Mark Shayler helps big organisations think small and small organisations think big. He changes the way businesses think and work. He’s been working on sustainability, innovation, packaging, developing better products, and improving business for over 25 years. In this time he has worked with Nike, Coca Cola, NHS, Unilever, Samsung, Amazon, Mars, P&G, Dorset Cereals, and hundreds of little companies who are proving disruptive (including Ugly Drinks, Hiut Denim, Propercorn, and nomnom). He is a Founding Partner of the Do Lectures and Greenlabs. He firmly believes in enterprise as a way of solving problems of equality, sustainability, and poverty. He believe that kindness is a competitive advantage and that we are alive at the most exciting time ever. He is a STEM Ambassador, a Design Council Design Associate and a Virgo. He keeps ducks, chickens and children (but not against their will).
Sir Tim Smit
Sir Tim Smit is best known for his achievements in Cornwall. He ‘discovered’ and then restored ‘The Lost Gardens of Heligan’ with John Nelson, which is now one of the UK’s best loved gardens having been named ‘Garden of the Year’ by BBC Countryfile Awards(Mar 2018). Tim’s book ‘The Lost Gardens of Heligan’ won Book of the Year in 1997.Tim is Executive Vice-Chair and Co-founder of the multi award-winning Eden Project in Cornwall. Since its opening in 2001, over 20 million people have come to see a once sterile pit, turned into a cradle of life containing world-class horticulture and startling architecture symbolic of human endeavour. Tim is also Executive Co-Chair for Eden Project International which aims to have an Eden Project on every habited continent by 2025.
Hugo Tagholm is chief executive of Surfers Against Sewage which he has taken from a single-issue pressure group into one of the country’s best loved marine conservation charities. Driven by people who actively use the our oceans and beaches, it represents over 350,000 regular supporters and now mobilises the biggest beach clean community in the UK, some 30,000 volunteers annually contributing over 150,000 hours of time to protecting beaches nationwide. It’s priority issue today is plastic pollution, which is frequently top of the global environmental agenda, as the Blue Planet recently documented.