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Guest Speakers

Dr Jeffrey D. Sachs
World-renowned economics professor, author,
educator, and global leader in sustainable development.

Dr. Jeffrey D. Sachs

Jeffrey D. Sachs is widely recognised for bold and effective strategies to address complex global challenges. He serves as the Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, where he holds the rank of University Professor, the university’s highest academic rank. He is President of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, a commissioner of the UN Broadband Commission for Development, and an SDG Advocate for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. From 2001-18, Sachs served as Special Advisor to UN Secretaries-General Kofi Annan (2001-7), Ban Ki-moon (2008-16), and António Guterres (2017-18). 
Sachs has authored and edited numerous books, including three New York Times bestsellers. He was twice named among Time magazine’s 100 most influential world leaders and has received 34 honorary degrees. Sachs was the co-recipient of the 2015 Blue Planet Prize, the leading global prize for environmental leadership. The New York Times called Sachs “probably the most important economist in the world,” and Time magazine called Sachs “the world’s best-known economist.” A survey by The Economist ranked Sachs as among the three most influential living economists.

Hugo Tagholm

‘Thriving ocean, Thriving people’. Hugo is Chief Executive of the national marine conservation and campaigning charity Surfers Against Sewage (SAS). He is an environmentalist, campaigner, surfer, charity professional and a TEDx speaker. Surfers Against Sewage takes action from the beach front to the front benches of Parliament, where it unites a voice for the ocean through its Ocean Conservation All Party Parliamentary Group. It mobilises over 100,000 community beach and river clean volunteers annually and has been instrumental in helping introduce and enforce new government legislation to protect our seas. Hugo has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science for his services to marine conservation by the University of Exeter.

Hugo Tagholm
Surfers Against Sewage
Pip Burch
Greenpeace speaker

Philippa Burch

Pip is in the final year of an English degree at the University of Exeter. She was inspired to become a Greenpeace Speaker after studying representations of ecology in world literature. She enjoys combining her love of communication with her commitment to sustainability and meets with schools and organisations across the South West.

Guest Panellists

Dr Tim Fox

Independent Consultant
Head of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, Bennamann Ltd

Dr Tim Fox is an internationally recognised expert in climate change mitigation and adaptation with specialist knowledge of clean energy, sustainable cooling, sea level rise, process engineering-based industries and sustainable food systems. He works with academia, businesses, development banks and NGOs, and has worked with international bodies such as the UN, the EU, national governments in the UK, Europe, North America, SE Asia and the Indo-Pacific Region. Tim is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE), where he chairs the Sustainable Net-Zero Cooling Working Group. He represents the IMechE on the UK Infrastructure Operators Adaptation Forum (IOAF). He is also Chair of the University of Exeter’s Renewable Energy Industrial Advisory Group, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA).

Dr Kelly Haynes

STEM Engagement Officer, Environment Agency
Prevention of Plastic Pollution

Dr Kelly Haynes works as the STEM engagement officer for the Preventing Plastic Pollution Interreg project at the Environment Agency. The Plastics and Sustainability team at the Environment Agency create and deliver educational material for all age groups focussing on the sources and impact of plastic pollution on our natural environment, and ways of reducing the amount of avoidable plastic we use in our everyday life. Kelly has extensive experience working within tropical marine ecology, assisting and leading on undergraduate field courses to Borneo, Egypt, Indonesia and Honduras. Her research interests include ecosystem functioning and responses to anthropogenic impacts, including marine litter and microplastics. She has worked in education and wildlife conservation for the last 12 years, seeing first-hand the fantastic work young people are doing to protect and raise awareness of the issues around plastic pollution.

Bertie Herrtage

Senior Coach, Crowdfunder UK

Bertie Herrtage is a coach for Crowdfunder UK. He works with independent businesses or charities who are doing something completely fresh, new and exciting. He draws a great deal of energy from working with the people behind these projects, who are hugely determined and inspired to make a difference. Bertie has also led volunteer teams as part of an entrepreneurship programme to tackle unemployment amongst the youth population in rural Tanzania for Raleigh International. He has worked as an intern for British Solar Renewables, and for the Kalu Yala Company which owns 500+ acres of Panamanian Jungle, a slice of which is used as a pioneering sustainable eco-community.

Steve Jermy

Chair/CEO at Wavehub Limited

Steve Jermy CMarTech FIMarEST FNI is an Offshore Renewable Energy professional and Chartered Marine Renewables Technologist, with wide ranging operational leadership experience. Steve is a former naval officer with over 35 years offshore experience, including in sea command, sea training, naval aviation, ships diving, fishery protection, SAR, oil & gas security, and offshore renewable energy. He is currently Chair/CEO at Wavehub Ltd; Non-Executive Director with lead for energy & marine, at Cornwall & Isle of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership; Managing Director at Tide Mills Limited. Wavehub is Cornwall’s premier offshore renewables test & evaluation facility, with the capacity to take both floating offshore wind and wave energy technologies.

