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Meet the speakers

There are two key ways in which Triodos Bank positively influences the world; financing change and changing finance. This is more than just a phrase. It is at the heart of our work and it is what our stakeholders ask of us.

At this year's annual meeting, our guest speakers will look deeper into these themes. Below you can read more about them.

Jonathon Porritt CBE, Founder Director of Forum for the Future

Jonathon, Co-Founder of Forum for the Future, is an eminent writer, broadcaster and commentator on sustainable development. Established in 1996, Forum for the Future is now the UK's leading sustainable development charity. The Forum has a growing presence in the United States, India, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. In addition he is a Non-Executive Director of Willmott Dixon Holdings, a Trustee of Ashden, and a Director of Collectively (an online platform celebrating sustainable innovation). He was formerly Director of Friends of the Earth, co-chair of the Green Party and as Chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission until 2009, he spent nine years providing high-level advice to Government Ministers. Jonathon was installed as the Chancellor of Keele University in February 2012. Recent books are 'Capitalism As If The World Matters' (2007) and 'The World We Made' (2013) - which seeks to inspire people about the prospects of a sustainable world in 2050. Jonathon received a CBE in January 2000 for services to environmental protection.

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Liz Zeidler, Chief Executive of Happy City

 

Liz, Chief Executive of the Happy City Initiative, is an international facilitator with 20 years experience in designing and delivering transformative learning experiences.  She is passionate about social and environmental justice and supporting the change in mindsets that can really bring both about.

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Dan McCallum MBE, Manager of Awel Aman Tawe and a Director of Awel Co-op and Egni Solar Co-op

Dan has led the development of Awel Co-op community wind farm north of Swansea since 1998. The 4.7MW scheme was commissioned in January 2017. It was funded by a £2.5m share offer, a loan of £5.25m from Triodos and a loan from Welsh Government.

Egni is a cooperative which has 179kw of solar pv installed on seven community buildings and schools. Dan was awarded an MBE in the 2018 New Years Honours List for services to community energy in Wales.

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Iain Muir, Director at Coigach 

Iain trained as a veterinary surgeon and worked in rural communities in Scotland and Republic of Ireland before developing a career in veterinary pharmaceuticals to senior management level. He returned to live in his home community of Coigach over 20 years ago, providing business development and marketing advice for clients of economic development agencies, vet locum services. He also fulfils a variety of public and voluntary roles, including past steering group chairman of North West Highland Geopark, director of The Footpath Trust, trustee and chair of West Sutherland Fisheries Trust, board member of the North Area Board for Scottish Natural Heritage and vice-chairman of Coigach Community Council. Iain is a director and chairman of CCDC and Director of Coigach Community CIC and was involved in the development of Coigach's wind turbine from the start.

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Mags Shevlin, Refurbishment and Training Manager at Latch

Mags joined Latch in 2008 and has worked in a number of senior roles within the organisation, including the management of the property development and training and volunteering services. Her current role is Business and Supported Housing Manager which involves overseeing the delivery of our Supported Housing Service and managing the principal business functions. The support service assists Latch's formerly homeless tenants to develop the skills required to manage their tenancies and move to independent living. Mags is currently developing the support service to become a Psychologically Informed Environment, an approach to supporting people out of homelessness, especially those who have experienced compound trauma.

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James Hartley, Chief Executive at Latch

James joined Latch in 1998 and has worked in a number of roles and undertaken a wide range and duties during this time: support work, repairs and maintenance, fundraising, financial management etc.  His current role is Chief Executive Officer. This involves the development and implementation of Latch's strategic objectives and overseeing the operational delivery of Latch's services. The current strategic focus is on the development of new properties to create additional homes for Latch tenants.

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Fran Boait, Executive Director of Positive Money

 

As Executive Director Fran has led the UK and international expansion of Positive Money, a non-profit think tank, which campaigns for systemic change of the money and banking system to support a fair, sustainable, and democratic economy. Positive Money Europe launched in 2018, and Positive Money US will launch in early 2019. Committed to wider financial reform, she is also a Director of Finance Watch, and a Senior Fellow at the Finance Innovation Lab. Fran was also recognised as one of the most 'Inspirational Women in the City' 2017 by Brummell Magazine.

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Bevis Watts, Managing Director, Triodos Bank UK

Bevis Watts became Managing Director of Triodos Bank UK in April 2016 having previously been Head of Business Banking at Triodos for almost 5 years 2008-12.

He has nearly 20 years of experience working in sustainability in the private, public and voluntary sectors. Bevis has only worked for values-led organisations and 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.

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Jellie Banga, Chief Operating Officer, Triodos Bank

Jellie has been statutory Member of the Executive Board of Triodos Bank N.V. since September 2014. She is Chief Operating Officer and was first appointed to the Executive Board as non-statutory Member in 2013. Jellie is also a Member of the Board of Stichting Triodos Sustainable Finance Foundation and Stichting Triodos Holding and a Member of the Advisory Council of Stichting Lichter.  

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James Vaccaro, Head of Corporate Strategy, Triodos Bank

 

James is a specialist in social and environmental finance having been at Triodos Bank since 1998. James has advised on bond issues and share offers for leading social enterprises and charities. He has managed equity investments and served on the board of a range of environmental and social businesses.

James has served as a member of several advisory groups on sustainable finance at UK, European and international level. He has also authored several reports and papers on sustainable finance including the 'New Pathways Report' published by the Global Alliance for Banking on Values, Finance Watch and Mission 2020. He served on the Global Steering Committee for the UNEP Finance Initiative until 2017 and was one of the co-initiators of the Positive Impact Finance Initiative.

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