Speaker Bios

Take a look at our fantastic line up of speakers for How To Be A COPtimist

Adrian Ruth - Director for Sustainability and BBC Spark, BBC

AdrianRuth.jpg#asset:10140:logoThumbnailAdrian is Director for Sustainability and BBC Spark, the BBC’s in-house lean transformation team. Both teams seek to help teams around the BBC change how they work for the better – becoming more efficient, effective and sustainable.

Adrian has been at the BBC for over ten years, performing a number of senior executive roles.  These have included overseeing the BBC’s major strategic partnerships like BAFTA/Albert and YouView, keeping an eye on the BBC’s performance in terms of Quality, Reach, Impact and Value, and being Head of Department for BBC Policy & Strategy.

Adrian is a champion of diversity – alongside his day job, he is Chair of the BBC’s LGBT staff network, BBC Pride.

Prior to joining the BBC, Adrian was a strategy consultant with KPMG.  He is a chartered accountant and barrister-at-law.

Alex McIntosh - Business and Research Associate, Centre for Sustainable Fashion

alexmcintoshCSF.png#asset:10030Alex has been working in the area of fashion and sustainability for more than ten years. He is a long-standing member of the Centre for Sustainable Fashion (CSF) and Managing Director of the pioneering menswear brand Christopher Raeburn. Alex also leads the Masters programme in Fashion Futures at the London College of Fashion. 

Alex has mentored many creative start ups in the fashion sector and has developed a number of programmes to build expertise and best practice for sustainable fashion business, working with The Ethical Fashion Forum, The Make Your Mark Campaign and CSF. Alex has also consulted for a wide range of larger brands, most recently The Selfridges Group, to develop and launch their Buying Better programme and the Bright New Things Initiative.

His research interests revolve around the exploration of business models that nurture sustainable innovation, community engagement and creative thinking. Alex is currently working on the Fire research project as a Co-Investigator, exploring ways in which an active culture of research and development towards sustainability can be embedded in the UK Designer Fashion community.  As Co-investigator on the TRANSFER project - a collaboration with the University of Sheffield psychology department - he explores the value-action gap in UK consumer culture. 

Alex has written extensively for a number of publications in relation to fashion and sustainability and developed and authored the year long i-Sustain series for i-D magazine and i-D online.

Alison Tickell - Director, Julie's Bicycle

alisontickell.png#asset:10029Alison established Julie’s Bicycle in 2007 as a non-profit company helping the music industry reduce its environmental impacts and develop new thinking in tune with global environmental challenges. JB has since extended its remit to many other art forms and is acknowledged as the leading organisation bridging sustainability with the arts and culture. 

Trained as a cellist, Alison worked with seminal jazz improviser and teacher John Stevens. She worked for many years with socially excluded young people as Development Director at Community Music, and then at Creative and Cultural Skills where she established the National Skills Academy for the music industry. She is a school governor, a 2011 London Leader, advisor to Tonic, a judge on the Observer Ethical Awards and the Royal College of Arts Sustainable Design Awards, and a fellow of the RSA.

Barry Waddilove - Knowledge Transfer Manager, Design, Knowledge Transfer Network

barrywaddilove.png#asset:10031Barry has enjoyed a diverse career as both a corporate designer and independent consultant in global product development and communications working with brands and organisations across 25 countries. During 2014/15 he completed extensive research into design’s role in the circular economy whilst working as a Schmidt MacArthur Fellow with Cranfield University and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

In September 2015 he joined the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) as Knowledge Transfer Manager for Design. The KTN was established by Innovate UK to build better links across science, creativity and business for the acceleration of innovation. 

In this role Barry aims to promote strategic design as an essential ingredient for UK innovators to successfully bridge from concept to commercialisation. This involves working with a broad network of scientists, engineers, designers, policy makers and business leaders to increase awareness of design's role in innovation and its capacity to deliver business success.

