Krishnan Guru-Murthy is a broadcast journalist and a specialist news presenter. He also presents the foreign documentary series Unreported World travelling to some of the planet’s most far flung and dangerous places including Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan and Lebanon. He has covered six British general elections, interviewed many Prime Ministers around the world and presented a host of special political programmes, live television debates as well as popular and controversial science programmes.
Krishnan has chaired a number of high level conferences including The UN International Development Summit in Mexico and the UK climate change summit for Gordon Brown and Al Gore.
In 2010 and 2014 he was nominated as Presenter of the Year in the Royal Television Society Journalism Awards.
Krishnan's first foray into television came presenting the BBC2 youth discussion programme, 'Open to Question', at the age of 18 before he set off for Oxford University to read Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Krishnan went on to present the children's programme Newsround, then was a reporter on the current affairs programme Newsnight before helping to launch the BBC News channel. He also presented a Sunday morning politics show on the radio station LBC and for some years wrote a column for the Metro newspaper. He has appeared on a range of entertainment programmes from “Eight out of Ten Cats” to 'Have I Got News for You', played himself in the hit British movie “Shaun of the Dead” and with his family in tow led a cooking team for an episode of Gordon Ramsay’s 'The F Word'. Krishnan recently took on the Sport Relief ‘Heat is On’ Challenge – 100 miles desert expedition in Namibia.
James Murray is Editor-in-Chief of BusinessGreen, having launched the site in October 2007. He is responsible for BusinessGreen's leading news, opinion and analysis, and also contributes to the brand's expanding events' programme
James is one of the UK's leading commentators on the low carbon economy.
He writes occasionally for The Guardian newspaper and has also reported for BBC Radio on a number of green technology stories. James reports daily on a wide range of green business issues, with a particular focus on low carbon policy, economics and technology.
In March 2011, James was voted number eight in the Press Gazette's list of the top 50 environmental journalists in the UK. Prior to launching BusinessGreen, James spent five years as a technology journalist working on a variety of IT titles.
Robert Llewellyn is a British actor, presenter and writer, famous for his thirty-year stretch as the rubber-masked mechanoid Kryten in the much-loved science fiction comedy, ‘Red Dwarf’. With his interest in engineering, Robert then turned his hand to presenting the long-running TV show, ‘Scrapheap Challenge’ and also ‘How Do They Do It?’ and ‘Carpool’.
In 2010, after being blown away by early Electric Cars, Robert launched Fully Charged, a YouTube channel focusing on the future of electric vehicles, of all shapes and sizes, and clean energy. Fully Charged has exceeded 55 million views around the world and Robert was recently acknowledged as ‘Tech Legend’ at the T3 Awards.
Lucy Siegle is a writer, broadcaster and public speaker on environmental issues and sustainability. She is an authority on the environmental and social footprint of the global fashion industry through her book To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing out the World? and as producer of Netflix feature documentary The True Cost. She also co-founded the Green Carpet Challenge with Livia Firth.
Over 14 years she has honed her expertise as the Observer and Guardian’s eco agony aunt and is well known on British TV for bringing the problem of single use plastic to widespread attention. Her book, Turning the Tide on Plastic: How Humanity (and you) Can Make Our Globe Clean Again is published by Orion.
She is known as an expert, funny and lively chair of difficult discussions. She recently chaired a panel with George Monbiot and others on climate and media at the Frontline Club in London, toured with popstar and environmental campaigner Dougie Poynter, and appeared at the Cheltenham and Henley literary festivals, while wrangling experts and policy makers on the subject of Air Pollution in UK cities on stage in London.
Lucy’s on screen work includes regular spots on the One Show where she focuses on consumer issues. These have previously included live discussions with expectant mothers in a busy maternity ward, investigating the issuing of gun licences to children, and the impact of charging for plastic bags. On 24th October 2019 she presented a special edition of ITV Tonight on microplastics and human health where she and her home were tested for tiny fragments of plastic and chemicals. She is The Reuse/Refill Queen and a vociferous campaigner against fugitive plastic that she fishes out of the river Thames on her daily kayak-commute.
Paul Polman is co-founder of IMAGINE, a new organisation which mobilises business leaders around tackling climate change and global inequality. Paul is Chair of the International Chamber of Commerce, The B Team, Saïd Business School and Vice-Chair of the UN Global Compact. A leading proponent that business should be a force for good, he has been described by the Financial Times as "a standout CEO of the past decade”. As CEO of Unilever (2009-2019), he demonstrated that a long-term, multi-stakeholder model goes hand-in-hand with excellent financial performance. Paul was a member of the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel which developed the Sustainable Development Goals, and as an active SDG Advocate he continues to work with global organisations and across industry to push the 2030 development agenda.
Tom has spent his career working on solutions to the climate crisis. He ran political strategy for the UN towards the Paris Agreement of 2015, widely regarded as one of the great achievements of global diplomacy. Since then he founded Global Optimism together with Christiana Figueres and from that platform seeks to elevate and support individuals and entities that are delivering real change on the road to a regenerative future. He is an Advisor at X (formerly Google X) and a Founding Partner at the Climate Pledge, in partnership with Amazon. Tom recently co-authored The Future We Choose and co-hosts the weekly podcast Outrage + Optimism. Early in his career, he spent 3 years as a Buddhist monk in South East Asia.
Chris Stark is the Chief Executive of the UK Committee on Climate Change (CCC), the public body tasked by the Climate Change Act to be the independent authority on tackling climate change. Chris leads a team of analysts and specialists, offering expert insight into the challenges of reducing UK emissions and adapting to the changing climate.
Chris led the CCC’s work in 2019 to recommend a new ‘Net Zero’ target for the UK – now brought into law. He speaks regularly on the transition to a zero carbon economy and the need to confront climate change with urgency.
Chris has wide experience in government. He has designed economic policy in Whitehall, including in HM Treasury and the former Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. He was previously Director of Energy and Climate Change in the Scottish Government, leading the development of the Scottish energy and climate strategies.
Mr. Nigel Topping was the CEO of We Mean Business until December 2019, where he drove radical collaboration for climate action among NGOs working with the world's most influential businesses. This coalition played a key role in bringing the constructive voice of business in support of the Paris Agreement and, under Nigel's leadership has continued to drive ambition and action to accelerate the transition to a zero carbon economy.
Previously, Nigel was Executive Director of CDP, launching new programs and partnerships including supply chain, water, forests and cities. Nigel has 18 years’ experience in the private sector, including as a member of the management board of the world's largest manufacturer of brake pads, TMD Friction.
Nigel is a commissioner on the Energy Transitions Commission and has been instrumental in the launch of many collaborative initiatives such as Science Based Targets, Business for Nature and the Global Commons Alliance.
He holds an MA in Mathematics from Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK and an MSc in Holistic Science from Schumacher College, Devon, UK
Dr Emily Shuckburgh is Director of Cambridge Zero at the University of Cambridge and Reader in Environmental Data Science at the Department of Computer Science and Technology. She is a mathematician and climate scientist and a Fellow of Darwin College, a Fellow of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, an Associate Fellow of the Centre for Science and Policy and a Fellow of the British Antarctic Survey.
