Prior to Green Rewards I was the founding chief executive of Trees for Cities, and I now chair the charity’s Board of Trustees. I am a Managing Partner for Local Green Points LLP; am a member of the Forestry Commission’s Advisory Committee for London; and have advised a number of companies on green issues (eg CNN, Time Out).
I co-founded Green Rewards believing that less stick and more carrot was needed to incentivise people to adopt more sustainable lifestyles. Other previous positions include communications director at The RSA, relationship marketing manager for British Airways and english lecturer at Chongqing University in China. In early 2011 I co-founded Local Green Points LLP, a partnership between Green Rewards, Envirocomms and RWA that is working with councils to encourage households to reduce waste going to landfill by recycling and re-using more.
I live with my wife and two children in South West London, and I’m very lucky as I can walk to work – getting to meetings is a mix of bike, tube and trains.
After graduating in 2013 from the University of Brighton with a BA in Globalisation: History, Politics, Culture, Bethany worked as a research intern for the Robertsbridge Group before joining Green Rewards in November 2013.
Her degree gave her a wide overview of the changing world, including the impact globalisation has had, and continues to have, on the environment. From this, she developed a strong interest in positive environmental actions.
Beth is involved with the digital communications for the Local Green Points and JUMP schemes, sourcing and producing content for the website and e-newsletters. She is also responsible for running the Green Rewards blog and social media accounts.
Beth's favourite product is the Chilli Plant Grow It Kit as she is a keen cook, and loves using local produce. "You can't get more local than something you've grown yourself!" she says.
I’ve been a lawyer for over 20 years and now run my own business, The Legal Director. I act as legal director for a number of small and growing businesses. I’m a keen triathlete and love to use my bike for commuting and running local errands. I have a young family and am concerned about what sort of world my son’s generation will inherit. I firmly believe that Green Rewards’ “carrot not stick” approach to incentivising green behaviour will help to encourage more people to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle.
My favourite green reward is the SavaSocket range– having a fully charged mobile phone is crucial to my business so it’s great to know I can leave it plugged in, use only as much electricity as I need, and not damage the battery.
Josh graduated from the University of Exeter in 2011 with a BSc in Geography before returning to pursue further studies with a MSc in Sustainable Development; Climate Change and the Environment. Josh has a keen interest in sustainable communities and how sustainability is communicated.
Joining the Green Rewards team in January 2013, Josh previously held experience with the NUS Green Impact scheme as well e-commerce websites.
Josh is particularly involved in Local Green Points, run by Green Rewards, which encourages sustainable behaviour amongst householders by providing them with incentives for recycling more and wasting less, thus saving local authorities money and helping reduce landfill.
Josh’s favourite product featured on the website is the Wattson Wireless Energy Monitor, as an owner himself he knows the real difference a monitor can make through being more aware of energy consumption, saving on energy bills and therefore reducing individual impact on the environment.
I really started to live more sustainably just before we had our son five years ago. As is often the case, when there’s a major change in your life, you review other aspects of your life-style and start to make changes. That’s exactly what I did and, though I’m far from perfect, those small changes have added up to some very healthy habits. For me Green Rewards helps me buy sustainable products and experiences without having to think whether they are really sustainable. I also love the fact that we can earn Green Points and donate these to good causes.
There are so many interesting products and services available in the eShop, but if you asked me to pick a favorite, I’d have to chose the Eco Gift Vouchers which are just perfect for birthday and Christmas presents.
Maeve developed a keen interest in the environment whilst studying Chemistry at The University of York and spent her industrial placement year developing waste water treatment solutions at Voltea in the Netherlands. After this she sought out more academic research and completed a Masters in Green Chemistry at Imperial College London. The research project she completed there involved computational modelling of the mechanism of natural photosynthesis in plants, in the hope that this work will aid in the design of new solar technologies.
Maeve wants to use her scientific background to promote awareness about environmental issues. She joined the Green Rewards team because she recognises the need to encourage sustainable practice. Her role is in business development.
Until Maeve has a garden when she intends to be a keen composter, she would have to say her favourite product in the eco-shop is the Chrome Eco Kettle, she says; ‘it’s just such a simple and easy way to save energy’.
I specialise in corporate compliance and run a corporate service business in London advising the boards of businesses in a wide variety of sectors including shipping, energy, media and aviation. I am an associate of the Association of International Accountants (for whom I also act as a quality advisor) and a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators. I am also a director of a global energy trader.
I'm a keen sailor and love outdoor activities. I live in the countryside with my young family. This year I've become interested in bee keeping - I hope to be in a position to obtain my first colony soon!
After completing a degree in graphic design I've gained over 10 years experience in web design and print design, working in agencies and as an in-house designer, as well as working freelance for a variety of clients.
