The road to COP26
Starts 28 June 2021, 8:00am
Welcome and Keynote
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Can the City of London be the world’s first to deliver climate commitments?
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Featuring Tanya Steele, Benedict McAleenan
How business can achieve net zero?
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Featuring Chris Stark, Tom Delay, Scott Leeder
Bim Afolami MP
Bim Afolami was elected as the Member of Parliament for Hitchin & Harpenden in 2017. He spent ten years in the City first as a corporate lawyer at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett, then as a Senior Executive at HSBC. Through this he helped to advise some of the biggest companies in the world, both British and international. His experience is put to good use in Parliament where he is Chair of several cross-Party groups including the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Renewable and Sustainable Energy, the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Credit Unions, and the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Financial Markets & Services. He is also co-Chair and Net Zero Champion for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Fair Business Banking. He is currently the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. He is a programme committee member for the Ditchley Foundation.
Tanya joined WWF-UK in January 2017 as its first female Chief Executive. Tanya leads the UK office of WWF, the world’s largest independent conservation organisation. She heads up WWF-UK at a critical time in which she is leading the delivery of an ambitious strategy to tackle the catastrophic decline in species and habitats across the world. From climate change to wildlife recovery, the food system to clean oceans – Tanya sees WWF as a critical force for influencing change. Tanya began her career in the tech industry working in product development, marketing and communications in senior roles for Siemens and BT. After nearly 15 years in the private sector, and inspired by a volunteering assignment with the Red Cross, Tanya brought her corporate experience to the charity sector joining Save the Children in 2004 as Executive Director of Marketing, Fundraising and Communications, and later led the organisation as interim Chief Executive. Whilst working in international development, Tanya saw first-hand the impact the environment has on people’s daily lives, particularly in communities which are less resilient to environmental pressures.
Chris Stark is the Chief Executive of the UK Climate Change Committee (CCC), the independent authority on tackling climate change under the UK’s Climate Change Act. Chris leads a team of analysts and specialists, offering expert insight into the challenges of reducing UK emissions and adapting to the changing climate. Chris led the CCC’s work to recommend a ‘Net Zero’ target for the UK – and has since directed detailed analysis and advice on the UK’s path to carbon neutrality. He speaks regularly on the transition to a zero carbon economy and the need to confront climate change with urgency. Chris has wide experience in government. He has designed economic policy in Whitehall, including in HM Treasury and the former Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. He was previously Director of Energy and Climate Change in the Scottish Government, leading the development of the Scottish energy and climate strategies. Twitter: @ChiefExecCCC
Matthew is CBI Chief UK Policy Director and is responsible for developing and shaping the CBI’s domestic policy agenda, including on People and Skills, Infrastructure and Innovation. He also leads the CBI’s work on industrial and regional policy. Matthew is the CBI’s key spokesperson and has responsibility for political relationships and influencing across these areas of UK policy. Matthew joined the CBI in 1999 and has covered a range of business sectors including manufacturing, small business and financial services. As director for competitive markets Matthew led the CBI’s work on competition, regulation and corporate governance as well as campaigns to champion the UK's mid-market and the "Great Business Debate" to build public confidence in business. Immediately prior to taking up his current role, Matthew was Chief of Staff with responsibility for the CBI’s strategy, people and governance. Matthew has considerable experience of engaging with government, regulators and senior business leaders. He is a member of the CBI’s senior leadership team and sits on its Executive Committee.
Tom Delay was appointed as the first chief executive of the Carbon Trust in 2001. Since then, he has grown the company to become a world leader, advising businesses and governments on carbon emissions reduction and the development of low carbon technologies, markets and businesses.
Clare is Group Director of Corporate Affairs at Drax and leads the Group’s internal and external communications, brand, public affairs and corporate social responsibility strategies. She also has responsibility for sustainability, regulation, policy and compliance. Clare has extensive experience in public affairs, communications and stakeholder relations. Before joining Drax, Clare worked at Heathrow, the world’s third busiest airport, where she was Director of Corporate Affairs for six years. Clare’s previous experience also includes roles as Director of Communications at both the Ministry of Justice and E.ON.
Scott has 15 years’ experience in the construction product sector. He joined VELUX in 2015 as director of VELUX Modular Skylights, and was recently appointed Market Director where he heads the business’s core activity in GB & Ireland.
Eamonn Ives is the Head of Energy and Environment at the Centre for Policy Studies. His research focuses on how market-based solutions can mitigate environmental challenges, such as climate change, air pollution, and conservation. He is also a Research Adviser at The Entrepreneurs Network, and previously sat on the advisory board of Climate Assembly UK. Eamonn frequently features in the national print and broadcast media, and tweets @eamonnives.
Kate Andrews is The Spectator’s economics editor. She previously worked as Associate Director at the UK’s leading free market think tank, the Institute of Economic Affairs. She features regularly on flagship political programmes, including BBC’s Question Time, and has a regular slot reviewing the papers on BBC News and Sky News. She has written for the Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Sunday Express and City AM, among other outlets.
Benedict McAleenan is a Senior Adviser to Policy Exchange’s Energy and Environment Unit. He is a public policy advisor with over 13 years’ experience advising on policy development, political risk and thought leadership in the Energy, FMCG, Manufacturing and Engineering sectors. His private sector clients have included National Grid, Centrica Energy, the Renewable Energy Association, Shell, Centrica, Sainsbury’s, Endurance Wind Power and Balfour Beatty.
Katy Balls is the Spectator‘s deputy political editor. She is a regular presenter of the magazine’s daily politics podcast and a columnist for the i newspaper. She was shortlisted for ‘political commentator of the year’ at the 2017 Press Awards. Balls began her career as a diarist on the Telegraph‘s Mandrake column before moving to the political beat. She is not related to Ed Balls. She has a regular podcast, ‘Women with Balls’ – with interviews of women leading the way in their field.