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Yorkshire Sustainability week 2023

The Yorkshire Sustainability Conference (YSW 23) was an exceptional two-day event that brought together a diverse range of like-minded individuals committed to sustainability. With nationally recognised speakers and industry trailblazers, attendees immersed themselves in discussions covering various facets of sustainable living.

Day one of the conference centered around the theme of living sustainably, addressing topics such as nature, food, fashion, technology, healthcare, and going green. Throughout the day, participants engaged in keynote sessions, panels dedicated to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and focused talks from industry leaders. The exhibition hall provided an opportunity for networking and connecting with sustainability professionals across sectors.

Highlights from day one included keynote speeches by Areeba Hamid from Greenpeace and Clover Hogan from Force of Nature, discussing the journey from protest to progress. Panels explored the future of retail, sustainable building practices for healthcare, and the burgeoning Greentech scene in Yorkshire.

Day two shifted focus to the themes of future cities, delving into transportation, construction, energy, water, waste management, economy, and manufacturing. Keynote speakers Dr. Wayne Visser and John Elkington discussed the shift from sustainability to regeneration, while panels examined topics such as waste management, energy transition, and the role of green economy in reshaping our economic landscape.

Throughout the event, attendees had the opportunity to engage with experts in various fields, including sustainable food practices, biodiversity conservation, and the development of circular economies. Keynote speeches from industry leaders like Mike Berners-Lee and Roger Wright provided valuable insights into waste management and the urgency of climate action.

Panels on skills development for a green economy, sustainable supply chains in manufacturing, and innovations in water sector showcased the diverse efforts towards achieving sustainability goals. The conference concluded with discussions on smarter, better, and greener approaches to sustainability, emphasising the importance of inclusive solutions and equitable access to resources.

YSW 23 served as a platform for collaboration, knowledge-sharing, and collective action towards building a more sustainable future. Whether seasoned experts or newcomers to the field, attendees left inspired and equipped with new ideas to drive positive change in their respective industries and communities.

2023 Headline Speakers

Anita Frost

Anita Frost

Founder, Green Bean Studios

Anna Ashford

Anna Ashford

Head of Alt Legal

Areeba Hamid

Areeba Hamid

Co-Executive Director, Greenpeace UK

Carly Jane Perry

Carly Jane Perry

Managing Director, Spring Innovation

Chris Kelly

Chris Kelly

Associate Director, Estates Compliance & Risk, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Clover Hogan

Clover Hogan

Executive Director & Founder, Force of Nature

Dr Alan James

Dr Alan James

Partner, Expert Alliance

Jo Fairley

Jo Fairley

Serial Entrepreneur & Co-Founder, Green & Black's

John Elkington

John Elkington

Founder & Chief Pollinator, Volans Ventures

Jordan Brompton

Jordan Brompton

Co-Founder & CMO, myenergi

Mike Berners-Lee

Mike Berners-Lee

Professor, Lancaster University's Environment Centre

Mike Quate

Mike Quate

Director and Co-founder of business consultancy – byDiffusion, and founding member of One for The City

Pam Warhurst

Pam Warhurst

Incredible Edible CIC

Roger Wright

Roger Wright

Waste Strategy & Packaging Manager, Biffa

Sat Mann

Sat Mann

Director and Co-founder of business consultancy – byDiffusion, and founding member of One for The City,

Sri Hollema

Sri Hollema

Founder and Managing Director, Mat Zero

Vee Mapunde

Programme Director, NIHR Surgical MedTech Co-operative,

Wayne Visser

Wayne Visser

Director, Kaleidoscope Futures Lab. Ltd

Yetunde Abdul

Yetunde Abdul

Head of Climate Action, UK Green Building Council (UKGBC)

Speakers

Abigail Marshall Katung

Abigail Marshall Katung

Councillor, Leeds City Council

Adam Cockburn

Adam Cockburn

Head of Architecture Practice, Axiologik Ltd

Ali Morpeth

Ali Morpeth

Healthy & Sustainable Diets @WWF

Andy Needham

Andy Needham

Owner & Managing Director, Surplus Group

Andy Ostcliffe

Head of Ecommerce and Retail Innovation, Oxfam

Angela Barnicle

Angela Barnicle

Chief Officer Asset Management & Regeneration, Leeds City Council

Angela Channer

Angela Channer

Principal Software Craftsperson, Codurance

Antonio Tombanane

Antonio Tombanane

Founder, The Edge Hub

Ben Tolhurst

Ben Tolhurst

Director, Business Declares

Bill Colquhoun

Bill Colquhoun

Founder, World Sustainability Collective

Bo Carter

Bo Carter

Sustainable Fashion Designer, Bo Carter

Caroline Wherritt

Caroline Wherritt

Founder and CEO Re:work

Clive Spooner

Clive Spooner

Global Training Manager, Vernacare

Craige Richardson

Craige Richardson

Director of Estates and Facilities ,Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Curtis Yip

Curtis Yip

Student, Regional Youth Climate Assembly

Danielle Heward

Danielle Heward

Founder, Optimo

David Aspin

David Aspin

Owner, Munroe K

David Loseby

David Loseby

Professor, Leeds University Business School

David Owumi

David Owumi

Founder/CEO, Qinq

Dev Sharma

Dev Sharma

Youth MP & Food Activist, UK Youth Parliament

Dhruv Dev

Dhruv Dev

LBSU President, Leeds Beckett Student Union

Dr Colm Bowe

Dr Colm Bowe

Nature North Development Manager, Nature North

Dr. Esther Pugh

Dr. Esther Pugh

Senior Lecturer, Leeds Business School, Leeds Beckett University

Edie Lewis

Edie Lewis

RYCA

Ella Shuttleworth

Ella Shuttleworth

Sustainability Assistant, Morgan Sindall Construction

Eve Roodhouse

Eve Roodhouse

Chief Officer, Culture and Economy at Leeds City Council

Faye Coleman

Faye Coleman

GM4Women Co-Lead, World Economic Forum & OYW Global Ambassador, World Economic Forum and UN Women

