19 October 2023

Hosted by:

Ambassadors' Day Partners: DHL, Landsec, Environment Agency


Corporate Net Zero



Mountain Pass, southeastern California, remains the United States’ only mine for rare earth elements


Welcome to Ambassadors' Day: Corporate Net Zero.

We are about accelerating global transition to Net Zero and decarbonising organisations.

On 19 October 2023 Paul Anderson, Professor of Strategic Elements and Materials Sustainability in the School of Chemistry at the University of Birmingham, and Director and founder of the Birmingham Centre for Strategic Elements and Critical Materials and his team will be Hosting Ambassadors' Day: Corporate Net Zero Strategic Elements and Critical Materials.

Birmingham Centre for Strategic Elements and Critical Materials (University of Birmingham) is the first and the leading UK centre in strategic elements and critical materials.

Meet the Host Birmingham Centre for Strategic Elements and Critical Materials and their Team.

Ambassadors’ Day brings together executive business leaders looking to accelerate their Net Zero commitments and actions and puts science at the core of the conversations.

The day features leading business voices presenting their ambitious Net Zero Decarbonisation programmes and offers a clearer understanding of best practices and latest thinking on co-ordinating on decarbonisation, mobilising the organisation for delivery, building innovative partnerships and financing models to fuel decarbonisation, leveraging green financing solutions, integrating carbon into business decisions and corporate governance, finding and trialling suitable decarbonisation technologies, creating actionable and cost effective decarbonisation plan, seeing what the end result might look like and inspiring others with Net Zero journey.

The format allows to thoroughly engage with peers and features  “audience” style presentations, industry panels, scientific keynotes with multiple opportunities to engage 1-2-1 throughout the event.

From the Antarctic frontier we are taking industry leaders to the next critical frontier of rare earth minerals which will play crucial role in achieving our corporate sustainability, decarbonisation and Net Zero.

Ambassadors’ Day Antarctic: Effecting Transformational Change on 19 January 2023 was hosted at British Antarctic Survey (BAS) Innovation Centre, Cambridge. Full to capacity and supported by live BAS channel broadcast leading businesses and public entities engaged in open and honest conversations and discussions with Dr Beatrix Schlarb-Ridley FRSB, Director of Innovation and Impact and Chair of the Net Zero Carbon Strategy Group, British Antarctic Survey and her team offering a fantastic opportunity to engage with them in a series of informative presentations, talks and transformational evidence backed tours, sharing the unequivocal scientific evidence and the urgency of climate action required from all to keep the global temperatures below 1.5 C target. It was a truly inspirational, lively, informative, and productive day. The event was covered in the news.

Ambassadors' Day Antarctic: Effecting Transformational Change partners were Landsec, Environment Agency, Scania.

To get involved or to become partner or sponsor on 19 October 2023 contact:

Jane Huggins, Registrations Team Leader, for Individual or Group Attendance booking enquiries, Sponsorship and Exhibition opportunities – sales@ukwideinvestment.com

Sarah Sweetman, Creative Director, for Marketing, Branding, Audio/Visual, publication in event e-Brochure enquiries – enquiries@ukwideinvestment.com

Yevgeniy Makushin, Head of Content, for Speaker enquiries and Partnerships – ynm@ukwideinvestment.com 

Alternatively, in the first instance, drop Sarah a brief message on LinkedIn

A word from our Ambassadors


BAS, Dr Beatrix Schlarb-Ridley
BAS, Dr Beatrix Schlarb-Ridley
BAS, Dr Beatrix Schlarb-Ridley
BAS, Dr Beatrix Schlarb-Ridley

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Our Previous Ambassadors’ Day Brochure



Our Past Ambassador Speakers

Dr. Beatrix Schlarb-Ridley FRSB, Director of Innovation and Impact

British Antarctic Survey

Mike Peirce, Executive Director of Systems Change

The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA)

Gavin Shelton, Founder & CEO

DHL Supply Chain

Vanessa Griffiths, Deputy Director of Sustainable Business

Environment Agency

Clare Fothergill, Rothera Renewable Energy Lead

British Antarctic Survey

Chris Rea, CBE, DL, BSc, CEng, FIMechE, HonFIMechE, Managing Director

DHL Supply Chain

Mark Allan, Chief Executive Officer


Alexandra Hammond, Head of Sustainable Procurement and Supply Chain

Faraday ReLiB

Alexia Laird, Senior Sustainability Manager – Development


Simon Dawes, Head of Net Zero and Circular economy within Sustainable Business

Environment Agency

Zebrina Hanly, Head of Environment and Climate Change

Royal Mail

Jennie Colville, Head of ESG and Sustainability


Claire Atkins-Morris, Director of Corporate Responsibility


Monica Perez Lobo, Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Sustainability

Toyota Europe

Alex Sutton, Partner & Senior Ethics & Sustainability Manager – Climate

John Lewis Partnership

Professor Paul Anderson, Principal Investigator for the Faraday ReLiB project

Faraday ReLiB

Dale Eynon, Director, Defra Group Fleet Services

Environment Agency

Gabrielle Ginér, Head of Environmental Sustainability

BT Group

Richard Buckingham, Climate Change and Carbon Manager

Costain Group

Tom Cumberlege, Associate Director

Carbon Trust

Industry feedback 

Impactful, collaborative event – probably the best one I have attended in the last year mainly due to the strategic level and passion of the attendees and the thought provoking questions.

Claire Atkins-Morris

Director of Corporate Responsibility, Sodexo UK & Ireland

A truly inspiring event that perfectly balanced hard hitting evidence of climate change with clear evidence of sizeable enterprises showing leadership and making significant changes to their business practices at pace and scale. We all need to be clearer about how urgent this now is whilst showing that there is every reason to have optimism for the future.
Greg Slater

Head of Design, Decarbonisation & Environment, Treveth

It was great to meet so many passionate individuals who are driving positive changes across their organisations and industries. We all understand that systemic change is hard, and that we sometimes need to compromise when bringing everyone along on the journey to Net Zero. I found hearing attendees stories of what has worked in their industry, board room or team very interesting and very valuable. Spaces such as this are hugely valuable. Thank you to the partners, hosts and event organisers for thoughtful curation and convening. Much appreciated.
Gavin Shelton

Founder & CEO, CoFarm Foundation

We found the event enlightening and particularly enjoyed the BAS tours – holding a 4,000 year old piece of ice was our highlight. Seeing and hearing the work of BAS puts climate change into perspective and really brings the climate crisis to life.
Jennie Colville

Head of ESG and Sustainability, Landsec

The event was really good and felt the breakout rooms reminding of the science behind climate change were great.  The ice core room in particular was so impactful.
Zebrina Hanly

Head of Environment and Climate Change, Royal Mail

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Birmingham Centre for Strategic Elements and Critical Materials, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT


Birmingham Centre for Strategic Elements and Critical Materials, University of Birmingham

Birmingham B15 2TT
United Kingdom

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