A successful global transition to sustainable, low carbon economies depends increasingly on managing unprecedented urban growth: maximizing the economic benefits of urbanisation while minimizing environmental degradation and social inequalities. By 2050, 68% of the world’s population is projected to be urban. Beyond providing the infrastructure required to support resource-efficient cities, what is required from the public and private sectors to shift understanding of sustainability to a more holistic human-centred approach, with health, wellbeing and happiness at the core of urban development?
Although current practices and processes in urban areas often fail to comprehensively align sustainability targets with the wellbeing considerations of residents, workers and communities, the business case for embracing sustainability and wellbeing simultaneously has never been stronger. Meanwhile, in public health policy wellbeing considerations in the built environment is emerging as a prominent theme, responsible businesses are increasingly prioritising the physical and mental health of employees and new opportunities for cross-sector collaboration are emerging through opening up access to space and nature in urban areas.
This event will explore the numerous ways in which wellbeing and sustainability objectives are intertwined, and the implications for business purpose and practice in shaping life in cities and supporting a healthy and sustainable future.
Henry Pelly is a Senior Sustainability Consultant at Max Fordham LLP. He advises design teams on how they can apply sustainability concepts and methodologies to produce better buildings. Using BREEAM technology, he helps provide frameworks that ensure that the details that deliver better building survive to the end of the construction process. Henry has a background in psychology, environmental design and architecture.
Michaela Wright is Head of Sustainability for HSBC UK, and executes the sustainability strategy within the core themes of sustainable finance, future skills and entrepreneurship and sustainable networks. She has an MA in Sustainability and Responsibility and was previously the Head of Corporate Sustainability at First Direct bank. Michaela is passionate about embedding sustainability into all areas of the business to protect the planet, improve society for all and help achieve the SDGs.
Nicky Philpott is the Director of the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change, which represents over 650,000 health professionals advocating for better responses to climate change. Nicky has previously worked in various UK charities including the NSPCC and Age UK, leading on campaigning, policy and public affairs, communications and fundraising. Most recently she was Director of Advocacy and Engagement at the Ramblers, where she led efforts to open up cities, towns and the countryside for walkers.
Lina Liakou is Managing Director for Europe and the Middle East at 100 Resilient Cities. With more than a decade of experience in urban planning and resilience, Liakou is a critical part of 100RC’s efforts to implement projects that build more inclusive, resilient cities in the region. Previously, Lina was Deputy Mayor and Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Thessaloniki, Greece, where she was responsible for the operational and strategic plan of the city and for the coordination of all EU funding streams.
Alex Gilbert is the Senior Strategy Manager for Commercial Energy at TfL. He also acts as anindependent 'Green Infrastructure' investor and advisor, focusing on: the 'energy transformation';clean-tech investment; and the financing of smart, low carbon, sustainable cities. He has worked insustainable investment throughout his career – responsible for sourcing, financing and deliveringhigh social & environmental-impact opportunities – and is working with developers, financiers andgovernments to support their future infrastructure. He is currently curating, commercialising anddelivering the energy projects that will assist in the transformation of TfL; London’s largest and mostsignificant energy user.
Simon Brammer is Head of Cities at Ashden, where he leads their city programme that aims to create liveable, sustainable cities. At the heart of Ashdens approach is a network that brings together the UK metro mayor regions. By developing a large portfolio of successful projects, Simon aims to show policymakers that by tackling climate change you can simultaneously address a multitude of other challenges.
Bella Murfin is the Director of Strategy and Impact at Earthwatch, working to empower people tosave the natural world through direct action and policy influence on critical environmental issues.Bella is an experienced central government Deputy Director with a diverse career in theenvironmental field. She has a broad range of policy expertise, including sustainability, resourcemanagement, conservation, environmental management and fisheries, and is a widely-respectedleader in organisational transformation and development and strategic planning.
|Airsensa||Head of International Development|
|AkzoNobel||Commercial Sustainability Manager|
|Bank of England||Head of CSR|
|Barclays||CRES – Environmental Project Manager|
|Berkeley Group||Head of Sustainable Places|
|BP target neutral||Offer Development|
|Bridges Fund Management||Sustainability Director|
|British Standards Institution||Senior Standards Manager|
|Burberry||Responsibility Programme Manager|
|Canary Wharf Group||Head of Sustainability|
|Connected Places Catapult||Strategy and Innovation Lead|
|Crossrail Limited||Environment Manager|
|Dentsu Aegis Network||Social Impact Manager|
|E.ON||New Market Manager|
|Earthwatch||Senior Development Manager|
|Fawley Waterside||Investment and Innovation Director|
|Generation Investment Management||Director|
|GK Strategy||Associate Director|
|Global Harvester Holdings||Director|
|Global Sustainability Institute||Visiting Research Fellow|
|Groundwork London||CLEVER Cities Programme Manager|
|Hardwick Climate Business Limited||Managing Partner|
|Infracity Impact Fund||Director|
|Interface||Regional Sustainability Manager|
|International Maritime Organization||Project Management Assistant|
|International WELL Building Institute||Vice President|
|ISS||Head of Energy and Sustainability|
|JCDecaux||Head of Social Impact|
|Kantar (Consulting Division)||Head, Futures Practice Europe|
|London Borough Of Newham||Cabinet member for crime and community safety|
|Maanch Ltd||CEO/ Founder|
|Mace Macro ltd||QHSEW Performance Director|
|MLM Associates Ltd.||Senior Consultant|
|Museum of Brands||Development & Commercial Director|
|O2||Sustainability Project Manager|
|Peabody||Director Strategy and Programme, Thamesmead|
|Royal Bank of Scotland||Lead, Reputational Risk|
|Telford Homes Plc||Sustainability Director|
|The Go-Ahead Group plc||Group Head of Sustainability|
|The Social Innovation Partnership||Director of Delivery and Impact|
|tp bennett||Associate Director|
|Transport for London||Smart Cities Commercial Development|
|Unilever||Sustainability Data Analyst|
|University of Cambridge||Deputy Course Director, Interdisciplinary Design|
|WaterAid||Senior Private Sector Advisor|
|Willmott Dixon||Sustainable Development Manager|
|Woodland Trust||Head of Innovation|