Advisory Forum - Members and Affiliations
The Advisory Forum reviews, challenges and advises The CarbonNeutral Company on its work in climate change, and provides guidance on the strategic, scientific and technical aspects of the Company’s activities.
The technical and scientific activities of the Advisory Forum are overseen by The CarbonNeutral Company’s Scientific Advisor, Professor John Murlis. Its membership consists of international carbon management experts from a broad scope of backgrounds including science, economics, business, international policy and sustainable development. Two places within the Advisory Forum are reserved for clients of The CarbonNeutral Company to ensure the company’s client base is actively involved in the development of its business activities.
Head of Environment & Engagement - Sky
Fiona Ball is the Head of Environment & Engagement at Sky (www.sky.com). She leads the company’s work in being a sustainable business to ensure its ethos of ‘Believe in Better’ is implemented through its sustainability practices. Fiona’s role incorporates stakeholder engagement and making a wider contribution to the communities in which Sky’s 17,000 employees and 10 million customers live and work. The Bigger Picture focuses on four key areas of sports, arts, schools and the environment. Within her role at Sky, Fiona was instrumental in Sky becoming the world’s first carbon neutral media company, in May 2006, through the measurement, reduction and offsetting of its CO2 emissions. Since then Fiona has been instrumental in Sky’s sustainability strategy, playing a central role in defining the company’s core targets and driving these through the business, as well as advising on flagship projects including the development of Sky Studios, Europe’s most sustainable broadcasting facility.
Fiona is a member of Sky’s dedicated Environmental Steering Group, chaired by Chief Executive Jeremy Darroch, and encompassing members of the executive team from across the business. The group meets regularly to scrutinise strategy and ensure progress against environmental goals.
Fiona possesses an honours degree and masters in Environmental Management from Brunel University, is a Chartered Environmentalist and a member of the Institute of Environmental Management. She is married with three children.
Ricardo Bayon is a Partner and a co-founder of EKO Asset Management Partners (ekoamp.com). Previously, he helped found and served as the Managing Director of "Ecosystem Marketplace," a website and information/analysis service covering emerging environmental markets. In that capacity he co-authored a number of publications on voluntary carbon markets, including "The State of Voluntary Carbon Markets 2007: Picking up Steam" and "Voluntary Carbon Markets: An International Business Guide to What They Are and How They Work." His recent publication on markets for biodiversity, entitled "Conservation and Biodiversity Banking: A Guide to Setting Up and Running Biodiversity Credit Trading System" was published by Earthscan in London. For over a decade he has specialised on issues related to finance, banking, and the environment. He has carried out consulting work for a number of organisations, including Insight Investments, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank, IUCN, The Nature Conservancy, Domini Social Investment, among others. His articles have appeared in publications such as The Washington Post, The Atlantic Monthly, and the International Herald Tribune. He has also written numerous publications and chapters on mitigation banking, biodiversity markets, markets for water quality, and other environmental markets. He was born in Bogota, Colombia, and is currently based in San Francisco.
Ricardo has over the years provided valuable insights to the emerging market-based solutions to payments for ecosystem services, biodiversity, and water.
Charles Crosthwaite Eyre
Managing Director, Eyre Consulting Limited
Charles Crosthwaite Eyre of Eyre Consulting Ltd (www.eyreconsulting.co.uk) provides strategic and risk consulting services to the manufacturing and service sectors on all aspects of climate change policy including mandatory and voluntary emissions trading schemes, renewable incentive schemes and interaction with CSR strategies. His clients include Zurich Financial Services, Aon, Logica, Climate Change Capital, Reckitt Benckiser and the European Space Agency. He was a founder member of the UK Emissions Trading Group and has chaired several working groups reporting on access for project credits under the CDM, as well as the participation of the airline industry.
He was a speaker on risk management and climate change policy at German Steel Federation and EUnited, as well as having managed three major projects funded by the European Space Agency to develop satellite based forest mapping, monitoring and measurement services for the Sustainably Managed Forestry Sector.
He is Chairman of the Test Valley Energy Initiative which supports and encourages grassroots activity in energy efficiency and renewable generation in Hampshire.
Charles’ first contact with the Company was in 2002 when he conducted a 360 degree risk assessment for the business when he was with Aon Insurance.
Head of Climate Change, ERM Certification and Verification Services (ERM CVS)
Based in London, UK, Melanie leads the global GHG validation and verification services undertaken by ERM CVS (www.ermcvs.com). ERM CVS is an accredited Designated Operational Entity for the CDM, and also provides accredited services for the EU ETS and the Climate Registry in the USA.
Melanie’s previous employment includes work for KPMG, where she was a leader of climate change services and responsible for the GHG verification team. Her role she developed and led numerous corporate global GHG assurance projects for the oil, gas and cement sectors, including on-site verification at more than 30 facilities worldwide. She was also widely involved in Sustainability Reporting assurance and related activities.
Melanie’s qualifications include an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London, and a BA in Zoology from the University of Oxford.
