Speakers List - BusinessGreen Leaders Summit 2017


Mike Barry

Director of Sustainable Business

Marks & Spencer

Mike is Director of Sustainable Business at the retailer Marks & Spencer. He was part of the small team that in 2007 developed and delivered the company's groundbreaking Plan A, a 100 point, 5 year plan to address a wide range of environmental and social issues.

His job is to work with the M&S leadership team to integrate sustainability into the heart of the business across its global retail channels and supply chains. This includes developing the business case, coaching/mentoring colleagues, changing business processes, customer and stakeholder engagement, as well as business model innovation.

Mike was the Guardian's inaugural Sustainable Business Innovator of the Year. He is Co-Chair of the Consumer Goods Forum's (CGF) sustainability steering group, a visiting fellow at the Smith Centre for Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford University, a Senior Associate at the Cambridge Programme for Sustainable Leadership and he also sits on BiTC's environment leadership team.

Scarlett Benson

Senior Sustainability Consultant

Carbon Credentials

Scarlett leads the risk management team at Carbon Credentials, helping organisations to achieve compliance with a wide range of energy and carbon legislation. She works to improve disclosure of sustainability information within their annual reports and through voluntary disclosure programmes such as the CDP.

Scarlett holds a BA (Hons) in Human Sciences from Oxford University and an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College, London. Her academic foundations in the evolution of humanity and environmental law, policy and economics have shaped her interest in sustainable behaviour in corporations of all sizes.

At the moment Scarlett is particularly focused on Scope 3 GHG emissions reporting for her clients, which is being driven by the number of science-based target setting projects that the Carbon Credentials team are delivering across a range of sectors. She is also preparing clients for compliance with the Non-Financial Reporting Directive.

Richard Black


Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU)

Richard Black is Director of the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU), an independent non-profit think-tank based in London. Richard studied natural sciences at Cambridge University and then joined BBC World Service in 1985 as a studio manager. He subsequently worked there as Producer, Presenter on a wide range of programming including current affairs, science, health and sport, and as Science Correspondent. He also ran an independent radio production company specialising in health and medicine. As BBC Environment Correspondent for 10 years, his reporting assignments included many UN summits including five UNFCCC meetings and Rio+20. He reported from the field on issues such as carbon capture and storage, nuclear power, amphibian conservation, whaling, forestry, aquaculture and earthquake prediction. From 2012, prior to setting up ECIU in 2014, Richard was Director of Communications for the Global Ocean Commission.

Simon Boas Hoffmeyer

Sustainability Director

Carlsberg Group

Simon has a background in strategy, business development, PR and communications and has been developing business-driven sustainability solutions for the last 10 years within many different areas such as compliance, reporting, communication, data management and branding. His interest particularly lies in making sustainability relevant and accessible for the consumers, and developing value-chain partnerships to achieve sustainability goals.

Mark Campanale

Founder and Executive Director

Carbon Tracker Initiative

Mark Campanale is Founder of Carbon Tracker Initiative. He also commissioned and was Editor of ‘Unburnable carbon, are markets carrying a carbon bubble?' report. Mark is responsible for management strategy, board matters and developing capital markets framework analysis. Prior to forming Carbon Tracker, Mark had 25 years of experience in sustainable financial markets.

Mark was a co-founder of some of the first responsible investment funds at Jupiter Asset Management in 1989, NPI, AMP Capital, and Henderson Global Investors. Mark served on the World Business Council for Sustainable Development working group on capital markets leading up to the 1992 Earth Summit; he was a member of the Steering Committee of UNEP Financial Sector Initiative (1999-2003), and continues to advise a number of investment funds including Armstrong Energy. Mark was Founder Director of the UK Sustainable and Responsible Investment Forum (UKSIF), 1990-2006, he is a member of the Advisory Council of ImpactBase.org and the UNEP-WRI working group on greenhouse gas emissions and the financial sector.

