Alan has been the Shadow Energy and Climate Change Minister since October 2016 and served as the Shadow DECC Minister for Generation and Transmission September 2015 – June 2016.
During his time in office he has championed the development of a new decarbonised energy landscape. He is frequently lauded by his fellow parliamentarians for his grasp of the complexities of this policy area.
Since becoming the Labour MP for Southampton Test in 1997 Alan has served on the Select Committees for Environment, Transport and the Regions; Energy and Climate Change and Environmental Audit. He has a Ph.D. in Political Science from Southampton University.
Andrew Wordsworth is a Founder and Managing Director of Sustainable Ventures which works with investors, entrepreneurial managers and corporate partners to originate, build and grow businesses in the low carbon and sustainability sectors. The company also established Sustainable Workspaces, Europe’s largest cluster of start-up companies in the sector hosting over 35 ventures based in two locations near London Bridge.
Sustainable Ventures portfolio includes E-Car Club which created the UK’s first crowdfunding exit in 2015 when Europcar acquired a majority stake; and Powervault which is seeking to disrupt the domestic electricity storage industry. In 2017, the Company launched the Sustainable Accelerator fund, which is now the UK’s leading specialist seed stage investor in the sector.
Prior to establishing Sustainable Ventures, Andrew had over 15 years' experience in the energy and climate change sector - including roles within Esso, Bain & Co, Arthur D Little and Managing Director of Carbon Trust Enterprises. Andrew holds an M.Eng from the University of Cambridge.
Anna Guyer is Founder of Greenhouse PR, an award winning agency with a mission to drive positive social and environmental change to accelerate the transition towards a sustainable green economy. She has worked with some of the UK's leading pioneers in energy, transport, finance, food, resource management and clean tech.
Barnaby Wharton is Head of Policy & Regulation at RenewableUK, where he leads a team working on building the future smart, low-carbon energy system. His work includes tackling market reform barriers to deployment, grid management and flexibility and industry strategy. Prior to joining the team at RenewableUK he was part of the energy and climate change team at the CBI, where he led work on energy costs, supply side policy and international climate change, representing British business at the Paris COP. He has extensive experience working on energy, regulatory and Parliamentary issues.
Ed King is international lead, strategic communications at the European Climate Foundation. He was founding editor of Climate Home News, which he ran from 2011-2017. Before climate change intervened he was a journalist and producer at BBC Sport, living in blissful ignorance, and covering rugby, football, horse racing along with the odd game of darts.
Gabrielle has led BT's environmental sustainability programme since 2009. Her work has spanned BT's carbon targets - BT's 1.5°C science-based carbon reduction target, BT's net positive carbon abatement target to help customers save three times the end-to-end carbon impact of BT's business and ICT's carbon abatement potential, including the acclaimed GeSI SMARTer2030 report.
Gabrielle also developed BT’s supply chain engagement programme - the award winning BT Better Future Supplier Forum.
Gabrielle represents BT in external fora such as the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), We Mean Business and Aldersgate Group and chairs the UNFCCC Momentum for Change Advisory Panel. She is a regular speaker and writer about BT's climate action journey.
Guy Newey is Director of Strategy and Performance at the Energy Systems Catapult. He was previously Energy Adviser to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Greg Clark, and Special Adviser to former Energy Secretary Amber Rudd.
He has worked as Head of Policy at energy supplier, OVO Energy and Head of Environment and Energy at the think tank, Policy Exchange.
Previous to that, he was a journalist with Agence France-Presse in Hong Kong and the Birmingham Mail. He has an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College, London.
He is married to Victoria and they have two children, Finn and Beatrice. He lives in Palmers Green, in North London.
Guy is committed to helping good ideas get the attention they deserve. As CEO of Stronger Stories, he has developed strategies, brands and campaigns for pioneers in sustainability, education, health, diversity and inclusion.
As cofounder of Clean + Cool, he uses story to help the UK’s most exciting early stage cleantech entrepreneurs grow faster.
