Who Runs EDF Energy Trust

Although the Trust receives donations from EDF Energy, it is governed by a Board of Trustees completely independent of the donor company.

The Trustees set the policy, and control and monitor the Trust's activities but have entered into an agreement for the administration of the charity with Charis Grants Ltd, a company with extensive grant management experience. Who operate schemes under their Let's Talk Brand

Chair: Denice Fennell MBE

Denice spent over 40 years working for a major energy company in the UK and in the last decade has been involved with many agencies seeking to alleviate the issue of fuel poverty.

Vice Chair: Tim Cole

Tim has worked as a counsellor with a family support centre and was a founder of the Wesley Housing Project (Keighley). He is now working with small and medium sized companies helping them with HR issues. Tim has just completed a term as Chair of the Yorkshire Region Flood Defence Committee where he oversees the annual budget for flood alleviation. Other roles Tim is responsible for include his position as Deputy Leader on North Yorkshire County Council where he is responsible for the Business and Consumer Services Directorate. He is also a Justice of the Peace where he sits as a magistrate in Caldergate and the Chair of the Blackshaw Environmental Action Team working with local people to create a sustainable community. Finally as an energy consumer's champion, Tim was a non executive director of Energywatch where he provided an independent voice for vulnerable customers and those in fuel poverty.

David Hawkes

David has been National Money Advice Co-ordinator at AdviceUK since January 2009. He has worked in the advice sector since 1992, initially for the CAB Service in London and then for eight years as the Manager of Gloucestershire Money Advice Service.

In his current role David has responsibility for AdviceUK’s money advice policy and strategy, as well as providing support to the 800+ members of the largest network of independent advice centres in the UK. David has been a Co-Chair of the Money Advice Association and a Vice Chair (Advice) of the Money Advice Liaison Group. He was also the first Chair of the Institute of Money Advisers. David has been a member of the Editorial Committee of Quarterly Account since 2001. He also represents AdviceUK on a variety of bodies including the Money Advice Liaison Group.

Vic Szewczyk

Vic has retired from Roll-Royce plc after nearly 40 years in engineering, holding a number of senior appointments in the aerospace and energy businesses, including Chief Engineer, Director of Engineering and Technology for Energy and Group Technical and Quality Director. He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Since retiring he has been an engineering consultant to a number of companies.