Alan has been the Shadow Minister for Energy and the Green New Deal since April 2020 and served as the Shadow Energy and Climate Change Minister October 2016 – April 2020 and 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.
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.
Belinda joined Green Alliance in 2018 and is responsible for developing and executing Green Alliance’s strategy and overseeing Greener UK and its influence on the Brexit process. Prior to joining Green Alliance, Belinda worked as head of government and rural affairs at the Campaign to Protect Rural England for two and a half years. Before that, she worked in the Science Policy Centre of The Royal Society and at Defra, where she focused on issues ranging from waste to noise and agriculture. She started her career at Shell before joining the Countryside Agency. She has a degree in geography from Cambridge University and an MSc in environmental management from Birkbeck College.
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 of climate change, covering rugby, football, horse racing along with the odd game of darts.
Gabrielle has lead 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 and the carbon abatement potential of BT’s products and services, as well as BT’s decarbonisation programme.
Gabrielle developed and manages BT’s supply chain engagement programme on emissions reduction. She is currently working with the 1.5°C Supply Chain Leaders on the SME climate hub.
Gabrielle represents BT in external for a such as the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and We Mean Business, and chairs the UNFCCC Momentum for Change Advisory Panel. She is a regular speaker and writer about BT's climate action journey and is currently leading on developing BT’s plans for COP26.
Gabrielle has previously held roles in regulatory and public affairs and programme management. She has an MSc from the University College London and an MA from SAIS Johns Hopkins University. She is also an alumnus of the University of Cambridge Sustainability Leadership Programme.
Guy is committed to helping good ideas get the attention they deserve. As cofounder of Clean + Cool, for the last eight years he has worked with over 100 CEOs of the UK’s most exciting early stage cleantech entrepreneurs by helping connect them to new markets, customers and investors.
As CEO of Stronger Stories, he is also growing a movement of fellow storytellers to help good ideas get heard and to find new ways for storytelling power to be shared. He has helped pioneers and innovators in education, healthcare and diversity and inclusion as well as clean innovation.
He spent the first decade of his career working in a top consumer agency creating ‘buy-me’ campaigns for Barclays, RAC, EDF Energy, Guinness and Coca-Cola. Now, every day is a new opportunity to use his know-how of the ‘dark arts’ for good and to try to atone for his sins.
Kate is Group Director of Sustainability at OVO. In her role, she developed OVO's first sustainability strategy ‘Plan Zero’, which sets out ambitious aims and targets to reach net zero in 2030. She has more than 15 years of experience in strategic sustainability and climate change as a consultant, manager and lawyer.
Kate joined OVO from Irbaris LLP, an international sustainability advisory firm, where she worked with clients to help them grow and maintain competitive advantage in a resource-constrained economy. Kate worked with partners to develop new companies in electric vehicles (Tevva Motors), distributed energy (Africa Power), and agriculture (ImpactAgri). Kate previously worked in the legal department of WWF UK and set up and managed the Legal Response Initiative, a charity providing free legal advice to developing countries in relation to the UN Climate Change negotiations. Prior to that, Kate practised environmental law for five years at Slaughter and May LLP.
Kate graduated from Cambridge University with an MA in Natural Sciences and from Imperial College with an MSc in Environmental Technology; she has a Postgraduate Diploma in Law and is a qualified solicitor. She is a Trustee of the OVO Foundation and was shortlisted as ‘Sustainability Leader of the Year 2019” in nationwide awards.
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.
She has run a programme with Grantham Institute at Imperial College on ReShaping Regulation with two key reports that have had impact on regulatory reform.
She is founder of the Food Foundation and co-founder of POWERful Women, a Visiting Senior Fellow at Kings College, and a member of the Carbon Tracker Advisory Board.
She was previously a Member of Parliament for South Thanet, a member of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee, and Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister for Energy and Climate Change. Described by The Times as ‘one of the sanest of all MPs’ and as ‘lateral-minded, original and free-thinking’.
Martin is a senior member of the Europe team with Forum for the Future - a leading international non-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 leads our portfolio of global campaigns that are designed to secure climate commitment and action from the world’s most influential companies: from growing demand for renewable energy (RE100), electric vehicles (EV100) and low carbon steel (SteelZero), to investing in smart energy systems (EP100) including cooling technologies and LED lighting.
Mike has worked with companies across the world on climate and sustainability issues since 1998, spending more than a decade at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), including as Director of Executive Programmes and Director of Strategy & 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, following studies in politics, philosophy and economics at the University of Oxford, and international relations at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University.
