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The Prince of Wales's Business & Sustainability Programme

Cambridge (UK) Senior Executives Seminar

Next seminars: 7–10 April and 10–13 November 2014; Cambridge, UK

 Madingley Hall

Madingley Hall

"This is a fantastic programme! An eye-opener and it certainly will change my approach towards earth and society, my work and the effect the company seeks in its way to achieve its optimum business targets."
Senior Legal Counsel, Petronas, BSP November 2013

The Cambridge April 2014 seminar will celebrate 20 years of The Prince of Wales's Business and Sustainability Programme with a unique line-up of delegates and contributors, Cambridge activities and a gala dinner at the prestigious main dining hall at King’s College.

Participants include top executives from Jones Lang LaSalle, SABMiller, Willmott Dixon, Skanska SA, Petroleum Development Oman, Google, Petronas, Sainsbury’s, Nestlé and the Mondi Group, as well the IFC, the Environment Agency and CEBDS in Brazil.

Distinguished contributors include Professor Will Steffen, the leading Earth System scientist, Kate Raworth, creator of ‘Doughnut Economics’, Jeremy Wilson, Vice Chairman of Corporate Banking at Barclays and António Mexia, CEO of Energias De Portugal.

Download the flyer for the Cambridge April 2014 Senior Executives Seminar.

Download the article on the 20th anniversary of BSP: Celebrating two decades of shaping business leadership for sustainability.

Download the summary of the 2013 Seminar.

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The BSP learning approach is based around dialogue and debate, enriched by expert contributions from leading thinkers and practitioners in the field. Small syndicate groups, each led by a member of the Core Faculty, allow delegates to deepen their understanding of the issues and explore the implications for themselves and their organisations.

The April 2014 Seminar Contributors

The seminar will be led by an expert team of contributors including:

Professor David MacKayProfessor David MacKay, Professor of Natural Philosophy, University of Cambridge and Chief Scientific Advisor, Department of Energy and Climate Change

David MacKay is a Professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Cambridge. He obtained his PhD in Computation and Neural Systems at the California Institute of Technology. His research interests include reliable computation with unreliable hardware, and communication systems for the disabled. He's written a textbook on 'Information Theory, Inference, and Learning Algorithms' (2003, Cambridge). He's currently writing another free book on 'Sustainable Energy – without the hot air'.

Antonio MexiaAntonio Mexia, Chief Executive, Energias de Portugal

Antonio was appointed Chief Executive Officer of EDP – Energias de Portugal in 2006. Prior to this he was Minister of Public Works, Transport and Communication for Portugal’s 16th Constitutional Government, Chairman of the Portuguese Energy Association (APE), member of the Trilateral Commission, Vice-Chairman of the Portuguese Industrial Association (AIP) and Chairman of the General Supervisory Board of Ambelis. His rich career history also includes being a government representative to the EU working group for trans-European network development, Executive Chairman of Galp Energia and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Petrogal, Gás de Portugal, Transgás and Transgás-Atlântico.

Jeremy WilsonJeremy Wilson, Vice Chairman, Corporate Banking, Barclays Bank PLC

Jeremy Wilson is Vice Chairman, Corporate Banking, responsible for engagement at Board or ExCo level with Barclays’ major corporate and institutional customers in the development of new business and maintenance of key relationships, for Barclays representation on industry initiatives, and as a representative of the financial services sector on global and regional industry bodies.

Will SteffenProfessor Will Steffen, Earth System scientist, Australia National University, Canberra and Senior Associate, CISL

Professor Steffen is an Earth System scientist and was the founding Director of the Australian National University (ANU) Climate Change Institute. He served on the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee (MPCCC) of the Australian Government in 2010–11, and is a Climate Councillor. From 1998 to mid-2004, he served as Executive Director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, based in Stockholm, Sweden, and is currently a guest researcher at the Stockholm Resilience Centre. His research interests span a broad range within the fields of climate and Earth System science, with an emphasis on incorporation of human processes in Earth System modelling and analysis; and on sustainability and climate change.

