Kelly has a BSc in Biology of Plants and Animals and an MSc in Clean Technology from Newcastle upon Tyne University. She has over 12 years experience of working in the field of energy policy, with particular expertise in energy efficiency and fuel poverty policy and the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS).
Previously Kelly worked at British Gas, developing and maintaining relationships with regional and local government and social housing providers, as well as construction, insulation and facilities management companies to promote and deliver both domestic and non-domestic energy saving schemes. Kelly also worked for Centrica’s social investment fund Ignite, supporting GrowUp Urban Farms to further develop the GrowUp Box to create educational and outreach opportunities in communities. GrowUp Urban Farms grows sustainable salads, herbs and fish using aquaponics and vertical growing systems.
Kelly has also worked for National Energy Action and Impetus Consulting Ltd, and is currently a local Parish Councillor with an Environment portfolio.
As Research Director, Kelly is responsible for overall management and direction of the independently-funded three-person policy Research Team, and has a deep understanding of the role of research in underpinning advocacy work.