Our Board of Directors
Mohammed is an Associate Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers, Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Chartered Member of the Institution of Environmental Sciences. In recognition for his work on the environment and sustainability, he received the 2012 Institute of Directors South West Corporate Responsibility Director award. In 2015, GENeco was the winner of the The Guardian Sustainable Business of the Year and in 2017 was the Institute of Chemical Engineers Global Award winner for sustainability. In 2020, Mohammed received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science from the University of the West of England for enhancing the sustainable development of Bristol.
He is a Board member at the University of Bristol, Trustee at the cancer care charity Penny Brohn UK, member at the Society of Merchant Venturers, Vice Chair of governors at Colston’s Girls’ School, Board member at the Local Enterprise Partnership, member of the West of England Combined Authority Infrastructure Advisory Board and Non Executive Director at Industrial Phycology.
Ian Barrett – CEO, Avon Wildlife Trust (Supporting Member organisation)
Ian takes up the post as CEO of Avon Wildlife Trust from 11th April 2016. Ian’s former post was England South Director for Sustrans, where he led the work to develop the Partnership’s Good Transport Plan for Bristol and Sustrans’ innovative Green Capital programme of community led street design projects. He has a background in environmental policy in the Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, where he worked on a wide range of issues including ecosystems, urban greening, flooding, forestry, landscape and outdoor recreation. He has a strong track record in building successful partnership projects to deliver positive change on the ground, including developing the UK Green Infrastructure Partnership and The Big Tree Plant, which has now planted over a million trees in communities across England. Ian is passionate about creating better, healthier, more sustainable places for people and wildlife.
Tara is an ESG Analyst at Bristol based investment firm, Hargreaves Lansdown. She has recently worked on the business’ net zero strategy, climate-related financial disclosures, and an ESG Investment Policy. The latter raises the bar for companies and fund groups Hargreaves Lansdown can invest in (for example, the expectation of a net zero target). Tara’s role also involves producing research on ESG and Responsible Investment funds and assisting in the creation of new tools to help clients invest responsibly. She is also Co-Head of the Sustainability Network at Hargreaves Lansdown, a colleague-led group working to help the business take responsibility for understanding, measuring and reducing its direct and indirect environmental impact.
James is the England Director South at Sustrans. From transforming food culture in schools and communities via the Lottery funded ‘Food for Life Partnership’ to supporting European cities as they adopt personalised travel planning (PTP) via the EU funded ‘PTP Cycle’ project; James has over 15 years’ experience of working within the environmental sector leading teams working across the UK and Europe to provide communities with the skills and confidence to make more sustainable and healthy choices. James has been at Sustrans since 2012. During the first three years he lead a core team providing technical support and best practice in community engagement, street design, travel behaviour change and volunteer activities across the UK. More recently he has lead teams through periods of change as Sustrans adapts to the changing political and funding environment. In his current role James leads a team of highly motivated and skilled individuals working across the South of England to make walking, cycling and public transport the first choice for everyday journeys. James takes great pride in creating vibrant and motivated teams by ensuring all are empowered to achieve not only their work objectives but also their own personal needs for growth.
Jackie is a born and bred Bristolian who has qualified as a solicitor, trained as a Minster of Religion and has always had a passion for working, supporting and empowering communities. Jackie has served as a Trustee for Black to Nature since the organisation registered as a charity and formed part of the steering group, championing its development. As we seek to move toward a more green society, Jackie is keen to ensure that all peoples are included in the discussion and are realistic about the true impact of changes necessary to make the city zero carbon are fully understood. Jackie looks forward to serving the city of Bristol in this position as a Director of Bristol Green Capital Partnership.
Bethan leads the Behaviour Change consultancy work at Resource Futures. This involves working with local authorities, private companies and community organisations to adopt more sustainable practices and share this best practice with others. As a Director and member of the Executive team Bethan is also leading the companies own sustainability efforts which, as a certified B Corp, includes its commitment to redefine business success. This means the Bristol-based sustainable resource management consultancy focuses on creating value for society and doing business in a way that not only brings about economic success but also addresses our most challenging environmental problems. Bethan succeeds Jane Stephenson as a Director for BGCP. Jane was a founding director and was also chair of the resources action group which in 2015 focused on developing the Bristol ReUse network.
