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2018 Speakers

Charlotte Morton

Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive, We Are Orchard Ltd

A practising lawyer for 10 years, Charlotte Morton studied for her MBA at London Business School before setting up a car club business. Asked to establish the business side of ADBA in 2009, she saw the potential of an industry that can deliver huge potential and value to the UK. Given the even bigger global potential, which must be achieved if the Paris Climate Change targets and UN Sustainable Development Goals are to be met, Charlotte played a pivotal role in establishing the World Biogas Association in 2016 to promote and increase the rate of uptake of biogas globally. Charlotte is also on the board of Green Gas Trading Ltd, which runs the Biomethane Certification Scheme.


Martin Rich, Co-founder & Executive Director, Future-Fit Foundation

Martin Rich is a sustainability and impact investment specialist, with over 20 years experience in both mainstream and social investment. Prior to co-founding Future-Fit Foundation, Martin spent 7 years as Sales Director at Social Finance, where he focused on developing the investor base for social impact investments. Before that he worked for 13 years in international investment banking on structured debt and derivative products for JP Morgan, HSBC and UBS.  Martin has a passion for sustainable development and poverty relief. He is a Non-Exec Director and Chair of the Endowment Investment Committee of Access Foundation, sits on the Investment Committee for Panahpur Foundation and the Assets & Liabilities Committee for the Social Investment Business, and is a member of Christian Aid’s “In Their Lifetime” Campaign Directorate. He is also a former member of the Asset Allocation Working Group for the G8 Social Investment Task Force.
Martin holds a double-Masters in Engineering from Queens’ College, Cambridge.

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Dr Jim Totty, Managing Partner, Sustainable Technology Investors Limited

Jim joined Sustainable Technology Investors Ltd (“STIL”) in 2011 after previously working in private equity and energy roles at Citi, PricewaterhouseCoopers and earlier in academia. He invests in sustainable technology, services and manufacturing businesses, and asset development platforms. STIL manages family office capital, institutional funds, and high net worth investments through private equity funds. STIL focuses on growth capital and venture capital investments, and on sustainable infrastructure. Jim is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds an MA in Physics from the University of Cambridge, and an MSc and PhD in Physics from Imperial College London.

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Chris Huhne, Senior Advisor, Engaged Tracking

Chris Huhne is a director of, and adviser to, a number of businesses in renewable energy, energy saving and climate change. He is currently senior adviser for Engaged Tracking, which provides investor information on low carbon companies. Formerly the UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, as well as a member of the UK and European Parliaments, he was responsible for a UK political party’s first comprehensive zero-carbon change programme. Before politics, he founded the sovereign group at IBCA and Fitch Ratings, where he was group managing director. Chris holds a first class degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University.

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Richard Barker, Adviser and Investment Committee Member, Iona Capital

Richard is an Adviser and Investment Committee Member at Iona Capital, a leading investor into the UK bio-energy sector with over £200m FUM. Richard was previously CEO of Biogen, the largest UK food waste AD builder and operator. He has also founded businesses in the aluminium recycling and chemical process technology sectors, following his early career in strategic consulting and investment banking. Richard is passionate about addressing the threat of climate change and is a member of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps.”


Robert Hokin, Chief Executive and Managing Partner, Greenbackers Investment Capital

Greenbackers provides growth capital – equity, asset and project finance to later stage start-ups, both as brokers to over 4000 sources of cleantech funding globally and directly, via the Greenbackers Cleantech Fund, in partnership with Innvotec. Robert has spent over 25 years in technology and finance with the last 10 focussed on cleantech. Prior to Greenbackers, Robert chaired ecoConnect CIC, a leading green industry business forum and network, was Founder of The Cleantech Innovate Showcase and held corporate management positions in technology and finance at ABB, Worldcom, GEC-Marconi plc and McAfee (now Intel Security). Robert is also a Technology Assessor for Innovate UK and a member of The Environmental Industries Commission.

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Tom Kennard, Director, Granted Consultancy Ltd

Director responsible for project architecture, drawing together social, financial and environmental pillars for UK & EU funds £50k-£2.5m. Specialisms include clean-tech, fin-tech, robotics and low carbon.


Rob Saunders, Head of Energy, Innovate UK

Rob Saunders has led the energy programme at Innovate UK since January 2013 following 18 months leading the offshore renewables area, setting up business-led innovation programmes in wind, wave & tidal energy.  Prior to this he worked at Imperial College on UK Energy Research Centre projects, including leading the analysis of global biomass energy potential.  Rob read the Engineering Tripos at Cambridge University, specialising in mechanical engineering design and materials.  From there he went into manufacturing process innovation in the food and packaging industries, where he held a number of innovation management roles. Rob retrained in energy, graduating from the Imperial College London MSc programme in Environmental Technology & Energy Policy in 2010.”


Thomas Zvesper, Patent Attorney, Marks & Clerk

Thomas is a Patent Attorney who works predominantly within the field of biotechnology, including areas such as immunology, genetics, pharmaceuticals and mechanical inventions such as medical devices. His workload encompasses drafting and prosecuting patent applications, filing and defending Oppositions, the preparation of Appeals and generally representing clients before the UK Intellectual Property Office and the European Patent Office for a wide range of clients from small start-ups and university technology transfer offices through to large multinational companies. In addition to prosecuting applications in the UK and Europe, Thomas has extensive experience in managing global patent portfolios and has prosecuted applications to grant in (among others) the US, China, India and Japan


Dr Tom Mitchell,  Director, Climate-KIC UK & Ireland

Tom Mitchell joined Climate-KIC in July 2016 as Director for the UK and Ireland. Previously, he was Head of Climate and Environment at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS). Tom also served on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as Lead Author of the Special Report on Extreme Events and Disasters,  and as a Lead Author of the IPCC 5th Assessment Report. He has a PhD from University College London on national level strategy planning for strengthening resilience to extreme events. Tom has been deeply involved in Climate-KIC’s strategic development, and is part of the team working on a ‘theory of change for a 1.5 degree world’, which shapes the organisation’s Calls for Proposals, innovation priorities and partnership strategy.