Capitalising on a Climate of Uncertainty

  1. Registration and Refreshments

  2. Keynote  Morning Chair’s Keynote Address: Extinction or Rebellion

    John Chubb John Chubb
    Chief Executive Officer Consulting UK and Ireland, RPS
  3. Session 1: Environmental Policy Framework, Drivers, Disruptors & Brexit
  4. Outlining Key Environmental Policy Drivers & Priorities

    • Update on current regulatory and political policies affecting the environmental consultancy sector and what to look out for going forward
    • Pinpointing key opportunities and challenges for the UK environmental industry sector over the next 5 years and post-Brexit
    • Post CAP environmental reforms and the move to environmental land management as key  funding and regulation drivers
    • Implementing the 25 Year Environment Plan, new Environment Bill, and related strategies:
      • examining the role of the new Environmental Watchdog
      • ensuring environmental innovation during Brexit
      • assessing how net environmental gain calculations are working in practice

    Ahead of his presentation Matthew Farrow has set out what the next few years may hold for the environmental services industry - read the article here.

    Henry Dieudonné-Demaria Henry Dieudonné-Demaria
    Head of Policy Group, Environmental Land Management, DEFRA
    Matthew Farrow Matthew Farrow
    Executive Director, Environmental Industries Commission
  5. Morning Refreshments & Networking

  6. Session 2: Market Structure & Future Outlook
  7. Reviewing the State of the UK & Global Environmental Consultancy Market

    • Examining the current UK market structure and industry rankings
    • Assessing key policy developments, business drivers and how to respond to these
      • identifying emerging trends and market forecasts
      • pinpointing where key growth opportunities and challenges lie
      • managing disruptors and emerging risks
    • Update on the global environmental consultancy services sector; leading players, sector insight, emerging trends and new opportunities
    Julian Rose Julian Rose
    Managing Director, Environment Analyst
    Ross Griffiths Ross Griffiths
    Assistant Editor & Senior Analyst, Environment Analyst
    Anya Hembrough Anya Hembrough
    Deputy Editor & Senior Analyst, Environment Analyst
  8. Session 3: The Industry Response
  9. Industry Panel Discussion

    Industry panellists will respond to market and policy drivers, offering insight on how their companies are responding to different threats and opportunities, whilst enhancing the value of the service they provide.

    Sue Sljivic Sue Sljivic
    Director, RSK Group
    Nancy Thomson Nancy Thomson
    CEO, Thomson Environmental Consultants
    André-Martin Bouchard André-Martin Bouchard
    Global Director Environment & Resources, WSP
  10. Networking Lunch

  11. Welcome Back from the Afternoon Chair

    Peter Skinner Peter Skinner
    Chief Executive, Environment & Ground Engineering, EMEA, AECOM
  12. Session 4: Environmental Risk - the Rising Investment Fundamental
  13. Exploring how Environmental and Climate Risk is being Valued & Managed in Business & Investment Decisions

    • Examining how environmental, social and governance (ESG) risk factors, climate risks and due diligence are increasingly being considered in business finance and investment decisions
    • Determining appropriate metrics to measure, monitor and benchmark these risks
    • Exploring how environmental consultancies can help support bridging the gap between finance and sustainability in the C-suite
    Tim Curtis Tim Curtis
    Managing Director, Ricardo Energy & Environment
    Jim Totty Jim Totty
    Managing Partner, Earth Capital
    Tim Clare Tim Clare
    Director, Transactions & Corporate Services, Anthesis Group
  14. Session 5: Delivering Projects & Services Through A Collaborative Approach
  15. Optimising the Environmental Consultancy Business Model & Client-Consultant-Contractor Relationships to Achieve Successful, Value-Driven Project Delivery

    • Examining the evolution and key changes in project frameworks and alliances to better manage risk-reward and cost structures
    • Assessing the impact of proposed “social value” and KPI requirements for Government and public procurement contracts
    • Establishing key criteria for successful long-term partnerships
    • Strategies to ensure we are really getting value from the work we are doing: what is the most appropriate business model for the industry looking forward?
    Alistair Kean Alistair Kean
    Head of Environment & Sustainability, Lower Thames Crossing
    Mark Hagger Mark Hagger
    Commercial Development Manager, Environment Agency
    Arjun Thiru Arjun Thiru
    Innovation Manager, BAM Nuttall
  16. Session 6: Roundtables
  17. Round-table  Delegates move to their chosen roundtable discussions