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 Smart 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 programme during 2013/14.
Previously Mike spent five years driving sustainability-led innovation in the chemical industry with Chemistry Innovation. He has developed and managed projects on lifecycle analysis, renewable chemicals, industrial biotechnology and resource efficiency across the chemistry-using industries. Mike holds a PhD in organic chemistry and spent his early career in several technology spin-outs leading R&D teams developing process technology for the pharmaceutical, agrochemical and electronics industries.
Munish Datta is passionate about the crucial role every sector of society - government, business, civic, each individual - must play to create a truly inclusive, sustainable world. As director at UK Green Building Council, he is responsible for leading the organisations membership strategy and enabling the delivery of its mission to radically improve the sustainability of the built environment. As a Fellow at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, he empowers senior business leaders & organisations to tackle critical global challenges. He is a member of the UK Government (BEIS) Green Construction Board, Governor of the Stephen Perse foundation of schools & trustee of Rama Foundation, a charity building the capacities and skills of disadvantaged communities. Munish is alumnus of Marks & Spencer where he led cross business teams to design and deliver the multi award winning, globally renowned sustainability strategy (Plan A), for its 1000+ buildings property portfolio.
Nick is the executive director of the Aldersgate Group, a cross-economy organisation whose business members have a collective global turnover of around £550bn. The work of the group focuses on developing policy positions to tackle major environmental challenges in a way that is environmentally effective and can deliver economic benefits. The group's work covers a wide range of environmental policy issues including climate and energy policy, resource efficiency, natural capital and green finance.
Nick is responsible for the overall management of the Aldersgate Group, including the development of its work programme and its representation of member views to UK and EU policy makers. This included overseeing two major reports recently on the innovation and business implications of achieving net zero emissions by mid-century. Prior to joining the Aldersgate Group in 2014, Nick was the Head of Climate Change and Energy Policy for four years at environmental NGO WWF-UK. Prior to that, Nick spent six years working as an environmental and energy lawyer with global law firm CMS.
Nick holds a First-Class Degree in English Law and German Law from the University of Kent, where he specialised in environmental law and received a prize for best undergraduate in environmental law following his dissertation on the effectiveness of emission trading schemes in tackling climate change
Sue was, until Autumn 2018, EVP Sustainable Business and Communications at Unilever. She now runs her own business, as an advisor on sustainability strategy for companies wishing to step change their strategy and commitment to sustainability. Current and recent clients include Mars; Primark; Nat West Banking Group; Natura; Danone; RHS; and O2.
Sue complements her paid client work by working with a range of sustainability focussed organisations on a pro-bono basis. Most recently, she sat as part of an expert panel advising the Ministry of Defence on the development of a Net Zero Carbon strategy.
Sue is the Chair of Trustees at the independent not for profit organisation, Blueprint for Better Business. 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. In November 2020 Forbes magazine placed Sue 13th in a list of the top 100 women sustainability influencers worldwide. In April 2021 Sue was appointed as a Director to the Board of the Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU).
Sue recently renovated an old house, which included stripping out the oil-fired heating system and replacing it with an air source heat pump and fully insulated outside walls. Apart from needing to rob a bank for the capital cost, she’s delighted with the result.
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 of the award-winning charity Hubbub UK www.hubbub.org.uk which transforms the way environmental messages are communicated by bringing people and organisations together as a force for good.
Previously Trewin created Global Action Plan the UK’s leading environmental behaviour change charity. Trewin is a frequent media commentator on environmental issues and was trained by Al Gore as one of his climate change ambassadors. He has Chaired Student Hubs http://www.studenthubs.org/ and been a trustee for the New Economics Foundation
Before starting Global Action Plan, Trewin was Director of Fundraising at Friends of the Earth where he created PaperRound London’s leading community recycling business. Prior to Friends of the Earth, Trewin worked at Plymouth City Council and produced a youth TV programme for the BBC called Something Else.
Victoria is the founder of VP Comms, a brand strategy and responsible business consultancy. She passionately believes in business as a force for good and helps organisations to do the right thing, whilst driving profitable growth, including Azzurri (Zizzi, ASK, Coco Di Mama), Britvic, Unilever, UN, Sky, John West, and Pukka Herbs.
She is a regular speaker on corporate purpose and judges several industry awards. Victoria is also a Fellow of the RSA to drive innovative solutions to society's challenges. As part of this, she launched a behaviour change charity, Love Haslemere Hate Waste to make waste-free living the norm in Haslemere and beyond.