Melanie first assisted the Company by leading a third-party assurance exercise on our carbon management systems conducted by KPMG over a three-year period from 2003, during which time she was an observer to the Advisory Forum. When PwC took over the auditing of our financial and carbon activities, Melanie became fully involved in the AF.
Executive Director and Dean, Greenhouse Gas Management Institute
Michael Gillenwater co-founded the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute (www.ghginstitute.org), a nonprofit organisation to train and develop experts in measuring, accounting, auditing and managing greenhouse gas emissions.
Michael has worked on GHG emissions and climate change policy since 1995. He is the lead author of several Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports, whose work was recognised with the Nobel Peace Prize, and is on several United National Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) expert rosters. For the UNFCCC, he has developed and taught courses that certify experts to serve on compliance review teams under the Kyoto Protocol. He supports both the Clean Development Mechanism Executive Board and the Joint Implementation Steering Committee as a methodology expert. He is also a core advisor to World Resources Institute and the World Business Council on Sustainable Development on the revised edition of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol. Michael has taught courses on GHG management at Princeton and the Harvard University Extension School.
His articles have appeared in publications such as Energy Policy and Environmental Science and Policy. He supplies expert opinion to international media including the New York Times, Business Week and USA Today.
Dr Cameron Hepburn
Senior Research Fellow, Smith School, Oxford University, and Director of Climate Bridge Ltd
Dr Cameron Hepburn is an economist specialising in environmental and public policy. He holds Fellowships at the LSE and Oxford University, and was educated at Melbourne University in Law and Chemical Engineering, earning his doctorate in economics from Oxford (as a Rhodes Scholar).
He is actively involved in public policy as a member of the DECC Secretary of State's Economics Advisory Group, the DEFRA Academic Panel and as a founder of Vivid Economics. He contributed two background research papers to the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change. His recent publication “The Economics and Politics of Climate Change" was published by Earthscan in London, and his papers have appeared in publications such as Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Environmental and Resource Economics, and Energy Policy.
Cameron has been interviewed for TV, radio and the printed press in various countries. Cameron is also a director of Climate Bridge (www.climatebridge.com), a company devoted to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in China.
CEO, The Climate Group
Mark Kenber has worked on climate change for 15 years and is an expert on international climate policy. Before becoming CEO, Mark was The Climate Group’s Deputy CEO (2010) and International Policy Director (2004-2010). Mark has been instrumental in developing The Climate Group’s global network and operations in India and China, and directed ground-breaking projects with the international finance, energy, technology and aviation sectors.
Mark advised former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair in the joint policy initiative Breaking the Climate Deadlock (2008-2009), which produced a series of high-level reports outlining the economic and technological rationale for a global climate deal and its key components. He is also a carbon markets expert and co-founded the successful Verified Carbon Standard (formerly Voluntary Carbon Standard) now the most popular kite mark for the $400 million voluntary market. He continues to be involved as Board Member of the VCS Association. Immediately prior to joining The Climate Group, Mark was Senior Policy Officer for WWF’s International Climate Change Programme, focusing on carbon market and finance issues. During this time he led the creation of the CDM Gold Standard, a tool for channelling carbon market investments into sustainable clean energy projects, and participated in the European Climate Change Programme working group responsible for the design of the EU ETS.
Dr Alan Knight
Director, Single Planet Living
Alan started his environmental career as B&Q’s first environment manager, where he co-ordinated social and environmental policies and actions throughout the Group. Since then he has founded his own company, Single Planet Living (www.singleplanetliving.com) which works with businesses to devise and implement sustainable development strategies.
He currently works with the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership on its work on natural resources, and also lectures at Cambridge and Exeter universities.
Alan has been involved in and has chaired several think tanks including ACCPE, which outlined the failure of a single eco-labeling scheme for products, and instead suggested the energy label on cars and products in the home.
In 2010, Alan helped launch the Global Association for Corporate Sustainability Officers (GACSO) based on the belief that sustainability should have more resonance with businesses than CSR. He is currently the acting CEO.
Prof. John Murlis
Visiting Professor, University College London
John Murlis has been Environment Programme Secretary for European Academies Science Advisory Council (www.easac.eu) for the past eight years. He is an environmental scientist with over 25 years of experience of the practical application of evidence-based policy, with particular expertise in the fields of environmental sustainability, air quality and climate change. He was trained as an engineer and in atmospheric physics. In addition to his role in EASAC, he is currently Honorary Visiting Professor of Environmental Policy at the University College London Department of Geography and an independent environment strategy consultant with a wide range of public and private sector clients. He has previously held a number of posts in public service, including as Chief Scientist and Director of Strategy, Environment Agency for England and Wales; as the Director of the Institute for Environmental Policy at University College London; and as Head of Research and Assessments at the UK Inspectorate of Pollution.
John O. Niles
Director, Climate and Forests, WWF US
John O. (John-O) Niles has published several books and articles on climate change and tropical forests. He has consulted for conservation groups that include The Nature Conservancy, Environmental Defense, and Conservation International. He has also been an invited advisor to members of the Executive Office of the President (under the Clinton adminstration), the US Council of Economic Advisors, the US Office of Science and Technology Policy, the State Department, the World Bank, the Food and Agricultural Organisation and others.
