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Claire Perry MP

COP26

President

Claire Perry worked at the Bank of America, McKinsey and Credit Suisse, and founded her own financial advice business before moving to the public sector as a Political Advisor to George Osborne.

She 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 Parliamentary Private Secretary 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 served as a Government Whip from 2013 - 2014, and as Rail Minister from 2014 - 2016.

On 12 June 2017 Claire was appointed Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Since her arrival, she has led the delivery of the Government's inaugural Clean Growth Strategy, established the Green Finance Taskforce, and launched the Powering Past Coal Alliance, a global initiative to drive the transition to cleaner energy. Claire attends Cabinet and was made a member of the Queen's Privy Council in March 2018.

Claire holds a degree in Geography from Brasenose College, Oxford and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Her Departmental responsibilities include:

  • Industrial Strategy
  • Carbon budgets
  • International climate change, including International Climate Fund
  • Climate science and innovation
  • Green finance
  • Energy efficiency and heat, including fuel poverty
  • Low carbon generation
  • Energy retail markets
  • Smart meters and smart systems
  • Oil and gas, including shale gas
  • Security of supply
  • Electricity and gas wholesale markets and networks
  • International energy
  • Energy security, including resilience and emergency planning

 

Dr Alice Bell

Writer, Climate Change Campaigner and co-Director

10:10 Climate Action

Dr Alice Bell is a co-director at 10:10 Climate Action, working on a range of campaigns from solar powered trains and decarbonised heat. An established voice on both climate change and issues of science and society, Alice has worked as an academic at the Science Communication Unit, Imperial College, City's journalism school, and the Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex. She started her career at the London Science Museum and holds a BSc in history of science as well as a PhD in science literature. She has written for a range of publications including the Guardian, Times Higher, Wellcome's Mosaic, Research Fortnight and Al Jazeera, and was a regular correspondent for the International Council for Science's climate policy blog on the run up to the Paris talks. Her first book, Can We Save the Planet, will be published by Thames & Hudson in Spring 2020. Our Biggest Experiment, an epic history of climate change, will be published by Bloomsbury in Autumn 2021.

Kevin Brennan

CEO

Quorn

Kevin Brennan serves as the Chief Executive of Quorn Foods, and has more than 29 years' experience within the food industry. Kevin's expertise resides in growing brands and businesses.

Before leading Quorn Foods, Kevin successfully carried out a 12 year career at Kellogg's, latterly as UK Marketing Director and General Manager of Snacks. Amongst the many brands in the Kellogg's portfolio, Kevin was responsible for the development of Special K, driving growth to become the nation's number one cereal brand. In addition, during his time at PZ Cussons and Seagram Distillers respectively, Kevin oversaw the success of brands such as Carex Liquid Soap, Captain Morgan's Spiced Rum and Mumm Champagne.

Now in his tenth year at the helm of Quorn Foods, Kevin has led the growth of Quorn to become the world's biggest meat alternative brand. He is passionate about driving further growth and in doing so help address the global issues of climate change and public health.

Kevin holds a degree in Economics from The University of York, and is a keen musician, writing songs and playing guitar in a band called The County Affair.

Helen Clarkson

Chief Executive Officer

The Climate Group

Helen joined The Climate Group in March 2017 as Chief Executive Officer. In addition to leading the growing Climate Group team, Helen sits on the board of the We Mean Business Coalition.
Prior to joining The Climate Group, Helen worked at Forum for the Future where she founded the organization's US office. At Forum, Helen led work with large US corporations such as Target, Walmart, Nike, Gap, and Levi Strauss & Co. to solve complex sustainability challenges at both the organizational and broader systemic level.
Helen joined Forum from Médecins Sans Frontières where she worked on humanitarian missions in countries including Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Pakistan and Nigeria.
Helen qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte, and has an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Cambridge University, and a master's degree from Birkbeck College, University of London.

