ESG Associate Director, S&P Global Ratings

Beth Burks is an Associate Director in S&P Global Ratings’ Sustainable Finance team. Beth is heavily involved in the rating agency’s environmental, social, and governance (ESG) work – most notably, the ESG Risk Atlas and the ESG Evaluation products. Beth is also the primary author of a report entitled “Too Late For Net-Zero Emissions By 2050? The Potential Of Forests And Soils”, which analyses whether the commitment of many countries to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 is still feasible. Beth has also conducted extensive research into changing patterns of water risk due to acute and chronic climatic events, such as “Water Conflicts Are Heightening Geopolitical And Social Tensions Globally” and The Credit Impact of Water Risk. 


CEO and Founding Director, Senversa   

Michael is the CEO and Principal Environmental Scientist at Senversa, one of Australia’s fastest growing environmental consulting firms. He was a founding director of Senversa in 2009 and is an appointed Australian Environmental Auditor (Victoria). 

Following a degree in Earth Sciences from the University of Melbourne, Michael has extensive experience in managing large multidisciplinary and technically advanced environmental projects in the areas of contaminated land, environmental approvals, geosciences and waste management. 


Michael has over 25 years global industry leadership experience across Australia, South East Asia and Europe in the areas of environmental consulting firm transformation, cultural and strategic change implementation, digital innovation, marketing, business processes, and the modern consulting workplace. 


CEO, Consulting UK and Ireland, RPS

John has over 25 years’ experience in a broad range of engineering management roles, and for the past nine years has held leadership positions, including with Grontmij UK and Sweco Denmark, also serving on their Executive Committees, whilst concurrently holding roles of Executive Chairman for Grontmij Sweden, and Grontmij UK. Chartered Engineer John is a former Royal Naval Commander and has further senior leadership experience in the nuclear, ICT, waste and energy sectors. He joined RPS in 2018 as CEO of Consulting UK and Ireland.

Download John's keynote speech on 'Extinction or rebellion - Leadership in Environmental Consultancy' from last year's Business Summit here


Assistant Director & Co-Founder, Innovation & Sustainability Practice, PwC 

Ben Combes is an Assistant Director at PwC and a Senior Economist in the Sustainability & Climate Change team. He is co-founder of PwC UK’s Innovation & Sustainability practice, working with international organisations, global companies, governments and big tech firms on ‘tech for good’ projects, including AI for Earth with Microsoft and 4IR for SDGs with the World Economic Forum. He is also an expert adviser to PwC UK’s Net Zero leadership team.

Outside PwC, Ben is an Advisory Board Member to the UK Parliament's All-Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group, and a Visiting Senior Fellow of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics.

Ben holds an MA (Hons) in Economics from the University of Edinburgh and an MSc in Environmental and Resource Economics from University College London.


Founder, Volans

John Elkington, Co-Founder & Chief Pollinator at Volans, is one of the founders of the global sustainability movement, an experienced advisor to business, and a highly regarded keynote speaker and contributor, from conferences to advisory boards.


In 2008, The Evening Standard named John among the ‘1000 Most Influential People’ in London, describing him as “a true green business guru”, and as “an evangelist for corporate social and environmental responsibility long before it was fashionable”. In 2009, a CSR International survey of the Top 100 CSR leaders placed John fourth: after Al Gore, Barack Obama and the late Anita Roddick of the Body Shop, and alongside Muhammad Yunus of the Grameen Bank.


John has addressed over 1,000 conferences around the world. He was a faculty member of the World Economic Forum from 2002-2008. He has served on over 70 boards and advisory boards. John has won numerous awards and is the author or co-author of 19 books. The twentieth, Green Swans: The Coming Boom in Regenerative Capitalism, was published by Fast Company Press in April 2020.


Executive Director, Environmental Industries Commission

Matthew’s background combines an in-depth understanding of environmental policy with long experience of representing business interests to policy makers at devolved, UK and EU levels.


Before joining EIC, Matthew spent three years as Director of Policy at the Environmental Services Association, the trade association representing the UK’s waste and resource management industry.


Before that he had a number of policy roles at the CBI, including stints as Head of Environment and Climate Change Policy and Head of Infrastructure Policy.  He also spent five years as Head of Policy for CBI Scotland, where he was responsible for all the CBI’s policy and lobbying interaction with the Scottish Government.


Managing Director, Delta-Simons Environmental Consultants

Alex is Managing Director and a member of the Executive team at Delta-Simons, with accountability for delivering multidisciplinary solutions to UK and international developers. He has been involved at the highest level with most of Delta-Simons key customers since joining in 2001. In this time he has gained extensive experience and knowledge of a wide range of property acquisition, development and divestiture projects. Alex has a very keen commercial awareness of how to create value from brownfield land challenges and this has gained him great respect with a wide range of property developers and investors.