Kate RaworthKate Raworth, Senior Visiting Research Associate, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford and Senior Associate, CISL

Kate is the creator of Oxfam's doughnut of social and planetary boundaries. Her research focuses on rethinking economic development in the face of planetary boundaries and extreme social inequalities. Kate was previously a co-author of UNDP’s Human Development Report, and a Fellow of the Overseas Development Institute, based in the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Zanzibar. She has written extensively for journals, print and web media.

Carmel McQuaidCarmel McQuaid, Head of Sustainable Business, Marks & Spencer

Carmel McQuaid was appointed Head of Sustainable Business at Marks and Spencer’s in 2013. Prior to this she was Climate Change Manager, where her key areas of focus were defining what it means to be a truly sustainable retailer, integrating Plan A into products, working with farming supply base and supporting delivery of the business’ climate change commitments. Prior to M&S she worked as a consultant in manufacturing, supply chain and sustainability for PA Consulting working across a range of industries from aerospace to consumer products. She started her career as a chemical engineer working for National Starch in Germany and the UK.

Will DayWill Day, Fellow of CISL

Will is a former Chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission (SDC). His current roles include: Fellow of CISL, Chairman of Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP), a non-profit company bringing together private sector and NGO member organisations to pursue the Millennium Development goal for water and sanitation in the poorest parts of the world, and Sustainability Advisor to PricewaterhouseCoopers UK. He also recently joined British Land's CR Panel. Until October 2012 he was Chairman of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI).

Fokko WientjesFokko Wientjes, Director Corporate Sustainable Development, DSM

Fokko Wientjes is Director Corporate Sustainable Development at DSM. He has a degree in Psychology enhanced by several courses in the field of Marketing and Management. Since 1988, Fokko has worked at DSM in HRM, Logistics, Marketing & Sales and Change Program Management. Fokko has worked on Business Development in South America, starting Engineering Plastics activities in Brazil. He led the DSM Antibiotic activities in Cairo, Egypt, after which he returned to Europe to work in Schaffhausen, Switzerland as HR director.

Photograph of Jonathon PorrittJonathon Porritt CBE, Founder Director, 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. Jonathon 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).

Paul GildingPaul Gilding, independent writer and advisor and CISL Fellow

Paul is an independent writer and corporate adviser and has been on the CISL Faculty since 2002. As a CISL Fellow, Paul is exploring our capacity to transform the global economy at sufficient speed and scale to keep warming below the agreed 2 degree target. Over nearly four decades in sustainability he has been CEO of a range of innovative NGOs and companies including Greenpeace International, Ecos Corporation and Easy Being Green. He has worked with the CEOs and executives of leading companies including DuPont, Diageo, BHP Billiton and Ford. His book “The Great Disruption” has been widely acclaimed, including in the New York Times where Tom Friedman concluded, "ignore Gilding at your peril".

Photograph of Tom BurkeTom Burke, CBE

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 19992005. 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 19917 after serving as Director of the Green Alliance from 198291.

Jill DugganJill Duggan, Director of Policy, Doosan Power Systems

Jill Duggan joined Doosan Power Systems’ Executive Committee as Policy Director in 2011 after working in the public sector on climate and energy policy for many years. Her previous experience includes heading the cross government UK policy team for the 2008–12 phase of the EU Emissions Trading System and as Head of International Emissions Trading and Linking for the UK. More recently she was a visiting Senior Fellow at the World Resources Institute in Washington DC, and spent a year working with the European Commission DG Climate Action. Jill has been an advisor for the Western Climate Initiative in North America and has spent much time explaining UK and European climate and energy policy to other governments including giving expert testimony to a Congressional Committee in the US.

Madingley Hall

Accommodation and Facilities

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The Sixteenth-century Madingley Hall was rented by Queen Victoria in the 1860s as a residence for the then Prince of Wales when he was an undergraduate at the University of Cambridge. Madingley Hall is set in landscaped grounds of over seven acres.

All bedrooms have en suite facilities and are equipped with telephones and internet connections but there are no alarm clocks or hairdryers so you may wish to bring your own. Please note that Madingley Hall does not accept payment by AMEX or Diners Card.