Sue Garrard

Independent Sustainability Adviser and Former Head of Sustainability

Sue Garrard Consulting Ltd and Unilever

Sue is one of the world's leading experts in developing sustainability strategy in major companies, aligning it with business objectives, and embedding it across the business. She is an independent advisor on sustainability strategy, working with major businesses that are seeking to step up on their sustainability ambitions and performance.

She complements her client work by advising three sustainability related organisations on a pro-bono basis.

Until Autumn 2018, she was EVP Sustainable Business and Communications at Unilever.

At Unilever, Sue was responsible for leading and embedding the company's ambitious USLP (Unilever Sustainable Living Plan) into the business and ensuring delivery against its 70-plus time bound targets. She was also responsible for teams in 180 markets who engage with Governments and key external stakeholders; lead employee engagement; handle the media; and are accountable for issues and crisis management. She was part of the four-strong executive team that led the rebuttal of the hostile takeover bid by Kraft Heinz in 2017.

In particular, Sue was responsible for establishing sustainability as a driver of brand growth. By the end of 2018 its ‘Sustainable Living Brands' were growing 67% faster than its other brands and represented 70% of the company's growth.

Sue was one of the founders of the independent not for profit organisation, Blueprint for Better Business, and remains a Trustee. She is a Fellow at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, a Visiting Fellow at Cranfield School of Business Management, and a Fellow of the RSA.

Sue's earlier career includes two spells in the public sector, and roles in advertising and public affairs agencies. Sue's role prior to Unilever was as a Director General at the Department of Work and Pensions, where she led customer strategy and communications.

 

Kenny Jacobs

Chief Marketing Officer

Ryanair

Kenny Jacobs was appointed Chief Marketing Officer of Ryanair in February 2014. He joined from Moneysupermarket PLC where he held the same title. He has predominantly worked in retail, having been Marketing Director for Tesco Ireland and Brand Director for Tesco UK. Prior to this he worked for German based retailer, Metro Group in several marketing roles across Europe & Asia.

Ryanair is Europe's greenest/cleanest major airline with the youngest fleet and highest load factors. Its CO₂ per passenger/km is 66g, half the rate of other flag carrier European airlines. Ryanair is committed to reducing this by a further 10% to under 60g per pax/km by 2030. As part of Ryanair's environmental commitment, it is investing over US$20 billion in a fleet of 210 new Boeing 737 aircraft, which will carry 4% more passengers but reduce fuel burn by 16% and cut noise emissions by 40%.

Under Kenny's direction, last year Ryanair introduced a voluntary carbon offset scheme where customers can offset the carbon cost of their flight by making a voluntary donation to its climate charity partners at the end of the booking process. This year, Kenny was responsible for Ryanair becoming the first airline to report monthly CO₂ emissions and later this year he will re-launch Ryanair's ambitious environmental policy.

 

 

Leon Kamhi

Head of Responsibility

Hermes Investment Management

Reporting to Hermes' CEO, Leon is responsible for developing and directing Hermes' program for integrating responsibility across the group. This includes ensuring that investment teams are aware of and integrate ESG performance in investment decisions and that engagement is effectively incorporated alongside investment activities. In addition, in this role he oversees and contributes to how the firm's responsibility activities and performance are integrated into Hermes' client relationship management and reporting, the delivery of its corporate citizenship programme and the development of responsible structures and processes for the firm. He also leads a number of corporate and public policy engagements. Previously at Hermes, Leon was responsible for the development and delivery of Hermes EOS' global corporate and public policy engagement programme from 2012-2016 and acted as its commercial director from 2009-2012. Prior to that, Leon worked within the Hermes UK Large Cap Focus Fund for seven years, where he was responsible for executing the fund's engagement programmes. He also has 12 years of strategy consulting and operational industry experience.

