Jake is CPSL’s Director of Business Platforms. In this role he is responsible for enabling business leaders to identify system-level solutions to sustainability problems. Previously Jake was Head of Well-being at the Sustainable Development Commission, leading change in public policy in the education, health and transport fields. He was nominated for Civil Service Awards in 2009 and 2010.
Between 1999 and 2004 Jake helped to refocus CPSL’s work on sustainability leadership, building on seven years’ experience in conservation with UNEP and other organisations in India, Kenya, Lebanon, Bahamas, Guyana and Uganda. This built on a track record of engineering research at the University of Oxford and University of Sussex. Jake is a Governor of Impington Village College, a large secondary school in Cambridgeshire, and sits on the Socially Responsible Investment Advisory Board of Sarasin & Partners LLP.
Margaret is co-Director of the Cambridge Natural Capital Leaders Platform, where her work with major multinationals focuses on supply chains and on increasing investor understanding of the risks and opportunities of natural capital. Her extensive experience of the ecosystems and natural capital arena stems from her background as a pollination ecologist. Margaret has led CPSL’s programmes with China by developing and running the Cambridge China Senior Policy-Makers Programme and the China Advanced Development Leadership Programme for senior policy makers. These explored issues such as valuing natural capital, sustainable urbanisation, low carbon technologies, renewable energies and consumer behaviour, and were run at the request of the Central Organisation Department of the Communist Party of China's Central Committee. Margaret has a business background at senior management level in biotechnology and in management consultancy, and has extensive experience as a business coach working in conflict situations. She has a PhD in pollination ecology and a first degree in environmental sciences.
Nicolette Bartlett currently leads development of the Corporate Leaders Network for Climate Action (CLN), an international network of business leadership groups focused on triggering the shift to low carbon, climate-resilient economies. During the last two and a half years at CPSL, she has managed The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change (CLG) and has played a key role in their international initiatives, the Communiqués on climate change, which are seen by many as the definitive statements from the international progressive business community in advance of the UN climate change negotiations. Prior to working at CPSL, Nicolette worked at a London-based recycling consultancy and was a consultant for one of the leading executive coaching and leadership consultancies in Europe. She holds a BSc (Natural Sciences) and an MSc in Human Ecology.
Cécile joined CPSL in October 2010. She works on The Prince of Wales's EU Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change (EU CLG) and also supports the Director of the EU office on various CPSL programmes. She has previously worked at the European Climate Foundation’s Energy Strategy Center and for the Public Affairs department of Ferrero. Cécile holds a Master's in Public Law and Political Sciences from the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis.
Mara Caboara's role includes managing programmes in the pharmaceutical, biofuels, waste and health sectors. She joined CPSL in 2012 to help set up and manage collaboratories between industry, governments and academic institutions. Mara is a lawyer by training, specialising in EU and international environmental law. She has worked for more than ten years for the European Commission and the European Chemical Industry Association, where she headed the international affairs department, and later the chemical industry’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) signature programme, Responsible Care. She is based in CPSL's EU office.
Gemma has worked on various sustainability issues with a range of stakeholders from international organisations, financial institutions, NGOs to academics. Before CPSL she was the Lead Scientist at Global Footprint Network spear-heading the development of their Geneva office, engaging with clients and delivering projects. She holds a PhD on Carbon and Ecological Footprints and a Master's in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Bath.
Sandrine Dixson-Declève is the Director of CPSL's EU office in Brussels and The Prince of Wales’s EU Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change, and is a faculty member of our Executive Programmes. Sandrine is an international expert with over 25 years' experience in environmental, sustainability, climate, and energy policy and implementation, She ran the EMEA office of a leading energy consultancy and has been the personal advisor to major chemical and energy companies, Members of the European Parliament, the European Commission, Governments in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and international organisations including OPEC, ADB, OECD, UNEP, and USAID. She sits on the advisory board of a large African oil company, is the Vice Chair of the European Biofuels Technology Platform, a member of the Guardian’s Sustainable Business Advisory Board, and a member of CPSL’s Right Value for Externalities Advisory Committee.
Read an article by Sandrine for the Guardian Professional Network: 'Concentrating on building efficiency is Europe’s new climate-change mantra'.