Meals will be served in the historic dining room, and the main sessions will be held in the Saloon. There is a common room, where newspapers are provided, and a bar-lounge. Office facilities are available, including a fax and message service.

Directions to Madingley

Travelling by Rail

Frequent, fast trains run to Cambridge from London's King's Cross and Liverpool Street and there are good cross-country links from many other parts of the UK. Cambridge Station is 20 minutes from Madingley Hall by taxi.

Travelling by Coach

National Express run regular coach services from London Victoria and other destinations to the Cambridge Bus Station on Drummer Street. There are also regular coach services to London airports. Cambridge Bus Station is 20 minutes from Madingley Hall by taxi.

Travelling by Car

Madingley Hall is situated 3 miles west of Cambridge, and is easily accessible from the M11, the A14 and the A1. By car, central London is about 90 minutes away.

From the North (via A1): leave the A14 for Dry Drayton, just after Bar Hill. In Dry Drayton, turn left just before the church. At the T-junction in Madingley turn right. After 100 yards, the Hall is on the left.

From Newmarket and the East (via A14): leave the Cambridge northern by-pass on the slip-road leading to the M11/A1307/A14 –signed Huntingdon A14. Immediately after re-joining the A14 fork left for Madingley village. Pass the Three Horseshoes public house on the left. After 100 yards find the Hall gates on the right, opposite a left turn to Cambridge.

From the South (via M11): leave M11 at junction 13 signed Bedford & Cambridge (A428/A1303). Turn left towards Bedford (A428). 250 yards on, turn right into Madingley. In just over a mile come to a T-junction with the Hall gates in front.

From the West (via A428): after the Dry Drayton-Hardwick roundabout, the single carriageway becomes a dual carriageway. Half a mile on, take the slip road on the left signed Cambridge and Madingley. At the roundabout turn left for Madingley. The Hall gates are on the left, opposite the road signposted for Cambridge.


There is ample car-parking space at the Hall. Cars may be left in front of the main Hall during registration, but should then be taken to the car park.

Travelling by Air

The nearest airport is London Stansted, 30 minutes from Cambridge by car, with many services to many UK and European destinations. It is connected to Cambridge by a good rail link. Regular bus services operate between Cambridge and Stansted, Heathrow, Gatwick and Luton airports. Cambridge is 20 minutes from Madingley Hall by taxi.


Download maps to Madingley Hall.

Further Information and Contact Details

Madingley Hall
CB23 8AQ

Tel: +44 (0)1954 280280 (Main Switchboard)
Fax: +44 (0)1954 280290 (Main Switchboard)

Further information can be found on the Madingley Hall website.

 HRH The Prince of Wales and BSP delegates

"I have over-achieved my objectives. This is an outstanding leadership programme."
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How to Apply for BSP

Acceptance on to The Prince of Wales's Business & Sustainability Programme is by application and selection only.

All applications are reviewed by the Selection Committee, which seeks to achieve the optimum balance of participants on each seminar in terms of geographical spread, industry sector and area of expertise.

Apply for The Prince of Wales's Business & Sustainability Programme.

Please note that once in progress you cannot save the application form for later completion; you will need to complete it in one sitting, so try and ensure that you have all required information with you.

Nominate a Colleague

If you have a colleague or friend who you feel would be interested in attending The Prince of Wales's Business & Sustainability Programme, please email us at or telephone +44 (0) 1223 768850.

Fees for the regional seminars

The fee covers all seminar costs including documentation, learning materials, accommodation and meals, plus three-year membership of the global and local alumni networks. The fee does not cover travel expenses.

Payments are in principle non-refundable, although substitutions may be possible.

Brussels Seminar

The fee is £3,950 (approx. €4,300) for delegates.

Cambridge (UK) Seminar

The fee is £3,950 (approx. €4,300) for delegates.

Cape Town Seminar

The fee for local delegates from Southern Africa is R34 950 + VAT and it is £3,950 for overseas delegates.

São Paulo Seminar

The fee for local delegates from Brazil is R$11,850 and it is £3,950 for overseas delegates.

