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David Powell

Head of Environment & Green Transition

New Economics Foundation

David leads on everything to do with the environment at the New Economics Foundation, the UK's only people-powered thinktank. David heads up NEF's thinking, research and campaigning around issues such as healthy seas, climate change, environmental regulations, and clean energy. He previously worked for Friends of the Earth, most recently as senior campaigner on economics and natural resources.

What I'm looking for: innovation, leadership and courage which showcases a more ambitious and inspiring role for how business can help build a new, planet-friendly economy.

Michelle Hubert

Head of Infrastructure and Energy

Confederation of British Industry (CBI)

Michelle heads up the infrastructure and energy team and is responsible for steering the CBI's policy work in this area, which includes energy and climate change, transport, housing as well as infrastructure finance and delivery. Having joined the team in 2009, she previously worked on housing policy and manufacturing policy.

Before joining the CBI, Michelle studied politics at Nottingham University and worked in the Ministry of Justice.


Matthew Farrow

Executive Director

Environmental Industries Commission

Matthew is Executive Director at the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC), the main trade body for the broad environmental sector. Before joining EIC, Matthew was director of policy at the waste management industry's trade association, the Environmental Services Association (ESA), where he had direct responsibility for the development of ESA's policy positions, and led on communicating these to Ministers, senior civil servants, MPs and the media.

Prior to this, Matthew worked at the CBI for almost twenty years in a wide-variety of policy roles, most notably as Head of Energy and Environment, and Head of Transport and Planning.

Susanne Baker

Head of Programme, Environment and Compliance

techUK

Susanne Baker is Head of Programme, Environment and Compliance at techUK, the business organisation for the UK's technology sector. She also is a board member of the High Speed Sustainable Manufacturing Institute. Before joining techUK, Susanne worked for EEF, the manufacturers association and the environmental business journal, The ENDS Report. She is a Fellow of the RSA and a graduate of Kings College London.

Mike Pitts

Head of Urban Systems

Innovate UK

Mike is the Head of Urban Systems covering the priority areas of Urban Living and Smart Infrastructure. These future markets are driven by the addition of data layers to infrastructure and enable new and different services to be delivered to citizens. Mike previously led on embedding sustainability across Innovate UK's strategy and programmes since November 2012. He has also led Clean and Cool entrepreneur Missions in 2013 to Brazil and 2015 to San Francisco. Mike also ran the Resource Efficiency programme during 2013/14.

Previously Mike spent five years driving sustainability-led innovation in the chemical industry with Chemistry Innovation. He has developed and managed projects on lifecycle analysis, renewable chemicals, industrial biotechnology and resource efficiency across the chemistry-using industries. Mike holds a PhD in organic chemistry and spent his early career in several technology spin-outs leading R&D teams developing process technology for the pharmaceutical, agrochemical and electronics industries.

Alice Bell

Director of Communications

10:10 Climate Action

Alice Bell is Director of Communications at 10:10 Climate Action. With 10:10, Alice has worked on a range of campaigns, from the world-leading Solar Schools programme to more recent work advocating for onshore wind, promoting LED lightbulbs and exploring possibilities for solar-powered trains. Before joining the charity sector, Alice worked as an academic and journalist. She was a lecturer in science communication at Imperial College, setting up an interdisciplinary course on climate change, supporting the 2011 BBC Trust review of science media, and teaching on their world-leading MSc science communication course. She has worked at City University, UCL and the Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex. As a journalist, has written for a range of publications including the Guardian, Times Higher, Research Fortnight and Al Jazeera.

She was a regular correspondent for the International Council for Science's Road to Paris climate policy blog on the run up to the Paris talks, and launched How We Get to Next, a website telling stories about innovation. She is also a trustee of Medact, and sits on the the advisory committee for the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity, University of Surrey.

Guy Pattison

CEO

Long Run Works

Guy is committed to helping good ideas grow faster and celebrating the UK's cleantech heroes. As cofounder of Clean + Cool, he works with the most promising early stage cleantech and sustainability entrepreneurs to develop their insights, networks, pitch, profile and ambition. This has included taking 90 CEOs to Silicon Valley to connect with peers, customers and investors.

As CEO of story innovation business Long Run Works, he brings together purpose and technology to create exciting new stories about change. Prior to this he was a director of a top 5 London PR agency, developing strategies and campaigns for Barclays, EDF Energy, RAC, Guinness and Coca-Cola.

Oankar Birdi

Renewable UK

Policy Manager

Oankar is currently a Policy Manager at RenewableUK. Her work centres around the development of the Policy Team's work on Industrial Strategy, supply chain, export and addressing barriers to the deployment of renewables such as consents and licensing through engaging with the RenewableUK membership, stakeholders and government.

Before joining RenewableUK, Oankar worked at the Business Council for Sustainable Development on projects that focussed on the offshore wind supply chain and the valuation of ecosystem services. Prior to this Oankar completed an MSc in Environmental Sustainability and Green Technology.

Trewin Restorick

Founder and CEO

Hubbub UK

Trewin Restorick is Founder and CEO of the award-winning charity Hubbub UK which transforms the way environmental messages are communicated by bringing people and organisations together as a force for good. He is also Chair of Student Hubs.

