Our Senior Associates bring a wealth of practical insight to CPSL from their own experience in business, government and civil society. We invite these senior practitioners to advise on our strategic direction and to contribute to the delivery of our executive programmes and business platforms.
Fiona was Director of Chronic Disease and Health Promotion at the World Health Organisation and has five years’ experience as Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Director General in the UK Government, responsible for Health Improvement and Health Inequalities. She is currently on secondment to PwC. She is a high profile public health leader with a track record of reframing thinking and developing innovative policy at the heart of government. She is able to apply thinking from other sectors and countries, to find strategic fit between diverse interests and to come up with practical solutions based on a clear vision. She is an experienced international advisor, board member, public health director, lecturer, consultant, trustee and clinician. Fiona has experience leading programmes on health and sustainability, and has published on the subject, including as co-editor of “The Health Practitioners Guide to Climate Change”. She is an International Advisor to the Royal College of Physicians and a visiting Professor at University College London, Brunel University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Terry A'Hearn is the Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency. Terry is originally from Australia where he spent ten years in senior management roles at the Environment Protection Authority in the State of Victoria. In Victoria, Terry and his team pioneered a number of world-first initiatives. These included signing statutory Sustainability Covenants with companies from the pension fund, manufacturing, education, insurance, property, water and telecommunications sectors. The world's first environmental Corporate Licences were also developed slashing red tape by 90 per cent and redirecting resources from low-return compliance processes to high-return business sustainability innovation. Terry is transforming the Northern Ireland Environment Agency in order to equip it for the challenge of driving a new form of 21st century economic prosperity consistent with ecological constraints.
Charles has part-time roles as Visiting Professor in graduate teaching in change for Sustainable Development at the University of Cambridge, and as Sustainable Development Director for MWH's UK Operations. He has extensive water and environmental engineering experience in 16 countries from Europe to Asia. Since 1997 he has worked to introduce sustainable development concepts and strategies into engineering and business; particularly focusing recently on climate change mitigation and adaptation. His particular interest is in facilitating effective innovation and change management' in organisations moving to a more sustainable and carbon neutral approach, particularly in the water sector.
Ramon Arratia is a sustainability director with 13 years of practical experience in corporate positions at multinational companies such as Interface, Vodafone and Ericsson. He was named by The Guardian newspaper as one of the world’s top sustainable business tweeters. He is a strong advocate of product sustainability, blogs at the popular interfacecutthefluff and gives 50 speeches a year on the subject. He campaigns for stronger and more efficient European regulation based on product standards and for many years he led the ‘Cut the Fluff’ campaign against labels, certificates, partial truths, marketing claims and all the components of the old sustainability beauty contest.
Ramon is the author of the book: Full Product Transparency, Cutting the Fluff out of Sustainability, where he argues the need of a shift from the corporate beauty contest of awards, certificates and case studies to measuring and reporting the real environmental impacts of products across their full value chains. In his current role as EMEAI Sustainability Director at Interface, he helps the company achieving Mission Zero (InterfaceFLOR’s promise to eliminate any negative impact it may have on the environment by 2020), at the same time as developing products and services with radically reduced impacts such as the Biosfera and Fotosfera collections.
Ramon has an MBA from Warwick Business School, a MSc in Quality and Environment from Spain and a degree in chemistry. This mixture of business and technical education has given him a privileged perspective to understand both the geeks (LCA practitioners, academics, engineers) and the geezers (marketing, PR, sales, sustainability consultants).
Read about Ramon's book Full Product Transparency: Cutting the Fluff Out of Sustainability on our Faculty Publications page.
Enos is a South African entrepreneur and investment banker who is founder and CEO of the Freetel Group of Companies. Freetel focuses on fund management, portfolio investments and investment and transaction advice to a select number of sovereign and international clients. Enos has advised in some of the seminal transactions in South Africa, including the then ground breaking partial privatisation of Telkom SA. He has served as chairman of the South African National Electricity Regulator and Chairman of the Municipal Infrastructure Investment Unit of the SA Government. He was country head for Credit Suisse First Boston (a global investment bank) and later, head of Africa for HSBC Corporate and Investment Bank, after which he established Freetel. He has developed policies in ICT and drafted national laws in telecommunications and municipal finance and BEE. He is admitted to the New York law bar, and he is an Advocate of the Supreme Court of South Africa. Enos is a member of the Board of MMC Norilsk Nickel and the Chairman of the company's budget committee, and is on the Board of Supergroup.
Mike is Head of Sustainable Business at the retailer Marks & Spencer. He was part of the small team that 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. He helps provide the vision and the energy to affect change and ensure a leading but efficient approach to sustainability across the company.
