Elena Espinoza, Senior Advisory Consultant:
Elena has worked at BITC since 2010. During this time Elena has supported the delivery and development of the advisory service portfolio specialising in CR reporting and benchmarking. Elena is an industrial engineer with an MSc in Environment and Sustainable Development. Between 2007 and 2009 Elena worked as a Junior Consultant in a private firm in Caracas, Venezuela, where she gained experience in strategy development and community investment. Read Elena's blog post on sustainability reporting
Michelle Gallant, Manager, Marketplace Sustainability, BITC
Michelle is a manager within the Marketplace Sustainability Programme at BITC, helping companies to think long term and consider how global mega-trends will impact on their business, using this knowledge to shape their business strategy. The team helps businesses to consider what they need to do now to adopt new business models, product offers, supply chains and customer marketing to meet this increasing challenge.
Michelle is also part of the delivery team for the #BetheStart campaign, which held a month-long campaign in May 2013 encouraging consumers to live more sustainable lifestyles, with 31 brands taking part.
Originally from Canada, Michelle has worked in Turkey, the Netherlands, Canada and UK. She holds a B.A. Honours degree in Mass Communication and Sociology from Carleton University and has taken an M.A. course in Strategic Sustainable Development at the Swedish Blekinge Institute of Technology.
Stephen Gee, Senior Business Development & Support Manager, BITC
Stephen joined Business in the Community in 2006 after completing an MBA in CSR at the University of Nottingham. He has been involved in helping companies incorporate CR into their business strategy through BITC’s Corporate Responsibility Index and Advisory Services.
Stephen has been responsible for developing BITC’s accredited training and currently delivers multiple courses. He has also developed a new benchmarking tool aimed at smaller companies which is resource light and helps address CR more strategically. Before his career-changing MBA he worked as a senior engineer for Hewlett Packard.
Out of work, Stephen is a keen cyclist and a member of the RSPB, enjoying watching wildlife first hand.
Nigel Smith – Director and Founder of Corporate Balance
Nigel has 16 years’ experience of working in the corporate responsibility and sustainability sectors as both a consultant and practitioner. The desire to embed responsible practices (social and environmental) into the corporate world originated from his studies at both undergraduate and post graduate levels in environmental policy and management. Since then Nigel has worked as Director of CR at the British Retail Consortium, headed-up KPMG’s CR advisory practice and is now Director and Founder of his own sustainability consultancy, Corporate Balance. During this time he has also worked in a number of interim positions within industry, gaining first-hand experience of putting the theory into practice.
Nigel developed a strong understanding of risk and materiality whilst at KPMG where the CR Advisory team sat alongside the Risk Management team. This really helped to develop his understanding in this area and enabled Nigel to apply both risk and materiality analysis to a number of corporate clients and continue this activity in his consulting business with FTSE clients. Nigel continues to enhance his approach and is always wary of making this as practical as possible to be meaningful and provide the bedrock in developing a business focused CR/sustainability strategy.
Stephen Farrell, CR Training consultant:
Stephen has always been a guide, a facilitator and innovator, beginning his career working with a range of community organisations including Shelter through to his role consulting and managing services for disabled people in local government.
Stephen first shifted to work with corporate companies after developing initiatives to 'bridge the digital divide'. Establishing an early example of a social enterprise, he went to direct a campaign at Business in the Community, working with a portfolio of IT companies.
After having worked with BITC for 15 years as a membership account director, he has more recently developed core modules of training for BITC and continues to deliver workshops for internal and external audiences.
When not in the UK visiting family, friends or facilitating training workshops Stephen lives in South India where he works with corporate clients and has a small scale range of services for tourists in Mysore.