STEERING GROUP

JAMIE EDMONDS
Environment & Sustainability Manager-  KIER INFRASTRUCTURE

Jamie graduated from Bath Spa university in 2004 and, following a brief spell working for a local water company as a sampler, swiftly moved into civil engineering.

Now Senior Environmental and Sustainability Manager at Kier Infrastructure, Jamie has built up a wealth of knowledge within Highways, Environmental Services, Fleet & Passenger Services, Housing Maintenance and Facilities Management.

On top of that, he has completed an MSc in Ecological Impact Assessment, hold Natural England class licences for dormice, great crested newts and barn owls and won multiple awards for environmental aspects on projects, ecological enhancements, charity projects and corporate responsibility.

Environment & Sustainability Manager – KIER INFRASTRUCTURE

Jamie graduated from Bath Spa university in 2004 and, following a brief spell working for a local water company as a sampler, swiftly moved into civil engineering.

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Now Senior Environmental and Sustainability Manager at Kier Infrastructure, Jamie has built up a wealth of knowledge within Highways, Environmental Services, Fleet & Passenger Services, Housing Maintenance and Facilities Management.

On top of that, he has completed an MSc in Ecological Impact Assessment, hold Natural England class licences for dormice, great crested newts and barn owls and won multiple awards for environmental aspects on projects, ecological enhancements, charity projects and corporate responsibility.

HELENE BERTHONNEAU
Environment Manager (CEnv, MIEMA) Construction, Climate Adaptation, Flood management – Skanska UK

Helene is an Environmental Manager for Skanska UK Plc, managing environmental performance across Skanska’s work on behalf of Network Rail to prepare Euston station for the new HS2 terminus. Previously, she worked as an environmental professional in the UK for nine years, both in construction in the private sector and in flood risk management (tidal and surface water) in the Environment Agency.

She says:

“As a Chartered Environmentalist, I believe that managing our impact on the environment positively is not only achievable, but also the only way to build better and smarter for future generations. I think that knowledge sharing is absolutely key in order to influence businesses to consider sustainability drivers when making strategic and commercial decisions. This is the reason why I chose this career and decided to support the EBN as a steering group member.”

Environment Manager (CEnv, MIEMA) – Construction, Climate Adaptation, Flood management – SKANSKA

Helene is an Environmental Manager for Skanska UK Plc, managing environmental performance across Skanska’s work on behalf of Network Rail to prepare Euston station for the new HS2 terminus. Previously, she worked as an environmental professional in the UK for nine years, both in construction in the private sector and in flood risk management (tidal and surface water) in the Environment Agency.

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She says: “As a Chartered Environmentalist, I believe that managing our impact on the environment positively is not only achievable, but also the only way to build better and smarter for future generations. I think that knowledge sharing is absolutely key in order to influence businesses to consider sustainability drivers when making strategic and commercial decisions. This is the reason why I chose this career and decided to support the EBN as a steering group member.”

ELEANOR REEVES
Partner – ASHURST

I lead the London Environment and Safety practice at international law firm, Ashurst, and am a member of Ashurst’s Business Conduct and Risk Group. I specialise in environmental and health & safety law, with a particular focus on environmental and safety liability management, including:

  • Incident response and crisis management
  • Responding to and advising on regulatory investigations and enforcement action
  • Private law claims and contractual disputes
  • Interpreting regulatory obligations
  • Permits, consents and regulatory authorisations

I advise clients in the built environment, resources, waste, energy, transport and infrastructure sectors on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious environmental and safety matters.

I am also a member of the UK Environmental Law Association and the UK Health and Safety Lawyers’ Association and are ranked in legal directories as a leading environmental lawyer.

Partner – ASHURST

I lead the London Environment and Safety practice at international law firm, Ashurst, and am a member of Ashurst’s Business Conduct and Risk Group.

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I have worked as an environmental professional in the UK for over 6 years, both in construction in the private sector and in flood risk management (tidal and surface water) in the public sector. I have also worked in online marketing and customer services. I am a worldwide traveller, having lived and studied in Gabon (Central Africa), France and New Zealand.

As an Environmental Practitioner, I believe that managing our impact on the environment positively is not only achievable, but also the only way to build better and smarter for future generations.

I think knowledge sharing is key to making businesses change their standards when it comes to embedding their business decisions with good environmental practice. This is why I decided to support the creation of the EBN.

