Expert contributors deliver talks and lectures at the residential workshops. They are selected on the basis of their specialist knowledge or experience. A small selection of recent academic and industry contributors is profiled below.
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.
|Dr Claire Barlow
Claire is a Senior Lecturer, Institute for Manufacturing, Cambridge University. She specialises in materials engineering and industrial sustainability, teaching a wide range of topics to undergraduate and postgraduate courses within the University. Current research includes investigation of the sustainable use of materials resources, promoting new approaches to recycling and re-use, and industrial symbiosis. She is active in helping companies to engage with sustainable issues and to find ways of improving their eco-efficiency.
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.
|Dr Emma Coonan
Emma directs and teaches on Cambridge University Library’s Research Skills Programme, which supports and expands the information skills of students, researchers, and academics across the University of Cambridge. Emma holds a PhD in literary theory and a Master's in information and library management from Northumbria University. Her area of greatest professional interest is user behaviour, needs and expectations.
Until March 2011, Will was Chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission (SDC), which was the independent advisory body for the UK Government. His current roles include Fellow of CPSL, Chairman of Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP), and Sustainability Advisor to PricewaterhouseCoopers UK. He is a member of the Corporate Responsibility Advisory Board of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW). Will spent twenty years or so working with a range of relief and development NGOs (Save the Children, OXFAM, and Opportunity Trust) initially involved in large scale humanitarian responses in Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan and Somalia. He was involved in the establishment of Comic Relief, and was responsible for setting up its grants programme for Africa as Grants Director. He spent time as a producer and presenter for the BBC World Service for Africa. He was CEO of CARE International UK between 1996 and 2004 and Special Advisor to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) until 2010. Will was also a Trustee and Chairman of the BBC Children in Need Appeal, and an independent assessor for the public appointments process of the DCMS, and in 2010/11 was the UK Commissioner on the Ramphal Commission on Migration and Development. Until October 2012 he was Chairman of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI).
|Dr Nick Hughes
Nick is a Partner at Signal Point Partners. This organisation advises and invests in companies in emerging markets that use mobile phones to deliver basic services. Prior to joining Signal Point, Nick was most recently the Head of Global Payments at Vodafone. Nick started M-PESA, the world's largest mobile money transfer service (with more than 7 million users in Kenya), and ran a business unit with a multi-million euro P&L deploying M-PESA in multiple markets. Earlier, he set up an innovation fund within Vodafone to target opportunities in mobile services. Prior to joining Vodafone in 2001, Nick worked at BP, where he headed the climate change programme for two years. He holds a PhD In Applied Science, and has an MBA with distinction from London Business School.
|Professor Felicia Huppert
Felicia undertakes scientific research on the factors which create well-being at different life stages, and the personal, economic and societal benefits of well-being. She was the lead expert on well-being for the UK Government’s Foresight Project on Mental Capital and Wellbeing (published October 2008), headed the consortium which developed measures of well-being for the European Social Survey across 23 countries, and is currently advisor to the Department of Health on their new public mental health and well-being strategy. Among the practical applications of her work are a collaboration with Engineering Design Centre to develop guidelines for the inclusive design of products and services, the use of mindfulness training to enhance the well-being of adolescents in schools, and a collaboration with Norfolk City and County Councils to create communities with high levels of personal, social and environmental flourishing. Her publications include the seminal book The Science of Well-being (Oxford University Press, 2005).
|Professor Nigel Leader-Williams
Nigel recently joined the Department of Geography as Director of Conservation Leadership. His post was endowed to develop a world-class programme of learning and leadership in conservation, working with the Cambridge Conservation Initiative, comprising six university departments and eight conservation organisations based in or around Cambridge. Nigel has long worked to build capacity in conservation through interdisciplinary research and teaching that embraces both natural and social sciences, with a focus on large mammals that conflict with human interests. He has undertaken extensive periods of fieldwork in the sub-Antarctic and in Africa.
|Dr Jeremy Leggett
Social entrepreneur Jeremy is founder and chairman of Solarcentury, currently the UK's fastest growing private energy company, and SolarAid, one of Africa's fastest-growing poverty-alleviation charities, set up with Solarcentury profits. He is also a founding director of the world's first private equity investment fund for renewables, run by Bank Sarasin (New Energies Invest AG, 2000–present), convenor of the UK Industry Taskforce on Peak Oil and Energy Security (ITPOES, 2007–present), and Associate Fellow at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute (1997–present). A regular advocate for renewables in the international media, including as a CNN Principal Voice, he has been described by the Observer as "Britain’s most respected green energy boss". He is author of The Carbon War (2000), an account of the climate negotiations in the 1990s; Half Gone (2005), an account of the interaction between peak oil and climate change; and The Solar Century (2009), a vision of solar in the cleantech revolution.
