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Sectors : Food, Network, Sustainable business,
I am Chief Executive at Forum for the Future and as well as leading the organisation, I oversee Forum's partnerships in both the UK, Europe and the US, as well as Forum’s networks and communication activities. I also oversee our work on sustainable business and our projects in the food system.
Much of my work involves working with leading global companies, such as Unilever, Bupa and Pepsico, unlocking the opportunity agenda presented by sustainable development. I am also passionate about the potentially transformative role of brands in making sustainability mainstream and have helped many leading brands, from Green & Blacks to Tata Tea, weave sustainability into their brand identities. I currently oversee a specialist network with our wider Forum network, the Sustainability and Brands Roundtable, where we are working collaboratively with a wide range of brands, helping them operationalise sustainability.
Recent projects I’ve overseen have included Consumer Futures, Dairy 2020 – a collaborative project delivering a vision for a sustainable dairy sector, and I am currently Project Director of a global multi-stakeholder consortium focused on delivering a sustainable tea value chain, Tea 2030.
I am Chair of Kingfisher plc’s Advisory Council and act as an independent advisor on Advisory Boards for several other global businesses. I am an independent member of The Carbon Neutral Company’s Technical Advisory Board. I am also Chair of the Advisory Board overseeing Forum for the Future’s growing operations in the US and an Advisory Board member for Sustainable Brands.
Before joining Forum in 2002, I set up the Sustainability Group at private consultancy Casella Stanger (now owned by Bureau Veritas). But the true passion for sustainability began a long time before that; helping clean up the Manchester Ship Canal as part of my first degree, saving heathlands for my PhD, and then encouraging rainforest regeneration in the depths of Borneo – all of which have fuelled a passion for creating a sustainable future.