Terry has over twenty years’ experience in the environment profession, having held senior roles in Melbourne with the Environment Protection Authority in the Australian state of Victoria, in London with the global consulting firm WSP and, most recently, in Belfast as Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency before he joined SEPA. In all this work, Terry has strongly focussed on bringing environmental and economic aims together, supporting business and social innovation and getting tougher with the worst environmental performers. Terry is a Senior Associate at the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership, a member of the Advisory Board of the Global Footprint Network and a Fellow of the UK Institute of Directors.
Chief Executive Officer
Professor Kevin Anderson
Professor of Energy and Climate Change, Universities of Uppsala (Sweden) and Manchester (UK)
Kevin Anderson has recently completed two years as the Zennström Professor of Climate Change Leadership at Uppsala University, Sweden, and has now returned to his position as Chair of Energy and Climate Change at the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering (MACE) at the University of Manchester.
He has previously held the roles of Director and Deputy Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and he is a non-executive director of Greenstone Carbon Management. Kevin has been active in research and his publications focus on Science, Nature and Nature Geosciences. Kevin engages widely across all tiers of government (EU, UK and Sweden) on issues ranging from shale gas, aviation and shipping to the role of climate modeling (IAMs), carbon budgets and ‘negative emission technologies’. His analysis previously contributed to the framing of the UK’s Climate Change Act and the development of national carbon budgets.
Kevin has a decade’s industrial experience, principally in the petrochemical industry. He is a
chartered engineer and a fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
Mayor Andy Burnham
Mayor of Greater Manchester
Andy Burnham was elected as Mayor of Greater Manchester in May 2017.
Responsible for shaping the future of Greater Manchester, Andy’s priorities include ending rough sleeping, transforming Greater Manchester into one of the greenest city regions in Europe, and making Greater Manchester a great place to live, get on, and grow old.
Before being elected Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy was MP for Leigh from 2001. In government, Andy has held Ministerial positions at the Home Office, Department of Health and the Treasury. In 2008 he became Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, before returning to Health as Secretary of State in 2009.
In opposition, Andy has served as Shadow Education Secretary, Shadow Health Secretary and Shadow Home Secretary.
Andy lives in Leigh, Greater Manchester, with his wife and three children. He is a keen supporter of Everton FC.
Maeve Cohen was appointed as the Director of Rethinking Economics in November 2018, after co-founding the organisation in 2012. She has a wealth of experience in the new economics campaigning sphere. She was a founding member of the Post-Crash Economics Society, and more recently was a part of the external affairs team at the Institute for Public Policy Research North.
Maeve has a Bachelor’s degree in Politics Philosophy and Economics from The University of Manchester.
Mary is the Labour MP for Wakefield and Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC). As Chair of the EAC, Mary provides a leading voice on the direction of the UK’s environmental policy, with key interventions in the past year on plastic pollution, fashion, green finance, air pollution, flooding and heatwaves. She served as Shadow Secretary for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from 2010 – 2013, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport from 2013 – 2014 and Shadow Secretary of State for International Development from 2014 – 2015. In her position as MP for Wakefield she has played an integral role on discussions around children’s diets, scalding and genocide prevention.
Chair of Environmental Audit Committee
Emma has worked in the field of environmental sustainability for over 20 years. Currently she heads up the University’s environmental sustainability team and provides leadership and advice in this area across the University. Emma is responsible for developing strategies, policies, implementation plans and projects, and writes environmental sustainability papers and reports for University committees. Prior to joining the University in 2012, Emma was a Regional Director at AECOM, where she led a specialist team, and spent four years as a freelance consultant working with range of organisations, including regional development companies, tourism organisations, the then UK Film Council and Butterfly Conservation.
In her spare time Emma is a member of her local neighbourhood forum, where she is currently writing the sustainability section of the local plan, and is a Board Member of a soon to be launched digital platform, which has been designed to make ethical choices easy.
Head of Environmental Sustainability Team
University of Manchester
Dave joined the University in 2013 as its first Director for Social Responsibility and Sustainability. He provides senior leadership and advice to the University on a wide range of topics including climate change and renewables, sustainability, responsible investment, community engagement, fair employment, sustainable and responsible supply chains and social investment.
Prior to joining the University, Dave undertook a wide range of community and volunteering work after graduation, before pursuing a career in local government. For many years he worked for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, latterly as its Head of Strategy.
Dave is a chartered environmentalist and a chartered manager, and a fellow of the RSA, the EAUC and the CMI.
Director for Social Responsibility & Sustainability
University of Edinburgh
Dr Alison Green
National Director (UK)
Dr Alison Green is a cognitive psychologist and has published numerous articles and a book
in the area of cognitive skill acquisition and human performance. An applied psychologist,
she has also worked in a number of complex real world settings, acted as a human factors
consultant and has been a member of a number of Boards and Committees within the
British Psychological Society.
Alison has held many senior academic management posts, including Associate Dean, Deputy
Dean and Pro Vice-Chancellor. She recently exchanged academia for activism and is now
National Director (UK) for Scientists Warning as well as leading the academic partnership
arm for Extinction Rebellion.
