Held in partnership with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and the VIBES Scottish Environment Business Awards, this event will highlight economic and wider benefits of good environmental practice.
‘The Environment as a Business Opportunity’
Terry A’Hearn, Chief Executive Officer, SEPA
Terry has over twenty years’ experience in the environment profession, having held senior roles in Melbourne with the Environment Protection Authority in the Australian state of Victoria, in London with the global consulting firm WSP and, most recently, in Belfast as Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency before he joined SEPA. In all this work, Terry has strongly focussed on bringing environmental and economic aims together, supporting business and social innovation and getting tougher with the worst environmental performers. Terry is a Senior Associate at the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership, a member of the Advisory Board of the Global Footprint Network and a Fellow of the UK Institute of Directors.
Sydney Chasin, Founder, The Healthy Crop Ltd
After pursuing a career in classical ballet, studying finance in NYC and Edinburgh, Sydney Chasin founded The Healthy Crop LTD after graduating from Edinburgh Napier University with a degree in Financial Services. The Healthy Crop is a food company that specialises in commercialising an underutilised grain called sorghum. Despite being underutilised in the west, sorghum is one of the most important grains in the world because of its drought resilient properties. Their first product brand they are taking to market is called lil'POP, a ready-to-eat popped sorghum snack, which looks like miniature popcorn. The brand is raising awareness of global water scarcity and showing that the lil' things make a massive impact. Dr Peter Nelson, Operations Director, GlenmorangiePeter joined The Glenmorangie Company in 1997 as Operations Director. He was appointed to the Board in January 2001. During his time with The Glenmorangie Company, Peter has played a major role in the planning and implementation of the Company’s far-reaching operations strategy, including the major expansion of the Operations function to accommodate the growth of the Glenmorangie brand globally.Peter also played a significant role in the acquisition of The Glenmorangie Company by Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy (LVMH) in December 2005. Peter is responsible for over 200 employees at sites across Scotland. Prior to joining Glenmorangie, he held production roles with the Dow Chemical Corporation in France and the USA and with Monsanto.
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