Advisory Group

Jamie Arbib

After graduating from Trinity College, Cambridge where he read History, Jamie qualified as an accountant and worked in the City as an investment analyst. He is currently a venture investor in resource-efficient technologies. His focus is on energy efficiency and he invests at and early stage and will support companies for the longterm. He is also the founder of Tellus Mater, a grant-making foundation that aims to support the movement towards a sustainable economy. He has just finished a Masters in Sustainability Leadership at Cambridge.

Jamie also helps to oversee a family office, Thamesis, based in London. The office has a diversified portfolio, across all asset classes and operates a mainly out-sourced model, concentrating on asset allocation and manager selection.



Mike Barry

Mike is Director of Sustainable Business at the retailer Marks & Spencer.
He was part of the small team that in 2007 developed and delivered the company’s groundbreaking Plan A, a 100 point, 5 year plan to address a wide range of environmental and social issues.

Reporting to the CEO, Mike is responsible for delivering M&S’ aspiration to be the world’s most sustainable retailer. His job is to work with the M&S leadership team to integrate sustainability into the heart of the business across its global retail channels and supply chains. This includes developing the business case; coaching/mentoring colleagues; changing business processes; customer and stakeholder engagement; and business model innovation.

In May 2011 Mike was named the Guardian’s inaugural Sustainable Business Innovator of the Year. He is Co-Chair of the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) Sustainability Steering Group, Chair of the World Environment Center, a Visiting Fellow at the Smith Centre for Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford University, a Senior Associate at the Cambridge Programme for Sustainable Leadership and sits on BiTC’s Environment Leadership Team. Prior to joining Marks & Spencer in 2000, he worked as an environment manager in the engineering sector and as an environmental consultant. He is a chemistry graduate from Sheffield University. You can follow Mike @planamikebarry.



Arlo Brady

Dr. Arlo Brady is Managing Director of the corporate practice and The Brewery at the strategic marketing and communications consultancy, freuds. At freuds, Arlo’s team helps businesses, brands, entrepreneurs, CEOs, and institutions to focus on their core purpose and understand and react to their key strategic challenges. Clients range from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Warner Bros through to Mars, Incorporated, YUM and PepsiCo. Arlo holds a Ph.D. in business, focusing on corporate reputation and sustainability, from Cambridge University and an M.Sc. from Imperial College; he was originally trained as a geologist. Arlo lives in North London with his wife Alessandra and his twin boys Massimiliano and Lapo.


Oliver Dudok Van Heel

Oliver Dudok van Heel is the global Head of Corporate Responsibility with law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer where he leads the development and implementation of the firm’s approach to sustainability.

Previously he was Executive Director of An Economy That Works. Before that he was Sustainability Director with creative agency Radley Yeldar, working to get the message of sustainability across to internal and external stakeholders. He started his career as a strategy consultant with Arthur D. Little, Monitor, SustainAbility and Enviros.

Oliver is a tutor on CISL’s Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business and Master’s in Sustainability Leadership. He was an active member of Transition Town Lewes and helped launch the Lewes Pound to support the local community and reduce its carbon footprint.

Oliver holds a Master’s of Law and an Insead MBA. He lives in Sussex with his partner and three children.




Richard Gillies

Richard Gillies is Group Sustainability Director, Kingfisher plc
Richard joined Kingfisher plc in October 2013 as Group Sustainability Director. He is responsible for corporate affairs, government affairs and ‘Net Positive’ – the Group’s quest to become a restorative business.

A retailer through and through, Richard joined the world’s third largest home improvement group from much loved British retail brand Marks and Spencer, where he spent 29 years in a variety of disciplines including; stores across the UK and Canada, HR, planning, facilities, store design and procurement. His last five years saw him become the main driver and inspiration behind Plan A.

In addition to his role at Kingfisher, Richard is on the advisory boards of; LWEC (Living With Environmental Change) a partnership that funds, carries out and uses environmental research and observations to ensure that decision-makers in government, business and society have the knowledge, foresight and tools to mitigate, adapt to and benefit from environmental change; BSR (Business for Social Responsibility) an organisation working with business to create a just and sustainable world; and Critical Eye an organisation providing a safe and trusted environment in which leaders can collaborate to share knowledge, solve problems and gain perspective on a diverse range of business issues. You can follow him @GilliesRichard.


Professor Tim Jackson

Tim Jackson is Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Surrey and is currently ESRC Professorial Fellow on Prosperity and Sustainability in the Green Economy (PASSAGE). He has been at the forefront of international debates about sustainable development for over two decades and has worked closely with the UK Government, the United Nations, the European Commission and numerous private companies and NGOs to bring social science research into sustainability. From 2010 to 2014, Prof Jackson was Director of the Sustainable Lifestyles Research Group, a multi-institution research group funded by the Department for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs, ESRC and the Scottish Government and prior to that was the founding Director of the ESRC-funded Research group on Lifestyles, Values and Environment (RESOLVE). From 2004 to 2011 he was Economics Commissioner on the UK Sustainable Development Commission, an advisory body to the UK Government, where his work culminated in the publication of his controversial ‘bestseller’ Prosperity without Growth – economics for a finite planet, subsequently translated into 17 foreign languages. For the last four years, Prof Jackson has been engaged in an extensive collaboration with Prof Peter Victor (York University) to develop system dynamics models for an ‘ecological macroeconomics’. In addition to his academic work, Tim is an award-winning dramatist with numerous radio writing credits for the BBC.


