Mattie Yeta was appointed as Chief Sustainability Officer for CGI in the UK in March 2022. A member of CGI’s UK Executive. She has substantial experience and expertise in sustainable development at strategic and delivery levels across the public and private sectors. She has led substantive change in the sustainable development arena through various boards she sits on. She has obtained significant experience in stakeholder engagement through her career, including at senior executive levels, strategy development, influencing and drafting industry policy, project and programme management, people management and development experience.
Mattie led the creation of the e-Sustainability Alliance, a network of 300 private sector organisations she chaired, working in partnership with the United Nations and other stakeholders. She also led the creation of the Cabinet Office One Government Cloud Strategy Sustainability Workstream, the UK Government’s Sustainable Technology Report 2017 and the Sustainability Industry Guide to help businesses achieve sustainable outcomes. Mattie has extensive experience of working with the United Nations (UNFCCC, UNEP, UNGC, UNICEF, UNDP). She received the “industry sustainability leader of the year” award, “digital leader impact award” the Civil Service award as “highly commended”, Defra’s corporate services award for “leading through change,” and was a nominee for “the most influential women in UK tech.” She has received her Majesty’s Royal Honour for her contribution to sustainability in the UK and globally and was recently announced in the top 100 sustainability power leaders.
The former Head of Sustainability for Defra IT/UK Government, and a PhD researcher specialising in corporate sustainability, green economics, and national recovery, she is also a tutor on the University of Oxford Climate Change Programme.
Dr Shamir Ghumra is Head of Building Performance Services at BRE; the leading science and building solutions organisation in the built environment. BRE has been leading the way in ESG performance of buildings and infrastructure through its BREEAM and CEEQUAL methodologies for decades. Shamir is globally responsible for these pioneering brands and the impact they are having in over 80 countries around the world. BRE Group is owned by a charitable organisation the BRE Trust to ensure the continuation of leading research in sustainable and safer buildings around the globe.
As the leader of Building Performance Services Division Shamir is responsible for all training through the BRE Academy; consultancy and insight services through the leading work on energy modelling both in the UK and overseas; digital tools for resource management and H&S reporting as well as the BREEAM suite of standards.
Shamir has a particular focus on ESG finance and is passionate about the context in which we make our ESG based decisions; disclosure itself is not a solution it is a means to provide metrics and metadata to support our analysis. Shamir is also aware of the need for markets to better understand the ‘S’ in ESG and has spent recent years developing market based solutions for Modern Slavery and has worked closely with the Gangmansters and Labour Abuse Authority to help set up the Construction Industry Protocol.
Shamir is one of the founding members of the Supply Chain Sustainability School; a cross industry collaboration to help upskill the supply chain on sustainability matters; the School now has over 130 partners and 50,000 registered users.
Governance is another area Shamir specialises in and as a former member of the Institute of Directors is keen to help shape organisation learning for the ‘G’ in ESG. Shamir was vice-chair of the Leicestershire and South East Midlands Branch of the IoD. Completing the acronym Shamir is also a chartered environmentalist and Fellow of IEMA to further develop the professional bodies approach to competence in a world reaching for Net Zero.
In June 2021 Shamir was appointed Visiting Professor of ESG Performance & Strategy at the School of Architecture, Building, Construction & Engineering at Loughborough University.
Cathie is an experienced EHS leader having worked in multinational FTSE 100 companies, leading Environment, Health and Safety International Services Teams and holding a variety of Vice President EHS Corporate leadership and governance roles in Pharmaceuticals/Healthcare sectors.
She is focused on EHS leadership, driving risk reduction and effective EHS management to support human health, sustainable planet and sustainable business practices in international companies.
The scope of Cathie’s activities have also included establishing an EHS supplier oversight team focused on engagement, assessment and capability build with third party suppliers.
Cathie is an Environmental Science graduate with a PhD in Environmental Management and Auditing.
Cathie is MIEMA and Chartered Environmentalist as well as CMIOSH and Registered Safety Practitioner.
She is passionate about developing people and has led EHS cohorts of an in-company international development programme recruiting and developing graduates into EHS Professionals over a number of years.
Cathie is an Executive and Professionals Coach focused on people’s growth. She has worked globally with clients across Pharmaceuticals, FMCG, R&D, Commercial, Finance and Tech.
Nicola is the Head of Legal and Company Secretary at New Look, the leading omnichannel UK retailer for womenswear. Previously Nicola was Head of Legal and Company Secretary at The Deltic Group.
Nicola has held a number of NED roles in the past, including at The Hertfordshire Football Association and the OneYMCA. She has extensive experience in governance, audit, risk management and compliance, as well supporting businesses and their boards through complex legal matters, with international elements.
She is a firm believer in helping businesses understand complex legal matters in a straight forward manner.
