Reading Sustainability Centre Steering Group includes:
Tony Cowling – Project LeadTony graduated from Reading University in the seventies with a PhD in chemistry. Even at that time he was interested in sustainability and reducing energy consumption and recalls clearly his visits to the Centre for Alternative Technology and to the Saskatchewan Conservation House and how impressed he was with their approaches to both saving energy and to generating renewable energy. He is already bringing a drive for innovation coupled with a spirit of collaboration rarely seen in the voluntary sector to this new project.
Will Alliston – Press/CommunicationsAn active member of the True Food Co-Operative with an interest in health and nutrition, I also enjoy foraging for seasonally available foodstuffs. Studied social anthropology at the University of Kent in Canterbury; there I first became involved in community radio, environmental conservation and even worked on a stableyard for a while. From a young age, gardening has been a growing passion and I would like to learn more about permaculture. Other interests include music, languages and renewable energy.
Jackie Hoskins – Correspondence CoordinatorJackie Hoskins has a degree in history from the University of Reading and has taught children of all ages. Through travelling with her husband to international meetings on weather and climate she has developed a strong interest in the environment and our impact on it. She considers that it is vital that young people are aware of this impact and what can be done about it. One of the founder members of Pangbourne and Whitchurch Sustainability Group, she coordinates its education group. The group has organised assemblies in local schools and workshops on climate change. In these the students learn about the complexity of international negotiations by participating in UN style debates. National Trust; Christian Aid; Tilehurst Methodist Church and Reading Borough Council’s Sustainability Team. She enjoys gardening and is trying to learn French.
Paul Ducker – Project Development (Volunteer)
Hannah JamesHannah James has a degree in Economics from the University of the West of England (UWE), she has an interest in Ecological Economics and applies this knowledge in a number of sustainable assignments and attends many Think Tanks around the UK.
Chris Rhodes – Environmental Impact AdviserProfessor Chris Rhodes is a writer, speaker, researcher and consultant who became involved with environmental issues while working in Russia during the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. He studied chemistry at Sussex University, earning both a B.Sc and a Doctoral degree (D.Phil.); rising to become the youngest professor of physical chemistry in the U.K. at the age of 34. He was awarded a Higher Doctorate (D.Sc) in 2003. He has published well over 200 peer reviewed scientific articles and 5 books. He is also a published novelist, journalist, poet and children’s author. He is an advisor to the European Commission (H2020) on competitive low-carbon energy technologies, an Executive Board member of the Reading Climate Change Partnership, Chair of Transition Town Reading and has recently completed a Permaculture Design Course.
Summreen Sheikh – Community Engagement Officer and Volunteer CoordinatorShe manages a borough wide environmental clean-up event twice a year which attracts 40 clean-up teams of around 600 volunteers, clearing 5 tonnes of rubbish from 50 sites across Reading. This is a multipartner event which attracts business sponsorship and voluntary business support. She is also responsible for a variety of other community projects including; the Reading Community Development Workers forum, a youth club, where she manages four staff to deliver youth work to hard to reach young people, the Reading Climate Action Network (linked to the Reading Climate Change Partnership and Strategy).
Tony Hoskins – MentorTony Hoskins is Chief Executive of The Virtuous Circle, a management consultancy specialising in reputation and risk. It has extensive experience in corporate social responsibility (CSR), corporate reporting of non financial information, including environmental reporting, risk management and stakeholder communications. He set up TVC in 2000. Working with major multinational companies, as well as charities, he has an in-depth understanding of the issues they face in integrating these issues into business policies and planning. Underlying research undertaken includes three CSR research reports in conjunction with The Work Foundation; the RSA and the DTI and Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development; together with a research report prepared for the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) conference (reviewed by the ASB on the quality of reporting of the first Business Reviews produced by listed companies) and a subsequent input to ASB for their most recent review of Business Review reporting. Prior to establishing The Virtuous Circle, Tony held Board level general management, sales and marketing positions in UK & US companies. In addition to consultancy work, he speaks on conferences on CSR and the impact of narrative reporting, including for ICSA and the Investor Relations Society. He has spoken on BBC TV and Radio on reputation management. He is a member of GLG Councils – an international panel of experts. He has delivered training on CSR, Secretarial Practices and Corporate Governance for ICSA, on Business Communications for Reading University Business School, and on Environmental Management for Imperial College, as well as presenting for five years at the Investor Relations Society’s “Annual reporting – best practice in practice” seminars. He has been an assessor for RSA Environment Awards. He is the author of many articles on the subject of work, employment, corporate governance and reputation management. He has written eight books (for one of which he won an MCA Management Writing Award) and has contributed chapters to three others. His latest book, the ICSA Practical Guide to Company Reporting will be published in summer 2015. He has an MBA from London Business School, and graduated in economics and statistics from Bristol University. He is a Fellow of the RSA, and past Chair of its South Central Region.
Peter McManners – Strategic ConsultantPeter McManners is a strategic consultant and Senior Visiting Fellow of Henley Business School, Reading University. He has written and published extensively on business, the environment and macroeconomics working at the leading edge of sustainability and resilience theory. His book, Adapt and Thrive: The Sustainable Revolution led a debate which is taking green issues into the mainstream. With degrees in engineering, geography and business, he brings deep cross-discipline insight into the challenges of sustainability. He is also founding co-chairman of Pangbourne and Whitchurch Sustainability Group (www.pawsg.com).
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