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CEO, Telefonica UK O2
Ronan Dunne was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Telefónica UK (O2) and member of Telefonica Europe’s Executive Committee on 1 January 2008. Ronan became a member of the Telefónica SA Executive Committee in March 2014 and chairs the Telefonica UK Sustainability Taskforce.
Ronan was previously Chief Financial Officer in the UK, a position held since February 2005. He served as Head of Finance and deputy to the Group Chief Financial Officer of O2 plc. from 2001 to 2005.
Prior to joining O2 in 2001, he held senior positions in Banking with Banque Nationale de Paris and in the Corporate sector with Exel plc. and Waste Management International plc.
Ronan is a non-executive director and former Chairman of Tesco Mobile, Telefónica's highly successful mobile joint venture with Tesco plc. He is also a non-executive director of the Guardian Media Group (GMG) where he serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee, and AVG Technologies, the NYSE listed internet security company. Ronan serves on the UK Digital Economy Council, The Tech Partnership Industry Board and as a trustee of Step Up to Serve, the UK national youth social action campaign.
Ronan is a fellow and former council member of the Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI) and a fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT). He was born in Dublin in 1963 and moved to the UK in 1987.
Jean-Marc Duvoisin was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Nestlé Nespresso SA in March 2013. In his role, he will be leading the expansion, innovation and internationalization of the Nespresso brand.
Prior to this role, Jean-Marc had served as Director of Corporate Human Resources at Nestlé since 2007. In 2010, he became Deputy Executive Vice President Human Resources & Centre Administration and member of Nestlé Executive Board, where he built strong functional leadership in the HR function, with a reinforced focus on performance, talent management, gender balance and diversity.
Since joining Nestlé in 1986, he had assumed various international and headquarter-based positions in Marketing and Sales. He gained substantial experience in different markets across Latin America where he served as Country Manager of Ecuador before becoming Market Head for the Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador Region in 2003. A year later, he was promoted to the position of Head of Mexico, one of Nestlé’s biggest markets and the largest coffee market in the world, where he led strong top and bottom line growth and introduced the first market CSV report.
Jean-Marc also serves as Chairman of the Nestlé Pension Funds.
He holds an MSc in Economy from Lausanne University HEC, an International Economics Degree from Inst. Univ (HEI), Geneva and an MA in Political Science from Lausanne University.
A Swiss and Italian citizen, he is married with two children, and speaks English, French and Spanish fluently.
John Holland-Kaye, Chief Executive, joined in 2009 as commercial director, and was responsible for the successful opening of the new Terminal 2, before taking on his current role in 2014. He was previously divisional CEO with Taylor Wimpey, Managing Director at Bass Brewers and a strategy consultant with LEK Consulting.
His hobbies include hill walking, cooking and swimming.
Company Group Chairman, EMEA Janssen
Completing her PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Aberystwyth, UK in 1982, Jane Griffiths has worked her way up the Johnson & Johnson career ladder, starting as a sales representative.
Jane is now the first female Company Group Chairman of Janssen in EMEA, the pharmaceutical division of the Johnson & Johnson family. She is responsible for this business across the entire region.
Her personal approach focuses on sustainability, accountability, openness and collaboration, and she is leading Janssen EMEA to live these values. Jane has held a number of senior sales, marketing and research & development positions including International Vice President for Western Europe and South Africa, and Head of Market Access for Janssen EMEA.
She is a sponsor for the Women’s Leadership Initiative in Janssen. Other industry roles include co-Chairwoman of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) Executive Committee and Chairwoman of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) Europe Committee.
Jane is a Board member of the Johnson & Johnson Global Pharmaceuticals Sustainability Council. Jane is also Chair of the Johnson & Johnson Corporate Citizenship Trust in EMEA and a Board member.
Chief Executive Officer, Virgin Atlantic Airways
Craig was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Virgin Atlantic Airways on 1 February 2013. The airline has a fleet of 40 long haul aircraft, flying six million passengers a year all over the world. He has led the company’s successful Two Year Recovery Plan, returning it to profitability in 2014 while improving both customer service ratings and team engagement scores. Craig has led the implementation of Virgin Atlantic Airways’ transatlantic joint venture with Delta, rationalised the route network and dramatically shored up the balance sheet as the company now focuses on delivering its Plan to Win - which focuses on financial stability and truly winning customer service.
He joined from American Airlines (AA), where he had a 27-year career spanning commercial, financial and strategic roles in the US and around the globe.
Craig holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of California at San Diego, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for Intellectual Property, Business, Innovation and Skills
CEO, Odeon UCI
Paul Donovan (1958) is currently Chief Executive Officer of ODEON and UCI Cinemas, the leading European cinema operator. He is a Non Executive Director of Millicom Cellular International, an international telecoms business, and Upstream SA, a privately held emerging markets e-commerce player. His earlier career was spent in the fast moving consumer goods industry with Mars and Coca-Cola before moving to the tech sector where he worked for Apple Computers, BT and Cable and Wireless. Paul joined Vodafone in 1999, and from 2004 was amember of Vodafone’s Group Executive Committee with responsibility for the Group’s operations in emerging markets. He served from 2009-12 as Chief Executive Officer of Eircom, Ireland’s leading telecommunications company. Mr Donovan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Scandinavian Studies from University College London and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Bradford.