M. A. Geography, La Sorbonne; PgDip Environmental Science, University of Auckland; PIEMA.

DAVID NORCOTT
Business Development Director – WESSEX ARCHAEOLOGY

David is the Director of Business Development at Wessex Archaeology, responsible for building strategic relationships and shaping their work pipeline.

He is passionate about using archaeology and heritage to enable sustainable development, and is currently focussing on the Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM) market in the UK, and on providing services to the US Offshore Wind sector via CEWA, a joint venture with US partners Coastal Environments Inc.

BA MSc MCIfA

Business Development Director – WESSEX ARCHAEOLOGY

David is the Director of Business Development at Wessex Archaeology, responsible for building strategic relationships and shaping their work pipeline.

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He is passionate about using archaeology and heritage to enable sustainable development, and is currently focussing on the Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM) market in the UK, and on providing services to the US Offshore Wind sector via CEWA, a joint venture with US partners Coastal Environments Inc.

BA MSc MCIfA

CHRIS GRIMES
Head of Environment – OCTAVIUS INFRASTRUCTURE 

A passionate environmentalist with a defined skill set in ecology and habitat management, water management and environmental permitting.

MSc, BSc (Hons) PIEMA

Head of Environment – OCTAVIUS INFRASTRUCTURE 

A passionate environmentalist with a defined skill set in ecology and habitat management, water management and environmental permitting.

MSc, BSc (Hons) PIEMA

HOWARD PEARSON
Founder, Innovation Broking and Independent Consultant

I am an entrepreneur and a chartered insurance broker – building my career by creating novel insurance solutions for new, emerging and adapting technologies. In the current world this means batteries, cement, emission cleaning, recycling, decentralised generation, supply chain and a host of new consultancy and software solutions.

Having run 9 businesses, and two consultancies employing between 1000 staff, and a two person start up, I bring a strong SME perspective to the steering group.

It is my belief that small businesses are really concerned about:

  • Hiring and retaining staff, who now expect evidenced social and environmental commitment
  • Being ready and able to meet the now inevitable environmental supply chain demands of their customers and clients
  • Being able to borrow from the bank, by maintaining a good environmental credit score

 

Founder, Innovation Broking and Independent Consultant

I am an entrepreneur and a chartered insurance broker – building my career by creating novel insurance solutions for new, emerging and adapting technologies. In the current world this means batteries, cement, emission cleaning, recycling, decentralised generation, supply chain and a host of new consultancy and software solutions.

 

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Having run 9 businesses, and two consultancies employing between 1000 staff, and a two person start up, I bring a strong SME perspective to the steering group.

It is my belief that small businesses are really concerned about:

  • Hiring and retaining staff, who now expect evidenced social and environmental commitment
  • Being ready and able to meet the now inevitable environmental supply chain demands of their customers and clients
  • Being able to borrow from the bank, by maintaining a good environmental credit score

 

RALPH TRIBE
Co-founder – B-PEOPLE GROUP

Ralph is Co-founder of B-People a consultancy specialising in Inclusive Search and People, Leadership & ESG Strategy. Prior to B-People Ralph was Chief People Officer and Executive ESG Lead for Ascential plc a FTSE 200 Data & Information Services company.

He joined Ascential from Sky plc, Europe’s largest entertainment company, where he was Director for People for the UK and Ireland. Prior to Sky, Ralph was part of the team that created Getty Images, where he was Vice President of Human Resources.

Well known for his insights on technological disruption and HR transformation, Ralph is a regular speaker at conferences & events and a contributor to the CIPD’s “Future Of…” scenario planning series. At Sky, Ralph’s team won various industry Awards, including awards for Diversity/Women in Leadership and the BitC Award for Best UK Employer of Young People.

Co-founder – B-PEOPLE GROUP

Ralph is Co-founder of B-People a consultancy specialising in Inclusive Search and People, Leadership & ESG Strategy. Prior to B-People Ralph was Chief People Officer and Executive ESG Lead for Ascential plc a FTSE 200 Data & Information Services company.

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He joined Ascential from Sky plc, Europe’s largest entertainment company, where he was Director for People for the UK and Ireland. Prior to Sky, Ralph was part of the team that created Getty Images, where he was Vice President of Human Resources.

Well known for his insights on technological disruption and HR transformation, Ralph is a regular speaker at conferences & events and a contributor to the CIPD’s “Future Of…” scenario planning series. At Sky, Ralph’s team won various industry Awards, including awards for Diversity/Women in Leadership and the BitC Award for Best UK Employer of Young People.

