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09:00Morning networking
Conference begins: Session 1 - Energy Efficiency & The Low Carbon Economy
10:00Welcome – Danielle McCormick, Triterra
10:10Jacqueline Gibson, International Synergies NI, Improving Productivity Through Efficient Resource Management with Case Study from Marie Nancarrow
10:30James Close, NatWest Group: Climate Transition Planning – the Role of Finance on the Road to Net Zero
10:50Paul Stapleton, NIE Networks: Delivering A Sustainable Energy System for All
11:10Break and networking
Session 2: Resource Efficiency & The Road to Sustainability
11:40Julia Corkey & Iain Bell, ICC Belfast: Our sustainability journey: Delivering Economic Impact and World-Class Events to Support the People Of Belfast And Northern Ireland
12:00Nuala Murphy, Diversity Mark: How to Bypass BUZZWORDS and Walk the Walk
12:20Keith Patterson, WRAP NI: Supporting Non-Household Recycling for The Circular Economy
12:40Nigel Russell, EarthCheck: Tourism and Sustainability – Risk or Reward?
13:00Lunch and networking
13:45Session 3: Case Studies
13:45Faye Thomas, Vyta: The e-waste problem and how ITAD can help
14:05Ellen Diskin, ESB Networks: National Networks Local Connections Programme
14:25John Martin, RSPB NI: Nature Based Solutions
14:45Dave Flynn, Skillnet Ireland: The Climate Ready Programme
15:05Anne Moore, Gas Networks Ireland: Sustainability in Action
15:30Break and networking
15:45Final Session: Panel Discussion – ‘Achieving Net-Positive’
Panellists include:
Jacqueline Gibson, International Synergies NI
Judy McElroy, NIE Networks
Rachel Sankannawar, Invest NI
Liam McEvoy, Sustain IQ
Paul Carson, Strategic Power
Dr Lisa McIlvenna – Business in The Community NI
Chris Conway – Translink
Carla McSorley – FoodCloud
16:30Event Close

Speakers

Paul Stapleton

NIE Networks

Paul Stapleton is Managing Director of NIE Networks Ltd, a position he took up in May 2018.

Paul has held a number of senior roles within ESB and is is a Board member of the Energy Networks Association (UK), E.DSO (European Organisation for DSO’s), The Centre for Competitiveness, and Smart Grid Ireland.

He is a member of the Institute of Directors NI Committee and a member of the NI Economic Advisory Group. He is a Chartered Director and a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

Nuala Murphy

Head of Business Diversity Mark – the awarding authority on Diversity and Inclusion across the UK and Ireland. Nuala has been described by the Irish Times as “one of the next generations of female business leaders in the North.”

A community builder and connector by nature, Nuala has been an impassioned advocate for women’s equality with a deep commitment to creating workplaces where every person has a seat at the table and a chance to be heard.

James Close

Natwest Group

James Close, Head of Climate Change at NatWest Group, is currently the head of climate change at NatWest Group supporting the implementation of the bank’s purpose-led strategy which includes the role of principal sponsor of CoP26.

James is also a member of the Energy and Natural Resources Advisory Group for the ICAEW and a trustee for the Trust for Sustainable Living and was previously head of the circular economy programme for London.

Jacqueline Gibson

International Synergies NI

Jacqueline is the Director for International Synergies Northern Ireland and is a key player in the evolution of our growing carbon zero delivery service across the region.

She has been involved with the project since 2008, spearheading recycled aggregate and construction material reuse in roads and large NHS healthcare projects.

With 20 years’ experience in the sustainability sector, she has used her drive and vision to embed sustainable development goals across Government, Private Business and the NGO sector.

Liam McEvoy

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Liam has worked in the field of sustainability for nearly twenty years across the public and private sectors. He has a strong background in management systems and compliance and has developed and implemented sustainability strategies for a number of leading UK construction firms.

He believes that SustainIQ has a mission to help organisations become more data-driven by uncovering the untapped intelligence that sits waiting to be found within any company. The software helps to harness business intelligence from sustainability & ESG performance to inform business strategy, helping companies become more transparent and encouraging better business.

Dave Flynn

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Dave Flynn is the Director of Business Networks at Skillnet Ireland. He is responsible for national, industry and regional initiatives that advance business productivity, innovation, and talent development.

He oversees the evaluation of enterprise initiatives funded by Skillnet Ireland, working closely with partners in industry, education and Government.

Nigel Russell

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Nigel Russell is EarthCheck’s General Manager, Consulting – he has over 25 years of programme management, research & development, and stakeholder management experience in the tourism and economic development sectors.

Prior to joining EarthCheck, Nigel held a range of senior regional tourism positions in in England’s West Midlands.

Recent projects have included work with Ireland’s tourism agencies on a sustainable tourism practices study, preparation of a decarbonisation study for the Great Barrier Reef, and a sustainable tourism strategy for the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah.

