From countries to companies to individuals...tackling climate change is at the top of the agenda; and one way we can help to do this is to reach net zero.

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

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.


8.30am to 9.00am
Registration, Refreshments and Networking
9.00am to 9.10am
Introduction to proceedings
9.10am to 9.15am
The importance of a Summit in 2021
9.15am to 9.45am
Southampton City Council: Launch Green City Charter
9:45am Keynote Presentation: Philip Bishop
Industry Partnership Manager at National Oceanography Centre
Topic: Real-Time Flood Monitoring
10:05am Panel discussion: Business leaders and Local Authority
10:55am Keynote Presentation: Iris Solar
Head of Quality Assurance at Southern Water
12:05am Buffet Lunch


12:30pm Keynote Presentation: To be confirmed
12:50pm Panel discussion: Business leaders and Local Authority
13:40pm Finale – Keynote presentation:
James George at Ellen MacArthur Foundation
14.10pm Audience Q&A
14:25pm Summit Close
14.30pm Access to The Big Sustainability Expo


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.

Brett Trafford
Director of Innovation and Investment
Fawley Waterside Limited

Fawley Waterside Limited is embarking on building a new 'intelligent' town on the outskirts of Southampton. Drawing together an exceptional core technical group to realise this ambition; Cisco, IBM, Siemens, Vodafone and the Web Science Institute at the University of Southampton, the ambition is to build from the ‘internet up’ as a global exemplar that has fully considered what is needed to create a successful and happy community. Replacing the UK’s largest oil fired power station, the biggest free standing building in Britain, on Hampshire’s most extensive brownfield site, with the first town scale ‘smart city’ in either America or Europe - set between the exceptional natural landscape of the New Forest National Park and active waterways of the Solent. In this geographically extraordinary location we can build a town defined by the beauty of its architecture and landscape as a demonstrably positive addition both visually and environmentally. Brett's ambition is to create "A Place for Life and Innovation, committed to deliver hope and belief, in short - Better Place, Better Britain, Better Planet."


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.

James George
Network Development Lead
Ellen MacArthur Foundation

As part of the business team at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, James' role is to engage with the broad business community for EMF and stimulate holistic network development across all levels and programmes.Working with team leads and Executive Leads. He tells us he is lucky enough influence the EMF Network Strategy, develop pursuit strategies and look for opportunities for organisations to collaborate with Foundation. In short, he says, he tells stories and tries to help organisations spot opportunities to advance their own transition to a circular economy.

Philip Bishop
National Oceanography Centre
Topic: Real-Time Flood Monitoring

Philip 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.


Southampton City Council
(Name to be confirmed)

Harriet Ricketts
Sustainability Officer (Maternity Cover)
Winchester City Council

Harriet is a Sustainability specialist currently working to achieve local authorities ambitious net zero targets. She has previous, diverse experience within the finance and ESG sector (worked for the UK’s leading sustainable Bank) with a broad range of environmental knowledge and transferable skills. High profile projects illustrate the ability to deliver results on difficult technical projects, report to senior leaders and ensure team resources are utilised efficiently. Harriet possesses the ability to build rapport, streamline processes and ensure knowledge is passed through the company by mentoring and training of colleagues. Working knowledge of GoldSim, ArcGIS and ADMS and key environmental legislation. Completed Diploma in Project Management.

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

Pam Turton
Assistant Director
Portsmouth city Council

Inclusive and equitable connectivity is vital to all aspects of our society and I am proud to work in an industry which helps to improve people's mobility, wellbeing and health outcomes, while reducing our collective impact on the environment. At Portsmouth City Council I lead five diverse areas which work together to deliver improved connectivity and mobility: Transport Strategy, Network Management, Parking and Enforcement, Air Quality Improvement and Safer Travel. I am also SRO for two programmes which I am particularly passionate about: South East Hampshire Rapid Transit: an ambitious partnership between Portsmouth, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to deliver a transformational rapid transit network across the Portsmouth city region, addressing the considerable connectivity challenges which have a significant negative impact on productivity, air quality and social inclusion Air Quality Improvement Programme: a range of transport initiatives to improve Portsmouth's air quality, including the delivery of a clean air zone in November 2021, to bring air quality within legal limits in the shortest possible time.


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, the Technology and Innovation Cluster, has been created by Future South and is focused on the following goals to support businesses in the low carbon sector: £4 Million grant scheme to assist companies in commercialising ideas. Facilitation of 200 Greentech apprenticeships with SMEs within 2 years. Working in partnership to find new markets for export. Greentech South will become a self-sustaining cluster, providing valuable support to around 250 member organisations. Find out more here.

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