Prior to this, Guy was head of comms for a NGO promoting entrepreneurship and a director of a top 5 London consumer PR agency, with Barclays, EDF Energy, RAC, Guinness and Coca-Cola amongst his clients.
Henry leads the Innovation Gateway Partnership, an award-winning alliance of major organisations working together to reduce the operational costs, risks and environmental impacts of their buildings. Partners including Tesco, Birmingham University, Nottingham City Council, Heathrow, RBS, Unite Students, BT and others share experience, performance data and source the innovations they need to address their challenges – ‘The Power of Many’.
Prior to this, Henry held senior roles with Mars, Johnson & Johnson, 20th Century Fox and the World Health Organisation (WHO). He is a regular speaker on ‘Leading Innovation for Resilience’ across industry and academia, recently serving as a lead judge for the RICS Global Cities of the Future.
Henry completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge and MBA at Said Business School, University of Oxford where he was nominated Distinguished Entrepreneur-in-Residence for Strategy & Innovation and Resident Expert for Sustainability
James Murray is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of BusinessGreen having launched the site in October 2007.
As such he has led the development of BusinessGreen's award-winning news, opinion, and analysis for over a decade, establishing himself as one of the UK's leading commentators on the low carbon economy and the net zero transition.
He is a frequent contributor to BBC Radio on a wide range of environmental and green businesses and an accomplished public speaker and event chair.
He boasts over 32,000 Twitter followers and consistently features in the top 10 for various rankings of green social media influencers, including recently being rated the most influential person in B2B journalism on sustainability issues.
Kames leads the CBI’s Energy & Climate Change team, supporting policy development and
campaigns, while speaking on behalf of the CBI and its members. He joined the CBI in early 2019
from the Society of
Motor Manufacturers and Traders where he led the political engagement on
Brexit, the switch to low
emission vehicles and the future of diesel.
Prior to this he worked in a variety of roles at EDF Energy covering public affairs, media relations and
ate communications. Central to this was political and media engagement surrounding the Final
Investment Decision and Government approval for the Hinkley Point C new nuclear power plant in
2017. James also supported efforts to secure life extensions for exi
sting UK nuclear power stations,
access to Contracts for Difference auctions for remote island wind projects, and the future of carbon
pricing. James has also worked with a range of businesses in consultancy, including successful
efforts to secure a packag
e of mitigation measures for energy
intensive industries at risk from
increased electricity costs following the introduction of the Carbon Price Floor in 2013
She is an Independent Director at SGN Network, is Chair of the BEIS/Ofgem Energy System Data Taskforce for which she received a CBE. , She is a Co-Chair of the IPPR Environment and Justice Commission. She is also a Non-Executive Director of the Energy System Catapult. She was appointed as a member of the Advisory Panel for the Government’s Cost of Energy Review, and is on the Council for Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage.
Libby Peake is senior policy adviser on resource stewardship at Green Alliance, a UK based
independent charity and think tank focused on achieving
ambitious leadership for the environment.
There, she works closely with other NGOs, academics and businesses
to promote better use of
resources throughout the economy. This includes managing the Circular Economy Task Force, a
forum for policy, innovation and business thinking on efficient resource use in the UK. She is an
expert and trusted commentator on resourc
es and waste topics including: plastic; ecodesign;
chemicals regulation; resource efficiency; and recycling. Before joining Green Alliance, Libby spent
ten years at environmental publishing house Resource Media.
Martin is a senior member of the Europe team with Forum for the Future
a leading international
profit dedicated to accelerating the shift toward a sustainable future. Martin has worked with
numerous businesses and public agencies, helping to develop
their sustainability strategies, using
futures techniques, systems thinking and creative stakeholder engagement processes. Martin is also
involved in several collaborative initiatives focused on key challenges like the circular economy and a
just transition within the energy sector. Over his tenure at Forum, Martin has worked with a wide
range of organisations including British Land, EDF, Innovate UK, Interface, Kingfisher, Marks &
Spencer, Unilever and Willmott Dixon. Prior to joining Forum, Martin worked
at the research
organisation, CIRIA, where he had responsibility for the delivery of a portfolio of research and
implementation projects related to sustainable construction, including a nationwide network
engaging practitioners in the development and promotion of good practice. Martin has a Masters in
European Environmental Policy and Regulation from Lancaster University.
