Rising stars of sustainability: edie's 30 under 30 class of 2019 revealed
Aspiring young sustainability, CSR and energy professionals from the likes of the BBC, innocent Drinks, Formula E and Harrods have been announced as the inaugural members of edie's brand new 30 Under 30 initiative for 2019.
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 have been selected to form the 'class of 2019'.
These youthful visionaries will now benefit 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.
Commenting on the class of 2019 announcement, edie's content director Luke Nicholls said: "30 Under 30 is perhaps the most exciting and inspiring project I have ever been a part of – especially given the timing of its development.
"We must ramp up our efforts to turn the tide on the devastating impacts of carbon emissions and accelerate the transition to a circular economy – and these are the people that will be leading the charge.
"The sheer volume of nominations we received and the calibre of the 'class of 2019' give me a great sense of optimism and confidence that these bright, ambitious up-and-comers have what it takes to transform business, for good."
edie's 30 Under 30 class of 2019:
Jonathan Davies, waste & recycling co-ordinator, Marston's
Iona Neilson sustainability executive, Formula E
Henry Cawson, sustainability manager, BaxterStorey & Benugo
Steve Burgess, sustainability manager, BBC
Rachel Hammond, ethical trade manager, Selfridges
Olivia Murphy, sustainability manager, Whitbread
Ankita Patel, corporate responsibility manager, Harrods
Phoebe Whittome, sustainability manager, Virgin Media
Kathryn Ebrey, environment and sustainability manager, ArcusFM
Ashley O'Neill, energy and compliance manager EMEA, Hilton
Ross Houghton, group corporate social responsibility manager, Atalian Servest
Benedict Orchard, environmental sustainability manager, Adnams
Rhea Horlock, corporate social responsibility manager, NHS Property Services
Jess Ainley, environmental and sustainability manager, Little Freddie Organic Baby Food
Katie Leggett, sustainability manager, innocent drinks
Luke Landers, energy and sustainability manager, University Hospitals Birmingham
Harry Ashman, sustainability manager, Capgemini
Matthew Manning, compliance & recycling operations manager, Dixons Carphone
Olivia Green, sustainability coordinator, Wessex Water
Kathryn Patchett, product sustainability specialist, Taylors of Harrogate
Crista Buznea, sustainability marketing & communications manager, TUI UK & Ireland
Stuart Gascoigne, global energy and waste manager, Clarks
Agnes Altmets, digital analyst, Auto Trader
Tom King, sustainability manager, Sir Robert McAlpine
Tom Byrne, sustainability manager, Landsec
Joshua Davies, sustainability manager, Multiplex Construction Europe
Jonathan Mobbs, environmental business partner, ISS Facilities Services
Eleanor King, graduate sustainability consultant, AECOM
Charlie Jardine, founder & chief executive, EO Charging
Eilidh Johnston, environmental advisor, Laing O'Rourke
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."
What happens next...
The successful 30 Under 30 applicants will attend an exclusive launch party and photoshoot in central London on 21 March 2019. edie's editorial coverage of the launch night will include a full profile of each of the 30 members, with each profile being published individually online in due course.
As an added benefit of their involvement, members of edie's 30 Under 30 for 2019 will be given exclusive access to the networking events that will be held for the Sustainability Leaders Club and Energy Leaders Club over the following 12 months – allowing these rising stars to meet and network with existing business leaders.
It is also important to note that edie's 30 Under 30 list is to be updated annually, welcoming a fresh intake of young talent every year.
If you or a colleague want to be part of the 30 Under 30 'class of 2020', please contact us and we will be back in touch when nominations open.