Outreach Programme

Business School OutReach Programme 2020-21

The theme for this year is “Using sustainable design thinking as a business advantage”.

Our presenters will be examining how 21st century business is achieving environmental objectives while boosting profits, providing examples from their own work and across industry.

The Sustainable Design Alliance draws on a large number of speakers not just from the global design community (all design disciplines form fashion to UX), but also from research, businesss, conservation and sustainability.

The online session features 10-minute presentations from a variety of speakers followed by a lengthy Q+A session.

There are two underlying themes to this years business school programme:

Active Transparency – the growing business trend of revealing the bad as well as the good in business practice and ethics. We’ll also look at how businesses’ obfuscation can affect their credibility with consumers and investors

Giving back to Nature – the realisation that business has to protect and nurture the natural world as nuture underpins all economic activity (presently worth an estimated US$125 trillion according to WWF). This stems from the IPBES notion of nature’s contributions to people (NCP)

upcoming Speakers

Helen Hartley - Senior Consultant Natural Resources, Euromonitor International
Talk Title: The role of sustainable creative thinking in sustainable business.

I am a female (she/her) Creative Director, with a love of brand design, strategy and hands on creative, a b corp mindset & mum of a 5 year old little girl. Passionate and driven to challenge conventions and create real change I enjoy working with people (clients and collaborators alike) and multi disciplined teams to solve business challenges with creative thinking and interpreting that into design solutions and experiences. I enjoy creating brand identities, repositioning brands and bridging strategy with design and firmly believe learning and mentorship should be a daily goal.

With experience in a wide range of categories from FMCG (a passion for drinks beer, spirits, no alc, on /off trade). Global /national brands from Coca Cola, Unilever, (Comfort, Persil, Hellmanns, Cif), Nestle (Milkybar, Ice Cream, Nescafé, Munch Bunch), Vodafone, IBM, Kimberly Clark (Kotex, Huggies – global), Asda, Newell Rubbermaid (USA) Lifeplus International, Premier Foods (Hartley’s), Selfridges, Pernod Ricard, Heineken, National Grid, Debenhams (Conran, John Rocha, Mea) Npower (domestic & playoff branding), National Grid, Heineken (Caledonian Brewery) Thwaites, Kirkstall, Moorhouses Brewery, St Austell, Purity Brewing, Theakstons, Bulwark cider, Greens Gluten Free, Hydes, Harvey’s Brewery, Carlsberg (Tetley’s & Npd) Dylon, Tesco, Hi-Mark Group & Lifeplus

Gabriela Soler - Strategic Sustainable Designer, Educator, Keynote Speaker and Consultant from Argentina
Talk Title: Circular and Sustainable Design thinking as an opportunity for innovative business. A Latin America approach
20 years in product design and development. Partner at Zoom Sustentable, Innovation Agency for the Circular Economy
Lecturer at Academics courses. Climate Launchpad 2020 Coach – EIT Climate-KIC. Jury WBDS Design Awards 2020, London.
Ana Rapela - Industrial Designer, Argentina. Strategic Sustainable Specialist. Life Cycle Thinking. Circular Economy
Talk Title: Circular and Sustainable Design thinking as an opportunity for innovative business. A Latin America approach

Zoom Sustentable founding partner, Innovation Agency for the Circular Economy. I&D, Industrial plastics & banana fiber waste transformation, development & transference to cooperatives. UBA+Waste for Life+University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. Founder,  Sustainable Industrial Design Studio DospuntosDI. Lecture Postgraduate Course “Strategic Sustainable Design”,University of Buenos Aires. Life Coach.

Ryan Stodart

Ryan has worked as a Senior Researcher with a focus on innovative climate technology, business models and financial mechanisms. Following this, Ryan was the Sales Director for an international meat-alternative company. He currently works as a consultant analyst for Bankers Without Boundaries, a not-for-profit socio-environmental financial innovation organisation. Ryan received an LLB in Scots law from the University of Glasgow, an LLM in International Law & Sustainable Development and is a Climate-KIC Masters Label graduate in climate change entrepreneurship.

Ryan is the Programme Co-ordinator for the Sustainable Design Alliance’s Business Outreach Programme.

Paul Foulkes-Arellano

With three decades of experience in the design industry, Paul Foulkes-Arellano has worked in markets across the world. A champion of endangered languages, he is fluent in French and Spanish.