Bas van Abel is founder and CEO of Fairphone, a social enterprise which creates a phone to uncover complex production systems and change how products are made. Open design is the driving force behind many of his initiatives, combined with his passion for building new relationships between people and products. Prior to Fairphone, Bas was Head of Waag Society’s Open Design Lab, where he established Amsterdam's FABLab, a community maker space, and initiated the Instructables Restaurant, the world’s first open source restaurant.
Group Chief Risk Officer, Standard Life
Appointed Group Chief Risk Officer in January 2013. He is responsible for developing strategies to manage financial, strategic and operational risk across the Standard Life group.
Before joining Standard Life, Raj had acquired extensive experience in financial services worldwide. In 2011 he established advisory firm Accredere AG in Switzerland, advising financial institutions on capital, risk, and merger and acquisition issues, and remains a non-Executive Board member. From 2007 to 2011, Raj was Group Chief Risk Officer at Swiss Re Insurance Company Ltd in Switzerland, where he was also a member of the Executive Board and Committee. Before this, he was Group Chief Risk Officer at Allianz SE in Germany, a position he held from 2002.
He is a member of the Advisory Board at the International Center for Insurance Regulation at Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany.
CEO, Northumbrian Water Group
Heidi Mottram was appointed to the Northumbrian Water Group and Northumbrian Water Limited Boards as Chief Executive Officer on 1 April 2010. Heidi began her career with British Rail in the mid 1980s. She held a number of roles in GNER, before joining Midland Mainline in 1999 as Operations Director. She was Commercial Director for Arriva Trains Northern from January 2004, before becoming Managing Director of Northern Rail Limited, the UK’s largest rail franchise. Heidi was named Rail Business Manager of the Year in 2009 for being an “inspirational leader”, and was awarded an OBE in the New Year honours list 2010, for services to the rail industry. She is currently a member of the CBI Board and the CBI Infrastructure Board and a Council member of Newcastle University. Heidi is also a Board member of Eurostar International Limited.
Executive VP and President, Ecolab
Christophe Beck is executive vice president and president, Global Water and Process Services for Ecolab Inc., the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that protect people and vital resources. With 2014 sales of $14 billion and 47,000 associates, Ecolab delivers comprehensive solutions and on-site service to promote safe food, maintain clean environments, optimize water and energy use and improve operational efficiencies for customers in the food, healthcare, energy, hospitality and industrial markets in more than 170 countries around the world.
In his current role, Beck leads Ecolab’s Water and Process Services business, the global leader in industrial water treatment, which operates under the Nalco brand. Nalco’s solutions help companies operate more efficiently and increase productivity while minimizing water use. The business serves many industries, from primary metals, mining, paper, manufacturing, food processing and power generation to hotels, restaurants and hospitals.
Previously, Beck served as executive vice president and president, International Regions to ensure perfect local execution of global strategies, high performance of local and regional operations and continued alignment with the company’s global integration efforts.
Prior to his International Regions role, Beck was executive vice president and president of Global Integration, overseeing the merger of Ecolab and Nalco. Beck’s earlier roles at Ecolab include executive vice president, Institutional Sector; senior vice president and general manager, Institutional Foodservice – North America; and senior vice president, Corporate Marketing and Strategy.
Prior to joining Ecolab in 2007, Beck was senior executive at Nestlé for 16 years, where he ran major regional and global businesses out of several regions before leading the European corporate sales. Earlier in his career, he worked on a space shuttle project for the European Space Agency.
In 2006, Beck was nominated as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum for his accomplishments and commitment to shape a better world.
Beck holds a degree in Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. He also serves on the institution’s strategic advisory board.
VP, Salesforce Finance, International, Salesforce
Jose-Luiz joined Salesforce in September 2007 as VP Finance EMEA and became VP Finance International/CFO in 2013. He is responsible for the Finance & Strategy team at Salesforce and is an active board observer in the Salesforce Ventures investments in the EMEA region, providing guidance to the partner businesses and analyzing their financial health.
Prior to joining Salesforce, Jose-Luiz held several finance leadership roles at Hyperion Solutions, including Director of Finance in Sao Paulo and Senior Director, EMEA Finance. He also created and ran a consulting company for six years, specializing in accounting, administrative and finance services.
Jose Luiz holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from FGV in Sao Paulo and an MBA from the University of Sao Paolo.
Mr Drechsler is currently Chairman of Bibby Line Group which is headquartered in Liverpool. Before that he was Chief Executive of the privately-owned construction firm Wates Group.
He joined Wates in September 2004 and became Chairman and Chief Executive in April 2006 until 2014.
Prior to joining Wates, Mr Drechsler worked for ICI PLC, spending the first ten years of his career on Teesside. That was followed by 14 years holding various senior positions and living in Brazil, the USA and the Netherlands, which concluded with five years as Chief Executive of one of ICI’s principal international businesses and as a Main Board Director (1998-2003).
He is also Chairman of the board of the charity Teach First and a board member of Business in the Community and Chairman of its Education Leadership Team. Paul was also the Chairman of the National Skills Funding Agency until September 2015.
Mr Drechsler has also been recognised for his outstanding leadership, winning KPMG Chief Executive of the Year for the construction industry and PwC ‘Private Company, Chief Executive of the Year’. During his tenure at the helm, Wates Group won the Business in the Community Company of the Year and the J.P. Morgan Best UK Family Business Award.
Mr Drechsler has been a member of the CBI Board since 2012 and was Chairman of the CBI Energy Policy Committee between 2007 and 2012 and a member of the Chairmen’s Committee.
In February 2015, he was honoured by Her Majesty, The Queen with an Honorary CBE for services to the construction industry.
