08:30 - 09:10

Tea Coffee and Light Breakfast

09:10 - 09:20

Chairman’s opening remarks – James Murray, Editor, Business Green

Welcome from Arup – John Turzynski, Arup


Session 1: Where now for the UK environment sector post-Brexit

09:20 - 10:25

EIC priorities in a post-Brexit world – Chair: Matthew Farrow, Executive Director, EIC

Panel session:

Matthew Farrow Executive Director EIC
Joanna Ketteley Head of Environment Bird + Bird
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Steve Canadine Development Director- Environment Mott MacDonald
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Dustin Benton Head of Energy and Resources Green Alliance
Dr Liz Goodwin OBE Former Chief Executive WRAP
Laura Sandys CEO Challenging Ideas
10:25 - 10:45

Coffee break


Session 2: Where are the next environmental innovations coming from?

This session explored which parts of the environmental market are seeing most innovation, how universities can facilitate environmental innovation and the contribution of Innovate UK

10:45 - 11:30

Ian Meikle, Director of Infrastructure Systems, Innovate UK

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Ian Meikle Director of Infrastructure Systems Innovate UK
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Professor Nigel Paul Director of the Centre for Global Eco- Innovation Lancaster University
Alexis Smith IMGeospatial
Alexis Smith CEO Intelligent Modelling Ltd / IMGeospatial
11:30 - 12:00

Keynote: Emma Howard Boyd, Chair, Environment Agency

Emma Howard Boyd Chair Environment Agency
12:00 - 13:00


13:00 - 14:00

Break out sessions on leading trends and innovations in specific sectors

Facilitated sessions discussing latest trends and innovations in specific environmental sectors including:

  • Air Quality (Chaired by Dan Williams, Deputy Account Manager Johnson Matthey)
  • Smart cities (Chaired by Sam Ibbott, Head of Smart City Initiatives, EIC)
  • Circular economy (Chaired by Gary Armstrong, Technical Director – Business Efficiency, Jacobs)
  • Contaminated land (Chaired by Peter Atchison, MD, PAGeotechnical Ltd)
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Dan Williams Deputy Account Manager Johnson Matthey
Peter Atchison Managing Director PAGeotechnical Ltd
Gary Armstrong Technical Director, Business Efficiency Jacobs
Sam Ibbott Head of Smart City Initiatives EIC
14:00 - 14:30

Keynote: Are skills shortages a risk to the growth of the green economy?

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Paul Gosling Managing Director Porter Gosling Ltd
14:30 - 15:25

Session 3: The export opportunity

The global environmental market is estimated to be worth over $1trillion.  The UK has a good reputation in environmental expertise and these overseas markets represent a huge opportunity.  This session explored which markets offer good prospects and heard from companies who have achieved export success.


Laurence Kemball-Cook Founder and CEO PaveGen
Mark Lane Director UK Water Partnership
Torsten Glaeser Team Lead EPSCM Supplier Management & Business Integration BP - Environmental Procurement & Supply Chain Management
15:25 - 15:40

Coffee break

15:40 - 16:30

Session 4: The financial world’s view of the environmental sector

Finance is the lifeblood of any business, and with a recent Boston Consulting survey showing that 75% of senior fund managers see sustainability as a significant factor in judging investment strategy, environmental firms should be well placed to source funding.  This session discussed how financiers view environmental firms and the types of financing available.

Mark Wilson Partner Catalyst Corporate Finance
Yodaly Sierra-Rubio Business Development Manager for Energy & Sustainability CBRE
16:30 - 17:00

On-stage interview: Sir Ed Davey, former Secretary of State for Climate Change

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Sir Ed Davey Former Secretary of State of Climate Change
17:00 - 17:10

Chairman’s closing remarks

James Murray Editor Business Green