Meet the Team
Paul Gilligan - CEO
Paul took up the position of CEO in November 2020, having previously led on all aspects of Pure Leapfrog’s Innovation Programme. Paul’s career has included work in Financial Services, Technology, and Energy; at times mixing two or more of these recurring themes.
Immediately before joining Pure Leapfrog, Paul was working on energy innovation projects for domestic energy supply companies in the UK. He brings with him a deep understanding of energy transition, emerging technologies, energy systems and approaches to decarbonising the grid.
Paul has spent much of his career working in the charitable and social enterprise sectors. He has led teams and organisations in both settings in the past and is passionate about organisations that have a positive impact.
Sara Hind - Project Manager
Sara is an experienced programme and project manager having achieved PRINCE2 practitioner level in 2011. Sara joined Pure Leapfrog in July 2021 where her responsibilities include project management, finance, risk, and assurance for a portfolio of projects.
Prior to joining the charity, Sara worked in the Civil Service for 12 years developing and managing EU-grant funded programmes.
She believes the key attributes of a good project manager include being organised, planning ahead, identifying and solving problems and effective communication with all project stakeholders.
Sarah Blois-Brooke - Project Developer
Sarah joined Pure Leapfrog in 2023 to lead on community renewables project development within the charity, providing communities with support they need to take their energy projects from the feasibility stage through to design, build and operation.
Sarah has worked in the sustainable energy sector since 2006, first for a national energy charity and then for a leading specialist engineering consultancy in microgeneration, energy efficiency in buildings and distributed energy systems.
Sarah has experience across a wide range of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects including smart grid innovation technologies and brings with her a special interest in human behaviour relating to energy use and sustainability.
Sarah is passionate about using her skills and experience to work with people on the ground to develop and deliver projects and solutions that have a long-term positive impact on people and the environment.
Simon Shutler - Financial Controller
Simon is an FCCA with 35 years of experience, primarily from the charity sector. After serving 5 years in practice, Simon worked in the telecommunications industry and a pioneering producer of energy efficient lighting. Simon then moved to the third sector and joined an international membership organisation where he worked for 25 years.
Simon was a successful rugby coach in Girls Rugby coaching for Hertfordshire and East Region, he also served as a Hertfordshire referee for nine years.
Having recently moved to Snowdonia, Simon now divides his time between working for a local sensory loss charity and Pure Leapfrog.