Luke Murphy

Head of the Environmental Justice Commission and Associate Director for the Energy, Climate, Housing and Infrastructure Team

IPPR

Luke heads IPPR's Environmental Justice Commission and leads the Energy, Climate, Housing and Infrastructure team.
Before joining IPPR in 2016, Luke worked in parliament, the voluntary sector and the private sector. Luke has worked for the Labour party as a policy and political adviser for a shadow secretary of state and successive shadow housing ministers leading their work on housing, also working on local government and devolution. He has worked on policy and advocacy projects for the Living Wage Foundation and a leading housing association. Luke also has significant experience in communications and campaigning.
While at IPPR, Luke has authored and edited reports on a just transition, environmental breakdown, fuel poverty, income crisis and the energy sector, affordable housing, council tax and the role of land in the housing crisis.
Luke is an experienced media performer and contributor. He has appeared on national broadcast media, including BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 2, BBC news and Channel 4 Dispatches, and has written for a range of newspapers including the Guardian, the Times and the Independent, and for other outlets including the New Statesman and HuffPost.
Luke holds an MSc in international politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, and a BSc in politics and economics from the University of Bath.
Luke has experience across a wide range of public policy issues including:
• climate
• energy
• housing
• local government
• property taxation

Ashley Phillips

Managing Director, Customer Solutions UK

Ørsted

Ashley Phillips was appointed Managing Director, Ørsted Customer Solutions UK in September 2018. He has been a member of the Ørsted Sales UK Board since July 2016 and has led the Sales and Marketing business at Ørsted Sales UK, to successfully grow commodity and solutions revenue, profitability and market share.

Prior to joining Ørsted, Ashley was responsible for developing and leading Haven Power's I&C Sales business. Reporting into the Haven Power board, he successfully grew the I&C sales business, whilst delivering increased profitability and customer acquisition/retention.

With over 20 years' experience, Ashley is a proven leader of significant Sales, Marketing and Operational performance improvement and cultural change, in the context of re-organisation and re-structuring within the Energy/Energy Services Retailing Sector. He has initiated and led several transformation programmes across a number of businesses, enhancing agility and delivering innovation capabilities.

Ashley is passionate about helping businesses control their energy use and meet their sustainability targets. He shares Ørsted's commitment to supplying UK businesses with renewable energy solutions, that don't cost the earth. Ørsted offers businesses 100% offshore wind electricity, sourced from our UK wind farms, and greener gas options. Ørsted can also help cut energy costs and emissions through long term, wind backed Corporate Power Purchasing Agreements, trading services and energy management advice.

 

 

Shaun Spiers

Executive Director

Green Alliance

Shaun became executive director of Green Alliance in June 2017. He was chief executive of CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England) for 13 years. Previously he led ABCUL, the credit union trade association. From 1994 to 1999, he was an MEP for the South East, serving on the European Parliament's Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee.

Shaun is a trustee of Sustain, the alliance for food and farming. His book, How to build houses and save the countryside, was published by Policy Press in March 2018.

 

 

Speakers

CHAIR: Trewin Restorick

Founder and CEO

Hubbub

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.

Twitter @trewinr
Linked in http://bit.ly/J01t4F
Email [email protected]

Susanne Baker

Head of Programme, Environment and Compliance

techUK

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 and of JTAC, the body currently tasked with spending £10m to improve the reuse and recycling of waste electricals. Before joining techUK, Susanne worked for EEF, the manufacturers association (now Make UK) and the environmental business journal, The ENDS Report. She is a Fellow of the RSA and a graduate of Kings College London.

Dustin Benton

Policy Director

Green Alliance

Dustin joined Green Alliance in 2011, to lead its work in the Low Carbon Energy and Resource Stewardship themes. In this role, he designed policy for energy efficiency, renewables, and CCS, and was an expert commentator on resource risk, critical materials, plastic pollution, circular electronics and the Alliance for Circular Economy Solutions.

In October 2016, he became policy director, leading the delivery and advocacy of Green Alliance's work across energy, resources, and the natural environment, with a particular focus on getting on track to net zero emissions. Before joining Green Alliance, Dustin worked for the Campaign to Protect Rural England where he led work on the relationship between landscape protection, climate change, and new energy infrastructure.

