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Richard Fitton

2019 CAT Graduate

Sustainability in Energy Provision and Demand Management graduate Richard had a background in finance prior to studying at CAT. He now works for a social enterprise that provides financial advice to investments that have a positive impact on nature.

Richard is a graduate from our Sustainability in Energy Provision and Demand Management course who graduated in 2019. Before starting a CAT Richard worked in corporate finance, first qualifying as a chartered accountant 9 years ago before moving into M&A advisory services, both in London and in Vietnam.

He now works for a social enterprise called ‘Environmental Finance’ that provides financial advisory services in relation to investments that have a positive impact on nature, including a £50m community energy fund committed to transitioning utility-scale solar plants into community ownership. He had also advised some of the leading conservation bodies including RSPB, National Trust, WWF and Woodland Trust about how to increase their conservation impact via innovative financing schemes.

The flexibility of the MSc attracted Richard to the course. Without an engineering degree, the flexible entry requirements meant he could study a course he was interested in, unlike similar courses at other institutions. The opportunity to take the course through a part-time route and via distance learning allowed him to study while working full time outside of the UK.

The impact studying at CAT had on Richard was immense. He said:

CAT has given me the knowledge needed to be able to pivot my career into a job that is entirely sustainability-focused. Being taught by reputable experts in their fields CAT is a hub of sustainability knowledge and expertise in a beautiful part of the UK.”