The Fleming Policy Centre

The Fleming Policy Centre (formerly The Lean Economy Connection) is an independent research centre founded by the late Dr. David Fleming in 1994. It works to design and develop strategies in the context of current environmental challenges – especially climate change and the depletion of fossil fuels – and is best known as the originator (in 1996) of the TEQs system.

The Team




Thomas Pashby

Tom is our Campaign Manager, leading our project team in developing and delivering the strategic campaign for the implementation of TEQs. He brings extensive experience of political and environmental campaigning and communications from his previous roles, most recently as Onshore Wind Communications Coordinator for RenewableUK‘s External Affairs team.


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Matt Finch

Matt works in an operational and networking role at the Fleming Policy Centre. Prior to joining us, he worked for an environmental NGO in Paris, having previously set up and run a successful financial sector recruitment company. He holds an MA in International Politics and a BA in Business Studies.


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Dr. Christopher Shaw

Christopher is an inter-disciplinary researcher with nine years experience in climate policy, social geography, public engagement and socio-technical transitions. He is undertaking a Knowledge Exchange Fellowship with the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford, examining the potential of TEQs to build broad-based engagement with the climate challenge. He is also working on a Routledge book (due for publication March 2015) examining the implications of public representations of dangerous climate change for building climate citizenship.




Shaun Chamberlin

Shaun Chamberlin

Our Managing Director joined in 2006 and worked closely with Dr. David Fleming until our founder’s death in 2010. Shaun has served as a member of DECC’s Personal Carbon Allowances Advisory Group, reviewing progress in the UK government’s pre-feasibility study into TEQs, and co-authored the All Party Parliamentary report into the scheme. He is also Chair of the Ecological Land Co-operative and author of the Transition movement’s second book, The Transition Timeline.


Victoria Hurth

Dr. Victoria Hurth

Victoria is a lecturer at Plymouth University with a professional background as a management and marketing consultant. Her PhD considered the social, cultural and marketing influences that shape energy consumption and she is a regular guest lecturer on Sustainable Marketing. She has been a Climate Change Advocate for the British Council and currently sits at a committee level for the British Standards Institution, the Plymouth Social Enterprise Network and the Plymouth Climate Change Commission.


Larch Maxey

Dr. Larch Maxey

Larch is Project Manager with the Network of Wellbeing and a Research Fellow at Plymouth University. During twenty years of teaching, researching and practising in the field of sustainability Larch has produced over forty academic and popular publications, including two co-edited books, and made a significant contribution to national policy.


Stephen Vasconcellos-Sharpe

Stephen Vasconcellos-Sharpe

Steve is our Communications Director, who brings top-level experience as a leader in the communications sector, and an international outlook. He is the CEO of Country Strategic, founder of Global CEO magazine and publisher of Salt.



Our Founder

Dr. David Fleming

Dr. David Fleming

Dr. Fleming (1940-2010) received his PhD in Economics in 1988, founded The Lean Economy Connection (now The Fleming Policy Centre) in 1994, and first published on the model of TEQs in 1996. His popular guide to TEQs, Energy and the Common Purpose, followed in 2005 (third edition, 2007), with his magnum opus, Lean Logic, published posthumously in 2011. For a fuller and wider biography, see Wikipedia.



TEQs Forum

TEQs forum (hosted by Powerswitch)

To discuss TEQs with others, including the staff of The Fleming Policy Centre.

Facebook, LinkedIn & Twitter

TEQs page on Facebook

TEQs group on LinkedIn

TEQs account on Twitter

All Other Enquiries

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The All Party Parliamentary Group on Peak Oil

We gratefully acknowledge the All Party Parliamentary Group on Peak Oil’s support of TEQs. APPGOPO was set up in July 2007 to review estimates of future oil production and consider the consequences of declining world oil production for the UK and world economy.

Current Membership

John Hemming MP, Chairman (Liberal Democrat)
Caroline Lucas MP, Vice Chair (Green)
Mark Williams MP, Vice Chair (Liberal Democrat)
Stephen Williams MP, Treasurer (Liberal Democrat)
Simon Wright (Liberal Democrat)
Lorely Burt MP (Liberal Democrat)
Tom Brake MP (Liberal Democrat)
Andrew George MP (Liberal Democrat)
Lord Teverson MP (Liberal Democrat)
Bill Wiggin MP (Conservative)
David Amess MP (Conservative)
Austin Mitchell MP (Labour)
Michael Meacher MP (Labour)
Kelvin Hopkins MP (Labour)
Steve McCabe MP (Labour)
George Mudie MP (Labour)
Dr Alan Whitehead MP (Labour)
Frank Doran MP (Labour)
Gisela Stuart MP (Labour)
Iain Wright MP (Labour)


Neil Endicott
Group Secretariat

Office of John Hemming MP
House of Commons