Nick Mabey

Nick Mabey is Chief Executive and a founder director of E3G (Third Generation Environmentalism) a non-profit European organisation dedicated to accelerating the transition to sustainable development. In addition to his management role, Nick leads E3G’s work on European climate change policy, climate diplomacy and foreign policy, and the security implications of climate change and resource scarcity.

Nick was previously a senior advisor in the UK Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit leading work on national and international policy areas, including: energy, climate change, countries at risk of instability, organised crime and fisheries. Nick was employed in the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Environment Policy Department, and was the FCO lead for the Johannesburg Summit in 2002 where he established international partnerships on clean energy, tourism and environmental democracy.


Mariana Mazzucato

Mariana Mazzucato (PhD) holds the RM Phillips chair in the Economics of Innovation at SPRU in the University of Sussex. Previously she has held academic positions at the University of Denver, London Business School, Open University, and Bocconi University. Her research focuses on the relationship between financial markets, innovation, and economic growth–at the company, industry and national level. Between 2009-2012 she directed a large 3 year European Commission FP7 funded project on Finance and Innovation (FINNOV); her current project on Financing Innovation is funded by the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET); and her project on Finance and Mission Oriented Investments is funded by the Ford Foundation’s Reforming Global Financial Governance initiative. Her new book The Entrepreneurial State: debunking private vs. public sector myths (Anthem, 2013) was shortlisted for the prestigious Wirtschaftsbuchpreis in Germany and on the 2013 Books of the Year list of the Financial Times, and Forbes. It focuses on the need to develop new frameworks to understand the role of the state in economic growth—and how to enable rewards from innovation to be just as ‘social’ as the risks taken. Professor Mazzucato is winner of the New Statesman SPERI Prize in Political Economy and in 2013 the New Republic called her one of the ‘3 most important thinkers about innovation’.  She advises the UK government and the EC on innovation-led growth. Her research outputs, media engagement, and talks (including her TED Global talk), can be found on her website.


Frances O’Grady

Frances is General Secretary of the TUC.

Frances joined the TUC as Campaigns Officer in 1994 and launched the TUC’s Organising Academy in 1997.

As head of the TUC’s organisation department from 1999, Frances reorganised local skills projects into unionlearn which now helps a quarter of a million workers into learning every year.

Frances was elected as Deputy General Secretary in 2003 and led on industrial policy, transport, the NHS and negotiated the framework agreement on the Olympics. She has served as a member of both the Low Pay Commission and the High Pay Centre, and the Resolution Foundation’s Commission on Living Standards.

Frances was born in Oxford, has two adult children and lives in North London.


Jonathon Porritt

Jonathon Porritt, Co-Founder of Forum for the Future, is an eminent writer, broadcaster and commentator on sustainable development. Established in 1996, Forum for the Future is now the UK’s leading sustainable development charity. The Forum has a growing presence in the United States, and is doing more and more work in India, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia.

In addition, he is Co-Founder of The Prince of Wales’s Business and Sustainability Programme, a Non-Executive Director of Willmott Dixon Holdings, a Trustee of Ashden, and a Director of Collectively (an online platform celebrating sustainable innovation).

He was formerly Director of Friends of the Earth, co-chair of the Green Party and as Chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission until 2009, he spent nine years providing high-level advice to Government Ministers.

Jonathon was installed as the Chancellor of Keele University in February 2012. He is also Visiting Professor at Loughborough University.

Recent books are ‘Capitalism As If The World Matters’, ‘Globalism & Regionalism’ and ‘Living Within Our Means’. His latest book, ‘The World We Made’ – about how we get to be living in a sustainable world in 2050, was published in October 2013.

Jonathon received a CBE in January 2000 for services to environmental protection.


Professor Richard Wilkinson

Richard studied economic history at LSE before training in epidemiology.  His research drew attention to widening health inequalities, and led him to ask the UK Secretary of State for Social Services to set up an “urgent government inquiry”.  The result was the Black Report (1980) which stimulated research on health inequalities internationally.  Since then Richard has played a formative role in international research on the social determinants of health and on the societal effects of income inequality.  His books and papers have drawn attention to the tendency for societies with bigger income differences between rich and poor to have a higher prevalence of a wide range of health and social problems.

Richard is now Professor Emeritus of Social Epidemiology at the University of Nottingham Medical School, Honorary Professor at University College London and Visiting Professor at the University of York.  He wrote The Spirit Level with Kate Pickett, a best seller now available in 23 languages, which won the 2011 Political Studies Association Publication of the Year Award and the 2010 Bristol Festival of Ideas Prize. He co-founded The Equality Trust (with support from the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust).  In 2013 Richard received Solidar’s Silver Rose Award and was named as Community Access Unlimited’s ‘Humanitarian of the Year’. In 2014 he was awarded the Irish Cancer Society’s Charles Cully Medal.