Following a highly successful first event in 2022, join us for the second Business, Innovation & Growth Summit. This year, we’ll focus on how South London can transition to Net Zero and showcase the broader cutting-edge innovation taking place across South London.
Join us at this free-to-attend event and hear from an inspiring line-up of expert speakers and panellists who are leading the way on the Net Zero transition and access practical advice and guidance on how you can shape and finance your business’ Net Zero strategy. Come along and be part of the conversation that will shape South London’s sustainable future.
We’ll be asking
the BIG questions
The Climate Change Committee has estimated that £50bn of investment will be needed yearly to meet the UK’s Net Zero targets. How can we create the right investment conditions to support the transition?
SKILLS & PEOPLE
Boosting the supply of world-class green skills will be critical – so how do we ensure that employers in South London have access to people with the right skills to support the region’s transition to Net Zero?
What does approaching climate change as an anchor institution mean, what value can it bring and what can South London learn from the journeys these partnerships of collective interest are on?
We’ve put together a packed and exciting agenda for the day, inviting businesses and stakeholders from across South London.
Hear from keynote speakers, join discussions on the challenges of delivering Net Zero in South London and help identify strengths and opportunities created by the regions, discussing the next steps for further growth and how this can support local businesses.View the agenda
Businesses right here in South London are creating innovative technologies, products and services, and many of these have been supported by BIG South London and South London Partnership programmes. At this Showcase, you’ll get the opportunity to see the latest cutting-edge initiatives being created in South London
NET ZERO BUSINESS EXHIBITION
An exciting list of organisations providing Net Zero services and support to South London businesses, offering help or inspiration and showing what support is available.See who's exhibiting
Hear from an inspiring line-up of expert speakers and panellists.
Climate Partnership Manager, London Borough of Sutton
Luan Baptista Ribeiro is the Climate Partnership Manager at the London Borough of Sutton. In this role, he has spearheaded the development and implementation of the Green Enterprise Partnership, thought to be the UK’s first initiative to offer tax incentives for smaller, everyday businesses, to advance on their sustainability journeys.
Before joining Sutton Council, Luan worked for C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, where he led initiatives such as the City Solution Platform (CSP) and the City-Business Climate Alliance (CBCA), aimed at accelerating climate action through city-business collaboration. Notably, while working with industry partners and the city government of Rio de Janeiro, Luan facilitated the development of a tender model that allowed the city to introduce, at the time, the largest fleet of electric waste collection vehicles in the world outside China.
Luan also served as a Special Adviser for International Relations at São Paulo’s Mayor’s Office. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the Catholic University of Sao Paulo and a Master’s degree from The Bartlett Development Planning Unit at UCL. Luan also recently completed a programme study in communication at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and is currently pursuing a programme in sustainable finance at the University of Oxford Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment.
Senior Manager, Policy and Programmes, GLA & London Research & Policy Partnership
Dr Michelle Reeves is Head of the GLA’s Strategy Team, and Co-Founder of the London Research and Policy Partnership (LRaPP) with Professor Ben Rogers, University of London. She is an experienced project leader, policymaker, and researcher with a track-record of delivering high-profile and complex projects in regeneration, cultural and creative industries, and sport. These include 12-years working in a variety of roles shaping the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and setting up the London Recovery Programme to address the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Principal & CEO, South Thames Colleges Group
I’ve worked as a Lifelong Learning practitioner for thirty years now, starting out as a community education tutor in west London in 1988 before moving to manage the Basic and Key Skills provision at South Thames College. I moved to Lewisham College in 1998 as Head of Key Skills, progressing to Director of Faculty with a remit for General Education, Adult Education, Basic and Key Skills, ESOL, learning disabilities and learning support, and becoming Vice-Principal for Quality and Curriculum Development in 2006.
In April 2010 I became Principal of Kingston College and then Principal of both Kingston and Carshalton Colleges in 2011, when the two colleges federated, forming the first College group of its kind and overseeing £45m-worth of learning in south-west London. In 2013 Kingston College was graded ‘Good’ by Ofsted for the first time ever; Carshalton also secured its first ever ‘Good’ grade shortly after, in 2014. In 2017, Kingston College, Carshalton College and South Thames College merged to become South Thames financial Colleges Group. I was appointed Group Principal and Chief Executive and have led the Group since then to ‘Outstanding’ financial health and a ‘Good’ Ofsted grade in 2020.
Head of Sustainability for London & Partners
Pru Ashby is Head of Sustainability for London & Partners and is responsible for leading L&P’s urban innovation and sustainability sector work and supporting L&P’s sustainability strategy in support of L&P’s mission.
Pru has spent 16 years with London & Partners where she has developed a strong reputation in supporting companies in their globalisation. She completed a secondment at Tech City UK, the team set up by the UK Government to support Tech City, now the largest tech cluster in Europe, and is seen as pivotal to its growth. She has an extensive network of connections within the tech community in London, the USA and globally and was also based in New York for 2 years for London & Partners.
Previously, Pru studied engineering at university and lived and worked in Australia, New Zealand and China in the utilities and events sectors.
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and External Engagement) at the University of Roehampton
Dr Richard Keogh is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and External Engagement) at the University of Roehampton, where he has responsibility for the development and implementation of the University’s Research and Knowledge Exchange Strategy. He is a passionate advocate for co-produced research, social impact, and the delivery of vocational education in the community, and for the community. Richard has generated over £7m grant income to support capital development and social impact initiatives.
Who Should Attend?
Any of the Following...
Businesses from the region
Government bodies / public sector
Academics & university representatives
Business support organisations
Health & wellbeing organisations