This includes independent representatives with a range of backgrounds and skills, as well as members from LSHTM and the LSHTM MRC Units. The SCIF also has staff based on the ground in Uganda and The Gambia, and an executive team responsible for day to day operations and management.
Nick has extensive investment, management, board governance and charitable experience and is currently Chair of Verdane. He holds other board membership positions and is Chair Of Trustees at The Basildon Academies. Nick completed an MBA and a Bachelor of Commerce and Arts from the University of Melbourne.
Member of LSHTM Executive Team
Matt is Chief Operating Officer of LSHTM.
MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM representative
Kris is Associate Professor of Environment and Health at LSHTM.
Africa/LMIC infrastructure and project management specialist
Marion has extensive experience working with infrastructure and development projects in emerging and fragile contexts. She currently works as Senior Regional Advisor for the United Nations.
Community Engagement Specialist
Faustina is an environmental health expert with extensive experience implementing community-led programmes in water, sanitation and sustainable development.
The value of all emissions invested will be directly matched with emissions avoided or ‘removed’ by SCIF projects to achieve carbon neutrality. Partners will need to calculate and get independently verified residual emissions resulting from the different aspects of their operations.
The next step is working with the SCIF team to confirm the type of project and partnership that best suits the partnering company’s emissions reduction strategy. The emissions avoided or removed by the chosen project(s) will be audited and verified by the SCIF’s contracted independent auditor, from which saved emissions will be checked and verified by SustainCert. Validated emissions avoided/removed can then become certificated carbon credits that can be used to offset validated annual emissions.
How are projects developed?
Projects are then assessed for feasibility, emissions impacts, investment requirements and timeframe. The aim is to deliver swift, relatively simple interventions where possible, as well as longer-term infrastructure. This is all guided by local needs. In a nutshell, the key criteria for our projects are that they must:
- Add value – fill a gap which wouldn’t otherwise happen
- Meet local needs – provide benefits including to health
Working with SustainCert and Gold Standard – and utilising local expertise – ensures that SCIF projects are directly meeting wellbeing needs of communities.
The Gold Standard.
The methodologies for developing and approving SCIF projects are established Gold Standard methodologies so this ensures that they offset in an entirely credible way. By taking this approach and care, we are ensuring that offsetting projects - and associated carbon credits - are socially and environmentally ethical. All projects must meet the Gold Standard’s requirements for:
- People-oriented projects
- Comprehensive stakeholder engagement
- Ongoing project viability