After growing up in North Antrim, Nigel has spent the majority of this tourism career in England, and is now based in Queensland, Australia.

Anne Moore

Gas Networks Ireland

Anne Moore is the Sustainability Manager with Gas Networks Ireland. With over twenty years’ experience in Health, Safety, Quality, and Environment roles in regulated industries, including fourteen years with Gas Networks Ireland. She is responsible for developing and managing the company’s Sustainability Strategy for Gas Networks Ireland and managing its Sustainability team.

An Honours BSc Chemistry graduate with Post Graduate Diplomas in Environmental Protection, Occupational Health and Safety and Occupational Hygiene, Anne has also held the role of Honorary President of the Occupational Hygiene Society of Ireland, and, is a Licentiate Fellow of the British Occupational Hygiene Society (LFOH).

Ellen Diskin

ESB

Ellen Diskin is responsible for leading ESB Networks’ National Network, Local Connections Programme, to deliver the operational systems, market design, and organisational capabilities critically needed to achieve renewables penetrations of 80% and above on the Irish electricity system. This programme will introduce new products and services to increase system security, renewables’ penetration, community, and market participation in Ireland.

Previous to this role, Ellen was responsible for leading the development of ESB Networks’ investment plan for 2021-2025 (“PR5”), for approval by the CRU. She has over 10 years’ experience in the energy industry, working in operations, R&D, regulation, and investment planning. Prior to this, Ellen worked in the telecommunications sector. Ellen is currently completing a PhD on ‘the techno economics of the power system’ at University College Dublin (UCD).

Faye Thomas

Vyta

Faye is Chief Commercial Officer of market leading IT Asset Disposal company Vyta, and has 20’ years’ experience in key account sales and process management.

For the last 8 years’ Faye has been instrumental to the growth and success of the Vyta Group, shaping their business strategy and ensuring operations are aligned with the company’s ethos. She has a strong focus on sustainability and driving the circular economy, and this focus on helping clients dispose of their IT sustainably has cemented Faye’s passion and commitment to driving the circular economy and promoting corporate sustainability.

The Vyta Group enables thousands of tonnes of carbon dioxide savings per year, helping some of the world’s largest enterprises to become more sustainable and contribute to a greener future through the environmentally responsible reuse and recycling of IT assets.

Rachel Sankannawar

Invest NI

Rachel Sankannawar is the Head of Green Growth at Invest NI and her work focuses on identifying new market opportunities in the green economy and ensuring that NI companies, across key clusters, are supported in competing for these global opportunities.

Rachel also advises on the strategic direction of solutions and support provided to NI businesses, to decarbonise and tackle climate change which is essential for international competitiveness and attractiveness.

Rachel advocates for the development of skills, expertise and technologies needed for NI to play a leading role in the green economy.

Julia Corkey

ICC Belfast

In 2020 Julia took up her role as Chief Executive of BWUH Ltd, the private limited company established in 2016 to operate ICC Belfast, Waterfront Hall and Ulster Hall.

Julia previously worked at Westminster City Council in a number of high-level policy and communications roles before becoming the Executive Director of Policy, Performance and Communication in 2016. Julia is also one of the founding directors of the award-winning communications agency, Westco.

With over twenty years’ experience in UK public services Julia’s wealth of strategic and operational experience is driving ICC Belfast | Waterfront Hall | Ulster Hall’s aim of delivering economic impact and establishing Belfast as a unique, vibrant and flourishing destination for business and entertainment events.

John Martin

John, Head of Policy and Advocacy for RSPB NI, has worked in the environmental NGO sector in Northern Ireland for a decade focusing on sustainable land use management, water quality, sustainable forestry, and landscape scale conservation. Throughout this time, he has made representation in the Stormont Assembly, the Dail, Westminster and the European Parliament and Commission. He currently leads the RSPB NI Policy and Advocacy team focusing on policy and legislation which will have the biggest positive impact for nature and people in the long term.

Outside of the RSPB, John is a Non-Executive Director for the Mourne Heritage Trust which seeks to sustainably manage the Mourne Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a Non-Executive Director and founding member of Jubilee farm.

Keith Patterson

WRAP

Keith has worked for the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) for over 15 years, and currently as a Sector Specialist in waste and recycling. With both public and private sector experience, Keith has developed resource management strategies, behaviour change campaigns, tools, and resources which maximise the value and use of materials. Keith supported DAERA with its ‘Future Recycling’ Discussion Document consultation which included proposals to increase non-household recycling and is developing tools and guidance to support businesses in choosing and implementing recycling services.

Keith holds a Master of Environmental Management from Ulster University and an MBA from the Open University. He is a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv), Chartered Waste Manager (MCIWM), and ISWA International Waste Manager.

