Deputy Policy Director - Energy UK
Adam Berman works as the Deputy Director, Policy, at Energy UK. In this position, he advocates for ways to speed up the UK’s journey to Net-Zero through enabling low-carbon investment in clean power generation. Prior to Energy UK, Adam was European Policy Director at IETA (International Emissions Trading Association), an organisation which advocates for robust and effective carbon pricing. Previous roles included working as an analyst in the energy industry on international climate policy issues, and as a researcher in the UK Parliament.
Head of Sustainability - Google
As Head of Sustainability for Google Europe, Middle East and Africa, Adam works at the meeting point of physical, digital and natural worlds. He coordinates with Google’s real world and digital infrastructure teams – from real estate and supply chains, to data centres and products – to ensure the company is capitalising on opportunities to strategically advance sustainability. Adam has more than 15 years of experience driving sustainability at leading organisations including Amazon and Marks & Spencer.
Sector Lead - Manufacturing & Infrastructure - IES
County Director UK & Ireland - Wallbox
Alan McCleave is the Country Director UK and Ireland at Wallbox, a leading smart charging and energy management solutions company. Alan has worked in the EV charging space across the UK, Ireland and the Nordics for the past four years and previously worked in the energy sector and for vehicle leasing companies. Alan has helped many companies transition from ICE vehicles to electric, across numerous sectors including retail, depot, fleet, energy, real estate and corporate B2B.
Country Manager for UK, Ireland & Nordics - Patagonia
Alex Beasley is the Country Manager for UK, Ireland and Nordics and is responsible for supporting Patagonia’s mission to save our home planet in the territory. For us, a love of wild places requires participation in the fight to save them. We donate time, services and at least 1% of our global sales to grassroots environmental groups all over the world who help to protect these places.
Chief Executive - Hubbub
Alex is CEO of the creative environmental charity Hubbub. Hubbub inspires people to take action that’s good for the environment and supports stronger communities around the UK. This ranges from building a network of over 300 community fridges to making the world’s first recycled plastic boats. After a successful career as an entrepreneur in the music industry, Alex turned to his passion for environmental and social issues, joining Hubbub in 2017. He thereby joined a very small group of people who have worked with both Snoop Dogg and KPMG.
CEO - Faversham House
Amanda Barnes is Chief Executive of Faversham House Ltd, the company behind edie. After reading English at Oxford, Amanda had a career in the City, completing an MBA at IMD in Lausanne before joining the world of publishing. Her experience spans publishing, digital media, exhibitions and events. She led a management buy-out of Faversham House in 2010 and bought out her private equity partners in 2014. She has been responsible for repositioning the company as a multi-media business information provider building on the company’s strong brands in utilities, sustainability and visual communications.
Over the last 18 months Amanda has been working with Seismic Change consultants on Faversham House’s own journey to becoming a B Corp. She is a passionate advocate of business as a force for good having worked on sustainability since edie’s launch in 1998. Faversham House’s purpose is “to spark ideas and actions to make positive change happen”.
Co-Founder - UpCircle Beauty
Anna is the co-founder of UpCircle Beauty, the brand known for pioneering the “by-product beauty” trend. When Anna discovered that more than 500,000 tonnes of coffee grounds that are consumed each year in the UK alone are sent to landfill, she decided to start collecting coffee from cafes across London and transforming them into skincare products. Since launching UpCircle has saved over 450 tonnes of coffee. The brand also rescues and reuses ingredients from the argan, tea, juice, date, olive and wood industries. The brand has seen staggering growth in the last five years, selling hundreds of thousands of products per year worldwide.
In 2020 Anna and her team launched the UpCircle range into 2000+ retail doors across the UK and USA, tripled the size of their team and launched seven new products. All in the height of a global pandemic. She was included in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for 2021.
Senior Net Zero Engagement Lead - NHS England
Anne leads on communications and engagement for the Greener NHS, an NHS England programme responsible for the delivery of the world’s first net zero health service. Communications and engagement is a critical component of the programme, with the support of 1.4 million NHS people, partners and suppliers required to achieve this bold ambition, along with the support of patients and the public.
