Peter Boyd

Peter Boyd

COO
Carbon War Room

Peter Boyd served as Launch Director of the Carbon War Room from initial concept by Richard Branson and fellow founders in early 2009, and now focuses his time on developing and implementing the strategy in the three elements of Carbon War Room - Research & Intelligence, Network Engagement, and Operations. The projects span accelerating profitable climate change solutions in Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Shipping, Aviation, Island Nations and more.

He brings over 15 years of private-sector experience in strategy, marketing, operations, and general management to his role as COO at Carbon War Room.

He previously served as CEO of Virgin Mobile South Africa, leading the first and only Virtual Mobile Operator on the African continent, tripling its size over the period. Prior to that, he was VP of Marketing for Virgin Mobile USA in New York, which followed various managerial and marketing roles in the Virgin Group - totaling over 11 years in Virgin.

Parallel to his current role at the Carbon War Room, Peter is Chair of the UK’s Energy Efficiency Deployment Office (part of UK Department of Energy & Climate Change, appointed in May 2012). Within this role he provides strategic guidance and support to Ministers, DECC Management and liaising with the corporate sector on how best to accelerate energy efficiency across the UK economy.

Peter is also on the advisory board of a variety of non-profit /corporate organizations including the Corporate Responsibility Officers Association , Fenix, Climate Nexus and the World Bank’s external advisory group for the leadership of the Sustainable Development Network. Peter’s started his career at McKinsey & Company (working in London, India and South Africa) after graduating from Oxford University with BA Honours in Philosophy, Politics & Economics.