Catherine Howarth - Chief Executive, ShareAction

catherinehowarth.png#asset:10032Catherine Howarth is Chief Executive of ShareAction, a charity that promotes responsible investment by pension funds and other institutional investors. ShareAction demands transparency and accountability to the millions of people whose savings are managed by investment professionals, and supports people to speak up and be heard within the investment system.

Catherine is a board member of The Scott Trust and of Green Alliance. She also serves on the investment committee of Trust for London. She is also a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.

Charlotte Webster - Founder, Human Nature

charlottewebster.png#asset:10060Charlotte is Founder, Director and Curator of Human Nature. An artist and respected environmental and financial reform campaigner, she was curious to explore artists celebrating nature and speaking up on the environment. She began researching and writing about the concept of  ‘environmental art’ as a movement in 2014. After many conversations, studio visits, street art tours and tip offs she started Human Nature.

Charlotte has merged her passion as an artist with a decade of experience in sustainable business and renewable energy communications having co-launched SolarAid, a charity that aims to replace kerosene lamps with solar alternatives in developing countries, championed solar power campaigning with Solarcentury, worked with ethical financial innovators Abundance and pushed for divestment as Campaign Director for Move Your Money’s divest!

She holds a BSc. in Geographical Sciences from the University of Bristol and has trained in Public Relations, journalism and documentary production. She specialises in communications strategy and campaigns, and now – environmental art. 

Cyndi Rhoades - Founder, Circular Executive Officer, Worn Again

cyndirhoades.png#asset:10033Cyndi founded Worn Again back in 2005 and has led the company from its early days in upcycling end of use textiles into new products into its current developments in circular textile to textile recycling technology.

Cyndi began her career as a film maker in music videos and documentaries which over time evolved into a deep interest in global economics and its impacts on society and the environment. She was responsible for the creation of Anti-Apathy, a sustainable lifestyles organisation set up in 2001. From this, Worn Again was born with the aim of eradicating textiles waste. She also helped to co-found the RE:Fashion Awards, the world’s first Sustainable Fashion Awards in London in 2008.

As an award winning entrepreneur, Cyndi has been chosen as a Courvoisier Future 500 Ambassador, a Force for Good Pioneer by Tomorrow’s Company and an Enterprise UK Ambassador.

Darren Henley - Chief Executive, Arts Council England

darrenhenley.png#asset:10034Darren Henley has been Chief Executive of Arts Council England since April 2015. He previously spent twenty-five years working in radio, leading Classic FM for fifteen years, first as Managing Editor and then as Managing Director. He was appointed an OBE in 2013 for services to music. 

Darren has chaired or sat on a range of government advisory boards in the area of cultural education. His two independent government reviews into music education (2011) and cultural education (2012) resulted in the creation of England’s first National Plan for Music Education, new networks of Music Education Hubs and Heritage Schools, the Museums and Schools programme, the BFI Film Academy and the National Youth Dance Company. 

He is the author or co-author of twenty-nine books, including The Virtuous Circle: Why Creativity and Cultural Education Count. It argues that an excellent cultural education is the right of everyone, bringing personal, social and commercial advantages that can only benefit the lives of all individuals in our society. 

David Brooks - Managing Director, Supply, Good Energy

davidbrooks.png#asset:10035David Brooks joined Good Energy as Managing Director - Supply in September 2015 with a focus on creating a new platform for growth for the domestic and business supply business.

David is responsible for the company’s sales, marketing, communications, customer services and IT functions for Good Energy’s retail & business supply and Feed in Tariff businesses.

Before joining Good Energy, David worked at AXA, the UK’s leading direct-to-consumer financial services brand. He was responsible for the re-launch of AXA’s SunLife ‘proposition’ and brand, transforming its portfolio, driving distribution and sales.

David is a classically trained FMCG marketer with more than 13 years’ experience in financial services. He started his career in the food sector with Safeway, developing its ‘own brand’ range. David has also held a number of senior positions at Kraft Foods (Mondelez) where he worked on brands including Terry’s Chocolate Orange and Dairylea.

