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.
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."