Charging forward for a sustainable future

Date: Thursday 12th October 2023
Time: 03:45 PM - 06:00 PM
Location: Chester Zoo, Chester, , CH2 1LE
Cost: Free
Green Economy
Member Event
SME Club

In collaboration with global conservation charity, Chester Zoo, join us to discuss sustainability challenges, building connections and exploring solutions for a sustainable future.

Networking will take place in in "Planet Shark: Predator or Prey" exhibition. Prepare to be mesmerised by a 360-degree underwater digital display with these magnificent creatures that have captivated humankind for generations.

After a thrilling shark adventure, hear about the vital role Chester Zoo plays in creating a world where nature can survive and thrive and the steps they’re taking to become a leader in sustainability. Comprised of experts from various industries, we’ll then open out to a broader panel discussion on sustainability challenges and building hope for a sustainable future. We’ll be announcing our panel members over the next few weeks so watch this space.

About the Speakers:

Jennifer Kelly Head of Sustainability - Chester Zoo

Jennifer leads Chester Zoo’s sustainability work as a major conservation charity and the most visited attraction outside London. She leads the delivery of Chester Zoo’s targets to be carbon net zero in scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2030, towards a zero waste operation by 2030, to procure deforestation-free commodities from major supply chains and to deliver net gain for UK biodiversity on site, with 30% of landholdings managed for UK biodiversity by 2030. Jennifer also works to influence visitors, governments and wider industry, to empower them to deliver a sustainable future.

Jennifer has previously worked from Arup and public sector bodies with a background in policy, strategy and driving sustainable outcomes with a strong business case for change.

Bev Taylor Energy & Environment Director - Bruntwood

Having headed up Bruntwood’s energy business for nine years, Bev now focuses on Bruntwood’s environmental efforts as the business aims for long-term sustainable growth and continues its drive to become net zero carbon by 2030 (in areas under its operational control). As an expert in sustainability in the built environment, Bev is a regular speaker on a range of topics, including:

  • Achieving net zero
  • Energy
  • Biodiversity and green spaces
  • Sustainable materials
  • Sustainable transport
  • Water
  • Waste and recycling
  • Environmental, social and governance (ESG) in the built environment
  • The challenges of integrating ESG in construction
Brad Blundell Director - Anthesis

Based in Manchester, Brad is Managing Director of the Anthesis Europe, Middle East, and Latin America (EMELA) region. With over 35 years of professional experience in environmental and sustainability professional services, Brad has worked with the team at Anthesis since inception in 2013 and has directed and delivered projects and programmes in technology, aerospace, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, finance and construction and development.

Stephanie Palmer Head of Sustainability - Wienerberger UK

Stephanie is responsible for the development and implementation of Wienerberger’s sustainability strategy in the UK. Through the sustainability strategy Stephanie is guiding Wienerberger toward the goal of becoming a net-zero, nature positive business. With support from a small but mighty team, she works across multiple departments to help them manage transition risks and identify opportunities to increase resilience. Stephanie has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and a Master of Business Administration. She is Chair of IEMA’s Circular Economy Network and was recognised in edie’s 30 Under 30 for her work as a talented sustainability professional.

Jamie Christon Chief Executive Officer - Chester Zoo

Jamie joined Chester Zoo in 2013 as Chief Operating Officer and became Chief Executive in 2021.

He spent the first part of his career in high street retail and food & beverage operations before moving into commercial management in transportation including Manchester airport Group, Balfour Beatty and Stena Line.

Jamie is responsible for the delivery of the zoos strategy which included the development of Islands (opened in 2015), commercial developments such as The Oakfield pub, The Square wedding venue and Heart of Africa and The Reserve Hotel development.

He is also leading work to ensure the resilience of Chester Zoo as a major conservation education charity and visitor attraction, including plans up to and beyond 2030, incorporating sustainability, public affairs, education facilities and commercial growth. These shall all support both the Conservation Masterplan and the Strategic Development Plan of Chester Zoo.

Interested In The Event?

If you’re interested in attending, you can book online here.

For any further enquires about this event, contact [email protected]

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