Debbie Manners - CEO, Keo Films

debbiemanners.png#asset:10036Debbie Manners is CEO of Keo Films, Co-founder and Director of HERE Café Ltd and Chair of SafeHands For Mothers.

Keo films, established in 1996 and celebrating its 20th anniversary, is a multi award-winning integrated broadcast, commercial and digital production company, regularly voted into the top few places in peer polls for TV Indies.  Keo develops and produces content that has something to say, and has a reason to exist beyond achieving ratings.  

Keo’s strong ethical brand reputation and innovative approach have resulted in its programming becoming ratings powerhouses and award winners.   A fact well illustrated by Skint for C4, Hugh’s War on Waste for BBC One, The Romanians Are Coming for Channel 4 and the hugely successful River Cottage brand.  

HERE is a café bar and website with community at it’s heart.  A local business established in Debbie’s hometown that is designed to serve and celebrate everything local, offering seasonal food from producers we trust, employing people fairly and honestly and doing all that can be done to protect the environment.

SafeHands for Mothers (www.safehands.org) is an international charity founded in 2003 dedicated to reducing maternal and infant mortality.  The organisation’s focus is on producing high quality films and visual materials to support government and non-governmental training and advocacy programmes in developing countries. 

Previously (2008-10) Debbie was Chief Operating Officer at Hat Trick Productions, Group Commercial Director (2006-08) for RDF Media Group (now Zodiak), and Director of Rights (2005-6) for Flextech (later Virgin Media and Sky).  For five years from January 2015, Debbie was Chair of Pact, the trade association representing the commercial interests of UK independent television, film, digital, children’s and animation media companies.  Joining the BBC in 1988, Debbie held various business and commercial roles and latterly held the post of Director of Rights and Business Affairs.

Deborah Bull - Assistant Principal (London), King's College London

deborahbull.png#asset:10072:urlDeborah Bull has had a long career in the arts, as performer, creative leader and cultural commentator. She danced with The Royal Ballet for twenty years, rising through the ranks to become a Principal Dancer. In 2001, she joined the Royal Opera House Executive to establish and implement strategies for developing new art, new artists and new audiences, becoming Creative Director in 2008.
Over twenty years, her work for television has included the award-winning The Dancer’s Body, Travels with my Tutu (BBC2), Dancing for Russia (Sky Arts). Her radio programmes have ranged from dance, to law and ageing. She writes and speaks on the arts and is author of The Vitality Plan (1998), Dancing Away (1998), The Faber Pocket Guide to Ballet (2005) and The Everyday Dancer (2011). She has served on Arts Council England, as a Governor of the BBC and as judge for the 2010 Man Booker Prize. In 2013, she was appointed to the Arts and Humanities Research Council. In 1999 she was awarded a CBE for her contribution to the arts.
Deborah Bull joined King’s College London in 2012, providing leadership to extend the university’s cultural partnerships, enhancing the academic and student experience while adding value to the arts and culture sector. She has recently been appointed Assistant Principal (London). In this role Deborah provides leadership across King's to extend and enrich its collaborations with the cultural sector; and leads on development of the university's external engagement within London more broadly, maximising the potential of King's location at the heart of the city.

Professor Dilys Williams - Professor of Fashion Design for Sustainability and Director of Centre for Sustainable Fashion, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London

dilyswilliams.png#asset:10037Professor Dilys Williams FRSA is Director of Centre for Sustainable Fashion, a University of the Arts Research Centre, which she established in 2008, supported by London College of Fashion, the centre’s base.

Guiding the centre’s exploration of fashion and sustainability, her work contributes to the study of fashion as a life well lived within ecological boundaries and practices of human equity. This study is applied to new forms of education, business, public and political dialogue.

Dilys’ work draws on her extensive experience as a lead womenswear designer with international collections for Katharine Hamnett, Liberty and Whistles alongside an internationally based and globally recognised teaching and research portfolio.  

