Founder and Development Director
Business is pivotal to economic development, a position which brings tremendous risks as well as huge opportunities. To succeed in a globalised world, companies must exercise high levels of awareness of their operating environments and sensitivity towards those with an interest in their business approach, from shareholders to local communities. My passion is helping companies put in place relationships both internally and within the wider community that will enable them to deliver sustained business success; based on recognised risks, commonly agreed priorities and responsibilities, as well as shared benefits, skills and expertise.
Having spent much of my professional life working with start-up organisations, I have developed a range of expertise from business strategy to marketing. A particular expertise is my ability to work with people, seeing the bigger picture, encouraging new ways of working and bringing them together to share ideas and solutions. Ability to communicate sustainable development issues to non-specialist audiences. Sector knowledge includes mining, oil and gas, agriculture and construction.
Previously, I spent 10 years as an independent environmental consultant providing services to government agencies, non-governmental organisations and companies on strategy development and implementation. In particular, stakeholder engagement and cross-sector partnership, providing clients with a range of partnering facilitation, brokering and training services.
Between 1998 and 2005, I helped to broker and coordinate a number of strategic business partnerships in mining, oil and gas and agriculture focused on biodiversity management. These include the BP–Fauna and Flora International Partnership Review, the Rio Tinto–Fauna & Flora International Partnership and the British American Tobacco Biodiversity Partnership.
In 2002, I managed a feasibility study for a global partnership launched at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development to address the challenges of business and biodiversity partnerships. This involved a cross-sector partnership of five players including Rio Tinto and British American Tobacco and three international conservation agencies–IUCN The World Conservation Union, Fauna and Flora International and Earthwatch Institute Europe.
In 1986, I co-founded the Living Earth Foundation, an international charity specialising in environmental education and community development. The charity runs programmes in over eleven countries from Venezuela to Ghana and Russia. In 2006, I became a Trustee of Living Earth.
BSc Special Honour Zoology, Sheffield, 1979
MA Visual Communication, Birmingham, 1983
Member of the Partnership Brokers Accreditation Scheme, a joint initiative of the Overseas Development Institute and the Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum.