Debbie Hitchen

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Debbie Hitchen

Director,
Anthesis

Circular Economy Taskforce

Debbie Hitchen is a Director at Anthesis with a strong track record in project management, business development and consultancy. She is recognised for her ability to build and manage multi-stakeholder teams and her capability to deliver complex and politically sensitive projects.

Debbie has an extensive understanding of the drivers and challenges of sustainable waste management having worked for four years in a local authority, four years at a leading producer responsibility compliance organisation and over a decade working with public, private- and third-sector organisations at London Remade and LRS.

Debbie has managed projects in manufacturing, retail, waste management and the public sector, delivering waste prevention activities, increasing reuse, improving waste collections and operations, driving behaviour change and initiating product stewardship programs. She has delivered projects which focus on specific materials, such as textiles, waste electrical and electronic equipment recycling and packaging; as well as projects which have a communications-based or behaviour change methodology.  She is equally comfortable managing research, strategy, operational change management and stakeholder engagement projects.

Debbie is a qualified facilitator and is well known for her stakeholder engagement capabilities and her chairing of meetings.

About Business in the Community’s Circular Economy Taskforce

Each area of work Business in the Community (BITC) undertakes is led by a group of senior executives who provide strategic guidance and support us in achieving our objectives.

BITC’s Circular Economy Taskforce brings together a group of senior executives committed to delivering a high impact programme to bring the circular economy to life.

The Taskforce supports BITC’s Environment Leadership Team, who are helping business drive innovation that turns the threats of the climate emergency into opportunity for people and nature.

Find out more about BITC’s work on the environment.

Marie Fallon

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Marie Fallon

Director of Regulated Industry,
Environment Agency 

Circular Economy Taskforce

Marie qualified in town planning and started her professional working life as an environmental educational officer in Coventry planting trees and working with schools.

Marie joined the Environment Agency five years ago as the area manager for Northumberland, Durham and Tees before taking up her role of Director of Regulated Industry within the Agency.

Prior to joining the agency Marie had a 28-year local government career including: corporate director of environment in Cumbria, interim director of regeneration, enterprise and planning in Northampton; director of regeneration in Newcastle.

She has also run her own consultancy business providing interim management to organisations. Marie is passionate about leadership and leadership development. Five years ago she undertook a coaching course and she now regularly coaches people across the agency as a member of the coaching network.

Outside of work, when she finds the time, Marie is a keen cook and off-road runner.

About Business in the Community’s Circular Economy Taskforce

Each area of work Business in the Community (BITC) undertakes is led by a group of senior executives who provide strategic guidance and support us in achieving our objectives.

BITC’s Circular Economy Taskforce brings together a group of senior executives committed to delivering a high impact programme to bring the circular economy to life.

The Taskforce supports BITC’s Environment Leadership Team, who are helping business drive innovation that turns the threats of the climate emergency into opportunity for people and nature.

Find out more about BITC’s work on the environment.

Andrew Brady

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Andrew Brady

Chief Executive Officer,
EMR

Circular Economy Taskforce

Andrew is the Chief Executive Officer of EMR (European Metal Recycling), one of the world’s leading metal recyclers.

EMR invests heavily to develop new technologies as part of its quest to be the global leader in the provision of sustainable materials. The metal and plastic it recovers every year contributes to the saving of more than ten million tonnes of CO2 compared to using virgin materials.

Andrew has been with EMR for over eight years, during which time he has been responsible for the operations function. He has spearheaded a number of initiatives within the business, which includes the implementation of a UK-wide responsible business programme that supports the communities that are close to its sites.

Prior to joining EMR, Andrew held several professional management posts across six industry sectors, including waste management, manufacturing, construction and property development.

Andrew is looking forward to making a difference as the Waste to Wealth Champion for metals and believes that, by helping customers to deliver the maximum value from their waste streams, recycling rates will improve.

About Business in the Community’s Circular Economy Taskforce

Each area of work Business in the Community (BITC) undertakes is led by a group of senior executives who provide strategic guidance and support us in achieving our objectives.

BITC’s Circular Economy Taskforce brings together a group of senior executives committed to delivering a high impact programme to bring the circular economy to life.

The Taskforce supports BITC’s Environment Leadership Team, who are helping business drive innovation that turns the threats of the climate emergency into opportunity for people and nature.

Find out more about BITC’s work on the environment.

