Governance and Organisation - Board of Trustees

Chair – Jeremy Oppenheim

Jeremy Oppenheim is a Director at McKinsey’s London office and leads the global Sustainability and Resource Productivity Practice. In 2011 Jeremy co-authored a major report: Resource Revolution: Meeting the World’s Needs for Energy, Food, Water and Materials. Prior to his 19 years at McKinsey, Jeremy was a Senior Economist at the World Bank, and was one of the founders of UnLtd – The UK Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs. In 2000, under his leadership, UnLtd won the £100m Millennium Trust award, which formed the basis for its support of over 25,000 entrepreneurs across the UK during the following decade He is also a trustee of the Woods Hole Research Centre.

Treasurer – Jonathan Katz

Jonathan has held a number of senior, executive Director roles in strategy, business development and finance for both large UK public companies (Diageo Plc, Sears Plc, E &O Properties Plc) and more recently, as the Chair of smaller, entrepreneurial and VC backed ventures. Jonathan has been a Trustee of Save the Children and the Chair of their commercial operations (shops, catalogue and internet business), and is Chairman of a number of high growth businesses. In addition he is an active Governor for a large comprehensive school in South London, and Chair of their Finance and Development Committee.

Rob Challis

Rob runs Tangent Synergy Ltd, a niche Corporate Responsibility and Risk Management consultancy which has client relationships with many global companies, charities and not for profit organisations. Prior to this, Rob was Global Head of Corporate Responsibility for Man Group. His appointment followed a long career, with a number of Board appointments, with major financial institutions in international banking and finance. He co-founded Quadrant Risk Management (international) Ltd. He has broad experience with a number of major financial institutions and regulators and is a globally recognised expert in strategic and business planning, corporate governance, compliance, climate change, risk assessment and evaluation and embedding these disciplines into global financial institutions.

Ian Christie

Ian Christie is an independent advisor and researcher on sustainable development and environmental issues. He is an associate of the think-tank Green Alliance and is a visiting professor at the Centre for Environmental Strategy, University of Surrey. Previous roles include policy advisor on climate change and environment at the Dept. of Communities and Local Government, 2006-2008; joint Head of Environment, Waste Policy and Economy at Surrey County Council; deputy/acting director of the think-tank Demos; associate director at the Henley Centre for Forecasting Ltd., and senior fellow at the Policy Studies Institute. He was lead author and researcher for the Church of England's new vision for climate action and environmental strategy, published in November 2009 as 'Church and Earth'.

Viki Cooke

Viki is co-founder of UK think tank, Britain Thinks. Following a successful career in advertising, communications and planning, Viki co-founded Opinion Leader Research in 1992. She built this business to become one of the top research and engagement agencies in the UK. She is a Trustee of the charity Changing Faces, and has led the Prince of Wales’s May Day Business Summit on Climate Change. Viki has played a leading role in developing new thinking about social influence, permanent campaigning, reputation management, trust and enabling behaviour change. She is also on the Council of Warwick University.

Jon Kimber

Jon is co-founder and Managing Director of Agility ECO Services. Prior to heading up Agility ECO Services Jon held a number of senior Director positions at British Gas. Most recently he was Managing Director for British Gas New Energy (BGNE). Jon lead the transformation of BGNE from a small start-up division generating £9m of turnover in 2009, to the largest domestic energy services business in the UK with turnover of £200m and profits of £16m by 2012. He has also helped shape the UK’s carbon policy framework supporting the adoption of low carbon products into UK homes and businesses.

Andrew Lee

Andrew is Strategy Director at the South Downs National Park. His previous roles include; Chief Executive of the Sustainable Development Commission, and environmental biologist. 20 years previous to this, he was Campaigns Director and formerly Policy Director for WWF-UK. He was a member of the UK Government’s Round Table on Sustainable Consumption, and has led the Sussex Wildlife Trust.

Laura Sandys MP

Laura is the MP for Thames South. Prior to entering politics, Laura worked at the Consumers’ Association, as a journalist and in public relations and as a Director of the Barter Group, an organisation doing business by exchange of goods rather than cash in the former Eastern Bloc. Laura is a Trustee of the Open University Foundation, a non-executive director on the board of openDemocracy, and a Trustee of the Civic Trust.

Jo Fox

Jo Fox is Director of Now TV at BSkyB. Her previous roles included being Director of ‘The Bigger Picture’ at BSkyB and Head of Corporate Communications at the Environment agency.

DR Candice Howarth

Candice is currently on secondment to the International Stakeholder Engagement Team at DECC. She is a Senior Research Fellow at the Global Sustainability Institute and was previous a Project Manager for the British Council.