Speaker Thursday 25 June
Martin Horwood was the Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Cheltenham from 2005 until 2015.
Before becoming an MP Martin worked in fundraising and marketing for charities including for Oxfam in both the UK and India.
He was elected as Liberal Democrat MP for Cheltenham in 2005 and in opposition he was a Lib Dem shadow environment minister and contributed to his party’s policy on climate change – Zero Carbon Britain – and on the natural environment – Our Natural Heritage. He jointly tabled the amendment to government energy policy that raised the UK's ambition for greenhouse gas reduction to 80% compared to pre-industrial levels. He also initiated a policy on protecting local green spaces for their importance to people which was then implemented by Lib Dems in government. After the coalition was formed, he became co-chair of the parliamentary party’s international affairs committee covering defence, international issues and international development.
He is President of the Green Liberal Democrats and was an officer of several all-party groups in parliament including all-party groups on employee ownership, corporate responsibility, the environment & development and tribal peoples.
Speaker Friday 26 June
Dave Rostron is a sustainability manager for H&M in the UK and Ireland. H&M is a global fashion brand, ranked by Ethisphere as one of the wold’s most ethical companies in 2015. From the cotton fields to the clothes in stores, H&M is working to make fashion more sustainable.
Dave’s interest in sustainability took hold upon becoming a parent and realising the responsibility of handing over a functional and viable future. Having worked in depth on energy efficiency and recycling operations for a number of years, he now works on a larger spectrum of issues including engagement.