Building an inspiring program, recruiting our elite set of speakers, and constructing the event that Sustainable Brands is year after year would not be possible without the guidance of our esteemed advisors. Allow us to show our deepest gratitude for their participation in our community and introduce you to our Advisory Board for SB’15 London.
ROB CAMERON is Executive Director at think tank and strategy consultancy SustainAbility. SustainAbility focuses on driving business transformation through trust building, innovation and leadership. Until January 2012, he was Chief Executive of Fairtrade International, the global coordinating body for Fairtrade, where he led a strategy to strengthen Fairtrade’s organisation, broaden its reach and deepen its impact. During this time, he worked closely with farmers and cooperative leaders, helping to raise their profile within the Fairtrade movement and international community. He also worked closely with major brands seeking to drive sustainability into their supply chains.
Prior to joining Fairtrade, Rob was owner and Executive Chairman of Flag, an international sustainability and CSR communication company. Under Rob’s leadership, Flag was one of the first movers in CSR communication, pioneering reporting in the late 1990s. Its work for companies such as Agilent Technologies, Ford Motor Company, Chevron and Shell set the early pace in CSR reporting.
Rob’s interest in and experience of sustainable development issues has led to involvement in many organisations in the sustainability arena, including four years on the board of sustainable development research group and standards setter AccountAbility. Rob was elected a Fellow of the RSA in 1998 and appointed a UK Prince of Wales’ Ambassador for Corporate Responsibility in June, 2007.
Marks and Spencer
Previous to Marks and Spencer, Jo was the Director for the Marketplace Campaign and a member of the Executive Team at Business in the Community. She worked with BITC for 10 years, with the last seven spent developing the organisation’s work on how companies integrate responsible business into commercial operations – through products, marketing and supply chains. Jo led BITC’s thought leadership on Sustainable Marketing, working with business leaders from many companies including Kraft, Unilever and Audi to create the publications ‘How Can Marketers Build Sustainable Success’ and ‘Influencing Consumer Behaviour’. Jo is a judge on The Marketing Society Awards and a member of Kingfisher’s stakeholder panel.
Jo also has experience of managing corporate investment programmes with Starbucks in Canada and working on educational campaigns with humanitarian medical aid organisation Médecins Sans Frontières.
Marketplace Business in the Community (BITC) Engagement Manager
Business in the Community (BITC)
Michelle Gallant is a manager within the Marketplace Sustainability team at Business in the Community (BITC), helping companies to think long term and consider how global mega-trends will impact their business, using this knowledge to shape their business strategy. She also help businesses to consider what they need to do now to adopt new business models, product offers, supply chains and customer marketing to meet this increasing challenge.
Michelle also writes for the BITC blog and is part of the delivery team for the #BetheStart campaign, a monthlong campaign in May 2013 encouraging consumers to live more sustainable lifestyles, with 31 brands taking part across 31 days in May.
Originally from Canada, Michelle has worked in four countries (Canada, Turkey, the Netherlands, UK). She holds a B.A. Honours degree in Mass Communication and Sociology from Carleton University and has taken an M.A. course in Strategic Sustainable Development at the Swedish Blekinge Institute of Technology.
Senior Manager, Sustainability
Alexis heads adidas brand’s sustainability program from global headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Germany. Her responsibilities include coordinating sustainable product creation across adidas’ business units and global creation centers, developing new sustainable innovation platforms, and directing adidas brand’s sustainable product and communication strategies.
Alexis’ previous work revolved around sustainable product development and clean technology with companies such as IDEO, P&G, and Transfair USA. Alexis has an MBA in Marketing, and a MS in Sustainable Systems from the University of Michigan.
DOROTHY MACKENZIE is Chairman of Dragon Rouge, in London. Dragon Rouge is a global design and innovation business using insights and creativity to deliver powerful brand performance. Dragon Rouge works to build brands that create more, make a positive difference and have lasting value.
Dorothy has been a pioneer in promoting the integration of sustainability considerations into brand thinking to promote long-term brand success and environmental and social progress. Her focus now is on the imperative of radical, brand-led innovation in products, services and business models.
Over the last 20 years, Dorothy has worked with many of the companies at the forefront of the mainstreaming of sustainability into business, covering sustainability reporting to brand positioning, product innovation to brand communications.
She has been a member of a wide range of NGO, business and government boards and groups, including Chair of Green Alliance, Trustee of Design Council, Member of M&S Property & Store Development Advisory Board – Plan A, UK Government Advisory Board on Business and the Environment, Business in the Environment.
Publications include ‘Design for the Environment’ and ‘Corporate Reputation – Does the Consumer Care’. She has spoken at numerous conferences and events, including Sustainable Brands 2010.
She started her career in advertising and new product development, before moving into the design world. She holds an MA in PPE from Oxford.
Director of Sustainability
McClelland Media Ltd
Sustainable Futurist, Speaker, Facilitator and Journalist, Jim McClelland has a media and events background in magazine publishing and direction of conference and awards programmes.
With a Master’s degree in ‘The Word & the Visual Imagination’, Jim has amassed over 20 years’ experience as publisher, editor and journalist for leading B2B titles, having founded the first dedicated UK publication for Sustainability and the Built Environment back in the late 1990s.
Based in the UK, he has had work featured in supplements for The Times, plus been quoted in The Sunday Times, The Guardian and The Telegraph. Jim is also highly active on social media: As @SustMeme, he is ranked in the top 10 UK Twitter users for such as Sustainability and (Built) Environment.