Director of Risk Management, Environmental Financial Consulting Group (EFCG)

Andreas focuses on EFCG’s international work streams. Prior to joining EFCG he worked as a consultant, was a Director at the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure and a member of the faculty at Harvard University. He has advised architecture, engineering and construction firms around the world, and collaborated extensively with International Finance Institutions such as the World Bank and the InterAmerican Development Bank. Before joining Harvard, Andreas was on the Project Finance unit of Unicredit Markets and Investment Banking and worked on airport construction with Hochtief AG. Andreas studied risk management processes of engineering firms for his PhD at Harvard and holds a professional diploma in Architecture Engineering from the Technical University of Athens.

Download our free whitepapers 'EFCG warns on ‘overoptimistic’ industry projections' and 'Rethink workforce strategy to win on productivity, urges EFCG' here


Director, Sustainable Business and Development, Environment Agency 

Tony Grayling is Director of Sustainable Business and Development for the Environment Agency (EA), the principle environmental regulator in England. He leads EA’s work on strategic policy issues including climate change and sustainable development. He led the Environment Agency’s work on the National Flood Resilience Review and is currently leading its work on EU transition, the Environment Bill and the 25 Year Environment Plan.


Tony was previously a special adviser to David Miliband and Hilary Benn, successive Secretaries of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, helping to design the UK’s Climate Change Act 2008. From 2002 to 2006 he was an associate director and head of the sustainability team at the Institute for Public Policy Research, a UK think tank, which he joined in 1999 as a research fellow. He was a special adviser to the Minister for Transport, Gavin Strang, from 1997-98 during the development of the UK governments 1998 transport white paper and before that a researcher successively to Labour MPs Ron Davies and Anne Campbell. Educated at Thorpe St Andrew School, Norwich and Fitzwilliam College, he has a first class degree in natural sciences and a PhD in plant sciences both from Cambridge University.


Research & Editorial Manager, Environment Analyst

Ross is a core member of Environment Analyst’s editorial team and is editor of Environment Analyst UK. He is responsible for managing and curating news, research, reports and webinars across our UK platforms and developing ongoing and meaningful relationships with all our members. 


He has been with Environment Analyst for nine years and over that time has become [perhaps unhealthily] immersed in the global environmental consulting world. Over that period he has produced many of Environment Analyst’s core reports from the flagship UK Market Assessment to our Service Area Opportunities report. He has also produced insight reports on contaminated land, the UK water sector and much more. 


He regularly interviews consultancy business leaders both in the UK and overseas and is always looking to develop new contacts. 


When not working he can be found walking his dog in the Shropshire Hills.


Global Head of Sustainability Research, BNP Paribas Asset Management

Mark Lewis is Global Head of Sustainability Research at BNP Paribas Asset Management, having joined in January 2019. Previously, he was Managing Director and Head of Research at the 
Carbon Tracker Initiative (April-December 2018), Managing Director and Head of European Utilities Research at Barclays (2015-18), Chief Energy Economist at Kepler Cheuvreux (2014-15), and Managing Director and Global Head of Energy Research at Deutsche Bank (2005-13). He has also been a member of the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures since May 2016.


Mark is a UK and French Citizen and holds a BA (First-Class Hons) in Modern Languages and Economics from Sheffield University, an MPhil from Cambridge University, and an MA from London University.


Global President & CEO, Golder Associates

Dr. Mahmoud is the Global President & CEO of Golder, a leading global engineering and consulting firm operating across the Mining, Oil & Gas, Infrastructure, Manufacturing, and Power sectors, with over $1 billion in annual revenues. 


Dr. Mahmoud has had a successful career building and leading engineering, consulting and construction businesses of regional and global scale. Since joining Golder in 2015 as the first externally appointed CEO in the company’s nearly 60 year history, Dr. Mahmoud has led the company through challenging times with an inspiring vision for the future. Today, Golder is stronger than ever and occupies a uniquely differentiated position in the industry as one if its largest specialized, global, employee-owned companies.


Prior to joining Golder, Dr. Mahmoud led SNC-Lavalin's global infrastructure business. He joined SNC-

Lavalin to turn around its largest division with over $4 billion in annual revenues, at a time when the

company was dealing with significant legal challenges. Under his leadership, the business was

successfully restructured, pursuing and capturing some of Canada’s largest infrastructure projects.

His other positions included serving as President of AMEC’s global Environment & Infrastructure and Emerging Markets (Growth Regions) businesses and holding leadership positions in URS Corporation and its legacy companies, Dames & Moore and Woodward Clyde.


