Speakers List - BusinessGreen Leaders Briefing 2018


Leo Barasi


The Climate Majority

Leo Barasi is an expert in public opinion, campaigns and climate change policy. He has worked with political candidates, charities, campaigns and businesses, to help them understand and shape public opinion, and is a regular writer and commentator on politics and climate change. His book, "The Climate Majority", is about how climate apathy could stop the world dealing with global warming, and what could generate action instead.

Victoria Page


PRCA Responsible Business Group

As Chair of the PRCA Responsible Business Group, Victoria's role is to deepen understanding of the issues wrapped up in sustainability and responsible business amongst communication and marketing professionals.

The Group regularly convenes some of the leading responsible business minds in the UK and Europe including Unilever, Sky, Philips, Accenture and UNICEF.

Having Chaired the Responsible Business Group for more than a decade, Victoria has seen the evolution of the green marketing landscape from tactical responses by business, such as philanthropy and corporate volunteering, to holistic solutions that deliver widespread positive impact.

Victoria is passionate about helping businesses become a force for good and is a Fellow of the RSA to drive innovative solutions to societies challenges. As part of this, she has recently launched an initiative to rid her local town of Haslemere from excessive plastic. Plastic Free Haslemere aims to galvanise individuals and organisations to reconsider plastic use and collaborate to find sustainable solutions.


Guy Pattison


Stronger Stories

Guy is committed to helping good ideas get the attention they deserve. As cofounder of Clean + Cool, for the last eight years he has worked with over 100 CEOs of the UK's most exciting early stage cleantech entrepreneurs by helping connect them to new markets, customers and investors.

As CEO of Stronger Stories, he is also growing a movement of fellow storytellers to help good ideas get heard and to find new ways for storytelling power to be shared. He has helped pioneers and innovators in education, healthcare and diversity and inclusion as well as clean innovation.

He spent the first decade of his career working in a top consumer agency creating ‘buy-me' campaigns for Barclays, RAC, EDF Energy, Guinness and Coca-Cola. Now, every day is a new opportunity to use his know-how of the ‘dark arts' for good and to try to atone for his sins. 

James Pitcher

Director of Sustainability


James has 15 years' experience in corporate sustainability roles and joined the UK's largest hospitality company Whitbread in 2015. As Group Director of Sustainability he is responsible for leading all aspects of their sustainability programme - Force for Good. James joined Whitbread after a career at Tesco, Transport for London and Tate & Lyle where he led the delivery of their energy, climate change and sustainability programmes. He is Chairman of the International Tourism Partnership and a Board member of BITC's East of England region.

Trewin Restorick

Founder and CEO


Trewin Restorick is Founder and CEO of the award-winning charity Hubbub UK www.hubbub.org.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 http://www.studenthubs.org/

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.


Sarah Merrick


Ripple Energy

Sarah Merrick is the CEO of Ripple Energy.


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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.