Dr Shuckburgh leads the UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training on the Application of AI to the study of Environmental Risks (AI4ER). Until April 2019 she led a UK national research programme on the Southern Ocean and its role in climate (ORCHESTRA), and was deputy head of the Polar Oceans Team and head of the Data Science Group at British Antarctic Survey.
In the past she has worked at École Normale Supérieure in Paris and at MIT. She is a fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society and co-chair of their Climate Science Communications Group. She has also acted as an advisor to the UK Government on behalf of the Natural Environment Research Council.
In 2016 she was awarded an OBE for services to science and the public communication of science. She is co-author with HRH The Prince of Wales and Tony Juniper of the Ladybird Book on Climate Change.
Abyd Karmali is a Managing Director, Sustainable Finance at Bank of America based in London. He is part of the team supporting the bank’s capital deployment efforts, in particular its commitment to mobilise $300 billion for low-carbon investment opportunities by 2030. He has worked for twenty-eight years on climate change and sustainable finance and was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for these efforts in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for 2019. Before joining the financial sector in 2007, he was a partner in a management consulting firm in Washington DC where he advised companies on their climate strategy and also spent two years with the United Nations Environment Programme in Paris where he served as Energy and Climate Change Programme Officer. In 2013, Mr. Karmali served as one of two inaugural private sector representatives to the Board of the Green Climate Fund. His advisory roles include the Judging Panel for the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance, and co-chair of the Sustainable Finance Working Group for the International Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on the Board of Directors for The Climate Group and on the National Committee for the Aga Khan Foundation (UK). He holds an MS in Technology and Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Emma Pinchbeck is Deputy CEO and sits on the Board of RenewableUK. She is an expert in decarbonisation and a regular commentator on climate change and renewables. Emma strongly supports efforts to improve diversity in the energy sector. She holds several advisory positions, including with Imperial College and Innovate-UK.
Previously, Emma was Head of the Climate Change team at WWF-UK and worked in private consulting. She has an MA from the University of Oxford.
Outside of work, she ran her first Marathon in 2018 to raise money for WWF’s climate change work, is otherwise a keen competitive rower, and is passionate about sustainable living – even her wedding dress was from Oxfam!
Julie joined UKGBC as CEO in 2015, and has since been credited with transforming its strategy into a more member-focused, holistic sustainability agenda with a strong focus on impact measurement. At the helm of a fantastic team, Julie and UKGBC have some important achievements to celebrate – including galvanizing industry support for a net zero carbon legislative target in 2019, convening industry consensus around definitions of net zero carbon buildings and circular construction, and influencing government policy at both national and local levels on a range of impact areas including net zero carbon, biodiversity net gain, climate resilience, and waste and resources strategy amongst others. Julie’s own purpose is to support and empower her team to drive effective change, and to act as UKGBC’s spokesperson with the media, members, regulators, and wider stakeholders, as well as forging links with other GBCs across the world.
Julie is also a Commissioner on the London Sustainable Development Commission - a body that advises the London Mayor on sustainable development matters across London. She also Chairs the Igloo Footprint Advisory Board, and sits on both the Green Construction Board and Grimshaw’s Stewardship Group. In December 2019, she was named one of three best persons of the decade by Property Week.
Julie was previously UK Head of Sustainability and an International Director at JLL, having come into JLL as a result of an acquisition. JLL acquired Upstream, a leading sustainability consultancy which Julie was co-founder and Joint MD of, in 2007. Having led the Upstream team through the integration into JLL, Julie oversaw further development of cutting-edge sustainability services to property investors and occupiers across the UK and EMEA.
Nick Mabey is the Chief Executive of E3G and a founder director since 2006. In addition to his leadership role, he engages on issues of climate diplomacy, foreign policy, European politics and the security implications of climate change and resource scarcity.
Nick is a regular commentator and public speaker on climate change issues in the global media and on social media.
Nick participates in a range of external appointments including as a London Sustainable Development Commissioner, a trustee of Ashden and a Friend of COP 26.
Previously Nick was a senior advisor in the UK Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit leading work on climate change, countries at risk of instability and organised crime. He was seconded to help establish the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Environment Policy Department and climate diplomacy network in 1999.
Nick was Head of Economics and Development at WWF-UK following research at London Business School on the macroeconomics of climate change which was published as “Argument in the Greenhouse”. Nick has a degree in mechanical engineering from Bristol University and a Masters in Technology and Policy from MIT. He began his career as an engineer in the UK electricity industry.
Outside work Nick is an avid reader of history and practices Chen Style Tai Ji Quan.
Stuart farms 400 hectares in Hertfordshire and Kent in partnership with his wife Emma and father Howard. A third generation arable and livestock farmer at Hammonds End Farm, Harpenden Stuart has also worked for Defra and the Food Standards Agency and held senior management roles within the meat supply chain.
The farm incorporates around 300 hectares of combinable crops supplying grain to more than 50 artisan mills and bakers throughout the UK. The remaining land is predominately permanent pasture and a small amount of woodland. The farm includes two cattle herds, a commercial Simmental / Hereford herd producing 14 month old store cattle and a small but growing pedigree herd of Hereford cattle. The business also includes a small flock of laying hens.
Stuart was elected to the post of NFU Deputy President after serving two years as Vice President. He previously chaired the NFU Hertfordshire branch and served on both the East Anglian livestock and combinable crops board. Stuart has also previously served on the boards of Red Tractor and the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board.
Prior to returning to the family farm Stuart had a career in the civil service with the Food Standards Agency and Defra and has held a number of positions within the red meat supply chain with both the British Meat Processors Association and the ABP Food Group.
Stuart has a daughter and three sons and enjoys cycling and running (slowly).
Viki Cooke is a co-founder of BritainThinks. She has more than 20 years’ experience in strategic insight. Viki also has overall responsibility for a great deal of our work for government and works closely with a number of departments including DHSC, Home Office and Department for Transport.
Viki has a track record for innovation having pioneered deliberative research methods in the UK – she has been involved in delivering the UK’s first Citizens’ Jury, first Citizens’ Forum and first Citizens’ Summit. She personally led a number of high-profile programmes including Your Health, Your Care, Your Say for the NHS and The Prince of Wales’s Business Summit on Climate Change. Viki is passionate about involving citizens in informed, influential and inspiring debates about the issues that impact on their lives and is well known for her work in this area.
Colin McKerracher manages coverage of the transport sector at BloombergNEF. Colin’s team covers the technology, policy and economic factors shaping the transport sector. This includes electric vehicles, charging infrastructure, batteries, shared mobility, autonomous driving and other new vehicle technologies. Colin’s team advises the world’s top automakers, electric utilities, oil and gas companies, governments and financiers.
Colin previously managed BNEF’s coverage of the global smart grid industry. He has over 10 years of experience in the clean energy and transport sectors and presents regularly at industry events. Colin’s past roles include Director of Sales and Marketing for Neurio, a smart grid technology company, and Business Development Manager for a Canadian biofuel company. Colin holds degrees from the London School of Economics and the Sauder School of Business at UBC. He is based in London, UK.