Jon Khoo

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Jon Khoo

Regional Sustainability Manager (UKIME & Nordics),
Interface 

Circular Economy Taskforce

Jon Khoo is the Regional Sustainability Manager (UKIME & Nordics) at Interface with a focus on sustainability, inclusive business and intrapreneurship. Following a former career as a city lawyer, Jon joined Interface in 2012 having chosen to reapply his skills to tackle the global challenges of marine plastics, inequality and climate change. Jon works on Interface and the Zoological Society of London’s Net-WorksTM partnership. He is also part of the team responsible for Interface’s membership of NextWave, a collaborative initiative between corporates, scientists and non-governmental organisations to figure out how to integrate ocean-bound plastics into products in a way that is both scalable and sustainable. In March 2018 he was listed by Onalytica at No. 21 in a list of plastic pollution influencers on social media.

Jon serves on the trustee board of UK environmental charity Surfers Against Sewage. He joined Business in the Community’s (BITC) Circular Economy Taskforce in August 2019.

About BITC’s Circular Economy Taskforce

Each area of work BITC undertakes is led by a group of senior executives who provide strategic guidance and support us in achieving our objectives.

BITC’s Circular Economy Taskforce brings together a group of senior executives committed to delivering a high impact programme to bring the circular economy to life.

The taskforce supports BITC’s Environment Leadership Team, who are helping business drive innovation that turns the threats of the climate emergency into opportunity for people and nature.

Find out more about BITC’s work on the environment.

Maya de Souza

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Maya de Souza

Head of Resource Efficiency & Circular Economy Strategy Team, Defra

Circular Economy Taskforce

Maya de Souza leads Defra’s (the UK Government Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs) Circular Economy Policy and International Engagement Team. Her responsibilities include developing policy and a programme on waste prevention, taking forward the development of policy measures to support designing out of waste through standards and consumer information, analysing the relationship between the  policy framework and a transition to a circular economy, as well as engaging internationally in this field. 

She has broad environmental policy experience from working on the natural environment – leading on soil protection policy and farming standards – as well as flood risk and green public procurement. In addition, Maya worked with businesses in Hong Kong for several years initiating and taking forward collaborative business projects and influencing public policy. 

Maya is pleased to join Business in the Community’s (BITC) Circular Economy Taskforce considering the connection between better management of resources, safeguarding natural environment and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and the vital role that business can play in achieving change.

About BITC’s Circular Economy Taskforce

Each area of work BITC undertakes is led by a group of senior executives who provide strategic guidance and support us in achieving our objectives.

BITC’s Circular Economy Taskforce brings together a group of senior executives committed to delivering a high impact programme to bring the circular economy to life.

The taskforce supports BITC’s Environment Leadership Team, who are helping business drive innovation that turns the threats of the climate emergency into opportunity for people and nature.

Find out more about BITC’s work on the environment.

Mark Fletcher

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Mark Fletcher

Global Water Leader,
Arup

Water Taskforce

Mark leads the Global Water Business in Arup. He is on the Leadership Council of the UK Water Partnership and is a Board Director of the Water Industry Forum. He is an international authority on urban resilience and water. He is sponsor and lecturer for the Arup University – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan Business School course on resilience of urban systems. He is also the global lead for the City Water Resilience Framework developed with Rockefeller Foundation, World Bank and 100 Resilient Cities. Pilot cities include Cape Town, Miami, Mexico, Amman and Hull.

He was made an Arup Fellow in 2017, the first in water.

He is a member of the policy group at the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA). This comprises the United States State Department, Dutch government, World Bank, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and International Water Association (IWA).

He gave the global keynote on Blue and Green Cities at the International Conference in Water Sensitive Urban Design in Perth in February 2018. He is providing strategic advice to the Board of WaterCare, a water company in New Zealand.

About Business in the Community’s Water Taskforce

Each area of work Business in the Community (BITC) undertakes is led by a group of senior executives who provide strategic guidance and support us in achieving our objectives.

BITC’s Water Taskforce is a cross-sectoral group that convenes to collaborate around shared problems on water and the natural environment. They use action research to address challenging environmental issues that impact across sectors and in partnership with government.

The group has identified that cross cutting themes such as innovative financing mechanisms, digital and skills are integral to overcoming environmental challenges that will achieve positive social change.

The taskforce supports BITC’s Environment Leadership Team, who are helping business drive innovation that turns the threats of the climate emergency into opportunity for people and nature.

Find out more about BITC’s work on the environment.

Peter Cheese

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Peter Cheese

Chief Executive Officer,
CIPD

Employment and Skills Leadership Team

Peter Cheese joined the CIPD as Chief Executive in July 2012. He spent 30 years working at Accenture, culminating in a seven-year spell as Global Managing Director leading the firm’s Talent and Organisation Performance Consulting Practice. He also held various executive sponsorship positions for Accenture’s firm-wide skills and capability development programmes, and the firm’s global Human Capital and Talent Strategy.

After leaving Accenture in 2009, Peter held a portfolio of consulting and non-executive roles. During this time he was also appointed Chairman of the Institute of Leadership and Management, a post he stepped down from on his appointment to the CIPD, while remaining as a board member.