Mr Drechsler graduated from the University of Dublin, Trinity College, with an (Honours) degree in Engineering Science. He is married with three children.
VP of Public Engagement, Patagonia
Rick Ridgeway is Patagonia’s Vice President of Public Engagement. He represents and promotes the company’s core values with external stakeholders including NGO’s, trade organizations, academics and universities, and government agencies. In this role he is one of Patagonia’s key spokespersons in all its global markets. During his 12-year tenure at the company he has developed and launched environmental and sustainability initiatives including Freedom to Roam, the Footprint Chronicles, the Responsible Economy Campaign and Worn Wear. He also was founding chairman of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition that today is the largest apparel, footwear and home textile trade organization in the world creating the Higg Index, a suite of standardized tools to measure sustainability and produce industry benchmarks for continual impact reductions.
Before joining Patagonia, Rick was owner/president of Adventure Photo & Film, a leading stock photo and film agency. In addition Rick is recognized as one of the world’s foremost mountaineers. With three companions he was the first American to summit K2, considered the hardest of the world’s high-altitude mountain to climb, and he has done other significant climbs and explorations on all continents including the first direct coast-to-coast traverse of Borneo at its widest point and a traverse of the Tibet’s Chang Tang plateau on a route never explored. Rick participated in the first big wall climb in Antarctica, the first American mountaineering expeditions into Bhutan and China. He has produced and directed many adventure shows for television, his magazine articles have appeared in Outside, National Geographic and Harvard Business Review, and he is the author of six books, including Seven Summits, The Shadow of Kilimanjaro and Below Another Sky. National Geographic honored him with its “Lifetime Achievement in Adventure” award. He serves on the boards of Conservacion Patagonica and the Turtle Conservancy, and is on the Advisory Boards of World Wildlife Fund, Unilever USA, and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.
Rick lives with his wife Jennifer in Ojai, California, they have been married for 33 years, and they have three grown children.
Director, Sustainable Business, Unilever
Sarah is a Director in the Unilever Sustainable Business Team which catalyses the action needed to deliver on Unilever’s commitment to “Double the size of the business while reducing environmental impact and increasing positive social impact”. A brand marketer by background, Sarah started her career at Nestle Rowntree before moving to Unilever in 1999 where she worked in local UK, regional and global marketing roles across a number of Personal Care Categories. Sarah’s involvement in developing Oral Care’s social mission to encourage children & their parents to brush day and night ignited her passion for sustainable growth. This experience of creating a win-win for business and society is now being applied in her role as Global Sustainability Director. Sarah leads the Health & Wellbeing pillar of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan working with brands and categories to build the right capabilities to deliver on ambitious goals such as Lifebuoy’s aim of changing the handwashing behaviour of 1 billion people by 2015. Sarah also leads Unilever’s work on Sustainable Living Brand purpose and partners with the Personal Care Category on this and the development of Sustainable living products.
Head of Corporate Responsibility, Ocado
Suzanne Westlake is Head of Corporate Responsibility at Ocado, the world’s largest dedicated online grocery retailer. Managing Ocado’s ‘2020 Vision’, Suzanne leads the strategic direction and implementation of the company’s corporate responsibility strategic pillars – Education, Environment, Entrepreneurship and Eating Well.
Prior to joining Ocado in May 2014, Suzanne was Corporate Responsibility Manager, DHL UK for 8 years and before that BAA where she was Sustainability Manager.
Suzanne has a Degree and a Masters in Food & Nutrition and graduated from Warwick Business School with an MBA in 2003.
Sustainability Senior Manager EMEA , Timberland
Aurelie Dumont is Sustainability Senior Manager EMEA at Timberland, a brand of VF Corporation.
Aurelie joined Timberland in December 2013 and is based at the brand’s European headquarters in Switzerland. Working closely with Timberland US CSR team and in alignment to the VF Corporate CSR Strategy she develops and rolls out sustainability projects and initiatives across the EMEA region.
Prior to Timberland, Aurelie has been working for 8 years for Veja, a pioneering sportswear brand which creates high-end fair-trade footwear and accessories, sourcing ecological materials such as organic cotton and wild rubber from small-scale farmers across Brazil. Initially based in Paris, she then spent 5 years in London as the Managing Director for Veja UK where she has been responsible for launching the brand in the UK market.
Aurelie holds a Msc. in Business Management from EM.Lyon and studied Social Science at Fundação Getulio Vargas in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Senior Director Corporate Communications, Public Affairs and Sustainability, Kellogg's Europe
Rupert Maitland-Titterton has been Senior Director, Corporate Communications & Sustainability, Kellogg Europe, since March 2014. He is also a member of the company’s European Leadership Team.
Rupert has worked at a number of multinational and food companies, starting at The Procter and Gamble Company in 1995 and then moving to HJ Heinz, Nestlé, Tetra Pak in Marketing, Corporate Communications and Sustainability roles. He joined the Kellogg Company in March 2014.
Rupert has held a number of Trade Association roles in the food and beverage industry, primarily for the Food and Drink Federation.
Rupert received an MA (Hons) in Geography from Edinburgh University, as well as an MBA from Heriot-Watt Business School and a BSc in Politics and International Relations from the London School of Economics. He is currently studying for an MSc in Social Responsibility and Sustainability at the Aston Business School.
Rupert was born in London and lives in the North West of England with his wife, Sarah and their three sons.
