Pre Covid, the imperative to slow climate change and reset our world for a sustainable and net carbon zero future was gaining unprecedented momentum. Whilst the Covid crisis has disrupted the agenda, the mantra of building back better embeds green initiatives, clean growth and innovation in a successful economic recovery.

Join us in our first virtual seminar in this series where we will consider ‘What’s New with Sustainable Growth` and through a range of high profile and passionate subject experts we’ll explore the latest developments and their relevance to business leaders, our region and our people.

This promises to be an informative and thought provoking virtual seminar providing essential content for business leaders and professionals.

Date: 24th November 2020
Time: 4.30pm – 5.30pm

Tickets are free for Business South Champions and any businesses located in Guildford, Surrey Heath or Waverley.
Non Champion Tickets and any businesses outside Guildford, Surrey Heath or Waverley: £20.00 Plus VAT (Payable by credit card at the time of the booking)



Jennie Pell – EM3

Jennie is the Clean Growth Lead at Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). She joined the Enterprise M3 LEP in October 2016, firstly working on the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) programme before moving to a central role with a focus on Clean Growth and Rural.

Before this she worked on a range of projects within the Economic Development Team at Hampshire County Council and prior to this she worked for Southampton City Council, securing funding to deliver sports and leisure facilities across the city.

Allan Macaskill – Flotation Energy

Allan has 40 years’ experience in offshore energy: oil and gas and renewables. He conceived and developed the Beatrice demonstrator project, pioneering the technology to develop large-scale wind farms in deeper waters, further from shore.

In 2008 he founded SeaEnergy Renewables. It became a leading independent in the UK offshore wind sector establishing a portfolio of 3.3 GW and international JV’s in Taiwan and China. Repsol purchased the company in June 2011.

In 2013 he founded Pilot offshore Renewables with Nicol Stephen to pursue the development of the Kincardine Offshore windfarm. This is a 50 MW floating pilot programme and when completed later this year will be the world’s largest grid connected floating wind farm consisting of 5 x 9.5 MW MHIVestas V164 9.5 and 1 x 2 MW Vestas V80 on PPI Windfloat substructures. The first generation was achieved in September 2018 and the full development will be complete in early 2021.

In 2018, in conjunction with Nicol Stevenson he founded Flotation Energy to progress Offshore wind developments in the UK and internationally.

Matthew Prescott – Heathrow Airport
Heathrow Airport: Our Plan for Sustainable Growth.

As Head of Carbon Policy and Innovation, Matt leads Heathrow’s approach to Net Zero and its supporting research and innovation. Previously he led its sustainable innovation portfolio through the Heathrow Centre of Excellence.

Matt’s early career was focussed on built environment sustainability. He also directed a climate change policy programme at a leading UK think tank. For the past decade, Matt has led the development of sustainability strategies in sectors as diverse as healthcare, education, transport, food and infrastructure.

Matt is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a Fellow of IEMA and a Trustee of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.

Richard Murphy – University of Surrey

Richard is Director of the Centre for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Surrey, Professor of Life Cycle Assessment and the University Theme Champion for Sustainability Research. His background is in plant and fungal biology research involving work in the UK, New Zealand, The Netherlands and Columbia, Malaysia and India. Since 1992 he has used Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to understand how to make materials, resource use (incl. land) and energy systems more sustainable.

He has authored/co-authored over 150 scientific publications and conference papers and has co-founded three spin-out companies (Mycologix Ltd, LCAworks Ltd and Chrysalix Technologies Ltd).

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Mining & Minerals (IOM3) and the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), a past President of the Institute of Wood Science (IWSc) and is a life member of the International Research Group on Wood Preservation. Richard has advised the UK Climate Change Committee on LCA and bioenergy and has bene a member of DEFRA’s Hazardous Substances Advisory Committee since 2013.