Sonya Bedford is a leading solicitor practitioner in the field of renewable energy with over 20 years’ experience in the field. She is a partner at Spencer West LLP and a consultant to Bristol City Council.
She is a director of Bath & West Community Energy, Exeter Community Energy and South Dartmoor Community Energy; a non-executive director of Regen; Vice Chair of Green Wedmore and a trustee of the Centre for Alternative Technology.
Sonya has won multiple awards for her commitment, has an MSc in renewable energy and holds the global wind rescue and working from heights certificate, renewable energy and electrician’s certificates.
Bieneosa is a seasoned public relations professional who thrives on managing reputation, engaging diverse audiences and providing strategic counsel. She is Head of Corporate Communications at Centrica and co-chair of Centrica's Women's Network.
She has a passion for social justice and diversity in all its forms. She was a member of the PRCA's Access Commission and co-founded a not-for-profit organisation, Ignite, that operated for five years to promote the benefits of cultural diversity in PR.
She has been a judge for several PR industry awards, including PRmoment's ESG awards, and is a mentor for Women in PR. Bieneosa has also been recognised in The PROPEL 100 – The Most Influential In-House PR Professionals In The World 2021.
Until recently Mary was interim Director of BBC World Service, overseeing more than forty language services, and for several years was Controller BBC World Service English, looking after the BBC’s radio and digital audio services in English for audiences around the world. Her previous role was as Head of the BBC Newsroom, overseeing the BBC’s flagship daily television and radio news bulletins and the BBC news website. She led major change programmes, including digital transformation as well as editorial innovation to meet changing audience needs.
She lived in Prague as a correspondent in Prague in the early 1990s for the BBC and The Independent.
She is a Lay Trustee with the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, an independent NED with the ICAEW, a Trustee with the Girls’ Day School Trust and Honorary Fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge. She is very committed to the provision of good information so people can make informed decisions and bringing people together to solve problems. She lives in London and has two children.
Samantha is a dynamic, creative and commercial business leader specialising in developing and executing new ideas from strategy through to launch.
She is currently a freelance consultant supporting companies and public authorities with decarbonisation strategies including smart local energy market designs. Prior to this, she led Bristol Energy's Innovation and Energy Services division to support Bristol Energy’s core energy supply business across key decarbonisation pathways: heat, local energy systems, energy efficiency and mobility. Samantha has developed new growth strategies, propositions and pilot programmes for blue chip and niche energy companies.
Samantha holds a B.Com from Queens University (Canada) and an MBA from Oxford’s Saïd Business School.
One Home was founded by Angela Terry MSc MEI, an environmental scientist with over 20 years’ experience in the renewables industry before forming One Home to mainstream climate action. Angela was a pioneer of community energy in the UK as Development Director for Energy4All. She was also head of wood fuel for the Forestry Commission, policy manager for RES, and a carbon scientist in New Zealand.
“Knowing that the solutions to climate change exist, yet watching greenhouse gas emissions increase every year is frustrating but it also inspired me to set up One Home to raise awareness of the choices and power we have as individuals. We also need to urgently increase resilience in our communities due to the climate emergency hence our continual focus to work with the media to accelerate climate action.”