the team

Catherine Allinson FRGS MSc

Regional Demonstrators Director

CatherineCatherine has a broad range of skills tailored to facilitating relationships at top level, and managing global programmes with tangible outcomes.

After a first career spanning 15 years at the top of the international feature film industry, working with A-rated Hollywood stars and travelling the world in pursuit of artistic endeavour (see IMDB), the shock of global environmental change and issues of inequitable development motivated Catherine to dramatically change her career.

Catherine set up Future Earth, her facilitation and international programme management consultancy, in 2011, having qualified as a prize winning climate scientist and held roles at Overseas Development Institute as Business Development and Programme Manager within the Climate and Environment Team.  Whilst there, she developed a keen sense of how to minimise risks and maximise opportunities for adaptation and resilience, by moving to a sustainable global model of development, through collaboration, common sense business approaches and positive engagement, building on her skills and experiences as Engagement Manager at The Energy Saving Trust between 2008 and 2011, where she worked across a variety of public and private sector organisations.

Andre Head FRSA MA BEng(Hons) DIS

Experiences Director


Andre has been responsible for the experience people have of The Trust and as organisations and products full time since the beginning of 2015 and leads the development of the user interfaces of the software applications. As a creative technologist, he also manages the tools we use to collaborate with each other and our partners worldwide.

Educated as an engineer and designer of products and manufacturing processes, Andre has over 15 years experience working in communications. He uses the technologies that have become available and has created experiences for the customers of corporate brands including Apple, O2, IKEA, Land Rover and KPMG and charities including Macmillan and for the previous three years, part time with the Trust as a volunteer. He has worked at advertising agencies including M&C Saatchi, LIDA and archibald ingall stretton…

Andre has won DMA awards for the creative use of technology and specialises in creating intuitive interfaces between people and devices by marrying technical, creative and human factors.

Stephen Passmore FRSA MSc BSc(Hons)

Technology Director

Stephen PassmoreStephen is responsible for coordinating the development and deployment of is an integrated, open-source platform for collaborative, low-carbon, city-region planning, investment and development.

With over 15 years professional experience in the sustainable energy and built environment sectors, and roles with E.on, Change Agents and most recently the Energy Saving Trust Stephen brings a passion and drive to achieve more sustainable development pathways.

Stephen specialises in the successful delivery of complex, multi-agency programmes in the field of sustainable energy and buildings. He has led the delivery of the TSBs Retrofit for the Future programme – proving the performance of low-carbon retrofits across the UK and led the Technical Housing programme for DECC – supporting UK industry in achieving low-carbon buildings.

During this time he also led strategic and organisational development initiatives. Stephen is an expert in building retrofits and smart meters and sustainable energy systems and has completed an MSc in Sustainable Urbanism from the Bartlett school, University College London.

Stephen was chosen as one of 50 rising sustainability stars in the built environment by Building Magazine in 2014 and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Philipp Ulbrich MIED MSc BSc(Hons)

Development Researcher

Philipp UlbrichPhilipp has a background in economic development and business (BSc Hons. Management, Warwick Business School; MSc Local Economic Development, London School of Economics) and is part of the third EPSRC funded cohort of MPhil/PhD students at the Warwick Institute for the Science of Cities (2016/2020). He has worked in urban and regional development and infrastructure projects in the UK and Latin America as well as foreign direct investment with national and municipal governments in Europe and Canada.

During his work with the Overseas Development Institute on a project for Costa Rica’s government to realign the country’s trajectory along green growth lines he identified the links between transport infrastructure investment priorities, housing and environmental performance. In collaboration with the Mexican government he was also involved in the development of economic strategies for four special economic zones in the south of the country. These experiences led him to develop a particular interest and expertise in diversification and transition towards sustainable development in resource based economies and the holistic and interrelated nature of urban and regional development. His work with TEST and his role as Mphil/PhD researcher is focusing on supporting’s readiness for global roll-out.