Iain Bell

ICC Belfast

Iain was appointed Director of Finance, Risk and Corporate Services in March 2016 and is responsible for the Finance, HR, Facilities and ICT departments. He has substantial senior management experience in a variety of private sector global and local manufacturing, retail and service industries making him the ideal lead for the BWUH sustainable journey.

Iain also has over 10 years’ director level experience having sat on the boards of two companies as Finance Director. Iain brings a wealth of commercial finance experience to the company and is a professionally qualified accountant being a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Judy McElroy

NIE Networks

Judy McElroy is Sustainability & Environment Manager at NIE Networks, a position she took up in July 2020.

NIE Networks owns and manages the electricity networks in Northern Ireland, with c. 50,000km of network and c.900,000 connected customers. Judy’s role is to bring enhanced focus upon the development of a more operationally sustainable organisation, with an opportunity to make a real difference in the way that NIE Networks affects the environment and promotes a long term sustainability agenda.

Paul Carson

Strategic Power Projects

Paul has an extensive background in planning and renewable energy. He formed an award-winning planning consultancy in Belfast in 2003 and through his innovative leadership and business development skills, grew it to become one of the leading planning firms in NI.

Paul then established Simple Power, a wind energy development company which he grew quickly to be the largest developer of single wind turbines in Northern Ireland.  Having developed, built and operated 52 wind sites, the company was sold to a London renewable energy fund in 2018.

Paul’s passion for renewable energy has not faded.  He has quickly led Strategic Power Projects to being a significant developer in utility scale Solar PV and Battery Storage across Ireland.

Dr Lisa McIlvenna

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Dr Lisa McIlvenna is Deputy Managing Director at Business in the Community (BITC), leading the organisation’s Membership and Communications teams. She believes business is, and should be, a force for good and led on the creation of BITC’s ground-breaking tool to help companies measure and benchmark their responsible business activity – CORE: The Standard for Responsible Business. Lisa specialises in helping organisations integrate CR and sustainability with their broader business strategy and has almost 15 years’ experience advising leading local and international businesses on their responsible business activity.

Lisa holds a PhD in Responsible Business/CSR from Queen’s University Belfast, lectures on CSR and sustainability, and has delivered her academic research on local, national and global platforms.

Lisa is a member of B Lab’s European Regional Advisory Group and sits on The Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS) taskforce advising on the role of ‘Universities Creating Public Good’. In her spare time, she’s kept busy with a young family and hyper dog.

Carla McSorley

Food Cloud

Carla McSorley is the Head of Irish Partnerships at the award-winning social enterprise FoodCloud. Founded in 2013, FoodCloud’s vision is for a world where no good food goes to waste.

FoodCloud has established two national solutions for food redistribution in Ireland – a network of three food hubs that redistribute large quantities of surplus food across Ireland and a technology solution that connects retailers directly to local charities. FoodCloud’s technology is also being used in Northern Ireland, UK and Central Europe to support similar organisations to grow their impact.

Having previously worked in Business in the Community Northern Ireland, she joined the FoodCloud Team in 2015 and was integral to the successful expansion of FoodCloud’s technology solution with many of Ireland’s leading retailers. Carla now oversees the relationships with all of FoodCloud’s food industry partners in Ireland, supporting them to reduce food waste and maximise positive impact through redistribution.

Paul Carson

Strategic Power Projects

Paul has an extensive background in planning and renewable energy. He formed an award-winning planning consultancy in Belfast in 2003 and through his innovative leadership and business development skills, grew it to become one of the leading planning firms in NI.

Paul then established Simple Power, a wind energy development company which he grew quickly to be the largest developer of single wind turbines in Northern Ireland.  Having developed, built and operated 52 wind sites, the company was sold to a London renewable energy fund in 2018.

Paul’s passion for renewable energy has not faded.  He has quickly led Strategic Power Projects to being a significant developer in utility scale Solar PV and Battery Storage across Ireland.

Dr Lisa McIlvenna

BITC NI logo

Dr Lisa McIlvenna is Deputy Managing Director at Business in the Community (BITC), leading the organisation’s Membership and Communications teams. She believes business is, and should be, a force for good and led on the creation of BITC’s ground-breaking tool to help companies measure and benchmark their responsible business activity – CORE: The Standard for Responsible Business. Lisa specialises in helping organisations integrate CR and sustainability with their broader business strategy and has almost 15 years’ experience advising leading local and international businesses on their responsible business activity.

Lisa holds a PhD in Responsible Business/CSR from Queen’s University Belfast, lectures on CSR and sustainability, and has delivered her academic research on local, national and global platforms.

Lisa is a member of B Lab’s European Regional Advisory Group and sits on The Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS) taskforce advising on the role of ‘Universities Creating Public Good’. In her spare time, she’s kept busy with a young family and hyper dog.

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International Synergies NI
NIE Networks
ICC Belfast
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