Victor Rosansky

Co-Founder, LHR International LLC

Victor Rosansky consults with Boards of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations across Canada and the U.S. He is the co-founder of LHR International, a management consultancy that aligns organisational culture and people. Victor has an M.A. in Economics from Boston University, an MBA in Healthcare, and an M.A. in Psychology from Brandeis University. He has taught economics and organisational behavior at Boston University, consulting skills at the Hult International School of Business, implemented coaching and mentoring skills at SUNY’s Levin Institute, and was a guest lecturer at the International University of Japan. Victor is currently on the Board of the Ashokan Foundation whose mission is to create a learning environment where kids work on environmental and climate issues.

Jo Ruxton

Founder, Ocean Generation
(formerly Plastic Oceans UK)

Jo Ruxton is a passionate campaigner for the oceans. She started the first marine programme for WWF in Hong Kong, being a key advocate for the establishment of the first marine parks there. Jo has worked as a Producer for the BBC Natural History Unit and was a lead member of the BBC’s diving team, producing and directing underwater sequences since the first days of filming on Blue Planet in 1997. When she started to hear about the problem of plastic waste in the oceans, she produced A Plastic Ocean, the multi-award-winning Netflix documentary film that was released in 2017 in more than 70 countries. She founded the charity, Ocean Generation, to continue the legacy of the film through education and outreach programmes which are not expanding to address wider ocean issues in line with the UN Decade of Ocean Science.

Greg Springer

Commercial Director, Tregothnan

Greg Springer is Commercial Director for Tregothnan. Tregothnan is a rare example of a living and working private estate, supporting many families and communities in a protected environment. Tregothnan has the largest historic, botanic garden in Cornwall. Over its 700 years Tregothnan has always taken very seriously its role as a steward of the natural world. For example, acres of woodland are planted every year as part of the estate’s management of ancient English woods and commercial tree operations. In addition, the botanical team daily tend to thousands of species of plants, some of whom were thought to be extinct, or are on critical lists in their wild habitats. Tea is also grown, harvested and processed on the estate with renewable electricity, which reduces the air miles of the tea sold, sequesters CO2 and provides soil stabilisation.

Jessica Stanton

Former International Aid Worker
Entrepreneur

Jessica Stanton worked as an International Aid Worker for Save the Children and ShelterBox and has been deployed all over the world to countries including Somalia, Iraq, Haiti and many others which have suffered the devastating effects of homelessness due to natural disasters and war. Jessica has since created several businesses in the hospitality and events sector in Cornwall, all with a commitment to the environment and/or community and has recently been appointed to the Board of Trustees for ‘Emmaus Cornwall’, a homeless charity focusing on helping the most vulnerable in our community. Having witnessed first-hand the devastating effects of climate change on people around the world, Jessica believes we all share the responsibility to make the necessary changes to help our planet heal. Despite the enormity of the challenge, Jessica encourages changemakers to take heed of the African Proverb: ‘If you feel you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito!’

Emily Stevenson

Co-Founder, Beach Guardian

Emily Stevenson is part of the Y7 Youth Forum on Climate and the Environment. She is a marine biologist and the co-founder of the award-winning social enterprise, Beach Guardian, which aims to engage, educate and empower against plastic pollution. Emily is also a budding environmental reporter, with her weekly ‘Tune in Tuesday’ video blog and social media pages reaching over 8 million people worldwide. In 2019, Emily’s work received recognition as a Point of Light award recipient from the British Prime Minister and a Young Citizen Award from the Rotary Club in Great Britain and Ireland. In 2020, Emily was awarded the highest accolade a young person can achieve for social action and humanitarian efforts: the Diana Award.

Hugo Tagholm

Chief Executive, Surfers Against Sewage

Hugo Tagholm is Chief Executive of the national marine conservation and campaigning charity Surfers Against Sewage (SAS). The charity takes action from the beach front to the front benches of Parliament, where it unites a voice for the ocean through its Ocean Conservation All Party Parliamentary Group. It mobilises over 100,000 community beach and river clean volunteers annually and has been instrumental in helping introduce and enforce new government legislation to protect our seas. Hugo is an environmentalist, award-winning campaigner, surfer, charity professional and a TEDx speaker. He has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science for his services to marine conservation by the University of Exeter.

Dr Joanie Willett

Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Exeter
Co-Director, Institute of Cornish Studies

Joanie Willett is a Senior Lecturer in Politics who has contributed to a number of Parliamentary Inquiries, such as the House of Lords Select Committee on the Rural Economy “Time for a Strategy for the Local Economy”, and the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee’s “Fixing Fashion: Clothing, Consumption, and Sustainability”. She is invited to present her research internationally in both policy and academic settings, including the European Union Committee of the Regions, The European Parliament, the University of California Berkeley, the Virginia Tech Office for Economic Development, Feile Belfast, the National Association of Local Councils, and the Ministry for Housing, Communities, and Local Government. Joanie is also currently Co-Director of the Institute of Cornish Studies. She also helps to coordinate the Creative Exchange, a University of Exeter programme which brings together artists and researchers to develop joint projects.