Melbourne Seminar

We invite organisations to commit to sending one or more senior representatives for three years, thereby ensuring that the understanding built by the course is seeded throughout the organisation. Organisations making this commitment will become ‘Founding Corporate Members’ of the Programme in Australia.

The fee is A$7950 plus GST for delegates for one year. The fee for three years is A$20,000 (years one and two A$7,500; year three A$5,000). There are further incentives available for multiple registrations.


A limited number of bursaries are available to support the participation of delegates from civil society and government organisations who would otherwise be unable to participate. Companies nominating three or more participants per seminar are entitled to a group discount. To apply for a bursary or for more information regarding group discounts please email us at

Seminar Style

The Seminar has been designed to be highly intensive and participatory, with a minimum of formal lectures and the maximum opportunity for dialogue, debate and analysis.

Plenary Presentations

Plenary presentations are generally limited to between 20 and 30 minutes, leaving ample time for questions and general discussion.


Delegates choose from a variety of workshop topics on offer, led by a Core Faculty member and/or a delegate or guest contributor. The workshops are designed to provide delegates with concrete ideas to take back into the workplace.

Syndicate Sessions

Delegates gather regularly in small syndicate groups, each facilitated by a Core Faculty member who will work with the group throughout the Seminar. These sessions allow delegates to tackle key issues in greater depth and analyse themes in relation to their own experience. They also prepare delegates for later sessions in the Programme, ensuring that they are in a position to make maximum use of the presentations and discussion that follow.

Each delegate will be asked to introduce themselves in the first syndicate session. You will be asked to describe your role and responsibilities within your organisation, and any key achievements/challenges within the organisation with regard to sustainable development. Discussion will then lead on to each delegate's key expectations of the Seminar.

Advance Preparation

In advance of each Seminar, delegates are asked to read a small selection of briefing materials. Links to these materials will be provided on your Seminar web page and you will also be sent an email with full details.

Seminar Materials

Seminar papers and presentations, speeches and workshops will be made available on the Programme’s password-protected Alumni Network website after the seminar. Paper copies will not be provided unless specifically requested at the Seminar.

Dress Requirements

In order to encourage a relaxed and informal atmosphere, participants are welcome to wear casual dress rather than formal business attire.


A photographer will be present during the conference. If you wish to have the use of your photo restricted in any way, please notify us.

Terms and Conditions

Acceptance on to a Programme

Acceptance on to a programme is by application and selection only. All applications are reviewed by the Selection Committee, which seeks to achieve the optimum balance of participants on each programme in terms of geographical spread, industry sector, and area of expertise.

Delegate Participation

The CISL seminar/workshop process involves group work which can be disrupted by the absence of a delegate from any part of the event. Participants are therefore required to be in residence on-site throughout the programme and be able to attend all sessions.

Membership of the Cambridge Sustainability Network is also conditional upon full attendance.

Applying for a Visa to Attend a Seminar

Please note that all programme participants are responsible for arranging their own visa, should one be required. CISL can provide an official invitation letter for the programme in order to facilitate the obtaining of a visa specifically for the dates on which the programme takes place. If you will require this, please contact us no less than four weeks prior to the programme date.


Programme places are to be guaranteed with a purchase order number or credit card details. Invoices are payable within 30 days of invoice date.


On certain programmes, a limited number of bursaries are available to support the participation of delegates from developing or emerging economies, or from the public sector or NGOs who would otherwise be unable to participate.


In the event that a delegate wishes to cancel after he/she has been accepted on to the seminar, he/she shall be liable to the University for the fee unless the place can be refilled. Substitutions are not automatic; each proposed substitution must be reviewed by the Selection Panel. If you wish to cancel and we are unable to fill your place, fees will not be refunded. However, a 25% discount on a place at a subsequent seminar will be offered, subject to availability of places.

Accompanying Spouses/Wider Participation

Unfortunately it is not possible to cater for accompanying spouses or other guests. The seminars are very intensive, and numbers of participants restricted, thus only delegates and speakers may attend the sessions.


In the event of non-payment, we reserve the right to refuse admittance to programme events.

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