Dr Tom Knowland
Head of Sustainable Energy & Climate Change, Leeds City Council
Tom joined Leeds in 2002 to establish the Council’s Environment Unit after previous posts with Oxford City Council, Cherwell District Council and sustainable development specialists, CAG consultants. Tom is a full member and also served two years on the Council of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment. He is a Chartered Environmentalist and Fellow of the RSA and is currently seconded to Leeds Beckett University as a visiting researcher.
Tom’s role is concerned with achieving sustainable development, which in Leeds effectively means achieving the Council’s corporate priorities for economic, social and environmental improvement, but all at the same time rather than at the expense of each other. A significant priority in the city is attracting investment for low carbon energy infrastructure to address fuel poverty, increase competitiveness and increase resource efficiency.