health and human health. He covers sustainability issues facing all businesses but specialise in primary care. He helps clinicians understand their carbon emission footprint from running their practice and help produce a practice wide ‘green plan’ or roadmap to work towards net zero emissions. Matt has a BSc in Environmental Science and MSc in Corporate Sustainability and Environmental Management. He has delivered carbon literacy training to pharmaceutical companies, works on the RCGP Climate Emergency group and is a volunteer running the carbon footprint numbers behind the Climate App.

Ned Gatenby  (he/they) – Train the Trainer Courses

Born & raised in Harrogate, Ned knows how special Yorkshire is. His interest in climate change has been woven into his education; BSc Environmental Management & Sustainability from Manchester Metropolitan University, and MSc Sustainability, Culture & Development from Durham University. Ned’s experience in designing & delivering Carbon Literacy to different audiences has him well placed to support education, outreach & training in any sector.

Jamie Saye  (he/him) – Carbon Literacy Creative and Cultural Industries

Jamie is a Senior Technician at Opera North, and a director and co-founder of Sustainable Arts in Leeds, a not for profit community interest company with the goal of uniting the cultural and creative industries of Leeds to tackle climate change together. He is passionate about sustainability, sitting on the Leeds Climate Commission as a member of the engagement and communications working group and has a background in training, having previously worked at Leeds City College as a technical demonstrator.

He has experience of adapting courses to suit different audiences, is experienced with both face to face and distance delivery and is a vocal advocate for Carbon Literacy. He has the most experience in delivering training for the creative and cultural sector but is also experienced in delivering training to local authorities and education establishments.

Marla King (she/her) – Carbon Literacy Creative and Cultural Industries

Marla is a freelance dance artist, climate justice activist and runs a podcast which takes a more human approach to climate conversations – highlighting connections between environmental and social injustices and exploring ways community action can evoke positive change. She facilitates Carbon Literacy Training on behalf of Sustainable Arts In Leeds and is also a community member of the Resilience Circle Project – an 8 week programme which aims to empower young people to build resilience and emotional awareness, exploring ways of managing climate-anxiety and preventing burnout which is so common in many activist spaces. Marla is also an advocate for the important role that art and creativity has when it comes to climate action, as well as the need to build communities of collective care, conducive of wellbeing and supportive networks in order to evoke long-lasting and meaningful change in society. She believes we must take an intersectional and justice-centred approach to climate action, and wishes to highlight this through all aspects of her work.