Speakers

Catrin Maby OBE, Chief Executive of Severn Wye Energy Agency

Speaker, Thursday 7th March

Catrin has particular expertise in energy efficiency in housing, advice and retrofit programmes, and the development of local energy, affordable warmth and carbon emission reduction strategy. Catrin is a member of the Board of the Federation of European Local and Regional Energy and Environment Agencies, and has led the agency’s engagement in EU partnerships. Having started her career in refrigeration engineering, she moved to the Energy Conservation and Solar Centre in 1984, where she set up an energy advice service for London social housing tenants. This was followed by three years as rural Community Development Officer, returning to sustainable energy as a consultant in Birmingham, where she worked on integrating energy efficiency into renewal programmes as well as developing innovative partnership approaches to fuel poverty alleviation. 

 

Ann Finlayson, Chief Executive of SEEd

Speaker, Wednesday 6th March

Ann has worked in the environmental and education field for over 30 years. After a stint as a countryside ranger in Scotland, she began travelling the world teaching, facilitating and consulting in places such as Papua New Guinea, Australia and Canada. She was Head of Education/Social Change at WWF-UK and the Commissioner for Education and Capability Building for the Sustainable Development Commission (2005-2010). Ann took on the job of revamping CEE, now SEEd in 2008 and has enjoyed seeing it grow back to national significance as well a sharing her expertise. She is passionate about the role of learning in sustainability and for it to be about real people, real opportunities and real responsibilities.

 

Amy Robinson, Director for Low Carbon South West

Speaker, Thursday 7th March

Having previously worked for Eunomia Research & Consulting and as Sustainability Manager for eco-restaurant Bordeaux Quay, Amy is currently Network Director for Low Carbon South West CIC, a membership organisation devoted to supporting low carbon business in the region. She is also trustee of several environmental charities and a member of Bristol’s Food Policy Council, the Bristol Green Capital Partnership, and Vice Chair of the West of England LEP Low Carbon Group. Amy’s work is concerned with promoting ‘green’ and ethical products and services and working to create a resilient low carbon economy.