Dr. Mahmoud earned a Ph.D. and MSE in Civil Engineering from Arizona State University, and a BS in

Civil Engineering from the University of Qatar. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Arizona.

Download our recent Q&A with Hisham, which provides a preview of some of the topics to be covered in the Global Environmental Market Outlook, Drivers & Disruptors session, here


Chief Executive, Anthesis Consulting Group

Stuart has spent over 25 years developing market leading businesses in the sustainability consulting and services space, completing over 20 acquisitions and building businesses organically in more than 20 countries. 


In 2013, Stuart co-founded Anthesis Consulting Group Ltd. Using capital raised from the management team and a ‘high net worth’ network, the business has grown to over 450 people across several continents, with a client portfolio that includes many FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 Companies. The ambition is to become the global market leader in making organisations more sustainable and more prosperous. Stuart believes that companies that manage their environmental and social performance have superior financial performance, they create more value for their shareholders and that this agenda is at the heart of creating value for all stakeholders over the long term.


As a member of the Environment Leadership Team of Business in the Community, Stuart has chaired the Visioning the Future, Transforming Business program. He is active in the transition towards the circular economy, seeking new more resilient business models, and in seeking new business opportunities for win-win change. Past experience includes 16 years developing WSP’s Environment and Energy business -  building it from a start-up in WSP Group PLC to one of the leading global consultancies in the sector with over 1000 staff in 15 countries. For 6 years, from 2006 to the merger with GENIVAR the Canadian consultancy, Stuart also served as a PLC Director on the board of WSP Group.

Download our free whitepaper 'Why lockdown is liminal space for Anthesis', featuring Stuart here


Managing Director, Infrastructure UK & Europe, Atkins

Mike McNicholas is Managing Director of Atkins’ Infrastructure, a diverse business operating
across numerous markets including Aviation, Defence, Energy, Transportation, Cities & Development, Education and Water. He is also the company’s director for London. A Chartered Civil Engineer by profession, Mike joined Atkins following graduation from Imperial College, London, 1982. Having driven and worked on a range of projects during his career, from the Burj al Arab to London 2012 Games, he now leads a team of 3,000 professionals ranging in skill from Architecture to Systems Engineering. Mike is passionate about helping young people forge careers in engineering, particularly at a time when the industry is adapting to the digital revolution. Mike is a keen cyclist and has an active interest in grass roots football, playing a key role in the development of Girls’ football as Treasurer of Beecholme Belles FC (Banstead), first all-girls football club in Surrey. MCFC is his team.


Nick is the executive director of the Aldersgate Group, a cross-economy organisation whose business members have a collective global turnover of around £550bn. The work of the group focuses on developing policy positions to tackle major environmental challenges in a way that is environmentally effective and can deliver economic benefits. The group's work covers a wide range of environmental policy issues including climate and energy policy, resource efficiency, natural capital and green finance.  

Nick is responsible for the overall management of the Aldersgate Group, including the development of its work programme and its representation of member views to UK and EU policy makers. This included overseeing recent  reports on economic recovery from COVID 19, the UK’s future trade policy, the innovation and business implications of achieving net zero emissions by mid-century, policy recommendations on transport sector decarbonisation and key policy priorities to put the UK on track for net zero emissions. Prior to joining the Aldersgate Group in 2014, Nick was the Head of Climate Change and Energy Policy for four years at environmental NGO WWF-UK. Prior to that, Nick spent six years working as an environmental and energy lawyer with global law firm CMS. 

Nick holds a First-Class Degree in English Law and German Law from the University of Kent, where he specialised in environmental law and received a prize for best undergraduate in environmental law following his dissertation on the effectiveness of emission trading schemes in tackling climate change.”


Associate Director, Climate Adaptation & Resilience, S&P Global Ratings 

Paul Munday is Associate Director, Climate Adaptation & Resilience Specialist at S&P Global Ratings, where he leads and coordinates S&P Global Ratings’ research and application of climate adaptation and resilience analytics.


Paul is a climate adaptation and resilience expert with over 10 years of experience in both the UK and abroad. He has provided advice to private and public sector clients across multiple sectors (including infrastructure, water and the environment) to help mainstream consideration of climate resilience into projects and programmes. 


Paul holds a PhD in Environmental Science and Geographic Information Systems, and is both a Chartered Scientist and Chartered Water and Environment Manager. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and Certified Expert in Climate Adaptation Finance.


