Managing Partner, Earth Capital
Partner, Head of Crowd Funding, Downing LLP
Since co-founding britishairways.com in 1994, Julia has invested a combination of her time and money in a series of new businesses in the digital and environmental sectors, including most recently Trillion Fund, a loan based crowdfunding platform for renewable energy projects. She co-founded the UK Crowdfunding Association in 2012, and has been instrumental in reforming regulation for crowd investors, and in the creation of the new Innovative Finance ISA. Julia joined Downing in March 2016 to lead the crowdfunding business www.downingcrowd.co.uk, offering asset-backed bonds to retail investors.
Dr Rob Wylie
Chairman, Cambridge Agritech
Rob has focused on technology commercialisation and impact investing in resource efficiency sectors for around 30 years. He is co-founder and Chairman of a number of impact investment firms including WHEB, Cambridge Agritech and Five Seasons VC. He is a board director of several companies promoting reduced chemical use and resource efficiency in agriculture and founder trustee of the Alexandra Wylie Tower Foundation which helps disadvantaged children and homeless teenagers achieve their self-worth and aspirations.
A chemist with an MA and PhD from Cambridge, Rob spent ten years in Shell’s agrochemical business before working in the 1980s with Rothschild’s Bioscience unit investigating environmental investment opportunities. He then joined KPMG where he worked on numerous M&A and privatisation transactions as well as on the development of environmental funds in Central and Eastern Europe.
General Manager, Zipcar UK
Jonathan Hampson is the General Manager of Zipcar UK, the leading car club provider in the UK. He has worked for Zipcar and its predecessor Streetcar for over 10 years – originally coming to the company as a consumer of the service. Instrumental in Zipcar’s growth, Jonathan is a passionate advocate of the sector and what it can deliver to help London meet the challenges posed by congestion and poor air quality. His focus has been on how the public and private sector can work together to maximise the benefits of solutions like car sharing. Jonathan is responsible for leading on ensuring that Zipcar continues to pioneer new developments in the car club sector and realise a vision of cities where car sharers outnumber car owners.
Christopher J. Morris
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Sustainable Ventures
Entrepreneur in residence, InMotion Ventures (Jaguar LandRover)
Joseph Seal-Driver is the Entrepreneur in residence for InMotion Ventures (Jaguar Land Rover).He has worked exclusively in ‘mobility’ for over a decade. Prior InMotion Joseph was the UK General Manager for ofo bike sharing, the CEO for DriveNow UK (BMW and SIXT), and has also held positions at Zipcar.
He has previously advised start-up companies the Champion Agency and Jumpinstudent.com (Acquired by Addison Lee), and also holds a voluntary position as a trustee of Comouk the shared transportation charity. He read Environmental Science at the University of Leeds, before working at the Eden Project and at a sustainable communications consultancy Futerra.
Head of Seed Tribe Investment, Angel Investment Network
Liv started left a career at Goldman Sachs to launch her foodtech startup, GrubClub, which she sold to Eatwith in 2017.
As an ex-founder, she was only too aware of the challenges entrepreneurs face in raising funds and wanted to help make this process more efficient and transparent. So, she then joined Angel Investment Network (having raised money for Grub Club through them) to launch and grow SeedTribe, a spinoff platform focused specifically on connecting “impactful” businesses with investors.
She is also a Board member of UCL’s Fast Forward 2030, which aims to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs to launch businesses that address the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Dr Mark Taylor
Deputy Director for Energy Innovation Science and Innovation for Climate and Energy (SICE) Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
Mark undertook his doctorate, laminar-turbulent transition prediction techniques for supersonic transport swept wings in Cambridge and then joined Rolls-Royce Aerospace to design jet engine compressors. Since then, he has worked on turbo-chargers, combustion, oil tankers, HVAC and acoustics and spent 12 years as Principal Aerodynamicist at the McLaren Racing Formula 1 team followed by a brief stint as Chief CAE Engineer at Gordon Murray Design. Mark currently works as a Deputy Director at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) responsible for Programme Delivery of Science and Innovation for Climate and Energy. Mark oversees major energy innovation programmes in a £505m Portfolio including
Hy4Heat, CCUS, Industrial Fuel Switching, Energy Entrepreneurs Fund and the upcoming Clean Growth Venture Capital Fund.
Director of Technology and Innovation
Places for People
Julie is Director of Technology and Innovation at Places for People, one the UK’s largest housing developers.