International Director of Sourcing, The Body Shop
‘Trade not Aid’ was a philosophy that Dame Anita Roddick, the late Founder of The Body Shop, believed could be the most effective way to help alleviate poverty. This vision paved the way for the company’s pioneering Community Trade (CT) programme that launched over 25 years ago.
A passionate supporter of Community Trade, Mark Davis led the CT activity at The Body Shop until 2015, when he was promoted to International Director of Sourcing. In his current role, Mark oversees all sourcing for the global beauty brand, ensuring it adheres to the company’s Enrich Not Exploit™ Commitment.
Mark’s expertise in the beauty industry leads him to search the four corners of the globe to find the most efficient natural ingredients. Starting his tenure at The Body Shop in 2004 as a Senior Buyer, Mark was responsible for the introduction of Passion Fruit, Pink Grapefruit and Moringa as lead ingredients for the brand. He set up the partnership with the current CT Tea Tree supplier in Kenya and works closely with the Beza Mar community in Ethiopia that supplies our wild Sheka honey.
In 2008, Mark was sought out by L’Oreal to introduce the first CT raw materials into their portfolio. He was appointed Head of Innovative Natural Raw Materials in the Advanced Research Department and managed a team based in L'Oreal R&D centres in Japan, China, India, France, Brazil and the US.
Prior to joining The Body Shop, Mark’s career covered six years in the finance sector specialising in venture capital investment in small and medium sized companies in South America and Asia. In 2009 he took this experience to the development sector, applying it to NGOs in Central America and Africa, working on social businesses and micro finance projects.
Director, WW Environmental Operations, HP Inc.
Kirstie McIntyre is WW director for HP Inc’s environmental operations. Her remit covers all product and service-related environmental laws and market access agreements on energy efficiency, chemical / material restrictions and end-of-life considerations. Her teams manage takeback and recycling, IT system support for reporting and disclosure and WW product compliance programmes. She liaises with Government, industry associates and peers, supply chain partners as well as business customers and consumers on environmental regulations, recycling and other environmental aspects of HP's products. Kirstie is a passionate advocate of the circular economy and has worked for a number of years in the strategic development of end-of-life programmes for various companies in the electronics sector. She has an engineering doctorate in environmental technology and has published widely on sustainability and supply chain issues.
Senior Executive Vice-President, UK & Ireland, Veolia
Estelle Brachlianoff leads our combined water, waste and energy business in the UK & Ireland.
She was appointed to this role in September 2012 and also sits on the Veolia Executive Committee. Estelle joined the Veolia group in 2005 as Special Advisor to the CEO of Waste Management. Prior to her current position, she was in charge of Waste Management in the Greater Paris area and also the Facility Management and Cleaning Services branch.
She started her career heading a team managing major infrastructure projects and constructing highways and tramways within the Val D’Oise region of Greater Paris. She was then appointed as Advisor to the regional government in Greater Paris responsible for transport and development.
Estelle was elected as President of the French Chamber of Great Britain, the largest Foreign Chamber of Commerce in the UK.
She heads up the Environment Leadership Team for Business in the Community (BITC) and sits on the Infrastructure Board and President’s Committee of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).
Estelle was awarded the CBI’s’ First Women Business of the Year’ Award in 2014, the EDIE Sustainability Leader of the Year and the 2Degrees Sustainability Leader in 2015. She was knighted receiving the French National Order of Merit in 2015. Estelle is married and has two children.
Communication and Sustainability Director, REN
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Senior Vice President, Corporate Responsibility , Metro Group
Tino Zeiske is Senior Vice President for Corporate Responsibility at METRO GROUP.
Prior to his current role, Mr. Zeiske served as Vice President International Affairs Asia Pacific of METRO GROUP, responsible for Public Policy, Sustainability and Corporate Communications for the company’s operations in Asia.
A native of Germany, Mr. Zeiske has been working extensively in the Asian markets with over 18 years experience, serving in a variety of leadership roles in international companies. He joined METRO GROUP in 2000 as Chief Financial Officer for METRO Cash and Carry in Japan. From 2005 onwards Mr. Zeiske served first as Chief Financial Officer and later as the President and Chief Executive Officer for METRO Cash and Carry China.
Director of Fundraising, Oxfam
Tim Hunter is Director of Fundraising at Oxfam GB. In this role he leads a team mobilising £100 million a year to support the goal of a world free from the injustice of poverty. Prior to joining Oxfam, he was International Fundraising Director for UNICEF, based in Geneva, for 5 years. During this period UNICEF’s private sector income grew strongly to $1.5 billion. He led a global fundraising team operating in more than 50 countries and working with flagship corporate partners. Prior to UNICEF he worked for a number of high profile UK non profits including Shelter – the National Campaign for Homeless People and the NSPCC, where he played a central role in the highly successful FULL STOP Campaign. A regular speaker in the non-profit sector, he has also been Chair of the International Fundraising Congress, which held annually is the largest global event for fundraising and development. Tim is a graduate of the London School of Economics.
CEO, Genuine Solutions Group
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Director Plan A, M&S
Mike is Director of Sustainable Business at the retailer Marks & Spencer.
He was part of the small team that in 2007 developed and delivered the company's groundbreaking Plan A, a 100 point, 5 year plan to address a wide range of environmental and social issues.
Reporting to the CEO, Mike is responsible for delivering M&S’ aspiration to be the world’s most sustainable retailer. His job is to work with the M&S leadership team to integrate sustainability into the heart of the business across its global retail channels and supply chains. This includes developing the business case; coaching/mentoring colleagues; changing business processes; customer and stakeholder engagement; and business model innovation.
