Nicola Stopps is CEO of Simply Sustainable

Nicola has 20 years’ experience in sustainability and CSR having worked for some of the largest companies in the world.

Since founding Simply Sustainable in 2010, Nicola has worked with a number of international and national organisations on developing their CSR and sustainability programmes. Applying her experience and expert knowledge, she has worked closely with in-house teams and with Board members to develop strategies, embed governance structures as well as producing CSR reports and providing materiality assessments. In addition, she is enthusiastic about CSR and sustainability training and has developed and facilitated environmental and CSR awareness training courses for many corporate teams.

Previous roles include; Head of Corporate Responsibility at T-Mobile, Director of Sustainability and Environment at Travelodge Hotels, as well as working for DHL and the BBC. Nicola holds a Geography degree from University of Exeter and received her Master’s in Environmental Impact Assessment and Auditing from the University of East Anglia in 1999.

Nicola has a proven capability to deliver high quality projects on time and on budget. She has gained a reputation of someone who ‘gets the job done’ and has experience working in a wide range of sectors. With firm foundations in environmental management and experience in successfully implementing sustainability strategies, Nicola is nationally recognised as a leader in the field of corporate sustainability.

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Alasdair Marks is Director of Simply Sustainable

Alasdair joined Simply Sustainable in July 2017 and brings with him more than 10 years of leadership roles and extensive corporate sustainability and responsibility knowledge.

This is thanks, in part, to a Master’s Degree in Corporate Responsibility from London Metropolitan University but also to the wide-ranging nature of his role at BITC where he was previously. Here, he supported a cross-section of leading members to develop and deliver integrated business strategies with responsibility at their core.

This involved working on a broad spectrum of CR approaches with companies from numerous sectors including Telecommunications, FMCG, Utilities, Construction and Engineering, Financial Services, Retail and Facilities Management, with the opportunity to work closely with clients on both an ongoing and project basis in order to drive strategy and maximise impact. Highlights included supporting National Grid to become BITC’s coveted Responsible Business of the Year in 2014/15.

Alasdair also pioneered a series of defining content-led projects targeted at more effectively supporting some 750 BITC members.
These included the creation of a new CR integration and maturity framework, which now form the basis of a number of core member services, and the development of a new method for calculating the business value of CR. He also led the development of a new legislation work stream to support companies faced with the swathe of current and forthcoming responsible business-related legislation in the UK.

Prior to working with BITC, Alasdair spent ten years at Criteria Fieldwork, where as part of the leadership team he supported the company’s growth to become the largest dedicated qualitative fieldwork agency in the UK.

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Sophie England is Principal Consultant of Simply Sustainable

Sophie has 9 years’ experience working in house on corporate responsibility and sustainability having worked in the CSR Camelot and BITC team.

Since joining Simply Sustainability in 2014 she has worked across numerous projects for large corporates including; strategy development and implementation, report writing and production, as well as supporting with materiality impact assessments.

Prior to Simply sustainable Sophie worked in-house at Camelot and at Business in The Community.  Sophie has a 2:1 in Politics from the University of Reading and a Post-Graduate in Sustainable Business from the University of Cambridge.

Sophie’s areas of expertise include: CSR corporate strategy development, CSR communications, KPI development and measurement, Community Impact Measurement, Stakeholder Engagement and strategic Community Investment. Sophie is passionate about using communications as a means to inspire and change behaviour across organisations and believes that continual measurement of the ‘right’ KPIs is integral to a successful CSR strategy.

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Iona Neilson is Project Analyst of Simply Sustainable

Iona joined Simply Sustainable in April 2017 following the completion of her degree and a year in industry within the Sustainability Team at McDonald’s UK.

She achieved a 2:1 in Geography from the University of Plymouth, and in addition to these academic qualifications, brings with her a wealth of corporate experience from both McDonald’s UK and Costa Coffee in their sustainability/energy and environment teams.

Iona has experience working on projects such as stakeholder engagement, data analysis, strategic waste management, consumer litter strategies and wide ranging sustainability communications.

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