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.
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.
Jim Watson is Professor of Energy Policy and Research Director at the Institute of Sustainable Resources, University College London (UCL). He was previously Research Director and Director of the UK Energy Research Centre from 2013 to 2019, and Director of the Sussex Energy Group, University of Sussex from 2008 to 2013.
Jim has over 20 years’ research experience on climate change, energy and innovation policy. He frequently advises UK government departments and other organisations, and has been a Specialist Adviser with three UK Parliamentary committees. He is currently one of four expert leads working with Climate Assembly UK: the UK’s citizens assembly on climate change. He is also a judge for the Queens Awards (on sustainable development), a member of the Global Challenges Research Fund strategic advisory group and a member of the UK government’s fossil fuel price projections panel.
She is an Independent Director at SGN Network, is Chair of the BEIS/Ofgem Energy System Data Taskforce for which she received a CBE. , She is a Co-Chair of the IPPR Environment and Justice Commission. She is also a Non-Executive Director of the Energy System Catapult. She was appointed as a member of the Advisory Panel for the Government’s Cost of Energy Review, and is on the Council for Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage.
She has run a programme with Grantham Institute at Imperial College on ReShaping Regulation with two key reports that have had impact on regulatory reform.
She is founder of the Food Foundation and co-founder of POWERful Women, a Visiting Senior Fellow at Kings College, and a member of the Carbon Tracker Advisory Board.
She was previously a Member of Parliament for South Thanet, a member of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee, and Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister for Energy and Climate Change. Described by The Times as ‘one of the sanest of all MPs’ and as ‘lateral-minded, original and free-thinking’
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.
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.
Benet Northcote is Director, Corporate Responsibility for the John Lewis Partnership, incorporating John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose & Partners. He is accountable for the delivery of the Partnership’s CR objectives across ethical sourcing, sustainability, D&I and Partner wellbeing, as well as the management of operational Health and Safety. He is a Trustee Director of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, a Trustee of Green Alliance and sits on the Board of the Conservative Environment Network. He joined the John Lewis Partnership in 2013 after nearly five years as Deputy Private Secretary to HRH The Prince of Wales, where he was responsible for HRH’s initiatives on responsible business, the natural environment, food and farming. Prior to that he was Chief Policy Adviser to Greenpeace UK, working predominantly on energy and transport policy. He started his career with the BBC as a journalist, before moving to corporate communications agency CTN Ltd., where he advised many FTSE 100 firms.
David Symons leads WSP’s Future Ready innovation programme. He was BusinessGreen’s leader of the year in 2018 and is a regular media commentator on environmental and other future trends for BBC, Sky News and national print media. David is a director for Aldersgate Group, and Commissioner for IPPR’s Environmental Justice Commission working to decarbonise the UK in a fair way. In 2019 he convened www.pledgetonetzero.org – an initiative to galvanise the environmental sector to take leadership on its own environmental performance. Outside work David is a keen runner, and a rather less accomplished amateur photographer.
Gareth joined WWF as head of climate and energy in 2016. He leads a team of climate specialists focused on UK policy and action to reduce emissions across all sectors to tackle climate change, working closely with a wider network of climate and energy specialists across the WWF global network. This includes detailed energy sector knowledge and engagement, work on greenhouse gas removal options, co-operation and engagement with businesses on climate change, and action across international networks, including with UN climate change processes. Before WWF, Gareth worked for the UK government for 15 years across a range of policy portfolios, as well as leading large operational delivery teams, and working directly for Ministers. Most recently he led a team in the energy and climate change ministry which had responsibility for providing subsidy and support to companies, organisations and households to install and operate renewable electricity infrastructure in the UK.
Daniella sets the direction for the group of department stores across four
markets. In the UK, she created Selfridges’ Buying Better, Inspiring Change approach and
continues to head its implementation.
In 2019, she was named by Luxury Daily, as one of 25 smart women executives who show the
potential to make a difference in the luxury business. In 2016, Selfridges were awarded the
Intercontinental Group of Department Stores’ ‘World’s best sustainability campaign’, voted on
by over 7,000 industry peers.
In 2015, Vega championed Project Ocean, a collaboration between Selfridges, Greenpeace and
Zoological Society London to highlight the issue of marine plastic pollution. Selfridges became
the first retailer to ban the sale of single-use plastic water bottles, bags, straws and wipes with
an ongoing commitment to the removal of all single-use problem plastics which has recently
extended to include plastic-based glitter in their beauty halls.
In 2014, under Vega's leadership, Selfridges became the first department store to be awarded
the Carbon Trust Triple Standard for reducing energy, waste and water use across its
operations, a standard they continue to hold today.
Vega was previously Head of Corporate Responsibility at Sky, where she was in charge of a
team overseeing customer-facing sustainability campaigns, reputation risk management,
responsible sourcing, accessibility of products and services, child safety, diversity and
In 2013, she won the UK 2degrees ‘Sustainability Champion of the Year’ award for the creation,
delivery and management of Sky Skills Studio, an experience she designed for young people to
develop life skills.
Vega holds a master's degree in sustainability and responsibility with a focus on systems
thinking, action research and sustainable business and is an accredited coach.
