Wednesday 19th May 2021

Nick Baker – Deputy Director for Business and Engagement – COP26

Nick Baker is Deputy Director for Business and Engagement in the COP26 Unit, part of Cabinet Office, who leads on business, civil society, youth, cities and regions as well as sponsorship for the summit. Nick has held various posts within the Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office, both at home and abroad. Nick was the British Consul General in Montreal, where he led on promoting UK exports and inward investment, before working on the Caribbean and South Asia Region in London.

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.

Annette Bramley – Director – N8 Research Partnership

​Annette has been director of the N8 Research Partnership – a collaboration of the eight most research intensive Universities in the North of England – since January 2018. Previously working for the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Annette has extensive experience in galvanising multidisciplinary research collaborations between researchers and funders.

Emma Brigginshaw – Sustainability Manager – LNER

​Emma has worked in the rail industry for five years following a career as an environmental consultant and corporate responsibility manager. She leads the development and delivery of environmental sustainability strategy at LNER, including energy and carbon management, waste and environmental management systems.

Sophie Brooks – Sustainability Consultant & Founder – Fit for Purpose

Sophie is a passionate believer in the power of business to drive positive social and environmental change. As a lifelong lover of nature and wildlife, after 15 years as a successful communications leader working in PR, she left that world to set up as an independent environmental consultant. Following a stint in house Sustainability Strategist for Microsoft UK, in 2012 she went on to gain a Distinction in her Masters in Climate Change & Development, and from there expanded her work to include all aspects of social, environmental and economic sustainability advisory largely for corporate clients.

In 2018 Sophie set up Fit for Purpose, a boutique advisory house that works with businesses to help them define, demonstrate and articulate their purpose beyond profit. Over the years Sophie has advised a broad range of global businesses on their sustainability strategies – including Aviva, The Body Shop, The Cooperative Group, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Ella’s Kitchen, Essity, Jordans Cereals, Microsoft, Kellogg’s, Jaguar Land Rover, Renault, Storebrand, Swarovski Group and Unilever.

She is a B Leader, trained to guide companies towards their B Corp Certification, co-founder of the Oxfordshire+ B Local, a Fellow of the Institute for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (FICRS), and Convener of the ICRS Oxford Hub.

Lord Callanan – Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Climate Change and Corporate Responsibility)

Lord Callanan was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on 14 February 2020.

He was Minister of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union from 27 October 2017 to 31 January 2020.

Callanan was a Conservative Councillor on Tyne and Wear County Council between 1983 and 1986 and Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council between 1987 and 1996.

He was a Member of the European Parliament for the North East England constituency from 1999, re-elected in 2004 and 2009.

He became the leader of the European Conservatives and Reformists group from 2011-2014.

Callanan was created a Life Peer on 24 September 2014 taking the title Baron Callanan, of Low Fell in the County of Tyne and Wear.

He was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department for Transport between June and October 2017.

He worked as a project engineer at Scottish and Newcastle breweries from 1986 to 1998.

Iain Clacher – Professor of Pensions and Finance and The UK Centre for Greening Finance and Investment – Leeds University Business School

He is an expert on pensions and retirement savings, most notably on retirement decision-making, pension fund investment, and sustainable pension systems, He is also a core member of the newly established £10m Centre for Greening Finance and Investment, and is leading on the pensions and asset management flagship and the development of an innovation hub in Leeds

Nigel Coates – Managing Director – LVF Packaging

Nigel Coates is managing director of LVF Packaging. The Leeds-based thermoforming specialist manufactures plastic packaging for the food market sectors plus a variety of non-food applications, including promotional gift, electronics, hardware and toiletries. It was one of the first packaging manufacturers to sell products made from the biodegradable and fully recyclable plastic material, Breakdown PET. While in 2020 it achieved the landmark goal of recycling all plastic waste created during the manufacturing process at its National Road factory.

