Rathbone Greenbank Investor Day 2019

Wednesday 5 June 2019

Investor Day 2019

With the growing debate on how we decouple economic activity from unsustainable patterns of resource consumption, our 22nd annual Investor Day will explore the role of investors, companies and policymakers in promoting a more circular economy.

09.30  Registration
10.30 Presentations and Q&A
13.10 Lunch
14.30 Close


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Our speakers

Kate Elliot, Senior Ethical Researcher, Rathbone Greenbank Investments

Kate is a senior ethical researcher for Rathbone Greenbank, responsible for assessing the social and environmental performance of companies in addition to monitoring emerging ethical themes. She also helps co-ordinate Rathbone Greenbank’s stewardship and engagement activities. Since 2014, Kate has served on the Admissions Panel for the Social Stock Exchange, helping to assess and identify companies delivering social or environmental impact. She joined Rathbones in 2007 after graduating from the University of Bristol with a Masters in philosophy and mathematics.

Julie Hill, Chair, WRAP

Julie was appointed Chair of the Board, WRAP, in November 2014.

She has worked on environmental policy for over thirty years. As Director, and then an Associate of Green Alliance, she has developed the resources theme over a period of twenty years, including chairing the Circular Economy Task Force. 

Julie has held a number of senior advisory posts in government and in commercial organisations. She has also served terms as Non-Executive Director of the Environment Agency for England and Wales, and of the Eden Project in Cornwall, and is presently an Independent Board Member of the Consumer Council for Water.  She is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey, and Vice-Chair of the Institution of Environmental Sciences.

Mickey Howard, Professor of Supply Management, University of Exeter Business School

Mickey Howard is Professor of Supply Management at the University of Exeter Business School.  His research examines the circular economy and sustainable supply chain management, supported by engagement with organisations such as the Ellen Macarthur Foundation, BAE Systems, Desso Carpets, Eden Project, Hewlett Packard, Rolls Royce Engines, Volvo, and numerous small-medium enterprises (SMEs) in the South-West of England.

Mickey has published over 150 research papers exploring the procurement of complex performance, buyer-supplier relationships, collaborative technology, low carbon procurement, sustainable supply strategy and circular business advantage. He is a member of the Exeter Centre for Circular Economy and a regular speaker at UK government events at Westminster and international conferences such as the Academy of Management in the US. He is author of several books, the award winning ‘Purchasing & Supply Chain Management: A Sustainability Perspective’ (2014, 2018) Routledge UK, and ‘Procuring Complex Performance’ (2011) Routledge New York, which was recently translated into Chinese.


Alex Manisty, Head of Strategy at DS Smith

Alex worked at KPMG and ICI in various financial and M&A roles before joining DS Smith in 1999. Since then he has worked in corporate development, finance and general management positions as DS Smith has transformed from a small UK business focused on paper to a multi-national packaging group with a turnover of around £7bn.

His most recent roles include Managing Director UK Packaging Region (until 2012) and Sales, Marketing & Innovation Director European Packaging (until 2015).  As Head of Strategy, Alex manages Corporate Planning, Scenario Planning, Disruptive Innovation and wide variety of other development projects.

Alex holds a degree in English Literature from Oxford University and is a Chartered Accountant.

Sophie Mather, Material Futurist at biov8tion

As a reputable thought leader on Sustainable Innovation, Sophie Mather, Material Futurist at biov8tion, brings a depth of knowledge, innovative thinking and network to Textile Industry challenges. Her 20+ years’ experience spanning on the ground work at the brand, manufacturing and consulting level in the EU, Asia and US enables her to advise the ever-challenged industry on cutting edge sustainable strategies and solutions.

Inspired by the diverse network in which she works, she constantly challenges the status quo by forming collaborative projects, facilitating cross stakeholder groups in search of novel solutions. Within her portfolio she has held an Advisory Board seat for the Textile Exchange, formed and led the Textile Exchange Bio Synthetics working group, and most recently founded the Microfibre Consortium.

She is a renowned and inspirational speaker delivering thought provoking ideas and challenging her audiences on a variety of platforms.

She is always keen to delve into the impossible, to enable solutions for the next sustainable challenge.


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