Events commitments include contributing in the role of programme director, chair, presenter or panellist at national and regional conferences, seminars and workshops. He has also sat as a judge for numerous awards schemes and competitions, plus hosted formal political dinners at The House of Commons.
Particular topics of interest include: Systemics, Swarm Theory, Semiotics, ‘Greenwash’, CSR, Ecosystems Services, EthEco Design & Choice Editing.
Solitaire Townsend is a British businesswoman, focused on the application of marketing principles to the cause of sustainability and climate change solutions. She co-founded Futerra Sustainability Communications in the late 1990s with Ed Gillespie after completing her Master’s degree in Sustainable Development. Her goal in founding that company was to revitalize the way businesses view sustainability, using the tools of marketing and PR to make the message of sustainability more appealing. She was appointed to be Chair of the UK’s Green Energy Supply Certification Scheme in 2010. She is also member of the United Nation’s Sustainable Lifestyles Taskforce, a Trustee of the charity Tomorrow’s Company, and was named Ethical Entrepreneur of the year in 2008.
Forum for the Future
SALLY UREN joined Forum for the Future in 2002 and currently oversees Forum’s partnerships in both the UK and globally, as well as Forum’s networks and communication activities. Much of Sally’s work involves working with leading global businesses, such as Unilever, M&S and PepsiCo, unlocking the opportunity agenda presented by sustainable development. She is particularly interested in mainstreaming sustainability into core business activities to create new, sustainable business models. Sally has particular expertise in the retail and food sectors and regularly works across these sectors to create a shared understanding of sustainability challenges and to create solutions. Recent projects include Dairy 2020 – a vision and framework for a sustainable UK dairy sector, involving over 40 organisations across the supply chain. She is also passionate about the potentially transformative role of brands in creating a more sustainable future and authored Forum’s recent Consumer Futures 2020 study. She is a member of Sustainable Brands Advisory Board and speaks regularly at national and international conferences. Sally is Chair of Kingfisher plc’s Independent Stakeholder Panel, a Panel Member of the UK’s Green Energy Supply Certification Scheme and an independent member of The Carbon Neutral Company’s Technical Advisory Board. She is also Chair of the Advisory Committee overseeing Forum for the Future’s growing operations in the US. Prior to joining the Forum, Sally founded and directed the Sustainability Group at private consultancy Casella Stanger (now owned by Bureau Veritas). Sally completed a post doctorate research fellowship funded by DfID (then the ODA) in optimal nutrient regimes for encouraging the regeneration of logged rainforest in Borneo. She also completed a PhD at Imperial College on the impacts of nitrogenous deposition on semi natural ecosystems.
Global Sustainability Director
Daniel Vennard is a passionate leader in the area of sustainable consumption. Currently working at Mars Inc. as the Global Sustainability Director for Brands (reporting into the Chief Marketing Officer & Chief Sustainability Officer) he leads the corporations work into cause marketing and sustainable innovation. Prior to his current role Daniel was the Strategy Director for Mars Chocolate in the UK and the Global Sustainability Director for Mars’s Coffee & Tea division. Prior to joining Mars he worked at P&G in sales and latterly their CSR department (on campaigns such as Ariel Cool Clean, Pampers UNICEF and Future Friendly). Daniel is a frequent speaker on sustainability and sustainable consumption and co-author of academic papers on the topic. He is on the advisory board of Sustainable Brands and a Fellow at the Royal Society of Arts, Science and Manufacturing.
Koann is the Founder and CEO of Sustainable Life Media and Sustainable Brands whose involvement with the intersection of environmental and human issues in business dates back to the mid-1980s when she launched international conferences on improving log utilization, reducing Waste Paper, and eliminating ozone-layer destroying chemicals (CFCs). Throughout her career she has been engaged in testing the connection between purpose driven leadership and competitive bottom line performance. As a result, her teams have consistently outperformed peers in both growth and profitability. Since 2003, she has devoted her full attention to the emerging field of social and environmental sustainability, launching Sustainable Life Media in 2004. She has helped various media entrepreneurs and NGO’s including Sierra Club and Greenbiz.com establish their own paths to effectiveness and economic sustainability. In 2005, she produced the First International Conference on Cradle to Cradle Design in Practice with Bill McDonough, Michael Braungart, Peter Senge and others. In 2006, she launched what has now become Sustainablebrands.com and in 2007, the widely respected Sustainable Brands Conference. The Sustainable Brands community has grown dramatically each year, and has become the premier international community of sustainable business innovators, with engaged community members represented from all continents.
Prior to founding Sustainable Life Media, KoAnn founded Organizations That Work a management consultancy focused on her passion for helping companies deliver breakthrough financial performance through purpose-driven leadership and improved organizational alignment and learning. Prior to that she served as Sr. VP of Miller/CMP Media, a division of United Business Media, where she launched and built a $50 million multinational division focused on serving various emerging technology markets including the Computer Game Development market and others. While there, she launched several product brands, spearheaded a corporate rebranding initiative, and brought systems thinking and organizational learning principles to the executive management team of the company.
KoAnn has attended graduate level programs in business management and sustainability at Cornell and Wharton, and currently sits on the Advisory board at the Center for Sustainability at Pennsylvania State University. She regularly speaks to corporate, academic and professional audiences about sustainability as the basis of a new renaissance of business innovation and value, as well as the role brands must play and the steps they must take to survive and thrive by leading the way to a flourishing future. She lives with her husband Steve on the San Francisco Peninsula and is most proud of her two sons, Josh and Jake, who are pursuing their individual passions for music, physics and philosophy.