Sustainability Delivery Group

Harnessing the expertise to deliver sustainability

Member-only roundtables


Please email Amanda Rafferty to request your attendance at

First come first served. We will endeavour to share access fairly between Environment Analyst members,
plus carefully selected guests.

Access to meetings depends on membership tier - please contact Lisa Turner, Membership Development Manager for details at

Upcoming Roundtables/Business Leaders' Forums:


UK Business Leaders' Forum: Exploring the Evolution of ESG in Environmental Consulting

4pm BST on 21 June at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel, London

ESG has become an integral part of your clients’ businesses from climate and sustainability goals to employee recruitment and retention, and business ethics and governance. ESG factors are central to long-term growth and commercial success.

But what does this mean for the environmental consulting sector, your value proposition, and the services you provide? This in-person Business Leaders’ Forum, on the eve of our 8th annual UK Business Summit, will explore the impact of ESG and evolving client needs on environmental consulting services, how business models are evolving in response, and how you can differentiate yourselves in a world where everyone is “doing ESG”.

There will be a couple of short industry opening perspectives, leading into a group discussion on two topics: 

Responding to Changing Client Expectations

  • Finding the ESG “sweet spot” – identifying where the sector can deliver the most added-value and differentiate itself

  • Where does “traditional” consultancy fit in – transitioning from traditional permitting and compliance services to a more advisory-focused role

  • Examining the role for SMEs  


“Walking the Talk”

  • Showing leadership - managing your own net zero goals and internal ESG strategy and governance aligned with stakeholder and client expectations   



UK Sustainability Delivery Group Roundtable

27 January 2022 at 2pm GMT

Jo Gilroy provides insight into the challenges that Kier and the wider construction industry are facing and how, amidst the pressures they are facing with supply chains, Scope 3 emissions and Biodiversity Net Gain, she sees collaboration, not competition as a positive way forward, using the UN SDGs as a roadmap.

Speaker: Jo Gilroy, Head of Sustainability, Kier Group

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North American Business Leaders’ Forum: Attracting & Retaining Talent

12 January 2022 at 4pm GMT / 11am ET / 8am PT

This North American Business Leaders’ Forum took place on 12 January at 4pm GMT / 11am ET / 8am PT and discussed attracting and retaining talent.


The Forum began with opening perspectives from three industry executives:

  • Diane Woodall, Vice President, People & Organization, Wood

  • Lisa Kay, Chief Operating Officer, NV5

  • Priya Jain, Chief Growth Officer, Atlas

This was followed by a smaller break-out and wider group discussion, which explored: 


  • The impact of Covid on the business and employee turnover - “The Great Resignation”

  • The challenges faced in recruiting and competing for talent 

  • Flexible working and other impacts on staffing / projects

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UK Sustainability Delivery Group Roundtable

Tuesday 23 November 2021 at 4pm GMT / 11am ET / 8am PT

Matthew will provide an update on Sustainability Reporting Standards, including new Universal Standards being introduced this month, the current and future reporting landscape, and drivers for further adoption. This will lead into a discussion on how to reduce confusion in the use and application of standards and increase the availability of transparent, usable metrics for ESG reporting. 

Speaker: Matthew Rusk, Head of North America Regional Hub, Global Reporting Initiative

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Investor Perspectives: Growing Momentum for ESG Analysis and Systemic Action on Climate Change

Wednesday 29 September 2021. 4pm BST /11am EST

Kirsten Spalding, Senior Program Director, Ceres Investor Network, will be joining us for this roundtable. Kirsten will give a short talk on the growing momentum for ESG analysis and systemic action on climate change. She will look at how investor demands of corporate leaders are getting clearer and how collaborative actions between investors and companies, policy makers and regulators are having real economy impacts.

Speaker: Kirsten Spalding, Senior Program Director, Ceres Investor Network

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UK Business Leaders' Forum
Thursday 22 July 2021

This Forum brought together senior executives from leading environmental consulting firms, as well as policy experts, early career professionals, industry participants, and strategic advisors to discuss the major issues and drivers impacting the growing skills shortage.