Mike is currently leading M&S work to deliver Plan A across its global retail operations in 45 territories across the world. He is also leading the innovation work to understand what truly sustainable retailing looks like and developing a route map for getting there.
In May 2011 Mike was named the Guardian’s inaugural Sustainable Business Innovator of the Year. He is Chair of the World Environment Centre 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.
Jeremy Baskin is Principal Research Fellow: Education for Sustainable Development at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. This is an unusual role, one of only a handful of such roles worldwide. He is responsible for advancing the inclusion of knowledge and insight about sustainability within the curriculum, both within and across faculties. Prior to that he worked for CPSL in a range of capacities, including as Australia Director, designing and developing leadership programmes. He also teaches on sustainability and corporate responsibility for the MBA and other programmes at the Melbourne Business School, and is a non-executive Director of the non-profit Centre for Sustainability Leadership in Melbourne.
Originally from South Africa, Jeremy worked for 20 years in the trade union and anti-apartheid movement. In 1996 he became a public servant, and was responsible for reforming various aspects of the labour market dispensation, before becoming an advisor to the Mandela presidency on a range of cross-sectoral development policy issues.
Jeremy has published widely on labour market and social policy, on climate justice, and on corporate responsibility. He is mainly interested in 'empty-belly environmentalism' and the connection between sustainability and development. He has been a fellow at the Max Planck Institut in Germany, and has received a number of awards for writing.
Craig Bennett is Director of Policy and Campaigns at Friends of the Earth (England, Wales and Northern Ireland), one of the UK's most influential environmental organisations. He is the organisation's lead campaigner and policy strategist, representing the charity with Government and other key lobbying contacts and leading its tactical response to the changing political and policy context. From 2007 to 2010, Craig was Deputy Director at CPSL and, in this role, was The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change (CLG). During this time, he built the CLG into one of the most influential and progressive business voices in the international climate debate, primarily through its series of hard-hitting, punchy statements in support of a strong, effective and equitable global climate deal. The Copenhagen Communiqué, for example, secured the support of 1,000 companies from more than 60 countries and was widely seen as the definitive progressive statement from the international business community ahead of the UN climate conference in Copenhagen.
Craig maintains links with several universities; he is a Teaching Fellow at the Department of Engineering at the University of Bristol, and an Educator at Duke CE, the world’s top rated corporate education provider. He is regularly asked to facilitate and chair cross-sector workshops and initiatives. He has a BSc (Hons) in Human and Physical Geography and an MSc in Biodiversity Conservation. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and Vice-Chair of the charity Stakeholder Forum. Craig regularly appears in the broadcast media, and has had articles published in several national newspapers and magazines. He is a regular columnist for the website Business Green.
Jeb, Founding Partner of The Next Practice, is a strategist and innovation expert in the fields of business and development, serving major corporations, local governments, and non-profit organisations worldwide. In addition to using a tested, disciplined innovation process developed with leading business thinker Professor C.K. Prahalad, he focuses on innovation in market analytics, product development, and business modelling to increase local responsiveness and customisation as a source of competitive advantage and global problem-solving. With professional experience in 28 countries, Jeb has been a pioneer of new practice domains including urban sustainability and climate change mitigation, ‘base of the pyramid’ (BOP) business development for large low-income market segments, place-based development and social enterprise.
Read about Jeb's book Welcome to the Urban Revolution: How Cities Are Changing the World on our Faculty Publications page.
Until December 2008, Elizabeth Buchanan was Private Secretary to TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. She had worked for The Prince of Wales since 1998 and before that she worked with Tim Bell at Bell Pottinger Communications. She was previously a Special Adviser in the Department of Transport working for two Cabinet Ministers. Elizabeth is now a special adviser to Waitrose and to the Bell Pottinger Group, and remains a consultant to The Prince of Wales. She also co-manages the family’s organic livestock farm in East Sussex. Elizabeth is the East Sussex Council Member for the Royal Agricultural Society of England; she sits on the BBC’s Rural Affairs Advisory Committee, the Mutton Renaissance Steering Committee and the Experts Panel of Natural England. She is a trustee of The Prince’s Countryside Fund, of The Horse Trust and the Smith School for Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford University. She is a member of the Goldsmiths Company.
Tom is currently a Visiting Professor at Imperial College and Honorary Professor, Faculty of Laws, University College London. He is also the Founder Director of E3G, Third Generation Environmentalism and Chairman, Editorial Advisory Board, ENDS. Tom previously was Environmental Policy Adviser to Rio Tinto plc and a Senior Advisor to the Foreign Secretary's Special Representative on Climate Change. He was a member of the Council of English Nature, the statutory advisor to the British Government on biodiversity from 1999–2005. During 2002 he served as an advisor to the Central Policy Group in the Deputy Prime Minister's Office. He was Special Adviser to three Secretaries of State for the Environment from 1991–7 after serving as Director of the Green Alliance from 1982–91.