After studying modern languages at Cambridge, Paul began his career in the late eighties. His first post was at Packaging Innovation in London ( now called PI Global). Paul has also worked at Design Bridge and Seymourpowell. From 2000-2011 he was managing director of drinks specialists, Wren & Rowe.

Paul has worked extensively with international CPG brands. His favourite work assignment was a 2-day sustainability workshop at Havana Club’s distillery in Cuba.

Paul is determined to do something about the devastating effects of plastic pollution, and in 2017 joined forces with international campaign group A Plastic Planet as their Packaging Advisor. Paul has been on a mission to identify alternatives to plastic packagin, sourcing new suppliers and helping retailers and brands to transition.

Paul is founder of the Sustainable Design Alliance, which sprang out of a number of conversations at  HOW Design Live in Boston in Spring 2018.

Previous Speakers

Maria Coronado Robles - Senior Consultant Natural Resources, Euromonitor International

Maria is a Senior Consultant and provides global expertise and forward-thinking insights, with a focus on sustainability; providing analysis that helps the consumer goods industry to take more informed business decisions. She is an accomplished conference presenter and has authored a number of reports on topics including ethical living, how to implement the SDGs and an analysis of the impact of shifting environmental pressures on business. Maria is also responsible for the creation of Euromonitor’s Environmental Sustainability Index.

Prior to this role, Maria has also specialised in ingredients research and worked for bio-bean and completed its international PhD in Chemical Engineering in collaboration with Imperial College London.

Euromonitor International is the leading provider of global strategic intelligence on consumer markets, with offices in London, Chicago, Singapore, Shanghai and Vilnius, and in-country analysts worldwide. For 40 years, Euromonitor has published internationally respected market research reports, business reference books and online information systems, providing strategic business intelligence for the world’s leading FMCG multinationals.

Rupert Wyllie - Founder, Be Circular

My Circular Economy strengths and insights stem from a deep, practical understanding of design and manufacturing, gleaned from a career designing consumer products and the equipment to make them.

Designers are excellent convenors of knowledge and natural systems thinkers, but they cannot enact circularity on their own, truly Circular opportunities start in the boardroom.  

Pete Booth - Principal Consultant, Tin Horse Design

Pete has over 30 years’ experience in product and packaging innovation. Pete joined Tin Horse 20 years ago as a director of Tin Horse, and has worked across multiple categories including transport, food and drink, personal care, paint and lubricants, pharmaceuticals and home care. Pete’s passion is design thinking and how it applies to the real world of consumers. He’s a believer in agile innovation and the need to successfully pass innovation through company processes and culture.

Pete still lectures at undergraduate and postgraduate design colleges.

Mike Webster - Director of 3D Structure, 1HQ Brand Agency

Mike is an award-winning industrial designer with a wealth of knowledge and expertise in design and innovation. He is Director of 3D Structure at brand agency 1HQ where he helps clients create new products and packaging, and develop sustainable innovation strategies and pipelines. He has specific experience in pack and food innovation from his work with Birds Eye, Cadbury’s, Carlsberg Group, Hershey’s, Kraft, PepsiCo and Unilever.

Rob Skelly - Associate Creative Director, Elmwood Leeds

Rob, Associate Creative Director, joined Elmwood Leeds over a decade ago, working in the London and Melbourne studios during that time. A winner of numerous design awards, Rob has extensive experience in brand design and brand strategy across retail, FMCG and beers, wines and spirits for both local and global audiences.

Dhruv Boruah

Dhruv Boruah is a former Consultant; an Adventurer, Angel Investor, TEDx speaker and dedicates his time & money to solve the plastic crisis. His work has been personally endorsed by the former British Prime Minister Theresa May MP on behalf of the country and by the Environment Secretary Michael Gove MP. He is on a mission to convert his reach of 300m people via The Thames Project to 300m tons of plastic from the economy. He has so far helped launch three startups form the pioneering Plastic Hackathons.

He is the Founder/CEO of Common.VC an accelerator/ fund to help founders with solutions for the circular economy/ waste/ plastic & carbon with special interest on waste to resource and biological solutions. If you have a startup or working on an idea part-time, he would love to hear from you.

Leisl Lancaster

Leisl started working with Outland Denim in 2013 and quickly moved into the role of International Operations Manager, spending time on the ground in Cambodia to pioneer the brand’s sustainable employment initiative. In 2017, she moved into the role of Social and Environmental Impact Manager, focusing on the holistic impact of Outland’s training and employment model, as well as managing the full supply chain of the brand to ensure high standards.