Hampshire Business Leaders Climate Summit 2021

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Only by creating platforms for open discussion and effective collaboration is true change made.

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Date: 28th October 2021

Time: 8.30am to 2.30pm

2.30pm to 4.00pm Free Access to Sustainability Expo

Location: St. Mary's Football Stadium (Southampton)

Room: Mike Channon Suite

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COVID-19 We would like to assure you that this event is going ahead as planned following the government guidelines, as you would expect. An action plan is currently in place for event day to ensure the safety of our delegates and participants – all in line with government guidelines. Stay safe everyone.


Hampshire Business Leaders Climate Summit 2021

This event has been made available by The Southern Sustainability Partnership in support of ‘Declare a Climate Emergency‘ creating a platform for the private and public sector to open up a conversation for collaboration. Helping to protect the county of Hampshire from the growing effects of climate change to future-proof the prosperity of the county.

“If we act now we can yet put it right.” David Attenborough

Our Event Sponsor is Southampton City Council – Green City Charter

Meeting type: Attend at Covid-19 safe venue


No one can deny that climate change and its effects is the challenge of our time and organisations must prepare themselves to guard against the obvious vulnerabilities this will cause for them and their supply chains. The Summit will address some of the challenges ahead and enable the open dialogue that leads to rewarding collaboration and for change to begin and continue to happen.

This Summit will enable discussion between the businesses operating within the county and the local authorities to shine a spotlight on the ways to address – and act upon these challenges.

Business leaders and local authorities will come together to discuss issues such as;

-The effects on resources and our supply chains

-Water supply

-Surrounding Ocean

-Clean Air and Pollution in the county

The Summit will include the formal launch of Southampton City Council’s Green City Charter. Followed by a series of discussions from a panel of business leaders and local authorities from across the region. Followed by an invited audience Q&A.


The Summit will have an audience based mainly of Hampshire based businesses and organisations. As places are limited this will be on a first-come-first-served basis.

This is an important event for the County and, as such, The Southern Sustainability Partnership has decided to make it a free event for attendees. This will include all refreshments and a light buffet lunch.


Guy Whittle

Commercial Director

Meachers Global Logistics – Southampton

Gary has more than 35 years experience in the logistics industry in operational and commercial roles. His experience has ranged from managing full logistics functions of a petrochemical plant, operating a fleet of petroleum vehicles nationwide to overseeing several general warehouse facilities across the county. In 2000 he was invited to join Meachers Logistics to take responsibility for its growth through sales and marketing. In 2010 his role became overseeing the operations side of the warehouse and transport divisions of Meachers and promotion in 2010 to Commercial Director.

Tim Greenwell

Chief Legal and Risk Director

Southampton Football Club

A proven ability to plan and drive strategic change, Tim is skilled in building the vision, culture and the relationships to deliver strategies to change, develop and improve the way that a sporting organisation works.

He has a strong background in law, risk management and governance which has developed into a wider business and operational focus. Specialisms include market awareness, development of innovation, reputation management and building effective teams as well as the promotion of equality and sustainable development. Strong communication and influencing skills with a clear record of success in the sports industry.

Graham Barnetson

Chief Financial Officer

Red Funnel Group – Southampton

Graham is a CIMA qualified CFO with extensive experience of finance, commercial and operational roles in diverse businesses including maritime, travel and tourism, logistics, retail and entertainment. He has significant experience in financial control and strategic, commercial and operational development in times of financial and corporate transformation and change.

Gemma Lacey


Sustainability and Communications

Southern Co-op

Gemma is an experienced sustainability and communications Director with a 20 year proven track record in advising and influencing boards and executive teams. She also has particular experience in the retail sector. Gemma is skilled in sustainable development and corporate responsibility – as well as brand engagement, communications, marketing, digital, business strategy and planning. She is passionate about the natural world and committed to creating a future where people and nature thrive.

Further panel members to be added shortly


Dr. Iris Soler – Head of Quality Assurance

Southern Water

Head Of Quality Assurance, Dr. Soler has a demonstrated history of working in the utilities industry. She is skilled in Sustainable Development, ISO 14001, Environmental Issues, Water Treatment, and Environmental Awareness, with a strong finance background and a Masters in Law focused in Environmental Law from De Montfort University.

James George

(Information to be added shortly)

Philip Bishop

National Oceanography Centre

Topic: Real-Time Flood Monitoring


Southampton City Council

(Name to be confirmed)

Harriet Ricketts

Sustainability Officer (Maternity Cover)

Winchester City Council

Conrad Haigh

Solent Transport partnership between Southampton, Portsmouth, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight

More local authority panel details to be added shortly


The 2021 Summit has been sponsored by Southampton City Council who will open proceedings supported with a ‘super stand’ on the Expo show floor. The Summit will also provide free access to the organisers co-event, The Big Sustainability Expo, which offers an introduction to leading products, technologies, services and experts who enable important changes to happen in corporate sustainability.


Greentech South - Also Exhibiting on Expo show floor

Greentech South (GTS) is the UK's first ESCA accredited cleantech network. Since 2014, Greentech South have been helping businesses transform their innovative, low carbon ideas into commercialised products and services, stimulating sustainable economic growth and creating job opportunities in the green economy. Greentech South is currently delivering two ERDF programmes for the University of Portsmouth which offer SMEs access to free energy efficiency audits, innovation support, R&D grant funding and access to postgraduate student projects. Visit to find out more!

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Organiser The Southern Sustainability Partnership Limited

Organiser of Hampshire Business Leaders Climate Summit 2021

The Southern Sustainability Partnership was set up to help facilitate best business practice for clients by providing support with their environmental and facilities management.   

With collaboration at its heart, The Southern Sustainability Partnership or TSSP as we are also known, supports B2B energy, recycling, waste and general environmental and facilities management for private business, charity, local authority, NHS, government bodies and organisations of all types in need of support.

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