Prof. Ioannou is a strategy scholar whose research focuses on Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). More specifically, he seeks to understand whether, how, and the extent to which the modern business organization contributes towards building a sustainable future. His academic work evolves around two main themes: a) understanding how the broader investment community perceives, evaluates and reacts to corporate engagement with, and integration of, environmental and social issues into strategy and b) understanding the multiple and multilevel factors that may affect the corporate decision to adopt environmentally and socially responsible strategies.
Prof. Ioannou regularly publishes in top-tier peer-reviewed academic journals including the Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Management Science, Organization Science, The Accounting Review and the Journal of International Business Studies. To date, his work is widely cited and he consistently ranks in the top 10% authors on the social science research network (SSRN).
Prof. Ioannou has presented his research at many academic conferences, and universities around the world and also, he is very often invited to deliver keynote speeches on issues of responsible management and sustainability at numerous high-profile events and conferences globally. Recent keynotes include Moody’s Annual EMEA convention (2020), the inaugural Malta Sustainability Forum (2019), 2019 Strategica Conference (Romania), BlackRock Goldman Sachs Factor Symposium (2019), the Global Islamic Finance Forum (2018), and UBS Quantitative Investment Conference (2017), among others.
He is also very active on social media and a frequent contributor to articles in the popular and managerial press including outlets such as the Financial Times, Bloomberg, The Guardian, BBC, Le Monde, and Forbes. In further recognition of his impactful work, Prof. Ioannou has been recognized by various rankings as one of the top social media influencers around the world for issues of responsible business and sustainability.
He is currently an Associate Editor of the Strategic Management Journal and in 2015 and 2019 received an Outstanding Editorial Board Member Award for his service. He also served a Senior Editor for Organization & Environment (2016-2020)
Moreover, he is a member of the Advisory Board of Ethical Corporation, the Advisory Board of Solve.Earth, the Advisory Board of the Sustainable Risk Assessment Framework (SRAF), the Board of the Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability (ARCS). Prof. Ioannou is also a member of the World Economic Forum Expert Network with expertise in the area of Sustainable Development and a member of the experts’ network of KKS Advisors, a leading sustainability advisory firm.
In 2016, Prof. Ioannou was awarded the 2016 ARCS Emerging Sustainability Scholar Award; an award that recognises a scholar in the area of corporate sustainability who is likely to make significant contributions to the advancement of corporate sustainability scholarship. At the same event, Prof. Ioannou’s work with R. Durand and O. Hawn received the 2016 ARCS Outstanding Paper Award.
A key contribution of his work is to theorize about and provide empirical evidence for the emergence of the “responsible organization” (in a recent study published in Management Science, with G. Serafeim and B. Eccles). In this piece of work, Ioannou and co-authors provide solid evidence regarding significant long-term outperformance of this type of organization compared to the traditional corporate form, both in terms of operating as well as stock market performance.
In a more recent study with C. Flammer, Prof. Ioannou explores the impact of the Great Recession on long-term corporate strategies, revealing the critical role of investments in innovation and stakeholder relations during times of crisis. Specifically, the findings show that during the Great Recession, companies significantly reduced their workforce and capital expenditures. Yet, they maintained the same level of investments in R&D and CSR in an attempt to remain competitive during (and after) turbulent times.
His work on CSR and Access to Finance, with G. Serafeim and B. Cheng, has received the Best Paper Award at the Annual Academic Conference of the United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Investment as well as the Emerald Citations of Excellence 2017 Award. His work with O.Hawn received the Best Paper Award from the Social Issues in Management division of the Academy of Management and was published in the Best Paper Proceedings of the 2012 Academy of Management (AOM) meeting. Recently, his paper with O. Hawn and R. Durand presenting a general model of corporate responses to normative pressures as they relate to socio-environmental issues was published in the 2016 AOM Best Paper Proceedings. Previously Prof. Ioannou had two more papers published in the AOM Best Paper Proceedings: his dissertation work on the impact of spinoffs on their parent companies in the US automobile industry (2009), and a paper with G. Serafeim on the Impact of CSR on Investment Recommendations (2010).
Prof. Ioannou graduated magna cum laude from Yale University, majoring in Economics and Mathematics and holds a Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard University and the Harvard Business School. He joined LBS in 2009 as an Assistant Professor and he is currently an Associate Professor with tenure. He has taught on the MBA and EMBA Core Strategy courses at LBS, and several other degree programs such as the Masters in Finance degree, the Emerging Leaders Program and other senior executive programs, including the Senior Executive Programme (SEP). He is a regular contributor to multiple LBS executive education programmes including modules on Responsible Business and Sustainability and has recently launched a pioneering, 5-week online course on Sustainability Leadership and Corporate Reponsibility (www.london.edu/SLCR).
Rebecca Willis is a Professor in Practice at Lancaster Environment Centre, and an Expert Lead for Climate Assembly UK, the Citizens’ Assembly established by the UK Parliament. She is the author of Too Hot to Handle? The democratic challenge of climate change, published by Bristol University Press in 2020. Rebecca founded, and now advisers, Green Alliance’s Climate Leadership Programme, an initiative to support Members of the UK Parliament. Rebecca is a Trustee of the New Economics Foundation and an adviser to the National Lottery’s Climate Action Fund. From 2015-2019 she was a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of UKRI’s Energy Programme, and from 2011-15 she was a Council Member of the Natural Environment Research Council. Previously she was Vice-Chair of the UK Sustainable Development Commission, advising the Prime Minister and First Ministers of the devolved administrations. From 2001-4 she was Director of the think tank Green Alliance.
Sarah has led work on many of the UK's most high-profile citizens' assemblies, including Climate Assembly UK (UK Parliament, 2019-2020), National Assembly for Wales Citizens' Assembly (2019) and the Citizens' Assembly on Social Care (UK Parliament, 2018). Beyond citizens' assemblies, Sarah has worked with the Houses of Parliament and National Assembly for Wales to author guidance and training on how parliamentary committees can better engage the public in their work. She also develops and leads projects that focus on giving people with particular lived experience a say in decisions that affect their lives.
Sarah is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Constitution Unit, University College London, and an Associate Member of the University of Leeds' Centre for Democratic Engagement.
Cassie Flynn is the Strategic Advisor on Climate Change in the Executive Office of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Cassie is an internationally recognised expert on the international treaty negotiations on climate change and provides advice to countries on how to develop and fulfil their pledges under the Paris Agreement. In 2017 – 2018, she served as a senior advisor to the Prime Minister of Fiji in his role as COP23 President.
In 2017, she was named the 13th most influential person on climate change by Onalytica.
Prior to UNDP, Cassie provided strategic advisory services on climate change and sustainability to national, state and local governments, international organizations, multi-billion dollar companies, and civil society groups. Cassie also co-founded ioby.org, a non-profit to help build stronger, more sustainable neighbourhoods. She, along with her co-founders, won a Jane Jacobs medal for her work with ioby.org.
Cassie has also advised numerous creative media projects such as the film Angry Birds, television show Incorporated, and music project Happy Sounds Like.
Cassie earned her Master’s degree from Yale University and undergraduate degrees from Bowdoin College. In 2011, Cassie published “Blending Climate Finance through National Climate Funds,” a guidebook on designing and establishing national funds. In 2013, Cassie published "South-Originating Green Finance: Exploring the Potential.
