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Work experience

Sep 2010Present

Sustainable Development Policy and Governance

EDF

Two-year secondment to the EDF Group Sustainable Development Division in Paris

Responsible for…

EDF’s Group-wide internal sustainability governance system: collaborating with 30 senior executives from 12 countries and coordinating a series of working groups.

Management of strategic international projects: United Nations’ Year of Access to Sustainable Energy For All, Rio+20 summit, FTSE4Good and ScenaRio2012.

The deployment of Group sustainability strategy in key subsidiaries EDF Energy and Edison.

Key achievements

·Co-ordinated EDF’s entry into the FTSE4Good index.

·Ensured sustainability was effectively embedded into EDF’s London 2012 sponsorship.

·Co-piloted EDF’s effective participation in the Rio+20 summit.

Sep 2012Present

OSC Review Senior Consultant

EDF Energy

In charge of drafting a new set of sustainability commitments (temporary assignment following return from secondment)

Responsible for…

Working closely with a wide range of stakeholders across EDF Energy and EDF Group to draft a new set of sustainability commitments. These will encapsulate EDF Energy’s 2030 vision to be a sustainable energy company. Digital innovations will feature strongly.

Key achievements

·Reinvigorated the project and developed a first draft

Sep 2011Sep 2012

Member of Task Force Biomass

Eurelectric

Representative of the French state on a task force monitoring and influencing the development of regulation around the use of biomass for energy generation.

Nov 2004Sep 2010

Head of Corporate Responsibility Strategy

EDF Energy

Overall leadership of the design, communication and roll out of EDF Energy’s sustainability strategy, working in a matrix structure to deliver change.

Responsible for…

Collaboration with Business Units to develop action plans in line with business objectives, assure delivery, engage employees and communicate performance. Responsible for the internal sustainability governance system and sustainability reporting.

Developing the skills and behaviours of employees to create a culture of sustainability.

Monitoring emerging sustainability innovations and integrating them into the business.

The design, implementation and monitoring of the community investment strategy, including charity partnerships and safe employee volunteering activities.

Promoting EDF Energy’s reputation externally: speaking at conferences and managing stakeholder relationships.

A team of five and a budget of £700k.

Key achievements

·Developed industry-leading sustainability strategy and commitments. EDF Energy is perceived by the public to be the most sustainable energy company.

·Improved EDF Energy’s score in the BITC CR Index from 75% to 99% in four years gaining Platinum Plus status and becoming sector leader.

·Achieved a double-digit reduction in carbon emissions and waste.

·Fostered a highly collaborative way of working across business functions.

·Built and animated a network of sustainability Ambassadors across the company. Developed an e-community for EDF Energy’s Ambassadors and community volunteers.

·Signed charity partnerships with Global Action Plan and MS Society.

·Member of Steering Committee for BITC Visioning the Future Project.

Sep 2002Nov 2004

Consultant

The Smart Company (now part of Corporate Citizenship)

Client-facing corporate responsibility consultancy

Corporate Responsibility reporting

Sole or contributing author of CR reports for: Pearson; Scottish & Newcastle; HBOS; MFI; and Chime Communications.

Strategy development

Lead the development of a simple, practical CR strategy for the retailer MFI. This was based on the results of stakeholder dialogue and interviews with senior executives.

Education

Sep 2001Sep 2002

MSc

Imperial College London

Distinction awarded

Sep 1995Sep 1998

BSc

Sheffield University

2ii(hons) awarded

Skills

Innovation
Regular, but fairly limited, work with R&D and innovation teams. Very regular creator of excellent ideas.  
Change management
French
Stakeholder management
Identifying and working with key stakeholder organistions Managing corporate memberships (eg BITC, Forum for the Future) Developing community investment strategy Choosing and setting up corporate-charity partnerships (eg Global Action Plan, MS Society) Setting up and managing employee-volunteering and fundraising    
Corporate sustainability
Sustainability strategy Stakeholder dialogue Making the business case Identifying and understanding material issues  

Things I have created

Things I contributed to

Writing and climbing

My life dashboard

Interest

Rock climbing

Travelling

Food, wine and other middle-age passtimes

Skateboarding, surfing and other rock n roll passtimes

Summary

I am an innovative, collaborative and persuasive generalist fascinated by the world and passionate about making it better. A sustainability expert by training and experience, I believe that protecting the natural environment or helping those most in need can provide a vital spark for creativity and innovation. My proudest achievements have all involved unlikely partnerships and I’ve always sought contrast and diversity: from worldchanging.com to Wired; from rock climbing to fine wine; from Hackney to le cinquième.

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