Mike Cherrett is the Chief Operating Officer of E3G (Third Generation Environmentalism), an independent non-profit organisation working to accelerate the global transition to a low carbon economy.
Mike is responsible for E3G’s operational excellence across our international network, ensuring it meets the needs of our funders and supporters. He is also responsible for projects associated with growing our capabilities.
Prior to joining E3G Mike held leadership positions at EIT Climate-KIC, Europe’s largest climate innovation agency. While there his roles included Director of Operations and Director of European Affairs and External Partnerships where he established the Brussels operations and relationships with the EU13 countries. Before that, he was a diplomat in the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). He served in New Zealand as Deputy High Commissioner and the Republic of Korea where he was responsible for high-tech trade and investment as well as science and innovation. He also lead the Great Lakes Team in the Africa Directorate and oversaw a major change programme across the FCO’s global network. Mike started his career at the Royal Aerospace Establishment, where he spent 12 years working on aeroengine technology and business development.
Mike has a PhD from Imperial College and a BSc in Mechanical Engineering. He was awarded the Royal Aeronautical Society’s 1994 Feddon Award for his contribution to propulsion research. He is a Chartered Engineer, keen amateur musician, photographer and lapsed runner. Mike was born and brought up in South Wales.