Wednesday 30th June 2021


Alex Turner – Joint MD –

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

Facilitated by
Anita Lloyd – Partner – Squire Patton Boggs

Rebuilding the economy around a green and just transition is imperative. How can we harness the momentum of COP to foster real change in the North West and what are the next priorities?

Mike Wilton, Director, Leader of Manchester Office at Arup, also Chair of the Manchester Climate Change Partnership
Mark Atherton – Director for the Environment, GM Combined Authority
Nick Baker – Deputy Director, Business & Engagement – Cop26
Holly Smith, Project Lead – Want Not Waste and Psychology Student at the University of Manchester

Keynote speech
10.35 – 10.50

Facilitated by
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.

North West Climate Crisis – net zero strategy
10.55 – 11.40

Facilitated by
Stephen Church, UK&I North Markets Leader & Manchester Office Managing Partner, EY

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.

Helena Anderson, Co-Founder, Ikigai Capital & board member Cheshire and Warrington LEP S&I Growth
Simon Curtis – Chair – Machester Arts Sustainability / Manchester Climate Change Partnership Board member
Hayley Nixon – Commercial Project Manager, Salford City Council
Jonatan Pinkse – Director – Manchester Institute of Innovation Research
Will Ennett – Head of Sustainability – TalkTalk

Accelerating change across our transport network
11.45 – 12.30

Facilitated by
Henri Murison – Director – Northern Powerhouse Partnership

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 the North West.

Jack Snape – Analysis Manager – Transport for the North
Tricia Williams – Chief Operating Officer – Northern Rail
Will Maden – Research Director – Miralis
Sam Pooke – Public Policy Manager – Voi Technology
Nicola Kane – Head of Strategic Planning and Research – TfGM
Andy Brown – Group Corporate Affaires Director – MAG Airports

The Hydrogen Economy
12.35 – 13.20

Facilitated by
Nick Helm – Partner, Squire Patton Boggs

This session will demystify hydrogen, explore the economics of making hydrogen work in the next five years, and what are the opportunities for businesses.

David Parkin – Project Director HyNet. Director of Progressive Energy
Dr Michaela Kendall – CEO & Co-Founder – Adelan
Amer Gaffar – Director of Fuel Cell Innovation Centre – Manchester Metropolitan University
Paul Ladislaus – Senior Process Engineer, First Graphene

Creating a Sustainable Supply Chain
13.25 – 14.10

Facilitated by
Sam Metcalfe – Midlands Editor –

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.

Simon Payne, CEO – Sole Responsibility
Helena Mansell Stopher, Founder & CEO – Products of Change
Rosie Howells, Head of Sustainability –

Using Innovation to Drive Sustainability in Manufacturing
14.15 – 15.00

Facilitated by
Gareth Kane, Author

Manufacturers are in a great position to make a difference. This session will explore how innovation will deliver radical changes to deliver the sustainability agenda.

Geoff Mackey – Group Corporate Affairs & Sustainability Director, BASF
Chris Harrop – Group Sustainability Director, Marshalls Plc
Zoe Brimelow – Brand Director – DUO

Building Back Better
14.15 – 15.00

Facilitated by
Ben Ormsby – Yorkshire Editor –

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 North West.

James Blake, Director of Sustainability, Turley
Stephanie Bax, SVP and Managing Director of European Operations, CAA ICON
James Blakey, Planning Director, Moda

The Rise of Recommerce
15.05 – 15.55

Facilitated by
Shelina Begum – North West Editor –

Recommerce leader musicMagpie has been one of the North West’s biggest successes of the past decade. What can other businesses learn from their experiences and example, and how is the sector creating a change in consumer behaviour?

Steve Oliver, Group CEO & Co-Founder, musicMagpie
Helen Lord, Founder, Used Kitchen Exchange
Dr Marie Grifitths, Reader & Director of the Centre for Digital Business, University of Salford
Alexander Guslisty, Founder, BIG ATOM

Plugging away at long-term change
16.00 – 16.45

Facilitated by
Alex Turner – Joint MD –

It can be the things that we take for granted – such as the water coming out of the tap – that are most at risk from climate change. Reducing waste is a climate and cash-positive move – find out how to unblock your thinking around utilities.

Gordon Rogers, Head of Long Term Strategy, United Utilities
Stephanie Hurry, Head of Water Efficiency Engagement, Waterwise
Mark Fletcher, Global Water Leader, Arup

Green is the Colour of Money
16.00 – 16.45

Facilitated by
Ben Ormsby – Yorkshire Editor –

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.

Richard Burrett, Chief sustainability officer, Earth Capital
Grant Peggie, Director, NPIF
Julian Wells, Director, Whitecap Consulting
Gary Woodhead, Founder, Curveblock

16.45 – 16.50

Facilitated by
Alex Turner – Joint Managing Director,

Alex Turner – Joint MD –