Julie’s objectives are to drive innovation across the placemaking activities of the organisation, identifying new technology and new business models that will create a step change in the property industry and across the entire value chain.
Part of this role is to incorporate technology into existing assets to optimise their performance, and to significantly improve customer experience. Driving the use of digital twins from design and planning on to asset management, through to identifying smart technology for the elimination of social isolation, illustrates the broad range of opportunities for proptech and placetech, for which Julie has responsibility.
Following on from her recent role at Siemens as global lead for Smart Cities, Julie seeks to now bridge the gap between the technology supply chain and the developers whose role it is to adopt and manage these systems and to seek wider adoption of innovative technology in the delivery of ‘places’.
Julie is a member of the Smart London Board and is Chair of the Managing Board of UKCRIC, the UK’s leading urban infrastructure research community.
Advisor, Activator and Podcaster, Inspiring Sustainability
Adam is an expert in storytelling, strategy & sustainability with a deep understanding of what generates business growth. He is dedicated to helping clients understand their key audiences and develop their narrative so it resonates with these audiences.
Over the last 12 years he’s worked with some of the world’s largest organisations on their sustainability, but is now 100% focused on the game changers: sustainable, low carbon, circular economy start-ups and scale-ups, helping them tell their story and turn commercial potential into exponential reality.
Project Manager Hydro Nation Water Innovation Services, Arup
Arlene Goode is a Chartered Engineer and a Chartered Water and Environmental Manager, and is Associate in Arup’s Water Advisory team. She has worked with and advised water solution providers in taking products to market and is currently leading Arup’s role as Network Integrator for the Hydro Nation Water Innovation Service for the next 3 years, providing support and opportunities for innovative businesses in Scotland to create and grow sustainable solutions for the global water and wastewater sector. The innovation service is designed to foster innovation, supporting Scotland’s vision to become a Hydro Nation.
Strategy advisor, futurist, facilitator
David is passionate about playing his part in the generation that enacts a sustainable footing. Until 2016, David worked at Forum for the Future, an independent non-profit working globally to solve complex sustainability challenges, most recently as Director of Sustainable Business. He advised dozens of companies in the UK, USA and India on how they can be more successful by creating a sustainable future. Often that involved using futures techniques, such as scenario planning. He remains a contributing Affiliate.
Now independent, David is working at the frontier of shaping economic transformation, including: the Institute for Global Prosperity at UCL, with a global programme on ’the practice of economic transformation for global prosperity’; developing a ‘Gigatonne Lab’ to accelerate a rapid transition to a zero carbon world; as a Practice Advisor at the International Futures Forum, fostering practical hope and wise initiative in challenging circumstances; and, as Chair of EIRIS Foundation, helping responsible investors make a difference.
Senior Innovation Lead – Growth and Scale
Clean Growth and Infrastructure, Innovate UK
Christian leads our growth and scale programme for clean growth and infrastructure at Innovate UK and focusses on connecting our innovator community to follow on investment activities. This is delivered through a number of activities including investment showcases, entrepreneur missions and alternative finance with a focus on supporting clean growth businesses to enable them to grow and scale more effectively.
Christian has been at Innovate UK since 2007 joining to develop and deliver the nanoscale technologies and advanced materials strategies utilising his materials science background. In 2012 Christian moved into the energy team to develop and lead its energy systems programme, before taking his current role in December 2016.
His industry background focusses around research and business development with Rio Tinto Minerals predominantly in the materials sector.
Christian holds a BEng in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Surrey before he moved directly into industry with experience of working at Johnson Matthey as part of his studies.
Director, KML Intermin Ltd.
Karen is Director of the consultancy KML Interim Ltd. Karen has spent the past 30 years in several diverse sectors and a mixture of blue chip and SME organisations. Working for the Energy Saving Trust for over a decade provided Karen with broad sustainability knowledge, which was further strengthened in a role as a trustee and latterly Vice Chair of the community energy charity Pure Leapfrog. Karen has also recently provided key services for Grant Thornton to support the growth of small businesses in all sectors, with a particular interest in how smaller, ethically-driven entrepreneurial businesses can help drive a vibrant economy in London and deliver profits with purpose.
Investment Director, Sustainable Ventures
At Sustainable Ventures Susannah leads investment and accelerator activities for early-early stage start-ups. Susannah holds more than 20 years’ experience in start-up development and finance. Prior to Sustainable Ventures, Susannah held cleantech finance and operations roles at Tamar Energy, where she worked on anaerobic digestion projects, and Carbon Trust Enterprises, where she successfully created a low carbon property fund. Susannah has also worked as a venture capitalist for Impax Asset Management, a private equity fund dedicated to changing resource economics, and as an International Manager at HSBC Bank Plc.