IAN THORNHILL MCIEEM
Environmental lecturer, practitioner and researcher – UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

After studying a BA Environmental Management and an MSc in Pollution and Environmental Control at the University of Manchester, I further achieved a PhD in urban ecology from the University of Birmingham in 2013. Between my MSc and PhD, I worked as an Environmental Consultant for Cascade Consulting in Manchester (now a part of Ricardo PLC). In addition to working in the private sector, I have been an ecology advisor to county and district councils and assessed small-scale policy and planning developments through to those of national concern (e.g.
HS2 and East-West Rail). Thereafter, I worked for the Earthwatch Institute – a not-for-profit specialising in citizen science and corporate sustainability, before returning to academia with
Bath Spa University and now the University of Manchester.

During my career I have worked or researched in a range of disciplines including freshwater ecology and biodiversity in both temperate and tropical environments, citizen science, digital platform development (GIS), planning and bioacoustics. At Bath Spa University I led the IEMA-accredited MSc Environmental Management and contributed to the Environmental Science, Geography and Biology with Conservation pathways. I achieved a Readership in Ecology and Conservation at Bath Spa University, before taking on a lectureship in Planning and Environmental Management at the University of Manchester. I am a full member of the Chartered Institute for Ecology and Environmental Management (MCIEEM) and a member of the British Ecological Society Publications Committee as well as being an Associate Editor for their journals People and Nature, and Ecological Solutions and Evidence; which has a heavy
practitioner focus.

I am particularly interested in bridging the gap between academia and industry. I am keen to see this progress in several ways i) building stronger links between soon-to-be graduates and practitioners, ii) undertaking research informed by industry demand or with clear practical
benefit, iii) disseminating relevant research to practitioners to reduce the frequent lag between research and practice.

Environmental lecturer, practitioner and researcher – UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

After studying a BA Environmental Management and an MSc in Pollution and Environmental Control at the University of Manchester, I further achieved a PhD in urban ecology from the University of Birmingham in 2013.

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Between my MSc and PhD, I worked as an Environmental Consultant for Cascade Consulting in Manchester (now a part of Ricardo PLC). In addition to working in the private sector, I have been an ecology advisor to county and district councils and assessed small-scale policy and planning developments through to those of national concern (e.g. HS2 and East-West Rail). Thereafter, I worked for the Earthwatch Institute – a not-for-profit
specializing in citizen science and corporate sustainability, before returning to academia with Bath Spa University and now the University of Manchester.

During my career I have worked or researched in a range of disciplines including freshwater ecology and biodiversity in both temperate and tropical environments, citizen science, digital platform development (GIS), planning and bioacoustics. At Bath Spa University I led the IEMA-accredited MSc Environmental Management and contributed to the Environmental Science, Geography and Biology with Conservation pathways. I achieved a Readership in Ecology and Conservation at Bath Spa University, before taking on a lectureship in Planning and Environmental Management at the University of Manchester. I am a full member of the Chartered Institute for Ecology and Environmental Management (MCIEEM) and a member of the British Ecological Society Publications Committee as well as being an Associate Editor for their journals People and Nature, and Ecological Solutions and Evidence; which has a heavy practitioner focus.

I am particularly interested in bridging the gap between academia and industry. I am keen to see this progress in several ways i) building stronger links between soon-to-be graduates and practitioners, ii) undertaking research informed by industry demand or with clear practical
benefit, iii) disseminating relevant research to practitioners to reduce the frequent lag between research and practice.

SUE WHEAT

I am an experienced environmental consultant with over 20 years’ experience in the financial, corporate and public sectors helping clients identify, provision for and manage risks, opportunities and benefits. Most recently, I have been advising and helping clients manage risks from climate change, whether that’s supporting GHG Accounting, TCFD reporting or looking at detailed Transition and Adaptation plans.

Throughout my career, I also have a deep technical understanding of Contaminated Land, Pollution Control, Water and Waste Management and have a wide breadth of sector experience, especially in Global Sporting Events, Automotive, Fast-Moving Consumer Goods and Chemical/Pharmaceutical and Infrastructure (in particular Water, Renewables and Energy).

My global experience includes delivering projects in UK, Europe, US, Nordics, CEE, India, Pakistan, Africa and Brazil. I am passionate about my clients goals and pride myself in being responsive, commercially focussed and timescale driven.

Press Lead, Ashden

I am Press Lead at climate solutions charity Ashden and have worked in the environment, development and human rights sectors all my life, working in communications for various NGOs and charities both big and small and writing about environmental issues, business and climate change as a freelance journalist. 

