Meet edie’s 30 under 30 class of 2019

Aspiring young sustainability, CSR and energy professionals from the likes of the BBC, innocent Drinks, Formula E and Harrods were among the inaugural members of edie's new 30 Under 30 initiative for 2019.

Meet edie’s 30 under 30 class of 2019

These 30 youthful visionaries were given the unique opportunity to develop their sustainability skills and knowledge throughout the year via bespoke content and events

The edie 30 Under 30 is a nomination-based membership community of 30 talented sustainability and energy professionals, aged under 30, who have already achieved great things or are showing fantastic promise.

After an initial round of judging by edie and its 30 Under 30 partners Global Action Plan and the Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (ICRS), 30 individuals representing organisations across the UK were selected to form the ‘Class of 2019’.

These youthful visionaries then benefitted from an unrivalled opportunity to connect with one another at a launch event in March and to develop their skills and knowledge over the next 12 months through bespoke content and events.

The 30 Under 30 Class of 2019:

Click the headshots below to view the full profiles. (Names and job titles correct as of January 2019)







Agnes Altmets, digital analyst, Auto Trader








Jess Ainley, environmental and sustainability manager, Little Freddie Organic Baby Food








Harry Ashman, sustainability manager, Capgemini








Steve Burgess, sustainability manager, BBC








Crista Buznea, sustainability marketing & communications manager, TUI UK & Ireland








Tom Byrne, sustainability manager, Landsec








Henry Cawson, sustainability manager, BaxterStorey & Benugo








Jonathan Davies, waste & recycling co-ordinator, Marston’s








Joshua Davies, sustainability manager, Multiplex Construction Europe








Kathryn Ebrey, environment and sustainability manager, ArcusFM








 Stuart Gascoigne, global energy and waste manager, Clarks








Olivia Green, sustainability coordinator, Wessex Water








 Rachel Hammond, ethical trade manager, Selfridges








Rhea Horlock, corporate social responsibility manager, NHS Property Services








Ross Houghton, group corporate social responsibility manager, Atalian Servest








Charlie Jardine, founder & chief executive, EO Charging








Eilidh Johnston, environmental advisor, Laing O’Rourke






Eleanor King, graduate sustainability consultant, AECOM








Tom King, sustainability manager, Sir Robert McAlpine








Luke Landers, energy and sustainability manager, University Hospitals Birmingham







Katie Leggett, sustainability manager, innocent drinks







Matthew Manning, compliance & recycling operations manager, Dixons Carphone







Jonathan Mobbs, environmental business partner, ISS Facilities Services







Olivia Murphy, sustainability manager, Whitbread







Iona Neilson sustainability executive, Formula E







Ashley O’Neill, energy and compliance manager EMEA, Hilton







Benedict Orchard, environmental sustainability manager, Adnams







Kathryn Patchett, product sustainability specialist, Taylors of Harrogate






Ankita Patel, corporate responsibility manager, Harrods








Phoebe Whittome, sustainability manager, Virgin Media 


What the judges said:

After judging this year’s entries, Global Action Plan partner Chris Large said: “edie’s 30 under 30 group is incredibly exciting. Between them, this collection of ambitious sustainability professionals have the energy, vision and know-how to put right many environmental issues that we currently get wrong.

“This is why I am delighted Global Action Plan has been invited to help these young leaders change the world for the better. They’re not just the 30 to watch. They’re the 30 to teach us how to think differently, the 30 to root for, and the 30 to rally around and follow.”

Anita Longley, chair of ICRS – which is offering free membership to this year’s successful applicants – added: “It’s never been more important to support the next generation of CRS leaders who face challenges of an extraordinary scale if they are to steer us towards long term sustainability.

“When I look through the inaugural ’30 under 30’ list, I feel heartened we have the capacity and talent to change the status quo. The 2019 nominees work in a diverse range of industries and across all aspects of CRS. Their high calibre made it difficult to select just 30.

“Congratulations to all those who made the final list. I look forward to welcoming them into our dynamic network of professionals. Working together, we can share ideas and expertise, innovate and inspire future generations of CRS leaders.”

edie staff

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