He holds an MA in Political Thought and Theory from the University of Birmingham and an MA in International Relations and French from the University of St Andrews.

Mark Campanle

Founder and Executive Director

Carbon Tracker

Mark Campanale is the founder and executive director of Carbon Tracker and conceived the ‘unburnable carbon' capital markets thesis in 2011. Since then Carbon Tracker has grown cementing further terms such as carbon budgets and stranded assets in the financial and environmental lexicon. Mark is responsible for management strategy, board matters and developing the capital markets framework analysis.

Mark has twenty-five years experience in sustainable financial markets working for major institutional asset management companies. He has a BA in Politics & Economic History and an MSc in Agricultural Economics.

 

Maria Coronado Robles

Sustainability Senior Consultant

Euromonoitor

Maria is the Sustainability Senior Consultant at Euromonitor International and provides global expertise and forward-thinking insights in sustainability trends. She is an accomplished conference presenter and has authored a number of reports on topics including ethical living, the circular economy, how to implement the SDGs and an analysis of the impact of shifting environmental pressures on business. Maria is also responsible for the creation of Euromonitor's Environmental Sustainability Index. Prior to this role, Maria specialized in ingredients research and worked for bio-bean. With a PhD in Chemical Engineering in collaboration with Imperial College London Maria performed her post-doctoral research on plastic packaging waste at Leeds University.

Madeleine Cuff

Deputy Editor

BusinessGreen

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.

Angela Francis

Chief Advisor, Economics and Economic Development

WWF

Angela is Chief Advisor, Economics and Economic Development at WWF where she provides economic advice across the climate, food, and biodiversity programmes as well as leading on trade and industrial policy for a green transition. She is a member of UCL's Green Innovation Policy Commission and IPPR's Environmental Justice Commission.

She started as an accountant in the energy industry before moving into economic development where she has spent the last 18 years. She led on economics and strategy for the East of England Development Agency and worked on productivity, innovation, and low carbon growth in the UK and Europe for SQW. She was Regional Economist and Climate Attaché for the FCO in the Caribbean and returned to the UK to be Chief Economist for Green Alliance where she led on industrial strategy, tech and the economic case for a low carbon and circular economy.

 

Marcus Gover

CEO

WRAP

Marcus Gover has worked in the environment sector for over 25 years and is currently Chief Executive Officer of WRAP in the UK.

WRAP is a not-for profit organisation working with governments, businesses and citizens to create a world in which resources are used sustainably. Its experts generate evidence-based solutions to protect the environment, build stronger economies and support more sustainable societies. WRAP's impact spans the entire life-cycle of the food we eat, the clothes we wear and the products we buy, from production to consumption and beyond.

Before WRAP, Marcus was Commercial Director of Biojoule, a small start-up renewable energy company making wood pellets from forestry residues and energy crops. Prior to Biojoule, he was a Director of AEA Technology Environment - an international technical services business that is now part of Ricardo. During his time with AEA, he led technical research programmes, ran an emissions monitoring business, managed a water engineering company, oversaw an outsourced waste management operation and set up an office in China.

Marcus has a degree in chemical engineering and a PhD in combustion from Imperial College, London. After an initially technical career, he studied for an Executive MBA at Cranfield School of Management before taking on more senior management roles. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and a Corporate Member of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management.

John Hartley

Global Head of Consultative Solutions

Centrica Business Solutions

John Hartley has spent his career working in energy across the world. Most recently he has been at the centre of the decentralisation of the energy industry - leading the Centrica strategy on distributed energy. John is Global Head of Consultative Solutions for Centrica Business Solutions.

Richard Howard

Research Director

Aurora Energy Research

Richard is Aurora's Research Director and is responsible for managing and developing Aurora's suit of market intelligence services across European power markets, renewables, flexible and distributed energy, and global commodities.
Before joining Aurora he was a Director and Head of Energy and Environment at Policy Exchange, where he authored a number of influential reports on energy and environmental policy and regulation. Prior to that he was the Chief Economist at The Crown Estate.
Richard has a first class degree in Economics and an MSc in Environmental Policy.

