Speakers List - BusinessGreen Leaders Briefing - Towards Net Zero Transport

Keynote Speakers

Chris Stark

Chief Executive

The Committee on Climate Change

Chris has been Chief Executive of the Committee on Climate Change since April 2018.

His previous role was Director of Energy and Climate Change in the Scottish Government, leading the development of Scotland's approach to emissions-reduction and the accompanying energy system transition. His team provided advice to Scottish Ministers on all aspects of energy and climate policy - and on licensing and consent decisions for new onshore energy infrastructure. Prior to that Chris headed the Strategy Unit, the Scottish Government's central strategy team, and he has worked in a number of Whitehall departments. He has wide experience of economic policymaking, in the Scottish Government, HM Treasury and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Nigel Topping


We Mean Business

Nigel serves as CEO of We Mean Business coalition, which harnesses business leadership to drive the innovations and policies that accelerate action on climate change. We Mean Business was instrumental in achieving the ambitious Paris Agreement in 2015. Previously, he was executive director of CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project). Nigel has 18 years' experience in the manufacturing sector, most recently as a member of the MBO team who took TMD Friction private and built it into the number one global brake pad manufacturer. Nigel is a commissioner on the Energy Transitions Commission and a member of the Daimler Integrity and Responsibility Board. He's also a Director of the London Pension Fund Authority - appointed by Mayor Sadiq Khan to ensure implementation of his commitment to decarbonize the portfolio. He is a member of the Grantham Institute on Climate and Environment advisory board at LSE and Imperial College, and sits on the boards of the Science Based Targets initiative and Schumacher College.


Dr Annela Anger-Kraavi

Senior Research Associate

Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Annela holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge where she now is an active researcher in the area of climate change economics, leads projects and teaches. She is Vice-Chair of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change's (UNFCCC) Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) and an EU negotiator to the UNFCCC. She is also Chief Executive of the Cambridge Trust for New Thinking in Economics - an educational charity that promotes new developments in the economics' discipline. Annela enjoys working closely with policymakers, businesses and environmental campaigners. Her research interests include macroeconomic analysis of impacts of climate change (and other environmental) policies on national economies and international bunker fuels, green growth and social implications of low-carbon transition. She advises developing and developed country governments, serves on advisory boards of academic bodies and institutions and is a visiting professor at universities in the EU and beyond. Annela loves sailing and practicing upright bass and is the mother of two children.

James Beard

Campaign Manager - EV100

The Climate Group

James joined The Climate Group in August 2018 as Campaign Manager for EV100, The Climate Group's global initiative bringing together businesses committed to the transition to electro-mobility. James' main focuses include developing and implementing EV100's corporate outreach strategy as well as managing the production of the EV100 annual report and a range of other projects to expand the initiative's global visibility and impact.

James previously worked on climate change policy and advocacy for the environmental organisation WWF, including work on bioenergy and electromobility in the UK and on aviation in the UN. This included a campaign to raise the UK Government's stated ambition on the transition away from fossil fuelled transportation in 2017-18, and co-leading WWF's global engagement in the development of a carbon trading mechanism - CORSIA - for the international aviation sector from 2014-16. Prior to this, James spent three years working on communications for the UK-based Renewable Energy Association.

James holds a first class BA in French Studies from the University of London Institute in Paris and an MSc in Environmental Policy from the University of Oxford.

Angie Boakes

General Manager, Electric Mobility


Angie Boakes, General Manager, Electric Mobility within Shell's New Energies business is responsible for the development and delivery of initiatives which arise from the increasing shift to electrification in transport.

Angie has been involved in the world of Electric Mobility since 2013 - perhaps a surprise to some for an oil and gas company - where she led 3 cutting edge R&D trials across California and Europe exploring how electric vehicles can be used as an asset to the grid.

More recently, Angie led the acquisition of NewMotion, the leading EV charging services provider in Europe, with the result that Shell now has an additional 30k ‘re-energising' points to its 43k retail stations! The addition of fast chargers on selected Shell forecourts and joining up with IONITY means that Shell can offer the EV driver a proposition no matter where they want to charge their vehicle.