Lord Barker is Executive Chairman of En+, the world’s largest producer of low carbon aluminium and independent hydropower.
Lord Barker was previously a member of the British House of Commons from 2001 to 2015. From 2010 to 2014, he served as UK Minister of State for Energy & Climate Change, under Prime Minister David Cameron, becoming the longest serving British energy minister for a generation.
Stephen Fitzpatrick is an entrepreneur who believes business has a crucial role to play in creating a zero carbon world. In 2009, he founded OVO Energy, which is committed to eliminating its own carbon emissions and helping its customers to reach net zero emissions at home by 2030. Since its founding, OVO has held a vision of clean, affordable energy for everyone. OVO’s intelligent technology division, Kaluza, is driving the global transition to a distributed and secure, zero-carbon grid. In 2018, Kaluza developed the world’s first domestic electric vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charger, enabling drivers to store renewable energy in their cars, use that to power their homes and also to sell energy back to the grid at peak times.
He’s also the founder of Vertical Aerospace, an electric aircraft company whose latest prototypes are reimagining the way we fly. Vertical’s aircraft combines aerospace engineering and F1 technology, with the intention to make flying on-demand, personal and carbon-free. The company flew the UK’s first full-scale electric vertical take off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft in June 2018.
Stephen recently launched the Zero Carbon Campaign to determine how carbon pricing can help drive the UK's transition to net zero. You can connect with him on LinkedIn here.
Jan has been Chairman of BT Group plc since November 2017, having joined the board as Chairman-elect earlier that year.
Jan was Chairman of Rio Tinto from 2009 to March 2018. He also served as Chairman of SABMiller plc until its takeover in 2016 by AB Inbev. Prior to this he was Chairman of British American Tobacco, from 2004 to 2009.
He has also held non-executive directorships at Marks & Spencer Group and Lloyds Banking Group, and served as Chairman of RHM plc.
In his earlier career from 1988 to 2004, Jan was Group Finance Director of Richemont, the Swiss luxury goods group. Raised near Cape Town, South Africa, Jan obtained degrees in Commerce and Law from the University of Stellenbosch before going on to qualify as a South African Chartered Accountant.
Jan moved to the UK in 1990 and calls England home.
Dr Bevis Watts – Chief Executive of Triodos Bank UK
Dubbed by some media as ‘the first environmentalist to run a UK bank’, Bevis has lead Triodos Bank UK since April 2016, having previously been head of business banking for almost five years (2008-12). He has spent over 20 years working in sustainability in public, private and voluntary sectors, including ten years in the recycling industry, where he created WRAP’s Financial Mechanisms Programme which leveraged tens of millions of private sector investment into recycling in the early 2000s. During his time leading Triodos Bank UK, the bank has delivered strong growth, launched a personal current account and a crowdfunding platform, as well as transitioned to a new legal identity as a subsidiary in preparation for Brexit. Triodos Bank UK Ltd was established in May 2019.
Bevis has always worked for values-led organisations and was previously chief executive of Avon Wildlife Trust. He has held numerous Directorships and Trusteeships and was a Board member of Bristol 2015, the delivery company for Bristol European Green Capital 2015, inaugural Chair of the West of England Nature Partnership, and elected to represent Local Nature Partnerships at a national level on the ESI Funds National Growth Board (2013-2015). Advisory roles have included the steering committees for the Banking Futures project and the UK government’s taskforce on Impact Investing, the forerunner to the Impact Investing Institute.
He has a first-class business degree, a PhD in Management Science, is a Chartered Environmentalist (MCIWM, CEnv) and a Fellow of the RSA. He has been the author of papers published in academic journals, conference proceedings, as well as opinion pieces published in national and international press including the Huffington Post and Reuters.
Peter has been Chief Executive of Anglian Water Group since October 2013; his previous roles include Managing Director of Anglian Water from January 2010 and Chief Operating Officer from 2004.
He is a founding member, and now co-chair, of the Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group in the UK, run by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, which provides a strong voice to support UK leadership nationally and internationally on the transition to a climate neutral, resource efficient, socially inclusive economy by 2050. He also works with Business in the Community as Chair of the Water Taskforce and sits on the Board of Trustees of WaterAid.
Peter is a Chartered Water and Environmental Manager, a Chartered Scientist and a Chartered Environmentalist. In 2016 he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Society of the Environment and an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management, as well as Companion of the Chartered Management Institute. He holds an MBA from Warwick Business School.
Peter was Chairman of Water UK from April 2012 to October 2013 and is a past President of the Institute of Water.
Liz joined the board of Kelda Group and Yorkshire Water in November 2011 as Director of Finance, Regulation and Markets. She became CEO in September 2019.
Liz was previously a partner of Ernst & Young LLP (EY) where she held several senior partner roles, including leading the firm’s national water team and the assurance practice across the North Region. Liz had been with EY since 1987 and in that time worked with some of the largest companies in the UK. Liz specialised in delivery of services to the water industry, including several water companies and UK regulators.
Liz is a lay member and trustee of the University of Leeds, where she chairs two committees and is Deputy Pro-Chancellor. She was also a non-executive director and Chair of the audit committee of KCOM from April 2015 to August 2019 and supported the Natural Capital Coalition as a Board member from April 2016 to July 2019. From 2013 she was also a member of the Prince of Wales Accounting for Sustainability group of CFOs which she chaired for 2 years and stepped down with her change of role in September 2019.
As the Green Party’s first MP, Caroline has represented Brighton Pavilion since 2010. Previously she served as an MEP for 11 years, and as an Oxfordshire councillor. She has also been elected both as the Party Leader and its Co-Leader, with Jonathan Bartley.
She is Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Climate Change, Co-Chair of the group on Fuel Poverty, and Vice Chair of Parliamentary Groups on Animal Welfare, Public and Commercial Services and Sustainable Housing. She is also a member of Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee and co-chair of IPPR’s Environmental Justice Commission.
Caroline has consistently been voted the UK's most ethical politician, and has won awards for her work on tackling social exclusion, wildlife protection, and women’s rights, and is in the Environment Agency’s Top 100 Eco-Heroes of all time. Her book, Honourable Friends: Parliament and the fight for change makes a passionate case for parliamentary reform.
Nicola Lovett is UK & Ireland CEO of ENGIE, which employs over 17,000 people across three key activities: energy, services and regeneration. Since her appointment, she has been focused on combining these activities to help businesses and communities accelerate the transition towards a net zero carbon world.
Nicola has over 20 years of senior level experience across both public and private sectors. She has been with ENGIE since 2013 having held a number of executive roles, including as Divisional CEO for Business Energy and Services, where she led on delivering innovative customer-led solutions such as the provision of energy ‘as a service’, allowing businesses to reduce energy consumption and improve operational efficiency. Nicola was also responsible for the strategic acquisition and integration of a number of smart building and demand-side response companies, enhancing building user experience. Prior to her work for ENGIE, she held senior level positions at both Balfour Beatty and Serco.
Emma Howard Boyd is the Chair of the Environment Agency, an Ex officio board member of the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, and has recently been appointed as the UK Commissioner to the Global Commission on Adaptation. She has worked in financial services for over 25 years, in corporate finance and fund management. As Director of Stewardship at Jupiter Asset Management until July 2014, Emma was integral to the development of their expertise in the corporate governance and sustainability fields.