Susannah is passionate about business models which aim to maximise the use of funds and resources to create sustainable enterprises that achieve specific environmental or social outcome; she holds Board and Trustee positions for both start-ups and charities focussed on environmental and social outcomes.
Willem van Hasselt
Investor Relations, Solar Impulse Foundation
Dutch by nationality with an international and French education, Willem has lived and travelled across the world, particularly in Asia.
With an avid enthusiasm to promote a better quality of life on our planet, he is currently working for the Solar Impulse Foundation. His mission: looking for 1,000 innovations that are both clean and profitable, with the potential to protect the environment while sustaining economic growth.
Willem has a Research Master’s degree in Chinese Studies, and a professional background in financial communication, having worked as a pan-European PR consultant in real estate investment and asset management.
Head of Commercial Innovation, Transport for London
Rikesh is accountable for TfL’s engagement with market innovators that includes start-ups, small and medium-sized enterprises, academics, R&D institutes, accelerators, venture capitalists and large corporates. By shaping this eco-system of innovative companies and institutes, TfL’s multi-disciplinary Commercial Innovation function which launched in 2017 – set up by Rikesh – to define clear problem statements, engage with the most innovative companies from across the world, curate and incubate the best ideas and then scale them to support the delivery of the Mayor’s Transport Strategy.
A wide range of challenges have resulted in innovators solving some of London challenges in areas such as promoting active travel, delivering more homes and reducing the adverse impact of roadworks using a innovative procurement techniques. Rikesh has also overseen TfL’s first corporate programme with Bosch as an 18 month pilot which entails TfL sharing key problem statements and data for Bosch and its eco-system to develop innovative prototypes and solutions.
Rikesh was previously responsible for TfL’s world leading open data strategy and set up a digital and data partnerships function. As a result of TfL’s open data, there are nearly 700 apps used by 42% of Londoners with over 14,000 registered users, mainly developers. This also resulted in shaping innovative partnerships with leading platforms including Apple, Google, Waze and Twitter aligned to the city’s goals. A recent study illustrated the overall value of open data to London to be worth £130m per annum.
Rikesh also is a member of the Smart London Board which is charged helping the Mayor shape his vision and strategy for London’s smart city agenda and investment in data infrastructure.
Technology Architect, Lendlease
Rupert has been working in the field of Smart Cities and urban energy systems for 15 years. He is a past member of the Greater London Authority Smart London Board and has spoken at UK and global smart city events on the role that digital technology can play in facilitating urban regeneration.
In his role at Lendlease he is responsible for formulating and implementing Digital Technology strategy for their European projects. He is currently working across a number of high profile urban regeneration schemes, including Euston HS2 over-station development, Silvertown, Elephant & Castle, International Quarter London, Birmingham Smithfield and Milan Innovation District.
Co-Founder, ChangeNOW Summit
Head, Green Economy & Innovation, C40 Cities
Director, Green Angel Syndicate
Cam manages Technical Due Diligence for Green Angel Syndicate, a network of smart investors who are committed to the transition to a greener economy. We support early stage technology companies developing products and solutions for a more efficient and sustainable use of global resources.
This unique specialization, alongside the knowledge and experience of our members, creates exciting opportunities with the potential for attractive returns.
Managing Partner, First Imagine! Ventures
Business Development Officer
London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB)
CEO, Qualis Flow
Brittany has spent 7 years in Civil Engineering and is a recognised thought leader, in building sustainable futures, within the Institution of Civil Engineers. She has experience in managing complex teams on challenging project. She and Jade co-founded an international NGO in 2016 (WASHable International) which is now being run by their Canadian co-founders.
Head of Innovation Lending, Innovate UK
Nigel is part of the team delivering Innovate UK’s £50m innovation loans pilot programme. He is a director and member of the credit committee of Innovate UK Loans Ltd. Prior to this role, he headed the organisation’s support for innovative SMEs in gaining access to private sector capital to accelerate the journey from concept to commercialisation.
Nigel has a background in the financial services industry, having qualified as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Whinney and spent over 10 years at each of Deutsche Bank and GE Capital. At GE, he established the European ‘Access GE’ programme, advising, coaching and mentoring management teams of businesses owned by private equity firms on operational excellence, acquisition integration, strategy development and leadership.