Stacy works in the Leaders Group teams managing The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Groups on Climate Change and the Corporate Leaders Network for Climate Action. Stacy began her career establishing a non-profit organisation that was a conduit between US hospital systems and charities which served the medical needs in the developing world and created an alternative use in the disposal of medical equipment. In the first year she oversaw 5 international and 20 domestic donations. Stacy went on to work for Village Voice Media in Cleveland, Ohio and Dallas, Texas running their promotions and marketing departments. She gained further international experience working for Harvard University’s Berlin Dialogues – a series of public debates at which scholars, journalists, and decision-makers discussed contemporary political, social, and cultural topics from both an American and a European perspective. Stacy holds a Bachelors of Arts from John Carroll University, Cleveland, Ohio and is currently pursuing a Master’s in International Relations from the University of Cambridge.
Katie joined CPSL in October 2012 as a Project Co-ordinator within the Business Platforms team, working with The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Groups on Climate Change, the Corporate Leaders Network for Climate Action, the Natural Capital Leaders Platform and the Sustainable Water Stewardship collaboratory. Katie’s career began in the engineering and environmental consultancy sector where she worked on a number of large, high-profile, multidisciplinary projects for a broad range of industry sectors, public sector agencies and national government. Katie then spent a further 3 years working in the water industry as an operational water treatment works team leader, helping to provide the highest quality of water to over 1.5 million people in East Anglia. Katie holds a BSc (Hons) in Geography from the University of Nottingham.
Fergus has worked on a number of business platforms and on some of CPSL's most prestigious events since joining in December 2010. He is a core member of the team that runs the Natural Capital Leaders Platform and has co-ordinated many of their high profile initiatives including the Natural Capital Leadership Compact, the Natural Convergence report on land use in the UK and the Valuing Externalities collaboratories. Fergus has a background in cultural events management and catering, with extensive experience as a stage manager at music and fundraising events. He holds a BA in Event Management from the University of Derby.
Emma joined CPSL in May 2012 as a Project Co-ordinator in the Business Platforms team. Her work is split between ClimateWise, the Banking Environment Initiative and the Investment Leaders Group. Before joining CPSL, Emma spent five years working in the public sector in environmental communications and behavioural change. She most recently worked at Cambridgeshire County Council, improving environmental performance through employee engagement. Emma holds a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science from the University of East Anglia.
Serena joined the CPSL Business Platforms team in September 2012 as a Project Co-ordinator for the Brussels EU Office. She gained broad international experience both in the public- and private-sector working as a project officer for interdisciplinary European projects within multicultural teams, focusing on the implementation of EU regional policies, Structural Funds management, institutional and capacity building, local, rural and sustainable development. Serena worked for the DG AGRI (EC) European Network for Rural Development in Brussels, and as a research assistant for the Evaluation Unit of the Ministry of Economic Development in Rome. She holds an MPhil in Land Economy from the University of Cambridge, and a postgraduate specialisation in local development projects evaluation from the Economics and Finance Ministry School in Rome. Serena is an Italian native speaker, proficient in English and French, and currently learning Spanish.
Paul joined CPSL in 2007, and specialises in communications and project management. Prior to CPSL he worked in the corporate sector (retail and fuel industries), and has a background studying and working in marketing. With CPSL, much of his time has been involved with a number of global initiatives established by The Prince of Wales. In over 5 years working with businesses on sustainability challenges, Paul has gained experience across a wide range of themes and sectors, and is currently managing projects within CPSL's major Natural Capital Leaders Platform and ClimateWise insurance industry initiatives.
Andrew joined CPSL in January 2013 as a Programme Manager for the Natural Capital Leaders Platform. He is working closely with companies to address the impacts of ecosystem and natural capital loss and degradation on their business, their customers and wider society, and helping to stimulate new ways of thinking through collaboratories, workshops and partnerships with businesses. Prior to joining CPSL, Andrew worked in BP for 23 years where he held a wide range of commercial, financial and strategy development roles in businesses which included oil trading, exploration & production, gas & power and refining & marketing as well as the corporate centre. Andrew comes from a farming background, gained a MA in Economics from Cambridge University and holds FSA and Corporate Treasury qualifications.
Tomi joined CPSL in October 2012 as a Programme Manager focusing on the investment industry. He is supporting some of the world’s largest asset managers and asset owners to understand the impact of global system pressures and how the industry leadership combined with a long-term view can lead to positive sustainability outcomes. Prior to joining CPSL, Tomi spent his career working in the financial industry. He joined ABN AMRO / ABN AMRO Rothschild in 2002, where he gained extensive experience in Debt and Equity Capital Markets covering wide range industry sectors. In 2008 he moved to Société Générale as a Director responsible for Debt Capital Markets origination. Tomi holds an MSc in Finance from University of Turku, Finland and a CSR MBA at from University of Nottingham. He is also a Trustee of a charity focusing on community regeneration.
