Speakers List - BusinessGreen Leaders Briefing 2018


Gemma Clements

Senior Project Officer


Gemma joined the CDSB Secretariat in 2016 to support CDSB's technical work. After working as an environmental educator for 4 years in London she completed an MSc in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences. This role builds upon her interests in non-financial reporting, sustainability and climate change. She currently manages the TCFD Knowledge Hub and the Beyond Disclosure programme, helping companies to understand how to disclose climate related information in their mainstream report.

Mary Creagh


Environmental Audit Committee

Mary Creagh, Labour MP for Wakefield, has Chaired the Environmental Audit Committee since February 2016, having been re-elected as Chair in July 2017. She has previously had Shadow Ministerial roles at the Departments for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Health, International Development and Transport.

Caroline Hill

Head of Sustainability and Public Affairs


Caroline joined Landsec in April 2015, where she is delivering the company's ambition for industry leadership on sustainability. She is responsible for both setting strategy and delivery. Her work is focused on creating jobs and opportunities, efficient use of natural resources and sustainable design and innovation. Recent achievements include moving the company to 100% renewable electricity provision, setting new science-based carbon and energy reduction targets, installing the UK's largest array of PV on a shopping centre and establishing a partnership with several UK prisons to support ex-offenders back into employment. She is also responsible for Landsec's public affairs strategy and programme. 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.

Leon Kamhi

Head of Responsibility

Hermes Investment Management

Reporting to Hermes' CEO, Leon is responsible for developing and directing Hermes' program for integrating responsibility across the group. This includes ensuring that investment teams are aware of and integrate ESG performance in investment decisions and that engagement is effectively incorporated alongside investment activities. In addition, in this role he oversees and contributes to how the firm's responsibility activities and performance are integrated into Hermes' client relationship management and reporting, the delivery of its corporate citizenship programme and the development of responsible structures and processes for the firm. He also leads a number of corporate and public policy engagements. Previously at Hermes, Leon was responsible for the development and delivery of Hermes EOS' global corporate and public policy engagement programme from 2012-2016 and acted as its commercial director from 2009-2012. Prior to that, Leon worked within the Hermes UK Large Cap Focus Fund for seven years, where he was responsible for executing the fund's engagement programmes. He also has 12 years of strategy consulting and operational industry experience.

Jonathan Labrey

Chief Strategy Officer


Jonathan Labrey leads the IIRC's global policy work, which aims to create the conditions for Integrated Reporting to flourish. Since joining the IIRC in March 2012, Jonathan has travelled widely and has developed a deep insight into the major trends and policy developments in corporate reporting across the world.

In June 2014 he relocated to Singapore, where he spent six months developing the IIRC's understanding of Asian markets, building the knowledge and networks that will help to create and spread global best practice in corporate reporting. Jonathan has a background in government relations, policy and regulation, having headed up the public affairs and policy team at the ICAEW from 2004-10 and at the RIBA from 2000-2004.

From 2010-2012 Jonathan was head of communications at the UK's Financial Reporting Council, the accounting, audit and corporate governance regulator. He started his career as a political advisor in the UK Parliament, having read Law at King's College, University of London.

Mark Lewis

Head of Research and Managing Director

Carbon Tracker

Mark is Head of Research and a Managing Director at the Carbon Tracker Initiative. Previously, he was Managing Director and Head of European Utilities Research at Barclays (2015-18), Chief Energy Economist at Kepler Cheuvreux (2014-15), and Managing Director and Global Head of Energy Research at Deutsche Bank, where he worked for 14 years until 2013. For the last 15 years, Mark's research has focused on the overlap between energy and climate change.

In addition to his experience as a sell-side financial analyst, Mark spent one year as Deputy Head of investor relations at E.ON at the beginning of the Energiewende, and two years as a credit analyst covering the European utility sector at Standard & Poor's (1997-99). In total, Mark has over 20 years' experience as a financial analyst covering global energy and environmental markets, and since May 2016 he has been a member of the Financial Stability Board's Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures.