Jon Dee

Anchor Host of Smart Money

Sky News Business Channel Australia

Jon Dee is Anchor Host of 'Smart Money' on Sky News Australia. It is a weekly TV program that shows organisations how sustainability can improve the resilience and efficiency of their business operations. Companies that Jon has interviewed on his programme include Apple, Unilever, Coca-Cola, Tesla, IKEA, McDonald's, PwC, LEGO, Toyota, SABMiller, BT, Sky, Accenture, M&S, News Corp, The Body Shop, KFC, Mars, KPMG, Jaguar, Lion and many others. To date he has written and presented 110 episodes of the show.

His 2 books on business sustainability and efficiency have shifted 130,000 copies in Australia. In addition to his Sky News show, Jon also gives keynote speeches and consults internationally to companies on efficiency, sustainability and change management.

As a philanthropist Jon has established 3 major charities and has directed over 300 environmental TV ads. His tree planting initiatives have planted millions of trees and he launched the successful campaign to ban incandescent light globes in Australia - a move that reduced electricity bills there by over $5 billion.

Jill Duggan


The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group (CLG) and EU Green Growth Platform

Jill is Director of the Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group, a collaboration of 24 global businesses employing two million people worldwide, who work together to advocate solutions to climate change with policymakers and business peers at the highest level. She also heads up the Green Growth Platform, bringing together ministers from 16 governments, 18 members of the EU parliament and over 40 major businesses to discuss and debate the economic opportunities and challenges involved in the transition to a zero carbon economy.

Josh Hardie

Deputy Director-General for Policy and Campaigns

Confederation of British Industry (CBI)

Josh is CBI's Deputy Director-General for Policy and Campaigns. An experienced corporate affairs specialist, Josh joined the CBI in 2016 to head up all policy development and influencing work. This involves working with the 190,000 businesses the CBI represents to understand how they can best provide jobs and growth, as well as developing campaigns to ensure government supports this.

Josh joined from Tesco, where he was Group Director for Corporate Responsibility. This role focused on leading on the integration of social and reputational issues into the international retailer's business strategy, and developing a new approach to campaigning with customers, the government, stakeholders and the media on issues including health, employability and sustainability.

Josh has also held exec-level roles at EdComs Ltd creating strategies and campaigns for clients including Sky, Google, the Army, the NSPCC as well as many government departments and an educational charity, Education Extra, campaigning with schools and working with the government on educational issues.

Seb Henbest

Head of Europe, Middle East & Africa and Lead Author of New Energy Outlook

Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Seb Henbest is Head of Europe, Middle East & Africa for Bloomberg New Energy Finance in London, overseeing the firm's regional power, gas and carbon analysis as well as the development of its EMEA business. He is also lead author of BNEF's annual long-term power market forecast, the New Energy Outlook. From 2008 to 2012 Seb was Head of Research and Manager of BNEF in Australia, establishing the firm's Sydney offices. Seb writes extensively on energy and carbon market economics for BNEF, as well as contributing to third party publications such as the London School of Economics Business Review and the Lowy Interpreter. He speaks regularly at energy industry conferences and events, is quoted widely in print media, and has appeared as an expert commentator on ABC TV, Sky News, ABC Radio, and Bloomberg TV.

Seb is also a 2015 Rex J Lipman Fellow and has an advisory role with the GCC region Clean Energy Business Council. He is a physicist by training with degrees from Adelaide University and Monash.

Julie Hirigoyen


UK Green Building Council

Julie was appointed CEO in April 2015 and has ultimate responsibility for organisational strategy and delivery. She is accountable to the Chair and Board of Trustees for UK-GBC's impact and performance and leads the team on a day-to-day basis. Julie is focused on delivering lasting change within the industry by engaging with UK-GBC members, regulators, and wider stakeholders in a collaborative way.

Julie was previously UK Head of Sustainability and 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. At JLL, Julie oversaw the development of cutting-edge sustainability services to property investors and occupiers across the UK and EMEA.

Julie sits on the Green Construction Board, the Igloo Sustainable Investment Advisory Committee, the ULI UK Sustainability Council Steering Committee, the Carbon Trust Advisory Panel and the Carillion Sustainability Committee. She also chaired the British Property Federation's Sustainability Committee for two years.

