I am Chief Executive at Forum for the Future with overall responsibility for delivering our mission to create a sustainable future. This involves working with leading global business, including Unilever, Kingfisher, M&S, Nike and Pepsico, both in one to one partnerships, and also as part of multi-stakeholder collaborations designed to address system-wide challenges, particularly in food and energy.
As well as lead the organisation, I personally oversee a small number of projects. Recent projects 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 also 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.
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 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.
I speak regularly at international and national conferences on topics as diverse as future trends in retail and food, sustainable business models and brands, and scaling up for system change. I also write for a range of publications, with recent articles in the New Statesman, Huffington Post and Management Today.
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.