In the 1990s, John-O helped manage Pandrillus, a primate conservation program in Nigeria. Following his graduate work, John-O was a staff scientist with Stanford University's Centre for Conservation Biology. John-O then became the first Manager and lead author of the first edition of the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standards. Following this he became the Science and Technical Advisor to the Coalition for Rainforest Nations, where he supported early efforts to develop the United Nations framework on reducing emissions from deforestation in developing countries. John-O joined the private sector briefly before becoming Director of the Tropical Forest Group, based in California. Currently John-O is the Director of Climate and Forests for WWF US and is a lecturer in global carbon science and policy at the University of California, San Diego. Mr. Niles holds a BS in resource economics (University of Vermont) and an MS in biological sciences (Stanford University).
Marketing Director of Pureprint Group and Business Development Director of Beacon Press
Richard Owers is Marketing Director of Pureprint Group (www.pureprint.com), one of the UK´s leading corporate printing companies. He is also Sales and Marketing Director of Beacon Press, part of Pureprint Group, which has been recognised as the UK´s leading environmental printing company for over 10 years.
Richard studied Business Studies with Printing at the London College of Printing and graduated in 1977. He has worked for 30 years in the areas of corporate and creative printing for St Ives Westerham Press, ultimately as Sales Director; for The White Dove Press as Managing Director; and now Beacon Press, part of Pureprint Group.
He is a member of the British Printing Industries Federation Environmental Group, currently working on proposals for an eco label for printed products, and also sits on the WWF GFTN Paper Group in the UK. He is the main board director at Pureprint Group with responsibility for environmental strategy and corporate social responsibility.
Dr Richard Tipper
Managing Director, Ecometrica
Richard has worked as a scientific and policy adviser on climate change issues for a wide range of governmental, business and international organisations, including the UK and Mexican Governments, BP and BAT, the OECD and UNEP. He has been a lead author on two IPCC reports and was part of the management team for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s initiative on greenhouse gas accounting for projects. As Managing Director of Ecometrica (www.ecometrica.com), he is now responsible for managing and developing a team of analysts and researchers with complementary expertise in environmental change assessment, project and programme management, lifecycle studies and economic development processes. Richard was also part of the IPCC panel that won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, and works as a visiting fellow at the University of Edinburgh.
Dr Sally Uren
Director, Forum for the Future
Sally oversees the Forum's partnerships with both private and public sector organisations, as well as sectoral and place-based sustainability projects. Much of Sally's work involves helping the business community realise the opportunities presented by sustainable development.
Sally joined Forum for the Future (www.forumforthefuture.org) in 2002 and has worked with business partners across all sectors to get to grips with sustainability, and has presented at both national and international conferences. Sally has a particular interest in the retail, built environment and finance sectors.
Sally was also appointed by HRH Prince of Wales as an advisor to Duchy Originals, and acts as the independent chair for Land Rover's carbon offset scheme. As well as being a member of the Carbon Trust's Technical Advisory Group, established to advise on carbon measurement and labelling, she also co-authored the Forum's ground-breaking publication Leader Business, which defines Forum for the Future’s recommended best practice for embedding sustainability into business.
Prior to joining the Forum, Sally founded and directed the Sustainability Group at private consultancy Casella Stanger (now owned by Bureau Veritas).
Principal Sustainability Advisor, Forum for the Future
Iain co-ordinates Forum for the Future's (www.forumforthefuture.org) work on climate change, helping partners develop a full understanding of their exposure to climate risk. He joined Forum for the Future in 2005 after seven years working for Ceres in the US (a leading coalition of investment funds, environmental organisations and other public interest groups). At Ceres, his work was focused on corporate accountability and sustainability reporting, and he co-drafted the first two editions of the Global Reporting Initiative’s Sustainability Reporting Guidelines.
Iain specialised in climatology in his geography degree, and through experience believes too many companies continue to approach climate change as a compliance issue, meaning they focus on their operational emissions. He advocates addressing climate change through developing climate-resilient supply chains, and a suite of products and services that are fit-for-purpose in a world that both experiences climate change and has to respond to it.
Research Fellow, Overseas Development Institute
Shelagh Whitley has eight years' experience working on climate change and in the carbon markets. From 2006-2011 Shelagh worked for Camco a carbon project developer, working on the origination, execution and financing of compliance and voluntary carbon projects covering a range of methodologies in regions including Asia, Africa, and North and South America. Shelagh was the Chair of the Carbon Markets and Investors Association (CMIA) Voluntary Market stream from 2007-2009, and is currently Vice-Chair of the Technical Advisory Committee of the Gold Standard. Prior to working with Camco Shelagh was a Project Manager with The Climate Group a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing business and government leadership on climate change. At The Climate Group she ran a finance sector leadership group and contributed to the development of the Voluntary Carbon Standard (VCS).
Shelagh has a Masters Degree in International Environmental Policy and Finance from the Fletcher School at Tufts University in the United States, and a Combined Honours BSc in Biology and International Development Studies from Dalhousie University in Canada.
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