In May 2011 Mike was named the Guardian’s inaugural Sustainable Business Innovator of the Year. He is Co-Chair of the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) Sustainability Steering Group, Chair of the World Environment Center, a Visiting Fellow at the Smith Centre for Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford University, a Senior Associate at the Cambridge Programme for Sustainable Leadership and sits on BiTC’s Environment Leadership Team. Prior to joining Marks & Spencer in 2000, he worked as an environment manager in the engineering sector and as an environmental consultant. He is a chemistry graduate from Sheffield University. You can follow Mike @planamikebarry.
Global Head Sustainable Finance, ING Bank
Leonie Schreve (Global Head Sustainable Finance) is responsible to drive, promote and generate Sustainable Business opportunities ING. While initially focussed on Lending the mandate has been expanded to all CB areas. Before joining the commercial side of the bank Leonie Headed the Environmental Social Risk Management team and introduced the new topic of sustainability risk management. Leonie represents ING in the board of the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP FI Banking Commission) and has acted as Chair of the Equator Principles Steering Committee till 2013. Leonie has more than 15 yrs experience in Sustainability though her work as Management Consultant in which she worked with various multinationals, as independent consultant in Costa Rica, and through setting up the ESR and Sustainable Finance team within ING. Leonie holds a Master in Environmental Science, Business Ethics and International Sports Management.
Group Sustainability Director, William Jackson Food Group
Gavin Milligan holds a PhD from the University of London and worked for 9 years in the chemical industry before moving to the food sector. He has worked for a number of businesses ranging from SMEs to blue chip corporates in supply chain, operations and commercial roles and is currently Group Sustainability Director for the William Jackson Food Group where he is responsible for the company’s social and environmental programmes. He is a former member of the FDF’s sustainability steering group, sits on the steering group of WRAP’s Product Sustainability Forum and the consumer sustainable lifestyles engagement working group at IGD, is a committee member of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s agriculture sector group, chairs the Agri-food member interest group at Campden BRI and sits on the Industrial Advisory Board at SHU’s centre for excellence in food engineering.
Director, Willmot Dixon
Julia Barrett is the Director of Re-Thinking, Willmott Dixon’s in-house sustainability team where she provides leadership and strategic support on sustainable development across the Group.
Willmott Dixon is one of the UK’s largest privately-owned contracting, residential development and property support companies. We create value for clients, stakeholders and communities by taking a leadership role in the built environment, working in a sustainable and responsible way and by making a positive impact in the lives of people in the UK
In 2012 Willmott Dixon became the first major contractor to become carbon neutral as well as achieving the Carbon Trust Standard for its approach to energy and carbon management. We launched our 2020 Strategy “Transforming Tomorrow” at the end of 2013 and were awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Sustainable Development in 2014. Having slashed business emissions by 30% since 2010 the Group, Willmott Dixon is the first in our sector to achieve the new Carbon Trust Supply Chain Standard.
Through the Willmott Dixon Foundation we invest over £2m each year but we know that the real value is in the impact of our community investment activities on individuals and communities. We are on track to achieve our goal of improving the life chances of 3,000 young people by 2015 through a combination of mentoring, work placements, community volunteering and employee challenges.
Group Sustainability and Climate Protection Officer, Deutsche Telekom
Luis Neves was born in Portugal. In 1975 he finished his University degree in History.
In May 2004 Luis Neves joined Deutsche Telekom. As from December 1st 2008 he was assigned to the position of Vice President Corporate Responsibility. Effective February 2012 he was appointed to the position of Group Sustainability and Climate Protection Officer
Luis Neves has been playing a fundamental role in promoting the role of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in relation to Climate Change. In 2006 he was elected Chairman of GeSI, the Global e-Sustainability Initiative. He successfully developed GeSI to become a recognised global organisation in the sustainability area. Under his leadership, GeSI became a globally recognised Industry organisation in the field of sustainability and a “thought Industry Leader”.
Ever since he was able to bring together two parts of the ICT Industry, Telecom Suppliers and Services Providers and furthermore UN organisations such as the ITU, UNFCCC and UNEP as well as other stakeholders such as the WBCSD, the WGBC, the StEP Initiative, WRI, the Carbon Trust and the WRFA.
As GeSI Chairman he was the driving force of the recent Study #SMARTer 2030 Study “ICT Solutions for the 21st Century”.
Luis has been holding positions in many organizations and initiatives such as Chairman of the GeSI - Global e-Sustainability Initiative, Steering Committee Member of the United Nations Global Compact Lead Group, Steering Committee Member of the United Nations “Caring for Climate” Initiative, Member of the ERT - European Round Table of Industrialists Climate Change Group, Member of the SAP Sustainability strategy, reporting & assurance Board Advisory Panel, Co-chair of the ICT4EE Forum, Member of the ICC Commission on Environment and Energy and Green Economy Task Force Meetings, Member of the Steering Committee of “Econsense”, The German Sustainability Association, Member of the Environment and Sustainability Steering Committee of BITKOM, the German ICT Association , Advisory Board member of the UNFCCC Momentum for Change Initiative and Member of the Leadership Team of the Joint Audit Cooperation (JAC) initiative and Jury member of GreenTec Awards, member of the Advisory Council of B.A.U.M. e.V. and Board Member of the World Resources Forum Association.
