Environment Analyst
UK Business Summit 2021

Delivering a Sustainable Recovery

22-23 June 2021 | Online Event

Hear from 20+
industry experts,
meet with your peers

Learn how your
competitors respond
to market drivers

Get our latest insights
and forecasts on
the consultancy market

About the online event


The highly popular annual UK Business Summit will once again be held virtually, bringing you a series of presentations and panel discussions on 22-23 June 2021.

The Summit will also include our popular roundtable discussion sessions on 15 June and a stand-alone panel session exploring recent M&A activity on 16 June.


The UK Business Summit will include senior-level panel discussions, keynote presentations, virtual roundtable discussions, and digital networking. Designed especially for business leaders and senior executives working across the environmental & sustainability services industry, the event will offer an unmissable opportunity to hear from expert commentators, analysts and industry peers on how they are interpreting and responding to current and emerging market trends and disruptors.

Join the conversation at this must-attend industry event and discover the latest market drivers and how your competitors are responding.


What will the UK Business Summit offer you?















Global Business Summit

We are also holding our inaugural Global Business Summit on 8-9 June. Find out more here.

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Environment Analyst UK Business Summit 2021:

Delivering a Sustainable Recovery


Conference agenda:

All times are in British Summer Time (BST)

Tuesday 22nd June - Morning 

09.30 Welcome from Environment Analyst    


09.40 Opening Remarks from the Chair

Julian Rose, Managing Director & Co-Founder, Environment Analyst


09.50 Opening Keynote     

Session One: UK Environmental Market Outlook, Drivers & Disrupters 

10.10 Reviewing the UK Environmental Consulting Market Structure and Future Outlook


Environment Analyst share their latest findings on the UK environmental consultancy services market dynamics, including: 


  • Update on the market structure, leading players and recent M&A activity 

  • Reviewing the current market state and future forecasts:  

    • assessing the toll that COVID-19 has had on the sector and how business leaders are responding

  • Assessing key business drivers and disruptors, and how companies and business models are evolving in response:

    • identifying emerging mega-trends and opportunity “hotspots” 

    • pinpointing where key growth opportunities and challenges lie

    • managing disruptors and emerging risks 


Ross Griffiths, Content Director, Environment Analyst

10.30 Outlining Key Environmental Policy Drivers & Priorities 


  • Update on progress of the Environment Bill, related policies and the creation of the Office of Environmental Enforcement:

    • what are the key implications for the environmental consultancy sector?

  • Highlighting other impending environmental policy developments and key forces for change 

  • Assessing progress on the path to net zero and COP26: 

    • what key measures and mechanisms are needed to deliver net zero ambitions? 

    • where do the Government and industry need to prioritise activity?

    • finding the appropriate balance of action: mitigation vs resilience

    • what should the UK be taking to the table at COP26?


Matthew Farrow, Executive Director, Environmental Industries Commission


Session Two: Industry Response


11.45  Industry Panel Discussion  


Industry panellists will offer their perspective on current and future market and policy drivers and the business response, sharing insight into how their companies are responding to different threats and opportunities.


Richard Ashby-Crane, Senior Director & Head of Environmental Services; Water & Environment, Jacobs

Mark Southwood, Group CEO and Chair, Temple Group

Philippa Spence, UK Managing Director, Ramboll

13.00 Close of Session  

Tuesday 22nd June - Afternoon


14.00 Welcome Back


Session Three: Leading the ESG Revolution 


14.05 Demonstrating Leadership in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) & Developing Positive Sustainability Strategies


  • Defining “sustainability” and what it means for different clients and stakeholders

  • Effectively translating the UN SDGs and TCFD outputs into tangible business and productivity goals and project deliverables

    • what needs to be added to the dataset to give a true picture of ESG and develop meaningful performance metrics?

  • Analysing the role of green bonds, private equity and other sustainable finance to help fuel a green recovery

  • Elevating ESG strategies to the C-suite and integrating purpose to truly deliver change 


Philip Stewart, Senior Partner, ERM

Richard Burrett, Chief Sustainability Officer, Earth Capital

Ian Heasman, Director of Sustainability, Taylor Wimpey

15.45 Close of Session 

Wednesday 23rd June




09.45 Welcome Back from the Chair          

Session Four: Sector Spotlight - Renewables & Energy Transition


10.00 Exploring the Knowledge, Tools & Support Required to Enable an Effective Energy Transition


This session will spotlight the growth of the diversified energy sector; the policy and commercial drivers; investment in energies such as hydrogen and offshore wind, and the opportunities the energy transition provides for environmental consultants.

