30th June 2021

The Speakers

Andy Gouldson

Andy is Professor of Environmental Policy at the University of Leeds. With a background in economics, he  has worked on environmental policy and management for 30 years. He has delivered reports to more than 20 UK cities including York, Edinburgh & Leeds detailing how we can deliver carbon neutrality by 2050.

Mike Barry

​Mike is a change agent, committed to ensuring all businesses are ready for the sustainability disruption that is here.

As  the former Director of Sustainable Business at Marks & Spencers, Mike delivered their ground breaking “Plan A”. He has co-chaired the Consumer Goods Forum (Sustainability), and is a senior associate at The Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

Gordon Rogers

Gordon is Head of Sustainability at Yorkshire Water He has embedded the Six Capitals approach and Integrated Reporting to shape sustainable decision-making that has delivered a wide range of sustainability improvements through a cross-business programme of environmental, financial and social priorities.

Gordon is also the chair of trustees at the Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation.

Gareth Kane

Gareth Kane is one of the UK’s foremost sustainability and corporate social responsibility practitioners. He is the author of five books on sustainability including The Green Executive and Green Jujitsu.

Simon Pringle

Simon is a commercial strategist and sustainability specialist at Project Rome, with over 25 years of delivering measurable sustainable results in a cross section of industries.

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Ashley Cooper

Ashley has spent the last 15 years travelling to every corner of the globe creating the most comprehensive photographic recording of the effects of global warming and climate change.


Paula Widdowson

Paula has worked for major brands including Mars and Shell and is now Executive Member for Environment and Climate Change for York City Council


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