2017 Expo Learning Platform

Headline Speaker

Ken Webster – Head of Innovation

Ellen MacArthur Foundation Circular Economy

We are delighted to announce our 2017 Headline Speaker will be the Head of Innovation of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation Circular Economy, Ken Webster. Ken’s incredible knowledge of the Circular Economy and its possibilities for every organisation, turns usual thinking on its head.

Ken’s is the author of  ‘A Wealth of Flows Circular Economy, a highly recommend read which was launched in 2015.

Since 2010 Ken has worked with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and has a background in environmental issues and economics education.  His book relates the connections between systems thinking, economic and business opportunity and the potential for a circular economy.

Ken is also a Visiting Fellow at Cranfield University, an Honorary Teaching Fellow at the School of Management at the University of Bradford.


2017 Keynote Speakers

Martin Baxter – Executive Director of Policy at Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA)  

We are delighted to announce Martin Baxter as keynote speaker at our 2017 Expo. Martin is a highly competent and experienced environment and sustainability executive. A strategic thinker with the capability to lead and influence others. National and international experience in developing and negotiating global and European standards, and developing capacity for effective and widespread implementation.Experience of communicating at all levels – including with senior parliamentarians, Government officials, business leaders, academia. An acknowledged expert on environmental management, regular spokesperson on a range of business environment topic areas. Self-motivated and focused on making a strategic difference.

Stuart Hayward-Higham – Technical Development DirectorStuart Hayward-Higham at Suez Recycling and Recovery UK

We are delighted to have some as high profile in the sector as Stuart Hayward-Higham. Stuart is currently responsible for non-bidding emerging development activities in SUEZ recycling and recovery UK, delivering tools, techniques and information to meet customers’ business imperatives. This includes delivering new solutions or making successful niche activities mainstream through to market intelligence, market modelling and forecasting. In addition to his SUEZ duties Stuart is a director for Recoup (plastics recycling charity) and the Anaerobic Digestion and Bio-resources Association and is the UK senior management representative for SUEZ UK with Terracycle UK. Further he has provided expert advice to the EU on relevant elements of the circular economy and is a H2020 expert assessor. He is chair of the Environmental Services Association (ESA) Bioresources committee and member of the ESA renewable energy committee, the Renewable Energy Association (REA) Organic recycling steering group and gasification and Pyrolysis committee. Stuart also regularly guest lectures at a number of UK universities.

Main activity themes include harnessing waste as a resource, energy and bio-fuels manufacture, sorting, extraction and value enhancement for waste mix resources and the increasing introduction of circular economy based products and solutions.

Susie Tomson – Sport Sustainability Specialist Susie Tomson

We are delighted to welcome Suzy as speaker for the 2017 Expo.  Suzy’s work is supporting and delivering the sustainability commitments and programmes for top sporting teams and events, including America’s Cup – Land Rover BAR, Ryder Cup 2014, European Tour, London 2012.  Exciting and innovative, her work is delivering real changes and creating new standards for sport and sustainability. Suzy’s practical approach, whether strategic plans or action plans enables those projects, plans, programmes to be developed in such a way that they are delivered within environmental limits. She has been able to help clients to save money that can be reinvested into the sport whether it be an event, venue, team or national governing body as well as raise their profile, gaining sponsorship or simply giving staff and team members a feel good that they are doing the right thing. Suzy’s specialities include sustainability in sport and recreation, environment management, environmental impact assessment, energy conservation, public awareness and engagement, event management, water resources management, marine and coastal management, marine protected area management, harbour management.


We are currently adding to our 2017 keynote speaker programme.

Please drop us a line with your details and we will send you alerts as each speaker is booked.

Contact info@thebiggreenevent.co.uk

Free Workshops

“How to transition your EMS to ISO 14001:2015”

By Peter Schofield – GEP Environmental

A certified Environmental Management System (EMS) can deliver great commercial value and incorporating the new requirements of the ISO 14001:2015 need not be difficult or expensive. Peter is experienced in the design and implementation of Environmental Management Systems and has supported a number of client across a variety of sectors to transition to ISO 14001:2015, and will be explaining exactly what your organisation needs to do to meet the requirements of and become certified to the new EMS Standard.

Register now to book early for this session as it will be popular. 

“Adding value through effective Carbon Management”

Peter Schofield – GEP Environmental

Taking elements from the training courses GEP provide to clients covering, Carbon, GHG’s, Foot Printing, Accounting and Management, Peter will explain how to get to grips with your carbon intensity and the costs involved. With examples taken from our extensive experience of successful energy efficiency projects, we will provide guidance on assessing your premises and processes to identify cost-effective opportunities to reduce carbon emissions. Effective management of these opportunities will lead to tangible year-on- year cost reductions and other commercial benefits such as improved reputation or enhanced risk mitigation.

Register now to book early for this session as it will be popular. 

Environmental Management in Action – Winchester University 

We are delighted to announce that Head of Energy and Environment at Winchester University will be talking in our environmental management in action section.  

The university has looked at every aspect of the running of their campus and student accommodation and, as a result, have made considerable savings in energy, waste, recycling, power, water and much more.

Mat is an enthusiastic and highly interesting and knowledgeable speaker.  

Register now to book early for this session as it will be popular. 


Workshop by Suez Recycling and Recovery UK

Stuart Hayward-HighamRun by leading waste expert (Top 100) Stuart Hayward-Hyham.

Session to be added shortly. 

For an early alert email info@thebiggreenevent.co.uk



Information on further workshops will be added shortly, so do come back.

If you would like to run a workshop, or join our Keynote Speakers, please contact Lynda Daniels on 01202 971 186 or email lynda@thebiggreeenevent.co.uk

ALERTS…IF YOU WOULD LIKE to be informed as soon as details are ready to be announced on workshops and keynote speakers, please email info@thebiggreenevent.co.uk

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment – IEMA is offering Visitors to their stand a 15% Membership discount.

Networking Breakfast 

12th October 2017  Hilton Ageas Bowl near Southampton.

FREE Parking

Sue Farrance Signable

     Sue Farrance 

From 7.30am to 9.30am join us in the Upper Ground Floor Lake View Bar, Hilton Ageas Bowl, before heading downstairs to enjoy the Expo.  Please book to ensure your place. 

Tickets just £15.00  Tea/coffee and breakfast rolls, pastries, with that all important face-to-face networking.  Contact sue@signable.co.uk

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Speaker: To be confirmed.