Open roundtables

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
day: Day 1 – Business Leadership


Roundtable 1: What does great communication and collaboration look like in the age of coronavirus?

The era of standalone sustainability strategies confined to a single person or department is over. The real leaders of the 2020s will be those with the skill to communicate their strategy effectively, and the will to partner with a range of other organisations to drive sustainability at speed and scale. This open roundtable discussion will explore what that leadership looks like.

The roundtable will consist of a group of sustainability and energy experts, hand-picked by edie. All other attendees are able to sit in on the conversation, share their own ideas, and ask questions throughout the one-hour session.

Discussion points:

  • How to communicate effectively in the ‘working-from-home’ economy
  • Finding the right partners to meet environmental and societal needs
  • What great cross-sector collaboration looks like

Participants include:

Sam Preston, Behaviour Change Officer, Nottingham City Council
Molly Hogg, Low Carbon Communities Project Manager, Cumbria Action for Sustainability
Duncan East, Head of Sustainability, Marwell Wildlife
Olivia Green, Sustainability Adviser, Wessex Water
Karen Pulley, Sustainability Champion, Consilient Health
Siân Richards, Head of Sustainability, Olympia London
Christine Colvin, Director of Partnerships & Communications, The Rivers Trust
Phil Holdgate, Project Lead, ITV Studios
Hannah Mann, Fit for the Future Project Officer, National Trust

Chaired by: Luke Nicholls, Content director, edie
Industry expert: George Richards, Director, JRP Solutions


Roundtable 2: The “S” in ESG: How can we ensure a fair, just transition to net-zero?

How can a business manage its relationships with its workforce, the societies in which it operates, and the political environment? This is the central question behind the “S” in Environmental and Social Governance (ESG), and the core focus of this open roundtable discussion.

The roundtable will consist of a group of sustainability and energy experts, hand-picked by edie. All other attendees are able to sit in on the conversation, share their own ideas, and ask questions throughout the one-hour session.

Discussion points:

  • The rising importance of social sustainability issues, and how to manage them
  • What good corporate governance looks like in the wake of Covid-19
  • Where social sustainability sits on the road to net-zero business

Participants include:

Lucy Klinkenberg-Matthews, Head of GRC & Sustainability, Paragon Customer Communications
Golnaz Ighany, Sustainability Manager, Stanton Williams
Jessica Verdon, Social Sustainability Manager, Multiplex Construction Europe
Wim Van Hyfte, Global Head of ESG Investments and Research, Candriam
Franziska Jahn-Madell, Director – Responsible Investment, Ruffer LLP
Amy Greenacre, Head of Brand and Impact, World of Books Group

Chaired by: Matt Mace, Content editor edie
Industry expert: Aya Sakamoto, Product Manager / Principal Consultant, Ditto Sustainability