Richard Calland has for the past seventeen years been working in the fields of democratic governance and sustainable development in South Africa and beyond. Based at the University of Cape Town (UCT), where he is Associate Professor in Public Law. Richard specialises in freedom of information law and was recently appointed as a member of the Independent Access to Information Appeals’ Board of the World Bank. Recently, Richard has acted as governance advisor to the international Construction Sector Transparency Initiative (CoST) – which aims to set new standards for information disclosure in public infrastructure projects – assisting with the implementation of the pilot programme in Tanzania, Zambia, Ethiopia, Zambia and Vietnam. His current research focus is the governance of climate change and climate finance, as a part of UCT’s African Climate Development Initiative.
Richard is the founding partner of the new Climate Finance Hub and as Senior Associate of CPSL, acts as a member of faculty on a number of programmes for senior leadership of organisations such as PwC, the World Bank and Tata. In South Africa he advises Massmart, Africa’s largest retailer that was recently acquired by Walmart, on issues of politics, sustainability and governance. Before moving to South Africa in 1994, Richard practiced law for seven years at the London Bar. From 1995–2011, he headed the Economic Governance programme at Idasa – Africa's leading democracy Institute. Richard's latest book 'Zuma's World: South Africa's Changing Anatomy of Power' will be published in 2013.
Catherine is a Director of Agulhas: Applied Knowledge, a consultancy company specialising in sustainability with a particular focus on climate change, fragile states and governance. As an experienced policy analyst, economist and evaluator with over 24 years' experience, she occupies a unique position in the space intersecting the public and private sectors and civil society, working in sustainability via a range of means including developing standards and products, policy development and analysis, problem analysis, impact assessment, promoting learning and behaviour change.
Catherine leads on work in climate change, having been a member of the core team producing the Stern Review of the Economics of Climate Change in 2006. Since then she has led teams delivering change across the board in policy, programming, product and standard development with a focus on improving climate resilience. She works with companies, third sector, multilateral development banks and donors on issues including promoting climate smart behaviour, climate resilience in the supply chain, food security, benchmarking competitors, product development, behaviour change and green growth.
Catherine Cameron, Elisa Hewlett, Simon Jones and Paula Robinson evaluate the current carbon budget commitment and the implications for fossil fuel investments in The Actuary.
Ken is currently Director of Building Partnerships for Development, a not-for-profit, multi-stakeholder think-tank that seeks to strengthen institutional arrangements that deliver water and sanitation and other services in poor communities. Much of this work is around determining how incentives and risks can be more effectively understood by different partners, and how aspects of political economy beyond the water sector (like land tenure, perceptions of public accountability and stakeholder engagement, culture, etc) influence the delivery of public services. Ken has worked with major donor/corporate partnerships, national public/private/civil society partnerships, and local service-provider/citizen partnerships. He has worked with a diverse range of projects, from public/private partnerships in Buenos Aires and Jakarta, to public toilet provision in Ghana, to political economy analysis of sanitation services in Brazil. Ken has also recently supported the Cambodian Government and the World Bank to strengthen partnerships between state and non-state actors to enhance democratic governance.
Anton is an economist at the African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town. His research is focused on the interactions between ecological degradation and human well-being in cities. He is director of Econologic where he has completed contracts for the World Bank, The European Union, DfID, WWF, local and international companies, NGOs and local governments. He is the founder of the Promoting Access to Carbon Equity (PACE) centre, which enables small-scale renewable energy and energy efficiency projects to benefit from carbon market investments. He is an associate of the Stockholm Environment Institute. At the African Centre for Cities he previously convened the City of Cape Town's Climate Change Think Tank, an inter-disciplinary partnership between civil society, business and government. Currently his research position is funded by the Mistra Urban Futures programme and involves a three year knowledge co-generation project with the City of Cape Town around the green economy. His postgraduate qualifications were obtained from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.
Oliver Dudok van Heel is Director with the Aldersgate Group, an alliance of leaders from business, government and society that drives action for a sustainable economy. He leads Aldersgate’s New Economy initiative, working to define a new economic paradigm focussed on sustainable growth, competitiveness and prosperity. Previously he was Sustainability Director with creative agency Radley Yeldar, working to get the message of sustainability across to internal and external stakeholders. Before that he was a strategy consultant with Arthur D. Little, Monitor, SustainAbility and Enviros. Oliver is a tutor on CPSL's Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business and Master’s in Sustainability Leadership. He was an active member of Transition Town Lewes and helped launch the Lewes Pound to support the local community and reduce its carbon footprint. Oliver speaks English, French, Dutch, German, Spanish and Portuguese and holds a Masters of Law and an Insead MBA. He lives in Sussex with his partner and three children.
