Head of Programme, Environment and Compliance
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.
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.
Head of Environmental Sustainability
Gabrielle Ginér has worked on BT's responsible and sustainable business programmes since 2009, specialising in environmental sustainability. Her work has spanned BT's carbon targets, including BT's recent 1.5 degrees Celsius science-based carbon reduction target, BT's net positive carbon abatement target to help customers save three times the end-to-end carbon impact of BT's business, ICT's carbon abatement potential including the acclaimed GeSI SMARTer2030 report and BT supply chain engagement such as the award winning BT Better Future Supplier Forum and BT's newly introduced sustainability contract clause.
Gabrielle is committed to helping organisations take action to tackle climate change and represents BT in external fora such as WBCSD, We Mean Business and the UNFCCC Momentum for Change Advisory Panel. She is a regular speaker and writer about BT's climate action journey, and has been participating in the UN's Talanoa dialogue representing the voice of business.
Prior to joining BT's sustainability team, Gabrielle held roles in regulatory and public affairs and programme management. She has an MSc in Telecommunications Business (University College London), an MA in International Economics and Relations (SAIS Johns Hopkins University) and a BA in International Relations/Asian Studies. She is also an alumnus of the University of Cambridge Sustainability Leadership Programme and is currently on the WBCSD Leadership Programme.
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.
Senior sustainability consultant
Forum for the Future
Martin is a senior member of Forum's delivery team and has worked with numerous corporate and public sector organisations, Over his tenure at Forum, Martin has worked with leaders like Unilever, Interface, Kingfisher, The Crown Estate and Marks & Spencer - often to develop their sustainability strategies or innovation pipeline using futures techniques, systems thinking and stakeholder engagement. Martin is also involved in several collaborative initiatives, including PowerPaired - an innovative digital platform matching asset owners with community energy groups, and Reusable Buildings & Components - an emerging alliance looking to develop the business models that might encourage the widespread uptake of circular building solutions by property clients. Martin joined Forum in 2005 after seven years at CIRIA where he had responsibility for the delivery of a portfolio of research and implementation projects related to sustainable construction. During his time at CIRIA, Martin was manager of a nationwide network engaging practitioners in the development and promotion of good practice related to sustainable construction.
International Lead, Strategic Communications
Ed King is international lead, strategic communications at the European Climate Foundation. He was founding editor of Climate Home News, which he ran from 2011-2017. Before climate change intervened he was a journalist and producer at BBC Sport, living in blissful ignorance, and covering rugby, football, horse racing along with the odd game of darts.
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.
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. Love Haslemere Hate Waste aims to galvanise individuals and organisations to reconsider plastic use and collaborate to find sustainable solutions.
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.
senior policy adviser
Libby Peake is senior policy adviser on resource stewardship at Green Alliance, a UK based independent charity and think tank focused on achieving ambitious leadership for the environment. There, she works closely with other NGOs, academics and businesses to promote better use of resources throughout the economy. This includes managing the Circular Economy Task Force, a forum for policy, innovation and business thinking on efficient resource use in the UK. She is an expert and trusted commentator on resources and waste topics including: plastic; ecodesign; chemicals regulation; resource efficiency; and recycling. Before joining Green Alliance, Libby spent ten years at environmental publishing house Resource Media.
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.
Head of Urban Systems
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.
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.
head of business banking
Triodos Bank UK
Rebecca joined the bank in September 2013 and leads the team responsible for UK business banking activities with SMEs, social enterprises and charities, with particular focus on the environmental, food and farming, and social and cultural sectors.
Rebecca has nearly 30 years' experience in the financial services sector, and began her career as a corporate relationship banker with Chase Manhattan Bank in New York. She relocated to the UK in 1989 to join the bank's Project Finance team, where she advised and financed major infrastructure projects in Europe.
Rebecca then joined accountancy firm Grant Thornton in Bristol, where she established a Government & Infrastructure advisory team advising public sector procurers and private sector contractors on long-term public-private partnerships for capital projects in education, environmental services, housing, health and blue light services.
Founder and CEO
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.
Ann Watson has been the Chief Executive of Semta Group since 2014 and works strategically with engineering employers to identify and develop solutions to the many skills challenges within the sector. As part of her role Ann represents employer views to Government departments and stakeholders such as the Institute for Apprenticeships to ensure that skills policy reflects the needs of engineering sector employers.
With over 20 years of experience in the skills and engineering sectors, Ann has a unique breadth and depth of knowledge, developed through a variety of senior roles in relevant organisations.
Prior to her appointment as Semta CEO, Ann spent two years as the Semta Chief Operating Officer, taking the business through a major transformational programme to ensure it better met the needs of employers. She also has over 10 years of experience working within a leading awarding organisation including her role as Managing Director of EAL.
Ann comes from a family with a strong engineering heritage and this, along with her passion for skills for young people, makes her a powerful advocate for the opportunities in the sector, and she often appears in the media championing the topic.
Ann is currently helping to shape skills policy through her roles as a DfE T-level engineering panel member and IfA Stakeholder group member. She is also a non-executive director of EAL, FISSS and GTA England.
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.
Andrew Wordsworth is a Founder and Managing Director of Sustainable Ventures which works with investors, entrepreneurial managers and corporate partners to originate, build and grow businesses in the low carbon and sustainability sectors. The company also established Sustainable Workspaces, the UK's largest cluster of start-up companies in the sector with over 25 ventures based in two locations near London Bridge.
Sustainable Ventures portfolio includes E-Car Club which created the UK's first crowdfunding exit in 2015 when Europcar acquired a majority stake; and Powervault which is seeking to disrupt the domestic electricity storage industry. In 2017, the Company launched the Sustainable Accelerator fund, which has now the UK's leading specialist seed stage investor in the sector.
Prior to establishing Sustainable Ventures, Andrew had over 15 years' experience in the energy and climate change sector - including roles within Esso, Bain & Co, Arthur D Little and Managing Director of Carbon Trust Enterprises. Andrew holds an M.Eng from the University of Cambridge.