Steve chairs the ESG Senior Leadership Team at Aviva Investors, and is a member of the CIO Investment Committee. Steve founded Aviva Investors’ Sustainable Finance Centre for Excellence. This Centre seeks to transform capital markets so that they support long term sustainable development. He also co-founded the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark, the World Benchmarking Alliance, the UN Sustainable Stock Exchange Initiative and the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Coalition. He was also part of the group that helped write the Principles for Responsible Investment.
Steve was appointed to the European Commission High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance, and the UK Green Finance Taskforce, and is also a member of the Financial Stability Board Taskforce on Climate Related Financial Disclosure (TCFD).
Steve started his career at the World Wide Fund for Nature in 1995, where he chaired the business and industry core group and oversaw the ethical investment policy. He also served on the board of the UK Sustainable Investment & Finance association (UKSIF) from 2003 to 2010, serving as its Chairman from 2006.
Steve has a PhD in Sustainable Finance from the University of Surrey. He is a Visiting Professor at Cass Business School, and also teaches at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. His work became a case study in the Harvard Business School MBA in 2012.
Steve has been nominated by the Financial Times as one of their ‘warriors of climate change’. He has received awards from Brummell, the Chamber of Commerce, the City of London, Financial News, the United Nations Foundation, Yale and Harvard. He has also spoken at the World Economic Forum, Columbia University, the London School of Economics, the Singapore Exchange and 10 Downing Street.
María Mendiluce has over 20 years’ experience in sustainable development, energy and climate action. In addition to sitting in the Senior Management Team of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), where she guides over 200 member companies on transformative climate policy and energy transition, María formally adopted the role of CEO of the We Mean Business coalition in May 2020. Her prior work experience includes roles at the Economic Bureau of the Spanish Prime Minister, the CEO office of Iberdrola, and the International Energy Agency (Paris). María has a PhD in energy economics and regularly teaches at different universities and publishes in academic journals and media.
Paul has been at the forefront of CDP's development since its inception in 2000 and CEO since 2008. He’s a thought leader on climate change and sustainability and on the actions that governments, corporations and investors must take to deliver the Paris Agreement and keep the world at no more than 1.5°C warming. Paul also sits on the boards of We Mean Business, the Science Based Targets initiative and the Investor Agenda.
Tony is CEO of Make My Money Matter, a brand-new campaign trying to help members of the public better align their finances with their values. Ultimately, Make My Money Matter aims to help ensure the £3 trillion in UK pensions is invested in building a better world. Tony Burdon has worked in international development for most of his life, spending over fifteen years living and work in Africa and Asia. Before joining Make My Money Matter, Tony was a senior civil servant at the Department for International Development, leading the Economic Growth, Private Sector and International Financial Institutions Departments
Arizona has fronted campaigns for some of the world’s biggest brands including Chanel, Estée Lauder, Prada, Louis Vuitton & Yves Saint Laurent, and graced the cover of over 40 international Vogue Magazines.
With an increasing awareness of the world around her, she has become a passionate advocate for sustainability and environmental regeneration and one of the leading voices on the topic from the fashion industry. As well as starring in the campaign of fast retailer giant Mango’s first ecological line, Arizona has been engaged as a sustainability-consultant for fashion companies who wish to lower their environmental impact. Arizona sits on the board of The Sustainable Angle, a non-profit organisation that initiates and supports projects that minimise the environmental impact of the fashion industry, and contributes to Fashion Revolution, a team of business leaders, policymakers and brands who work together towards radically changing the way clothes are sourced, produced and consumed.
She is an ambassador for Greenpeace and Women For Women and has also collaborated on campaigns with Extinction Rebellion, UN Development Programme, Oxfam and Remake.
Mark Naysmith is a Statutory Director of several UK subsidiary companies that form part of WSP Global Inc, a Canadian listed professional services corporation, having joined the business in 1988. He presently holds the position of Chief Executive Officer for the UK, South Africa and Israel and is a member of WSP’s Global Leadership Team and Chair of the UK Executive Committee and UK Executive Leadership Team. Having started his career as a civil and structural engineer, Mark spent the majority of his practicing career as a transport planner.
Mark is responsible for setting and implementing strategic direction, encouraging technical innovation, operational efficiency and leadership, to ensure the best outcomes are achieved for shareholders, clients and staff.
He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and a Fellow of the ICE and CIHT, with a BEng Hons (1st) in Civil and Transportation Engineering. In 2018 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering (Dr.Eng) by Edinburgh Napier University in recognition of the contribution he has made to the built and natural environment. In 2014, Mark was awarded the Association for Consultancy and Engineering - European Chief Executive of the Year Award.
Mark also holds a Board position at the Association for Consultancy and Engineering together with membership on the Edinburgh Napier University Development Board.
Paul Stein was appointed to the Rolls-Royce Executive Leadership Team as Chief Technology Officer in April 2017 to be accountable for the company’s technology investment and for ensuring close alignment with business strategy to maintain a competitive edge.
Prior to that, Paul was Research & Technology Director accountable for the company’s global investment in R&T, as well as fostering innovation and promoting and sustaining specialist engineering talent.
He joined Rolls-Royce in 2010 as the Chief Scientific Officer and for two years concurrently acted as the Engineering and Technology Director for the Company’s Nuclear business.
Paul was Director General, Science and Technology, at the UK Ministry of Defence immediately prior to joining Rolls-Royce. Prior to that, he was Managing Director of Roke Manor Research which was then owned by Siemens, and in 2003 was appointed to the Siemens UK Executive Management Board, leading technology and contributing to business strategy.
Paul holds an Electrical and Electronic Engineering degree from King's College, London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
Bim Afolami was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Hitchin & Harpenden in 2017, following a successful career in the City – first as a corporate lawyer and then as a Senior Executive at HSBC.
Bim grew up watching his parents serve the local community with dedication. His father is a consultant doctor in the NHS, and his mother is a pharmacist. He wanted to make that same positive difference to people as their Member of Parliament.
In Parliament, Bim has championed education, the environment and the economy. He is Chair of the APPGs on Renewable and Sustainable Energy, Markets and Financial Services, and Credit Unions.
In September 2019, he hosted “Net Zero by 2050: A Policy Response” in his constituency, looking at economic and environmental policies to help the government achieve its target of net zero emissions by 2050
Ian Funnell is Ian Funnell is a graduate of Aberdeen University in Engineering Science. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.
Ian has had a long and distinguished career in the global energy sector. He started in the UK utility sector, joining ABB originally in 1999, in manufacturing, global utility and oil & gas sectors. He rejoined the UK utilities in 2008 as the Director of Major Projects, and latterly as the Managing Director of Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission plc.
Ian rejoined ABB in 2012 in France as Group Vice President in the global utility sector and latterly as CEO and President of ABB SA (France). Ian was appointed CEO of ABB UK in January 2015 and Chief Executive Officer of Hitachi ABB Power Grids in the UK and Ireland on 1 July 2020.
Ian is Chair of CBI North West Region, a member of the CBI Presidents Committee, and a member of the Advisory Boards of Innovate UK (Energy Revolution) and Imperial College London (Energy Futures Laboratory). He has also been a member of the Government’s Made Smarter Commission.
