EVENTS

YORKSHIRE AGENDA

Wednesday 19th May 2021

Welcome
9.30 – 9.33

Facilitated by
Alex Turner – Joint MD – TheBusinessDesk.com

Keynote speech
9.33 – 9.45

Facilitated by
Alex Turner – Joint MD – TheBusinessDesk.com

Lord Callanan, Minister for Climate Change and Corporate Responsibility, will open In The Circle Yorkshire with a keynote address.

Bringing COP to Yorkshire: How Our Regions Respond to the Challenge
9.45 – 10.30

Facilitated by
Anita Lloyd – Director – Squire Patton Boggs

Rebuilding the economy around a green and just transition is imperative. Yorkshire can foster real change by harnessing the momentum being generated by COP26 and set the agenda for the future

Panellists:
Tom Riordan – CEO – Leeds City Council
Simon Pringle – Commissioner – Yorkshire & Humber Climate Commission

Keynote speech
10.35 – 10.50

Mike Barry – Strategic Advisor & Commentator on Sustainable Business

Sustainability will disrupt the very essence of what and how we sell products and services. Mike will explore what’s driving this transformation and how we can respond to it.

Yorkshire’s Climate Crisis
10.55 – 11.40

Facilitated by
Ben Ormsby – Yorkshire Editor – TheBusinessDesk.com

Policymakers across the region have set ambitious decarbonisation targets. Delivering the timetable will require everyone to collaborate and innovate, rethinking how we live and work and creating opportunities for businesses.

Panellists:
Andy Gouldson – Professor of Environmental Policy – University of Leeds
Paula Widdowson – Executive Member for Environment & Climate Change – York City Council
Peter Cole – Principal Enviromental & Sustainability Officer – Transport for the North
Kim Yates – Sustainability & Climate Change Lead EUNA -Mott Mcdonald

A Sustainable Transport Solution for Yorkshire
11.45 – 12.30

Facilitated by
Shelina Begum – North West Editor – TheBusinessDesk.com

Transport will be at the heart of driving the green revolution. Our panel will look at how new solutions – from changing technology with electric vehicles to changing mindsets with active travel strategies – can create a sustainable transport solution for Yorkshire.

Panellists:
Emma Brigginshaw – Sustainability manager – LNER Tier
Max Toozs-Hobson – Senior B2B Tesla Advisor – Tesla
Dame Sarah Storey – Active Travel Comissioner – Sheffield City Region
Jenny Holmes – Assistant Director for Strategic Transport – Sheffield City Region

Women are the Sustainability Champions that we urgently need…
11.45 – 12.30

Facilitated by
Rachel McClelland – Chief Executive – Planet Shine

Women are affected more adversely by climate change than men and when we consider the increased risk of conflict which ultimately impacts the lives of women in poorer continents, it’s critical that gender based societal inequalities are addressed. This discussion will focus on women in sustainability and how women in top tier leadership roles are integral to a just transition.

Panellists:
Helen Taylor – Founding Director – One Blue Marble
Sophie Brooks – Sustainability Consultant & Founder – Fit for Purpose Katie Thomas – Senior Strategy Manager – Low Carbon & Environment – York & North Yorkshire LEP
Bianca Pitt – Co-Founder – SHE Changes Climate

Clusters of expertise to fuel Yorkshire’s energy future
12.35 – 13.20

Facilitated by
Henri Murison – Director – Northern Powerhouse Partnership

How the region creates, captures and uses energy will be critical to the resilience and growth in the decades ahead. There is a great opportunity for Yorkshire to be a world leader, creating clusters and supply chains with global expertise. This session will examine the existing strengths within the region, the opportunities within its grasp, and what needs to happen to ensure collectively we maximise the potential

Panellists:
Andrew Storer – CEO – Nuclear AMRC
Dr Annette Bramley – Director – N8 Research Group

Using Innovation to Drive Sustainability in Manufacturing
12.35 – 13.20

Facilitated by
Alex Turner – Joint MD – TheBusinessDesk.com

This session will explore how discontinuous innovation will deliver radical changes to deliver the sustainability agenda. We will examine this against a backdrop of globalisation, productivity, new technologies and automation.

Panellists:
Karen French – Partner – Squire Patton Boggs
Sue Cooke – Chief Executive – 3M Buckley Innovation Centre
Krsto Pandza – Professor of Strategy & Innovation – Leeds University Business School

Green is the Colour of Money
13.25 – 14.10

Facilitated by
Ben Ormsby – Yorkshire Editor – TheBusinessDesk.com

There has been a massive acceleration in how investors and funders use environmental, social and governance (ESG) as part of their decision-making criteria. The panel will look at the rise of green finance and what this means for future business and investment decisions.

Panellists:
Julian Wells – Director – Whitecap Consulting & Fintech North
Natasha Nauth – Relationship Manager – Natwest
George Graham – Director – South Yorkshire Pensions Authority
Grant Peggie – Director – NPIF Professor
Iain Clacher – Pro Dean – International -Leeds University Business School

Creating a Sustainable Supply Chain
13.25 – 14.19

Facilitated by
Shelina Begum – North West Editor – TheBusinessDesk.com

Businesses can take a lead by encouraging or requiring improvements in their supply chains. This session shows how technology and collaboration are helping to deliver significant progress for retailers

Panellists:
Gareth Kane – Author
Orderly – Name TBC
Sally Wake – Head of Strategic Relationships – Company Shop Group

The Role of SMEs in the New Economy
14.15 – 14.30

Catherine Westoby – Net Zero Business Engagement Lead for the Clean Growth Directorate – Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

SMEs can engage with the Government’s Build Back Green initiatives to drive the UK ecomony and Net Zero initiatives. Hear directly from BEIS to find out how.

How to steer your life and business through the climate crisis
14.15 – 14.30

Jarvis Smith – Co-Founding Director – MyGreenPod

How to steer your life and business to work symbiotically with Nature in building an ecosystem that might evolve through the impending climate crisis

Building Back Better
14.35 – 15.20

Facilitated by
Ben Ormsby – Yorkshire Editor – TheBusinessDesk.com

Construction has long been a big contributor to emissions, but now sustainability is being built into the foundations of developments. Learn how this is changing the landscape across Yorkshire.

Panellists:
Peter Henry – Regional Director – Yorkshire & Central – Harworth Group
Gary Woodhead – Founder – Curveblock

The Rise of Recommerce
15.25 – 16.10

Facilitated by
Shelina Begum – North West Editor – TheBusinessDesk.com

What is a circular economy and what does re-commerce really mean to Yorkshire businesses ? Exploring the role or reusing and recycling as we move towards circularity

Panellists:
Steve Oliver – Group CEO & Co-Founder – musicMagpie

Filling the Pipeline for Sustainability in the Water Sector
16.15 – 17.00

Facilitated by
Alex Turner – Joint MD – TheBusinessDesk.com

Leaders from different parts of the global water sector will explore how business and society relies and impacts on water, and how we can better understand and manage our approaches to deliver improvements for people, nature and business.

Panellists:
Gordon Rogers – Head of Long Term Strategy – United Utilities
Tom Williams – Director – WBCS

Close
17.00

Facilitated by
Alex Turner – Joint MD – TheBusinessDesk.com