Dr Mark Esposito is an Associate Professor in the department of People, Organizations and Society, at Grenoble Graduate School of Business and an Instructor at Harvard Extension School. At Harvard, Mark teaches Systems Thinking and Complexity Management for the Extension and Summer Schools and serves as Institutes Council Co-Leader, at the Microeconomics of Competitiveness program (MOC) developed at Harvard Business School. Mark is the Founding Director of the Lab-Center for Competitiveness, a think tank affiliated with the MOC network of Professor Michael E. Porter at Harvard Business School, which studies competitiveness as a bottom up approach towards the creation of equality in society. Mark consults in the area of Corporate Sustainability, Complexity and Competitiveness worldwide, including advising to the United Nations Global Compact, National Banks and the NATO. He acts as Vice-President of the Institute for Transformative Thought & Learning, a Phoenix-based research think tank and is a Research Fellow of the Center for Business and Sustainability at Ashridge Business School as well as a Research Fellow at the Institute of Competitiveness in India. He is the author and co-author of eight books and his academic work appears regularly on the Academy of Management, as well as The Economist and Harvard Business Review.
Read about Mark's books Business Ethics: A Critical Approach: Integrating Ethics Across the Business World and The M3C Model of Cooperative Contextual Change on our Faculty Publications page.
Richard Fairburn joined the Unilever Group in 1979 and occupied various sales, marketing and general management positions within Unilever's Agribusiness Division in UK and East Africa.
From 1997 to 2001 he was Senior Plantations Manager, responsible for strategy and business development for tea estates in East Africa and oil palm plantations in South East Asia. During this period he was a member of Unilever’s Global Sustainable Agriculture Steering Group with specific responsibility for plantation crops. In September 2001, Richard was appointed Managing Director of Unilever Tea East Africa (UTEA), Unilever's tea growing and manufacturing company based in Kenya and Tanzania. UTEA is one of the most sustainable farming operations in the world and was the first company to achieve Rainforest Alliance certification for sustainable tea production.
Richard now works as an independent consultant, advising Unilever, CPSL and other organisations on agribusiness and sustainability.
Tommy is the founder and Regional Director of the Environmental Foundation for Africa (EFA), with country programmes in Sierra Leone and Liberia since 1996 and 1997 respectively. Since 1992, he has travelled extensively in West Africa, studying the nature, extent, and causes of environmental problems in the sub-region. For four years (2003-2007) he was a member of the UN Panel of Experts on Liberia, monitoring the socio-economic and humanitarian impacts of timber and diamond sanctions on Liberia, while also assessing the environmental consequences of unregulated natural resources extraction in Sierra Leone and Liberia, after civil conflicts.
Since 2006, Mr Garnett has served as the West Africa Chair of the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication. EFA hosts the secretariat of the Green Actors of West Africa Network which Mr Garnett was instrumental in creating, and is its current coordinator.
Ruth Hillary has more than 20 years experience in the environmental and social fields. Her PhD at Imperial College developed her MSc research to further investigate European environmental policy and market based voluntary instruments used by businesses. Over 10 years, she built on its findings to develop a research stream and has proven track record in research design and execution. Most recently, she has undertaken research for Defra to establish statistical evidence on the quantitative and qualitative benefits derived by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from their certified environmental management systems (EMS). She has directed many other projects in particular she has designed and developed policies and tools in conformance with IFC’s Policy and Performance Standards on Social and Environmental Sustainability for the banking sector and directed projects for the European Commission to developed criteria to critically assess and described good EMS practices in business and tools to implement CSR in enterprises for replication across Europe.
Ruth was awarded the prestigious John Curtin Fellowship and lecture tour at the University of Curtin, Australia in 2002. She is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. She is a member of British Standards Institute sustainable development committee and an UK expert to ISO committees developing environmental and social standards e.g. ISO 26000 and ISO 14001. Ruth is an accomplished speaker at over 75 international conferences and has written over 20 papers for academic and business journals. She has written and edited six books on environmental issues and edited the journal Corporate Environmental Strategy: International Journal of Corporate Sustainability published by Elsevier.
Dr Andreas Hoepner is a Lecturer in Banking and Finance at St Andrews. He also serves as the Academic Fellow to the United Nation's Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and as Deputy Director of the Centre for Responsible Banking and Finance at the University of St. Andrews. His research has won several awards including a 2012 Academy of Management Best Paper Proceeding, a 2010 PRI Academic Research Award, and 2011 and 2012 PRI/FIR Research Grant Awards. Andreas has presented professionally relevant insights from his research to many international financial institutions such as Allianz Global Investors, AXA, China Industrial Bank, Deutsche Bank, Generation Investment, Hermes, HGSM, MSCI, Nordea, Ontario Teachers’, Scottish Widows and Shanghai Pudong Development Bank.