Will joined Drax in 2015 as CFO and was appointed as CEO in January 2018. He has a wealth of experience in finance and technology, having held CFO and divisional Finance Director roles at a number of major companies, including CSR plc (acquired by Qualcomm, Inc in 2015) and Sky. Will has a track record of creating value and building well-managed companies. He has been a key architect of our purpose and strategy, driving the sustainability agenda from the top, including Drax’s response to the climate change crisis, and ensuring that we are delivering for our stakeholders. He provides leadership of the executive team and takes responsibility for important external relationships and stakeholder management. Will is also a non-executive board member of the Sustainable Biomass Program.
During his time as CEO, Heathrow has consistently improved service levels for passengers, while reducing costs, and it is now rated one of the best airports in the world. Heathrow was named “Sustainable Business of the Year” at the edie awards and one of the Best Companies to work for by the Sunday Times.
He is chair of the Business in the Community Employment and Skills Leadership Team, a member of DEFRA’s Council for Sustainable Business, a member of HRH the Prince of Wales’ Sustainable Markets Council, and a Commissioner with the Energy Transitions Commission. John is also a Non- Executive Director at Thames Tideway.
Before becoming CEO in July 2014, he was Development Director, responsible for delivering the £2.5bn Terminal 2 on time and on budget.
Prior to joining Heathrow, John worked in housebuilding with Taylor Wimpey, in brewing and leisure retail with Bass plc and as a strategy consultant with LEK. He has lived and worked in the UK, US, Australia and the Philippines.
John is married with two daughters.
Richard leads the BBC Sustainability team. He created the original “albert” carbon calculator for TV production which has become an industry standard tool in the UK and beyond. In 2011 he co-founded the BAFTA albert Consortium, a pan-industry group dedicated to promoting and developing sustainability in the screen arts. Richard has devised and delivered climate change-related training to hundreds of employees and has advised numerous programme makers on how they can make their shows in greener ways. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment and is a Chartered Environmentalist.
Jo Bamford spent 14 years at JCB before moving into the hydrogen sector, setting up Ryse Hydrogen and then buying Northern Ireland bus giant Wrightbus. He has won contracts to supply the world's first hydrogen double-decker to cities such as London and Aberdeen - aiming to put 3,000 hydrogen buses on the UK's streets by 2024 - and announced another world-first after developing a hydrogen JCB excavator.
Henrik was appointed Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director in November 2018, having acted as a consulting adviser to the Company and provided services equivalent to those of a Chief Commercial Officer since March 2017.
Henrik was formerly a Managing Director with Natixis S.A. (both in the UK and North America), and previously Global Head of Crude Oil Sales and Trading at BP PLC. His experience prior to this included roles as Executive Director at Hess Energy Trading Ltd, and Executive Director at Goldman Sachs International, London. His expertise includes investment banking, commodities trading, fund raising, and commodity finance. Henrik has an MBA from INSEAD and graduated from the Stockholm School of Economics with a BA in finance and economics.
Shaun Spiers is executive director of Green Alliance. He was previously chief executive of CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England), head of the credit union trade association ABCUL, and an MEP for the South East. Shaun is a trustee of Sustain, the alliance for food and farming, and his book, How to build houses and save the countryside, was published in 2018.
Andrew is the CEO of the Sustainable Restaurant Association, Co-founder of Food Made Good Global and Board Member of the Courtauld 2025.
All of this work is inspired by a mission to cut the climate impact of the food we eat.
He lives in Kent, has a 1 year old, and has shifted around 5 tonnes of soil in the past month in the name of home grown courgettes.
Appointed to Pernod Ricard HQ in August 2017, Vanessa is responsible for creating and driving the Group’s new 2030 ‘Good Times from a Good Place’ Sustainability strategy - a global strategy adopted and being implemented by Pernod Ricard’s 87 affiliates globally.
Before joining the HQ, she held the position of Global Communications Director for Martell Mumm Perrier-Jouët and prior to this, she spent 17 years in a number of Communications roles in the UK for Pernod Ricard, including Global Communications Director for Chivas Brothers, the Scotch Whisky and Gin business.
During her career, she has also worked for a number of luxury and food & drink consultancies and spent 5 years as a Senior Press Officer for The National Farmers Union.
Vanessa has been awarded The Cambridge Institute Business Sustainability Management Certification. She is a Master of the Keepers of the Quaich, a Liveryman for the Worshipful Company of Distillers and is a past Chairman of The Benevolent, the industry charity.
She is an experienced scuba diver and has a passion for protection of the sea and environment.
Gabrielle has led BT's environmental sustainability programme since 2009. Her work has spanned BT's carbon targets - BT's 1.5°C science-based carbon reduction target, BT's net positive carbon abatement target to help customers save three times the end-to-end carbon impact of BT's business and ICT's carbon abatement potential, including the acclaimed GeSI SMARTer2030 report.
Gabrielle also developed BT’s supply chain engagement programme - the award winning BT Better Future Supplier Forum.
Gabrielle represents BT in external fora such as the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), We Mean Business and Aldersgate Group and chairs the UNFCCC Momentum for Change Advisory Panel. She is a regular speaker and writer about BT's climate action journey.
Prior to joining BT's digital impact and sustainability team, Gabrielle held roles in regulatory and public affairs and programme management. She has an MSc in Telecommunications Business from the University College London, an MA in International Economics and Relations from SAIS Johns Hopkins University and a BA in International Relations/Asian Studies. She is also an alumnus of the University of Cambridge Sustainability Leadership Programme and has completed the WBCSD Leadership Programme.
Maria joined Scottish Widows at the start of 2020 to lead the customer investment proposition to market for the Pensions business. She is responsible for defining the investment offering across workplace savings, individual and longstanding customer segments. Maria is also responsible for incorporating sustainability in Scottish Widows’ investment design and is the spokesperson on investment matters.
Maria joined Scottish Widows from Mercer, where she had a role of Market Engagement Leader in their DC & Individual Wealth business, which she took up following the acquisition of JLT Group by Marsh & McLennan in April 2019.
For 6 years leading up to that, she had been Head of JLT’s DC Investment Consulting team, where she was tasked with enhancing JLT’s DC proposition through market leading research, development and advice for a wide variety of DC pension arrangements. Maria combined her thought leadership and proposition development role with her client facing role, advising a diverse portfolio of DC clients.
Maria joined JLT in early 2013 from Capita Employee Benefits, where she was mainly focussed on DC advice, although prior to that her background had been predominantly in Private Equity.
She holds an MSc in Strategic Planning and Investment from Newcastle University Business School and is a CFA charterholder. She is a regular speaker at DC industry events and a professional awards judge.
Caroline joined Landsec in April 2015 and leads Corporate Affairs and Sustainability. She is responsible for both setting strategy and delivery and has moved Landsec to an industry leadership position on sustainability within real estate. Her sustainability work is focused on creating jobs and opportunities, efficient use of natural resources and sustainable design and innovation. Recent achievements include work to move Landsec towards being a net zero carbon business, transitioning the company to 100% renewable electricity provision, setting new science-based carbon and energy reduction targets and establishing award winning social value programmes. Prior to joining Landsec, Caroline was COO of PwC’s Sustainability & Climate Change team where she worked with a number of clients to develop leading sustainability programmes.