With a background in science communication, Anne has established a career working in the fields of global health, climate change, research and technology. Most recently, Anne headed up communications and media for The Lancet, the leading global health and clinical medicine journal, and has formerly work for Cancer Research UK and Imperial College London.
Prior to the pandemic, Anne spent a three year stint in Australia at an award-winning communications agency, Herd MSL, and progressed into the role of Account Director for a range of corporate, technology and government clients such as Schneider Electric, American Express and the Federal and State government.
Chief Sustainability Officer - WSH
Annelie Selander has more than 20 years experience in the food industry, having spent the last five dedicated to drive the transition to more sustainable practices. Following 10 years at Nestle Nordic working across infant nutrition, coffee and consumer insights and two years at Finnish homewares company Fiskars, she joined Findus to lead NPD for the Nordics in 2013. After four years in senior marketing and innovation roles she was appointed Group Sustainability Director for Nomad Foods, parent company of the Birds Eye, Findus, and iglo brands, in January 2018. As of February 2023, she is Chief Sustainability Officer for Westbury Street Holdings (WSH), the parent company for leading brands operating in the food services and hospitality sectors, including BaxterStorey and Benugo.
Annelie has a proven track record of developing, deploying, and driving progress against a holistic sustainability strategy. With a passion for purpose led businesses, she’s determined to support changing the food industry for the better.
CEO - Pukka Herbs
Anuradha Chugh is the CEO of Pukka Herbs since July 2021. She firmly believes that businesses can – and should – tackle climate change and address inequality. Anu has over 25 years’ experience in the CPG industry, holding positions in values-led progressive businesses like Ben & Jerry’s as Managing Director- Europe, as well as in some of Unilever’s flagship brands like Dove & Lipton, in different geographies of Europe, US, Latin America, Turkey & India.
Anu has demonstrated that she can lead businesses to thrive, transform and grow by creating value that is long-lasting and purpose driven. She is passionate about using the power of business to make a positive impact in society and is not afraid to step out of her comfort zone to drive change.
Anu is married to Rohit with whom she has two kids: Aditi and Varun, and loves spending time outdoors with their dog, Alfie.
Vice President, Sustainability - PepsiCo Europe
As Vice President Climate, Water & Sustainable Ops at PepsiCo Europe, Archana leads the development of PepsiCo Europe’s strategy to be a Net Zero and a Net Water Positive company. In addition, Archana also serves as Chief Sustainability Officer for PepsiCo, UK & Ireland. Prior to this, Archana led PepsiCo Europe’s packaging sustainability agenda and drove the company’s effort towards reducing, recycling and reinventing beverage and snacks packaging.
Prior to her current role, Archana has a strong track record of building businesses and brands both at GlaxoSmithKline where she led multiple brands and categories across Europe, Africa and Asia and at the Nature’s Bounty Company where she led marketing and business development for the international region (all ex-US).
Before she moved to the industry, Archana was an Associate Partner at global consulting firm, McKinsey & Co. across India and Europe, developing clear strategies for clients in the consumer and healthcare verticals. She advised clients on topics ranging from corporate strategy to sales and marketing plans.
Senior Manager, Network - Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Ariel is a Senior Manager, Network working to develop and expand the world’s leading circular economy network at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. The Foundation’s Network brings together businesses, policymakers, innovators, universities, cities, philanthropic organisations and thought leaders to build and scale a circular economy.
Ariel previously served as a Senior Associate at GrantTree in London, helping innovative start-ups acquire R&D funding – many of them investing in sustainable and circular solutions. Ariel relocated to London in 2018, following over 7 years in Washington, DC within the NGO sector.
Chief Impact Officer - Seventh Generation
As the Global Director of Advocacy and Sustainability for Seventh Generation, Ashley serves as a senior leader for the company’s mission at global and regional levels. She also leads the U.S.-based Corporate Consciousness team and all key facets of the work articulated in Seventh Generation’s mission – To Transform the World into a Healthy, Sustainable, and Equitable Place for the Next Seven Generations. She is responsible for the overall vision and strategy to achieve success against the company’s long- and short-term sustainability goals.