Nigel Codman – Director – Novaloo

​Nigel has worked in senior positions in IT, Finance and Anti Fraud before setting up NovaluxLED in 2014 with an ex colleague. That business offers a one stop shop to commercial clients to save energy and thus money by installing LED lighting.
That analytical approach to business problems led in 2019 to a burgeoning relationship with Propelair which has developed to where Novaloo are their leading UK partner installing their water saving and hygienic toilets in offices, factories, universities, hospitals and MOD sites.
Nigel is committed to helping the world save water, energy and become more sustainable

Peter Cole – Principal Environmental and Sustainability Officer – Transport for the North

​Peter, a Chartered Environmentalist with over 17 years’ experience, has recently stepped into role as the Principal Environmental and Sustainability Officer at Transport for the North, where he has been leading the development of TfN’s Decabonisation Strategy work as well as providing wider environmental support functions in relation to the TfN’s evolving monitoring and evaluation framework, and across its projects and programmes, including NPR.

Peter joined TfN from Temple Group, an environmental and sustainability consultancy, where he had spent 8 years, during which he founded Temple’s Manchester office and grew a multi-disciplinary team working on projects such as NPR and HS2, as well as initiating work on TfN’s decarbonisation strategy evidence base.

Prior to this, Peter had stints working in Local Authority at the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and at consultancies Halcrow and the Transport Research Laboratory.

Karen French – Partner – Squire Patton Boggs

Karen is a partner in our real estate practice in Leeds with a focus on a range of property related areas, principally acting for corporate real estate clients across a breadth of types of occupation in the diversified industrials sector including engineering, chemical distribution, food manufacturers, textile operators and electrical manufacturers. She also leads the regional manufacturing group.

Emily Gee – Research Assistant at Royal Holloway and University of Sheffield Alumni

Emily Gee is a recent Politics and International Relations MA graduate of the University of Sheffield. She also holds a BA in History from Sheffield. Though native to Manchester, Emily has lived in Sheffield for five years and has witnessed first-hand the drive that the city and its people have in enacting action on environmental concerns. Much of Emily’s work as a research assistant in International Relations at Royal Holloway focuses on the effect that climate change has on global security and gendered environmental insecurities.’

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.

George Graham – Director – South Yorkshire Pensions Authority

George joined the South Yorkshire Pensions Authority as Fund Director in February 2018 and as Head of Paid Service is responsible for the management of all aspects of the Authority’s activity. Previously he was Managing Director of LPP’s pension administration business, having led the Lancashire County Pension Fund prior to the transfer of its staff to LPP as part of the creation of the joint venture with the London Pension Fund Authority. A fellow of CIPFA George’s previous career in local government finance involved roles as Deputy County Treasurer at Lancashire County Council, Director of Resources at Rossendale BC and Director of Finance at Chorley BC preceded by roles at Northamptonshire CC and Oxfordshire CC where he did his CIPFA training.

Peter Henry – Regional Director – Yorkshire & Central – Harworth Group plc

Peter is Regional Director of the Yorkshire & Central region in which he manages Harworth’s acquisitions, planning strategy and development of the portfolio in the above regions. Peter, a Chartered Engineer, has a wide range of experience in the delivery of large, complex developments. Prior to joining Harworth, he worked in consultancy providing technical and management advice to developers of large-scale development and regeneration schemes across a range of private and public organisations.

Jenny Holmes – Assistant Director for Strategic Transport – Sheffield City Region Mayoral Combined Authority

Jenny Holmes is the Assistant Director for Strategic Transport at the Sheffield City Region Mayoral Combined Authority. She has twenty years of experience in economic development, transport and employment policy development, and programme delivery. She worked in London government for over a decade for two Mayors and as part of the SCR MCA Executive team is working with partners to develop and implement transport infrastructure that supports a stronger, greener and fairer South Yorkshire.

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.