David is the Head of Carbon Budgets at the Committee on Climate Change, where he’s worked since 2007. He oversees the process for setting the carbon budgets under the Climate Change Act, with the next to be recommended towards the end of 2020. Previously David led the process to develop the decarbonisation pathways for achieving a net-zero emissions target to underpin the Committee’s recent advice on Net Zero. He also led the Committee’s recent Hydrogen Review and has a PhD on hydrogen infrastructure from Imperial College London.
Dr Rebecca Heaton is responsible for Drax Group’s efforts to mitigate climate change, ensuring that sound science underpins climate change polices and business strategy. She is also responsible for developing sustainability and climate change research programmes. She has a 20 year global career working at the interface between business, science and policy.
After an early career in academia, she has held senior roles in a number of large energy companies. A Chartered Forester, her expertise spans energy, climate change and land-use and the role business has to play in enabling the UK to decarbonize. She is also a member of the UK Committee on Climate on Change.
Shweta Harit is Global Brand Vice President for evian where she spearheaded evian’s latest carbon neutral certification in April 2020, as well as continuing to engage consumers with evian’s sustainability journey more broadly as it seeks to become fully circular by 2025. Shweta leads the evian innovation team which is currently seeing the brand transition to “bottles made from bottles” (rPET) across the evian range.
She strongly believes in brand purpose and its importance for businesses today, and her specialism lies in this area.
Shweta has over two decades of experience delivering campaigns rooted in social purpose at a global level for various multinationals, including Unilever, Kellogg’s and Danone. At Kellogg’s, Shweta led the signing of a new partnership with UN Women focused on female nutrition, in addition to the brand repositioning of Special K. At Unilever, she led Brand Strategy, Development and Innovation for its most well-known brands, including Dove for seven years and Lifebuoy.
Shweta’s experience is therefore truly global, and she uses her ability to build strong networks to drive very challenging projects through in complex matrix organisations. She loves working within teams, and as a manager loves to develop and grow her people.
Mark is the Founder of the non-profit financial think-tank, the Carbon Tracker Initiative and conceived the ‘unburnable carbon’ capital markets thesis. He commissioned and was editor of Unburnable Carbon – Are the World’s Financial Markets Carrying a Carbon Bubble? In November 2011. More recently, Mark founded and is Chairman of Planet Tracker – www.planet-tracker.org. which focuses on natural capital and financial markets, covering seafood, textiles, agriculture and water. Mark is responsible for management strategy, board matters and developing their capital markets framework analysis. Their goal is to align capital markets with natural ecological limits to growth.
Prior to forming these groups, Mark had twenty- seven years’ experience in sustainable financial markets working for major institutional asset management companies. Mark is a co-founder of some of the first responsible investment funds firstly at Jupiter Asset Management in 1989 with the Ecology Funds, NPI with Global Care, the AMP Capital Sustainable Future Funds, and Henderson Global Investor’s Industries of the Future Funds.
Mark served on the World Business Council for Sustainable Development working group on capital markets leading up to the 1992 Earth Summit; was a Member of the Steering Committee of UNEP Financial Sector Initiative (1999-2003). Mark is a Founder Director of the UK Sustainable and Responsible Investment Forum (UKSIF), 1990-2006, is a member of the Advisory Council of ImpactBase.org; a member of the Advisory Board of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s ‘Conservation and Markets Initiatives’; a member of UNCTAD’s Sustainable Stock Exchange’s Green Finance Advisory Group; and is a Senior Advisor to Consilium Capital and a Fellow of Tribe Impact Capital.
Mark has a BA in Politics & Economic History and an M.Sc in Agricultural Economics.
Ray Dhirani leads the sustainable finance team at WWF-UK, where he has spent the last eight years. WWF-UK is an integral part of the wider WWF global network. Previously, he spent eight years working in the markets division of Merrill Lynch in New York within foreign exchange and fixed income sales and trading. His educational background includes a BSc. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an MSc. in Environment & Development from the London School of Economics. Ray’s team focus mainly on sustainable investment and metrics, spatial finance, policy and regulatory work on climate and environment, as well as wider system change in the finance and economic system.
Gordon has twenty years of experience championing sustainability and responsible business, with a focus on climate change, natural capital and water.
As Head of Sustainability at Yorkshire Water, Gordon has embedded the Six Capitals approach and Integrated Reporting to shape more sustainable decision-making, strategies and investment choices. By working closely with the Board and having established its Social Value Committee, Gordon and his team have delivered a wide range of sustainability improvements through a cross-business programme of environmental, financial and social priorities. A current priority is responding to the climate emergency by leading the business in its new commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030.
Gordon is also the chair of trustees at the Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation, helping shape the Foundation’s strategy and governing the distribution of donations (over £7m to date) to a wide range of good causes.
Mike is a change agent, committed to helping business big and small, new and established to prepare for and succeed in the great sustainability disruption that will wash through the economy in the 2020s.
Mike was until recently Director of Sustainable Business at Marks & Spencer, spearheading its ground-breaking Plan A (because there is no Plan B for the one planet we have) sustainability programme. He co-chaired the Consumer Goods Forum’s sustainability work bringing the world’s largest retailers and fast moving consumer goods brands together to work on issues such as deforestation, plastics and forced labour. He is a Senior Associate at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.
Olly joined Openreach in 2017. He leads Service Delivery (including Openreach Northern Ireland), a team of 19,500 engineers who are responsible for keeping the UK connected so people can live, work and stay and in touch. The team is the single biggest engineering team currently working across the UK. Olly is the business continuity lead for Openreach and has been responsible for leading the team through the COVID-19 crisis, ensuring the business stays open so that engineers (classed as key workers) can support the UK infrastructure at this critical time.
Before Openreach – Olly was operations director for the AA. He was responsible for their day to day operations and also modernising the field teams and call centres. Before that he ran the central heating installation business at British gas. He has also worked in strategy, commercial analytics and change management at British Airways, Barclaycard and L.E.K consulting.
Dr Martin Edlund has for the last twenty years combined management consulting and strategy research collaboration with world-class technology companies such as ABB, GE, LM Ericsson and SKF. Today, he leads Swedish marine energy developer Minesto and the work towards commercialising its unique renewable energy technology called Deep Green.
Dr Martin Edlund has a PhD in Innovation Management from the Department of Technology Management and Economics at the Chalmers University of Technology and holds a Master’s degree in Engineering Physics.
Tim identifies and delivers commercially viable technical solutions to support businesses on a path to zero emissions.
Tim is a leading technical advisor on energy efficiency in the manufacturing sector. He works with organisations solving complex challenges to understand, identify and implement a range of solutions which deliver operational cost savings and a tangible contribution toward carbon reduction targets.
Tim has a detailed knowledge of the challenges faced and solutions available in the manufacturing sector, both at a strategic and at a practical level.
Tim has worked internationally supporting a range of global manufacturing organisations, including projects in the UK, Europe, US, Africa and Asia. He has worked with over 200 sites to deliver monitoring solutions and utility reduction projects.