José is Executive Vice President of Operations - Globe at Nestlé SA. He is responsible for Procurement, Production, Supply Chain, Health & Safety, Environment, Quality Management and Engineering. He serves as a Member of Management Board at GS1 and also serves as a Member of Executive Board of Nestlé SA. He was Head of Japan at Nestlé SA until February 2007. José served as Chief Executive Officer of Nestlé Japan Group, Managing Director of Nestlé Malaysia Bhd and Head of Region Malaysia/Singapore. He served as Executive Director of Operations in Oceania in charge of Technical Division, Supply Chain Operations and Export and Technical Director of Nestlé Australia. He held various executive positions at Nestlé in Vevey including Factory Manager of Pet Food Division, France, Engineering Manager, Japan; Factory Engineer of Coffee Division, USA; Project Manager of Coffee Division, Spain and joined Nestlé in Switzerland as a Project Engineer in 1979. He is a Member of the Executive Board Global Commerce Initiative and Vice-Chairman of the Board of GS1. José studied an Advanced Management Programme at IMD Lausanne, Switzerland and holds a Degree in Mechanical Engineering.
|Dr Catherine MacKenzie
Catherine is an international lawyer with particular interests in climate change, good governance and the rule of law. A member of the English and Australian Bars, she holds the established post in international environmental law at the University of Cambridge. Formerly a Research Fellow at the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford, She has been employed by Allen & Overy, the United Nations, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, at which she worked on major environmental issues throughout the Middle East, Africa and Asia. She studied at Oxford, the Inns of Court School of Law, Tokyo, Sydney and the Australian National University, at which she was a Commonwealth Scholar. Catherine is currently writing on the relationship between international law, climate change and deforestation. She also advises governments and corporations on matters of international environmental law, publishes widely and contributes to the BBC's 'One Planet'.
Angus is Senior Lecturer in Environmental Assessment in the School of Environmental Science at Murdoch University, Australia and Extraordinary Associate Professor in Environmental Sciences and Management in the School of Environmental Sciences and Development at North West University, South Africa. Angus has over 20 years experience in environmental impact assessment (EIA). He served on the Board of Directors of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) from 2005–2008 and was Chair of the Organising Committee for IAIA08, the 28th annual conference of IAIA: The Art and Science of Impact Assessment. Angus's research focuses on evaluating the outcomes of all forms of impact assessment and its contribution to sustainability. He has collaborated with many impact assessment practitioners worldwide and published more than 40 international refereed journal articles across the spectrum of EIA, strategic and sustainability assessment.
|Professor Ken Peattie
Ken is Professor of Marketing and Strategy at Cardiff Business School and Director of the ESRC funded BRASS Research Centre based at Cardiff, which specialises in research into business sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Prior to this he worked in marketing, information systems and strategic planning for an American paper multinational and a UK electronics company. His research interests focus on the impact of sustainability concerns on marketing and corporate strategy making; social marketing for sustainable lifestyles; social enterprise and education for sustainable development. He has published three books and numerous book chapters on these topics, and has published in journals including California Management Review, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Marketing Management, Public Policy and Marketing, and European Management Journal.
|Jonathon Porritt, Founder, Forum for the Future
Jonathon is the Co-Founder of Forum for the Future. He is a writer, broadcaster and commentator on sustainable development. He was Chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission (2000–2009), and is Co-Director of The Prince of Wales's Business & Sustainability Programme. He is a Non-Executive Director of Wessex Water and Willmott Dixon Holdings, and a Trustee of Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy. He was formerly Director of Friends of the Earth (1984–90); co-chair of the Green Party (1980–83); chairman of UNED-UK (1993–96); chairman of Sustainability South West (1999–2001); Trustee of WWF UK (1991–2005), and Board member of the SW Regional Development Agency (1999–2008).
Jon is Social and Community Development Manager with Anglo American. In this role he has responsibility for the development and delivery of Anglo’s policies, standards, strategies and guidance documents relating to its social performance. This work has included development of the Anglo Social Way, the company’s social performance standards, and the Socio-Economic Assessment Toolbox (SEAT), which provides guidance to operations on the conduct of community relations. Other responsibilities include advice to business units and operations on social performance issues, the development and delivery of training programmes and representing Anglo’s position on social performance issues to various industry and other organisations. Before joining Anglo in 2007, Jon was a Partner with the consulting firm ERM, where he worked for 12 years and headed the company’s economics practice.
|Dr Emily Shuckburgh, Research Fellow, British Antarctic Survey|
Dr Emily Shuckburgh is a Fellow of Darwin College at the University of Cambridge and Head of the Open Oceans research group at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). She is a climate science expert who has worked previously in France (Ecole Normal Superieure, Paris) and in the US (MIT). Her research group at BAS studies the polar oceans and their connections with global climate and sea-level rise. She is an associate of the Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research and a member of the Cambridge Centre for Climate Science. Since 2010 she has been a scientific advisor to the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change. She is a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society and Chair of their Climate Science Communications Group.
Paul Turner is Lloyds Banking Group’s Director of Community & Sustainable Business. 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 as they seize the opportunities and manage the risks of the changing world. Paul is now responsible for leading the team developing and implementing the Lloyds Banking Group’s community and sustainable development strategies. He is responsible for the Group’s work with social enterprises, charities and NGOs. He is also responsible for the Group’s community engagement, financial education, ‘green economy’, business ethics and professional standards 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, and a member of Dame Ellen MacArthur’s expert advisory panel on the circular economy. Formerly, Paul was on the steering group of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative and a Trustee of the Global Action Plan and Carbon Leapfrog.