The meeting place for Cleantech Companies and Investors | October 21 2021 | Online Event

MARCH 2021 KEY SPEAKER

ALED JONES
GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY INSTITUTE 

Aled is the inaugural Director of the Global Sustainability Institute (GSI). Over the past five years he has built the GSI from a good idea into an internationally recognised brand, with a group of 40 individuals, and over £4 million in external income won. He is one of the acknowledged global leaders in public-private finance related to the green economy. His work in climate finance has been recognised by the State of California and he has received a key to the city of North Little Rock, USA.

In 2013, Anglia Ruskin University won the International Sustainable Campus Network Award for integrating sustainability and the GSI was shortlisted for the EAUC Green Gown awards in two categories and the Lloyds of London Science of Risk Awards.

MARCH 2021 ADVISORY BOARD

MARK RIMINTON
CLEAN GROWTH UK

Mark Riminton is responsible for Clean Growth UK’s industrial relationships and for its investor readiness development track for SMEs. He is based at the University of Brighton, UK and has long experience of working with business owners and investors. Clean Growth UK aims to provide a simple way for innovative SMEs to harness the cross-disciplinary research excellence in UK universities within three highly successful regional clean tech innovation networks: the Green Growth Platform (University of Brighton), Greentech South (University of Portsmouth) and Liverpool John Moores University.

 

PIPPA GAWLEY
ZERO CARBON CAPITAL 

Pippa is the co-founder of Zero Carbon Capital, home of an EIS fund investing in early-stage companies on a mission to fix climate change. ZCC supports deep science, hard-tech solutions that have the potential to make half gigaton-level reductions of CO2e at scale; and vision-aligned, ambitious teams to go with them. Pippa started angel investing in decarbonisation technologies in California five years ago, where she was an active member of the impact investing ecosystem. She holds a Masters degree in Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Cambridge.

 

JIM TOTTY
VIRIDIS CAPITAL 

Jim has 25 years’ experience in sustainable and clean technology, including 16 years’ private equity. He invests in sustainable businesses in technology, services and manufacturing, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and water. He manages family office capital, institutional funds, and high net-worth investments through private equity funds.

EMMA MEE
ALLIA 

Emma Mee has been involved in designing and delivering high impact programmes to build the capacity within all sectors, developing positive and disruptive new models of business. She is a keen ambassador for all ventures and solutions that solve some of the world’s challenges, but with a particular enthusiasm for negative emission technologies and natural solutions to climate change, cleantech and agritech.

HUGH PARNELL
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 technology sectors. He is Chairman of Cambridge Cleantech/Envirotech Ltd (formerly Envirolink UK), co-founder of the Cambridge Energy Forum and of the Cleantech Special Interest Group at Cambridge Network.

STUART FERGUSON
SUSTAINABLE VENTURES 

Stuart is a passionate impact investor working for Sustainable Ventures, one of Europe’s leading developers of cleantech innovations, as an investor and providing corporate finance support to ecosystem members. Prior to this role, Stuart managed an investment team at LWARB, dedicated to supporting the best low carbon and circular economy startups in London. Stuart also ran Big Issue Invest’s Impact Fund and had a long career leading debt and equity investments within Lloyds Banking Group.

DAVID JAMES
HEWITSONS

David has over thirty years’ experience in company and commercial work. As founder members of Cambridge Cleantech, Hewitsons has considerable expertise and a thorough understanding of the issues faced today by companies and others in the cleantech sector. We are experienced in advising a wide range of companies, including businesses with interests in the environmental, renewables and low carbon sub-sectors and advise on all aspects of IP and commercial contract work, from the protection and exploitation of IP, to the drafting and negotiation of contracts for what are often complex deals.

ANDREW PRIEST
BIRKETTS

Andrew is an experienced commercial contracts lawyer specialising in the drafting and negotiation of terms for IT and outsourcing projects, IP and IT related contracts and other major commercial contracts. He has an MBA from Manchester and Warwick Business Schools and specialises in drafting and negotiating commercial contracts, IP licensing and exploitation contracts.

HENRY HUNT-GRUBBE
J A KEMP

Henry is a European and UK Patent Attorney. He specialises in advising SMEs on how to obtain protection for their IP as well as related business considerations. This work includes drafting British, European, International and US patent applications as well as developing IP strategies, performing IP due diligence investigations and advising on all forms of IP protection. Henry is experienced at supporting companies through all of the stages of their development, from their founding to successful sale.

 

JOSEPH SIMON-BROWN
J A KEMP

Joe is a European and UK Patent Attorney. He started his career at the London office of J A Kemp before joining our Cambridge based team in 2018 to help grow our local client base in the area. Joe advises on matters from general protection strategy, to freedom-to-operate, to infringement of rights. He particularly enjoys working with young and growing companies to develop their patent portfolios and relishes working closely with inventors to draft new patent applications.