  • Discussing the conclusions of the energy white paper

  • Exploring the energy sector’s role in delivering the green recovery and net zero 

  • Preparing for the hydrogen economy, opportunities and challenges ahead

  • Assessing how best to use existing skills and infrastructure in the provision of new energy sources

  • Helping those sectors / industries most exposed to the net zero transition pivot their business models and strategy to embrace a decade of action, and what support is required

  • Assessing how digital technologies can enable the energy transition


Stine Andersen, Head of UK Consents and Strategic Environment, Ørsted

Hannah Evans, Manager, Energy Systems Team, The Carbon Trust

Martyn Link, Chief Strategy Officer, Wood

Colin McNaught, Director Strategic Growth & Development, Ricardo Energy & Environment

11.00 Short Comfort Break  

Session Five: Embedding A Capitals-Based Approach into Delivery


11.15 Exploring how Natural and Social Capital-Based Approaches are Transforming the Delivery of Environmental Consultancy

  • Examining what is driving policy makers and stakeholders to embed the capitals-based approach into project finance and delivery

  • Nature positive, the next net-zero?  

  • Exploring opportunities to leverage the UK’s excellence and leadership in natural capital and social value in overseas markets

  • Embracing digital solutions to revolutionise the delivery of social and natural-based solutions 

Chair: Tim Polaszek, Collaboration Manager, Capitals Coalition

Tom Butterworth, Deputy Head of Ecology and Technical Director for Natural Capital & Biodiversity, WSP

Kerry Scott, Global Lead for Social Outcomes, Mott MacDonald

Stephanie Wray, Managing Director, Nature Positive, an RSK Company

Session Six: Developing Flexible & Sustainable Procurement Frameworks 


12.15 Developing an Innovative & Flexible Supply Chain & Procurement Framework to Enable the Delivery of Sustainability & Social Value Goals


  • Understanding how procurement is evolving to reflect current influences (climate change, social value, net gain) and the impact on supply chain expectations 

  • Incorporating circular economy principles into the supply chain to achieve sustainability goals

  • Harnessing best practice in supply chain engagement and collaborative relationships

  • Clearly identifying clients’ needs and wants and effectively translating these into workable contracts:

    • building in flexibility to allow for innovation

    • using incentivisation effectively 

  • Evaluating the role and acceptance of digital tools in the procurement process and embedding digital innovation into infrastructure projects

Stuart Cairns, Partner and Co-Head of International Projects & Procurement, Bird & Bird

Fergus Harradence, Deputy Director, Construction, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Mike Hunting, Head of Governance, Risk and Commercial, Atkins

13.15 Closing Remarks from Environment Analyst and Close of UK Business Summit

Roundtable discussion sessions:

Tuesday 15th June 14:00-16:00 BST

For all UK & Global Business Summit Attendees

One of the most popular sessions at the annual Environment Analyst Business Summit, the interactive roundtable discussion session, gives attendees an opportunity to discuss a topic of interest in a more informal, participative format. Delegates may choose one roundtable to attend, and each table will be hosted by a facilitator to lead discussion, encourage optimum debate and exchange of ideas.

Roundtables include:

A. Quantifying an Organisation’s ESG Impact 

Dr Andreas Georgoulias, Director of Sustainability and Risk, The Environmental Financial Consulting Group (EFCG)

B. Supporting a Green Recovery by Addressing the Sector Skills Shortages


The environmental consulting sector will play a vital role in the proposed “green recovery”. However, this has implications for a sector already struggling with a legacy skills shortage and under-capacity linked to project cycles. What are the skills required moving forward and how can these best be obtained at all levels within organisations.     

Chris Gerrard, Catchment & Biodiversity Manager, Anglian Water & Governing Board Member, Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM)

C. Effective Partnerships & Collaborative Strategies To  Maximise Value & Accelerate Innovation

Lynsey Clarke, Global Technology Leader: Sustainability & Climate Action & Divisional Director of Sustainability, Jacobs

D. Optimising Smaller and Mid-Sized Companies’ Position in the Market – Challenges & Opportunities

Dr Adrian Williams, Managing Director, APEM


E. Improving Equality, Diversity & Inclusion in the Environmental Consulting Sector 

There is an urgent need to tackle the lack of diversity and inclusion in the environmental consulting sector.  The Diverse Sustainability Initiative is a collaborative approach to facing up to systemic barriers that people from diverse backgrounds face in the sector, and working collaboratively to address them.

Martin Baxter, Director of Policy and External Affairs & Deputy CEO, The Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA)


F. Managing The Skills Gap: Best Practice Solutions for Future-Proofing Your Resource Requirements 

Riad Habib, Senior Vice President & Energy Managing Director, AECOM


G. Securing Business Success in Emerging Market

Angelique Dickson, Vice-President, Antea Group & President, Inogen Alliance


H. Effectively Embedding Social Outcomes into Project Delivery


Improving social outcomes is increasingly becoming a requirement of project delivery. This roundtable will discuss different approaches to achieving this through  incorporating social value and environmental justice criteria into projects.

