Hampshire Business Leaders Climate Summit 2021

This event has been made available by The Southern Sustainability Partnership in support of ‘Declare a Climate Emergency‘ creating a platform for the private and public sector to open up a conversation for collaboration. Helping to protect the county of Hampshire from the growing effects of climate change to future-proof the prosperity of the county.

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


Meeting type:

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

Location: St. Mary’s Stadium (Southampton), Britannia Road, Southampton
Room: Mike Channon Suite

Who should attend?

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.

Why this event is so important?

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.


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

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


Southampton City Council
(Name to be confirmed)

Harriet Ricketts
Sustainability Officer (Maternity Cover)
Winchester City Council

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

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

Andy Brennan
Climate Change Manager
Eastleigh Borough Council


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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