Frank Swinton

Frank Swinton

Climate Change Lead, West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership

Gemma Dyson

Proposals Manager, Vital Energi

Georgia Halston

Georgia Halston

Group CEO, Halston Group

Georgina Knockton

Georgina Knockton

People Change and Transformation Director, EY

Greg Marsden

Greg Marsden

Professor of Transport Governance

Hannah Cox

Hannah Cox

Director, betternotstop / better business network

Hannah Keighley

Hannah Keighley

Civil & Structural Engineer CEng MICE MIStructE

Helen Neave

Director, Make it Wild

Holly Hansen-Maughan

Holly Hansen-Maughan

Sector Manager for Retrofit, Construction & Future Workforce, Supply Chain Sustainability School

speaker Indranil Ghosh

Indranil Ghosh

Impact Investor

James Murray MP

James Murray MP

Shadow Financial Secretary to the Treasury

Jane Barrett

Jane Barrett

Founder, The Career Farm Ltd

Jeff Davitt

Jeff Davitt

Chair, Yorkshire Rewilding Network

Jonathan Straight

Jonathan Straight

Purposeful entrepreneur and food waste campaigner

Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan Wilson

Managing Director, CITU

Jonny Sylvester

Jonny Sylvester

Senior Project Manager, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Jordan Appleson

Jordan Appleson

Founder & Chief Executive Officer at Hark - Energy and Industrial IoT technology for Buildings, Factories, FM and OEMs

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Josh Dunn

Josh Dunn

Director - Sustainable Places, EY

Josie Warden

Josie Warden

Regenerative Design Lead, Volans

Jude Daniel Smith

Jude Daniel Smith

Youth Activist , Regional Youth Climate Assembly

Jyoti Mishra

Jyoti Mishra

Circular Economy & Sustainability enthusiast; Deputy Director of AIMTech Research Centre & Associate Professor in Information Management

Kate Smith

Kate Smith

Leadership Consultant, Kate Smith Consulting

Kelly Weston

Kelly Weston

COO, The Data City

Lella Violet Halloum

Lella Violet Halloum

Digital Changemaker, IBM

Matt Greenhill

Matt Greenhill

Senior Sustainability Consultant at WRM & Sustainability Manager at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Mayor Tracy Brabin

Mayor Tracy Brabin

Mayor of West Yorkshire

Melanie Corcoran

Melanie Corcoran

Director Transport Policy and Delivery

Michaela Lindridge

Michaela Lindridge

Head of ESG, Severfield.

Mike Dugher

Area Director - Yorkshire at the Environment Agency.

Natasha Babar-Evans

Natasha Babar-Evans

Chief Executive Officer, Better Connect Limited

Neil Dewis

Neil Dewis

Director, water, Yorkshire Water

Nicci Russell

Nicci Russell

MD, Waterwise

Nick Brelsford

Nick Brelsford

Head of Partnerships, England North, Sustrans

Niki Roach

Niki Roach

Honorary Vice President, CIWEM

Paul Chatterton

Paul Chatterton

Professor of Urban Futures, University of Leeds

Pete Waddingham

National NetZero Lead for The AHSN Network

Phoebe L. Hanson

Phoebe L. Hanson

Coordinator, Mock COP

Professor Stephen J. Russell

Professor of Textile Materials & Technology, University of Leeds

Rev N Murugesan

Rev N Murugesan

Founder/CEO, ANTONYM

Rich Kenny

Rich Kenny

Managing Director, Interact

Rob Doepel

Rob Doepel

UK&I Managing Partner for Sustainability, EY

Rosa Foster

Rosa Foster

Co-Director, Yorkshire & Humber Climate Commission

Simon Collingwood

Simon Collingwood

Director of External Affairs and Communications, Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC)

Sonya Bachra-Byrne

Sonya Bachra-Byrne

co-founder of AVIE and a consultant

Steve Bennett

Founder, Business of Science

Steve Carver

Steve Carver

Director, Wildland Research Institute

Stuart Clarke MBE

Stuart Clarke MBE

Founder of Leeds Digital Festival

Susanna Jackson

Susanna Jackson

Sustainability Consultant, Beyondly

Tess Kelly

Tess Kelly

Head of External Engagement, Quorn Foods

Tharina Conradie

Tharina Conradie

Senior Consultant, Ener-Vate

Thomas Hudson

Graduate Trainee - Project Management, Schneider Electric

Tim Frenneaux

Tim Frenneaux

Radical, Tim Frenneaux & Co

Vera Trappmann

Vera Trappmann

Professor of Comparative Employment Relations and Director of Sustainability, Leeds University Business School

Vincent Hodder

Vincent Hodder

CEO, Leeds Bradford Airport

Will Smith

Will Smith

Co-founder, Tred

Will Solomon

Will Solomon

RYCA Member, Regional Youth Climate Assembly

Zaqiya Cajee

Zaqiya Cajee

Founder & CEO, SwopItUp

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