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Lindsay Hooper, Director, Executive ProgrammesLindsay Hooper, Director, Executive Programmes

Lindsay is Director of Executive Programmes at CISL, a role that includes CISL's executive seminars, its Master's-Level graduate study programmes and its portfolio of customised leadership programmes for major corporate and public sector clients. Lindsay has over ten years' experience of developing and delivering programmes that help leaders to respond to global issues in ways that reconcile profitability, competitiveness and long term sustainability. She joined CISL in 2000 following a previous role as Director of Studies at the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation, a think tank focused on the future of the financial services sector.

Paul BegleyPaul Begley, Director, Customised Programmes

Paul leads CISL’s customised programmes portfolio. Since joining in August 2011, he has designed programmes to help organisations such as Arup, the African Development Bank, Standard Chartered and Tata understand and respond to the changing context. He has overseen the internationalisation of the portfolio and has delivered programmes in Brazil, India and Singapore. Prior to CISL, Paul worked at AccountAbility, a think-tank for sustainability where he provided research and consulting for clients such as the European Commission, Microsoft and State Grid. He ran the King Khalid Award for Responsible Competitiveness, a prestigious annual award and capacity-building programme which nurtures responsible business practice in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and he also led the development of the first corporate citizenship review for the world’s largest company. Paul is a competitive cyclist and has completed run four marathons and an ultramarathon.

James BeresfordJames Beresford, Senior Programme Manager

James is a Senior Programme Manager at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), where he leads the design and development of CISL’s online courses. Since joining in 2011 he has worked across CISL’s portfolio of executive education programmes, including as Programme Manager for The Prince of Wales's Business & Sustainability Programme. Prior to joining CISL James worked as a carbon and energy management consultant at an independent analyst firm, but he began his career at the University of Cambridge as a researcher for a global initiative on The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), and global nature tourism for the Natural Capital Project. James holds an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London and a BA Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge.


Photograph of Lucy BighamLucy Bigam, Senior Project Manager

Lucy Bigam joined CISL in August 2010 and is a Senior Project Manager working in the Executive Programmes team. Lucy has worked on a range of Customised Programmes for various clients, most recently these include: the African Development Bank, Unilever, Sainsbury’s and Lloyds Market Association. Prior to joining CPSL she worked as a coordinator at Inspire East, the centre of excellence for sustainable communities in the East of England, where she ran training programmes and events for built environment and community development practitioners. Her past experience also falls in the rural and economic development fields where she worked on numerous European-funded projects including UK Leader+, the European Leader Observatory, European Structural Fund and European Rural Development Fund projects. Lucy graduated from the University of Birmingham and hold a BA Hons degree in Geography.

Alexandra BrunnerAlexandra Brunner, Senior Project Manager

Alex is a Senior Project Manager in the Graduate Programmes team. She has over 6 years’ experience working in the Higher Education sector specifically in the area of Executive Education. She currently manages the part-time professional Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Value Chains and supports the other graduate programmes that CISL run. In addition to being an experienced project manager she has experience in marketing, legal contracts, quality & accreditation, student liaison, Freedom of Information & Data Protection. Prior to joining CISL she worked at Girton College, Cambridge as the Records Manager and had responsibility for the College’s adherence to Data Protection & Freedom of Information Acts. She also worked at the Royal Household as a Records Assistant. Alex holds a BA (Hons) degree in History from Durham University and an MA in Archives & Records Management from the University of Liverpool.

Photograph of Jemma CobboldJemma Cobbold, Senior Project Manager

Jemma Cobbold joined CISL in 2000 having worked previously in the retail and software industries. She has provided programme and event management support on a number of CISL's programmes and is currently a Senior Project Manager working on The Prince of Wales's Business & Sustainability Programme. Jemma holds a degree in Psychology and Drama.

Beverley 161x168Beverley Cornaby, Programme Manager

Beverley joined CISL in February 2011 to work within the Executive Programmes Team. Beverley leads in the development and delivery of a number of customised programmes, with recent clients including Business in the Community Northern Ireland, EDF Energy, Jaguar Land Rover and Saint-Gobain. Beverley also works closely with the NHS Sustainable Development Unit in the development and delivery of the Leadership Programme for Sustainable Development in the Health and Care Sector, and previously worked with the UK Green Building Council on the Sustainability Leadership in the Built Environment Programme. Before joining CISL, Beverley spent ten years working in the public sector, in local, regional and then national government, most recently working for the Sustainable Development Commission with a particular focus on education and health policy.

Leila CoupeDr Leila Coupe, Project Manager

Leila is responsible for the project management of a wide portfolio of events and projects for the Executive Programmes team, specifically now working on customised programmes with clients from across the globe, including many of the FTSE 100 companies, and for organisations such as the World Bank. Since joining CISL she has also worked across other high profile events including a climate change training conference with Al Gore, CISL’s accredited programmes and managed events on behalf of The Prince of Wales’s Business & Sustainability Programme, Leila has responsibility for reviewing operational processes and procedures, as well as various training activities within the team. Before this, Leila graduated in Medicine and prior to joining CISL, worked as a medical doctor in acute medical services in the UK, and for three years in New Zealand.

