Sustainability describes a world that does not live by eating into its capital, whether natural, economic or social. Chartered accountants - and finance professionals in general - all have a role to play if sustainability goals are to be met. The work being undertaken by ICAEW in this area is focused on changing behaviour to drive sustainable outcomes.
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Professor Warren Manning, Provost Innovation and Research
As a Provost - Innovation and Research, Prof. Manning drives forward its strategic ambitions for research excellence, knowledge exchange and commercial and enterprise activities.Prof. Manning spends much of his time engaging with external businesses and organisations, across the region, to ensure our expertise is having real impact for our partners. As Provost - Innovation and Research, he provides the leadership to further promote and embed an innovation and research culture aligned to our strategy.
David Grant studied Physics at the University of York, then three years later obtained a PhD for his research on permeation studies of hydrogen in steels and the effect of surface oxides while at the Oxford Research Unit of the Open University. He then spent three years at the National Research Council of Canada in the Division of Chemistry as a post doctoral Research Associate working on metal hydride systems. He returned to the UK for a research position at the Oxford Research Unit and then joined Nottingham University as a Lecturer in Materials and started the Biomaterials group while expanding his portfolio into coatings and shape memory materials. He was then promoted to Senior lecturer, then Reader in Materials Science and then Prof of Materials Science.
David Grant heads the Advanced Materials Research Group at The University of Nottingham and has wide ranging research interests in Energy storage systems and multi-component systems for storing hydrogen and also using these materials as thermal stores; He has worked on over 100 projects both fundamental and applied with industry translating IP through patents and collaborative projects and has spent a secondment with industry for two years. Currently he is the Director of the University of Nottingham's Beacon in Propulsion Futures.
Hannah Leggatt, Senior Environment Manager, HS2
Hannah Leggatt is currently the Senior Environment Manager for Curzon Street station and also seconded as a Project Manager for the route wide ecology packages on the Early Works contract at HS2. Hannah likes to think of herself as the custodian/guardian for the environment for HS2, In essence she is the single point of contact within her team for all matters related to the environment, ensuring that as a project HS2 is reducing and mitigating the environmental impact in constructing and delivering the HS2 project. Her role also includes working alongside specific topic specialists’ colleagues within the organisation to develop mitigation strategies and solutions. Prior to this Hannah worked for Amey and Kier, where her role was mitigating the environmental impact of delivering highways schemes on the Highways England contracts.
Hannah is also passionate about helping to change the views of the construction industry and the environment sector, for young people and to help pave the way for other young women to choose a career within this interesting and exciting industry. She does this through various initiatives as a mentor through The Girls Network programme which provides young girls with a role model to help support them in their career journeys, as well as being an Envision and Social Mobility Mentor and also a STEM and a HS2 education ambassador. She has been recognised for her commitments by being included in the Social Mobility UK Honour Roll of 2019/2020 and a shortlisted finalist in the Social Mobility UK Awards in the ‘Rising Star’ category for 2020 and in the upcoming 2021 Social Mobility UK Awards in the ‘Mentor of the Year’ category. She was also a shortlisted finalist in the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce’s awards in the Future Face of Industry category for 2019.
Andy Williams, Director of Business, Investment, and Culture and Coventry City Council
Andy is the Director of Business, Investment, and Culture and Coventry City Council and has almost 20 years’ experience working across the public sector to generate economic growth and attract investment. He is also an executive member of Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership.
Andy has been instrumental in helping to transform Coventry & Warwickshire into a centre of electric vehicle and battery production, creating the conditions for this industry to thrive. This has included securing £130m in funding the locate the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC) in Coventry, which was opened by the Prime Minister in July 2021.
More recently Andy has led the team at Coventry City Council as it develops proposals for a West Midlands Gigafactory and engages closely with the automotive sector and potential investors to develop the opportunity. This includes working with Government, alongside a range of other key economic growth issues and agendas.
Andy also leads on several projects instrumental to the success of the West Midlands region, including Coventry as UK City of Culture 2021, furthering Coventry’s Very Light Rail initiative, regional economic growth, and devolution policy.
Robert Evans, CEO, Cenex
Robert Evans is CEO of Cenex (www.cenex.co.uk), a not-for-profit consultancy and research organisation with a strategic focus on supporting supply chain and market development for Automated, Connected, Electric and Shared (ACES) mobility.
During his 15 years as CEO, Robert has overseen the development and delivery of a range of low carbon vehicle and energy infrastructure projects for electric, hydrogen and gas vehicles, as well as shared mobility projects. He has also established Cenex-LCV (www.cenex-lcv.co.uk) and Cenex-CAM (www.cenex-cam.co.uk) as major UK technology showcasing and networking events for the low carbon vehicle and connected automated mobility communities.
Cenex is recognised for its role in technology transfer, helping assist with the trialling of new technologies as a means of moving from product development research and laboratory test and validation, through to market introduction. Cenex’ research and consultancy projects help de-risk the application of new technologies with first customers and provide an evidence base that can shape policy and market development.
Prior to joining Cenex, Robert developed international markets for energy, environmental and automotive technologies, including fuel cells and vehicle emissions control.
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