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Carbon Literacy Trainers


Fiona oversees APSE’s training arm, developing and designing training to enrich the knowledge and skills which underpin modern, flexible local government.  On a personal and professional level, Fiona is committed to supporting authorities with their approaches to tackling climate change. As well as being an experienced trainer and facilitator, with nearly 30 years’ experience of working across the public sector, Fiona has managed a range of projects, programmes and services.  In recent years, Fiona’s work has centered on collaborative leadership and insight and intelligence. Fiona is qualified in Prince2 and MSP (Managing Successful Programmes). She has a Post-graduate Diploma in Business Administration (DMS) from Leeds Business School, a PGCE in Secondary Education from Edge Hill University and a BA (Hons) in Communication Arts from the University of Huddersfield. 

Fiona joined APSE at the beginning of December 2019 and is keen to support members with their training and development needs. 

Fiona can be contacted on: 0161 772 1810 |  fsuttonwilson@apse.org.uk

Fiona Sutton-Wilson 

Head of APSE Training


Phil Brennan is the Head of APSE Energy and is responsible for the work of Association’s local authority energy collaboration. He manages the consultancy and undertakes consultancy work. He has managed APSE Energy for 4 years and seen its membership grow from 40 to 110 members whilst expanding the range of services. He has worked with local authorities in the energy and renewables field since 2011 and has built up extensive knowledge about the sector in general, those local authorities who are making most progress and more specifically issues related to the recent trend for climate emergency declarations and action plans. He took up his current post in March 2016 and prior to that he was Principal Advisor with responsibility for the Association’s work on building maintenance, housing, highways, street lighting and winter maintenance as well as being responsible for APSE’s members and work in Northern Ireland. Prior to working with APSE he was with Preston City Council where he worked in the Policy and Performance Unit on the implementation of Best Value, performance management and corporate policy development. Contact Phil on pbrennan@apse.org.uk.

Phil Brennan 

Head of APSE Energy


Charlotte Banks is the Energy Research and Project officer for APSE Energy. Charlotte is part of the APSE Energy team, which is the Association’s local authority energy collaboration that promotes the vision of the municipalisation of energy. A major part of her role is to keep APSE Energy members up to date with new developments across the wide range of topics in the energy agenda.

Charlotte has written a range of briefings and research publications on topics including the climate emergency, retrofitting and electric vehicles, as well as leading on many case study briefings and documents including Energy Across the Authority. She also presents at a number of APSE events including advisory groups and seminars. Charlotte has been involved in writing workshops for the Carbon Literacy training and the delivery of the course.

Charlotte joined APSE in September 2018 after working at the University of Manchester and before that studying a master’s degree in Environmental Governance there.

Charlotte Banks

Energy Research and Project Officer, APSE Energy


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