Cecily Etherington

Having gained a First Class Degree and MA in Modern History at Leeds University Cecily spent time test driving prototype electric vehicles, teaching in schools and working at WaterAid in the communications and fundraising team.

In-between this she has travelled across South America, around South East Asia and through Bangladesh into India.

Cecily became involved with ICN in 2010 where she has developed and Project Manages the Your Green Future programme. This has included securing grants and sponsorship from major corporations, developing workshops and recruiting over 70 organisations to mentor at the events. She also supports ICN’s communications, including the creation of the project blurb books.


Helen Garforth

Helen is a highly experienced facilitator, trainer, researcher and communicator with proven enthusiasm and talent for raising awareness of local, national and global sustainable development issues and motivating for change. She has a passion and a talent for helping to turn discussion into action, and for enabling people, communities and organisations to make a difference.

Helen’s experience includes being Director of a national and international development education programme, facilitating a global youth action group, international partnership co-ordination, being a trustee on the boards of the Development Education Association, being a school governor, and setting up successful business, Just Ideas.

Her educational background is in anthropology and international development, with an MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies, and a BA from Queens' College Cambridge.

Helen has been involved in ICN since the early stages, playing a key delivery role within the UK team, particularly focusing on developing resources and delivering workshops in schools and with youth groups for the International Climate Challenge and Youth projects. She has particularly enjoyed the Model UN Climate Conferences, and looks forward to developing this methodology further, integrated with other ICN initiatives.


Jacob Stow


Jacob is a freelance webdesigner, promoting green websites, businesses and charities. He developed the Your Green Future website, project media and the InterClimate Network website. Services include Web-design, graphic design, branding and identity, with a strong emphasis on ethical ideals and practices. 


Michila Critchley

Michila is an independent consultant in organisational development, facilitation, research and fund-raising. She has eighteen years' experience working with not-for-profit organisations internationally and in the UK. Specialist knowledge includes; programme development, facilitation, strategic planning, research and funding and grants and a thorough working knowledge of a national umbrella association for development education.

Michila currently works with the InterClimate Network as the UK team co-ordinator. During the first 3 years, the team developed a programme that provided face to face support for teachers and practical tools to get started in taking action on local sustainability issues. Key to this has been finding ways to bring 'critical thinking skills' and global perspectives to the fore.  We are always looking to new ways to capture young people's imagination, and have been excited by the responses to the ICN poster resource, 'Who should we listen to?', the campaign to generate '1000 Voices for Copenhagen', and model UN Climate Change conferences as dynamic opportunities for young people to experience the major political challenges faced locally and internationally.


Natalie Boardman

During 18 years in the commercial sector, Natalie developed a broad range of experience, most recently within product development and management.  She has strong planning & organising skills and a proven track record of delivery.  She works hard to build relationships at all levels and a positive team environment.

In 2007, Natalie decided to move on to a portfolio career, using her core skills in both the profit and not-for-profit sector. Recent roles included training of trainers for a lottery-funded reminiscence project and mentoring activity for Leonard Cheshire Disability.  

She became involved with InterClimate Network in 2007, before the company was officially born, when she created the business case for our first corporate sponsor – Barclays.

Now working on a freelance basis she uses her planning and organisation skills to co-ordinate the project activity and her commercial approach to ensure sponsorship and donations are used to maximum effect.

Richard Usher

Richard is a Director of independent voluntary sector consultancy Just Ideas. Over twenty years work in the sector Richard has managed training for international development volunteers, co-ordinated the programmes of an overseas adult education organisation and worked as a volunteer in schools in UK (both as a school Governor and as a Forest Schools volunteer). His current portfolio of work includes area based community development projects in the UK, project and programme evaluation (particularly for Big Lottery funded projects) and of course co-ordinating project work for InterClimate Network - most recently on the Climate Voices project!