Best foot forward: you can now enter the 2019 Blue Patch Sustainable Business Awards.
With our influential and expert panel you’ve opportunity to get your products and services in front of the right people. It’s all about participating. Very best of luck everybody!
Katrina Burroughs, Journalist, Sunday Times Home.
Katrina Burroughs has written the interiors column for Sunday Times Home for over a decade and never cease to be amazed by the creativity of designers. She is fascinated to observe each cohort facing the same issues – sustainability in manufacture, longevity of their designs – with fresh solutions and renewed commitment. Check out Katrina’s Instagram
Richard Eaton, Design Director, Denby.
Richard Eaton first came to Denby Pottery as an enthusiastic young student for work experience and then returned after completing his Master of Arts degree in Ceramics and a Bachelor of Arts degree in 3 dimensional design. During his work experience, Richard’s designs so impressed Denby that they were fully commissioned as a ‘giftware’ range before he returned to take up a permanent post with the company. That was over 30 years ago and Richard is now Denby’s Design Director having built up a respected Denby Design Team.
In addition to his work for Denby, Richard encourages the work of new designers. Richard has been a member of the panel of Judges for the Royal Society of Arts design competitions and an advisor on the Princes Youth Business Trust. Richard has also been an external assessor for the M.A. in Ceramic Design, course at Staffordshire University and is currently undertaking special projects for many Universities.
Richard continues to lead Denby Designs through lifestyle trends and ensures its portfolio is relevant for its international customers whilst ensuring as a member of Denby’s Board of Directors, sustainability has a high priority. Whilst Richard’s team have pioneered innovations in the ceramic industry, traditional skills are still very evident at Denby with over 20 pairs of hands involved in the crafting of every piece of pottery.
Seán Dagan Wood, Publisher of Positive News.
Seán Dagan Wood is Publisher of Positive News, the magazine for good journalism about the good things that are happening. He is a leading voice for ‘constructive journalism’, having presented at events such as The International Journalism Festival and TEDx. Seán is also passionate about purpose-driven business and ownership models, and led a crowdfunded ‘community share offer’ that transformed Positive News into a co-operative owned by its readers worldwide. He has been featured in media including The Guardian, BBC and HuffPost.
Alex Oliver, strategist and coach, Oliver Boo.
Alex Oliver is the Founder of Oliver Boo Coaching & Consulting Ltd. Alex is a strategy and coaching professional with many years’ experience spanning public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Alex began her career in the private sector in international marketing, strategy and training roles before joining the UK Government’s Cabinet Office to lead a cross-government programme of work around citizen-led service and policy design. She later joined global consultancy Kantar where she has managed public/ non-profit sector teams and led projects for government and public clients around the world. Since 2012, Alex has worked independently through her own business. This includes working at board level as strategy advisor and head of global innovation for the public global government consultancy and research division within Kantar. Alex is a professional, certified life and leadership coach (Co-Active method). She is an executive mentor for high potential women in business, and for social entrepreneurship via the EU Social Innovation Competition. She also has a large pro bono portfolio including a board trusteeship for ground breaking older people’s charity, Claremont.
Oliver Heath, Architectural and Interior Designer.
Oliver Heath is a recognised global expert in Biophilic Design. His work is expressed in number of mediums including the design for built environment, writing and the media; having worked for a number of television channels including BBC, ITV channel 4 and the National Geographic channel. He has acted as a spokesperson for the likes of the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the Energy Saving Trust (EST) and the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) and is currently a Biophilic Design Ambassador for Interface. His practice Oliver Heath Design are also the lead designers in the BRE’s Biophilic Office project. oliverheathdesign.com
Emma Matthews. Merchandising Consultant, Royal Opera House.
Emma Matthews started her career with Next and has over 20 years’ experience in the high street sector the majority of which was spent within the sportswear market including a number of years as Womenswear Product Director for JD Sports. She moved into the heritage sector to become the Buyer for the Whitworth and Manchester museum before joining the Royal Opera House as a Merchandising consultant in 2017.
Abena Poku-Awuah, Managing Director, Legacy.
Abena is the Managing Director of Legacy, a sustainable events agency that organises events and special occasions whilst considering their environmental impact, carbon footprint, and potential for positive social change. She also runs the Legacy Marketplace, an online marketplace to help anyone organise an event using environmentally friendly suppliers.
