Meade Harris is Founder and CEO of the Hawthorn Club. Meade founded the Club when, as an executive in the energy industry, covering Europe, The Middle East & Africa, she realized that women were badly underrepresented. Rather than accept the status quo, she set out to change the face of the sector. Meade has demonstrated considerable entrepreneurial spirit, growing The Hawthorn Club to include branches on four continents, sponsored by some of the world’s biggest energy companies – from upstream and downstream, utilities and power, to traditional and new disruptive technologies. Her experience doing business in over 20 countries has given her a global outlook on business and life.
Meade is an accomplished public speaker, having participated and spoken at sessions during eight UNFCCC climate change negotiations, from Copenhagen to Morocco. Previously she was Senior Advisor on Business Development for the Global CCS Institute in the Americas covering the US, Canada, Central and South America. She also worked as a Senior Advisor to Global CCS Institute’s European office in Paris for 4 years, where she was responsible for building the organisation’s relationships with Governments and Corporations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Prior to entering the energy sector, Meade was a BBC News Producer, based in the Washington DC bureau and has been a consultant at Control Risks, specialising in energy issues. Meade completed her undergraduate degree at the University of New Hampshire, during which time she also studied at Sydney University, before reading for a Master’s degree in International Relations & Energy Security at King’s College London.
Based in London, Rachel is fluent in four languages and has a truly international background, having lived in six different countries and worked across four continents, from Asia to Europe and the Americas.
Rachel has been a Hawthorn Club member since 2014, having since taken on the position as European Advisor to the Club. Prior to founding her consultancy, Vallard Limited, Rachel was a Director in General Electric Inc., where she had several roles focussed on bringing creative commercial solutions to complicated markets, from leading the medium-term commercial strategy for the UK & Ireland region across products, to driving a new commercial market approach in the global oil & gas business and most recently running the M&A process for the disposal of all financial assets in Italy. Rachel previously worked as a Commercial Manager for an infrastructure fund following several years as an Associate in the Infrastructure & Energy department at Allen & Overy LLP.
Alice is an experienced and successful policy and program manager, with a Masters of Applied Ethics, a first class Honours degree in Philosophy, and a Business Management degree. She has managed programs and policy initiatives in more than 11 countries, costing from $3,000 to $30 million. She has led a team up to five people.
She has seven years experience with the Australian Government to Director level, across the innovation, tourism and resource sectors – where she received an award for service. In addition, she has seven years experience with the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute (the Institute) in the clean energy and climate change sectors, where she was Principal Manager for Capacity Development.
She has the full spectrum of policy and program management skills. These include: strategy development, for instance the Institute’s capacity development strategy; community consultation including national consultations with Australia’s mining sector; event planning of more than 100 events locally and internationally for 10 to 380 people; budgeting, e.g. of a multifaceted $30 million project with the Chinese Government; facilitation and meeting management, including as Chair of international committees; drafting a wide variety of written communication including published reports; and public speaking at more than 50 conferences or workshops globally.
Alice is known for taking a project from concept through to implementation, within required timeframes and budgets. She adapts her approach and collaborates with others to make a project a success.