the do team
meet the people behind The DoNation
Hermione Taylor, Founding Director
Hermione has never liked to be conventional, and has always been a sucker for a challenge. Why else, as a diabetic with a metal femur, would she have decided to cycle from London to Morocco? And then returned to set up a social enterprise in exciting but un-trodden territory in the midst of the financial crisis?
Hermione completed an MSc in Environmental Technology, learning the ins and outs of the global environmental scenario and international climate policy. Her thesis acted as great market research for The DoNation – it was the first comprehensive analysis of the role of climate change pledge schemes on environmental behaviour change. How handy.
Hermione has also spent a great chunk of time working in Vancouver, Canada – a place that remains close to her heart. She’s always known she wanted to work in the environmental field and has a diverse range of experience, but she had never dreamt of setting up her own business... it all came about rather by surprise.
Daily dose of fun? Cycling home with her hands in the air
Harriet Rockliff, Chief Operating Officer
Harriet has always been into the green way of living with a love for bargain hunting in charity shops, cooking yummy vegetarian food and recycling everything; but she only recently discovered she could make a career out of her interests. After writing her MA thesis on the barriers to individual action on climate change she is now taking on that challenge at a practical level with The DoNation.
Harriet loves an adventure and spent two years working at a primary school out in sunny Madrid (lucky girl!) where she learnt some great networking and interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to chat away happily in Spanish.
Now she’s ready for another challenge and loves getting her teeth stuck into all The DoNation's projects.
Daily dose of fun? Cooking delicious food with the music blaring
Martin Warne, Chief Technical Officer
After spending his first 18 years living in the countryside, Martin went to Southampton University where he spent his days playing with paper blocks and robots while getting his MEng in Computer Science.
After leaving uni and spending some time at a web agency he’s realised he can actually combine the web and his love of the environment by helping to run the Cleanweb UK meet up and working at The DoNation. So he’s now hard at work on The DoNation’s new site in all it’s shininess.
Daily dose of fun? Watching any football he can find
Jesy Cordell, Design and Communications
Over the last few years, Jesy has found a deep love for folk music, and spends a lot of time going to shows and discovering new artists. She likes to play music herself on her flute, though only in the privacy of her own home. She loves the outdoors, and if given a choice will always walk, especially if the weather is nice.
Jesy recently completed a Get Digital course with the Princes Trust and Accenture, and is now excited to dive into work with The DoNation.
Daily dose of fun? A bit of archery in the woods
Lee Yan Gen, Summer Intern
Yan Gen is quite the self-absorbed kind of person, which is why he’s now talking about himself in the third person. Studying chemical engineering in the nearby University College London not only sharpened his mind to the urgent need for a more eco-friendly world for the future, it also taught him how much he hated the course, no seriously, he hates it.
Combining his love for creative and quirky writing and his passion for saving the environment, he now finds himself working with the DoNation, and loving it.
Daily dose of fun? Playwriting, online gaming
We are supported by a fantastic advisory group, including:
Business development & Innovation Director, Fallon London; MD at MyAgency.
Founder & Director, Green Tomato Cars & Green Tomato Energy.
Founder @ Pixie Labs;Head of R&D, News International.
Financial advisor; Head of Corporate Broking, Jefferies & Co & Dresdner Kleinwort.
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