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My role at Ashden involves sharing stories with the global media of the pioneering climate solutionists identified through the Ashden Awards and its UK and international programmes in order to amplify low carbon solutions happening around the world.

Learning from each other, collaborating, replicating and scaling up what works in order to decarbonise at speed is a crucial element in creating a just transition out of the climate crisis. I’m excited to be part of so many networks of people doing just that, including the EBN.

EMMA ARNOLD
Sustainability Director – ALFA ENERGY

I am an experienced environmental consultant with over 20 years’ experience in the financial, corporate and public sectors helping clients identify, provision for and manage risks, opportunities and benefits. Most recently, I have been advising and helping clients manage risks from climate change, whether that’s supporting GHG Accounting, TCFD reporting or looking at detailed Transition and Adaptation plans.

Throughout my career, I also have a deep technical understanding of Contaminated Land, Pollution Control, Water and Waste Management and have a wide breadth of sector experience, especially in Global Sporting Events, Automotive, Fast-Moving Consumer Goods and Chemical/Pharmaceutical and Infrastructure (in particular Water, Renewables and Energy).

My global experience includes delivering projects in UK, Europe, US, Nordics, CEE, India, Pakistan, Africa and Brazil. I am passionate about my clients goals and pride myself in being responsive, commercially focussed and timescale driven.

Sustainability Director – ALFA ENERGY

I am an experienced environmental consultant with over 20 years’ experience in the financial, corporate and public sectors helping clients identify, provision for and manage risks, opportunities and benefits. Most recently, I have been advising and helping clients manage risks from climate change, whether that’s supporting GHG Accounting, TCFD reporting or looking at detailed Transition and Adaptation plans.

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Throughout my career, I also have a deep technical understanding of Contaminated Land, Pollution Control, Water and Waste Management and have a wide breadth of sector experience, especially in Global Sporting Events, Automotive, Fast-Moving Consumer Goods and Chemical/Pharmaceutical and Infrastructure (in particular Water, Renewables and Energy).

My global experience includes delivering projects in UK, Europe, US, Nordics, CEE, India, Pakistan, Africa and Brazil. I am passionate about my clients goals and pride myself in being responsive, commercially focussed and timescale driven.

B People

www.b-people.net/

We are a boutique People consultancy that helps organisations accelerate sustainable Performance, Profitability and Growth. We specialise in inclusive Search, progressive People Strategy, enlightened Leadership Practice and ESG Planning, to help you maximise cultural momentum at every level.

In essence, we find great people, help to develop great leaders, build great cultures and support great companies.

Sutton Winson

www.suttonwinson.com

We’ve spent over 65 years building an independent business respected for our knowledge and integrity. Clarity underpins trust, and trust underpins the confidence that our clients need.

As a Chartered Insurance Broker and professional risk advisory firm, we help businesses with bespoke insurance solutions and provide risk management services for clients of all size. We also offer professional insurance services to private clients and individuals all over the UK and overseas.

Imaginators

imaginators.co.uk

We’re Imaginators. Founded in 1976, Imaginators are a privately owned, highly creative, multi award winning large, wide and superwide format digital print production company.

Imaginators are recognised as one of the UK’s leading independent large format digital print production companies. We specialise in providing beautiful bespoke printed solutions to the event, music, sport, retail, exhibition, experiential, television and film markets.

Theme Group

www.themegroup.co.uk

Since opening our doors more than 20 years ago, we have established a proven track record in creating winning brands, effective marketing campaigns and online collateral that converts.

We’ve worked with some huge names in the leisure, tourism, education and retail sectors, but are equally proud of the number of start-ups we have helped grow.

And part of what makes us special is our team, always looking to push creative boundaries and exceed expectations.

OHES Environmental Consultants

www.ohes.co.uk

First and foremost, OHES understands the commercial and environmental pressures our clients face and our position as the bridge between these two, often competing, worlds gives them the peace of mind they need.

However, it is the experience of the divisional leaders and their teams of consultants that makes the biggest difference. We are a very credible partner with proven expertise.

Our clients know that every OHES senior consultant, many of whom are ex-environmental regulators, has a minimum of a science degree and 5 years’ experience in the business.

What’s more, they deliver cost effective and timely solutions to the environmental challenges our clients face.

Ashurst

Ashurst

Today, the pace of change feels faster and more relentless than ever before.

The question is no longer: how do we keep pace? It’s: how do we get ahead, and stay ahead, of change?

Since 1822, our ambition has always been to lead the field, to be ahead of our time, and to inspire change. Through our 200-year history, taking a progressive stance on the issues of our time has been a constant thread, every step of the way. And this thread continues to run through our global firm.