Head of Responsible Investment, Standard Life
Amanda has a long-standing career in responsible investment within the financial services industry. As Head of Responsible Investments, she leads a team of analysts focusing on the sustainability issues affecting Standard Life Investment’s investee companies. The team focuses on integrating human rights, environment, labour standard and business ethics issues into the mainstream investment process, as well as providing oversight to its Sustainable and Responsible Investment (SRI) and ethical investment propositions. Prior to joining Standard Life Investments, Amanda was the SRI Officer at Newton Investment Management where she integrated environmental, social and governance matters into Newton’s mainstream investment process. Amanda started her career in responsibility investment at CCLA Investment Management where she has responsibility for CCLA’s charity clients. Amanda’s first research position was at Rabobank International, in the economics department. Amanda graduated from Lancaster University with a BSc in Psychology. Amanda current sits on the FTSE ESG Advisory Committee. She was a member of the board of the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association for six years.
CEO , The Irish Food Board
Aidan Cotter was appointed Chief Executive of Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board, in July 2004 and brings to the position a wealth of knowledge and experience in food marketing. Mr. Cotter previously served in Bord Bia as Director of Operations for a number of years, and earlier gained extensive experience in the marketplace as the organisation’s European Director, based in its London office, and prior to that in Dusseldorf.
Mr. Cotter holds an MBA from Cranfield School of Management in the UK and has Masters degrees in Economic Science and Agricultural Economics from University College Dublin (UCD). In September 2013, he was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Law from UCD.
Director of Communications and Stakeholder Relations, ICTI CARE Foundation
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University of the People
President of University of the People (“UoPeople”) Shai Reshef is an educational entrepreneur, with over 25 years of experience in the international education market. President Reshef has been widely recognized for his work with UoPeople, including being named one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business; selected by OneWorld as one of its ‘People of 2009'; awarded an Ashoka fellowship; joined UN-GAID as a High-level Adviser; granted membership in the Clinton Global Initiative; granted an RSA Fellowship; selected by The Huffington Post as the Ultimate Game Changer in Education; nominated as one of Wired Magazine’s 50 People Changing the World; and selected as a Top Global Thinker by Foreign Policy Magazine. His TED Talk: “An Ultra-Low-Cost College Degree” has been viewed by over 2 million people.
Prior to founding University of the People, President Reshef chaired KIT eLearning, the online learning partner of the University of Liverpool and the first online university outside of the United States.
Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, Walgreens Boots Alliance
Richard has spent the past 35 years working for a range of Companies on all aspects of the CSR agenda.
The early part of his career was spent in Banking before becoming involved in CSR after the Inner City riots of the early 1980s. After this involvement he held CSR related positions at HSBC, TSB, British Aerospace and ran his own CSR consultancy for five years.
In 2003 he joined Boots and became responsible for all the Company’s CSR activities. Following the merger between Boots and Alliance UniChem and the subsequent Private Equity Buy Out he was appointed Director of CSR.
2014 saw the creation of Walgreens Boots Alliance following the merger between Walgreens in the USA and Alliance Boots. He now has responsibility for CSR globally for this new enterprise.
VP, Sustainability Relations, Evonik Industries
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Head of Sustainability, Anglian Water
Andy Brown is Head of Sustainability at Anglian Water and is responsible for overseeing the delivery of their sustainability strategy “Love Every Drop”. Love Every Drop is about putting water at the heart of a whole new way of living. As well as overseeing the strategy he has direct responsibility for the teams delivering the community education, customer engagement, public affairs and employee volunteering programmes across the east of England.
He has worked in biodiversity, climate change adaptation and sustainability for the past 20 years. He is a member of Cambridge University and HRH Prince of Wales Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change, is an advisor on the external Sustainability Panel for Lafarge Tarmac and is a Trustee of the Hertfordshire and Middlesex Wildlife Trust.
Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Huawei Technologies
Holy RANAIVOZANANY is the Head of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for Huawei. In this role, she is responsible for philanthropy and social initiatives supported and implemented by Huawei in its whole footprint – more than 170 countries, including the strategy, communication and profile-raising initiatives as well as the engagement with stakeholders.
Prior to joining Huawei in 2011, she was in charge of CSR in Africa, Middle-East and Asia for Orange, a French-headquartered telecommunications operator. She held several positions at Orange, including as a Culture Change and Human Resources project manager and as a Marketing Analyst for Orange UK (currently Everything Everywhere).
Holy Ranaivozanany holds a Master’s Degree in Marketing Management from EDHEC Business School in France.
Principal Insurance Risk Officer, NN Group
Dr. Sebastian Rath is Principal Insurance Risk Officer at NN Group, responsible for risk management in 13 international countries. NN Group emerged from ING Group two years ago via IPO. Amongst other Sebastian 's responsibilities cover product trends, regulatory trends, independent Group oversight with all CROs together with the first line business strategy. Shaping the interactions with business, underwriting, risk, finance, strategy, compliance, audit, customer and regulatory matters across various countries have been at the core of Sebastian's 15 years in financial services. His experience is based on his prior London based responsibilities in modelling, underwriting, risk management and consulting with insurers, banks and corporate risk carriers.
VP, Enterprise and Community Development, Pyxera Global
Harry Pastuszek brings diverse sustainable economic development experience to his role at PYXERA Global courtesy of management and operational roles first at the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation and most recently with Bechtel Corporation. At Bechtel, Harry served as Sustainable Development Manager in the Washington, DC office, servicing the company’s oil and gas and mining clients on mega-construction projects in Angola, Canada, and the US. In 2009, he relocated to Brisbane, Australia to assume the role of Global Manager of Sustainable Development for Bechtel’s Mining and Metals Business Unit. Prior to joining Bechtel in 2006, Harry spent seven years working in a variety of roles in the Environment and Social Development Department at the IFC.