Legacy represents the next generation of events and experiences, transforming the old ways and creating a market shift towards sustainable events. With her team, Abena is on a mission to revolutionise the way events are planned and run, demonstrating that sustainable events can be beautiful, engaging and inspiring.
Bill Grimsey, businessman and commentator.
Bill Grimsey began his retail career at the age of just 15 years old when he became a butcher’s boy. His first managerial job was at Bishops Food Stores, where he rose to become a director, before joining Tesco in 1986 in the new role of customer services director.
In a varied and full retail career, Bill Grimsey went on to be chief executive of store groups both in the UK and abroad in South Africa and Hong Kong and has earned a reputation as a turnaround specialist. He gained particular attention for masterminding the recovery of DIY group Wickes, which had been at the centre of an accounting scandal that resulted in the suspension of its share price and the banks foreclosing.
Another of these recovery roles was during Bill Grimsey’s five years at the helm of Iceland, which was renamed the Big Food Group, and was later bought out by Icelandic investors Baugur Group. Most recently, he worked with private equity backers heading the Focus DIY chain. Bill Grimsey is author of the Grimsey Review and writes about business, retail and the High Street for the Guardian.
Deborah Pocock. CEO, Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST).
Deborah has been CEO of QEST since 2017. QEST (the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust) is a charity of the Royal Warrant Holders Association which supports the education and training of talented and aspiring craftspeople. Since 1990, QEST has awarded almost £4.3 million to just over 500 craftspeople of all ages and backgrounds in at least 130 skills, from the traditional; to rural; to cutting-edge craft and conservation. HRH The Prince of Wales is Patron. In 2002, Deborah was awarded an LVO by HM The Queen for her work during the Golden Jubilee and she has undertaken many high profile projects since that time, joining the Royal Warrant Holders Association as Director of Development in 2013, immediately following the Coronation Festival in the gardens of Buckingham Palace.
Phillipa Smith, Editor, Vegan Life and Be Kind magazine.
Phillipa is the editor of Be Kind magazine. Focussing on the environment, community, sustainability and creativity, Be Kind magazine exists to make the world a better place. It’s a scary and uncertain time, as we watch our seas fill with plastic, our bins bulge, and our air become dense with fumes and pollution. Our readers understand the problems that we, as a planet, are facing and want to help.
It’s vital to stay positive, and through our magazine we want to encourage people to make small achievable changes that will have a much bigger global impact. From cutting down on food waste, ditching single-use plastic, supporting sustainable businesses or organising beach litter picks, we want to inspire change, share ideas and leave as little trace as possible.
David Hodge, Digital Content Executive, London Design Fair.
David strategises and curates digital content for London Design Fair. A daily presence throughout the Fair, David has his ‘finger on the pulse’ sharing news, streaming and showcasing the work of hundreds of talented designers. David’s eye for design make their instagram a great resource for what’s happening at the cutting edge.
In The Right Light Photography
Alice and Anna take photographs of people at work. They visit workplaces, from factories and studios to farms and offices. They also take photos of people for their websites.
Clients include artists, lawyers, academics, schools and therapists. They have published two books, The Peckham Connection, 2016 and The East Dulwich Connection, 2017. These books illustrate the impact of rapid economic development on local communities. Alice and Anna are developing a series of portraits of Blue Patch members at work. Intherightlight.co.uk
Rebecca holds a BA Hons in Fine Art from Surrey University. In 1987 Fenwick of Bond Street selected her to be their first ever graduate trainee and her training has been the model for all subsequent graduate applicants. Over 10 years at Fenwicks she held buying positions in Underwear, Cosmetics, Hosiery, Shoes and, finally Menswear and remained a buyer for Bond Street Menswear for seven years. In 1997 she was appointed to the Retail Board at Mulberry in the role of Senior Retail Merchandiser, responsible for Mulberry Home, Womenswear and Menswear, a position she held until the birth of her first child in 1998. Following a 4 year break to concentrate on parenting, in 2002 , she established her own business offering a bespoke Personal Styling service for image conscious, time poor professionals. Over the past 17 years Rebecca has built a portfolio of clients comprising Peers, Cabinet Ministers, Television Personalities, Musicians, Writers, Entrepreneurs, career oriented and life loving individuals. In 2014 she expanded to include a Home Styling service to clients. In addition to my private clients, Rebecca works with leading retailers on a consultancy basis focusing on brand direction and development.
