Cleantech Futures – Speakers

Meet the speakers for our annual conference, Cleantech Futures:


Dr Beatrix Schlarb-Ridley FRSB

Director of Innovation and Impact, British Antarctic Survey

Beatrix is Director of Innovation and Impact at British Antarctic Survey (BAS). A biochemist by background, she co-founded the Cambridge Bioenergy Initiative, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology. She built the first certified Passivhaus in Cambridge and has a passion for applying research and innovation to build a sustainable future.

At BAS, Beatrix has driven the development of the Aurora Innovation Centre – a space with excellent conference and meeting facilities, exhibition spaces and an open-plan office for collaborators. Aurora aims to create a vibrant niche in the Cambridge ecosystem for excellent research and entrepreneurial activity in the areas of climate change, environmental stewardship and technologies for challenging environments, addressing issues of global importance and helping society adapt to a changing world.


Councillor Lewis Herbert

Leader of Cambridge City Council

Lewis has been Leader of the City Council since 2014 and a Labour City Councillor since 2004.  He has chaired the Greater Cambridge Partnership Board for most of the period since 2014 and is Chair of the “Fast Growth Cities” network (Norwich, Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Oxford and Swindon). His professional expertise is in environmental protection and planning. From 1980 to 2004 he led London initiatives on recycling as a Greater London Councillor, then worked on local government and resource management law reform in New Zealand, followed by waste reduction and climate change projects for councils in East England. Since then, he has focused on training planners, primarily at Anglia Ruskin University where he was also a Module Tutor on their Town Planning MSc.


Mark Harper

Group Sustainable Development Manager, John Swire and Sons

Mark Harper is the Group Sustainable Development Manager at John Swire and Sons (H.K) Limited, where he is responsible for Group ESG disclosure as well as guiding the development of Group strategy on Waste Management, Water, Biodiversity and Climate Resilience. He also sits on the Board and Executive Committees of several Hong Kong NGO’s and Initiatives including Business Environment Council and Drink Without Waste. He has over 15 years’ experience in the field of Corporate Sustainability across both the Public and NGO sectors, in Europe, USA and Asia.


Professor Peter Childs

Head of School, Dyson School of Design Engineering, Imperial College

Peter is Head of the Dyson School of Design Engineering and the Professorial Lead in Engineering Design at Imperial College London. He was formerly the director of InQbate, the HEFCE funded Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Creativity, director of the Rolls-Royce supported University Technology Centre for Aero-Thermal Systems and a professor at the University of Sussex. His roles at Imperial include being a joint course director for the Innovation Design Engineering double master’s degree at the Royal College of Art and Imperial as well as active roles with a number of companies including Q-Bot Ltd (Founder Director and Chief Scientific Officer), and Strategy Foresight.


Dr Adam Brookes

Programme Manager – Technology Innovation, Anglian Water

Adam is the Manager of Innovation Discovery at Anglian Water. The newly created role is accountable for the leadership, strategic direction and effective oversight of finding solutions to current and future challenges and exploring new opportunities. Key areas of focus include climate change resilience and adaptation, meeting the ambitious target of achieving carbon net zero by 2030 and providing sustainable and resilient water and water recycling services, enabling growth in the region. His roles at Anglian Water since joining in 2004 have centred around innovation, carbon, and energy, delivering improvements and value to the environment and customers. Adam has been central to the growth of renewable energy generation in the organisation including leading a team to develop and implement an industry leading advanced anaerobic digestion process.




Dr Pawel Piotrowicz

Venner Shipley LLP

Pawel is a UK and European patent attorney with over 20 years’ experience of advising on the best way to protect intellectual property.  He represents a wide variety of clients in the high-tech sector including a significant number of start-up companies and firms based in and around Cambridge.

Pawel specialises in the fields of physics, electronics and computer software.  He has advised and represented clients in many different areas of cleantech including photovoltaics, electricity distribution and conversion, power electronics, gas monitoring and electricity and water meters, as well as reactors for anaerobic digestion and systems for converting organic waste into animal feed. Pawel has been recommended in the Legal 500, Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars and IAM Patent 1000.


Josephine (Jo) Reynolds

Social Commentator and advocate of Women’s Leadership

Hailed as the first female fire fighter in the UK is a powerful role model for changing culture and creating an equal future. Regularly interviewed by the media, including the BBC -Celebrating 100 years since women were given the vote in the UK and Channel 5 for International Women’s Day 2018. Jo is an advocate for women in innovation and will be joining today’s discussion about the next steps for a cleantech strategy which MUST include more girls studying STEM subjects which in turn would lead to more women in innovation.