Tim is a Chartered Energy Engineer, a Chartered Energy Manager and a Fellow of the Energy Institute. He holds a first-class degree in Engineering from Durham University.
Val Miftakhov is a Founder & CEO of ZeroAvia, Inc, a California company developing the World's first practical zero emission aviation powertrain. Val is an avid helicopter and airplane pilot, and a serial sustainable transportation entrepreneur - his previous company eMotorWerks has developed the World’s leading platform for EV battery aggregation to provide grid services, and was acquired in 2017. Prior to that, Val held a number of senior business and product positions at Google and McKinsey & Company, and was a nuclear researcher at Stanford Linear Accelerator. Val holds a Ph.D. in Physics from Princeton University, Masters in Physics from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, and was a two-time winner of Russian Nationwide Physics competitions.
Nicole Itano is the Executive Director of tve (television for the environment), a non-profit that uses storytelling to drive real world action for a more sustainable world. Nicole has 20 years of experience in the non-profit and media sectors communicating about global development and environmental issues. She has led award-winning global media and communications projects that have reached millions of people around the world, helping raise awareness of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and drive action on climate change and biodiversity loss. As the Director of Media and Content at WWF-UK, she led the organisation’s global media outreach for the Our Planet Project, in partnership with Netflix and Silverback Productions. Nicole joined the non-profit sector after a decade in international journalism, where she reported from more than 50 countries for many of the world’s leading media outlets, including Time Magazine, The New York Times and Bloomberg Television. She is also the author of a book about the global AIDS epidemic.
Roger Harrabin is the BBC's Energy and Environment Analyst, and one of their senior journalists on the environment and energy. He has broadcast on environmental issues since the 1980s and has won many awards in print, TV and radio. Aside from his speciality he has covered many major general news stories. He is a Visiting Fellow at Green Templeton College, Oxford, an Associate Press Fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge and has received an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Cranfield University.
Jillian Ambrose is the Guardian's energy correspondent. She was previously the energy editor of the Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Telegraph, and the news editor of Utility Week.
Leo previously worked for 16 years as a journalist, editor and author at the Guardian newspaper. Before joining Carbon Brief, he was WWF-UK’s chief advisor on climate change. In 2013, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Exeter in recognition of his journalism. His books include A Life Stripped Bare, The Final Call and Will Jellyfish Rule the World?
Emily has been the environment correspondent at PA Media (formerly the Press Association) for nearly 13 years. Her beat ranges from climate change and energy to wildlife and farming. With stories on topics from ash dieback to household waste and recycling and the reintroduction of beavers, she has led coverage of the environment as it has risen up the agenda. She has also covered UN climate conferences and international environmental science reports and will be leading PA’s coverage in the build-up to the Cop26 talks in the UK in 2021.
James Kirkup is the Director of the Social Market Foundation, responsible for the overall management and work of the think-tank. He joined the SMF in 2017 after a 20-year career in journalism, most of it spent at Westminster covering government and politics. He was Political Editor and Executive Editor at the Daily Telegraph and a correspondent for The Scotsman and Bloomberg News. He is a regular columnist for publications including the Spectator, the Times and Unherd, writing about politics and public policy.
Madeleine is the environment reporter for the i paper, reporting on nature and climate issues for the paper and online. Prior to that, she spent four years at BusinessGreen, covering the growth of the green economy in the UK and beyond. Madeleine has spent three years as a trend forecaster for Stylus, specialising in consumer attitudes to sustainability.
Munish Datta is passionate about the crucial role every sector of society - government, business, civic - must play to create a truly sustainable world. As director of membership & operations at UK Green Building Council, he is responsible for leading the organisations membership strategy and enabling the delivery of its mission to radically improve the sustainability of the built environment. As Senior Associate, faculty & tutor at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership he empowers senior business leaders & organisations to tackle critical global challenges. Formerly, Munish led cross business teams to design and deliver Marks & Spencer’s multi award winning, globally renowned sustainability strategy (Plan A) for its 1000+ buildings property portfolio. He is a start-up advisor, member of the UK Government BEIS ‘Green Construction Board’, Governor of the Stephen Perse family of schools & trustee of Rama Foundation, a charity building the capacities and skills of disadvantaged communities.
James leads the CBI’s Energy & Climate Change team, supporting policy development and campaigns, and speaking on behalf of the CBI and its members. His work included leading the CBI’s campaigning for a UK net-zero emissions target and developing the CBI’s The Low-Carbon 2020s – a Decade of Delivery report.
He joined the CBI in early 2019 from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders where he helped shape the political engagement on Brexit, the switch to low-emission vehicles and the future of diesel. Prior to this he worked in a variety of roles at EDF Energy covering public affairs, media relations and corporate communications. Central to this was political and media engagement surrounding the Final Investment Decision and Government approval for the Hinkley Point C new nuclear power plant in 2017. James also supported efforts to secure life extensions for existing UK nuclear power stations, access to Contracts for Difference auctions for remote island wind projects, and the future of carbon pricing. James has also worked with a range of businesses in several consultancy roles, including campaigns on carbon pricing and European energy policy. James also has a habit of climbing up mountains and regular visits to the European Alps provide a constant reminder of the rapid changes climate change is bringing to our natural environment.
Ed King is international lead, strategic communications at the European Climate Foundation. He was founding editor of Climate Home News, which he ran from 2011-2017. Before climate change intervened he was a journalist and producer at BBC Sport, living in blissful ignorance of climate change, covering rugby, football, horse racing along with the odd game of darts.
Chaitanya leads NEF’s work on the Green New Deal, just transition and other environmental programmes. He was previously Head of Climate and Energy Policy at Green Alliance in the UK and before that was based in New Delhi as South Asia campaigns leader for 350.org. He has an MSc in energy policy from the Science Policy Research Unit at Sussex University.
Nick Molho has been the Executive Director of the Aldersgate Group since 2014, an organization based in London and comprising around 60 member organizations from many economic sectors with a combined turnover of around £550 billion. He is responsible for the overall management of the Group, including the development of its work programme, its relationships with key political and business stakeholders and its robust representation of member views to government ministers and parliamentarians. He has played a key role in broadening the Group's impact and membership and bringing its influence to bear on areas that are core to the Group’s interest.
Before joining the Aldersgate Group, Nick was Head of Climate Change and Energy Policy at WWF-UK following a career as an environmental and energy lawyer at CMS Cameron McKenna, where he spent six years working on commercial energy law for a range of international businesses, regulators and governments.
Libby Peake is head of resource policy at Green Alliance, an independent charity and think tank focused on achieving ambitious leadership for the environment. She works closely with other NGOs, academics and businesses to promote better use of resources throughout the economy. This includes managing the Circular Economy Task Force, a forum for business thinking on resource efficient policies. Much of her current research is focused on driving the right innovations and infrastructure to encourage both reductions in energy use and improvements in resource use. Her recent reports include Less in, more out: using resource efficiency to cut carbon and benefit the environment, Building a circular economy: how a new approach to infrastructure can put an end to waste, Plastic promises: what the grocery sector is really doing about packaging and Balancing the energy equations: three steps to cutting UK demand. She is an expert and trusted commentator on topics including: plastic; ecodesign; chemicals regulation; resource efficiency; and recycling.