From countries to companies to individuals...tackling climate change must be at the top of our agendas. The summit represents a platform for the private and public sector to open up a conversation for collaboration and action that will help future-proof the county of Hampshire, the home of our events, from the growing effects of climate change.

“If we act now we can yet put it right.” David Attenborough


Covid-19 safe at a venue
Date 28th October 2021
Time 8.30am to 2.45pm
2.45pm to 4.00pm Free Access to The Big Sustainability Expo (Southampton) - ground floor

Light Buffet Lunch

We WELCOME you to the new home of corporate sustainability for 2021, St. Mary's Football Stadium in the heart of the vibrant city of Southampton. This dynamic city has its own airport, football team, leading UK port and cruise terminal...and now represents the fasting growing economy outside of London.

St. Mary’s Stadium
Britannia Road
S014 5FP

Room: Mike Channon Suite


The Summit will have an audience based mainly of Hampshire based businesses and organisations. As places are limited this will be on a first-come-first-served basis.


This is an important event for the County and, as such, The Southern Sustainability Partnership has decided to make it a free event for attendees. This will include all refreshments and a light buffet lunch.


No one can deny that climate change and its effects is the challenge of our time and organisations must prepare themselves to guard against the obvious vulnerabilities this will cause for them and their supply chains. The Summit will address some of the challenges ahead and enable the open dialogue that leads to rewarding collaboration and for change to begin and continue to happen.

This Summit will enable discussion between the businesses operating within the county and the local authorities to shine a spotlight on the ways to address – and act upon these challenges.

Business leaders and local authorities will come together to discuss issues such as;

-The effects on resources and our supply chains
-Water supply
-Surrounding Ocean
-Clean Air and Pollution in the county

The Summit will include the formal launch of Southampton City Council’s Green City Charter. Followed by a series of discussions from a panel of business leaders and local authorities from across the region. Followed by an invited audience Q&A.


Astrid Davies

We are extremely pleased to introduce your Summit host, Astrid Davies.
Astrid runs her own management consultancy, working with leaders and their teams to bring about sustainable change. She has been an advocate for the environmental movement since the 1980s, led the team that introduced the Eco Island initiative on the Isle of Wight in the 2000s, and is delighted to count environmental advisers part of her varied client base. BOOK TO JOIN our audience on the day and meet Astrid, the presenters, business leaders and local authority panelists.


Gary Whittle
Commercial Director
Meachers Global Logistics – Southampton

Gary has more than 35 years experience in the logistics industry in operational and commercial roles. His experience has ranged from managing full logistics functions of a petrochemical plant, operating a fleet of petroleum vehicles nationwide to overseeing several general warehouse facilities across the county. In 2000 he was invited to join Meachers Logistics to take responsibility for its growth through sales and marketing. In 2010 his role became overseeing the operations side of the warehouse and transport divisions of Meachers and promotion in 2010 to Commercial Director.

Tim Greenwell
Chief Legal and Risk Director
Southampton Football Club

A proven ability to plan and drive strategic change, Tim is skilled in building the vision, culture and the relationships to deliver strategies to change, develop and improve the way that a sporting organisation works.
He has a strong background in law, risk management and governance which has developed into a wider business and operational focus. Specialisms include market awareness, development of innovation, reputation management and building effective teams as well as the promotion of equality and sustainable development. Strong communication and influencing skills with a clear record of success in the sports industry.

Graham Barnetson
Chief Financial Officer
Red Funnel Group – Southampton

Graham is a CIMA qualified CFO with extensive experience of finance, commercial and operational roles in diverse businesses including maritime, travel and tourism, logistics, retail and entertainment. He has significant experience in financial control and strategic, commercial and operational development in times of financial and corporate transformation and change.

Gemma Lacey
Sustainability and Communications
Southern Co-op

Gemma is an experienced sustainability and communications Director with a 20 year proven track record in advising and influencing boards and executive teams. She also has particular experience in the retail sector. Gemma is skilled in sustainable development and corporate responsibility – as well as brand engagement, communications, marketing, digital, business strategy and planning. She is passionate about the natural world and committed to creating a future where people and nature thrive.

Peter Taylor
Managing Partner
Paris Smith LLP

Peter is a commercial-minded award-winning business owner, lawyer and strategist. He sits as Managing Partner of Paris Smith LLP chairing the Management Team and advising on and implementing strategy as well as holding a non-executive Director role at Hampshire Chamber of Commerce and chairing the Leadership Team at the Southampton Chamber of Commerce, where sustainability is at the heart of every agenda. Peter enjoys meeting and working with fascinating and dynamic business owners and people, using his skills and links to enable them to achieve their personal and business goals. He is committed to aiding Paris Smith's clients to achieve their desired outcomes, feel in control, minimise the need for the distress purchase of legal services and engage lawyers for positive reasons. At the South Coast Business Awards 2020, Peter was awarded the “Business Leader of the Year” accolade and throughout the pandemic he has spoken at events and published articles nationally on the topic of leadership and developing a positive culture in the work place.