Joanna Jensen – Founder & Chairman – Childs Farm

Joanna Jensen is Founder & Chairman of natural and sustainable baby and child toiletries brand Childs Farm, the UK’s number one baby and child toiletries brand.
Inspired by her two daughters, Mimi and Bella, Childs Farm was created to help soothe their sensitive skin, and fine flyaway hair.
Where other products are ‘beige, boring and smell of mung-beans and flip flops’, Childs Farm labels feature Joanna’s girls and their animals on their farm, and contain naturally derived ingredients, irritation free fragrance & bubbly bubbles for all skin types– including dry, sensitive and even eczema prone skin.
Securing its first national retail listing in 2014 with Boots and Waitrose, the Brand has transformed a category that was in decline, bringing 30% growth in the last 5 years, and remains petro-chemical free with fully sustainable packaging.
In July 2020 in response to consumer demand, Childs Farm launched an adult sensitive skincare brand, Farmologie.

Owain Jones – Managing Director – Wizz Air UK

Owain Jones joined Wizz Air as General Counsel in September 2010 and was promoted to Chief Corporate Officer in June 2014 before becoming the Managing Director Wizz Air UK in September 2018. A qualified solicitor, Owain trained at Nicholson Graham and Jones (1994 to 1996) and then joined Wilde Sapte (now Dentons LLP) in 1996 as a solicitor in its aviation group, specialising in finance and regulatory matters. He spent time in the firm’s Paris and Hong Kong offices before being appointed a partner in 2006, following which he spent three years in the firm’s Abu Dhabi office. Owain left the firm in 2009 to spend 18 months training for a frozen air transport pilot’s licence with CTC Aviation Training.

Jon Khoo – Head of Sustainability EAAA – Interface

Jon Khoo is the Head of Sustainability (EAAA) at Interface with a focus on sustainability, inclusive business and intrapreneurship. Jon specialises in the commercialisation of Interface’s sustainability initiatives and response to the current climate emergency, such as its mission Climate Take Back – to run its business in a way that reverses the effects of global warming.
He was a key part of developing Interface and the Zoological Society of London’s (ZSL) Net-WorksTM partnership, a community-based supply chain for discarded fishing nets that provides access to finance and seeks to provide long term conservation benefits.
Jon is also the host of the Designing With Climate In Mind podcast a series of interviews with experts taking an in-depth look into the ever-evolving world of sustainable design.
Jon currently serves on the trustee board of UK environmental charity, Surfers Against Sewage.

Andy Koss – CEO, UK & Middle East – Semb Corp Industries Ltd

Andy Koss is head of Sembcorp’s UK business where he oversees operations comprising large-scale industrial assets on the Wilton International site owned by Sembcorp and a portfolio of flexible gas engines and battery energy storage systems located across the UK.

Mr Koss has nearly 30 years of experience in the financial and energy sectors. Prior to joining Sembcorp, he spent 15 years at Drax Group. There, he rose to the position of CEO of Generation and was responsible for the group’s UK power generation sites and key functions including trading, fuel procurement, as well as supply chain and logistics. He was deputy group treasurer of Provident Financial, and has held various accounting and investment banking roles including Coopers & Lybrand, UBS and Dresdner Kleinwort Benson.

Mr Koss is a qualified chartered accountant, treasurer and holds a first class honours degree in Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics from the University of Warwick in the UK.

Dr. Arthur Krebbers – Head of Sustainable Finance Corporates – NatWest

He has been supporting corporate and investor clients with their ESG strategies since 2014. His areas of expertise include debt structuring and marketing, ESG rating management as well as responsible investment portfolio construction. Arthur publishes the “Issue your greens” newsletter, covering pertinent developments within the asset class. His research on sustainable finance has been featured in a range of media outlets. Arthur has a PhD in Finance and is a Visiting Lecturer at Strathclyde University Business School.

Anita Lloyd – Director – Squire Patton Boggs

Anita Lloyd specialises in environmental and sustainability matters, including waste, environmental permits, producer responsibility, product compliance and labelling, chemical regulation, asbestos and contaminated land, and climate change law.