Peter sits on the Council of City and Guilds, and he is a European Board Director with Junior Achievement Young Enterprise Europe. This is an organisation focused on the development of entrepreneurial, financial and employability skills in young people through business engagement in schools and universities. He is an Executive Fellow at the London Business School, associated with the faculties of Strategic Management and Organisational Behaviour.

About Business in the Community’s Employment and Skills Leadership Team

Each area of work Business in the Community (BITC) undertakes is led by a group of senior executives who provide strategic guidance and support us in achieving our objectives.

The purpose of Business in the Community’s Employment and Skills Leadership Team is to create inclusive employment where everyone, regardless of their background or experience, has access to good quality jobs and the skills they need to thrive in work.

Find out more about BITC’s work on employment.

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Alexis Rose

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Alexis Rose

Director of Business Operations-Europe, Accenture Strategy,
Accenture

Gender Equality Leadership Team

Alexis Rose is the Director of Business Operations for Accenture Strategy Europe, driving Accenture’s growing practice at the intersection of business, technology, execution and data/analytics.

She joined Accenture as a graduate in 2001 and spent seven years client-facing in the Strategy practice before moving into business operations, holding a number of roles in management consulting and strategy in the UK and now in Europe. She is the lead for Accenture UK’s Accent on Gender Network, championing inclusion through a thriving employee network that includes both men and women. Accenture has been named the top company on the Thomson Reuters D&I Index, which recognises the 100 most diverse and inclusive companies in the world.

Alexis is passionate about both gender parity and balancing a fulfilling career with achieving personal goals. She believes that one of the most important factors in closing the gender pay gap is to inspire younger women to grow their careers and aspire to leadership roles, and she regularly teaches on Accenture’s internal female development programmes. She is also an Ambassador for everywoman.

Alexis is a Cambridge University and Judge Business School alumna with an MA in social and political sciences and management studies. In 2012 she was recognised as one of Management Today’s 35 Women Under 35.

Outside of work, she is the Chair of the Board of Trustees for a central London theatre charity, a keen amateur theatre performer, and an aspiring photographer.

About Business in the Community’s Gender Equality Leadership Team

Each area of work Business in the Community (BITC) undertakes is led by a group of senior executives who provide strategic guidance and support us in achieving our objectives.

The purpose of BITC’s Gender Equality Leadership Team is to help ensure that women can achieve their full potential at work.

Find out more about BITC’s work on gender.

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Eleanor Bradley

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Eleanor Bradley

Chief Operating Officer,
Nominet,

Interim chair, Business Emergency Resilience Group Leadership Team

Eleanor is Chief Operating Officer and a board member at Nominet UK, a profit for purpose company operating at the heart of the UK internet. At Nominet she leads the company’s corporate functions including finance, human resources, legal, business continuity and risk. She oversees all commercial and service activities relating to its domain name business. Nominet is a membership company and Eleanor’s role includes working with its members and leading on member engagement activities.

She believes passionately in the power of technology as an enabler of inclusion and opportunity and oversees programmes focused on ensuring young people, business and the third sector achieve the most from digital.

Working in a variety of operational roles over the past 20 years, always with a technology focus, she has headed up significant cost saving activities, the move of services online, strategy and governance reviews and the use of data and analytics to support better decision making.

About Business in the Community’s Business Emergency Resilience Group Leadership Team

Each area of work Business in the Community (BITC) undertakes is led by a group of senior executives who provide strategic guidance and support us in achieving our objectives.

The purpose of BITC’s Business Emergency Resilience Group (BERG) Leadership Team is to mobilise support for small businesses to better prepare for, respond to, and recover from business disruptions such as flooding and cyber-attacks.

Find out more about BITC’s work helping businesses and communities across the UK to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies.

Deven Vedhera

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Deven Vedhera

Director, Audit and Assurance,
Deloitte

North East Leadership Board

Deven Vedhera is a Director in Deloitte LLP’s Newcastle Audit & Assurance Practice. Deloitte is a multinational professional services network, one of the “big four” accounting organisations.

Deven was born, raised and educated in Newcastle, and achieved a degree in accounting at Northumbria University

In 2008, upon completion of his studies, he joined the Deloitte graduate programme where he gained his ICAEW qualification. 

Deven specialises in audit services to the private equity (PE) sector, working with portfolio companies and private equity houses across the north east and nationally. He has experience of industries across all the different stages of the PE investment lifecycle.

During his time with Deloitte, Deven has worked with several of the region’s largest and most influential companies. He has advised on transactions and initial public offerings, and works closely with the wider Deloitte PE team across corporate finance, transaction services and tax.

Deven is passionate about the north east and the role business plays in shaping future generations via community involvement and is heavily involved with Deloitte’s local responsible business programme.