NEW FOR 2019!
The Southern Sustainability Partnership has made a further investment in the event by securing a new home for our Keynote Presenters in the new Thought Leaders Theatre on the second floor. The new space will now ensure a quiet zone dedicated to learning - easily accessible via stairs or lifts. The prestigious, iconic Ageas Media Centre us normally home to cricketing press royalty on major Hampshire Cricket match days  A stunning view of the cricket pitch is yours for the day, directly behind the bowler’s arm, with floor to ceiling windows offering spectacular views as far as the rolling woodland behind it.  Register today and choose from our developing programme of experts...


Enda Kiernan

Chartered Institute of Wastes Management - CIWM

Topic  What is the latest in the World of Waste?

Elected as President of the Institution in 2018, Enda is currently the Head of Waste Enforcement at Cork County Council. His background includes Civil Engineering graduate from the University of Ulster, Jordanstown, a Chartered Waste Manager, becoming a Fellow of the Institution in January 2011. He is the current chair of the Rep of Ireland Centre. He is also a General Councillor and a Trustee of CIWM and was a Non-Executive Director of CIWM Enterprises from 2012 – 2015. Enda has worked in the Local Authority service since 1997, specialising in Waste Management and in Waste Operations in particular. His experience includes waste licence applications for landfill facilities, waste licence implementation on landfill and civic amenity facilities, environmental management systems, project management of the design, construction and operation of civic amenity facilities, landfill. He has been involved in the preparation of tender documentation and tender evaluation of waste-related infrastructure. Other areas of expertise relate to the permitting of waste facilities, waste enforcement, street cleansing and infrastructure development, CA Site Construction Programme and implementation of the WEEE Directive in Ireland. He was Project Manager for the introduction of Pay By Weight and the Kerbside collection of Dry Recyclables in South Cork. This involved the distribution of 80000-wheeled bins, the purchase of new collection vehicles, public communications and the upgrading of existing bin lifter stock. Enda has previously advised LARAC, WRAP, DEFRA & CIWM in consultations in connection on Pay As You Throw charging systems. He was involved in an operational subcommittee established by the Irish Dept. of the Environment in 2004 on the implementation of the WEEE Directive and again in 2015/2016 on the implementation of Pay By Weight.


Nigel Ponsford
Key Account Manager

Source for Business

Topic  Without Water there is no Life!

Nigel has been involved in the private water industry for over 20 years, with experience varying from installing a borehole to increasing margins on a dairy farm to large scale irrigation of palm oil to increase production and save rain forests. He now works as a Key Account manager for farmers and businesses advising them - and others on how to save water and reduce bills by using it more efficiently. Or, moving them off mains onto private supplies like boreholes, wells, springs and 1rainwater.  As Nigel is keen to point out...without water there is no life.



The University of Exeter Centre for Circular Economy
Ellen MacArthur Foundation Associate

Topic:  Circular Economy - What will Speed the Transition?

Over an 8 year period, Ken Webster was Head of Innovation at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and, more recently, he has joined the University of Exeter's Circular Economy Centre.  Author of a Circular Economy - A Wealth of Flows, Ken offers an insightful case for working to the CE strategy in this recommended 'must read'.

Dominic Tantram


Dominic TANTRAM 
Founding Partner
Terrafiniti LLP

Topic:  Sustainable Business: Why it’s inescapable and how to build business value

Expectations of business are changing. Against a background of global environmental issues; citizens, employees, investors, regulators and customers are increasingly asking questions about sustainability and expecting companies to demonstrate what they’re doing.

This can be difficult because sustainability requires businesses to consider and manage issues beyond their traditional focus.

In his talk Dominic will draw upon his experience over 20 years of working with companies and NGOs across the globe to tackle sustainability challenges. He will explore why ‘business as usual’ is no longer a viable strategy and the expectations and implications that follow. He’ll also outline the four key areas where businesses typically find business value and how transformative change can bring long-term business value. Come and listen if you’re wondering why and how your organisation should be acting on sustainability or if you’re already taking action why you should consider moving to the next level.


Executive Director - Policy
Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment - IEMA

Topic Latest policy initiative to drive a sustainable future  - Topic headline to be confirmed shortly.

Martin is a highly competent and experienced environment and sustainability executive with excellent leadership and communication skills.
He is a strategic thinker with the capability to lead and influence 
others, with both national and international experience in developing and negotiating global and European standards.


Just one Ocean

Topic  Reversing Plastic Polution in our Oceans

After a successful military career, David retired early to pursue business and environmental interests.  As a professional diver, underwater photographer and technical media diving specialist he has been fortunate to see much of the underwater world and has been horrified by the damage we are doing.  Having worked on the BBC Life series in 2007/2008 he ended up meeting Jo Ruxton, producer of A Plastic Ocean.  He joined The Plastic Oceans foundation in 2009 where he worked as an education, science, sustainability and business adviser.  In 2013 he decided to start his own venture, Just One Ocean in order to be able to promote awareness of other ocean issues as well as plastic pollution. Diving is second nature to David and he has worked for a number of production companies including the BBC and alongside many TV personalities such as David Attenborough, Bear Grylls and Ben Fogle.


Simon ELLIN  
The Recycling Association

(As seen on BBC's Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall 'War on Plastic' June 23rd 2019 & Radio BBC Breakfast BBC 1, BBC 5 Live Breakfast and across BBC local radio June 24th on worst packaging offenders). 

Creating and Sustaining Global Markets: Following the aftermath of the China ban – where the emerging markets are, we explore the challenges we face and what we need to do as a nation to give ourselves maximum access to the global marketplace. Together with how the government’s RWS fits around this.

After initially graduating in environmental science and completing a PhD on the effects of various air pollutants on the ecosystem, Simon moved into the recycling arena 30 years ago as one of the first local government Waste Disposal  Authority recycling officers, with Staffordshire County Council. Still based in Staffordshire, and married with two daughters, Simon has subsequently held a variety of commercial and operational roles in the recycling industry, spending significant periods as a mill buyer for first Cheshire Recycling (now Palm Recycling), and then Smurfit Kappa. Sandwiched in between was a period working in an operational role for Cleanaway (now Veolia), and more recently in the facilities management sector. Simon joined The Recycling Association in 2009 and is now Chief Executive of both the Recycling Association and its trading company, Independent Waste Paper Producers Limited. Simon is very clear on the strategy for the Association over the next few years and lists the balance of supporting members through probably the most difficult trading conditions they have ever experienced whilst retaining compliance and quality as his greatest challenge.




Simon Ward
Head of Energy and Environment Banking

Barclays UK

Topic  Financing Sustainability Projects

Simon is a highly motivated and versatile leader, with experience gained firstly as a Pilot in the British Army and now expanding within Barclays Corporate as Head of Energy and Environment.


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Energy Management

We are now developing further topics.




Life after ESOS – What will you do next?

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Topic - Renewable Energy -  Subject to be confirmed

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Waste Management

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Topic - Waste Security - Topic to be confirmed

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Topic - Food Waste - Topic to be confirmed

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