Today’s linear ‘take, make, dispose’ economic model relies on large quantities of cheap, easily accessible materials and energy, and is a model that is reaching its physical limits. A circular economy is an attractive and viable alternative that businesses have already started exploring today. It preserves and enhances natural capital, optimises resource yields, and minimises system risks by managing finite stocks and renewable flows.

This FREE event, co-organised with Cambridge Network, will bring together thought leaders from industry, academia and the public sector to share best practice, give an honest account of successes and set-backs, and highlight which barriers and knowledge gaps need to be addressed to accelerate progress.

Delegates will have the opportunity to investigate if their expertise and interests map onto existing challenges, and are invited to become part of the solution.


15:30 Registration, coffee, networking

15:50 Welcome, and context:

B. Schlarb-Ridley, Director of Innovation, British Antarctic Survey (BAS)

15:55 Overview of the Circular Economy concept, and research view:

Dr Jonathan Cullen, Dept of Engineering, University Lecturer in Energy, Transport and Urban Infrastructure, University of Cambridge

16:15 A retailer’s perspective on the Circular Economy:

Mike Barry, Director of Sustainable Business (Plan A), M&S

16:35 Utilities perspective:

Sarah D’Arcy, Lead for Campaign ‘love every drop’, Anglian Water

16:55 Built Environment perspective:

Richard Boyd, Senior Engineer and Circular Economy Lead, Arup

17:15 Brief comfort break

17:20 Policy perspective:

Dustin Benton, Policy Director, Green Alliance

17:35 Panel (all speakers);

Chair: David Greenfield, SOcial, Environmental & Economic Solutions (SOENECS) Ltd and Circular Economy Club (CEC)

18:30 Reception

Register for the event using the link on the right hand side.