Speakers List - BusinessGreen Leaders Summit 2019

Keynote Speakers

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.


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.

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.

Alexander Gilbert

Senior Energy Strategy Manager


Alex acts as an independent 'Green Infrastructure' investor and advisor, focusing on: the 'energy transformation'; clean-tech investment; and the financing of smart, low carbon, sustainable cities.

He has worked in sustainable investment throughout his career - responsible for sourcing, financing and delivering high social & environmental-impact opportunities - and is working with developers, financiers and governments to support their future infrastructure.

He is currently curating, commercialising and delivering the energy projects that will assist in the transformation of TfL; London's largest and most significant energy user.

Alex has a degree in Economics (First Class) and a Masters in Advanced Energy and Environmental Studies (Distinction).

Marcus Gover



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.

Jeremy Leggett



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'.

Simon Reid

Sustainability Manager

innocent drinks

Simon is a sustainability manager (aka Captain Planet) at innocent drinks and is passionate about business being a force for good. Most of his work at innocent focusses on how to run a more sustainable supply chain. This covers many areas including carbon, water, waste, transport, human rights, and packaging. Simon enjoys the challenge of working with different teams internally, suppliers and customers to deliver new opportunities for doing business in a more sustainable way.

Simon has a master's degree in Environment and Development, is a Chartered Environmentalist and full member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) and has over 12 years of experience in the environmental sector. Simon started his working career with the environmental charity Earthwatch where he supported businesses on their sustainability journeys. He then worked for WRAP, a government funded body that worked with business to optimise resource management within the UK and lead the drive to a more circular economy. He then worked in the sustainability team at UK retailer Marks and Spencer before joining the innocent team mid-way through 2016.
Simon lives in Oxford with his wife and is the proud dad of two great girls. He likes yoga, beer, bicycles and exploring new places. He dislikes sachets and slides with too many words on them.


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.