Jeff Tucker

Chairman, Asia Special Interest Group, Cambridge Cleantech
Director of Sustainability

Based in Cambridge and Bangkok and has over 25 years’ international experience in the field of Sustainability and Low Carbon Development, Jeff chairs the Asia Group at Cambridge Cleantech. He developed the Cleantech Futures Programme, showcasing green technology and sustainability in conjunction with the University of Cambridge, Innovate UK, NGOs and industry and includes participants from Europe, Asia, North and South America and Africa. Jeff is a promoter and advocate of Leadership and Entrepreneurship and developed and moderated a series of seminars with His Royal Highness Prince Andrew and Sir David Tang which were held at the British Library (London), St James’s Palace (London) and the China Club (Beijing) in conjunction with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the British Council, the British Embassy (Beijing), Chinese State TV and the BBC and achieved an estimated audience of 1 billion people. Jeff has had numerous reports published, has chaired sessions at and with the UN and has briefed world leaders on the formulation and communication of policy relating to sustainable development (including environmental management, intelligent transport and smart cities) and social responsibility.


Dr Fabio Galatioto

Senior Technologist, Connected Places Catapult

Fabio graduated in Transport Engineering and after 7 years of experience as a Transport Consultant in Italy and a PhD in Transport and Economics, in 2008 he started his Academic Career at Newcastle University as Senior Transport and Environmental scientist. Since 2015 he is working for Catapult, a Research and Technology Organisation, and his focus is on Transport and Environmental Modelling and Impacts. Fabio has been acting as Technical Leader for several CR&D projects, ranging from Innovation in Emissions and Air Quality Modelling to Impact assessments and predictive methods for disruptive events.


Mario Sforza, MSc

Regional Business Development Manager UK, IsCleanAir Global Solutions Ltd.

Mario has more than three decades of professional experience in leading US and European multinational enterprises and in prime high-tech R&D Centres, where he has successfully covered numerous executive management, marketing, business development, sales and technical roles. He has programme-managed and run the operational roll-out of commercial and technology projects in Clean/Bio-Tech, wireless telecom, aerospace, cybersecurity, multimedia, and ICT sectors. He regularly mentor start-ups and early-stage high-tech companies getting funded and developing commercial strategies.


Dr Adam Read

External Affairs Director, SUEZ Recycling & Recovery UK

At SUEZ, Adam is responsible for government engagement and has been leading the company’s work with the CIWM, ESA and other leading UK trade bodies. He also sits on a number of technical working groups both in the UK and internationally. Adam is currently supporting the ESA in developing a resource sector deal with BEIS and led the SUEZ team supporting DEFRA over the last year as they prepared their new Resources & Waste Strategy.
Adam has more than 25 years’ experience in the waste sector as an academic, researcher, local authority officer and consultant. For 15 years he supported local authorities in reviewing their services, procuring solutions (collections and treatment), and getting them delivered. He is a fully qualified and chartered waste manager with a wide portfolio of experience, including his PhD in waste policy design and delivery. Adam is well known in the UK for his influential thinking and pioneering work on public attitudes to waste, recycling system development and the delivery of waste management promotional campaigns and has worked all over the world on service procurement, service reviews and stakeholder consultation. He is a communications expert, conference speaker, workshop facilitator and regular trade journal author, who likes to blog and tweet about the latest developments in waste and resource management.


Karla Jakeman

Connected Transport Innovation Lead, Innovate UK

Karla is the Innovation Lead for Connected Transport, part of the Land Transport Team in the Manufacturing, Materials and Mobility Sector at Innovate UK. She is seeking solutions which use innovative technologies to leverage a smarter, greener and more sustainable future mobility systems for the efficient movement of people and goods around the world. Karla focusses on working with Local Authorities, Customer Experience and Mobility as a Service amongst many other areas. Prior to this she worked for 15 years for a large automotive company as a Design Quality Engineer.


Steve Kaye

CEO – UKWIR (UK Water Industry Research)

Steve is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and has worked in the water industry for over twenty-eight years. He also has an MBA from City University and is a visiting professor at Imperial College, London. Steve’s career in water started in the manufacturing industry where he was responsible for the development & design of water related products. At Anglian Water Steve has held key roles in Engineering, Operations and Innovation as well as developed their Open Innovation Strategy, including successful initiatives like the Water Innovation Network (WIN) and the Innovation Shop Window. Passionate about making a better world through research and innovation, he has always been actively involved in fostering collaborations between different organisations and industrial sectors.  Steve is now CEO of UKWIR, an organisation that delivers research and innovation to meet the short, medium, and long-term challenges of the UK water industry.