Barra is the Chief Property Officer at the University of Bristol. He leads the Campus Division, and the operations & development of the University’s Campuses. He is a member of the University’s Executive Board and the joint lead for Sustainability. He is a Chartered Architect and Chartered Planner. His career to date has been about the making, managing and maintaining of places at all scales from a building to a polycentric region. His expertise is in urban development and regeneration underpinned by an exemplary track record of delivery in challenging circumstances. His academic interest rests in Urbanism and he has been a visiting Professor at the School of Architecture University of Sheffield, a partner at the Bauhaus European School of Urbanism and is a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, Royal Town Planning Institute, Institute of Environmental Management and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In his current role he oversees the sustainable operation and development of an academic and administrative estate of 350+ buildings, 4000+ residences and two farms across three campuses. He leads the capital delivery of the £500m Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus.
Jim is Professor of Environmental Science and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Environment and Sustainability at UWE, Bristol. He chair’s the university’s Sustainability Board and co-authored UWE’s Sustainability Plan 2013 – 2020. He provides cross-university leadership in research, knowledge exchange and programme development in sustainability. He led UWE’s European Green Capital 2015 Strategy and the Green Capital Student Capital project funded by Hefce. He is Vice President and Company Secretary of the Institution of Environmental Sciences and the former chair of the HEA ESD Advisory Group, the GEES Subject Centre Advisory Board, the QAA Benchmarking Panel for environment science and the GWR Sustainability Panel.
Manu has been a teacher in Bristol for 7 years and has engaged hundreds of individuals and families in understanding how an ethically minded future is possible in this city, with the support of the business community. Manu has coordinated events and activities through schools to raise awareness of and cause action in aid of pressing local environmental issues. His contact with various eco-education organisations has allowed him to envision and be inspired by ways in which businesses, CICs and charities can have a massive impact on the engagement of young people in the green debate. Manu has recently set up Nature Youth Connection & Education (NYCE) which aims to use nature connection skill-building to mentor and provide ecological education for economically and culturally marginalised urban youth from Bristol.
Having studied architecture at Cambridge, David worked in London before joining Alec French Architects in 1979. He was director responsible for a wide range of buildings, including the award winning restoration and new museum of the ss Great Britain, the Headquarters for Aardman Animations and the Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre. He remains consultant to the practice. He is currently Chair of the Bristol Architecture Centre established In 1996 to promote better buildings and places for all. He is a vice-president of the West of England Initiative – part of Business West- of which he has been a long-term member.
Simon has been helping people, organisations and policy-makers to develop effective responses to the threat of climate change and the misery of cold homes for more than 30 years. He has been Chief Executive of the Bristol-based charity the Centre for Sustainable Energy since 2002, after senior roles for Triodos Bank and Friends of the Earth and two previous spells at the charity. A policy advisor to national government, regulators and academic programmes, Simon led the energy theme for Bristol 2015. He chairs the Board of Triodos Renewables Plc and is also a non-executive director of Bristol Energy Network CIC. He was awarded an OBE in 2011.
Zoe Sear – Head of Marketing & Communications for Triodos Bank (Supporting Member organisation)
Zoe is Head of Marketing and Communications at Triodos Bank, a role she has held since July 2016. Prior to this, she headed up the office of the city’s first directly elected mayor, independent George Ferguson (2012-2016). This included leading the marketing and communications for Bristol’s year as European Green Capital (2015), with a brief to make sustainability mainstream. Zoe is passionate about the Bristol city region, with over 20 years’ experience in marketing communications and delivering change across a range of sectors including financial services, retail, urban regeneration, tourism, sustainability and local government. She is a trustee of Bristol Old Vic theatre and a non-executive director of City to Sea, a not-for-profit environmental organisation campaigning to stop plastic pollution from ‘city to sea’.