Rachel McClelland – Founder – Planet Shine

Rachel is the founder of Planet Shine, a global media platform telling inspirational stories about the world we live in – and how to save it. As well as promoting environmental, animal and human rights, Planet Shine works with brands such as Quorn Foods, The Body Shop, Child’s Farm and The Vegan Society to deliver branded content and create lasting sustainability strategies.

Henri Murison – Director – NPP

Henri is the first permanent Director of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP), which has been established by business and civic leaders across the North to drive our economy and is chaired by George Osborne. During the last decade, he has held senior public policy roles in both the public and private sectors across the North of England. He served as Cabinet member for Quality of Life at Newcastle City Council, leading on key issues including transport, planning and the environment. He also worked as Research Director at the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire and, most recently, led on Public Affairs at the Yorkshire Building Society, focusing on issues such as devolution in Yorkshire, housing and transport.

Natasha Nauth – Relationship Director – Natwest

Natasha joined the NatWest Yorkshire corporate team in 2015, providing debt and banking solutions to management teams and boards. Prior to that Natasha spent 12 years in the investment bank structuring and advising both domestic and global clients on a broad range of transactions across various sectors. She is a qualified accountant, corporate treasurer and is obtaining her CBI certificate Green & Sustainable finance.

Steve Oliver – Group CEO & Co-Founder – musicMagpie

Steve Oliver is the Group CEO and Co-Founder of musicMagpie, a leading re-commerce business in the UK and US specialising in refurbished consumer technology, disc media and books. Its simple mission is to be the smart, trusted and sustainable way to buy, rent and sell tech, whilst being ‘Smart for you, Smart for the Planet’.

Grant Peggie – Director – British Business Bank & NPIF

A Director in the Venture Solutions Team at the British Business Bank, Grant leads the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund, the Midlands Engine Investment Fund and the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Investment Fund. Previously he led the Bank’s work on regional finance. Before joining the Bank he was Head of Strategic Partnerships at Innovate UK where he was responsible for better connecting innovation and business support for innovative, high growth companies.

Krsto Pandza – Professor of Strategy & Innovation – Leeds University Business School

Krsto Pandza is Professor of Strategy and Innovation at the Leeds University Business School. He is Director for Research Impact at LUBS and also leads the Centre for Technology Innovation and Engagement. Krsto’s research interests lie at the intersection of strategy and management of innovation. Navigating these two fields of management studies enables him to investigate organizational responses to discontinuous technological changes and the role of managers in shaping organizational capabilities for innovation. He is increasingly interested in how advanced digital technologies affect advanced manufacturing companies. Krsto has won two major EU-funded projects focused on strategic management of technology innovation, which enabled him to collaborate closely with companies such as Ericsson, Intel, GSK, IBM and Bayer.

Simon Payne – Co-Founder – SoleResponsibility

Simon is the co-founder of SoleResponsibility, a sustainable resale business for footwear and clothing in the UK. The business has a simple goal to work with and support the fashion industry by offering a responsible solution and ‘give seconds a second chance’

Bianca Pitt – Co-Founder – SHE Changes Climate

With a background in law, business, media and corporate finance Bianca is an advisor to the environmental charity sector and Environmental Funder. She is the Co-Founder at SHE Changes Climate, and the Development Board of ClientEarth, Strategic Advisory Group of the Environmental Funders Network and the Advisory Group of The Sustainable Angle. She and her husband endowed the first Chair for Environmental Sustainability at INSEAD, where she is currently advising on their Community Impact Challenge on Climate and Food.

Simon Pringle – Commissioner – Yorkshire & Humber Climate Commission

Simon is a senior commercial strategy and sustainability expert with extensive board-level experience. An Associate Fellow of Chatham House, Simon is also Honorary Professor at University of Edinburgh Business School. He currently serves as a Leeds City Region LEP board member, is Trustee of Solutions for the Planet and was co-founder of a Community Energy Charity.