Councillor Steve Count

Conservative Leader Cambridgeshire County Council

Having been elected as Cambridgeshire Council leader in 2017, Steve’s key areas of responsibility include: Investment strategy and management, Financial planning and treasury management, Audit and financial governance as well as Assurance Framework and Monitoring and Evaluation Framework. Before his political career, Steve worked in manufacturing and retail, as well as investment in property.


Sir Robin Young

Non-executive Director, Cambridge Cleantech

Sir Robin Young was Permanent Secretary at DCMS and DTI and subsequently chaired East of England International and the East of England Science and Industry Council. He chaired Circle Housing Group and then Clarion Housing Group and now has a number of non-executive roles, including being on the board of directors for Cambridge Cleantech.


Rebecca Britton

Communications, Communities and Partnerships, Urban & Civic

Rebecca heads up the Communities and Partnerships programme for Urban&Civic across the Cambridgeshire sites the developer is progressing at Waterbeach, Wintringham (St Neots) and Alconbury Weald. These will deliver up to 16,000 homes, 9 primary schools, 2 secondary and 2 special needs schools; and over 3 million sq foot of commercial space; as well as many miles of digital, water, power and transport infrastructure. As a company Urban&Civic are taking forward 4 other strategic developments in the Midlands and South East.

The team are working with Cambridge Cleantech, Smart Cambridge and the eco-towns network to explore best practice and remain keen to pilot and showcase technologies where possible within our developments



Prof Mark Skilton

Head of Digital Strategy, Applied Research & Collaboration (ARC), Enzen

Professor Mark Skilton is Global Head of Digital Strategy in Applied Research & Collaboration ARC who works with clients and Industrial policymakers and leading research institutions and innovators to help leverage cutting-edge thinking into practical new energy and sustainable business solutions. With over 35 years’ experience in advanced technology and business strategy, he has held senior strategic technology roles in several global consultancies and major companies in over 20 countries globally and 1500 clients across all industry sectors in public and private organizations. He has been an advisor the UK Government House of Commons and House of Lords Committees and EU Commission on automation and Artificial intelligence and a keynote speaker for major vendors events. A graduate of Warwick, Cambridge and Sheffield Universities as well as Professor of Practice in Information Systems Management and the Industry Director of AI Innovation Network AIIN at Warwick Business School, he has published four international textbooks and is quoted regularly in global TV & Press.


Tacis Gavoyannis

Global head of Smart Cities, Enzen

Tacis has 38 years of experience in mobile communications and datacomms, having spent the last decade of this in the IoT and Smart Cities area. Tacis has worked for British Telecom, Cable and Wireless, Orange, Motorola, Siemens and ATKearney. A keen futurologist, researcher in Smart Cities and team builder, he has delivered business transformation and Innovation projects globally and he is an advisor to the H2020 Innovation Radar and European Space Agency. With a Master’s degree in European Marketing Management from Bucks Business School as well as a Postgraduate in Management Studies, Tacis has mentored SME’s in Cambridge, Greenwich, Singapore, Athens, Chicago and Beijing.


Holly Stockbridge

Innovation Manager, ENGIE – UK & Ireland

Holly is Innovation Manager for ENGIE UK & Ireland, an energy, services and regeneration organisation focussed on supporting the zero-carbon transition. She is currently focussed on supporting UK clean growth start-ups access grants and equity investment through a Clean Growth Innovation Fund in partnership with Innovate UK.



Hugh Parnell

Chairman, Cambridge Cleantech

Hugh Parnell is closely involved with the early-stage, funding and business development arena around Cambridge and the east of England, particularly in the energy and environmental tech sectors. He is Chairman of Cambridge Cleantech, co-founder of the Cambridge Energy Forum and of the Cleantech Special Interest Group at Cambridge Network. Having qualified as a chartered accountant with Peat Marwick Mitchell (now KPMG) in 1978, Hugh worked for British Petroleum, Robert Fleming and Co., and then Dresdner Kleinwort Benson. In 2000 Hugh joined NW Brown Group to head up corporate finance and later took responsibility for developing a business centred on early stage technology investing including the Great Eastern Investment Forum (GEIF).


Sam Goodall

International Programme Manager, Cambridge Cleantech

Sam Goodall is Cambridge Cleantech’s International Project Manager. His role includes developing international relationships, particularly across Europe, the U.S and China, and managing the Scale-Up, Greensoul and SCI-FI enterprise and research projects. Sam is also a liaison point for the European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP) and recently represented the UK on a High-Level EU-US bilateral cluster exchange. Previously Sam has worked on EU energy projects for schools and public buildings, as an economic development and regeneration consultant at Capita Symonds and in a range of other consultancy roles with SMEs, enterprises, universities and the public sector.

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