Fresh talent joins Board of Trustees at leading sustainability charity

Forum for the Future is pleased to announce five new recruits have joined its Board of Trustees, bringing with them a wealth of skills and experience.

The newcomers’ rich mix of careers and work in the non-profit sector cover a wide breadth of disciplines and skills, which will serve to add further value to the organisation’s already distinguished Board.

Among them is a former Big Six energy boss, a broadcast journalist, a chartered accountant, a noted engineer and a former head of communications at Amnesty International.

Sally Uren, Forum for the Future CEO, said: “Forum has two main challenges going forward: one, to implement an ambitious strategy around system innovation; and two, to build successful operations in the US, Asia Pacific and India. Our new trustees will help on both counts.”

The new trustees take up their posts alongside six existing members, including chair Keith Clarke CBE, and Forum founders Jonathon Porritt CBE and Sara Parkin OBE.

Mr Clarke said: “As we bid a fond farewell to three former trustees, we are delighted to welcome the rich mix of new skills and expertise that our five new trustees bring to the table at what is a very exciting time in Forum’s history.”

As trustees, they are responsible for ensuring that Forum abides by its charitable aims, works within the law and delivers its mission effectively. The Board oversee the policies and objectives of Forum and ensure that our work is monitored and evaluated effectively.

Volker Beckers, former Group CEO at RWE npower, said he was attracted to working for Forum partly because of its people, but also because of the potential he sees to create significant change driving the sustainability agenda.

He said: “I am a firm believer in transformative change and that is what Forum is all about. If I can do anything to accelerate that change and make a contribution that would be fantastic.”

“I have more than two decades’ experience working in energy, so will certainly be able to add a new dimension and approach to certain projects, as well as some expertise in programme management and hopefully a little bit of fun,” he added.

Lucy Siegle, the environmental journalist and broadcaster, said she was delighted to be joining the Board of an organisation that had achieved so much in the sustainability sector, and hoped to use her passion for straight-talking and jargon-free language to bring Forum to the attention of a broader audience.

She said: “I would really like to push the brand out there, and ideally get everyone in the UK to know who Forum is. I am really interested in getting out to the places not reached before, people who aren’t necessarily from Oxbridge and don’t have the intellectual view of sustainability, people who don’t think sustainability is for them.”

A who’s who of the new trustees

Volker Beckers – Volker has built up more than 20 years’ senior experience within the utility industry and has a comprehensive knowledge of European energy markets. He was Group CEO, RWE Npower plc until the end of 2012 and prior to this, its Group CFO from 2003 to 2009. He is currently non-executive Director, HM Revenue & Customs, sits on the Advisory Board of the EU Centre for Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS) at King’s College and is Chair of the Advisory Board of Erasmus Centre for Future Energy Business at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University.

Kelvyn Derrick OBE – Kelvyn has international business experience extending more than 40 years and was awarded the OBE for services to engineering and international trade in the 2009 New Year’s Honours List. Until 2007 he was the Chief Executive of Hamworthy plc, leading its transformation into an innovative technology company with international scope. In the past 15 years he has held many Non-Executive Director roles including Deputy Chair of the SW Regional Development Agency and Chair of the Society of Maritime Industries.

Lucy Siegle – Lucy is a journalist and broadcaster specialising in environmental and social justice issues and ethical consumerism. She joined The Observer in 2000 and has been a columnist since 2004. Ten years ago she founded the Observer Ethical Awards (OEAs). Her book on the fashion industry and the need for urgent ethical reform, ‘To Die For: is fashion wearing out the world?’, was nominated for the Orwell Prize for investigative non-fiction in 2012. Since 2007, Lucy has broadcasted for the BBC’s One Show.

Fiona Thompson – Fiona is a Chartered Accountant with a doctorate in politics and economics, and has been involved in the energy sector for her entire career, most recently focusing on power projects in sub-Saharan Africa. She is a board member of several not-for profit organisations in the international development, education and arts fields, including Vice-Chair of CARE International UK, and governor of a further education college.

Anita Tiessen – Anita has worked in international development and human rights for more than two decades. She is currently the Deputy Executive Director for UNICEF UK, leading on the organisation’s communications, policy influencing and UK programmes work, including its work on climate change and sustainable development goals. Previously, she was Head of Communications at Amnesty International’s headquarters.

About Forum for the Future

Forum for the Future is an independent non-profit that works globally with business, government and others to solve complex sustainability challenges. We believe it is critical to transform the key systems we rely on to shape a brighter future and innovate for long-term success.

We have a 18-year track record of working in partnership with pioneering partners; advising and challenging organisations such as Unilever, Pepsico, Skanska, Akzo Nobel and Telefonica O2.

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