Green Rewards is a great company to be part of as it supports my views that changes around green behaviour need to happen but are not always as easy and practical as we would like. Green Rewards I am sure will help this.
I think my favourite green reward is the 'Teaching Urban Children About Nature' as it's fun, get's people involved, improves urban areas and leaves something for local people to enjoy for many years.
I run an environmental consultancy called Low and Behold, that specialises in all things related to local communities and their resources. It covers a wide range of areas, from helping a rural community develop the country's first community-owned anaerobic digester to supporting the formation of new social enterprises in urban areas. I am an active member and promoter of the third sector and partnership working. With its corporate partners, Low and Behold actively finds alternative uses for branded products that would otherwise go to landfill, from event T-shirts to marathon medals.
I contribute to the public debate on resource management, the third sector and the co-operative movement in the media and at public events. I like to think I combine on-the-ground experience with policy development at the national level. I am also a member of Glas Cymru, the only not-for-profit water company in the UK, a director of the BPR Group and an affiliate of the Chartered Institute of Waste Management.
As the managing director of Richmond Towers Communications, the longest established public relations consultancy in the UK, I am increasingly involved in our clients’ sustainability initiatives, particularly in food, energy and waste. Working with Green Rewards is a natural extension of this activity and I have been a keen supporter of the business since its launch. I am a member of the Chartered Institutes of both Marketing and Public Relations and worked as a journalist for 10 years, and have been a charity trustee in North Norfolk for the last five.
The Solar Monkey isn’t new, but it’s still my favourite gadget in the Green Rewards eShop. There’s a simple pleasure in knowing that my phone is driven by the sun!
Robin graduated from the University of Surrey with a BA in Politics; a degree with a tailored focus on environmental and sustainable policy. Before joining us he complimented his academic knowledge base by accumulating a year's managerial experience in related fields.
Robin is particularly focused on our Local Green Points schemes which incentivise householders to engage with sustainable behaviour. His role includes ensuring the processes of all the schemes are properly managed and making sure optimum service is delivered.
Robin's favourite product on the website is the Sun Jar Solar Light which he loves for delivering a 'sunshine' like glow through the evenings, without the additional costs or wires! A huge fan of its design and practicality, he is convinced it can make the perfect gift.
Rebecca graduated with a degree in Zoological Sciences from the University of Edinburgh. Her studies covered a breadth of modules incorporating Environmental Science, Sustainable Development and Natural Resource Management. These courses allowed her to develop an understanding as to how the consumption of natural resources can inflict our ecosystems and the means by which this can be addressed from a social perspective.
She gained valuable experience working with a sustainable start-up in Sydney, during a year spent studying at the University of Sydney. The company purchased unsold, wonky vegetables from local farmers to create “socially good jars of chutney”, this showed her how important social and environmental responsibility is, from a business perspective, in tackling climate change.
As Communications and Project Manager, Rebecca manages JUMP projects, press and digital communications, including writing the weekly blog.
Favourite Product: Red BYOcup – I love the colour and I love my coffee, so a reusable coffee cup is a must!
As Head of London College of Fashion, Frances prioritises sustainability projects. She is Chair of the Conference for Higher Education in Art and Design (CHEAD) with a special focus on social inclusion and employability.
Recent events at the college include a series of events entitled ‘Is Green the New Black?’ encouraging people to be both fashionable and eco-conscious. Clothes swaps, discussions and wardrobe audits were on the creative menu. In addition to Green Rewards, Frances advises stakeholders such as the UK Department of Culture, Media and Sport.
Frances received an OBE for her contribution to the fashion and arts industries and her continued commitment to expanding and improving educational opportunities within those industries.’.
In 2007, Leona was project manager for the Biocentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act commemoration events. This gave her an understanding of the importance of promoting the Fairtrade industry and led her to setting up BestFairtrade.com. As the managing director of BestFairtrade.com, Leona aims to raise awareness of the huge range of Fairtrade products available and also to promote smaller businesses. BestFairtrade.com is the only web-based directory for Fairtrade products. After graduating in International Business, Leona worked in Hong Kong and India where she gained firsthand experience of trading in the textile industry. Leona is also a governor of a C of E primary school in Central London.
Matt is the chair of the Sustainability Advisory Panel. As an environmental scientist, Matt works on a range of carbon management and sustainability consultancy projects. He founded the award-winning CarbonLimited programme at the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) which carried out research and experimentation into policy ideas for reducing personal carbon emissions.
Matt has become a regular commentator on public engagement in climate change for a number of broadcast and print media and has worked closely with UK government on policy development. Matt also has a strong interest in built environment sustainability, with national firsts to his name for green roof and solar energy projects.
