Environmental professionals and policy-makers may sometimes feel like the financial sector is undermining their efforts. In the 2017 Burntwood Lecture, Dr Bevis Watts, Managing Director of Triodos Bank UK, will put forward the thesis that the UK's current financial systems holds the potential, through adaptation, to be a catalyst for a sustainable future.
Bevis will also reflect on his unusual and inspirational career trajectory: how did an environmental professional come to lead a financial institution?
Bevis has 20 years of experience working in sustainability in the private, public and voluntary sectors. He has only worked for values-led organisations. From 2013-16 he was Chief Executive of Avon Wildlife Trust and was Head of Business Support at The Waste and Resource Action Programme (WRAP) for 6 years (2001-07). A fascination with the role of money and using it to stimulate behaviour change or growth in a sustainable economy has been a common thread throughout his career.
Bevis holds a PhD in Management Science, is a Chartered Environmentalist, a Member of the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management and a Fellow of the RSA.
He was a Board member of Bristol 2015, the delivery company for Bristol European Green Capital 2015 and was recently appointed to the Bristol Homes Board. Projects and organisations that Bevis has worked for have won the Queen's Award for Sustainable Enterprise, Green Apple Awards, International CSR Excellence Award and FT Sustainable Bank of the Year during his tenure.
He has immense passion and energy for the natural environment and social equality. Wildlife is a keen interest which led him to volunteer on three international marine conservation programmes and establish a small conservation charity in Warwickshire.
The Burntwood Lecture provides an opportunity for an eminent speaker to talk on a current, critical and often controversial environmental theme. The invited audience, numbering around 100, are made up of members of the professions, universities and government.
This event is free for IES members and invited guests. We anticipate a lot of interest for this fabulous speaker, so book early to avoid disappointment.
To reserve your ticket, please email Rhianna Jarvis. Members are welcome to bring a guest but must register them upon booking.
The evening will commence with a drinks reception and provide ample opportunity to network throughout the event.
18:15 - Registration and drinks reception
19:00 - Welcome
19:10 - The Burntwood Lecture, with Dr Bevis Watts
19:55 - Q&A Session
20:15 - Canapés and drinks reception
21.30 - Close