Key themes discussed include:

  • How to attract graduates

  • Improving the visibility of the sector 

  • Fostering skills for a successful career

  • Employee retention and engagement 

  • Finding attractive propositions beyond salary 


Chair: Julian Rose, Co-founder, Environment Analyst

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North American Business Leaders' Forum
Wednesday 5 May 2021

This Forum provided a global market overview, including highlights from Environment Analyst's latest research into the global environmental consultancy market (in advance of publication), as well as discussions around:

Digitalization opportunities and threats:


  • What are the barriers to digital transformation (culture, cost, systems)?

  • Which services are vulnerable to competition? Why?

  • How can digital technology tackle customer pain points?

Discussion theme two - Visibility and relevance:


  • How can environmental consulting firms improve their visibility and relevance at a time when sustainability and ESG are becoming mainstream?

  • How to become the defacto partner of choice for the green recovery?

  • What are the threats presented by adjacent solution providers (auditors, management consultants, lawyers, etc), and what can we learn from their approach?

  • How will Biden's climate policies resonate with your clients, and how can you help them?

Chair: Julian Rose, Co-founder, Environment Analyst

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Previous roundtables/Business Leaders' Forums:


Business Leaders' Forum

26 April online at 11am ET / 8am PT / 4pm BST

The theme of this forum was Managing Organisational Challenges & the Impact of the “New Normal” on Business Structure, Culture, & Practices, based on our recent Future of Consultancy report.


The session began with a top-line summary of the report findings presented by Ross Griffiths, Operations Director, Environment Analyst, followed by an industry perspective from Alizabeth Aramowicz Smith, EHS Senior Consultant and Health and Safety Practice Leader, Antea Group USA. 


Attendees then moved into small breakout groups to discuss: 


  • What the post-Covid organisation looks like and the long-term impact of remote or hybrid working on internal and external relationships:

    • employee and client engagement & connection

    • future talent pipeline development

    • the culture of the organisation

    • the optimum workplace strategy 

  • The extent to which aligning company purpose and values with ESG goals can enhance employee recruitment and engagement: developing sustainability leadership 

  • Evolving business models aligned with operational and project trends and changing demands for consultancy

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From SDGs to Action: Benchmarking for a Better World
Thursday 15 April 2021

COVID-19 is delivering the final blow to an economic model that is no longer environmentally or socially sustainable. We have an opportunity to rebuild a more inclusive, just, and sustainable world – with business as the engine of the reset – but greater transparency, guidance, and accountability is needed to enable companies to lead by placing people and the planet at the heart of the recovery.


Gerbrand Haverkamp, Executive Director, World Benchmarking Alliance

Purpose-Driven Transformation: Delivering Wellbeing over Time

Wednesday 3 March 2021

To achieve wellbeing goals sustainably, organisations need to be armed and fully prepared to make the scale of strategic transformation necessary. In doing this, business leaders need to recognise the scale of change becoming purpose-driven represents; hence why it is both difficult and a huge opportunity and use this awareness to smooth the path and drive the change. In doing so the ground can be set for deeper, long-term success and not just surface change.

Dr Victoria Hurth, Fellow, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

Embedding Sustainability in the Board Room

Tuesday 8 December 2020


Jaclyn Bouchard, Director of ESG Products, S&P Global Ratings

Read the write-up of the meeting here.

Sustainability Services in the Exponential Decade

Wednesday 5 August 2020


John Elkington, Founder, Volans

Read the write-up of the meeting here.

Leading the Transition to Net Zero Through the Lens of COVID-19

Tuesday 14 July 2020


Mark Lewis, Global Head of Sustainability Research, BNP Paribas

Business Leaders’ Forum - Roundtable Discussion B:

Tuesday 7 July 2020


Making Sustainability Relevant: Creating the Right Package & Reaching the Right People

  • Effectively translating the SDGs into tangible business and productivity goals as part of the environmental consultancy offering.

  • Exploring the changes required in positioning, charging and language used to reach the C-suite and key decision-makers within client organisations.

Ben Murray, CEO, Avieco

Business Leaders’ Forum - Roundtable Discussion A:

Wednesday 1 July 2020


Accelerating the Delivery of a Zero Carbon Economy 

  • Exploring alternative partnerships & coalitions to maximise collaborative value & accelerate innovation (Pledge to Net Zero initiative)

  • Practicalities of applying a natural capital approach & measuring environmental Impacts 

  • Exploring how the tools available can be used effectively to enable better decision-making and help deliver a zero carbon economy.

Matthew Farrow, Executive Director, Environmental Industries Commission
Robert Spencer, Director, Sustainable Development, AECOM