March 10th 2021
The Road to COP-26 - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Clean Construction Programme Manager
Cécile Faraud manages the C40 Clean Construction Programme, which supports cities cities in driving zero carbon construction by 2050, with a focus on reducing carbon from materials and machinery. Prior to C40, Cécile managed the London City-Business Leaders initiative at CDP, aimed at aligning the city and businesses climate ambitions and actions. The partnership comprises the Greater London Authority, 11 global companies operating in London such as Tesco, Sky, Siemens and Landsec, and NGO partners CDP, C40 and The B Team. She had previously shaped and led the Circular Economy programme for the city of Peterborough (UK), authoring blogs on the Circular Economy. She has also worked, when based in Bangkok, on French and South-East Asian collaboration for sustainable development and cross-cutting regional issues.
She holds a MSc in Environment and Sustainable Development from University College London (UCL) and Master’s degrees in International Relations and Geography from IRIS Sup’ (France) and the Sorbonne respectively.
CEO & Founder
May Al-Karooni realised no one had digitised the waste industry when the bank she worked for moved offices across the road. Rather than moving their office furniture, most of which was in perfect condition, they disposed of it all and purchased brand new furniture.
Seeing this immense waste was a revelation; she knew there were charities and people that needed these items, and that her bank had also incurred high fees for both the disposal and repurchase of the furniture.
This revelation resulted in the birth of Globechain, and with £800 May set up the first Globechain website. She chose to self-fund initially since there was no market or access to funding for services like Globechain at the time.
Since then, Globechain has grown significantly, with valuable product features such as ESG data reporting and Internal Sharing for businesses. Today, Globechain is the biggest reuse marketplace worldwide, with over 10,000 members operating in the UK, Spain, the UAE and New York.
Built Environment, Circular London, CIRCuIT Project Manager
London Waste and Recycling Board - LWARB
Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Joe leads the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Network, which brings together leading businesses, cities, universities, and emerging innovators to accelerate the transition towards a circular economy. Joe has a financial background, working previously at PayPal and Ernst & Young.
March 24th 2021
Road to Recovery - Private & Public Sector Collaboration - North West
Matt is the Managing Director of Muse Developments – one of the UK’s best in mixed-use development and urban regeneration, with a forward development pipeline of £2.5bn. A true national developer, Muse delivers innovative places and spaces through collaboration, bringing together the best of the public and private sector to drive transformational change and maximise community benefit.
Matt has considerable experience of commercial, residential and mixed-use development and through a highly focused and driven team.
Matt is also on the board of The English Cities Fund, a £200 million mixed-use regeneration vehicle owned by Muse, Legal & General and Homes England. Muse also acts as the development manager for the fund.
Matt joined Muse in 1990 as Development Surveyor, was promoted to Development Director in 1995 and joined the Board in 2001. He was appointed Managing Director in 2018.
Corporate Director for Place
Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council
Caroline Simpson has worked in regeneration for over twenty years developing strong partnerships across the public and private sector.
As the Corporate Director for Place at Stockport MBC she is currently responsible for a growth and place agenda and in particular leading a major £1bn transformation programme to redevelop the town centre.
As well as leadership of development, regeneration, planning and transport she is also leading the delivery and reform of frontline place management services. She also has responsibility for the delivery of the Public Health agenda within Stockport and promoting active communities across the Borough.
Previous roles include: Executive Director of Economic Growth and Prosperity for Cheshire East Council with responsibility for an ambitious economic growth agenda, leading place–based services and corporate property & development functions.
Other roles include the Development Director for a Housing Association; Head of Regeneration and Partnerships for Northwest Development Agency and regeneration based roles at Advantage West Midlands. Her career started in Liverpool delivering community-based regeneration projects with a particular focus on work and skills.
Rise Homes Ltd
Nigel has considerable property, construction and plc experience. His previous board roles include Assura plc, a listed property development and investment company operating in the healthcare sector and The Westbury Property Fund (now Stobart Group). He is currently on the Board of Rowlinson Holdings Ltd.
Since 2012 Nigel has run his own residential development business, Housing Capital Trust, which has delivered several large-scale and very successful residential Build to Rent projects such as Tribe apartments (192 units in Ancoats completed in 2015 and sold to Grainger in late 2017) and Maritime Apartments (318 units in Barrow-in-Furness completed in 2016). Rise Homes is currently on site at the former Stagecoach site on Princess Parkway (92 low rise apartments bespoke for rent) and the former Sorting Office on the station approach in Stockport (117 spacious apartments bespoke for rent plus 12,500 sq ft of flexible workspace).