Emma McKenna, Business Advisor, Advance London.
Emma is a Business Advisor at LWARB working on Advance London, their circular economy business support programme helping businesses to scale up their circular economy activities or transition to more circular ways of working. Prior to joining, Emma was a Project Officer on the future cities programme in Peterborough where she led on the Empowerment and Smart Business strands of the programme delivering projects to drive innovation; smarter ways of working; and the transition to a Circular City. Emma has experience working with businesses from various sectors and managed the development and launch of Peterborough’s own B2B resource sharing platform.
Carolyn Burnett, Director of Corporate Development, Japan House
Carolyn Burnett spent her early career with IBM in their consultancy business leading a number of client projects, before going on to establish Manchester Art Show, the largest contemporary art fair in the north of England. Most recently, she headed up live content for global events company UBM, leading on an annual series of international events and managing partnerships with key industry associations across the globe. Fascinated by both Japan’s deep history and culture, and the immense creativity of the Japanese people, Carolyn is looking to drive a legacy of engagement between the UK and Japan through Japan House London.
Annie Sloan, Founder of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.
Anne Sloan is a world-leading expert in paint and colour and the inventor of Chalk Paint®, which has revolutionised the world of upcycling. It’s no-prep formula was a total game changer and opened up a whole new world of creative possibilities for everybody; from casual DIY fans to professional Interior Designers. Annie hasn’t stopped refining and improving her product range since Chalk Paint® was released in 1990.
The Annie Sloan business is and will always remain family run – with Annie and her husband firmly at the helm. Annie is also committed and proud to support independent businesses, and does this through selling her products exclusively through a network of over 1,700 independent Stockists located in 55 countries around the world.
Matthew Clayton : Managing Director, Thrive Renewables.
Thrive Renewables connects people to sustainable energy and offer accessible opportunities for individuals and businesses to invest in clean energy projects that deliver financial, environmental and social rewards. Matthew has worked in the Thrive Renewables team (formerly Triodos Renewables) since 2006 and undertakes the overall full time management of Thrive Renewables Plc. In this time Matthew has contributed to 15-fold growth in the Company. Thrive are Blue Patch members and Gold Patrons.
Matthew Van Den Elst, Legal Director, Naturesave
Before joining Naturesave, Matthew studied human rights law at Exeter University and is a passionate advocate for businesses that are founded on strong ethics and sustainability. Matthew oversees a program, funded by Naturesave, to offer SME customers a free environmental performance review to help them on the journey to operating more sustainably and stay up to date with environmental legislation. As a business, Naturesave is on a mission to create an insurance industry that not only protects individuals and organisations but also the planet through the Naturesave Trust, which provides grants for environmental projects across the UK. Matthew is also a Trustee of the Richard Glyn Foundation, an educational charity based at Gaunts House in Dorset.
Natalia Komis, Founder, Remote Mission.
Natalia Komis is the founder of Remote Mission, as well as a business and marketing strategist for high flying female entrepreneurs and social businesses. So aside from her passion and expertise in helping people figure out their ‘why’ and go after it, she brings a lot of business and marketing knowledge into getting you the job that is right for you!
Michael Davies, Associate Director, Green and Seen.
Michael Davies is an Associate Director at Green and Seen (www.greenandseen.net), a consultant specialising in environmental auditing and behaviour change. Michael’s previous role as Head of Environment at Business in the Community brings great insight to his role with Green and Seen. His liaison between the business and charitable sectors gave in-depth insight into the CSR and sustainability agenda of both sectors. Michael led Business in The Community’s Circular Economy and Community Energy programmes Previous to this Michael held responsibility for Eurostar’s international sales & marketing. As well as growing sales in all markets outside France, the UK and Belgium, as part of his role as Head of International Sales, part of Eurostar’s Senior Management Team. His relationship management skills were honed during this period as he oversaw Eurostar’s relationships with Airline partners, General Sales Agents and International Tourist Boards. In his spare time, Michael is Chair and active member of Hackney Players, an amateur dramatic group and volunteers at St.Joseph’s Hospice in Hackney where he sits on the Green Committee and Volunteer Committee.