Governance Network Roundtable - Board Approaches to the Environment
Please note, this is a private event, by invitation only, and is intended specifically for individuals currently sitting as a Non-Executive and/or Trustee. The invitees are carefully selected in line with The Whitehall and Industry Group’s charitable purpose, representing organisations from a variety of sectors, to bring a range of views and perspectives. If you or a colleague would like to be considered for future roundtables in this series, then please feel free to email us on [email protected]
In this discussion, Non-Executives and Trustees from across the sectors will address contemporary thinking on the Board’s role in relation to the Environment and Sustainability. The session will offer perspectives from across government, industry, academia and the not-for-profit sector.
Non-Executive DirectorDepartment for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Ben is the chief executive officer of Menhaden Plc, an investment trust listed on the London stock exchange which focuses on the theme of resource efficiency. Ben chairs the UK Conservative Environment Network, and is a Trustee of The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, a globally leading philanthropic foundation focused on climate change and health. Ben is a non-executive director of the UK Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Baroness Helena Morrissey
Lead Non-Executive DirectorForeign, Commonwealth and Development Office
Helena has over three decades’ experience in financial services, including 15 years as CEO of Newton Investment Management, during which time AUM grew from £20bn to £50bn. She is lead NED at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and on the board of Green Park, an executive search firm specialising in diverse appointments. She also serves as a senior adviser to Edelman, the communications consultancy. In July Helena will become Chair-designate at AJ Bell, the FTSE250 firm. Helena is well known for her work on inclusion and diversity. In 2010, she founded the 30% Club, a campaign for better gender-balanced boards. Since then, the representation of women on FTSE350 boards has risen from less than 10% to over 30%. There are now seventeen 30% Clubs throughout the world. Helena chairs the Diversity Project, aimed at improving diversity across all dimensions in the investment industry. Helena entered the House of Lords in September 2020 and was appointed a Dame in 2017. Her first book, A Good Time to be a Girl, was described by Forbes magazine as one of the five most empowering books for women in 2018. She posts daily career dressing advice on Instagram and is one of LinkedIn’s ‘Top Voices’. Helena is married with nine children.