INNOVATING SUSTAINABILITY IN SCHOOLS

Who We Are

 

We are a team of technical sustainability professionals passionate about the transformative potential of education for sustainability in schools.

We partner with students, facilities managers, teachers, and school leaders to unlock the sustainability learning that is embedded in school campuses and operations, and to support the growth of environmentally friendly schools.

OUR LEADERSHIP

Anthony Dixon

Founder

Anthony Dixon is a renewable energy and sustainability expert and the founder of Metanoia and Helios Renewable Energy. Anthony founded Metanoia to offer schools an opportunity to make a difference to the sustainability of their campus and community through practical, accessible and effective solutions that benefit the operations of a school while also educating and empowering students.

Anthony’s diverse career has included Chief Executive Officer of ASB Biodiesel, Managing Director of Citigroup, Director of China Hydroelectric Corporation, Chief Operating Officer of ZEDFactory (a zero-carbon housing company), and Director of the Solar Electric Light Company. He holds a B.Sc. Hons Physics,  M. SC. Sustainable Energy Futures (Engineering) from Imperial College, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Anthony has three children attending schools in Hong Kong.

Anthony Dixon

Caitlin Shem

Senior Environment and Sustainability Consultant / Manager

Caitlin is a Senior Environment and Sustainability Consultant, who is committed to unlocking the potential of sustainable transformation in schools to encourage shifts in mindsets and benefit greener built environments for the future.

Since joining Metanoia, Caitlin has led sustainability audits for schools in Hong Kong to help embed sustainable infrastructure, practices and strategies into an organisation’s culture and operations.

Her previous professional experiences range from environmental site assessments and remediation management solutions to research and analyses of clean energy policies and low carbon trajectories for the ASEAN region.

Caitlin Shem

James Thomas

Commercial Director

James Thomas is an experienced sales and education management professional with a focus on the international school sector in Asia.

He was previously Business Development Manager, APAC for Tes (formerly the Times Education Supplement), and Head of Product and Customer Experience for Wall Street English in Indonesia.

James has spent the last decade in Asia working closely with NGOs, commercial education organisations, local school networks, and international schools.

James Thomas

Our Beginnings

“One Friday morning in March, 2019, over a thousand Hong Kong students gathered peacefully in Chater Garden to add their voices to those of millions of other school students around the world calling for more urgent progress addressing the climate crisis.

The response to this call, from educators and governments, ranged from condescension to silence, with little in between.

There was barely a word of acknowledgement from those quarters on the central issue – the seriousness of climate change for these students’ futures (Sir David Attenborough has called it “humanity’s greatest threat”) and the disastrous state of the planet they are inheriting from us.

“Our house is on fire and no one’s reacting,” was Greta Thunberg’s furious admonition. Silence and condescension must not be our only responses.

I established Metanoia to offer schools a better way to respond – not merely by making their campuses a little more sustainable, but by engaging wholeheartedly with students to achieve the kind of deep transformation that a sustainable future requires and through that engagement to “make hope possible, rather than despair convincing” in the words of Raymond Williams.”

- Founder, Anthony Dixon

The team at Metanoia is extraordinary. Their technical expertise across all aspects of school sustainability is astonishingly comprehensive and always accessible. Yet it is the depth of understanding and intelligence which they bring to their student-centered approach that is most impressive. I cannot recommend them highly enough.

Sean Lynch, Head of School

Chinese International School