Her place on the Evening Standard’s London’s Progress 1000 list in 2015 evidences the public and academic influence of her work alongside her membership of the Observer Ethical Awards judging panel, advisory roles to business and academic institutions and regular contribution in the media, including the Guardian, ShowSTUDIO and Salt magazine.

Acting as co-secretariat to the House of Lords All Party Parliamentary Group on Fashion, Sustainability and Ethics, she brings a range of climate and social change considerations to the attention of key political figures, creating space for a range of voices for change to be heard.

Trained at Manchester Metropolitan University and holding a UAL professorship, Dilys publishes widely on fashion and sustainability in academic journals and published books.  

Research projects include Shared Talent, re-connecting the disconnect in the creative exchange of fashion creation to acknowledge the roles of parts in a whole, (Trans)formations, the development of new practices in education and business through an academic-industry exchange, and Habit(AT), the exploration of healthy city metabolisms through fashion’s role in culture and social practice.

Professor Frances Corner OBE - Head of London College of Fashion and Pro Vice-Chancellor of University of the Arts London

francescorner.png#asset:10038Professor Frances Corner OBE has over 20 years’ experience within the higher education sector at a national and international level. Named a London Leader for Sustainability in 2009, Frances champions the use of fashion as an agent for innovation and change, particularly in the areas of sustainability, health and well-being. She plays an active role in advising stakeholders on the future of the fashion industry and the role that higher education can play in the development and support of the creative industries. 

Frances is Chair of the International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes, a Trustee of The Wallace Collection and Chair of Trustees of the House of Illustration.  She also sits on the British Fashion Council Industry Advisory Board and was recently named in the Business of Fashion 500 – a professional index of key people shaping the global fashion industry.     

She holds a DPhil from Oxford, publishes widely on art and design education and, in 2014, published her first book entitled ‘Why Fashion Matters’ (Thames and Hudson).

Heather Ackroyd - Artist of partnership Ackroyd & Harvey

heatherackroyd.png#asset:10039Heather Ackroyd of artistic partnership Ackroyd & Harvey has worked extensively in contemporary art galleries, museums, public spaces and found sites worldwide. Sculpture, photography, biology, and ecology are some of the disciplines that intersect in their work reflecting both environmental and scientific concerns. They are acclaimed for large-scale living interventions in sites of architectural interest that often reflect temporal processes of growth and decay, notably growing the interior vertical space of a deconsecrated concrete church in London and the iconic Lyttleton fly tower of the Royal National Theatre with seedling grass.

They have received many awards for their unique photographic work utilizing the pigment chlorophyll in making complex photographs, most recently presented with the Rose Award for Photography at the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2014, and the Wu Guanzhong Prize 2012 for Art and Innovation.

Following a major public art award by the University of Cambridge, this spring they premiered a series of new artworks for the recently launched David Attenborough Building, working closely with the Cambridge Conservation Initiative and the University Museum of Zoology.

In 2015, they completed History Trees a legacy commission for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, where ten trees holding 6m diameter engraved rings mark the main entrances to the park.

Ackroyd & Harvey give many keynote lectures and presentations, highlighting the necessity of cultural response to climate change, degradation of the natural world and bio-diversity loss.

Howard Johns - Author of Energy Revolution

howardjohns.png#asset:10040Howard Johns, author of energy revolution, is an energy engineer, entrepreneur, business leader and activist. Following completing a degree in energy technology and environment, Howard became a protestor, about energy and climate change, trying to stop amongst other things the digging of an open cast coal mine, and being evicted from a tree in the process. 

Moving on from saying no to the problems, Howard set about building solutions, eventually founding Southern Solar a national solar energy company, and Ovesco a locally owned renewable energy cooperative. At the same time he chaired the trade body representing the UK solar industry, finding himself once again a campaigner around energy policy in the process. 