Lindsay Hooper

Executive Director of Education

University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Lindsay is responsible for the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership's work to educate and empower individuals and organisations to take leadership to tackle critical global challenges. Over a decade in Cambridge she has led executive and graduate programmes to help leaders to build organisational capacity and resilience and to refine their strategy and business models to adapt to social and environmental challenges.

Lindsay's work involves engagement with senior executives from multinational companies, financial institutions and national and regional governments as well as leading sustainability practitioners and senior academics. Lindsay has a particular focus on international engagement and has led collaborations and programme delivery in China, USA, Australia, Singapore, South Africa, and across Latin America.

Prior to CISL, Lindsay worked in economic consultancy and served as Director of Studies in a financial services think tank, Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation.

Andrew Howard

Head of Sustainable Research


Andrew is responsible for thought leadership and ESG integration with over 19 years' experience. He is also a climate change specialist for Schroders global climate change strategy.

Andrew joined Schroders from Didas Research, an independent research company he founded focused on long-term equity investments. Prior to this, Andrew spent six years at Goldman Sachs as Managing Director and Head of GS SUSTAIN Research. Previously he also worked at McKinsey & Co as a consultant and Deutsche Bank as Head of European Mining Research. Andrew started his investment career in 1997 as an analyst covering the Steel & Mining sectors at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson.

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.

Will Jenkins

Senior Consultant

Carbon Credentials

Will leads on Carbon Credentials' strategy services, specialising in the development and implementation of strategic approaches to energy and carbon management. He is currently working with our clients' leadership teams to help them understand the value of science-based targets and the possible routes to achieving them.

Will also heads up our engagement and communications team where he embeds behaviour change programmes that motivate and inspire staff to deliver measurable impact. One of the engagement projects that Will led was highly commended in the 2degrees Champions Awards and shortlisted for a BusinessGreen Leaders Award.

He joined Carbon Credentials from Planet First, where he helped certify businesses to the Planet Mark and supported a tenant engagement programme to over 5000 people for one of the UK's leading commercial property companies.

Will has a BSc in Geography from University College London and an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London. He is an APMG Accredited Practitioner in Change Management.

Mustan Lalani

Environment and Industry Affairs Manager

Tetra Pak

Mustan Lalani joined Tetra Pak in April 2015 and manages Tetra Pak's advocacy on circular economy and packaging recycling policies, including Extended Producer Responsibility.

Mustan represents Tetra Pak in the EU and international organisations such as The Consumer Goods Forum Solid Waste Task Force on plastics & marine litter and The European Association for Packaging and the Environment (EUROPEN) Sustainability & Regulatory Affairs Committee. He is also a member of the Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance's (EXPRA) strategic committee.

Mustan has contributed to the development of the OECD Guidance on Extended Producer Responsibility for Governments. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto specialising in Actuarial Science and Statistics.

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.

Hamish Phillips

Enterprise Sales Manager


Hamish Phillips is Enterprise Sales Manager and has been with Tesla for two years. Tesla's mission is to accelerate the world's transition to a sustainable energy future by creating products that are so compelling, there is no alternative.

Simon Pickett

Investment Director

Octopus Investments

Simon is Investment Director of the energy team at Octopus Investments, and is focused on strategy, new business and emerging technology. Since joining Octopus in 2010, Simon has been responsible for sourcing and structuring investments in the UK and abroad across multiple sectors including solar, onshore wind and energy from waste. Before joining Octopus, Simon was Corporate Finance Manager at International Power, responsible for project finance and corporate fundraising. Previously Simon was at KPMG in Financial Services Advisory. Simon graduated with a MEng Honours in Mechanical Engineering from Newcastle University.

Emma Pinchbeck

Executive Director


Emma Pinchbeck is Executive Director of RenewableUK. In that role she sets the overall strategy for the organisation's communications and policy teams. She is a passionate advocate for renewables in government and business, and regularly appears as an expert on the energy sector in the media.