Green City Charter update by Southampton City Council.

By the Leader of Southampton City Council, Councillor Daniel Fitzhenry

Dr. Iris Soler – Head of Quality Assurance
Southern Water

Head Of Quality Assurance, Dr. Soler has a demonstrated history of working in the utilities industry. She is skilled in Sustainable Development, ISO 14001, Environmental Issues, Water Treatment, and Environmental Awareness, with a strong finance background and a Masters in Law focused in Environmental Law from De Montfort University.

Daniel Woods
National Oceanography Centre
Topic: Real-Time Flood Monitoring

Daniel manages collaborative and commercial opportunities between NOC and industry partners to maximise impacts from our world-class research and technology expertise. He also focusses on developing NOC's commercial offering as well as leading on technology transfer activity via licensing and spin-out creation.

Professor William Collins
Lead Author, Chapter 7 2021 IPCC Climate Change Report
Topic – Chapter 7 Earth’s Energy Budget, Climate feedbacks and Climate Sensitivity
Bill Collins is a professor of climate processes and researches the effects of different greenhouse gases and pollutants on climate and the Earth System. A particular research focus is on how to compare the effects of different climate pollutants on different timescales. He has been a lead author on the last two IPCC reports, which come out every 7 years, specifically chapters addressing greenhouse gases and how sensitive climate is to them.


Stephen Guppy
Southampton City Council
Our Greener City Programme Lead
Steve has been working in the environmental regulation and protection sector for 25+ years. He is currently leading on the delivery of Southampton City Council’s ambitious “Our Greener City” programme, addressing the combined challenge of tackling climate change, local air quality and ecological decline in a growing city.

Conrad Haigh
Solent Transport `
Partnership between Southampton, Portsmouth, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight

Conrad is part of Solent Transport, a partnership between Southampton, Portsmouth, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, focusing on strategic transport issues and partnership working. Solent Transport is the recipient of a Department for Transport Future Transport Zone grant which looks at developing innovative transport solutions and bringing them to fruition. Conrad has more than 30 years’ experience in transport ranging from campaigning, commercial experience, and experience at every level of government. He has significant experience in sustainable transport and behavioural change. His past employers include Transport for London, the Rail delivery Group and the Department for Transport.

Councillor David Drew
Economic Development & Tourism Portfolio Holder
Test Valley Borough Council

Test Valley Borough Council delivers a diverse range of services for people living and working in Test Valley. The borough is mainly rural and covers 628 square kms (243 square miles) on the western-side of Hampshire, with the majority of residents living in Andover, Romsey, Valley Park, Nursling and Rownhams. Their main responsibilities include rubbish collection, recycling, leisure, parks, environmental health, economic development, housing and planning. And they have 48 borough councillors who are elected by the residents of Test Valley every four years.

Andy Brennan
Climate Change Manager
Eastleigh Borough Council

Hayley Trower
Air Quality Improvement Manager
Portsmouth city Council

Hayley oversees the development of Portsmouth City Council's Local Air Quality Plan and wider initiatives to improve air quality in Portsmouth. Portsmouth were one of 33 'third wave' authorities issued with a ministerial direction requiring the identification of measures that would be successful in delivering compliant concentrations of nitrogen dioxide in the shortest possible time. Hayley is an experienced transport planner with a MSc in Transportation Planning and Engineering and has worked at a number of local authorities developing transport and planning policy as well as managing projects.


Vital events like this benefit greatly from collaboration and so we are delighted to have our main supporter, Southampton City Council join us for the first of our climate summits, as well as the county initiative GreenTech South.

2021 Headline Summit Sponsor

The 2021 Summit has been sponsored by Southampton City Council who will open proceedings supported with a ‘super stand’ on the Expo show floor. The Summit will also provide free access to the organisers co-event, The Big Sustainability Expo, which offers an introduction to leading products, technologies, services and experts who enable important changes to happen in corporate sustainability.

Summit Supporter
Greentech South
Also Exhibiting on Expo show floor

Greentech South (GTS) is the UK's first ESCA accredited cleantech network. Since 2014, Greentech South has been helping businesses transform their innovative, low carbon ideas into commercialised products and services, stimulating sustainable economic growth and creating job opportunities in the green economy. Greentech South is currently delivering two ERDF programmes for the University of Portsmouth which offer SMEs access to free energy efficiency audits, innovation support, R&D grant funding and access to postgraduate student projects.

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