A believer in solutions, Howard is convinced we have all the technology and money we need to implement the climate and energy solutions we need. It is now time for lots of people to get involved with making it happen.

Kevin Price - COO, BAFTA

kevinprice.png#asset:10041Kevin Price is a creative and business leader in the arts and has been BAFTA’s Chief Operating Officer for the past 15 years. During that time, BAFTA has evolved as an integral organisation in the UK’s Film, Television and Video Games industries. Kevin has led on strategy, finance, business, corporate governance, communications and charity outreach for BAFTA, the UK’s premier organisation promoting excellence in the art forms of the moving image. He also chairs the Albert Consortium, the group leading on carbon reduction and sustainability for the UK Television industry, sits on the BFI’s International Strategy Group and is a board member of Film London.

Before joining BAFTA, Kevin was Commercial Director for the international examinations board Trinity College London. Kevin joined Trinity in the early 1990s as its first ever Director of Finance and helped transform it into a commercially astute and successful global examinations board working across the full range of communicative and performing arts. Kevin qualified as a chartered accountant in 1990 and has a degree in Music.

Baroness Lola Young OBE - Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Ethics and Sustainability in Fashion

baronesslolayoung.png#asset:10042A member of the House of Lords since 2004, Baroness Young is an Independent Cross Bench peer and has been involved in campaigns criminalising and combating modern forms of enslavement, and improving the experiences of children in care. As an ambassador for the Ethical Fashion Forum and MADE-BY, Baroness Young established and chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Ethics and Sustainability in Fashion. She is also a member of the House of Lords EU sub-committee on External Affairs and Defence.

Following an acting career in theatre and television, Lola Young became an arts administrator, later moving on to become professor of Cultural Studies at Middlesex University, a writer, cultural critic, public speaker and broadcaster.

After a period as project director leading a major initiative at the Black Cultural Archives, Lola subsequently became Head of Culture at the Greater London Authority. She advises arts and cultural agencies and organisations on policy, diversity, leadership and strategic planning and continues to write and produce creative events such as the highly acclaimed national programme of arts and cultural programme, Freedom and Culture.

Lola has sat on the Boards of several national cultural organisations including the South Bank Centre, the Royal National Theatre, the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, and The National Archives and is currently a trustee of Somerset House. She has been involved in a number of judging panels, including the Art Fund Prize and The Observer Ethical Awards and Chairing the Orange Prize for Literature and the Caine Prize for African Literature. She is a Commissioner at English Heritage and a Freeman of the Tallow Chandlers Livery Company. 

Lucy Davies - Executive Producer, Royal Court Theatre

LucyDavies.jpg#asset:10090Lucy was previously Executive Producer at National Theatre Wales. She and Artistic Director John McGrath were the company’s founding executive team, launching the company in 2009. Prior to NTW, Lucy was Executive Producer at the Donmar Warehouse and Head of Studio at the National Theatre under Nicholas Hytner. Between 1994-1999 Lucy was Literary Manager at the Donmar Warehouse under Sam Mendes, where she also produced a season of new plays every Spring. This was followed by a five year stint in the film industry, commissioning, developing and working on feature films. She started her career as an Assistant Director and Assistant Administrator at Kneehigh Theatre. 

Lucy is Chair of the London Theatre Consortium, and Chair of Trustees at Clod Ensemble.

Matt Black - Coldcut & Ninja Tune Records

mattblack.png#asset:10043Matt Black is half of legendary DJ duo and multimedia pop group Coldcut, formed in 1987, and founders of Ninja Tune, the UK record label.

Coldcut are known for innovations in DJing, remixing, mashup, VJing, apps and multimedia. Over 28 years they have combined cutting edge artistic expression with positive activist themes in such pieces as Journeys by DJ, People Hold On, Stop This Crazy Thing, Timber, Atomic Moog, Panopticon, Re:volution, Energy Union, Walk a Mile, True Skool and many more.

