Team

We are a team of people with a range of backgrounds and skillsets, working with the common purpose to collaborate with others to re-think and re-engineer how to live in an ecologically sound and socially equitable manner. We believe this is the foundation of real wealth, individual and collective wellbeing.

Robert Knowles

Robert Knowles

Bob is a co-founding partner of Empower Community Management and is responsible for all aspects of the financial planning and execution of asset investments, including financial modelling, legal contracts, due diligence, reporting and asset optimisation. He also designs, tests and implements the development of new initiatives. Prior to Empower Community, Robert had a twenty-year background in business and financial services, working with organisations and their senior management. This has included designing and delivering solutions in new ventures creation, capital raising, institutional investments, project finance, tax planning and personal wealth planning. He has developed a considerable network of contacts in the financial and professional services arenas and has raised over £500m of investment capital in syndicated investments and bespoke arrangements. Bob has advised and helped establish a number of ventures focused on sustainable development including companies developing new technologies, a clean tech fund, a climate change communications initiative and a renewable energy projects company.

Simon Abel - EHP

Simon Abel

Simon has had an extensive career in finance, including listed, unlisted and impact investments. He is a partner at EarthHealth Partnership with his main focus on strategy, implementation and investment into EarthHealth . In addition to his EarthHealth responsibilities, he heads the research activities at Gate Capital and advises on portfolio investment strategies. He is also a non-executive director of The Integrate Agency, a social enterprise that is reviving the VCSE space. In his spare time, he enjoys being with his family, practising yoga and playing golf.

Lawrence Bloom - EHP

Lawrence Bloom

Lawrence Bloom is currently Secretary General of the Be Earth Foundation, a UN Intergovernmental Organisation which advises, assists and enables in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals on behalf those Countries with which it has Treaties. He is a Co Founder of Dakia UMusic a Dakia JV with the Universal Music Group, who are together planning to create and build music themed hotels, districts and cities. Lawrence is also Chair of Be Energy, a green energy company specialising in the conversion of waste and plantation timber to a post fossil fuel green diesel. Lawrence was appointed the first Chairman of the World Economic Forum, Global Agenda Council on Urban Management and he is a current alumna of all Agenda Councils. Among a number of senior past positions, he sat on the Executive Committee of the Intercontinental Hotel Group, where he managed their $3Bn.global real estate portfolio. Whilst there he worked on the creation of an hotel environmental manual, which was subsequently adopted by HRH Prince Charles, and is currently in use in 5 million hotel bedrooms worldwide. The most famous part of the manual which only took up three paragraphs in three volumes gave guests the option of not having their towels washed every night.


Lorena Gayoso-Aguado

Lorena is an organisational psychologist with a special interest in positive psychology and coaching.  Lorena has worked as an independent consultant and is passionate about human process interventions. Lorena enjoys creating effective and high energy work environments as well as diagnostic work to enable organisations build their strength, flexibility and focus to achieve the outcomes they are seeking. Previously, Lorena was a civil servant for the Spanish Government and devoted twelve years in the Department of Work and Pensions at the Spanish Embassy in London. Lorena works at EarthHealth Partnership cultivating a cohesive environment and oversees that all at EarthHealth Partnership positively flourish whilst holding the team accountable and true to EarthHealth values. Lorena is responsible for organisational development and building a framework where “appreciation, collaboration, virtuousness, vitality and meaning create abundance and human well-being (Bernstein, 2003), key indicators to the success of our network.

Paul Yiannouzis

Paul Yiannouzis

Paul looks after the technical and commercial aspects of new project acquisition, development and delivery, as well as the operation and maintenance, contractor and project host relations and asset monitoring and optimisation. Paul is a Chartered Electrical Engineer with over 40 years’ experience in the energy, water and petrochemical sectors gained both in the UK and overseas. He has been responsible for the development and delivery of large energy infrastructure projects over the past 20 years. Paul has managed his own project development organisation delivering large energy-from-waste projects for private and public sector clients. In 2009 he was appointed a non-executive director of MWH Engineering Group leading the developing of the company’s Energy & Industry activities and developing a capability to deliver services in the EMEA region. Paul was an executive director of the London Climate Change Agency responsible for developing and managing projects and initiatives catalysing the renewable sector in the London environment. During this period, he was an executive director of the London ESCO, an EDF Energy and LCCA joint venture, responsible for the management of large infrastructure projects. During his time with LCCA he was Deputy Chair for the London Energy Partnership promoting the implementation of energy efficiency and decentralised energy infrastructure. Before joining the LCCA, Paul was European regional director for Black & Veatch Engineering, a consulting and construction group, responsible for managing the business across the region. During his time in the energy and water sectors Paul has managed, either as programme director or manager, in excess of £650m of projects.

Alex Grayson

Alex Grayson

In addition to assisting in the development of EarthHealth Partnership, Alex is a co-founding partner of Empower Community Management and trustee of the Empower Community Foundation, providing strategic and partnering execution of the hard-wired community benefit elements of the asset portfolio.
Previously, Alex’s 25-year background in senior management, sales, marketing, public relations and corporate social responsibility roles, was in both UK and New Zealand corporate and SME settings. He spent six years heading up CSR and corporate sponsorship for a major New Zealand bank and a national telephone network. He subsequently managed a privately-owned charitable trust operating in the field of education and personal development, where he planned, marketed and delivered a range of professional trainings and courses from around the world. Then, as CEO of a globally-trading educational training company he designed, developed and marketed a web platform and network of trained and licensed resellers in North America, Scandinavia, Australia and the UK.