Ashley serves on Seventh Generation’s senior leadership team, contributing to company policy development, direction, and sustaining a culture of mission-orientation. In 2010, she became the first President of the Seventh Generation Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to promoting social and environmental progress through education, conservation, research, and advocacy.
Sustainability Manager - Tetrapak
Awantika Chadha is a Sustainability Manager at Tetra Pak and is responsible for leading on sustainability strategy with a speciality in managing collection and recycling points across the value chain. She is passionate about building the circular economy and is committed to driving change in this space. Awantika has worked in sustainability at Tetra Pak since 2020. During that time, she has led on sustainability-focused projects in India, UK, Ireland and Norway.
Awantika has a MSc in Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology, and has received credentials in sustainable packaging, circular economy and waste management from Delft University of Technology.
Prior to joining Tetra Pak, Awantika held the role of Packaging Manager at Nestlé, and was an executive at Polyplex Corp. Ltd, focused on developing flexible packaging solutions.
Sector Lead - Real Estate - IES
Ben Pettitt is the Sector Lead for Real Estate at IES. He is responsible for IES’ client relationships and development across the UK and European commercial property sector. IES is a leading provider of Digital Twin decarbonisation technology and services for the built environment.
Ben is an experienced sustainability and real estate sector professional with over 7 years experience in the commercialisation and implementation of sustainability services and solutions. Holding a balance of technical and commercial skills, he is effective in translating client challenges into value-unlocking solutions. Exposure working in the UK, EMEA and APAC real estate, construction and civil infrastructure sectors. Core academic background in Environmental Science, Sustainability Management and Policy.
Co-Founder - Lawyers for Nature
Brontie Ansell is one of the founding directors of Lawyers for Nature, a not for profit dedicated to protecting the natural world. She is also a senior lecturer at the University of Essex and manages the Climate Casework Unit at Essex. She practices creative Earth law and was recently responsible for the conceptual and legal work of appointing Nature to the board of directors of Faith in Nature. She now sits on their board as the voice and vote of Nature alongside a committee of experts.
Climate Change Manager - Tesco
In leading Tesco’s climate work, Bryony was instrumental in driving the group to become the first UK food retailer to commit its full value chain to a 1.5C net zero pathway. This commitment is now part of Tesco’s core purpose, ‘Big 6’ KPIs, and is linked to executive remuneration and selected financial facilities.
Passionate about embedding sustainability into commercial business practice, she brings several years of trading experience as a buyer across dairy, snacking, soft drinks and toiletries into her role as Tesco’s Climate Change Manager and now acting Head of Environment.
She has focussed particularly on aligning Transport, Property, Procurement and Finance functions towards the common goal of reaching net zero as credibly and efficiently as possible. She leads the development and implementation of an executive-sponsored climate strategy across the UK and EU markets, securing investment to deliver short and long-term emissions reduction.
Director for Delivery of Net Zero - Compass Group UK
Carolyn Ball was appointed Director for Delivery of Net Zero across Compass Group’s 6 sectors in the UK & Ireland in 2021 and also now sits on the Sustainability Leadership Team for the FTSE 25 Global Group.
She has 20 years’ experience in the food and drink industry spanning news reporting, trade journalism, 15th Century manuscript transcription (recipes) and commercial leadership roles in a start-up, SME and two PLCs.
This experience has given her a front row seat to understanding the nature, level and complexity of change required to revolutionise our food industry – one of the most complicated to decarbonise on earth.
Carolyn lives in Peterborough, is a wild swimming enthusiast, proud wife of a serving soldier, mum of two and best friends with the family St Bernard, Kubwa (Swahili for giant!)
Director of Consumer Protection - Competition and Markets Authority
Cecilia Parker Aranha has been a Director of Consumer Protection at the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority since 2014. Cecilia led development of the CMA’s “Green Claims Code” and is the Project Director for the CMA’s investigation into misleading environmental claims, currently focused on the retail fashion sector. She also contributed to the CMA’s advice to Government on the relationship between the consumer protection law framework and environmental sustainability.
Cecilia has worked in Government for 21 years. She has a specialism in consumer protection law and is a member of the Law Society of Scotland’s Consumer Law Committee. Cecilia holds a degree in Law and German, and an MSc in Social Policy both from the University of Edinburgh.
