Sustainable Aviation: a cross-sector perspective
This full morning session will bring together the key stakeholders from across the aviation industry, alongside the major departments involved with sustainability to find out how we can find a cross-sector approach to make air travel more sustainable and environmentally friendly.
We will begin with a cross-departmental panel looking at how Whitehall is working together to achieve a more environmentally sustainable approach to aviation. This will be followed with a session from cross-industry representatives focusing on what they are doing to increase efficiencies and reduce carbon emissions.
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About the speakers
Jonathon became Group Head of Sustainability for the International Airlines Group in 2015, with responsibility for the group sustainability strategy across the Groups’ five airlines Aer Lingus, British Airways, Iberia, Level & Vueling. He was previously BA’s Head of Environment, with responsibility for developing and implementing BA’s strategy on all issues relating to the Environment including Climate Change, Air Quality, Noise and Waste.
In 2013 Jonathon took over the Chair of Sustainable Aviation, the leading UK aviation industry consortium of airlines, airports, manufacturers and UK Air Traffic Control authority driving improvements in the sustainability performance of the sector. He is also Chair of the International Airline Transport Association Environment Committee and Chair of the newly formed IATA Sustainability and Environment Advisory Council.
In April 2019 Jonathon became President of the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Heathrow Branch and he is also a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a Board Member of the Greener By Design Partnership.
Jonathon is a Master’s graduate in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College, London and has an MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France.
Helen Kennett is Director of UK Government Relations, Rolls-Royce plc and joined the company in 2010.
In her role she is responsible for UK Government Relations, CHQ Government Relations issues and works with the Regional and Country Directors on UK-international political issues and management of political risk. This role covers all business and functional issues inside the Group.
Helen was previously Head of Government Relations at Thales UK where she successfully led government relations campaigns on major defence bids.
Before joining Thales Helen was Public Affairs Manager for Railtrack and previously worked at the Engineering Employers’ Federation. On graduating in Politics and Law, Helen started her career in Westminster working for an MP.
Paul leads the BEIS Aerospace team that is responsible for working with industry to promote a healthy, productive aerospace industry which is well placed to succeed in export markets now and in future. He represents BEIS on the AGP and Aerospace Technology Institute Boards and oversees the £1.9bn government has committed to the ATI and a portfolio of Repayable Launch Investment.
Previously, he had various roles including:
- Deputy Head of Transatlantic and International Unit, responsible for UK interests in the EU-US free trade agreement negotiations and coordinating on international issues for BIS.
- Head of Competition Regime Branch, responsible for reforming the governance of the UK competition authorities and sponsoring the new Competition and Markets Authority.
- Head of Spending Regime Branch, responsible for coordinating the Department's engagement with the Treasury's biannual spending review process.
He also held various roles in HM Treasury, including Head of International Financial Institutions Branch and Head of Defence Modernisation Branch, has worked for Deloitte Corporate Finance, and qualified as a barrister and solicitor in Ontario.
Jenny is Head of Aviation and Climate Change at the Department for Transport. In this role, she leads the Department’s work on addressing aviation’s climate impact both domestically and internationally. She is currently the UK representative on ICAO’s Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP).
Jenny has worked in government for over ten years on a variety of transport issues including roads policy, maritime strategy and rail infrastructure policy. She has worked as a Private Secretary for two Ministers of State and managed the UK government’s relationship with the Devolved Administrations on European issues whilst at the European and Global Issues Secretariat in the Cabinet Office.
Jenny began her career working in Parliament as an MP’s researcher and holds a BA in History from the University of Warwick and an MA in International Relations from the LSE.
Niva Thiruchelvam is now the Deputy Director, Net Zero in HM Treasury. She was previously the Deputy Director for Education and Skills in HM Treasury.
Niva has held a number of posts across Whitehall, in which she has advised Cabinet Ministers on a range of international and domestic priorities. She has also worked extensively in the centre of Government where she has advised the Prime Minister on home affairs issues; supported the Cabinet Secretary in preparing for Cabinet every week; and brokered policy across Government.
Ian has more than twenty years’ experience in the sphere of environmental aviation issues in Europe and beyond, working for the Civil Aviation Authority and an independent consultancy.
Ian is currently Head of Environmental and Community Affairs at NATS, which provides air traffic services to 2.2 million flights a year and to the 15 biggest airports in the UK.
Since the launch of its 'Acting Responsibly' environmental programme in 2008, NATS has been able to set stretching targets on its environmental performance, driving innovation in the air traffic services they provide - including the development and adoption of regulatory financial incentives on environmental performance.
Ian is part of the environmental research team in the Single European Sky ATM Research programme, SESAR. He is chair of the UK Sustainable Aviation coalition focused on cleaner quieter smarter flying and a member of the Royal Aeronautical Society's Greener by Design Steering Group. Ian advises the UK state member of ICAO's Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection and works with ICAO's Operations environmental working group.
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Director for Manchester Airports Group, Neil has responsibility for the Group’s award winning CSR programme. With a background in Sustainability, Neil is a chemistry graduate with a post graduate degree in environmental management and an MBA from Birmingham Business School. Prior to joining Manchester Airports group Neil has held senior positions with a number of companies including London Underground and Jaguar Cars.
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