Angie's prior 10 years with Shell have been focused on Shell's global Retail business in addition to roles within the Group's M&A centre of excellence.

Sam Clarke

Founder and Head of Business Development


Sam Clarke is Head of Business Development at Gnewt Cargo, the sustainable and fully electric parcel delivery service, which is part of Menzies Distribution.

Sam founded Gnewt in 2008 building it into the world's leading fully electric delivery service with a fleet of c.70 vans operating from its fleet in Bow, London. Gnewt was bought by Menzies Distribution in 2017 and operates as the group's fully electric last mile delivery service.

Sam is an award winning, start-up entrepreneur and a regular speaker on fully electric logistics and sustainable delivery. In his current role he works with the Menzies Distribution group to expand the use of electric vehicles across the wider business. He is a fellow and sector chair to the National Institute of Couriers and has also advised the Transport Select Committee on the future of urban freight.

Madeleine Cuff

Deputy Editor


Madeleine Cuff is the Deputy Editor at BusinessGreen, responsible for contributing daily news and features and analysis pieces to the site. She has a particular interest in sustainability in the food and fashion industries, alongside an enduring curiosity for new clean tech innovations.

Prior to joining BusinessGreen in June 2015, Madeleine spent three years as an assistant editor at innovation consultancy Stylus, where she covered future-facing shifts in the science, technology and health sectors. She has a Masters in journalism from City University London and a first class honours degree in English Literature from Durham University.

Christina Downend

Climate Change Manager


Christina has been Climate Change Manager at Tesco since May 2016 where she works on developing and delivering their climate change mitigation and adaptation strategy for the Group. Since joining Tesco Christina has led the science-based carbon reduction target work, which saw Tesco become the first company to set a target aligned to the Paris Climate Agreement recommendation of 1.5 degrees. She has also driven the development of the Tesco renewable electricity transition strategy with the UK, Ireland and Slovakia businesses already transitioned to 100% renewable electricity via certificates. Most recently Christina has led the work which allowed Tesco to become a signatory to the Clean Van Commitment as well as announcing that over 2,400 Electric Vehicle charging bays will be deployed across 600 Tesco stores across the UK within the next two years.

Christina has over 10 years' experience in sustainability across the public and private sector having previously worked on climate change adaptation and mitigation within Johnson Matthey, the Energy Saving Trust and at local authorities. She holds a BSc in Environmental Science from Newcastle University as well as an MSc in Environmental Management from the University of Bath.

Matthew Gorman

Director of Sustainability & Environment


Matthew has been Sustainability & Environment Director at Heathrow for the last 10 years. He leads the team that developed "Heathrow 2.0", the airport's leadership plan for sustainable growth, launched in 2017. He is a member of the company's leadership team and played a key role in developing the new approach to expansion - putting local communities and environment at the heart of the airport's growth plans. Those plans were recommended by Airports' Commission, supported by the Government, and won strong parliamentary backing in June 2018.

Matthew works closely with community, business and government stakeholders in the UK, Europe and internationally. He chairs the Heathrow Community Noise Forum, engaging a range of neighbouring boroughs He is a council member and past Chair of Sustainable Aviation, a unique coalition of UK airlines, aircraft and engine manufacturers and airports which promotes cleaner, quieter, smarter flying. He has represented the global airports industry in the International Civil Aviation Organisation's working group on aviation and climate change, and Heathrow on the Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change since its foundation in 2005.

Prior to Heathrow, Matthew worked at leading sustainable development not-for-profit Forum for the Future, advising FTSE 100 companies on. He started his career on the graduate programme of global consultancy Environment Resources Management. He is a trustee of the Hillingdon Community Trust and a past Vice-Chair of SERA, the Labour Environment Campaign, of Tourism Concern, which campaigns for ethical tourism, and of the Heathrow Community Fund.