Dr Paul Pritchard is a corporate responsibility specialist who is a registered Principal Environmental Auditor, Chartered Environmentalist and a Chartered Chemist. Initial work on contaminated land and water was followed by a range of roles in environmental consultancy before joining RSA as an environmental specialist in 1997.
After a period working in the Group Corporate Centre he joined the UK businesses in 2006 as Head of Corporate Responsibility. He is a non executive director of IEMA and serves on the management committee of the insurance sector climate change initiative Climatewise. His principal publications are Environmental Risk Management (2000) and Management Environmental Risks and Liabilities (1994).
A sustainability specialist with two decades of professional experience in sustainable energy, climate change and carbon foot printing, Paula has a PhD in Climate Change Chemistry from the University of Oxford, as well as a Masters in Information Science from City University London.
Her career covers the academic, public, charitable, governmental and corporate sectors including eight years with the Energy Saving Trust before setting up Paula Owen Consulting in 2010. Her publications include Decommissioning the Brent Spar, The Rise of the Machines, Ampere Strikes Back and Elephant in the Living Room. Paula is proud to have led the project that developed the first official UK Government's carbon calculator for the domestic sector, the award winning Act on CO2 Calculator.
Chief Executive of the Travel Foundation - the British sustainable tourism charity - Sue Hurdle's travel career began with Thomas Cook. After a number of years in mainstream travel and then specialising in sustainable tourism, Sue led an initiative to persuade the UK's leading travel companies that corporate responsibility really is good for business. In 2003, backed by UK government and some of the travel's household names, this initiative was launched as The Travel Foundation - the world's first industry partnership to help companies put sustainable tourism into practice and bring greater benefits to the people and environments of holiday destinations.
Today, the organisation works in 17 countries and has 500 members, representing industry (multi-national companies, independent tour operators, travel agents, airlines), government, NGOs and research bodies focused on sustainable tourism.
Katie’s time as a student intern at a Canadian environmental non-profit organization allowed her to gain valuable experience in an organization that works with governments to require climate change warning labels on gas pump nozzles. This role gave her insight into the relationship between business and government and overcoming hurdles in order to achieve social and behavioural change. Katie was also a part of Seneca’s pioneering year for the Seneca Sustainability Network which involved organizing and participating in sustainability events throughout the school year.
As Customer Service Coordinator, Katie is responsible for all incoming enquiries and requests and resolving them in a friendly and timely manner.
Katie loves the Lavender Grow It Kit from the Home & Garden section of the eShop because having flowers around is a great way to brighten up your day!
Top Tip: Katie always brings a reusable foldable bag with her. She ends up using it almost every day and almost never has to buy plastic bags.
Rachel recently graduated with an MSc in Sustainable Cities from King’s College London. During this time she studied issues of sustainable urban design, ecosystem management, and climate change, which allowed her to develop an understanding of environmental, economic, and social sustainability. Her MSc dissertation covered topics of food education, social sustainability and health inequalities in urban environments.
Rachel joined Green Rewards in 2018 as our Customer Service Coordinator. She is responsible for providing customer service through resolving incoming enquiries, aiding the smooth running of our projects and schemes.
Allegra graduated with an MA in Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh, where she completed her dissertation in the field of environmental ethics, exploring issues surrounding land and marine ecosystem value.
Whilst studying in Edinburgh and the Netherlands, Allegra volunteered for a number of environmental not-for profit organisations, namely the Swap and Reuse Hub in Edinburgh and Guerilla Kitchen in the Netherlands.
After completing an internship at an energy consultancy firm, H2H, at the end of 2017, Allegra joined Green Rewards as Business Development Coordinator at the beginning of 2018. As part of the Business Development team, Allegra works with prospective clients and partners to ensure that they gain the most value from an environmental engagement programme and understand the importance of behaviour change in tackling environmental issues.
Top Tip: Allegra brings her own little bags for fruit, veg and bakery goods to save on plastic packaging.
Maya graduated in Natural Sciences in 2017 from the University of Bath. During her year abroad she was able to study marine biology at the University of Queensland in Australia, where she developed a keen interest in ocean sustainability. She wrote her dissertation on the effects of marine plastic pollution on the environment as well as on human health and wellbeing.
She recently taught the ‘eco-warriors’ club for an NGO in South Africa providing environmental education and yoga to children in disadvantaged communities. She is a keen recycler and enjoys community litter picks!
Maya joined Green Rewards in 2018 as Project Coordinator. She is assisting in the successful delivery of JUMP employee engagement programmes and Local Green Points waste and recycling services for local authorities, including managing door to door engagement campaigns.
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