Dr Hoepner has begun supporting CPSL’s new Investment Leaders Group (ILG) by leading a best practices review, a study designed to develop our academic and professional understanding of how investors can realise environmental, social and economic outcomes alongside long-term investment returns. Watch a recent video interview of Dr Hoepner for Deutsche Bank.
Emma is Head of Socially Responsible Investment and Governance and Director, Jupiter Asset Management. Emma joined Jupiter in 1994 and has overall responsibility for the management and development of Jupiter's SRI business. She is also responsible for building Jupiter's corporate governance and engagement services for institutional clients and Jupiter's UK retail funds.
Emma is an independent non executive member of the Environment Agency Board. She is also a director of Triodos Renewables Plc.
Alan has over 25 years’ experience of working with global and national companies and governments on sustainability. He has worked with companies as diverse as B&Q, Kingfisher, SABMiller and the Virgin Group and has served on several Government think tanks. Alan is currently the Sustainability Director of Business and the Community (BITC) where he oversees all their Corporate Sustainability programmes and is the chairman of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Environment Partnership. He chairs the UK Task Force on Sustainable Growing Media which is creating a roadmap for the UK gardening and horticulture industry to only use sustainable growing materials.
Alan advised the Virgin Group on sustainable development for 6 years and still advises the Virgin Earth Challenge, an initiative to develop technology to recycle CO2 direct from the air into commercially viable products. He is a founder of the Global Association of Corporate Sustainability Officers (GACSO). For nine years he was a commissioner with the Sustainable Development Commission and he introduced the concept of 'choice editing' into the product policy debate. Alan is a visiting professor at the Plymouth and Exeter University Business Schools and was awarded the OBE in June 1998. In 2005 the US-based Rainforest Alliance presented him with a lifelong award for his contribution towards finding solutions to forest loss by the timber trade. www.dralanknight.com
Read about Alan's book Rethinking Corporate Sustainability – If Only We Ran the Planet Like a Shop! on our Faculty Publications page.
Melissa is Professor of Politics at Princeton University, following 15 years of teaching political thought in the Faculty of History of the University of Cambridge. Her primary expertise is in ancient Greek political thought and its modern significance. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and of the Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.
Professor Lane has extensive experience in speaking about ethics, philosophy and history to executives and leaders in the public and private sectors, and has appeared on a number of television and radio broadcasts, including BBC Radio 4: Analysis, In Our Time, and Today; Channel 4: Millennium Minds; and programmes on BBC Radio.
Ylva Lindberg is founder and managing director of SIGLA – a Norwegian consultancy on the role of business in society, in particular risks and opportunities related to issues such as development, climate change, ethics and environment – what is often referred to as sustainability. She has more than fifteen years' business experience, including as a consultant with McKinsey & Company, marketing manager in Orkla, and equity analyst at KLP Asset Management. Ylva's expertise is in strategy, corporate responsibility and marketing from Scandinavia and Russia. Ylva has a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford and is a member of the Council on Ethics for the Norwegian Government Pension Fund - Global and is a board member of WWF-Norway.
Gareth Llewellyn is currently Executive Director for Safety and Sustainable Development at Network Rail. Gareth was previously responsible for leading Anglo American's strategy on safety, health and environmental issues, together with matters of sustainable development including human rights. He was also a non-executive director of the Government's Renewable Fuels Agency and the Chair of Trustees at the not-for-profit body CLAIRE, which works with government and industry to bring back contaminated land into economic use. Prior to joining Anglo American, Gareth was a Non-Executive Director at Biffa plc, one of the leading waste management companies where he chaired the Board's SHE Committee. He was also Global Director of Corporate Responsibility for National Grid plc, a director of both the UK Business Council for Sustainable Energy and The Corporate Responsibility Group, and a non-executive director of National Grid Property. Before joining National Grid, Gare th was the Head of Risk for the UK's Environment Agency. He has also been the UK's representative at the International Atomic Energy Agency dealing with the environmental and safety aspects of the long-term disposal of radioactive waste, and was a founder member of the Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights. In 2005 Gareth became the first person from industry to be invited to address the United Nations General Assembly on the role of business in upholding human rights.