CEO, MHC International Ltd
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Deirdre White is a globally recognized leader in building tri-sector partnerships to address the world’s most pressing challenges. As CEO of the international NGO, PYXERA Global, she has led the transformation of the organization to one that maximizes impact through strong and strategic partnerships. PYXERA Global does this cutting edge programming like Global Pro Bono, Local Content Development, and Integrated Community Development.
Widely cited for her thought leadership, Deirdre has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Forbes, Fast Company, The Huffington Post, and The New Global Citizen; she has contributed to MarketWatch, FORTUNE, the Council on Foreign Relations, and Stanford Social Innovation Review. Deirdre is a member of the MIT Ideas Global Challenge Advisory Board and the Bretton Woods Committee, and is an alumna of the Aspen Institute’s Socrates Program. She continues to be recognized for her impact in the field and CR Magazine lauded her as a CR Superstar in 2014.
Deirdre drives the discussion of new strategies for global engagement and has been a featured speaker at the Shared Value Leadership Summit, Wharton Africa Business Forum, Wall Street Journal’s CFO Network, and US Department of Commerce’s Discover Global Markets. She has served for multiple years as regional judge for the HULT Prize, a competition dedicated to launching the world's next wave of social entrepreneurs. Previously, Deirdre was co-facilitator of the Clinton Global Initiative’s Employee Engagement Action Network. She also participated in Rockefeller Foundation’s renowned Bellagio Initiative and the Johnson Foundation at Wingspread’s Leadership Forum for Global Citizen Diplomacy.
Director of Policy and Public Affairs, Fairtrade Foundation
Barbara Crowther is Director of Policy and Public Affairs for the Fairtrade Foundation, which is the UK member of the global standard setting and producer development non-profit organisation Fairtrade International. Fairtrade works with more than 1.5 million small scale farmers and workers across 74 countries globally, with products certified to carry the independent FAIRTRADE Mark now sold in 125 countries across Europe, North America, Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea, South and East Africa, India, Australia and New Zealand.
Barbara joined the Fairtrade Foundation in 2004, and has led work on building the organisation’s public profile, policy, communications, political relations and media work, and research into the impact of Fairtrade. She has worked on several major global brand and retailer switches to Fairtrade as well as championing small dedicated 100% Fairtrade companies. She established Fairtrade’s Make Food Fair campaign, which is lobbying on issues including better access for smallholder farmers in global supply chains, EU trade reform and banana price wars.
Prior to joining the Fairtrade Foundation, Barbara worked as Head of Campaigns for Save the Children UK on child poverty, child labour and asylum rights for children, and for CAFOD developing the organisation’s youth participation and campaigning programmes, including landmine abolition, international debt cancellation (Jubilee 2000), and ethical trade. She currently sits on the Board of Fair Trade Advocacy Office, a shared EU advocacy programme for the Fair Trade movement based in Brussels.
Group General Counsel & Company Secretary, Press Association
Stephen Godsell is Group General Counsel & Company Secretary of PA Group, the parent company of the Press Association, the national news agency for the UK and Ireland and a leading multi-media content provider across web, mobile, broadcast and print. PA Group businesses also include: Sticky Content, the UK’s leading digital copywriting and content strategy agency; TNR, a specialist communications consultancy; and Globelynx, which enables corporate clients to connect with TV news broadcasters around the world. He is also Trustee Secretary of the Group’s pension scheme.
Stephen previously held senior positions at Clifford Chance and The Economist Group.
He is a board director and trustee of The Economist Educational Foundation, a charity that works to inspire and build skills amongst disadvantaged children.
Programme Director, University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership
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Director of Communications & Public Affairs, Energy UK
Lesley is an all-round communications’ practitioner with over 20 years’ experience in a variety of roles.
Before moving to London, Lesley’s first job in PR was with ScottishPower in Glasgow. Since then she has held roles at senior and board level in a variety of organisations including frontline Whitehall departments and public bodies. Before joining Energy UK Lesley headed the communication team at the British Bankers’ Association.
MD for Urban Energy, Engie UK
Ben Watts is a chartered energy engineer with 16 years experience in the field of sustainable energy with specific expertise in heating and cooling network design and development.
Having joined ENGIE in 2000, Ben has been involved in all aspects of the development and growth of district heating and cooling schemes in the UK.
Ben spent 3 years at ARUP from 2007-10. During this time, he was involved in the procurement of a number of major urban energy networks such as those at the Olympic Park and Kings Cross, as well as spending a period seconded to the Mayor of London's Decentralised Energy Programme.
Ben returned to ENGIE in 2010 and was appointed Urban Energy Managing Director in 2015, with responsibility for ENGIE’s UK energy partnerships with cities and communities.
Director of Natural Health, Neal's Yard Remedies
Susan Curtis is the Deputy Chair and Natural Health Director of Neal's Yard Remedies, the ethical and natural health and skincare company. Susan has been part of the growth of NYR since the early 1980's and has helped to nurture the growth of the certified organic and fairly traded ingredients, strong sustainability policy and effective natural products. She is lucky enough to visit many of the growers of herbs and essential oils around the world that are used in the products. Susan has written several books on natural health and is a member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature specialist Medicinal and Aromatic Plants group. She has a grown up family and is passionate about helping everyone to live a more natural and healthy lifestyle.