Coldcut have worked with with a wild range of artists, activists and other groups and luminaries eg Steve Reich, James Brown, Jello Biafra, Saul Williams, Robert Owens, Lisa Stansfield, Crass, the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Greenpeace, and Avaaz.

In 2011 Matt designed the iOS app Ninja Jamm, Ninjatune's first music app, Matt uses Ninja Jamm to perform, lectures on apps, technology and music, and does workshops on how people can use the app for their own music.

Matt's continues to gig, lecture, DJ, VJ, record, develop software and bridge the worlds of technology, music, video art and activism.

Naresh Ramchandani - Partner at Pentagram, Co-founder and Creative Director at Do The Green Thing

nareshramchandani.png#asset:10045Naresh is Pentagram’s first partner from an advertising background. A writer by trade, Naresh has worked at, and run, three of the most creative and innovative communication agencies in London in the last 25 years.

In 1990, his commercial for Maxell won the prestigious Gold Lion at Cannes for the best advertisement in the world. In 1995 he created the Chuck Out Your Chintz campaign that put IKEA on the British map and into the British living room. In 2003, he created the Make Tea Not War placard for London’s anti-war march which featured on the front page of three Sunday newspapers and exhibited at the V&A. In 2000, Naresh co-founded Do The Green Thing, the ‘public service for the planet’ that so far has inspired 35 million people in 202 countries to live a greener life. As a result of Do The Green Thing, Naresh has presented at the Houses of Parliament and written a 3m TED talk on the subject of creativity versus climate change. 

At Pentagram, Naresh has helped to create YouTube’s first advertising campaign, created three campaigns to celebrate WWF’s Earth Hour and was behind ‘I Give An X,’ a social media campaign that inspired 480,000 young people to give an X about the 2015 general election.

Nick Nuttall - Head of Communications and Outreach and Spokesperson for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

nicknuttall.png#asset:10044Nick Nuttall is the Head of Communications and Outreach and Spokesperson for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change headquartered in Bonn, Germany.

Before joining the United Nations, he was the Environment and Technology Correspondent at The Times from 1989, having worked for various newspapers and magazines including The Daily Telegraph; The Independent; the Evening Standard and London Evening News, Woman and Cosmopolitan.

Nuttall joined the United Nations Environment Programme in 2001. He was, until December 2013, the spokesperson, principal speechwriter and creative writer for UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director, Achim Steiner. Nuttall joined UNEP in 2001 working for former UNEP Executive Director and former German Minister of the Environment, Klaus Töpfer.

Patrick Degeorges - Foresight and Strategy Officer, French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy

patrickdegeorges.png#asset:10046Patrick is a philosopher, currently with the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, based in Paris. Patrick’s interests at the interface between philosophy and ecology include the management of large predators, the reappropriation of abandoned urban spaces and the storytelling of adaptation to climate change. As co-founder of the "Portail des humanités environnementales", he is directing a project of "enlightened conversations" on environmental humanities and the political and philosophical challenges of the Anthropocene.

Paule Constable - Lighting Designer

pauleconstable.png#asset:10047One of the UK's leading lighting designers, Paule Constable has worked most notably on The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night and War Horse, and has also worked for Glyndebourne, The Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Theatre de Complicite, the Royal Court and the National Theatre.

As someone who tries to be as environmentally aware as possible – cycling, composting, co-operative food shopping and commuting on public transport – Paule is equally passionate about trying to make her working life more environmentally responsible, despite being a self-confessed ‘tungsten queen'. She's starting to look at how she can feed her concerns into decision making processes, operational policy, and into choices about using more energy efficient lighting and staging. 

Paule is currently an Associate at the National Theatre, where she is also working to reinvigorate their environmental policy.

Rachel Long - Poet

rachellong.png#asset:10061Rachel Long was shortlisted for Young Poet Laureate for London in 2014. Her poems have featured in Magma, The Honest Ulsterman, and The London Magazine. 