Tom Riordan – Chief Executive – Leeds City Council

Tom has been Chief Executive of Leeds City Council since 2010 and during this time has overseen £300m of efficiencies across the organisation and a significant transformation of the city, which is halfway through a £10bn investment pipeline. Plans are set to double the size and economic impact of the city centre through regeneration of the South Bank, one of the largest city centre regeneration and growth initiatives in Europe. Tom’s top priority is for the city’s growth to be inclusive with a key ambition of reducing health inequalities and improving the health of the poorest the fastest.

Tom has come full-circle from a North Yorkshire state education, via Oxford University, a Civil Service fast-stream career in international environmental policy and then leading the Regional Development Agency Yorkshire Forward.

Niki Roach – President of CIWEM (Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management) & Director and Co-Founder of AxiaOrigin

Niki is convinced that by connecting the right people and thinking at a systems-level, anything is possible. She spends her time thinking about how we can drive real change to improve global resilience and has particular interests in water efficiency, bioresources and the circular economy.

Gordon Rogers – Head of Long Term Strategy – United Utilities

Gordon champions sustainability and the responsible business agenda to build legitimacy and resilience in the UK water industry. He has recently joined United Utilities to establish a new long term strategy team to lead bold ambitions on carbon reduction, climate resilience and emerging approaches such as systems thinking and the circular economy.

In his previous role as Head of Sustainability at Yorkshire Water, Gordon embedded the Six Capitals and Integrated Reporting approaches to provide a richer understanding of impact and value that could be applied to shape more sustainable decision-making, strategies and investment choices. By working closely with the Board, and having established its Social Value Committee, Gordon and his team worked to shape the culture and corporate strategy of the business. They successfully delivered a wide range of sustainability improvements through a cross-business programme of environmental, financial and social priorities. He aims to build on this success with United Utilities to continue driving the UK water sector.

Gordon is also the chair of trustees at the Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation, helping shape the Foundation’s strategy and governing the distribution of donations to a wide range of good causes.

Stephen Shaw– Global Engineering Director/ Yorkshire Region Treasurer – AESSEAL Group

Stephen Shaw is employed by AESSEAL plc as Global Engineering Director for the AESSEAL Group and is a main Board Director.
Stephen is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer (CEng) with a BEng Honours and MBA. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE) and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (CMIOSH).
He has worked in the engineering and manufacturing industry for over 30 years and has held engineering and executive positions with a series of international Blue Chip companies. He has responsibility for Health & Safety, Business Assurance and Compliance. His role also encompasses global manufacturing.

Prior to joining AESSEAL, Stephen was the owner and Managing Director of a local Business designing and manufacturing medical implants and orthopaedic instrumentation. He sold this business to a major engineering group in 2008.

Stephen is a past Chairman of the Yorkshire Region of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, sits on the Executive Committee of the British Pump Manufacturers Association (BPMA).

Jarvis Smith – Co-Founding Director – My Green Pod

Renowned thought leader Jarvis Smith partners and advises HSBC, Deloitte, Citrix, Octopus Energy and more. My Green Pod provides shoppers with a retail space that is an ethical alternative to Amazon, the world’s biggest ethical lifestyle magazine and the UK’s leading sustainability awards, the P.E.A. Awards.

Andrew Storer – Chief Executive Officer – Nuclear AMRC

Andrew was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Nuclear AMRC in August 2017, after joining as Managing Director in 2015.
Andrew has 30 years’ experience in the nuclear sector, from helping deliver large reactor components for Sizewell B at Northern Engineering Industries, to various manufacturing and engineering roles at Rolls-Royce. He was in charge of the UK submarine reactor component design group, before becoming the General Manager for through-life maintenance and support of the UK submarine reactor fleet. He then became Programme Director for Rolls-Royce’s civil nuclear business, leading customer engagement and bids with new build developers.
He represents the Nuclear AMRC on the UK Nuclear Industry Council and is an active member of the NIA Delivery Group. He sits on various groups, committees and associations and leads a number of supply chain initiatives on behalf of UK industry and Government. He is a Visiting Professor of Nuclear Manufacturing and Capability Development at the University of Sheffield and a Fellow of the Nuclear Institute. He is also a non executive board member of the NIA and he leads the Winning UK Business group as part of the nuclear sector deal delivery with BEIS and DIT.