Before joining RenewableUK, Emma headed up Climate Change & Energy at the NGO WWF-UK, where she worked on issues like the international UN Paris Agreement on climate change, and a successful campaign to secure a phase out coal-fired power generation in the UK.

Before WWF-UK, Emma worked in finance and as an energy policy expert in private consulting. She has an MA from the University of Oxford.

Outside of the office, Emma is a mentor to young women in the energy sector, and is a keen competitive rower.

Jonathon Porritt


Forum for the Future

Jonathon Porritt, Co-Founder of Forum for the Future, is an eminent writer, broadcaster and commentator on sustainable development. Established in 1996, Forum for the Future is now the UK's leading sustainable development charity. In addition, Jonathon is President of The Conservation Volunteers, Non-Executive Director of Willmott Dixon Holdings, Trustee of Ashden, and Director of Collectively (an online platform celebrating sustainable innovation). He was formerly Director of Friends of the Earth, co-chair of the Green Party and, and being Chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission until 2009, he spent nine years providing high-level advice to Government Ministers. Jonathon was installed as the Chancellor of Keele University in February 2012. He is also Visiting Professor at Loughborough University and UCL. His most recent books are ‘Capitalism as if the World Matters' (2007) and ‘The World We Made' (2013) - which seeks to inspire people about the prospects of a sustainable world in 2050. Jonathon received a CBE in January 2000 for services to environmental protection.

Trewin Restorick

Founder and CEO

Hubbub UK

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/).

Prior to that 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.

Hege Sæbjørnsen

Country Sustainability Manager

IKEA UK & Ireland

Hege Sæbjørnsen is Country Sustainability Manager for IKEA UK & Ireland, responsible for all aspects of the retailer's sustainability strategy across both countries. Hege joined IKEA in May 2015 as Sustainability Expansion Manager, leading the integration of sustainability into the expansion agenda at a time of rapid growth for the business. She was a key member of the team behind the Greenwich sustainable store project, and has been instrumental in co-developing IKEA's ‘Role in Society' strategic initiative.

Prior to joining IKEA, after initial career as Photographer, Hege set up several creative projects for social and economic change such as the Affluenza exhibition and Platforma Arts & Refugee Network. This led her to co-founding Mindapples, a social enterprise for mental wellbeing. Subsequently she spent five years developing values-led start-ups and social entrepreneurship programmes, including three years establishing a networks and engagement direction for UnLtd, the foundation for social entrepreneurs.

Dr Emily Shuckburgh

Climate Scientist and Deputy Head of the Polar Oceans Team

British Antarctic Survey

Dr Emily Shuckburgh is a climate scientist and Deputy Head of the Polar Oceans Team at the British Antarctic Survey, which is focused on understanding the role of the polar oceans in the global climate system. She holds a number of positions at the University of Cambridge (fellow of Darwin College, fellow of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, associate fellow of the Centre for Science and Policy, member of the Cambridge Forum for Sustainability and the Environment, and member of the Faculty of Mathematics). In the past she has worked at Ecole Normal Superieure 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 Envrionment Research Council.

In 2016 she was awarded an OBE for services to science and the public communication of science.

Alan Whitehead MP

Labour’s Shadow Minister

Energy and Climate Change

Alan Whitehead MP has been the Member of Parliament for Southampton Test since 1997. He is Labour's Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change, and has been Chair or Vice Chair of several all-party parliamentary groups on sustainability, energy efficiency and climate change. Alan has also previously served on the Environmental Audit Committee and Energy and Climate Change Select Committee.

Bianca Wong

Divisional Sustainability Manager


Bianca is Divisional Sustainability Manager at Kingspan, responsible for the development and implementation of the organisation's sustainability strategy. She holds a BSc in Architectural Technology from Dublin Institute of Technology and an MSc in Energy and Sustainable Building Design from De Montfort University. Bianca has experience leading a broad range of construction and sustainability driven projects in Europe, North America, Australasia and South East Asia. She sits on the board of the European Alliance of Companies for Energy Efficiency in Buildings and is a member of the 40for30 Ireland's Sustainability Leaders of the Future network.

The Chair

James Murray


Incisive Media

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.