Previously Trewin created Global Action Plan the UK's leading environmental behaviour change charity. Trewin is a frequent media commentator on environmental issues and was trained by Al Gore as one of his climate change ambassadors

Before starting Global Action Plan, Trewin was Director of Fundraising at Friends of the Earth where he created PaperRound London's leading community recycling business. Prior to Friends of the Earth, Trewin worked at Plymouth City Council and produced a youth TV programme for the BBC called Something Else.

 

Anna Guyer

Founder

Greenhouse PR

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.Save and Publish

Nick Molho

Executive Director

Aldersgate Group

Nick is the executive director of the Aldersgate Group, a business-backed organisation based in London, which drives action for a competitive and environmentally sustainable economy. The Aldersgate Group, whose corporate members have a global collective turnover in excess of £400bn, focuses on developing policy solutions that can tackle environmental challenges effectively and in way that can deliver economic benefits. The group's work covers climate policy and measures to grow the low-carbon economy, resource efficiency, natural capital and sustainable finance.
Nick is responsible for the overall management of the Group, including the development of its work programme, overseeing all its policy and media work and developing relationships with key UK and EU political and business stakeholders.

Prior to joining the Aldersgate Group, Nick worked for 6 years as an energy and environmental lawyer with city law firm CMS Cameron McKenna where he advised international businesses, regulators and governments on a range of energy projects and related environmental issues. He was also the Head of Climate Change and Energy Policy at WWF-UK for four years. A regular public speaker, Nick also writes for a range of outlets on climate change, environmental, clean energy and industrial strategy policy issues.

Alice Garton

Company & Financial Lead

ClientEarth

Alice Garton is a senior corporate lawyer and manages the award-winning Company and Financial Project at Europe's leading environmental law charity, ClientEarth. In addition to her role at ClientEarth, Alice is also a Co-Investigator for the Commonwealth Climate and Law Initiative at the University of Oxford, a member of the Advisory Panel for Positive Investment Cambridge, on the Organising Committee for the Northern European Partnership for Sustainable Finance, and a member of the Women's Energy and Climate Law Initiative.


Prior to joining ClientEarth, Alice worked for 15 years as a lawyer in large defence law firms (Clayton Utz, Olswang, Lovells) acting for company directors in commercial litigation and insolvency disputes, and then as Senior Legal Counsel at Brookfield in London. In parallel to her litigation practice, Alice developed and implemented corporate social responsibility programmes at Clayton Utz and Brookfield. At Brookfield, she advised Brookfield Asset Management on the UK and EU climate change regulatory regimes relevant to UK subsidiaries, and worked with the Brookfield Multiplex board of directors in identifying strategic business opportunities in the green economy.

Mike Peirce

Corporate Partnerships Director

The Climate Group

Mike joined The Climate Group in January 2017 and is now responsible for the organization's portfolio of activity with business, including its programs on renewable power (RE100), energy productivity (EP100), electric vehicles and LED lighting.

Mike has worked with companies across the world on climate and sustainability issues since 1988, spending more than a decade at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), most recently as Director of Executive Programmes, and previously as Director of Strategy and Communications. Before joining CISL, he was Chief Operating Officer of AccountAbility where he led the development of the AA1000 framework for sustainability accounting and reporting.

Mike started his career as a business consultant for the COBA Group, a strategy boutique since acquired by PricewaterhouseCoopers, following studies in politics, philosophy and economics at the University of Oxford, and international relations at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University.

Joanna Gilroy

Head of Sustainability

Bunzl Catering Supplies

Joanna Gilroy is the Head of Sustainability for Bunzl Catering Supplies, and Corporate Responsibility Manager for Bunzl plc. Winner of the 2017 BusinessGreen Sustainability Executive Award, Joanna is responsible for developing the ‘Sustainable Future' strategy for Bunzl Catering Supplies.
Responsible for collaborating with key stakeholders to ensure supply chain due diligence, Joanna drives continuous improvement of Bunzl Catering Supplies' environmental footprint, and helps develops responsible end of life solutions for disposable foodservice packaging products.
At Bunzl plc, Joanna supports the wider corporate responsibility team, helping to develop and implement the evolving strategy for the global business. Joanna is passionate about accelerating positive environmental change, seeing our business as a force for good - and making hospitality happen for a more sustainable future.

Alan Whitehead

Labour’s Shadow Minister

Energy and Climate Change

Alan has been the Shadow Energy and Climate Change Minister since October 2016 and served as the Shadow DECC Minister for Generation and Transmission September 2015 - June 2016. Prior to this, Alan was the Chair of PRASEG, the Associate Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group and Co-Chair of APSRG, the Associate Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group. His special interests include further and higher education, local government, constitutional affairs, the environment, energy and transport policy. 

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Waste Management, and member of the Board for The Environment Centre (Southampton) and the Centre for the Third Age (Southampton). He is a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Media, Arts and Society at Southampton Solent University.

 

 

James Murray

Editor-in-Chief

BusinessGreen

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.

 

 

AND MANY MORE!

 

  • William Andrews Tipper, Head of Sustainable Business, Green Alliance
  • Andrew Wordsworth, Sustainable Ventures
  • Laura Sandys, CEO, Challenging Ideas
  • Stephanie Draper, Chief Change Officer, Forum for the Future