Dr Vicky Hutchinson, ‎Environment Practice Director, Infrastructure, ‎ Atkins


I. Strategic Growth Options for Environmental Consultancies 

Fredrick Royan, Vice President, Global Environment Practice, Frost & Sullivan

J. Exploiting Opportunities to Support the Energy Transition

Joseph J. Fluder III, CEO, President & Director, SWCA Environmental Consultants

09.00 Pre-Summit Networking & Discussion

Join us for a Coffee & a Chat with Other Attendees in our virtual interactive, face-to-face conference lounge

10.50 Continue the Questions and Discussions in our Virtual Conference Lounge 

Continue the discussion, meet and network with other attendees in our interactive, face-to-face conference lounge

Panel discussion:

Wednesday 16th June 14:00-16:00 BST

For all UK & Global Business Summit Attendees

Exploring Recent Mergers, Acquisitions & Emerging Financial Partnership Models in the Environmental & Sustainability Consulting Sector and their Impact on Market Structure & Service Delivery

  • Exploring the drivers for, and critical success factors of, recent sector M&A activity

  • Assessing different growth strategies, both in the UK and internationally 

  • Exploring case study examples of alternate financial partnering models and the pros and cons

  • Size or specialism – what are the opportunities and future role for large-scale global firms vs. those offering a more niche proposition

  • Evaluating how such activity in the market affects the service offering and the way in which we sell to clients



Jessica Barclay, Managing Partner, The Environmental Financial Consulting Group (EFCG)

André-Martin Bouchard, Global Director Earth & Environment & Global Executive Director ESG, WSP

Tom Logan, President & Chief Operating Officer, Golder

Jose Revuelta, Chief Strategy Officer, Montrose Environmental Group, Inc 

Paul Dondos, Managing Director, Equiteq


The panel discussion will include questions taken live from the audience via a chat box. It will then be followed by an interactive question and discussion session where attendees can chat face-to-face with panellists and each other using our virtual networking platform, Remo. 



Q&A with Richard Burrett, Chief Sustainability Officer, Earth Capital


Environment Analyst put a few questions to the Earth Capital’s chief sustainability officer Richard Burrett, ahead of his presentation at the UK Business Summit, where Richard will be joining a panel discussion on 'Demonstrating Leadership in Environmental, Social and Governance and Developing Positive Sustainability Strategies.'


To join us at the UK Business Summit book here.

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2021 Look Ahead: From Pandemic To Green Recovery


In Environment Analyst’s recent whitepaper we highlight five key areas to look out for in the coming year, including climate leadership, building back greener, industry leadership for a green recovery, the growth of net zero and social value and the implications of Brexit.


For more information on these emerging market trends join us at the UK Business Summit. Book here.

Management consultants boost ESG credentials


Environment Analyst explores the recent moves and initiatives by the world's leading business strategy and transformation consultants to raise their game in the sustainability space.

To continue the debate on how ESG is impacting the consulting sector and its client industry verticals join us at the UK Business Summit. Book here.

To download our 2020 Business Summit whitepapers please click here.


What did last year's event cover?

Our 2020 Business Summit brought together over 200+ industry leaders to share knowledge. See the video below to find out more...


What is an online event?

Much like an in-person conference, a virtual conference is an online event that brings together top industry experts and industry peers. All content, presentations, and panel discussions can be viewed live from a desktop computer or mobile device. You will also be able to speak with peers using our virtual 'face-to-face' networking platform. All presentations will be available on-demand so you can watch them at a time that suits you. 


Network 'face-to-face' with attendees, using our virtual networking platform.

Content on demand

Join live panel discussions, presentations and a variety of digital formats or watch at a more convenient time from our content hub to suit your needs. Engage with our speakers in live Q&A and polling to get insights and answers to your questions.

Sustainable event

In addition to being able to attend despite travel restrictions, you can access all of the event content without travel and accommodation expenses and support an environmentally friendly event. 

Why attend?

Expert Virtual Panel

The UK Business Summit brings together a balanced panel of senior-level speakers from across the whole sector: consultants, Government, regulators, contractors and clients. They will provide valuable insights into the latest thinking on a number of key issues.

Current Thinking

The programme is currently being researched and will be written with direct input from Managing Directors and Heads of Environment within the environmental consultancy sector, and others, to ensure it addresses the most pertinent challenges facing the industry into 2021 and beyond.​

Interactive Virtual Roundtable Discussions

Regularly cited as a highlight of this event, the roundtable discussions provide an opportunity for attendees to choose a topic of interest to discuss with others in a small group, informal and participative format.

Online Networking

Join our live virtual networking space, allowing you to communicate with other attendees using the most advanced event technology - Connect and engage with your industry peers in our virtual coffee breaks and virtual drinks reception.

Q&A Sessions and Interactive Voting 

Have your specific questions answered in designated Q&A sessions. Plus, the use of interactive voting at the summit will enable you to respond to key questions and gauge the opinions and reactions of your peers instantly in real-time.


Who should attend?

  • Senior environmental and sustainability consulting executives
    (CEOs, MDs, E&S Leads/Directors)

  • Those from other environmental management and service firms

  • Business leaders and investors in the wider green economy


What did previous delegates think?



"An excellent agenda and an event that brought together a substantial group of senior players in the environmental sector"


"Great opportunity to get industry executives in room and discuss our most pressing issues" 



“Environment Analyst does a fantastic job of bringing together diverse perspectives. Their Virtual Business Summit was engaging and informative!"



"I truly enjoyed the Summit;
excellent quality of speakers, range of perspectives and depth of coverage"


"Fantastic industry insights" 



“A great opportunity to bring key industry players together to address key environmental issues"


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