Mike joined The Climate Group in January 2017 and
is now responsible for
the organization’s portfolio of
activity with business, including its programs on renewable power (RE100), energy productivity (EP100),
electric vehicles and LED lighting.
Mike has worked with companies across the world on climate and sustainability issues since 1988,
spending more than a decade at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), most
recently as Director of Executive Programmes, and previously as Director of Strategy and
Communications. Before joining CISL, he was Chief Operating Officer of AccountAbility where he led the
development of the AA1000 framework for sustainability accounting and reporting.
Mike started his career as a business consultant for the COBA Group, a strategy boutique since acquired
pers, following studies in politics, philosophy and economics at the University of
Oxford, and international relations at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins
Mike is the Deputy Challenge Director for Transforming Construction
the government’s Industrial
Strategy programme linked to the sector deal and managed by Innovate UK, part
of UK Research
and Innovation. He acted as interim Challenge Director in securing the programme as part of the
Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. Mike was previously Head of Urban Systems at Innovate UK,
covering the priority areas of Urban Living and Sma
rt Infrastructure. He joined Innovate UK in 2012
to lead on embedding sustainability across Innovate UK’s strategy. He has also led Clean and Cool
entrepreneur Missions in 2013 to Brazil and 2015 to San Francisco and ran the Resource Efficiency
Director of Membership & Operations at UK Green Building Council, responsible for leading the organisations membership strategy and enabling the delivery of its mission to radically improve the sustainability of the built environment. Senior Associate, business coach, faculty & tutor at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership empowering senior business leaders & organisations to tackle critical global challenges. Until late 2018, led cross business teams to design and deliver Marks & Spencer’s multi award winning, globally renowned sustainability strategy (Plan A) for its £4bn, 1000+ buildings property portfolio. Start-up advisor, member of the UK Government ‘Green Construction Board’, Governor of the Stephen Perse family of schools & trustee of Rama Foundation, a charity building the capacities and skills of disadvantaged communities.
Nick is the executive director of the Aldersgate Group, a cross
economy organisation whose business
members have a collective global turnover of around £550bn. The work of the group focuses on
developing policy positions to tackle major environmental challenges in a way that is
environmentally effective and can deliver economic benefits. The group's work covers a wide range
of environmental policy issues including climate and energy policy, resource efficiency, natural
capital and green finance.
Nick is responsible for the overall management of the Aldersgate Group, including the development
of its work programme and its representation of member views to UK and EU policy makers. This
included overseeing two major reports recently on the innovation and business implications of
achieving net zero emissions by mid
century. Prior to joining the Aldersgate Group in 2014, Nick was
the Head of Climate Change and Energy Policy for four years at environmental NGO WWF
to that, Nick spent six years working a
s an environmental and energy lawyer with global law firm
Nick holds a First
Class Degree in English Law and German Law from the University of Kent, where he
specialised in environmental law and received a prize for best undergraduate in environmental law
following his dissertation on the effectiveness of emission trading schemes in tackling climate
Nicole Itano is the Executive Director of tve (television for the environment), a non-profit that uses storytelling to drive real world action for a more sustainable world. Nicole has 20 years of experience in the non-profit and media sectors communicating about global development and environmental issues. She has led award-winning global media and communications projects that have reached millions of people around the world, helping raise awareness of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and drive action on climate change and biodiversity loss. As the Director of Media and Content at WWF-UK, she led the organisation’s global media outreach for the Our Planet Project, in partnership with Netflix and Silverback Productions. Nicole joined the non-profit sector after a decade in international journalism, where she reported from more than 50 countries for many of the world’s leading media outlets, including Time Magazine, The New York Times and Bloomberg Television. She is also the author of a book about the global AIDS epidemic.