Jeremy Leggett

Founder

Solarcentury

Jeremy Leggett is founder and a director of Solarcentury, currently the fastest growing UK renewable energy company based on international sales, developer and installer of solar in more than a dozen countries on four continents, and winner of awards including a Queen's Award for Enterprise in Innovation. He is also founder and chair of SolarAid, a charity set up with five percent of Solarcentury's annual profit's that endeavours to build solar lighting markets in Africa - itself parent to a non-profit social venture, SunnyMoney, winner of a BITC Unilever Global Development Award. An Entrepreneur of the Year at the New Energy Awards, he was the first Hillary Laureate for International Leadership in Climate Change and has been described by the Observer as 'Britain's most respected green energy boss'.

Anne-Claire Leydier

DSO Transition Manager

Northern Powergrid

Anne-Claire is leading on the strategy behind Northern Powergrid's transition towards Distribution System Operation and a more dynamic era of network management.

Having worked for Northern Powergrid for six years, Anne-Claire played a key role in the 2015-2023 regulatory business plan and led the company's strategy on community and local energy.

Prior to joining the utilities sector, Anne-Claire worked in telecommunications. She holds two Masters in Energy and Industrial Sustainability and Business and Finance

 

Nick Molho

Executive Director

Aldersgate Group

Nick is the executive director of the Aldersgate Group, a cross-economy organisation whose business members have a collective global turnover of around £550bn. The work of the group focuses on developing policy positions to tackle major environmental challenges in a way that is environmentally effective and can deliver economic benefits. The group's work covers a wide range of environmental policy issues including climate and energy policy, resource efficiency, natural capital and green finance.

Nick is responsible for the overall management of the Aldersgate Group, including the development of its work programme and its representation of member views to UK and EU policy makers. This included overseeing two major reports recently on the innovation and business implications of achieving net zero emissions by mid-century. Prior to joining the Aldersgate Group in 2014, Nick was the Head of Climate Change and Energy Policy for four years at environmental NGO WWF-UK. Prior to that, Nick spent six years working as an environmental and energy lawyer with global law firm CMS.

Nick holds a First-Class Degree in English Law and German Law from the University of Kent, where he specialised in environmental law and received a prize for best undergraduate in environmental law following his dissertation on the effectiveness of emission trading schemes in tackling climate change

 

Jim Rushen

Group Head of Environment

Centrica

Jim Rushen is Group Head of Environment at Centrica plc. Jim has 25 years' experience in developing and implementing environmental strategy and policy within the international corporate sector.
For over a decade, Jim has overseen all environmental matters across the Centrica group, setting and driving forward the sustainability agenda across a diverse range of activities within the energy sector.
Currently Jim is helping Centrica transform from a traditional energy utility to a 21st century energy and service company well positioned to play a positive role in the transition to a lower carbon future. Most recently he has led the development of Centrica's climate change ambitions out to 2030 and beyond.
Prior to joining Centrica, Jim worked in a similar capacity at a number of businesses including Engie and across the energy, waste and water sectors.

 

 

Hege Sæbjørnsen

Country Sustainability Manager UK & Ireland

IKEA

Hege Sæbjørnsen is the Country Sustainability Manager for IKEA UK & Ireland, responsible for all aspects of the retailer's sustainability strategy. 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, just launched, and has been instrumental in co-developing IKEA's Role in Society strategic direction. Current focus areas include IKEA's ambition to phase out single use plastics by 2019, enabling 1 billion people to live better lives, becoming a circular retailer, and fulfilling on our EV100 commitments.

Prior to joining IKEA, Hege led and developed cross sector social impact programmes and social and cultural enterprises, with the focus to tackle social, environmental and economic challenges in partnership with the likes of UnLtd, the Cabinet office, Big Lottery Fund and the Refugee Council.

 

 

Chairperson

James Murray

Editor-in-Chief

BusinessGreen

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.