Dame Sarah Storey – Active Travel Commissioner – Sheffield City Region

Dame Sarah Storey is Britain’s most successful female Paralympian and Active Travel Commissioner for the Sheffield City Region, a role which involves working alongside Mayor Dan Jarvis to create a region in which more people travel on foot, by bike or by public transport.

Find out more about the Sheffield City Region Active Travel vision at

Helen Taylor – Founding Director of One Blue Marble Ambassador for Ecotricity and Sea Shepherd Development Director for Health and Wellbeing Trust Head of External Relations for the Sustainable Food Trust

Helen Taylor helps environmentally focussed organisations further their mission.
Helen initially trained as a Food Technologist and spent the first few years of her career working in the food industry, in quality management.
Helen went on to establish and run the Soil Association’s Business Development function to support companies wanting to go organic, working with multiple retailers, ensuring farmers and growers who’d invested in the transition to organic production had a secure market.
In 2010 Helen joined Ecotricity, “Britain’s greenest energy company” as Ambassador – to further the founder, Dale Vince’s, vision for creating a ‘Green Britain’. She did – and still does – represent the business at events, conferences and meetings and helping transform the way people think and act in relation to their carbon footprint.
For a number of years, she ran the Green Britain Centre – a visitor attraction embodying Ecotricity’s mission for inspiring people to adopt a greener lifestyle and has been instrumental in the greening up of Ecotricity’s football club Forest Green Rovers (FGR), which carries the accolade of being ‘the greenest football club in the world’, according to FIFA. To add to her portfolio, she was CEO for FGR for it’s first season in the English Football League.
In September 2018 Helen founded One Blue Marble Limited to help other organisations be greener, more impactful, and able to benefit from the interconnectedness of working together.

Katie Thomas – Senior Strategy Manager for Low Carbon and Environment – York and North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership

Katie is the Senior Strategy Manager for Low Carbon and Environment at the York and North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership. Her role is focused on working collaboratively with partners to create a systemic shift towards a low carbon, circular future. Katie’s recent work includes leading the development of York and North Yorkshire’s Local Energy Strategy and Circular Economy Strategy.
Previous experience includes leading the ambitious circular economy programme in Peterborough, which aspires to create the UK’s first circular city. With an academic background in sustainability and business, Katie is passionate about driving the circular economy agenda forward and making a real impact.

Antoinette Vermilye – Co-founder – Gallifrey Foundation and She Changes Climate

Antoinette is passionate about the complex interrelationships of the ocean, plastics, gender, and overfishing on social injustice, human health and the environment. She seeks either coalitions to find action-oriented solutions that will have far reaching impacts downstream.

In this connection she has worked with migrant refugees from Africa to understand the impacts of EU subsidies for EU fisheries on migration from Africa;
Created a twitter campaign to empower citizens to tweet airlines on their policies of carrying shark fins as cargo;
Co-created SheChangesClimate to get the UK COP26 leadership team to include equal gender representation at the top so that balanced and inclusive policies trickle down to all COP policies;
Created WTF Wheres The Fish?! campaign to empower citizens to add their voice to civil action against overfishing and unsustainable fishing methods on national and international waters;
Created awareness campaigns on the impacts of chemicals and plasticizers on human health, the environment and social injustice;
Co-created Plastic Free Campus – a series of online modules to help schools and individuals to critically audit plastics and waste and reduce their plastic footprint in school, home and community;
Working on microplastics in tyres to create a tyre abrasion standard in order to measure the microplastics from tyres entering the atmosphere and ocean (30% of all microplastics come from tyrewear) which is vital as air pollution risks switching from tailpipe to tyre as governments mandate switches to EVs.