Cecilia lives in Edinburgh with her husband, her two cats and her composting worms.
Human Rights Lead - Sky
As Sky’s human rights Lead, Charlotte works to embed respect for human rights deeply across Sky’s diverse value chain. With a commitment through Sky Zero, to achieve net zero across our value chain by 2030, use our voice to advocate for climate action, and inspire millions of citizens to do the same – Charlotte works across Sky, from Content and Sports to Products and Procurement to promote a fair and just transition. Charlotte previously led Sky’s Sustainability reporting, and the development of Sky’s net zero ambition with Production & Procurement.
Charlotte co-founded the TV Industry Human Rights Forum in 2017 and is a founding Advisory Panel member of the Centre for Sport and Human Rights. Charlotte has developed & implemented innovative approaches to preventing and mitigating risks to workers, communities and audiences. We aim to share what we learn, including a recent case study on a collaborative approach to preventing labour exploitation in UK construction. Charlotte has over 12 years’ experience driving sustainability, and before Sky, Charlotte led Aviva’s Global Community Development programme, focusing on children’s rights.
Co-CEO - Belu
Global Director of Advocacy - Natura & Co
Chair - Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA)
Before taking up the role of chairman of the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) in June 2022, Chris had offered them strategic advice from 2014 to 2018. He was UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change from 2010 to 2012 and previously Shadow Environment Secretary. He is also a former City economist and economics journalist.
Founder & CEO - Greener Vision
Claire Haigh is Founder & CEO of Greener Vision a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to encouraging the switch to a greener future and chairs the Greener Transport Council of leading academics and experts.
Claire also chairs the Delivery & Impacts Independent Review Panel for the Government’s Joint Air Quality Unit (DfT/Defra); is a Director and Vice Chair of the Zemo Partnership (formerly Low CVP) where she chairs the Remuneration Committee; and is Executive Director of the Transport Knowledge Hub. She was formerly the Chief Executive of the sustainable transport group Greener Journeys, and of the not-for-profit organisation Greener Transport Solutions. She has been a Board Member of Transport for Greater Manchester.
Claire is also an artist motivated by a desire for positive change. “If we want to change behaviours, we need to change the premises which led to them”. The Tabula Project aims to provide a new perspective on the mind.
Founder - Force of Nature
CEO & Special Representative of the UN Secretary-Genera & Co-Chair - Sustainable Energy for All and UN-Energy
Net Zero Business Engagement Lead - BEIS
Dan is a lead in the Net Zero Business Engagement team at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). He works across government and with external stakeholders to make it easier for businesses to transition to Net Zero. Prior to this he worked in the Private Investment into Net Zero team at BEIS. Before BEIS he worked at Defra in the Environmental Regulations team.
Executive Vice President - WBCSD
Until 2021, Dominic championed the environmental sustainability agenda at the World Economic Forum (WEF) from his arrival in late 2005 as the inaugural Director of Environmental Initiatives. In January 2019 he became a Managing Director and Member of the Managing Board. During his tenure at the WEF, Dominic worked with many business leaders across all sectors, as well as representatives from governments, and international and civil society organizations at the highest level, cementing the role of business and public-private cooperation as a key component in shaping the global environmental agenda.
Prior to his role at the WEF, Dominic was with Environmental Resources Management (ERM) from 1998 to 2005, leaving ERM as a Principal Partner of the UK Operating Company and a member of the management committee. From 1994 to 1998, he was the inaugural environmental economist at the UK Natural Environment Research Council Institute of Hydrology. He was latterly a Visiting Scholar; Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment (Stanford University) and a Trustee of the Climate Group.
Dominic holds a Degree in Geography from Cambridge University UK, and a Master of Science in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics from University College London.
Dominic holds the following Advisory and Board positions:
- Governing Board Member: International Water
- Management Institute (IWMI), part of CGIAR
- Senior Fellow: World Resources Institute (WRI)
- Member of Advisory Board, Corporate Eco Forum, USA
- Co-Chair of UNEP Business and Industry Major Group
Chief Scientist and Policy Director - Greenpeace UK
Dr Douglas Parr is Chief Scientist and Policy Director at Greenpeace UK. He has specialised in climate change policy across power, heat and transport sectors for many years, and also monitoring issues such as bioenergy, agriculture and land use. He has previously worked on a number of issues including chemicals policy, green refrigeration, waste and marine conservation. He obtained a D.Phil in Atmospheric Chemistry from Oxford University in 1991.
