• 19 Apr 2023
  • Online
  • Networking

Coffee and Connect

Join us for the next in the series of our informal meet ups for members in the South West.
This event has been cancelled.


An opportunity for business leaders to chat to one another regarding issues that are currently affecting their businesses, or simply to meet some new faces and make new connections.

The topic for this session is - A quick overview of the climate emergency and what organisations can do to mitigate.

Hosted by IoD ambassador Katherine Piper, this event is part of a free series enabling members to connect and discuss topics of interest.

Katherine will give an overview of the climate and ecological emergency from a global perspective, with reference to influential IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) reports and COP (Conference of the Parties) outcomes. She will then open a discussion about what the business community can do to address their environmental impact, before closing with some useful resources available from the IoD and Future Leap.

Stephen will give an introduction to the ground-breaking City Leap Decarbonisation partnership and will lead a discussion about potential opportunities for local businesses who may wish to engage with the initiative.


Katherine Piper

Katherine Piper MSc is Head of Partnerships and Sustainability at Future Leap. Future Leap's mission is to give organisations the space, knowledge, and tools to accelerate their sustainability journey and progress towards carbon neutrality. She sits on the One City Environment Board and has recently co-published a paper with Prof Jim Longhurst on corporate carbon management.

Katherine is the IoD South West Sustainability Ambassador.

Stephen Peacock

Stephen is Chief Executive of Bristol City Council, having previously been the council’s Executive Director for Growth and Regeneration with achievements including the City Leap decarbonisation project, Temple Quarter regeneration and the council’s house building programme.

A former equity partner at Grant Thornton UK LLP, Stephen has extensive experience of economic development, scale-up businesses, major regeneration projects, technology and the energy sector. His early career included a decade in the international energy industry following which he was a founding director of 3 Mobile.

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