DR BEATRIX SCHLARB-RIDLEY
BRITISH ANTARCTIC SURVEY
Beatrix is Director of Innovation and Impact at British Antarctic Survey (BAS). A biochemist by background, she co-founded the Cambridge Bioenergy Initiative, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology. She built the first certified Passivhaus in Cambridge and has a passion for applying research and innovation to build a sustainable future.
At BAS, she has driven the development of the Aurora Innovation Centre – a space with excellent conference and meeting facilities, exhibition spaces and an open-plan office for collaborators. Aurora aims to create a vibrant niche in the Cambridge ecosystem for excellent research and entrepreneurial activity in the areas of climate change, environmental stewardship and technologies for challenging environments, addressing issues of global importance and helping society adapt to a changing world.
Emma has a near 20-year background in sustainability and a keen interest in supporting entrepreneurs to develop the solutions and technologies to address the world’s most prominent issues. At Cambridge University Institute for Sustainability she supported a cross-sector business leadership group address climate change and increase emission reduction regulations across the UK and Europe, and created and ran the first two years of the Young Sustainability Entrepreneurs Awards for Unilever. Emma has since turned to entrepreneurs for hope in the face of the climate crisis, and has created the ‘Future 20’, supporting the founders of 20 impact focused tech-for-good start ups at Allia.
Mark is a Managing Director at KPMG in Cambridge and leads the Enterprise team in East Anglia. With over 21 years’ experience he specialises in working with privately owned and PE backed businesses, from start-ups to large family owned companies. He has worked on many different business sectors and has significant experience of helping businesses grow, manage their risks and achieve their strategies. KPMG’s Cambridge office has over 140 staff and offer our clients Audit, Tax, Pensions, and Advisory services. Given its location, it is not surprising that their Cambridge office is a Centre of Excellence for technology.
Jim is Managing Partner at Earth Capital, an investment company who back sustainable businesses and innovative management teams with active support and long term investment.
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. STIL manages family office capital, institutional funds, and high net-worth investments through private equity funds.
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. Manager GEIF (Business angels network) 2001-9, won mandates to manage £40m co-investment funds; since 2007 he has been mentor/NED for numerous companies especially in cleantech sector, working with public policy programme (Scale-Up, Growth Accelerator, Exdra/EIP), with Universities and with individual clients to advise on growth and access to finance.