Dr Dorothy Maxwell
Head of Sustainability and ESG Advisory - Davy
Dorothy has over 25 years working in the sustainable business/ESG arena with business and government in USA, UK, Ireland, EU and Asia. She is currently Head of Davy Horizons – sustainability and ESG advisory part of financial services firm Davy Group based in Ireland and UK. She has worked with Accenture, Willis Towers Watson, McKinsey as a sustainable business consultant. She has worked as a Head of Sustainability for businesses including Sanpower Group (China)/House of Fraser and Selfridges Group. She has worked with the European Commission, Irish government and UK Department of the Environment (DEFRA) as an environmental policy maker. She has been a Senior Advisor to HRH The Prince of Wales’s International Sustainable Unit. In 2017, she was honoured to become one of The Prince’s Responsible Business Ambassadors. Dorothy has a proven track record leading and delivering sustainability/ESG projects in business across FMCG, retail, food, financial services, construction, pharmaceuticals and ICT with companies such as Walmart, J&J and Nike. Qualifications are a MSc Environmental Science and PhD Sustainable Business from Imperial College London. She is visiting lecturer on sustainable business at Imperial College London and TU Dublin. She is author of Valuing Natural Capital: Future Proofing Business & Finance She is a member of the Central Bank of Ireland Climate Forum, Fellow and board member of the Institute of Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability (ICRS).
Dr Andrew Coburn
CEO - Risilience
Andrew is CEO and a founder member of Risilience. He is responsible for the overall business success and direction of the company, and was the main architect behind the models and analytics that go into the Climate Risilience® and Enterprise Risilience® platforms.
Andrew has previously been one of the early-stage innovators of the catastrophe modelling industry for insurance, where he has created and brought numerous analytics products to market.
Andrew is one of the founder members of Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, where he maintains a position as Chief Scientist.
Founder - Green Generation Initiative
Elizabeth Wathuti is a passionate environmentalist and climate activist from Kenya. She is the founder of Green Generation Initiative (GGI) and the Head of Campaigns and Coordinator of Daima Coalition for the Protection of Urban Green Spaces at the Wangari Maathai Foundation. She served as Global South Youth Co-chair for the COP26 Civil Society and Youth Advisory Council and addressed world leaders at the World Leaders’ Summit opening ceremony at COP26 in Glasgow. Elizabeth is also a youth council member of International Reserva: The Youth Land Trust. Her leadership and personal commitment to environmental conservation and societal issues have been recognised by a number of award programmes, including the Wangari Maathai Scholarship Award, the Diana International Award, Africa Green Person of the Year Award, Young Climate Champion Award by the Global Climate Fund, The Commonwealth Youth Awards and others. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and Community Development from Kenyatta University and has been named as one of the most influential young Africans.
Head of Force for Good UK - innocent Drinks
Emilie Stephenson is innocent’s UK Head of Force for Good. She joined innocent in 2006 and since then has held a number of leadership roles across the business in different countries, launching new ranges like innocent for kids or Orange Juice, and leading campaigns like the London 2012 Olympic Games or the Big Knit. Today, she heads up innocent’s ‘Force for Good’ function in the UK, which, as well as sounding like she’s out of Star Wars, focuses on the brand’s commitment to people and planet. For innocent, this includes their focus on health, their commitment to reducing carbon footprint per bottle by 50% by 2030 and building a state-of-the-art new carbon-neutral Blender in Rotterdam.
Emilie has more than 15 years of experience, previously working at AC Nielsen in Paris and in international development in the field in Cameroon, Peru and Chile.
Head of Net Zero - Innovate UK
Emma McKenna is a specialist in the field of Net Zero and the circular economy. She currently works as the Head of Net Zero at Innovate UK KTN, where she oversees a range of programs aimed at driving innovation and supporting the transition to a Net Zero and circular economy. In addition to this role, Emma manages KTN’s Net Zero 2030 program, which is an internal initiative to achieve Net Zero emissions within the organisation by 2030.