She is alumni of the Jerwood/Arvon Mentorship scheme 2015-16, where she was mentored for one year by Caroline Bird. She is Assistant Tutor on the Barbican Young Poets programme, and leads Octavia, a poetry collective of Women of Colour at Southbank Centre.

She has curated cross-arts literary events for Clear Lines Festival – raising awareness about sexual abuse and consent, Tate Britain, where she invited millennial female poets to respond to Tracey Emin’s ‘My Bed’, and most recently, Lit & Lynch, in which poetry is spliced to into David Lynch films to create exciting new narratives.

Professor Rebecca Earley - Design Researcher, Educator and Facilitator for the Circular Economy

rebeccaearley.png#asset:10048Trained as a printed textile designer (BA Hons, Loughborough, 1992) and fashion print designer (MA, Central Saint Martins, 1994), Becky set up the B.Earley studio in 1995 with help from the Prince's Trust, Arts Council and the Crafts Council.

20 years later, she is now a design researcher, lecturer and consultant. Becky divides her working life between Central Saint Martins where she is Director of TFRC, Chelsea College of Arts where she is a principal and co researcher in TED, and Sweden where she is key part of the research consortium work for MISTRA Future Fashion and the EU Horizon 20202 project, Trash-2-Cash.

Her creative textile and fashion work has been widely exhibited over the last twenty years - her prints and garments are collected by museums across the globe including MFIT in New York and the V&A and Crafts Council in London.

Becky has developed a toolbox of design strategies to reduce the environmental impact of textile production, consumption and disposal. TED’s The TEN (Earley & Politowicz, 2010) helps designers make more informed and innovative design decisions. This has evolved into a toolbox for textile and fashion design, which is being developed and tested thought the MISTRA Future Fashion project (phase 1, 2011–2015), before addressing questions about how to embed such strategies and overcome institutional barriers towards a more circular economy (phase 2, 2015–2019). Since the late 1990’s Becky has been exploring the potential for designers to upcycle textiles – focussing in the main on polyester and its potential to be over printed and reformed into consecutive lives of a higher commercial value. Her Top 100 project spans fifteen years and has evolved a wide range of practical and conceptual approaches. 

Becky is currently a judge for the Global Change Award, for the H&M Foundation and was previously nominated as a Great Briton in 2006, for her contribution to the field of sustainable fashion textiles.

Sophia Tickell - Co-founder and Partner, Meteos

sophiatickell.png#asset:10049Sophia Tickell is Co-founder and Director of Meteos, a not for profit company, that runs research-based multi-stakeholder dialogues. Meteos specialises in working with the financial sector on how societal expectations and management of the natural environment affect long-term value creation. Meteos dialogues, focused on finance, health and the environment, provide a forum for senior figures in the corporate sector, civil society, public sector and investment worlds to share different perspectives on the major trends that will shape market, regulatory and societal outcomes in coming years. Sophia is currently Co-Director of the BankingFutures (with Anne Wade of Leader’s Quest) and PharmaDiplomacy dialogues. 

Meteos also facilitates the work of others on climate change, including the NGO Climate Alliance, the ECIU, Climate Finance Dialogue and the GSCC.

Sophia holds a number of board and advisory roles. She is a member of Aviva’s SRI Advisory Committee, and an advisor to Alliance Trust’s Sustainable Future Funds. She is a trustee of Green Alliance and external advisor to the Corporate Responsibility Committee of GSK’s Board and to the Doughty Centre Advisory Council of the Cranfield School of Management. 

Sophia is the author of a number of publications, including “The BankingFutures Consultation Document”, “Vital Connections: Science, Society and Sustaining Health”, commissioned by the Wellcome Trust’s Sustaining Health programme, the EnergyFutures report, and the PharmaFutures (www.pharmafutures.org) series.

Before founding Meteos, Sophia served as Chair of the Board at SustainAbility Ltd, as well as holding the role of Executive Director. Prior to that Sophia led Oxfam’s work on the private sector and developed and ran Oxfam’s advocacy capacity building programmes internationally, including in Nepal, Zambia, and Colombia.

