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Climate Change Panel Talk – Profit versus protecting the planet: can we provide courageous business leadership in the face of climate change to deliver both?

Date & timeTuesday, 9 November 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Booking closing date Tuesday, 9 November 12:00pm

Profit versus protecting the planet: can we provide courageous business leadership in the face of climate change to deliver both?


Our panel will be comprised of leading business alumni and facilitated by alumna, Gillian Karran-Cumberlege (1982), Founder of Fidelio Partners. We will explore the steps needed to provide courageous business leadership in the face of climate change to deliver profit whilst protecting the planet. Greta Thunberg messaged on Instagram in 2019 : Change is coming, whether you like it or not. Are our businesses ready for that change and how are business leaders adapting? Who should be accountable and what responsibilities do directors face? What are corporate stakeholders now looking for in terms of climate change and sustainability? How do you avoid the risk of ‘greenwashing’? What should the relationship between the public and private sector be? What should climate justice look like? We will seek the experienced advice of our panel on these and other questions – we will even ask whether COP 26 will make a difference.


Gillian Karran-Cumberlege (1982)

Gillian is the co-founder of Fidelio Partners and heads the Chair Advisory and Board Practice. Gillian is actively engaged in promoting greater Board effectiveness through increased diversity.  A recognised thought leader on ESG and Boards, Gillian is a Board and Steering Committee Member of Chapter Zero, the Directors’ Climate Forum, which supports Board Directors to address climate change on the Board Agenda. Prior to founding Fidelio Gillian held senior executive roles within some of Europe’s leading corporates; this included Global Head of Investor Relations / Capital Market Communications for Volkswagen AG (2000 – 2007) sitting on the Group Governance and Marketing Committees. Previously Gillian had enjoyed a highly successful career in banking.

Andrew Herring (1983)

Andrew Herring









Andrew is CEO of the Energy & Power Practice for Marsh UK & Ireland, assuming the role in 2013. He has had an extensive career as an insurance broker in a number of different organisations but always based in the UK and always dedicated to the Energy and Power sectors. He originally joined Sedgwick International in 1987 as a property broker specialising in Energy business and became an assistant director in the Sedgwick Energy team on its formation in 1990. In 1992 Andrew joined Jenner, Fenton, Slade as a Director of the non-marine energy division where he specialised in onshore oil and gas broking. In 1998 he became a founder member of Agnew Higgins Pickering where he was responsible for placement of the property and liability programs of their energy clients worldwide. In 2007 Andrew joined Jardine Lloyd Thompson as a partner in their Energy division and then joined Marsh in 2010 as a Managing Director in the Energy Practice responsible for the Americas.

Andrew studied at Cambridge University where he obtained a Masters in Chemical Engineering. He is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute.


Sir Adrian Montague, CBE (1967)

Sir Adrian Montague

Sir Adrian is currently the Chairman of the Manchester Airports Group, Porterbrook Rail Group, Cadent Gas Ltd and TheCityUK Leadership Council. Previous Chairmanships include Aviva, 3i plc, Anglian Water Group, London First and British Energy. Sir Adrian was awarded a CBE in 2001 and holds a Law degree from the University of Cambridge.


Ken Rivers (1971)

Ken Rivers

Ken is a Past President of the Institution of Chemical Engineers. He chairs the UK’s Major Accident Hazards Strategic forum and also sits on the Industrial Safety Steering Group monitoring the follow up to the Building & Fire regulations review post Grenfell.

Ken’s  background is in the oil industry ,which included being CEO of  Refining NZ  and responsibility for Shell’s UK refining operations. He is a past President of UK Petroleum Industry Association. He chaired  the industry/regulator task force in the wake of the Buncefield terminal explosion and more recently chaired the “Midstream Oil Sector Government and Industry Task Force”, which considered  ways of improving the resilience of oil product supplies following the government review.


David Tyler (1971) 

David Tyler

David currently chairs Domestic and General Ltd and The White Company Ltd.

David formerly chaired Hammerson plc (2013-2020), J. Sainsbury plc (2009-2019), Logica plc (2007-2012), 3i Quoted Private Equity plc (2007-09) and the Hampstead Theatre (2012-20).

His executive career from 1974 to 2006 was at Unilever, NatWest Investment Bank, Christie’s and GUS. Following the GUS de-merger, he began a non-executive career in 2007 which – like his executive career – has been unusually broad in terms of sector, including consumer, retail, business services and financial services. He sat on the Boards of Experian, Burberry and Reckitt Benckiser as well as chairing the six companies noted above.

He was one of the founding chairs involved with the set-up of Chapter Zero in 2019 to help enable directors in UK boardrooms engage effectively in a strategic debate about the climate challenge for their businesses. He has co-chaired the Parker Review Committee since 2015 and has served on the Investment Association’s Executive Remuneration Working Group. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and a member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.

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Please register no later than midday on Tuesday 9 November.


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