Before retiring in July 2005, Professor O’Riordan was Professor of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia. He has edited a large number of books on the institutional aspects of global environmental change policy and practice, and led three international research projects on the transition to sustainability in the European Union (1995–1999). His current research interests are focused on creating local resilience for sustainability in the greater Norwich area, and ensuring catchment based sustainable water stewardship in England. In the latter quest he is part of the CPSL research effort. He is also an Associate Research Fellow of the Institute of Social Sciences at the University of Lisbon where he is working on Portuguese adaptation procedures to coastal change and to the role of sustainable localism in Portuguese municipalities. He served as Chairman of the Environment Committee for the Broads Authority, was a member of Norfolk and Suffolk Local Flood Defence Committee, of the UK Sustainable Development Commission (2000–2008), and served on advisory panels to Dow Chemical, Eastern Group PLC, Anglian Water Services and Asda. He was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 1999 and was made a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Norfolk also in 1999. He was awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours List of 2010. He is also a former Sheriff of Norwich (2009–2010).
Gavin Neath was born in Tanzania and was educated at Manchester University, Warwick Business School and Stanford University. He joined Unilever in 1977, working in France between 1985 and 1990, Belgium from 1990 to 1994 and in South Africa from 1994 to 1998. Between 1998 and 2003 Gavin was Chairman of Unilever Foods and subsequently became Chairman of Unilever UK.
Gavin has now moved to the corporate head office to take on the role of SVP of Sustainability - responsible for Unilever’s Sustainability programmes around the world. In this capacity he developed and wrote the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan. This is a 10 year strategy which seeks to decouple Unilever’s business growth from its environmental and social impacts. The strategy is unusual in the corporate world for the extent of its ambition and the precision of the targets to which the company is committing itself.
In addition to his work within Unilever, Gavin is a former President of the Food and Drink Federation, a member of the Governing Body of ICC in the UK, a member of the Marks and Spencer “world’s most sustainable retailer” advisory board and a member of the Development Board of the Royal Court Theatre.
In 2007 he was awarded the CBE for services to the U.K. Food industry.
Jane Nelson is the Founder Director of the Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative and a Senior Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. She serves as a Senior Adviser at the International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF), where she worked as a director for over 15 years. During 2001 she worked with the United Nations Global Compact in the office of the Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, preparing a report for the UN General Assembly on cooperation between the United Nations and the private sector, which supported one of the first General Assembly resolutions on such cooperation. She was a Vice President at Citibank and responsible for marketing for the bank's Worldwide Securities Services business in Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East and in 1988 was awarded one of the Financial Institutions Group’s global ‘All-Star’ Awards.
Read about Jane's book Corporate Responsibility Coalitions: The Past, Present and Future of Alliances for Sustainable Capitalism on our Faculty Publications page.
Stephen is Senior Lecturer in Environmental Technologies at the Open University. At the University of Cambridge, Stephen is a Senior Associate at CPSL and a Fellow of the Judge Business School where he teaches a range of environment-related courses, including climate and energy strategies and global energy security to the MBAs/EMBAs. Originally a physicist, Stephen is an enthusiastic teacher, researcher, consultant and facilitator with over 20 years' professional experience as a Fellow of the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London (including a period with Shell International Petroleum Company); as an analyst at the International Energy Agency within the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris; and as a official with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bonn, Germany.
Read about Stephen's book Energy Systems and Sustainability: Power for a Sustainable Future on our Faculty Publications page.
Edgar is holder of the DST/NRF South African Research Chair in Urban Policy, directs the African Centre for Cities and is Professor in the School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics, all at the University of Cape Town. He has served as a Faculty Member of the Prince of Wales’s Business & Sustainability Programme at several seminars worldwide. In earlier roles he served as Special Advisor to the Premier of the Western Cape Provincial Government and directed a number of urban policy think tanks before his stint in government. He is a founder member of Isandla Institute, serves on the Boards of the Sustainability Institute and the Cape Town Partnership; and is a member of the Research Advisory Committee of the Gauteng City-region Observatory and the Indian Institute for Human Settlements. He regularly provides advisory services to international development agencies such as: UN-Habitat, African Development Bank, DBSA, National Planning Commission, OECD urban division and UNEP. Edgar holds a PhD from the London School of Economics, an MA in Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies (The Hague, The Netherlands) and BA-Honours from the University of the Western Cape.
Martin Porter is Managing Director of The Centre, the Brussels-based think-do tank which he co-founded in 2003. His activities there involve advising on and facilitating communication between the private and sectors in the EU, especially on issues involving business and the environment, notably the low carbon economy and climate change. Martin has worked in Brussels since 1996 as an analyst and advisor on European public affairs for European Advisory Services, Adamson Associates, BSMG and Weber Shandwick. He graduated in 1990 from the University of Bath, UK, with First Class Joint Honours in Modern Languages and European Studies. Martin was awarded a Doctorate from the same University in 1995 for a thesis examining the influence of public affairs activities of interest groups on environmental and internal market issues.