Sophie Thomas - Designer and Founding Director, Thomas.Matthews

sophiethomas.png#asset:10050Sophie has been working in the fields of sustainable design and circular economy, behaviour change and material process through her design agency, Thomas.Matthews ltd for over 19 years and as Director of Design for Useful Simple Projects.

She has assisted global businesses and UK government organisations to define the role of designers within discussions around communication, waste streams, resource efficiency and circular economies, and has worked with major organisations including P&G, Howies and Samsung on new models for circular business, internal communication of sustainable systems and external sustainability campaigns. 

She has extensive practical experience in delivering innovative and highly sustainable design and through her personal campaign work has been cited as a pioneer in the new creative trends happening in protests and campaigns. Within her business she works with complex and multi-layered clients, from the public consultation programme for the Olympic Park Legacy Masterplan, to the wayfinding signage and identity for the award winning Gardens by the Bay in Singapore.

A long-term interest in materials led Sophie to share her experience of closed-loop thinking with other designers. In 2012, she founded The Great Recovery, a programme to build capacity and understanding of circular design in the materials supply chain, that ran through the RSA until 2016. She is a trustee of WRAPand the Useful Simple Trust, past trustee of the Design Council and was Director of Design and Circular Economy at the RSA.

Tim Lindsay - CEO, D&AD

timlindsay.png#asset:10051Born in Lincolnshire and brought up in East Africa, Tim Lindsay has spent thirty-six years in advertising as, successively, joint managing director of BBH; managing director of Y&R London; CEO, then European President, then Worldwide President of Lowe Howard-Spink/Lowe Lintas/Lowe Worldwide; Chairman of Publicis UK and President of TBWA\UK and Ireland. 

He has worked with a wide range of clients including LEGO, Levi’s, Stella Artois, Tesco, Smirnoff, Olympus, SAAB, Sony, Electrolux, Heineken, the Independent and Army Recruitment. Tim became CEO of D&AD, the advertising and design awards show and education charity, in September 2011 and is also non-executive chairman of advertising agency network the Gate Worldwide. 

Tim was educated at St. Andrew’s School Turi, Kingswood School Bath, Magdalene College Cambridge and Harvard Business School (AMP 155). In real life he is married to Caroline and has four children; Ben, Georgia, Ella and Jessie. He likes books, art, cooking, skiing, cycling, dogs and Chelsea FC.

Tony Wadsworth CBE - Chairman, Julie’s Bicycle

tonywadsworth.png#asset:10052Tony Wadsworth CBE was Chairman and CEO of EMI Music UK & Ireland from 1998 to 2008. In a 26 year career with the UK based company, he held many roles including Managing Director of the Parlophone label, a label which he relaunched in the 1990's achieving sustained hits with artists such as Blur, Radiohead, Crowded House, Pet Shop Boys, Tina Turner and Queen.

His subsequent move to running all of EMI's UK labels saw a period of global success with artists such as Robbie Williams, Coldplay, Kylie Minogue, Lily Allen, Gorillaz, the Rolling Stones and the Beatles and many others.

In December 2014, Tony stepped down as Chairman of the BPI, the representative body of the UK recorded music industry and Chairman of BRIT Awards Ltd but remains a Trustee of the BRIT Trust charity and Governor of the Brit School. He is also Chairman of Julie's Bicycle, the leading global charity bridging the gap between environmental sustainability and the creative industries.

He is a Trustee of the EMI Music Sound Foundation, non-executive board director of BIMM, and has commercial interests ranging from ethical ticketing to a vinyl record store.

Tony has an Honorary Doctorate in Music from the University of Gloucestershire and holds the post of Visiting Professor in the music and business schools of the University of Newcastle-on-Tyne.

In March 2008, he was awarded the prestigious Music Week Strat award and in 2009 was awarded the Scott Piering Award by the Radio Academy. In June 2011, he was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to the UK music industry.

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