She has authored several recent press letters (e.g. academics demand action on the current
ecological crisis, and a call to Act now, and most recently a letter supporting the School
Climate Strike. published in the Guardian and signed by over 200 academics).
Lizzy Haughton is the current Activities and Development Officer at the University of Manchester Students’ Union, and has also been heavily involved with Extinction Rebellion. Since starting her position in July 2018 she has helped to bring sustainability to the forefront of the Union’s and University’s priorities, such as starting up a zero waste shop on campus, organising Conscious Christmas Fair, Go Green Week, and Teach-In Week (to get lecturers to teach only about sustainability for a week), and working with the University to get the Union to join Andy Burnham’s Plastic-Free Pledge to eradicate single-use plastics by 2022.
Activities and Development Officer
University of Manchester
Will is the Service Lead for Strategy and Engagement services at Carbon Credentials and has nearly a decade of experience developing energy and carbon strategies for large, complex and multi-national corporates. Will is an APMG Accredited Practitioner in Change Management, has an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College and a BSc in Geography from UCL.
Broadcaster & Activist
Phil has been a long-time activist for sustainable development, moving from local work
with Friends of the Earth in the 1980’s to riding a tandem back from Sydney raising
awareness of rainforest conservation in 1990. Having studied law at Manchester
Polytechnic, Phil enjoyed a successful career in radio working as a presenter and
producer of features and documentaries for BBC Network Radio.
In 1999 he was the moving force behind setting up the leading community media charity
Radio Regen (www.radioregen.org) working in community engagement and creating
community solutions from the ground up. He then co-founded Cooler Projects CIC which
devised and now delivers the ground-breaking Carbon Literacy Project which has now
certified 10,000 people and worked in eight nations.
He sits on the Greater Manchester Low Carbon Hub and lives in Stockport with his partner, two children and a small menagerie of semi-domesticated pets and poultry.
Strategic Finance Consultant
Phil McNaull is a strategic finance consultant. He was FD at the University of Edinburgh from 2012-2018 having joined the Higher Education Sector in 2005 as FD at Heriot-Watt University. Prior to this he undertook a range of finance roles at Scottish & Newcastle plc in leased pubs, international beer, brands marketing, contract management, strategy, finance, corporate development and audit.
In the last five years Phil led a finance transformation project to improve the performance and impact of the finance team. The benefits of this programme included external recognition through an Investors in People silver award in 2014, a Business Finance award and a Business Insider / Scottish Accountancy & Finance award in 2015; the team won the THE Innovative Finance award in 2108 and were shortlisted for Finance Team of the Year in the 2018 British Accountancy Awards and Phil won FD of the Year in the same awards. Phil has a particular interest in strategic finance, sustainable investments and in effective communication of business performance.
Phil has been convenor of the Scottish Universities Finance Directors Group, and more recently Chair of the British Universities Finance Directors Group where he led a drive to improve financial reporting through the Integrated Reporting initiative.
He has been a member of the Universities Scotland Efficiency Taskforce, the UK wide Financial Sustainability Strategy Group and has been a Director of Advanced Procurement Universities and Colleges Ltd. He has just established his own company, Luca’s Legacy Ltd, to operate as a Finance Demystifier !
He is a chartered accountant (ICAS) and an alumnus of the University of Edinburgh, having been awarded an MBA.
Environmental Journalist &
Lucy Siegle is an environmental journalist and broadcaster. In her written work she specialises in environmental and social justice issues and ethical consumerism, and is devoted to widening their appeal. She joined The Observer, the world's oldest Sunday newspaper, in 2000, became a columnist in 2004 and created the paper’s Observer Ethical Awards (OEAs), dubbed the Green Oscars.
A familiar face on prime time TV, Lucy has worked across channels on different formats, as well as having a longstanding connection to The One Show, on BBC1
Lucy's book on the fashion industry and the need for reform ‘To Die For: is fashion wearing out the world?’ (Fourth Estate/Harper Collins) has been credited as the essential text for anybody interested in the fashion industry and its future.
Helena currently leads the Environmental Sustainability Team at Manchester Met University. She is an experienced sustainability professional with expertise in environmental strategy and policy development and implementation, in both the private and public sector. Through Helena’s leadership, Manchester Met were the first UK University to achieve ISO 14001:2015 and are currently ranked No.1 in the People and Planet University league.
Helena is a Full Member of IEMA and a Chartered Environmentalist.
Head of Environmental Sustainability
Manchester Met University
James Thompson is Vice President for Social Responsibility and Professor of Applied and Social Theatre at the University of Manchester. He leads the University’s social responsibility goal which includes how the university orientates its research, teaching/learning, community engagement, and processes to making a positive social, environmental and cultural impact on society.
He is also the Founder and Co-Director of In Place of War - a project researching and developing arts programs in war and disaster zones. He has developed and run theatre projects in Africa and South Asia (principally DR Congo and Sri Lanka). He has written widely on theatre applied to conflict, peacebuilding, and reconciliation and his most recent books are Performance Affects: Applied Theatre and the End of Effect (2009) and Humanitarian Performance: from Disaster Tragedies to Spectacles of War (2014).
Vice President for Social Responsibility
University of Manchester