CEO, Avieco

In 2006 Ben took a life changing decision; leaving behind a career in industry, he founded Avieco (then Carbon Smart) with a mission to help UK and international businesses be smart about sustainability. He has been working in sustainability and business efficiency for over 23 years and has worked with many public and private organisations, leading wide ranging programmes to achieve performance improvements, behavioural changes and sustainable results. He is a well-known and sought-after member of the sustainability community in the UK. Ben oversees Avieco’s major client engagements, helping senior managers develop business focused strategies to address sustainability challenges.


Managing Director & Co-Founder, Environment Analyst

Julian is a founder of two B2B information companies in the sustainability field, Chemical Watch and Environment Analyst. Before starting his own business, he was Editor of The ENDS Report, the environmental business journal.


Chief Operating Officer, SLR

Peter is the Chief Operating Officer for SLR which consists of 1,500 consultants that undertake a diverse range of projects. Peter has worked in a wide range of market sectors mainly in geotechnical and  geo-environmental engineering and in the assessment and remediation of contaminated land, as well as managing multidisciplinary environmental projects such as environmental and social impact assessments and their associated disciplines.


SLR is one of the largest pure play environment businesses and has an exceptional track record in delivering projects in a wide range of market sectors.


Director, Sustainable Development, AECOM

Robert is AECOM’s Director, Sustainable Development for the UK and Ireland business. Robert leads AECOM UKI’s climate emergency response and is currently preparing an industry leading Net Zero Future report with key client partners for COP26.  He co-founded #PledgetoNetZero with the Institute for Environmental Management & Assessment, the Society for the Environment, the Association of Consulting Engineer’s (ACE), the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) and WSP – the initiative now boasts 50+ signatories representing 40% of the UK environmental consulting sector.  Robert also leads AECOM’s in-house global Science-based Targets team, which successfully validated AECOM’s science-based targets with the Science-based Targets Initiative (SBTi) earlier this year, the first major engineering consultancy to achieve this in the UK. Robert advises Network Rail on their Decarbonisation strategy as an expert panel member through their Managed Services Framework.  Robert is also a member of the ICE Net Zero Carbon Infrastructure steering group and Chair’s the Environmental Industries Commission Natural Capital Task Force.  He is project director for AECOM’s Natural Capital Laboratory, an innovative testbed and re-wilding site for integrating natural systems into business decision-making. 


Robert has founded and chairs two award-winning circular economy best practice forum’s for infrastructure owners and operators in the UK, the Major Infrastructure – Resource Optimisation Group (MI-ROG) and the Scottish Infrastructure Circular Economy Forum (SICEF) and between them has co-authored five industry white papers on embedding circular economy thinking into infrastructure delivery.  He also advised on Highways England’s circular economy routemap. Robert was Highly Commended at the inaugural Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) Sustainability Impact Awards in September 2019 for his role as a sustainability leader at AECOM


Senior Partner, ERM

Philip is a Senior Partner at ERM, based in the London office. Philip is a member of the ERM UK&I management team and is responsible for a number of key client relationships. Philip's experience covers a wide range of complex environmental and social issues within large corporations.

Prior to his current role, Philip was a Board Director at WSP Environmental. For the last twenty years Philip has worked as a consultant to a wide variety of clients in the private and public sector on risk management; corporate environmental health and safety strategy, management and compliance; environmental due diligence; and product stewardship.

Philip has worked across Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, China, Australia and South Africa and was instrumental in establishing the WSP Environment & Energy businesses in North America, Asia and across Europe. Philip has a degree in Chemistry from the University of Nottingham and an MSc in Pollution and Environmental Control from the University of Manchester.


Co-Founder & Research & Editorial Director, Environment Analyst

Liz Trew, co-founder of Environment Analyst, leads Environment Analyst Global. She is a respected commentator on the environmental sector, with particular expertise in the consultancy market. Before Environment Analyst, Liz was an analyst at ENDS, the environmental business publisher.


Managing Partner, Environmental Financial Consulting Group (EFCG)

Jessica Zofnass Barclay is a Managing Partner of the Environmental Financial Consulting Group (EFCG). EFCG is the leading advisor to architecture, engineering, and construction firms and leverages its 30 years of proprietary industry research and data to provide differentiated M&A advisory expertise, financial and strategic consulting, and executive conferences.


Jessica leads the firm’s M&A team, working with clients on ownership transitions, recapitalizations, inorganic growth strategies, and preparing firms for a sale.


Prior to joining EFCG, Jessica spent a decade in finance working with institutions, family offices, and private equity firms through her roles at Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, and Black Creek Group.


Jessica received her MBA with Distinction from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, where she was named an Edward Tuck Scholar, and graduated with Honors from Harvard University, where she rowed for the Women’s Varsity Crew Team for four years.

Download our free whitepapers 'EFCG warns on ‘overoptimistic’ industry projections' and 'Rethink workforce strategy to win on productivity, urges EFCG' here

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