  18. Interactive Roundtable Discussion Session

    An opportunity to discuss a relevant topic in a more informal, participative format. Delegates may choose one roundtable to attend, and each table will be hosted by a facilitator to lead discussion, encourage optimum debate and exchange of ideas      


    A. Delivering the Digital Revolution on the Ground

    How can we best respond to the challenges of digitalisation and the opportunities presented by new technology?  What are the expectations of our clients in terms of the cost savings, efficiencies and added-value insights that can be delivered using the latest digital innovations? Hear first-hand how new technologies are transforming the services that our sector can offer.

    Matt Gardner Matt Gardner
    Partner & Senior Technical Director, Arcadis

    B. Best Practice Procurement and Partnership Strategies to Achieve Success in Major Project Delivery

    Mark Hagger Mark Hagger
    Commercial Development Manager, Environment Agency

    C. Getting the Right People at the Right Time at the Right Price - Best Practice Resourcing Solutions

    Paul Gosling Paul Gosling
    Managing Director, Porter Gosling

    D. Optimising Environmental Consulting Opportunities & Market Positioning for SMEs

    Best practice strategies to optimise resource management, address procurement challenges and deliver value to both clients and employees

    Marco Garfagnoli
    Director, Blue Compass

    E. Selling Sustainability and Empowering E&S Professionals to Talk the Language of the C-Suite

    Too often, sustainability considerations are seen by clients as an obstacle, an extra tick-box that “has” to be considered as part of a project, and often brought to the agenda at too late a stage to make a positive difference.  However, it is becoming increasingly recognised that high ESG performance can have a direct correlation with financial performance. This session will discuss tools and strategies that can be employed to effectively “sell” sustainability and ensure it is a genuine consideration at the key stages of project and client relationship development.

    Virginia Cinquemani Virginia Cinquemani
    Director, Green Gorilla Consultants

    F. Strategies to Address the Gender Pay Gap & Increase Diversity in the Environmental Management & Consulting Sector

    Dr Jenny Davidson Dr Jenny Davidson
    Senior Lecturer in Leader Development and Organisation Futures, Newcastle University Business School & NE Lead, Women in Sustainability Network

    G. Strategic M&A Options for Environmental Service Businesses

    Gabriela Silvestris Gabriela Silvestris
    Director, Equiteq

    H. Valuing Environmental Impacts: Practicalities of Applying a Natural Capital Approach in Practice

    Greater Manchester is the first city-region in the UK to develop a Natural Capital Investment Plan - a plan that will help encourage investment in the natural environment to secure financial and social returns. The plan has been developed as a result of the Mayor's Green Summit and is a key priority identified as part of the Greater Manchester 5 Year Environment Plan. The development of innovative finance models to support natural capital investment is a key aim of the Greater Manchester Urban Pioneer programme, one of four Pioneers identified as part of the Governments 25 Year Environment Plan.

    Krista Patrick Krista Patrick
    Natural Capital Coordinator, Greater Manchester Combined Authority
  27. Afternoon Refreshments & Networking

  28. Roundtable Feedback

    Each roundtable facilitator will share the key learning points from their table discussion with the audience.

  29. Session 7: Digital Innovation
  30. Harnessing the Potential of New Digital Innovation to Genuinely Improve the Environmental Consultancy Service Offering Whilst Managing the Impact on Human Resources

    • Identifying which technology or digital innovation to invest in, when, and developing strategies for harnessing the full potential of new technology
    • Exploiting the use of new digital tools and technology to improve productivity, support informed decision-making and maximise outputs:
      • what is the impact of technology and digitalisation on how we work?
      • how can it be used most effectively to add value and improve our service offering?
    • Assessing the impact of technology and greater digitalisation on staff:
      • effectively up-skilling the current workforce and recruiting new consultants
      • finding an appropriate balance between human and digital interaction
    Gianluca Barletta Gianluca Barletta
    Associate Partner, Industrial Products - Global Business Services, IBM
    Daniel Smith Daniel Smith
    Regional Innovation Lead, Royal HaskoningDHV UK
  31. Closing Remarks from the Chair


    Close of Summit followed by a Networking Drinks Reception