Stefan (BA LLB) resides in Cape Town, South Africa. He is a qualified lawyer, arbitrator, mediator, facilitator and trainer. He is currently CEO and founding director of SouthSouthNorth Group, which has played a leading role in climate change issues since 1999. In addition he facilitates various large projects, notably the South African Cabinet Mandated Long Term Mitigation Scenario Planning Project (LTMS). Stefan has assisted in the establishment of Designated National Authorities (DNA’s) in South Africa, Ghana, Namibia and Mozambique. He has led the facilitation of projects within the Development Bank of Southern Africa’s Sustainable Communities Program, applying development facilitation technologies which he has developed over the last 15 years. Stefan is a director of Energy Transformation cc which develops climate change projects for the private sector.
Read about Stefan's book Facing Climate Change: Building South Africa's Strategy on our Faculty Publications page.
Kate Raworth is a researcher, lecturer, and public advocate for creating an economic toolkit that is fit for tackling 21st century challenges, and is the creator of Oxfam’s doughnut of planetary and social boundaries. Her driving interest is reframing the aims and measurement of economic development in the context of planetary boundaries, extreme social inequalities, and the pursuit of well-being. She is a Senior Visiting Research Associate at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute, where she teaches on the Masters in Environmental Change Management. From 2002–2013 she was Senior Researcher at Oxfam, and from 1997–2001 she was Economist and co-author of UNDP’s Human Development Report. Prior to that, she was a Fellow of the Overseas Development Institute, 1994–1997, based in the Ministry of Trade, Industries and Marketing in Zanzibar. She holds a first class BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, and a Masters in Economics for Development, both from Oxford University. Kate is currently a member of the International Advisory Board of the Environmental Change Institute and an Advisory Panel Member of the Planetary Boundaries Initiative. She is a regular speaker at The Prince of Wales’s Business and Sustainability Programme (BSP), consistently scoring highly with delegates.
Campaign Strategy Ltd is a communications consultancy working for public sector and NGO and private sector clients. Chris Rose is a Director of Campaign Strategy Ltd, a communications consultancy working for public sector and NGO and private sector clients. These have included the Home Office, Cabinet Office, DEFRA, National Trust, UNICEF, Amnesty International, RSPB, Shell, BP, Calor, Unilever, Natural England, the Environment Agency, Soil Association, Local Authorities, Imperial College, Oak Foundation, JMG Foundation, Beyond Green and Greenpeace International. He helped found the London Wildlife Trust, British Association of Nature Conservationists, the Fairyland Trust and Media Natura, is an adviser to Global cool and a Board Member of 1010, and has run campaigns for Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, WWF International and others. He trained and published as a research ecologist and has written several books including ‘Conservation or Crisis’ (Penguin) with Charlie Pye-Smith, ‘The Dirty Man of Europe’ (Simon and Schuster) and ‘How To Win Campaigns’ (Earthscan). He has also published a book on motivational values called ‘What Makes People Tick: The Three Hidden Worlds of Settlers, Prospectors and Pioneers’. Chris works closely with Cultural Dynamics Strategy and marketing on the application of Values Modes to communications, and publishes the free Campaign Strategy.
Hannah has worked in the investment management industry since 1996, and for 15 years was part of the world's largest asset management company – Barclays Global Investors (BGI), subsequently BlackRock. During this time, Hannah undertook senior strategy roles in Europe and the US, worked with pension plans and investors across the globe, and was significantly involved in the development and growth of BGI's ‘iShares’ exchange-traded fund business.
After leading sustainability-focused initiatives within BGI, Hannah became a participant in The Prince of Wales's Business & Sustainability Programme, later working with CPSL to advise on their finance-related business groups. As a result of these plans, Hannah has been focusing on the concept development and set-up of the investment sector business platform, the Investment Leaders Group.
Professor Will Steffen is the Executive Director of the Australian National University (ANU) Climate Change Institute. He has a long history in international global change research, serving from 1998–2004 as Executive Director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP), based in Stockholm, Sweden, and before that as Executive Officer of IGBP's Global Change and Terrestrial Ecosystems project. Prior to taking up the ANU Climate Change Institute Directorship in 2008, he was the inaugural director of the ANU Fenner School of Environment and Society. From 2004–2011 he served as science adviser to the Australian Government Department of Climate Change. He is currently a Climate Commissioner with the Australian Government Climate Commission; Chair of the Antarctic Science Advisory Committee, Co-Director of the Canberra Urban and Regional Futures (CURF) initiative and Member of the ACT Climate Change Council. His interests span a broad range within the fields of sustainability and Earth System science, with an emphasis on the science of climate change, approaches to climate change adaptation in land systems, incorporation of human processes in Earth System modelling and analysis; and the history and future of the relationship between humans and the rest of nature. He was guest speaker at the most recent Cambridge seminar of The Prince of Wales's Business & Sustainability Programme, where he delivered a presentation on The Great Acceleration: towards Sustainability or Collapse?
