2017 LearnZone

Headline Speaker

Ken Webster – Head of Innovation at 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 recommended 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.

Tim Pointer – Starboard Thinking


Tim Pointer will be covering staff engagement at the Expo this year and the changing expectations of staff in the 21st Century. His company, Starboard Thinking, has a passion for advancing organisational performance by investing in a high-performance working culture. His objective is to create high-performing-teams at every level who are aligned to the organisation’s purpose and strategy. His company partners with executives and senior managers – both individually and as a team – facilitating and coaching them to align their organisation and its people for maximum success.

The model is based on high-performance sailing teams, such as within the America’s Cup. On the hydrofoil catamarans of America’s Cup racing, every member of the team knows their individual, specialist role and is relied upon to perform it with dedication and professionalism. Anyone watching the team’s performance can see the commitment to the team’s purpose and strategy. So their aim is for this to be true for those teams they partner.

Emma Harris – Spectrum Workplace talk on The Agile Workplace


Work has changed. Most offices haven’t. Your office environment speaks volumes about your business and has a huge effect on people: The people you work with, the people you want to hire and the people that you work for – the people who buy your products and/or services.

With a background in strategic transformation, Emma Harris will be sharing research-based insights and workplace design principles that are proven to provide a better work experience and help organisations achieve their strategic goals. Distilling over  40 years worth of experience & knowledge working with a range of companies from start ups to industry giants, Spectrum Workplace has helped its clients drive competitive advantage and business results by designing and creating unique workplaces that are uniquely designed for who they are, what they do and what they need in their environment to succeed.  Highlighting the 5 office spaces required for business success, Emma will explain what they are for, the benefits and the rules of engagement for each area – because whether you have a company of 5, 50 or 5,000 the fundamentals remain the same.

Margaret Bates – President Chartered Institute of Waste and Management CIWM


The Big Green Event Expo is extremely pleased to announce Margaret Bates as Keynote Speaker.  Margaret was Professor at the University of Northampton and is presently the Chair of the Institution’s Scientific & Technical Committee. Over her years as a lecturer, researcher and presenter at conferences she developed an expertise in landfill energy from waste, resource efficiency and more recently WEEE.

Margaret’s was an adviser to the Kenyan and Nigerian governments in the development of policy relating to wastes management and also delivered training on developing effective policy and regulation for several more through the United Nations University.

Her work has featured on BBC Panorama, in the Guardian newspaper, Radio 4 You and YoursRadio 4 World at One, The Sun, News of the World, Mail, Mail on Sunday as well as on local radio, television and newspapers.

Free Workshops

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

By Peter Schofield – GEP Environmental

10.00am to 11.00am – Sainsbury Room Upper Ground Floor

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

11.30 to 12.30pm – Sainsbury Room Upper Ground Floor

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 – Mat Jane of Winchester University 

10.00am to 11.00am – Marshall Room Upper Ground Floor

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-Higham

Session 1:  10.30am to 11.30am  – Greenage Room Upper Ground Floor 

Session 2:  2.15pm to 3.15pm – Greenage Room Upper Ground Floor

Run 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% New Member discount.

Networking Breakfast 

12th October 2017  –  Hilton Ageas Bowl near Southampton.

FREE Parking

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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