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.
Luke heads IPPR’s Environmental Justice Commission and leads the Energy, Climate, Housing and Infrastructure team.
Before joining IPPR in 2016, Luke worked in parliament, the voluntary sector and the private sector. Luke has worked for the Labour party as a policy and political adviser for a shadow secretary of state and successive shadow housing ministers leading their work on housing, also working on local government and devolution. He has worked on policy and advocacy projects for the Living Wage Foundation and a leading housing association. Luke also has significant experience in communications and campaigning.
Luke is an experienced media performer and contributor. He has appeared on national broadcast media, including BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 2, BBC news and Channel 4 Dispatches, and has written for a range of newspapers including the Guardian, the Times and the Independent, and for other outlets including the New Statesman and HuffPost.
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.
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.
Dr Ben Caldecott is the founding Director of the Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme at the University of Oxford Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. He is an Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, a Visiting Researcher at The Alan Turing Institute, and a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University. Ben is also Senior Advisor to the Chair and CEO of the UK Green Finance Institute (GFI).
Michael Grubb is Research Director and Professor of Energy and Climate Change at University College London, Institute of Sustainable Resources and Energy Institute. From 2011-2016, alongside academic roles, he worked half-time at the UK Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (the energy regulator, Ofgem) as Senior Advisor, and then Chaired the UK government’s Panel of Technical Experts on Electricity Market Reform.
His career in international energy and climate change began as a researcher at the UK’s Royal Institute of International Affairs, where in the 1990s he became head of Energy and Environment. He was subsequently Chief Economist at the UK Carbon Trust, working with business to implement energy efficiency and low carbon innovation, alongside a Senior Research role at the Cambridge University Faculty of Economics.
Professor Grubb founded the journal Climate Policy, and served on the UK Climate Change Committee, established under the UK Climate Change Act to advise the government on future carbon budgets and to report to Parliament on their implementation. Internationally, he is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the German Economics Research Institute DIW Berlin and advisor to the Foreign Office’s UK- China Energy and Low Carbon Economy Programme.
Michael Grubb is author of eight books, sixty journal research articles, and numerous other publications. His book Planetary Economics brings together the lessons from 25 years of research and implementation of energy and climate policies, with a full Chinese translation published in 2017. It has received widespread accolade as a ‘seminal’ contribution, ‘comprehensive and profoundly important’ for its development of a wider theoretical framework of economics appropriate to the practical policies for tackling energy and climate change challenges.
In 2018 Michael was appointed as Convening Lead Author for the first chapter of the IPCC Sixth Assessment report on Mitigation, and leader on Sustainability for the UK Research Council programme on Rebuilding Macroeconomics.
Rob Saunders is challenge director for the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund programme, ‘Prospering from the Energy Revolution’. Over the coming four years, this aims to prove the future business models and local approaches that will put energy users and consumers at the heart of a cleaner, cheaper and more resilient energy system.
A Cambridge engineering graduate, Rob started his career in innovation in the food and packaging industries when leading major R&D programmes for Crown Packaging and Pepsico. He retrained in energy at Imperial College, and in a brief academic career led analysis for the UK Energy Research Centre on bioenergy before joining Innovate UK in 2011 as lead for offshore renewable energy.
Rob led the energy programme at Innovate UK for four years, helping UK businesses to grow as they develop new products that address solutions to affordable clean and secure energy supplies of the future. During that time Innovate UK supported hundreds of UK businesses, developed and launched the energy catalyst programme and set up two energy-focussed catapult centres; Offshore Renewable Energy in Glasgow & Blyth, and Energy Systems in Birmingham.
James Cole is Director of Corporate Relations and Communications at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL). James joined the Institute in 2014 from Friends of the Earth where he set up a Business Engagement and Innovation team to develop new ideas, business partnerships, networks and alliances. In this role he worked across environmental campaigns and programmes on climate and energy, food, resource use, nature and biodiversity. He previously held a variety of senior commercial roles at Vodafone UK developing strategic partnerships.
Dexter Galvin leads CDP’s work to support companies in building a truly sustainable economy, by measuring and understanding their environmental impact in their own operations and in their global supply chains. His remit includes developing market-leading products for companies through CDP’s Reporter Services team, working with CDP’s corporate partners, and overseeing CDP’s involvement in the We Mean Business ‘Commit to Action’ campaigns with corporations. Prior to his current role, Dexter ran CDP’s program to enable major multinationals and governments to achieve sustainable supply chains, and in 2013 he launched Action Exchange, after joining CDP, in 2008
Sam is the Director of the Conservative Environment Network, an independent forum for conservatives that support conservation and decarbonisation. Sam joined CEN after having served as a Policy Adviser to Michael Gove when he was Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. He was also the Head of Research at the liberal conservative think tank Bright Blue, leading their work on energy and the environment and authoring several policy reports. Before that, Sam was a Parliamentary Researcher for Graham Stuart MP.
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.
Anna Guyer is Founder of Greenhouse PR, an award winning agency with a mission to drive positive social and environmental change to accelerate the transition towards a sustainable green economy. She has worked with some of the UK's leading pioneers in energy, transport, finance, food, resource management and clean tech.