Paul Turner is Lloyds Banking Group’s Community & Sustainable Business Director. In the first part of his career Paul working in structured finance but in 2007 he developed the business case for establishing a sustainable development team to support the Bank’s business customers. Paul is now responsible for leading the team developing and implementing Lloyds Banking Group’s community and sustainable development strategy. He is responsible for the Group’s work with social enterprises, charities, NGOs as well as the Bank’s Foundations that focus on deprived communities across the UK. He is also responsible for the Group’s community engagement, financial education, ‘green economy’ and business ethics programmes. Paul’s work means that he has to operate across the Group’s various brands as well as being involved with Investors, the Government, key suppliers as well as business customers. Paul is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program, a Senior Associate and Tutor at Cambridge University on their Programme for Sustainability Leadership and member of Dame Ellen MacArthur’s expert advisory panel on the circular economy. Formerly, Paul was a on the steering group of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative and a Trustee of Global Action Plan and Carbon Leapfrog.
Andrew’s role as CEO of the Wildlands Conservation Trust is built on 20 years of environmental experience, ranging from wetland ecology to community based conservation. His primary leadership focus has been on forming partnerships between South Africa’s Government, Business and NGO communities, aimed at restoring and conserving our natural heritage through people based approaches. Under his leadership, Wildlands has grown to become one of South Africa’s leading environmental NGOs and a recognised leader in the Climate Change related field of Community Ecosystem Based Adaptation.
Dr Wayne Visser is Director of Kaleidoscope Futures, Founder of CSR International, Senior Associate and MSt Online Tutor at CPSL. He is also the Chair of Sustainable Business at the Gordon Institute of Business Science in South Africa and Adjunct Professor of Corporate Responsibility at Deakin Business School in Australia. Wayne is the author of 19 books, including CSR 2.0 (2013) and The Quest for Sustainable Business (2012). He has been listed as one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior (2013) and received a Global CSR Excellence & Leadership Award (2013). Before getting his PhD in Corporate Social Responsibility (Nottingham University, UK), Wayne was Director of Sustainability Services for KPMG and Strategy Analyst for Cap Gemini in South Africa.
Read about Wayne's book The Quest for Sustainable Business: An Epic Journey in Search of Corporate Responsibility on our Faculty Publications page.
Andy Wales is Senior Vice President Sustainable Development for SABMiller plc, one of the world’s largest brewers. He leads the group's approach to prioritising economic, social and environmental issues within the group’s strategies and business plans, including risks such as water scarcity and opportunities such as promoting local economic growth through smallholder farming. He also leads stakeholder engagement. Previously Andy held Corporate Responsibility Director roles at the environmental services group Severn Trent, and textiles firm Interface, Inc. He holds an MBA from Warwick Business School, a masters degree in Sustainable Development Strategy from Forum for the Future / Middlesex University and a BA in English and International Development from Sussex University. In 2009 he was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. In 2010 he was appointed a London Sustainable Development Commissioner. He is a member of the Global Agenda Council on Natural Capital and is lead author of the book Big Business, Big Responsibilities, published in 2010 by Palgrave Macmillan. His favourite beers include Peroni from Italy, Aguila from Colombia and St. Stefanus from Belgium.
Read about Andy's book: Big Business, Big Responsibilities on our Faculty Publications page.
Penny has been a sustainable development consultant, facilitator and trainer since 1996, working with clients from the corporate, public and voluntary sectors. Clients have included First Choice Holidays, Interface, Unilever, DECC and the Environment Agency. A Chartered Environmentalist and experienced facilitator, she is interested in how people combine their intellectual appreciation of environmental problems, with their day-to-day perception of the status quo and the difficulty of change - which of these views of the world are used to inform decisions about personal and work-related choices, and in what circumstances. Prior to developing her independent practice, she worked at Friends of the Earth for eight years, including as Local Campaigns Director.
Read about Penny's book Working Collaboratively: A Practical Guide to Achieving More on our Faculty Publications page.
Mark is Executive Director at C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. Previously, Mark was a Director of Arup’s Energy and Climate Change Consulting team. Focused on cities and sustainability, Mark lead Arup’s work for a range of clients around the world, including the C40 Cities group, the Clinton Climate Initiative, and the Mayor of Copenhagen’s Green Growth programme. He also advised multinational private sector clients, such as Phillips and Mitsui, on strategy towards cities and low carbon energy.
Prior to joining Arup as a Director in November 2008, Mark was for eight years climate change and sustainable transport adviser to the Mayor of London, in which role he was described by London Evening Standard as, “the intellectual force behind Ken Livingstone’s drive to make London a leading light of the battle against global warming”.
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