Matthew is a fluent French and Spanish speaker and has co-authored a book on corporate responsibility: ‘Big Business, Big Responsibilities. From villains to visionaries - how companies are tackling the world's greatest challenges'. Matthew has a BA in French and Hispanic Studies from the University of Liverpool, an MPhil in Environment & Development from the University of Cambridge and an MProf in Sustainable Development from Middlesex University/Forum for the Future.

Claire Haigh

Chief Executive

Greener Journeys

Claire Haigh is Chief Executive of Greener Journeys, a coalition of the UK's major public transport groups committed to encouraging people to make more sustainable travel choices. She also chairs the Government's Delivery & Impacts Independent Review Panel for the Joint Air Quality Unit (DfT/Defra); is the Executive Director of the Transport Knowledge Hub; and a Director of the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership. She has previously been an Advisor and Board Member of Transport for Greater Manchester.

Previously she was Project Director for Journey Solutions, where she was responsible for PLUSBUS. Other previous roles include Sales Director for Chameleon Press; and, Account Executive for DDB advertising agency. She read History and German at Magdalen College Oxford. She is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce.

Chris Large

Senior Partner

Global Action Plan

One of two partners that leads the charity, Chris guides Global Action Plan's ambitions to enable organisations and the public to minimise their contribution, and exposure, to air pollution. Chris is the architect of the Clean Van Commitment, leading a collective commitment from some of the UK's largest fleet operators to have a zero tailpipe emission van fleet by 2028. Chris also led the creation of the Clean Air Day initiative, convening a group of 200 supporter organisations to mobilise action on air pollution across the country. Supporters include the Royal College of Physicians, Highways England, Defra, Great Ormond Street Hospital, UNICEF and the authorities of the UK's largest cities. In 2018 Clean Air Day had a reach of 990 million, with 1,750 press, TV and radio items and 550 events across the country. The campaign trended on Twitter, and 2,000 organisations actively participated in improving the public's understanding of air quality matters.

Alongside air quality, Chris is supporting Singapore's government to implement the country's green building strategy and created the award-winning Operation TLC programme that has saved the NHS millions of pounds of energy costs.

Clare Linton

Policy Researcher

Urban Transport Group

Clare Linton joined the Urban Transport Group in May 2016, to conduct research across a range of transport policy areas including smart futures, integrated transport, public health, social inclusion, sustainability and data in transport.

Prior to this Clare completed a PhD in Low Carbon Technologies at the University of Leeds in 2016. Her PhD research explored the potential to reduce emissions from urban transport through more effective use of capacity. Clare has also worked in the Climate Change, Energy and Transport team at the Institute for Public Policy Research, researching public transport solutions. Clare holds a BA in Geography and an MSc in Climate Change and Policy, both from the University of Sussex.

Dr Tristan Smith

Reader in Energy and Shipping


Dr Tristan Smith, Reader in Energy and Transport at UCL has, since 2010, grown a substantial group focused on modelling and analysis of shipping's efficiency and emissions. He led the 3rd IMO GHG Study, is lead author of ISO 19030, co-chair of World Bank's CPLC Maritime Thread, and has been involved in numerous projects across the academic, industry and policy domains. The group maintains a number of models including GloTraM, which is used by several multinationals to explore shipping's future scenarios and technology evolution. Along with Dr Simon Davies, he is co-founder of University Maritime Advisory Services (UMAS).

Andrew Stephens

Executive Director

Sustainable Shipping Initiative

Andrew has a truly international background in the maritime industry, working for leading maritime service providers, in the position of Chief Operating Officer, such as Wilhelmsen Ships Service and Wallem Group, in a career which has seen him working in the UK, UAE, USA, Norway and Hong Kong. He was responsible for leading and managing business transformation, continuous improvement, integration and change management programmes, drive strategic planning and implementation consequently delivering on improved customer satisfaction, business performance and efficiency.

After a successful period in both international groups he joined The Sustainable Shipping Initiative in August 2018, where he is responsible for leadership of the Secretariat.


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.