28th October 2021
9.30am to 4.00pm
Venue: St. Mary's Football Stadium (Southampton)
Room: Markus Libherr Lounge

Your Host for 2021

Adrian Hopper of Creative Discipline
We are delighted to present Adrian as your theatre host again in 2021. Adrian took the helm for us in 2019 when we were able to host our last Expo and he did an admirable job as an avid supporter of sustainability.

Keynote Presenter
Martin Baxter
Director of Policy and External Affairs
Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment - IEMA

Following the announcement that IEMA has declared a Climate and Environmental Emergency, we are delighted to confirm that Martin will once again be speaking at the Expo. Martin is a competent and experienced environment and sustainability executive. He is a strategic thinker with the capability to lead and influence others. He has both national and international experience in developing and negotiating global and European standards, and developing capacity for effective and widespread implementation. Martin communicates with senior parliamentarians, Government officials, business leaders and academia – as an acknowledged expert on environmental management, regular spokesperson on a range of business environment topic areas.

Topic – To be confirmed

Susan Elliott
UK Network Senior Manager for the South East
British Business Bank

Topic: The funding landscape and the British Business Bank’s place in the financial eco-system

Susan is an experienced commercial professional working with British Business Bank delivery partners and intermediaries to help SMEs plan for and access finance for growth. Her extensive knowledge is gained from private sector consulting, strategic advice for scale ups, managing public sector business support contracts and through partnerships with sources of finance for SMEs.

Dr. Toby Willison
Director of Environment and Corporate Affairs
Southern Water

Topic: Balancing supply and demand in a changing environment
Climate change effects on supply dealing with changing demand How has the pandemic impacted supply and demand requirements?

Bart Nollen

Bart co-founded the sustainable consumer marketplace, Dayrize in early 2021. A love of environment and biodiversity began at four as a WWF ranger. He went on to enter the nascent sustainable business world back in 2000 and in the 20 years since made an impact with eco-friendly start-ups and investments around the world. Bart creates and influences sustainable solutions that look ahead to the future including circular investments, biobased economy and insect-based protein. His work disrupts unsustainable supply chains, makes eco-friendly investments attractive, and develops world-changing sustainable technologies. His company Circular Investment develops and funds multiple ground-breaking impact projects.

Dr. Adam Read
Chartered Institute of Wastes Management - CIWM

Dr Adam Read is a Fellow of the CIWM, RSA and the Royal Geographical Society and is the CIWM ‘s current President, where his focus is on the skills needed for delivering a green recovery. Dr. Read has been External Affairs Director at SUEZ Recycling & Recovery UK for almost 4 years after a successful career in academia, local government and consultancy. For the last 2 months he has been jointly leading the company’s work with the UK Government through the development of the new Resources & Waste Strategy and associated consultations, acting as lead author on the SUEZ consultation submissions and evidence calls and as peer reviewer for the CIWM and ESA in their responses. Dr. Adam has co-hosted 50 plus workshops in the last 18 months working with the value chain to assess the changes needed, the options proposed and the means of transitioning, supporting the likes of INCPEN, IGD and RECOUP on collaborative action. Adam also sits on numerous industry technical working groups, is a regular speaker and facilitator, a technical report and article author, and a frequent blogger and social media enthusiast. He has been in the sector for almost 25 years specialising in municipal waste management strategy, recycling services, contracts and consultation, and continues to support UK service innovation and delivery, when not influencing Government policy.

Kieran White
Manager - Operations, Pre-Purchase & Launch Programs
TEDx Presenter and formerly at Tesla
Lasso Loop Recycling

Topic: How the future of recycling and waste management can ensure the rapid adoption of the circular economy

Kieran is an entrepreneurial leader focused on transitioning the world to the vital circular economy as fast as possible. He is currently leading the operational launch of Lasso Loop Recycling’s debut product - a recycling appliance for the home. Developing strategies for the startup to successfully build Pre-Orders, begin a pilot delivery phase and achieve wide-spread deliveries in the next 18 months. Kieran is building a network of sustainability innovators and experienced professionals, alongside Business Leaders and Non-Profit Organisations to ensure Lasso’s success and beyond. He is incredibly passionate about working alongside motivated and likeminded people to ensure that the sustainability of our planet is fortified.

Dr. Russell Fowler
National Grid

Topic: How Energy Networks can Enable Sustainable Transport

Introduction to energy networks and National Grid. What does sustainable transport look like? What does sustainable transport in cities look like? Can Transport Hubs deliver sustainable transport?

Daniel O'Bede

Daniel Bede O'Connor
Warp It

Topic: The Skills every Sustainability Manager needs to know right now. Being a Sustainability Manager is more than just a job, it’s a lifestyle and a mentality.

Being a Sustainability Manager is more than just a job, it’s a lifestyle and a mentality. Do you find it sometimes doesn't even feel like work because you are so absorbed in this mission? Those who are most successful in this position are the people who understand that delivering sustainability is a part of their character and not just a means of getting paid. The most successful also understand they cannot do it alone, that sustainability is achieved via collaboration. Which subsequently means collaborative skills are top of the list. In the past being successful has also been about the long game and waiting for the planets to align...but this has to change.

Professor Dieter Helm

Topic: Net-Zero - How we stop causing Climate Change

Sir Dieter Helm is Professor of Economic Policy at the University of Oxford and Fellow in Economics at New College, Oxford. In the 2021 Honours List, Dieter was awarded a knighthood for services to the environment, energy and utilities policy. Although other commitments mean Sir Helm is unable to join our Keynote Speaker Theatre this year, he has promised to provide you with a podcast which is coming soon. For an early alert please contact us via

We are currently building our Keynote Speaker Theatre.
Further presenters will be added shortly.