About us

Who are we?

We are Innovative Energy Consultants (IEC) a Manchester-based Sustainability and Strategy Consultancy, specialising in the UK and North American markets.

We are data driven and use inherently sustainable thinking to support your business to identify and take the next steps on its Sustainability Journey. Our unique combination of market-leading technical expertise and full-service offering enables us to support your business to create sustainable value at every stage: from education to implementation.

Eleanor Akers

Director and Founder

Eleanor works with businesses around the world to help them understand where they are on their sustainability journeys and plot their next steps. She is passionate about commercialising innovation to achieve sustainability at scale, particularly at the intersection of big data and energy.

She is a Chartered Chemical Engineer and holds an MBA from Johns Hopkins. Prior to founding IEC, she worked for Constellation New Energy in the United States and BP in the United Kingdom. She has experience at all stages of the energy value chain in Europe and North America.

When not at work, she can be found out trail running, wild swimming or curled up with a good book.

Katie Akers


Katie is particularly interested in empowering businesses as they embark on their Sustainability Journey t0 achieve meaningful outcomes whilst complementing and supporting growth strategies.

A key part of this is helping businesses navigate the rapidly evolving world of sustainability regulations to ensure that compliance also translates into positive and tangible outcomes.

She joined IEC shortly after graduating from Maastricht University with a degree in European Law. Having lived in Spain and Italy she speaks fluent Spanish and basic Italian.

Sarah Bellis

Non-Executive Director

Sarah has worked in the energy industry for over twenty years, starting her career at United Utilities after graduating from UMIST with a degree in Chemical Engineering.

Her most recent corporate role was with BP, where she spent 12 years as Head of Market Analysis for European Gas & Power and Global LNG within the gas trading division.

Whist at BP, Sarah was a member of the LNG leadership team which set business strategy, tracked performance targets, people development and long-term origination strategy. The LNG business grew significantly and is a corner stone of BP’s net zero transition strategy.

As a NED, Sarah’s involvement is in an advisory capacity - attending quarterly board meetings, helping with industry jargon and recruitment.

Sarah is also a mentor at the Energy Institute, where she is a Fellow and works with the Educational Development Trust helping ensure quality careers advice is delivered in local schools. She practices yoga, reads a lot and follows Welsh rugby with a passion.

George Akers

Non-Executive Director

George is a veteran of the energy industry. In the early days he was a fuel oil trader for Texaco, switching into the electricity industry as privitisation opened a variety of opportunities. George worked in power generation development for an English Regional Electricity Company (REC), for a US power developer, for a Saudi based conglomerate with an interest in power plants and for an Anglo-Swiss power developer. George has development experience of large gas fired power projects in the UK, Spain, the Netherlands and Bulgaria.

George also has experience of the the UK retail gas and power sector and was a co-founder of one of the earliest UK gas and power brokerage companies

George provides strategic advice to IEC and provides commentary on the economic merits of various potential opportunities. His hobbies include walking and travelling.

1. Talk to us

Tell us about your business’ progress and challenges.

2. Get a plan

We’ll determine where your business is and the next steps to take.

3. Next step

We’ll support and guide you on your Sustainability Journey.