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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Rupert Clark-Lowes is Associate Consultant of Simply Sustainable

Rupert has worked in the sustainability industry for over 6 years, managing global clients across several compliance and voluntary services. Among the companies, he has worked for are a boutique and carbon sustainability consultancy, and multinational commercial real estate services company Cushman & Wakefield.

Rupert’s areas of expertise encompass a wide range of sustainability services, among which: Sustainability Benchmarking and Reporting (GRESB, CDP, UNPRI, GHG Protocol); Responsible Property Investment; Environment and Social Governance Strategies; Regulatory Compliance and Risk Mitigation (CRC, GHG, ESOS/EED, MEES); Carbon, Energy and Sustainability Data Measurement, Reporting and Assurance; Stakeholder Communications and Engagement; Energy and Sustainability Data Systems; Health and Wellbeing.

Clients Rupert has worked with include: Coca-Cola Enterprises, Aviva, Deutsche Bank, RBS, Harley Davidson, DTZ Investors, New River, TIAA Henderson Real Estate, Invesco, VMware, MS Amlin, Polycom, Japanese Tobacco International, Compass Group.

Sabrina Chiaretti is Sustainability Consultant of Simply Sustainable

Sabrina joined Simply Sustainable in May 2018. She has experience working on sustainability and climate change in both the private and public sector,  focusing on behaviour change, impact measurement, sustainability reporting, CSR and climate change communications and climate change mitigation and adaptation measures. Among the organisations she has worked for are Campus Living Villages, an international student housing provider and Aberdeenshire Council.

She holds a Business Administration degree from Bocconi University, achieved a 2.1 postgraduate degree in Sustainability from the University of Nottingham and is currently pursuing a postgraduate degree in Climate Change Management from the University of Edinburgh.

In addition to these qualifications, Sabrina is a privileged  member of the Climate Reality Project founded by Al Gore, for which she delivers trainings on sustainability and climate change across Europe.

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Carlota Esguevillas is Consultant of Simply Sustainable

Carlota joined Simply Sustainable in January 2018, following the completion of her degree.

She achieved a 1st class honours degree in Geography from Oxford University, specialising in Human and Environmental Geography. Her dissertation focused on community stakeholder engagement in the Battersea Power Station Redevelopment.

In addition to these academic qualifications, Carlota has a range of corporate experience from placements at The CocaCola Company Madrid and Nantik Lum.

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Michelle Liddle is Executive Assistant to CEO of Simply Sustainable

Michelle joined the Simply Sustainable team in February 2017 and has 6 years experience as an Executive Assistant. Michelle has previously provided executive support to individuals & businesses in journalism, marketing, health & wellbeing and retail. She offers a full range of administrative & HR support services to aid more efficient & focused working for the whole Simply Sustainable team.

Michelle has a 2:1 in Business Studies from London Guildhall University. Prior to joining Simply Sustainable, Michelle gained extensive commercial, business & managerial experience during her career as a Mechandiser. She spent over 13 years working in Head Office for leading high street retailers such as John Lewis, Debenhams, BHS & Habitat.

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Esther Porta is PR Manager of Simply Sustainable

Esther has 25 years’ experience delivering outstanding and measurable media and marketing strategies and results for some of the world’s biggest brands, for a range of issues, including CR.

As well as traditional media, she is passionate about using digital media to help clients boost their presence and online engagement. She is a blogger whose work is regularly featured on leading websites and e-zines. Esther is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR).

In her spare time Esther is a Trustee of a national guide dog charity, the Seeing Dogs Alliance, where she supports its digital development and marketing communications activities. She also supports the Teenage Cancer Trust and the Alzheimer’s Society.

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