Jane Stevensen

Taskforce Engagement Director


Jane is the Taskforce Engagement Director at CDP, the leading global NGO in climate disclosure and driving understanding of climate-related financial and long-term risk. In this role she supports and advises on the work of the Financial Stability Board's Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures https://www.fsb-tcfd.org/.

She is also an advisor to the UN Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative http://www.sseinitiative.org/ and the UK/City of London Green Finance Initiative http://greenfinanceinitiative.org/ where she is a member of the Data, Disclosure and Risk Working Group. She is a Board member and trustee of TCV, the Conservation Volunteers https://www.tcv.org.uk/ . Jane is on the list of the top 50 women to follow in climate http://www.clearbrightconsult.com/top-50-climate-women-to-follow/

Rhian-Mari Thomas

Managing Director

Chair Barclays Green Banking Council

Rhian is Founder and Chair of the Barclays Green Banking Council, which has developed and launched Barclays' suite of green finance products and services. These include issuance of the first Green Bond by a UK bank backed solely by UK assets, the first Green Mortgage by a major UK high street lender and establishing Barclays as the first commercial bank with a full green Corporate Banking proposition to complement Barclays' existing Green Bond origination capabilities.

Rhian represents Barclays on the FSB's Taskforce on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), the UK Government Green Finance Taskforce, the City of London's Green Finance Initiative and the Banking Environment Initiative's Fintech Taskforce. Rhian is also a member of the Global Advisory Council for Oxford University's Sustainable Finance Programme and sits on the steering group for the United Nations Environment Programme - Financial Institutions initiative.

Rhian began her 18-year banking career at Barclays Investment Bank, where she spent 10 years in Leveraged Finance and Financial Sponsors coverage before holding a succession of leadership roles across Barclays Corporate Bank and Barclaycard.

Rhian is a passionate advocate of diversity and fairness and was awarded the Barclays Woman of the Year Award 2014/15 in recognition of her efforts to support the inclusion agenda both within Barclays and the broader community. In both 2016 and 2017 Rhian was ranked in the Financial Times Outstanding Top 30 Global Executive LGBT Allies list.

A fluent Welsh speaker, Rhian holds a PhD in Physics from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.

Lisa Walker



Lisa Walker is CEO of natural climate solutions company, Ecosphere+. Lisa worked in the oil and gas sector for more than 17 years, most recently as Vice President for Environment & Climate Change at BG Group (now part of Royal Dutch Shell), developing and implementing climate change strategy, forming public policy and building coalitions.

Before BG Group, Lisa held various roles at BP including Director of BP Carbon Ventures where she successfully secured capital for a number of innovative investments including forestry, REDD+, sustainable land management, carbon farming, low-carbon technologies and bio-energy. This included a number of first-of-their-kind deals for the private sector such as investment in the World Bank's Forest Carbon Partnership Facility.

Lisa has been actively promoting and developing carbon markets since 1999 and was a driving force behind a number of coalitions such as the UK Emissions Trading Group, the CCAC Oil & Gas Methane Partnership, the Sustainable Gas Institute and the CEO-led Oil & Gas Climate Initiative.

Lisa is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.

Daniel Wiseman

Lawyer (Australian Qualified)


Daniel Wiseman is a lawyer with ClientEarth's Climate Finance Initiative. The Initiative uses the law to drive corporate decision-makers to address climate change-related risks in their business and investment decisions. Daniel is leading ClientEarth's work on directors' and auditors' legal duties for climate risk reporting.

Before joining ClientEarth, Daniel was a corporate advisory and financial services lawyer with leading independent Australian law firm, Lander & Rogers. He has also worked extensively on issues intersecting corporate governance, financial regulation and climate change law and policy as a researcher at the University of Melbourne and the London School of Economics.


James Murray



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.