Mike Herd - Director of Sussex Innovation Centre, University of Sussex
Mike Herd is the Director of the Sussex Innovation Centre, a technology business incubator at the University of Sussex. It provides tailored accommodation and entrepreneurial support to early-stage technology companies. The award winning Centre has a high profile internationally, an excellent track record and is frequently cited as an example of best practice. Mike was granted the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion in 2013.
Patrick Allcorn - Head of Scheme design, Domestic RHI at DECC
Patrick is Head of Domestic RHI scheme design in DECC. He joined the team in early 2012 and is responsible for developing the policy and then the public consultation leading to the introduction of the Domestic RHI in Summer 2012. He also has responsibility for the RHPP programme this year. Prior to this appointment he was responsibility for aspects of community energy. He set up the LEAF project that enabled over 200 communities to set up local energy schemes in 2012 and also created Community Energy Online and ran engagement events for Plan LoCaL both of which aim to provide a framework for local renewable energy schemes to be owned by and benefit to the local communities.
Steve Allen - Business Board Member, Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)
Steve is a Director of the Coast to Capital "LEP", a new voluntary partnership between the private and public sector established by the invitation of Government in the economic area comprising West Sussex, Brighton and Hove, Gatwick Diamond, Lewes and London Borough of Croydon. He is a member of Coast to Capital's Finance Committee and its Growing Places Investment Committee, and is the LEP's Area Champion for Brighton & Hove City and Lewes District.
Geoff Raw - Director of Environment, Development & Housing, Brighton & Hove City Council
Commencing in November 2010, his portfolio covers economic development, environmental services and housing. Previous roles include: Director of Design, Strategy & Planning at the LDA, Assistant Director of Investment, Housing Corporation London and Head of Strategic Options HM Treasury.
Alex Hunt - Founder Member and Director of Bright Green Homes
Alex has a BSc (hons) in Geography and and an MA (hons) Environment, Development and Policy with a specialism in Environmental Accounting. He is also a certified Stroma Code for Sustainable Homes Assessor, and an avid scuba diver. He has extensive experience in the implementation and management of environmental projects around the world. Since returning to the UK in 2009 and setting up Bright Green Homes LLP with Frances, Alex has been focused on improving the sustainability of the UK’s housing stock showing people that by improving their sustainability they can also improve their quality of life.
Ollie Pendered - Founder of Communities Matter
Ollie has over 10 years as a strategic communications advisor for renewables, sustainable transport and energy infrastructure. Ollie has founded the local organisation ‘Communities Matter’, an innovative sustainable engagement and change organisation. Ollie supports localism and has developed Energy Café events within communities and takes local suppliers on the journey with him to meet local people. He has Project Managed several successful energy projects including 'Lets Insulate Wealden' and the recent Your Warm Home scheme for Brighton & Hove Council that invested over £400k to reduce fuel poverty across the City. In the region Ollie spearheads the implementation of low carbon solutions in communities through the use of local energy plans. He works closely with Lewes based OVESCO and Chairs the local Barcombe Energy Group. In 2013 he became of Director of Communities for BHESCO whichserves communities in Brighton and Hove which local energy solutions. Ollie is an associate member of the Consultation Institute.
Jane Ollis - CEO of Business Support Kent
Jane is an environmental scientist and biochemist by training with a particular interest in how science and technology can shape tomorrow’s world. For the last 15 years she has worked in leadership roles, specialising in strategic thinking and has worked with global clients to re-think their business and build new pathways into the future.
She joined BSK in 2007 and was promoted to Operations Director in 2010, with responsibility to create and delivery forward thinking, high impact Europe-wide business development programmes. In August 2011 she was appointed CEO and brings to the role the enthusiasm, determination and experience to take BSK into the future as a world leader in preparing business to succeed in tomorrow’s world.
She is a Business Fellow of Oxford University, has held internships at NASA and Bonn University and is an Ambassador for Kent.
Rodrigo Bautista - Senior Sustainability Advisor, Innovation
Rodrigo is an award winner designer from ICSID and AIGA, specialising in sustainable innovation. He is part of the innovation team at Forum for the Future. Through his work in many different industries, including media, technology, products, services and telecommunications, Rodrigo has learned different methodologies that now help him tackle projects that vary in scale and scope. Rodrigo founded Engage by Design, a sustainable design research studio; he also has worked for America Movil, Leo Burnett, Sony, Apple, Liverpool and Idea Interior studio and also volunteer for organisations such as Greenpeace and WWOOF.
In addition to his previous experience he has co-produced the two ‘Town Halls’ Designers Accord in the UK (2011-2012) exploring the themes; sustainable actions and social innovation. He was invited as Guardian panellist to discuss how technology can enable more sustainable lifestyles in the future and also BBC panellist for the click technology show. Rodrigo’s work has been published in Wired, FastCo, Core 77, The Grocer, The Guardian and London Design Museum.
Rodrigo has been teaching in design courses at various universities (UNUM, CUC and Anahuac in Mexico) and has been guest lecturer, including London College of Fashion, University of Brighton, and Winchester School of Art in the UK.
Today, he is a ‘Do-Gooder’ cause/affect member. He believes that design can transcend beyond the design world and stimulate world changing ideas. Rodrigo focuses his work on creative methods, future concepts, strategic interventions and approaches to sustainable innovation.
Rachel Espinosa - Founder, Re-consult
Rachel has worked in the waste industry for 20 years and heads up Re-consult, an independent resource management consultancy, working for both private sector and public sector clients within the waste industry. Rachel is a Chartered Waste Manager and Centre Councillor for the London & South Counties Centre of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management.
Rachel has held various roles in local government at Bexley and Lewisham Councils, North London Waste Authority and London Remade. During this time she was also London Representative for LARAC. She has hands on experience of work in a wide range of subject areas including waste collection/recycling and disposal procurement, contract management, negotiation, day-to-day operations of collection and disposal services, strategy development and implementation, policy. Rachel has worked as a consultant since setting up Re-consult in 2009.
Zoë Osmond - Director, The Green Growth Platform
Zoë is Director of the Green Growth Platform (GGP), a £3m 5 year business support programme and network linking the knowledge assets of the University of Brighton with 1,000 environmental sector companies. The GGP aims to unlock growth, support innovation and enhance skills amongst Sussex based green companies. As Director Zoe is responsible for setting up and running the GGP and ensuring it delivers business benefits in the form of growth, job creation, innovative products and services and enhanced skills. Zoe has an MBA and over 10 years’ experience in business development, project management and innovation in environmental, regeneration and international development sectors. She is fluent in Spanish, French and Italian and is passionate about environmental business.
Dr. Andy Lewry - Principle Consultant, Sustainible Energy Team
Dr. Andy Lewry has 15 years varied technical, marketing and management experience within the Carbon and Energy Management Industry preceded by a further 10 years similar experience within various parts of the Environmental and Construction Sectors. This includes being a technical and sector manager for the government’s Energy Efficiency Best practice programme and working for the Carbon Trust as their Enhanced Capital allowances (ECAs) program manager.
Mathew Farrow - Executive Director, Environmental Industries Commission
Matthew’s background combines an in-depth understating of environmental policy with long experience of representing business interests to policy makers at devolved, UK and EU levels. Before joining EIC, Matthew spent three years as Director of Policy at the Environmental Services Association, the trade association representing the UK’s waste and resource management industry. Before that he had a number of policy roles at the CBI, including stints as Head of Environment and Climate Change Policy and Head of Infrastructure Policy. He also spent five years as Head of Policy for CBI Scotland, where he was responsible for all the CBI’s policy and lobbying interaction with the Scottish Government.