Head of Compliance and Corporate Secretariat, Vodafone
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Director of The Bigger Picture, Sky
Lucy started her career as a marketer at Unilever and L'Oreal, before joining Sky in 2005 and becoming Director of the Bigger Picture in 2009. Lucy leads Sky’s sustainability strategy with a two-fold focus: being a responsible business day-to-day across UK, Ireland, Germany and Italy, which includes issues such as environmental impact, responsible sourcing, and accessibility; and the delivery of Sky UK’s initiatives aimed at inspiring consumer action to drive positive social impact. Lucy spearheads Sky Academy, which will unlock the potential of one million young people in the UK and Ireland by 2020, through building their practical skills and experience. Sky’s Bigger Picture approach has repeatedly demonstrated how a successful business can become more durable by making a positive contribution to society.
Under Lucy’s leadership Sky developed Sky Rainforest Rescue with WWF to help save 1 billion trees in the Amazon; the Sky Ride partnership with British Cycling, and multiple award-winning innovative partnerships with arts organisations and the Sky Arts channels.
Lucy was one of Management Today’s ‘Top 35 Under 35’ businesswomen in 2010, was selected for the Power Part Time List in 2015, and is a trustee of Cockpit Arts. She lives in London with her husband and two sons.
Head of Ethical and Responsible Investment, CCLA
James Corah is responsible for maintaining CCLA’s position as a leader in stewardship and ethical investment.
James joined CCLA in 2010. Prior to joining CCLA, James completed his PhD in Economic Geography.
James is also Secretary to the Church Investors Group (a group of 56 institutional Church Investors predominately in the UK who have assets of approximately £15bn), a role that involves promoting ecumenical collaboration and cooperation on ethical investment matters. In 2012, James was made an Industrial Fellow, attached to the School of Geography, at the University of Nottingham.
President, Rainforest Alliance
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Head of Responsible Investments, Nordea Asset Management
Sasja Beslik - Senior Executive Manager at Nordea Asset Management. Previously served as Global Head of Responsible Investments & Engagement at Banco/ABN AMRO and as a consultant for the World Bank on number of projects in Africa and Asia. In 2007 he was named most influential business individual in Sweden under 40 and in 2011 as a Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum. During his time in Nordea Asset Management, Sasja also served as CEO for Nordea Funds in Sweden. He is also chairman of UNEP Finance Initiative's Water Work Group and is participating in the steering committee within PRI on shale gas and water issues. In 2013 Awarded Serafimer-order-stripe medal by H.R.H King Carl Gustaf of Sweden for extraordinary efforts in the field of finance and sustainability.
Global Sustainability Director, AkzoNobel
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Vice President Corporate Responsibility, IHG
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Acting Director General, British Chambers of Commerce
Dr Adam Marshall has been Executive Director for Policy and External Affairs at the British Chambers of Commerce since July 2009, and became Acting Director General in March 2016.
Charged with representing the interests of many thousands of companies, Adam works at the highest levels of business, government, and the media to tackle many of the key issues facing firms in Britain today.
Prior to joining the BCC, Adam helped start up the Centre for Cities, build commercial links between industry and universities, and worked in the broadcast media. He holds a BA from Yale University, and MPhil and PhD degrees from the University of Cambridge.
Executive Director – Policy, IOSH
Shelley Frost leads IOSH’s Policy division responsible for leading the strategic development of IOSH’s policy, research and technical advice and guidance, building on IOSH’s reputation as thought leaders in the health and safety arena internationally.
She oversees the departments managing policy and public affairs, strategic development, knowledge management, research and technical activities. The division works with key stakeholders to influence legislative frameworks and government policy as well as engaging business to promote the multiple benefits of good health and safety from strategy and positioning to knowledge management and engagement.
Prior to joining IOSH in 2015, Shelley was Director of Sustainability at Lafarge and led on environment, sustainable development, sustainable construction and external engagement at national and international level. Shelley is currently on the GRI Stakeholder Council and is a Board member of the Center for Safety and Health Sustainability.
In 1998 she joined HSE spending much of her time post operational working on construction policy and regulation, including CDM and occupational health issues. She then became Director of Health and safety at the Construction Confederation.
IOSH is the world’s largest membership organisation for health and safety professionals, with more than 46,000 members worldwide.
former Minister for Employment Relations & Consumer Affairs, Business, Innovation and Skills
Jo Swinson was a Minister in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills from 2012 to 2015, with responsibility for labour market policy, competition and corporate governance. Jo introduced new corporate reporting requirements on gender, executive pay and transparency of company ownership, promoted measures to tackle modern slavery in supply chains and led a crackdown on unscrupulous practices in the payday lending industry.
During her 10 years as a Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament she campaigned successfully for stronger climate change targets, for more responsible advertising, and for the Office of National Statistics to measure national wellbeing alongside traditional indicators of progress like GDP.
Jo is now Director of Equal Power Consulting, Chair of the CIPD Policy Forum, a non-executive director of tech company Clear Returns, and is writing a book on how we can all tackle inequality of power between men and women in society.
Carbon Reporting Expert, Bergen Energi
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Sustainability Director, AccorHotels
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Founder & Chief Entrepreneur, Utopies
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MD, Junxion Strategy
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Director, EPI Consulting
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Global Leader Sustainability and Climate Change, PwC
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