Simon joined the bank in 2009, and has experience of working with a wide
range of sustainable businesses – across agriculture, green building and
development, green tourism and sustainable commerce. He now leads the team responsible for UK business banking activities with SMEs, social
enterprises and charities, with particular focus on the environmental, food and
farming, and social and cultural sectors.
Triodos Bank only finances organisations working for positive
social, environmental and cultural change, and sees the transition to
democratic ownership models as an important element of mission-led business.
Sue is one of the world’s leading experts in developing sustainability strategy in major companies, aligning it with business objectives, and embedding it across the business. She is an independent advisor on sustainability strategy, working with major businesses that are seeking to step up on their sustainability ambitions and performance.
She complements her client work by advising three sustainability related organisations on a pro-bono basis.
Until Autumn 2018, she was EVP Sustainable Business and Communications at Unilever.
At Unilever, Sue was responsible for leading and embedding the company’s ambitious USLP (Unilever Sustainable Living Plan) into the business and ensuring delivery against its 70-plus time bound targets. She was also responsible for teams in 180 markets who engage with Governments and key external stakeholders; lead employee engagement; handle the media; and are accountable for issues and crisis management. She was part of the four-strong executive team that led the rebuttal of the hostile takeover bid by Kraft Heinz in 2017.
In particular, Sue was responsible for establishing sustainability as a driver of brand growth. By the end of 2018 its ‘Sustainable Living Brands’ were growing 67% faster than its other brands and represented 70% of the company’s growth.
Sue was one of the founders of the independent not for profit organisation, Blueprint for Better Business, and remains a Trustee. She is a Fellow at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, a Visiting Fellow at Cranfield School of Business Management, and a Fellow of the RSA.
Sue’s earlier career includes two spells in the public sector, and roles in advertising and public affairs agencies. Sue’s role prior to Unilever was as a Director General at the Department of Work and Pensions, where she led customer strategy and communications.
Susanne Baker is Head of Programme, Environment and Compliance at techUK, the business
organisation for the UK’s technology sector. She also is a board member of the High Speed
Sustainable Manufacturing Institute and of JTAC, the body currently tasked with spending £10m to
improve the reuse and recycling of waste electricals. Before joining techUK, Susanne worked for EEF,
the manufacturers association (now Make UK) and the environmental business journal, The ENDS
Report. She is a Fellow of the RSA and a graduate of Kings College London.
Trewin Restorick is
Founder and CEO
the way environmental messages are communicated
by bringing people and organisations together as a force for good. He is also Chair of
Previously Trewin created
Action Plan the UK’s leading environmental behaviour
change charity. Trewin is a frequent
commentator on environmental issues
trained by Al Gore as
his climate change ambassadors.
Before starting Global Action Plan, Trewin was Direct
or of Fundraising at Friends of the
Earth where he created PaperRound London’s leading community recycling business. Prior
to Friends of t
Trewin worked at
Plymouth City Council and
produced a youth TV
programme for the BBC called Something Else.
Victoria is the founder of VP Comms, a brand strategy and responsible business consultancy she
founded in 2017. She is a multi
brand communications and corporate reputation
expert, who passionately believes in business as a force for good. She helps organisations to do the
right thing, whilst driving profitable growth, including Unilever, Leerdammer, UN, Sky, John West,
One of her proudest moments was delivering Sky Ocean Rescue, working with the Board to drive
tangible change. The campaign included eliminating all single use plastic across the supply chain and
launching a £25m Venture Fund to support plastic alternatives. The programme was commended
several times by Prince Charles, and Sky now advises UN on ocean plastics.
Victoria is co
chair of UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD), and is working to put
the Sustainable Developments Goals into action in
the UK. For the past decade, she has chaired the
PRCA Responsible Business group deepen understanding of the issues wrapped up in sustainability
and responsible business amongst communication and marketing professionals.
Victoria is also a Fellow of the RSA to drive innovative solutions to societies challenges. As part of
this, she has recently launched an initiative to rid her local town of Haslemere from excessive plastic.
Love Haslemere Hate Waste aims to galvanise individuals and organisations to reconsider plastic use
and collaborate to find sustainable solutions.