People, partners & ethos
CLEVEL was established in 2001 by Daren Howarth, as a ‘more than profit’ company set up to align business and natural systems. Our focus is on both carbon reduction and change in business culture. Daren continues to manage the business, working with a team of close associates.
Together, we deliver Carbon Balanced and CarbonPlus programmes to a range of great clients. We have built up a strong network of solution providers – and draw on the help of people who share our ethos, and whose expertise covers not just carbon management, but also all aspects of communications – which we see as key to our work with each client.
We are passionate about authenticity and environmental ethics in business. When CLEVEL introduced the terms Carbon Footprint and Carbon Balanced in 2001, it was to ‘brand’ an approach that gives equal weight to both carbon reduction inside an organisation and carbon offsetting outside. This made it distinct from the simpler idea of being carbon neutral and just offsetting away your impact while getting on with business as usual. That’s why we signed up as founder members to the challenging disclosure scheme Profit Through Ethics. Along with other ethical businesses, we have gone through a rigorous reporting process covering our policies and performance across social, environmental and ethical issues – with all of the answers open for all on the Profit Through Ethics website.
20 years + experience in the early stage development of both sustainability and carbon management, spanning KPMG, Deloitte’s and the Carbon Neutral Company. Studied ecological systems at Stirling and Imperial College, worked in rain forests, and with some of the most pioneering thinkers and doers in realigning business. More>>
Claudia has extensive experience in leading complex carbon programmes and has set up her own energy efficiency programmes which generate carbon credits from social technologies. She helped make the 2010 world cup carbon neutral, has worked on the production of international carbon standards, and has spent a lot of time in Asia doing practical development projects.
Simon helps people make sense of complex communication and design challenges. He sees successful communication as dependent on 'having a clear strategic vision, understanding your audience and getting your story straight' We might call it 'Strategic Design Wizardry'. He has worked on all the significant communications engagements CLevel has undertook over the last 5 years.
Robin Dally specialises in digital marketing and is currently working on marketing strategy for Groundhouse - our new online low carbon home and lifestyle publication.
Experienced workshop leader, facilitator and coach with a passion for collaboration, appreciative enquiry and other essential business change skills. Nathaniel is currently leading on the delivery of CarbonPlus.
Masters in Leadership for Sustainable Development at Forum for the Future. 14 years’ experience as project manager at Cable & Wireless and BT. Director of a small software company. Co-founded Brighton Energy Co-op, working as Programme Director since August 2010. Currently consulting on one planet living strategies. Damian works as a mountain leader during vacation.
Jenny has recently joined CLEVEL as a business development assistant, working closely on our Carbon Balanced Lite programme. Since completing her first degree in zoology, she has worked with grass roots projects in Africa.
Over 15 years experience in ethical sourcing, sustainable supply chains and climate change - worked as Ethical Trading Manager for the UK number 1 Roast & Ground coffee company - as well as a network of conservation organisations delivering rainforest protection (United Bank of Carbon). Currently working alongside business develop sourcing models which address climate change.
Leia Lourenco Ladfors
Leia has worked with the BBC and Viasat Broadcasting in the UK, and Nordic Films in Skandinavia. She researches new graphic, media and music formats and specialises in editing and filming short films. She is currently working on CLEVEL short films.