Julian Wells – Director – Whitecap Consulting & Fintech North

Julian is a strategy consultant with over 20 years experience in financial services.

Whitecap Consulting is a regional strategy consultancy based in Leeds, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Bristol, Newcastle and Birmingham. FinTech North (FTN) is an ecosystem facilitator which helps build the FinTech community across the Northern Powerhouse.


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

Catherine is the Net Zero Business Engagement lead for the Clean Growth Directorate in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). She currently leads on SME policy for Andrew Griffith MP in his role as UK Net Zero Business Champion ahead of COP26 in November. Catherine has over ten years’ experience in stakeholder engagement, having worked at Transport for London before joining BEIS in March 2020. During that time she led several high profile campaigns, including heading up the stakeholder engagement campaign for the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in April 2019.

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


Tom Williams – Director – Nature Action & Water – WBCSD

Tom is Director for Nature Action & Water for WBCSD, working with leading multinational companies on their nature targets and actions. He has worked in both developed and developing countries, with experience collaborating with a range of stakeholders including utilities, government, research institutes, businesses, donor agencies, UN agencies and NGOs

Gary Woodhead – CEO & Co-Founder – CurveBlock

Gary Woodhead, CEO/Co-Founder of CurveBlock, recently acknowledged as Innovator of the year & StarUp of the year finalist for kick starting the digital democratisation of the construction sector, ultimately pushing to make the public the primary financial beneficiary, via the construction and sales net zero energy positive houses, all underpinned by FinTech & Blockchain technologies, whilst also embracing 9 of the 17 U.N.Sustainability Goals.

Decorated Ex-Forces, with nearly three decades of experience in construction and more recently technology integration, Gary is certainly a new face of the Northern PowerHouse entrepreneur ecosystem and is currently working within various active partnerships such as Founder Institute, CMS equIP, BusinessDesk & Loyal VC


Sally Wake – Head of Strategic Relationships, Company Shop Group

As Head of Strategic Relationships for Company Shop Group, Sally is responsible for creating and managing long-term strategic partnerships that will deliver the Group’s goal of ‘More Stock, More Stores, More Members’, ensuring that no good food goes to waste.

Sally works with multiple stakeholder groups across the manufacturing, retail and political landscape, including trade bodies, charities and government departments, with a mission to inform, educate and inspire them to deliver change by unlocking the value of surplus products.

Her role also sees her leading Company Shop Group’s industry leading Luminary Programme, which shines a light on ways to make intelligent surplus management an asset for business, a benefit for the planet and a force for good in communities everywhere.

Kim Yates – Sustainability & Climate Change Lead EUNA – Mott MacDonald

Kim Yates is Mott MacDonald’s Sustainability & Climate Change Lead for the EUNA (Europe and North Africa) region. She is a sustainability and carbon professional with over 25 years’ experience gathered both in the UK and internationally. She understands sustainability best practice, climate change and carbon issues and actively promotes sustainability and the net zero agenda. She has a proven track-record in the development and implementation of international best practice and is an experienced team leader and project director for complex projects.

Kim developed and implemented Mott MacDonald’s Global Carbon Neutral strategy and action plan to become Carbon Neutral in 2020 and achieve ISO14064 and PAS2060 certification. In addition, she works with Clients to help deliver their Net Zero ambitions.

Georgia Yexley – Head of Cities – Tier

Georgia has worked in partnership with international cities to reach their active and sustainable transport goals through micro-mobility. A firm believer that collaboration and partnership underpin sustainable services, Georgia heads up TIER’s UK & Ireland services and is responsible for commercial performance, rider experience and community impact. Georgia is a passionate advocate for inclusion and accessibility, and contributing to raising the volume of women and underrepresented groups in tech & mobility.