Speakers

Dean Attwell

Thursday 5 June

Dean Attwell is the Managing Director of Oakland International which he and his wife Sallie founded 16 years ago. The company specialises in UK and Ireland retail food distribution, employs over 210 people, with group sales of around £21m and handling around 800,000 cases of food per week.

Based in Redditch, Worcestershire, the company has built its reputation on strong community values and environmental credentials, scooping a number of awards for its initiatives over the last 10 years.

The Oakland Foundation is a charity launched by Oakland last year and opened by HRH Princess Anne, specifically targeting child poverty locally in Redditch and Bromsgrove.

Dean is also Vice Chair of the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership and Chair of its Business Board.

Mike Goodfellow - Smith

Thursday 5 June

Mike is an experienced international sustainable development practitioner, specialising in strategy, major infrastructure, carbon management, energy and carbon capture, management systems, change and communications management. 

Developing sustainable business strategy and corporate environmental management systems across the UK’s largest rail infrastructure company has been Mike’s latest area of work. He has also been responsible for sustainable development and major infrastructure across the region of Yorkshire. He has significant experience across energy, construction, environmental assets and infrastructure, transport, housing, planning, waste, resource efficiency, low carbon technologies and environmental business support. 

Mike’s experience in the voluntary sector spans from leading conservation working events with The Conservation Volunteers and Groundwork to his current positions as Chair of Malvern Community Forest and leading on business initiatives with Transition Malvern Hills, a group dedicated to preparing the area for a low carbon future.

Robin Walker, MP for Worcester

Friday 6 June

After gaining a scholarship in Ancient and Modern History from Balliol College, Oxford,  Robin set up his own business. From 2003 to 2010 he worked his way up from executive to partner at Finsbury Group where he advised the Chief Executives and Finance Directors of some of the country's leading industrial companies on their communications with the press and the financial community. 

Robin was elected MP for Worcester in 2010 after campaigning for nearly four years as the Conservative Candidate in the seat. Robin has committed to putting his constituency first in his Westminster career and said in his maiden speech that he wants to be “Worcester’s man in Westminster” 

Robin was elected to serve on his first Select Committee in 2011. Having served on the Welsh Affairs Select Committee, he became a member of the Select Committee for Business, Innovation and Skills in 2012 and has also served on the Committee for Arms Export Controls.

In Parliament he has championed the cause of fairer funding in education, spoken up for local hospices and works with the Business Innovation and Skills team to improve opportunities for young people and businesses.