Our Story - Our team

Terry Cheesman

Terry Cheesman

Finance Director

I haven’t always been a specialist tax accountant.  In my mid twenties I was a member of Friends of the Earth, worked in forestry for love of conservation and I have been a vegetarian since 1988. My daughter, now in her twenties, often reminds me that there’s more to life than being a successful business owner. So as part of our corporate and social responsibility drive I sought to adopt a worthy charitable cause. Changing Streams was the obvious choice: active in the plastic debate, looking to save our oceans and revolutionise the built environment: what a proposition and challenge! 

Synergies for positive change are often borne out of wide spectrum strategic partnerships of alternative thinkers, technical specialists, researchers, innovators, facilitators and influencers. That’s what we have in our alliance.

In my daily professional life, as a leading R&D Tax Relief specialist and business owner in national accountancy firm Haines Watts , I work with businesses, many of whom are implementing new green technologies, delivering sustainable procurement and environmentally friendly solutions. My varied sector background before becoming an accountant in my late thirties, my love of lateral thinking and my open-mindedness make me an eclectic problem solver.  I love new paradigms and that is what Changing Streams is all about. The ability to mitigate both risk and cost whilst allowing people to run faster with their holy grail projects and continue to dream big is very rewarding.  I am a firm believer in exponential networking and this complemented with an ability to deliver is what makes the Changing Streams mission a vital & powerful cog in a global movement for positive, sustainable change.

The rest of our team

Neal Maxwell


I’ve spent over 30 years in the Fit out industry and have seen a number of seismic changes in my working environment and of...

Prof Jonathan Sharples

Co Founder & Head of Oceanography

I have been researching the ocean for the past 30 years, studying how ocean physics (tides, weather, ocean currents) affects the growth and distribution...

Dr Gareth Abrahams

Co Founder & Head of Building Design Research

Before becoming an academic I worked for over 10 years as a senior project architect designing and delivered a number of prestigious projects across...

Brendon Kenny

Co Founder & Head of Engagement

I am passionate about the environment and believe business should create profit with purpose. I have over 35 years of Business experience at Senior...

Kris Tisdale


I am fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to see much of the world and whilst travelling I have seen first-hand the devastating...

Dr Wendy Jones

Company Secretary

I am a scientist with many years experience of business development on both sides of the academic-industry interface.  I have lived and worked in...

John Hall

Head of Memberships

I am a qualified solicitor having been a partner in the commercial law firm of Bermans for 35 years. I then became CEO of...

Prof Ric Williams

Climate Adviser to Changing Streams and co-chair of the Climate Futures Research Challenge

I have been researching how the ocean affects the climate system, addressing the reasons why climate models show a large spread in how much...

Dr Stephen Finnegan

Advisor to Changing Streams on carbon reduction and founder of the Zero Carbon Research institute

Dr Stephen Finnegan acts as the Director of the ZCRI and investigates the whole life sustainability and financial implications of creating individual projects, buildings,...

Dr Luigi Di Sarno

Sustainable Materials and Infrastructure Specialist

I am a Senior Lecturer in Structural Design in the School of Engineering, University of Liverpool. I have more than two decades of experience...

Dr Adeayo Sotayo

Sustainable Engineering and Material Design Specialist

I am an Engineer, Research Fellow and Course Instructor based in the UK. I have previously worked at Lancaster University, University of Liverpool and...

Rob Capleton

Industrial Relations Manager

I am the Industry Relations Manager on the Low Carbon Eco-Innovatory programme at the University of Liverpool, who offer ambitious business owners unique academic...

Mick Ord

Public Relations

I am the former manager of  one of the BBC's most successful radio stations BBC Radio Merseyside where I started as a reporter in...

Leo Aspden

Coaching and Training Adviser

As an award-winning high growth business consultant and executive/leadership coach, I have more than 30 years experience of working with business leaders, executives, and...

Amanda Keetley


I am a professionally qualified Marketing expert with over 20 years' experience, specialising in strategy and communications.I founded Less Plastic in 2015 to raise...