Emma has a wealth of experience in the Net Zero and circular economy innovation ecosystem. She has worked on numerous award-winning programs, including ReLondon’s business support program which provided guidance to small and medium-sized enterprises on how to adopt and implement circular innovation. She also played a key role in the design and delivery of the city of Peterborough’s Smart City program, which was named World Smart City of the Year in 2015.
Head of Standards - Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTI)
Emma is responsible for the Science Based Targets initiative’s Standards Team. The Standards Team develops and maintains SBTi’s cross-sector standards, which includes near-term science-based targets, the Corporate Net-Zero Standard, and the emerging Net-Zero for Financial Institutions and Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) Standards. Emma led the development of the Corporate Net-Zero Standard – the first standard for setting corporate net-zero targets in line with climate science.
Prior to joining the SBTi, Emma was the lead for science-based targets at Accenture’s Carbon Intelligence – a service which she developed and brought to market.
Emma is a member of the Race to Zero Expert Peer Review Group, an advisor to the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero and sits on the Standards Committee for the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative. She has an MSc in Carbon Management and BSc with Honours in Environmental Science, both from the University of Edinburgh, and is based in London.
CEO - Business for Nature
Eva leads Business for Nature, a global coalition that brings together business and conservation organizations and forward-thinking companies to amplify a powerful leading business voice calling for governments to adopt policies now to reverse nature loss this decade.
Prior to joining Business for Nature, Eva spent 15 years leading multiple projects at the at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). This included work on natural, social and human capital measurement and valuation for business decision-making, towards integrated performance management, and ultimately reporting for investors. She led the development of the Natural Capital Protocol as well as the establishment of the Social and Human Capital Coalition, both of which now sit under the leadership of the Capitals Coalition.
Chief Purpose Officer = SailGP
Fiona joined the global purpose-driven sports entertainment league, SailGP, with a mission to help make sustainability and inclusivity essential to the fabric of sport. Fiona is the mastermind of the SailGP Impact League – a world-first in sport which sees athletes race to win two podiums: one for sporting performance and one for the planet.
With an exceptional track record of shaping social impact strategy, promoting gender equality and campaigns for some of the world’s most high-profile sports brands and talent, she was the driving force behind Sky’s corporate and social purpose team, The Bigger Picture, and led the Sky Ocean Rescue consumer campaign.
Fiona is proud to be an Ambassador for Meaningful Business, a member of the British Paralympic Association’s Social Impact Committee, an advisory board member at 17 Sport, a Non-Executive Board Member of the Manchester Originals, and is on the steering group for SportsPro’s NEW ERA Programme.
Head of Environmental Sustainability - BT Group
Gabrielle has managed BT Group’s thought leadership, external engagement and advocacy programmes on environmental sustainability since 2009. Her work has spanned developing BT’s carbon targets, including BT’s 1.5°C science-based target and carbon abatement target for BT’s products and services. She developed the company’s sustainability supply chain engagement programme and represents BT Group on the 1.5°C Supply Chain Leaders initiative, amongst other external fora. Gabrielle has chaired the UNFCCC Global Climate Action Awards Advisory Panel. She previously held roles in public affairs and programme management and has an MA from SAIS Johns Hopkins University and an MSc from University College London.
Director - JRP Solutions
George has over 35 years’ experience of working with industrial and commercial clients across a range of sectors throughout the UK and Ireland delivering sustainable solutions that improve business performance and environmental outcomes. He is a passionate believer in the need for immediate action to address climate change and is actively engaging and assisting organisations to develop and implement Net Zero strategies that deliver real, measurable results.
George is a degree qualified sustainability expert who, having started his career as a HVAC engineer, has a practical insight into many of the fundamental, grass roots challenges facing organisations irrespective of their size or complexity.
Since joining JRP in 2011, George has been determined that both he and JRP play an active role in helping organisations to minimise their environmental impacts and to recognise that environmental sustainability will be at heart of long-term organisational resilience and true sustainability.