At Ashurst, we’re here to do more than keep pace; we’re here to champion new ideas and to innovate. To deeply understand our clients’ needs and to help them realise their ambitions too. To see what others can’t – to go beyond the ordinary – and find solutions that create a better future for our clients and our communitie

Geo Brand

Hard working and hungry to make a difference to our clients businesses and help them succeed.

Through unique design solutions and meaningful brand language we will drive your engagement, growth and ultimately your sales, to deliver your business the return on investment it deserves.

TRC

www.trccompanies.com

TRC is a leader in delivering professional services for public, private and government clients. We take an integrated approach to your problem, harnessing unparalleled environmental, consultative, engineering and applied technology experience.

Leverets Group

www.leveretsgroup.co.uk

Leverets has carved a reputation for handling exceptional, high value legal cases on behalf of large international enterprises and corporate clients, as well as high profile individuals and dynamic SME business leaders. Cases are handled by the same blended team throughout, at all levels of courts and tribunals, including advocacy and media relations, which creates a personal, streamlined, and cost-efficient service for you.

Generation Financial Services

www.generationfs.co.uk

Since opening our doors more than 20 years ago, we have established a proven track record in creating winning brands, effective marketing campaigns and online collateral that converts. We’ve worked with some huge names in the leisure, tourism, education and retail sectors, but are equally proud of the number of start-ups we have helped grow. And part of what makes us special is our team, always looking to push creative boundaries and exceed expectations.

Landmark Information Group

www.landmark.co.uk

Whether you’re looking to acquire land, build a development, or undertake compliance – our leading datasets and unmatched partner network is here to help you drive every property and land transaction forwards, at every step of the journey.

As part of DMGT, we are part of a diverse, multinational portfolio of companies that provide businesses and consumers with rich, relevant information, analysis, insight, events, news and entertainment, with revenues of around £1 billion.

Energise

www.energise.com

In 2008, husband and wife duo Simon and Tamsin Alsbury set off on a mission to “save the world” by educating organisations on the importance and practicalities of improving their energy efficiency. What they discovered along the way was that running a business “the right way,” where business is used as a vehicle for good both in the work it delivers and the way it relates to its stakeholders, is the key to real change. Because living more sustainably, being mindful of the environment we’re in and our relationship to this planet we call home, is less about climate change and more about culture change.

And while our understanding of what’s required to shift our economy towards Net Zero and a more sustainable future has changed over the past decade, our commitment and passion have not.

Xeed

www.xeedesg.co.uk

As much of the burden of reversing climate change will fall onto the shoulders of business, there needs to be short term reward for those that take up the challenge. Many boards fear a “green premium” that will come with a new sustainability strategy but change is coming, whether businesses like it or not, so we will help your business to identify the upside in doing the right thing. We are passionate advocates of reversing climate change, and we have deep relationships with many people and organisations who are leading that charge. However, Xeed ESG’s approach is to look at the challenges our clients throw at us through commercial eyes so that you can see the potential return on investment as soon as possible.

Kier

www.kier.co.uk

 

Our vision is to be the UK’s leading infrastructure services and construction company.

For around 100 years, we have been innovating for our clients and are proud to have worked on vital infrastructure which supports communities. 

We are a strategic supplier to the UK Government with key strengths in education, healthcare, custodial, transport and defence. 

From modern and purpose-built educational and healthcare projects to delivering and maintaining roads, rail, water, energy and telecommunications networks, our talented teams work to support our purpose.

Adler and Allan

www.adlerandallan.co.uk

As the UK’s most trusted environmental services partner, our mission is to help organisations reduce risk to the environment and their operation by managing assets compliantly while achieving commercial, ESG and Net-Zero goals.

We facilitate progress by enabling utilities, energy, and industrial infrastructure owners to overcome the biggest environmental challenges of the 21st century. We’re doing this by innovating and engineering solutions to enable compliant asset installation and maintenance, and transition to new energy infrastructure whilst reducing environmental risk, operational downtime, reputation damage, and regulatory enforcement.

Theme Group

www.themegroup.co.uk

Since opening our doors more than 20 years ago, we have established a proven track record in creating winning brands, effective marketing campaigns and online collateral that converts.

We’ve worked with some huge names in the leisure, tourism, education and retail sectors, but are equally proud of the number of start-ups we have helped grow.

And part of what makes us special is our team, always looking to push creative boundaries and exceed expectations.