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.
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 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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Minister of State
Climate Change and Industry
Claire gained a degree in Geography and two rowing Blues at Brasenose College Oxford, and then worked for Bank of America before gaining an MBA from Harvard Business School. She worked for McKinsey and Credit Suisse and started her own financial advice business before working for George Osborne as a Political Advisor. Claire was elected as MP for the Devizes Constituency in 2010 and again in 2015 and 2017. Since entering Parliament she has served on the Justice Select Committee, represented Britain at the Council of Europe, worked as a PPS to the Secretary of State for Defence and been appointed by Prime Minister, David Cameron, to be his Special Advisor on child internet safety. She also served as a Government Whip from 2013 - 2014, and as Rail Minister from 2014- 2016.
Claire Perry was appointed Minister of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on 12 June 2017.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Incisive Business 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.