Nicola is also a passionate advocate for DE&I and mentoring schemes.
Arlette originally qualified as an Environmentalist and has two Post Graduate Diplomas in Occupational Safety & Health and Environmental Management & Assessment. Arlette is a Fellow of the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment and a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Occupational Safety & Health. She has been advising and supporting organisations to ensure people remain safe and well at work but also protecting the environment for future generations. Her approach has been to benefit people not just inside the world of work, but also wider outside of work with a focus on environmental sustainability.
Arlette is experienced in both the private and public sector, is Non-Executive Director for IEMA, Chair of the IEMA Professional Standards Committee, Chair of the IEMA Fellows Nomination Committee, a member of the IOSH Performance and Development Committee and past Chair of the IOSH Broadcasting and Telecommunications Committee Specialist Group. She is well placed to advise on the effectiveness of development and performance of sustainability agenda across many sectors and organisations to ensure organisations are accountable not only to their employees but also wider stakeholders and shareholders in delivering positive business change.
Simon has been involved in the energy recovery, recycling and waste industry for over 25 years, originally joining Blue Circle Waste Management in 1991. Since the acquisition by what is now Viridor in 1995, Simon led all the Human Resources, Health & Safety, Environmental Compliance, Training & Development and Sustainability processes of the business thus positioning it as one of the leading UK companies in the sector. He was appointed to the Viridor Board in 2010 and held the position of HR and Regulatory Director. Simon retired from Viridor at the end of 2016 and is now an independent HR Consultant.
He was also a Trustee Director on two Pension Trustee Boards and the Chairman and Trustee of a third scheme.
Simon was the industry spokesperson on skills, development and sector attractiveness and a non-executive director of Energy and Utility Skills Ltd. He also chaired the Waste Management, Recycling & Resource Recovery Industry Skills Initiative (WRRISKI), is a Trustee Director for Viridor Credits (an Environmental Body).
Before his time at Blue Circle Simon spent many years with ICI, primarily in their Plant Protection Division, prior to which he worked in private, small to medium sized enterprises.
Simon is Master of the Worshipful Company of Water Conservators and is a Freeman of the City of London. He is married with two daughters and lives in Hampshire.
Richard is a lecturer in accounting and finance at West Suffolk College with a primary interest in the business case for sustainability. Previously, he was head of finance and sustainability at Adnams plc, the award-winning brewery and distillery based in Southwold, famous for its eco-distribution centre, its energy-efficient brewhouse and its 240,000 honey bees. Under Richard's tenure, Adnams won 15 major awards for their sustainability achievements, all of which were linked to clear financial business cases.
Richard holds a first-class accounting degree from the University of Wales and is a chartered management accountant. He held a series of commercial finance and controller roles at BT before joining Adnams.
Outside of work, Richard is on the board of the National Trust / Ashden's Fit for the Future network and the ICAEW's sustainability committee.
Non Executive Director
University of Cambridge Institute for Manufacturing
Ian is an experienced business leader, consultant and entrepreneur. He has been using research outputs from the Centre for Industrial Sustainability to create impact for 100’s of businesses for over 10 years.
Current work includes:
Leading an accelerator for agri tech and food tech start ups
Working with the retailors and their supply chains in the food and clothing sectors
Converting plastic waste in various emerging economies.
He has recently become the Sustainability Practice Director at IfM Engage in order to accelerate the scale out of essential sustainability manufacturing practices
Sarah Mukherjee is the CEO of IEMA. She was the BBC's Environment Correspondent for many years, presenting on national and international BBC radio and television news, working – and winning awards – across the world. Since leaving the Corporation, she has had leadership roles in utilities and agriculture. She was a panel member for the National Parks Review and sat on the National Food Strategy Advisory Panel. She is a Non-Executive Director on the Board of the Environment Agency. Sarah was awarded an MBE for her services to agriculture and farmer well-being in 2021.
Sarah has been a Campaign for Real Ale beer judge and a rugby supporter in the past - two activities she still enjoys - and is a runner and yoga addict.
Martin Baxter, FIEMA, CEnv
Executive Director - Director of Policy & External Affairs
Martin works in the UK and internationally to support the transition to a low carbon, resource efficient and sustainable economy.
Martin leads IEMA’s policy and external engagement activity with government and business. A strategic thinker with the capability to lead and influence others, he has national and international experience in developing and negotiating global and European standards and developing capacity for effective and widespread implementation. Martin is head of the UK delegation to the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) on environmental management and chairs the ISO environmental management systems committee of ~100 countries.
Martin has experience of networking and communicating at all levels – including with senior parliamentarians, Government officials, business leaders and academia. He is an acknowledged expert on environmental management and a regular spokesperson on corporate sustainability.
Martin is a Board member of IEMA and the Society for the Environment (SocEnv).
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