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The Cool Planet Team

A motley crew, the Cool Planet team are the cogs in this finely tuned, climate action machine.

Vicky Brown - CEO

Sinéad Crowley - Lead Designer

Rory Kelleher - Innovation Manager

Michelle Maher - Education Manager

 

áine O Mahony - Centre Manager

Colin Miley - Visitor Services & Champions Officer

Christine Flynn - Visitors Services & Schools Officer

Jessica Salas - Visitor services & Workshop Facilitator

Our Sponsors

 

Without the funding from the following companies, the Cool Planet Experience would still be only a dream. Click on a sponsor to discover their sponsor story.

 
 

Advisory Board

The advisory board are the backbone of the CPE - with their collective expertise & experience they provide invaluable oversight over all the important decisions

 
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Norman Crowley - Founder

Norman is the original Cork maverick – he likes a challenge and has thrown his hat at welding farm gates, packing apple computers to building two highly successful tech empires. His recent business ‘Crowley Carbon’ has ignited a passion for action on climate change especially inspired by Naomi Klein’s book ‘This changes everything’. The Cool Planet Experience is his vision to engage the public and schools not only on the impact of global warming and what that is doing to our climate, but also to focus on the cool new technologies and solutions that are being developed to make us carbon free.When not taking on new business challenges, he can be found running up the hills of Enniskerry or indulging in a bar of dark chocolate, having a quiet moment.


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Sarah Slazenger

Sarah has been part of the management team at Powerscourt Estate for 25 years but has spent her whole life revelling in every secret nook and cranny of the estate and cherishing one of the world’s great gardens and houses.The challenge has been to take a house that was almost destroyed in 1974 by a terrible fire and an estate that was no longer viable and find ways to move on that complement its rich history and character. She sees the Cool Planet Experience as perfect for this aim and totally symbiotic with Powerscourt. She also sees the enterprise as a small cog in the safe future of her family who like Sarah treasure the outdoor life.


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Clyde Pereira

Clyde is a good representation of the multicultural diversity facing our future generations. Born in Kenya, his parents are from an Indian and Portuguese origin. Clyde has a Welsh wife and 4 children, one of which was born in the UK and the rest in Ireland.Clyde spent over 30 years in the Beverage Industry in senior Leadership roles with an iconic brand before establishing CPG Digital Consulting Ltd, to prepare traditional companies on how to address the Tsunami impact of the Digital Era.Clyde is an investor and board member in a diverse range of companies from Technology, Beverage through to Equestrian, and is also passionate about ‘Kleine Herzen’, a charity he helped launch to address the plight of the forgotten children in Eastern European Orphanages.


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George Polk

George is a true climate change advocate with a vast portfolio and a passion for building a low carbon economy. In previous years, he worked alongside George Soros investing in various climate change businesses who were both profitable and impactful.Prior to this, George was the Senior Advisor on Climate Change to McKinsey. In 2007, George founded the European Climate Foundation, which is now the European sister organisation to the U.S. Energy Foundation and the China Sustainable Energy Program. He was also the Senior Advisor to the ClimateWorks Foundation, globally the largest philanthropic funder of work on climate change. At present he is a partner of the Tulum Trust, making major investments to achieve his low carbon dream.


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Anna Pringle

Anna has spent her career focusing on people, change, communication and culture, working to build strong organisations and teams in her various roles. She is passionate about developing people to their full potential and about the need to protect the environment. As a director of the NTR Foundation, she is proud to have supported a variety of projects that will help secure a greener future. She is very excited about the potential of the Cool Planet Experience to play a role in educating and engaging people of all ages to make a difference. Originally from Donegal, Anna’s favourite place to be is on a cliff above the wild Atlantic, or screaming her lungs out supporting Donegal at Croke Park.


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Frank McGovern

Frank joined the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2000 where he heads development of Climate Change Research – providing scientific & technical advice on Climate Change within the EPA & and more including to governmental departments.He holds a PHD in Atmospheric Physics from NUIG and before joining the EPA he worked in scientific research on climate and air pollution issues. He is a member of a number of expert bodies & advisory panels both nationally & within the EU (Mitigation of Climate Change, Climate Change Science) & a member of the governing body of JPI Climate. He has led the Ireland delegation to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and a member of the Ireland delegation to the UN Framework on Climate Change and attended the recent COP21 meeting in Paris. Frank’s goal: to inform effective actions on Climate Change & enable these through policy & practice

 

The Cool Planet Experience is also supported by:

 

Academic Advisors

 

Environmental Partners

Media Partners

Supporters