John joined CPSL in October 2012 as a Project Manager working on the Natural Capital Leaders Platform. Prior to CPSL, John has project managed in a range of sectors with significant experience in the transport industry. John has experience of managing complex transport modelling projects for a range of clients both in the UK and overseas. Whilst working in the railway sector, he contributed to several passenger and railfreight strategies to achieve modal shift away from the UK road network. John holds a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science from the University of Leeds and recently completed an MSc in International Logistics.
Fiona joined CPSL in November 2011 as a Project Co-ordinator in the Climate Team working on the UK Corporate Leaders Group. Before joining CPSL Fiona worked as a Climate Change Officer in the public sector. Prior to this she worked for three environmental charities as a fundraiser, securing over £6million for projects in the UK and internationally. Fiona holds an MSc in botanical surveying from Reading University and a BSc (Hons) in Biology and Geography from the University of Keele.
Martin is Director of the University of Cambridge Natural Capital Leaders Platform, a global business initiative. His work at CPSL has also supported the global tourism industry and mining sector in their responds to the challenges of climate change and the depletion of natural resources. He is a member of the UK Government’s Ecosystem Market Task Force and has extensive practical experience of working in the fields of water management, food security, agriculture and natural resource management. Over a diverse career he has gained an understanding of sustainability strategies through his practical engagement with global business, government and civil society organisations in the UK and in several countries in Sub Saharan Africa. He holds a Masters in Environmental Management from Imperial College London.
Helen Spence-Jackson joined CPSL in April 2012 as a Programme Adviser in the EU office (based in Brussels). She manages the Atlas Schools project and the Professional Services Sustainability Initiative. In addition, Helen works with colleagues in Brussels on The Prince of Wales’s EU Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change. Helen’s background is in EU affairs, local and regional government policy, climate change and sustainability issues. She has over ten years’ experience of working in Brussels for a variety of organisations, lobbying the European Commission and working with MEPs. Most recently Helen worked for the Local Government Association (LGA) for England and Wales, where she managed the Brussels team and was responsible for leading the energy, climate change and sustainability policy portfolios. Helen holds an MSc in European & International Politics from the University of Edinburgh.
Katharine is experienced in incentivising environmental governance and decision making, facilitating multi-stakeholder processes. She joined CPSL in 2011 and within the finance sector team has been taking a value systems approach to addressing issues of climate change and resource management. She has particular responsibility for the secretariat of ClimateWise, the global insurance group, ensuring that it achieves strategic impact through audited business standards, regional partnerships, effective communications and collaborations. These include focus on rural resilience, sustainable investment and reducing the environmental impact of supply chains. She also leads a collaboration for the Natural Capital Leaders Platform. She has spent the majority of her career working for the UK Government within the Departments of Energy and Climate Change, International Development and Environment and Rural Affairs. She is a social and political scientist with a Master's in International Natural Resource Management.
Andrew joined CPSL in 2008 to lead work driving collaboration, learning and change to build a financial system that values a sustainable future. The Banking Environment Initiative (BEI) supports ten of the world’s largest banks from China, Europe, Japan and the United States that were convened by their CEOs to direct capital towards environmentally sustainable economic development. Andrew leads collaborations between bankers and groups of corporates to pioneer the alignment of banking services with client needs on clean energy, soft commodity production and trade finance. Since its inception, Andrew has played a leading role supporting the ClimateWise group of insurance companies seeking to drive action on climate change risk. Prior to CPSL, Andrew worked at the UK Government Department for Business and the insurer RSA. He holds a Masters in Leadership for Sustainable Development and a Bachelors in Geography from the University of Oxford.
Eliot Whittington is the Director of The Prince of Wales’s UK Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change (UK CLG) – which brings together UK businesses to work towards a step change in policy and action on climate change. He has worked for a number of years in policy and campaigning for UK development charities, including providing climate change policy analysis for Save the Children UK and Christian Aid. Before this he was Christian Aid's Senior UK Political Relations Adviser, leading lobbying work with parliamentarians and political parties, and has also worked on campaigning with the World Development Movement and with Oxfam GB. During his career he has written a number of significant policy reports on subjects such as biofuels and carbon trading, lobbied ministers and officials, worked with parliamentarians to change legislation, organised campaign events that have gained local, national and international media attention and spent some time coordinating a major national campaign in Ethiopia.
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