Louise de MuscoteLouise de Muscote, Programme Manager

Louise joined CISL in 2012 as Programme Manager within Executive Programmes. Louise has worked for over 12 years in corporate communications. Prior to joining CISL, she worked at Flag Communication, a leading corporate reporting and communications company, where she was a sustainability Account Director. Louise provided consultancy and led reports and communications for a wide range of national and international clients. Previous to working in sustainability, Louise worked in investor relations with a UK and European client base. Louise is a graduate of the University of Oxford, where she read Modern Languages. 

Dr Louise DriffillDr Louise Driffill, Senior Programme Manager

Louise joined CISL in June 2012, and is a Senior Programme Manager within the Executive Programmes team. She is deputy course director for the Master of Studies in Sustainability Leadership and directs the Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business, as well as fostering relationships with other departments within the University of Cambridge. Prior to joining CISL, Louise spent five years working in local government on various public policy issues, including waste, transport and health. Most recently, she led a large local authority’s strategic policy and financial planning process, and headed up their graduate development programme. Louise holds a BA in Geography, and an MPhil and PhD in Environmental Policy from the University of Cambridge. Her doctoral thesis looked at stakeholder engagement and public participation in UK waste planning and policy.

Photograph of Theo HackingDr Theo Hacking, Director, Graduate Programmes

Before embarking on an academic career Theo spent 15 years working in industry and as a consultant in the fields of environmental management and sustainable development. From 2003 to 2006 he took a career break to undertake research towards a PhD at Cambridge, which involved an investigation into the 'Sustainability Assessment' of mining projects. After another short stint working in industry, Theo returned to Cambridge’s Engineering Department in 2008 as a Senior Research Associate. In this role he oversaw the establishment of an industry-funded research programme into energy efficiency in the built environment, and supervised research by Master's and PhD students. At CISL Theo's primary responsibility is acting as the Programme Director for the Master of Studies in Sustainability Leadership.

Sarah HaywardSarah Hayward, Project Manager

Sarah joined CISL in July 2013 to work within the Executive Programmes team, including on the Climate Innovation Programme and The Prince of Wales's Business & Sustainability Programme. Prior to joining CISL she worked at Carbon Leapfrog, a business-led charity, as Corporate Development Manager, developing relationships with the professional services sector, including FTSE100 companies, to create programmes and broker pro bono support into community-based low carbon projects. Previously, Sarah worked as Project Manager at the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges developing and delivering an international mechanism for embedding corporate social responsibility and behaviour change across the sector. Sarah holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Environmental Science from the University of Manchester and has published articles in the Times Higher Education, the Environmentalist and University Business.

Photograph of Han HuttonHan Hutton, Project Co-ordinator

Hanno Hutton joined CISL's marketing team in March 2007 to work on Al Gore's Climate Project. Since then he has worked on various projects including The Prince of Wales's Business & Sustainability Programme, the Climate Innovation Programme and the Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business. Prior to working at CISL Han worked as a photographer and printed textile designer. Han holds a BA (Hons) in Art History.

Photograph of Fergus KirkpatrickFergus Kirkpatrick, Graduate Programmes Manager

Fergus is the Graduate Programmes Manager for the Master of Studies in Sustainability Leadership at CISL. He took up this role in January 2014 after three years as a Project Co-ordinator in the Business Platforms team. Fergus was a co-ordinator for the Natural Capital Leaders Platform and has been involved in a wide range of CISL events and initiatives including the Natural Capital Leadership Compact, Right Value for Externalities collaboration and The Prince of Wales’s Business and Sustainability Programme UK 2012. He holds a BA in Event Management from the University of Derby and a HND in Multimedia Design from The Manchester College.

Bethany Knights-PrinceBethany Knights-Prince, Project Co-ordinator

Bethany Knights-Prince joined CISL in March 2014 as part of the Executive Programmes team, assisting with the co-ordination and delivery of a range of CISL's seminars working primarily within the Graduate Study team. Prior to working at CISL Bethany worked in administrative roles within the University of Cambridge. Bethany holds a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science from the University of East Anglia.

Ellen MumfordEllen Mumford, Project Co-ordinator

Ellen joined CISL in January 2012. Prior to joining CISL Ellen worked as a co-ordinator for a research grant at the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, and as an Admissions Assistant at Canterbury Christ Church University in Kent. At CISL, Ellen is part of the Executive Programmes team, assisting with the delivery of a wide range of customised and graduate-study accredited programmes. Ellen holds a BA (Hons) in American Studies with Media and Cultural Studies.

Emma SivyerEmma Sivyer, Project Co-ordinator

Emma joined CISL in September 2011. Previously, Emma spent six years working for one of the UK’s leading supermarket retailers as a Customer Service Team Leader. At CISL, Emma is part of the Executive Programmes Team and assists with the delivery of a wide range of executive and custom programmes. She holds a BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature from the Open University.

Janna Tweed 161x168Janna Tweed, Project Manager

Janna works on The Prince of Wales’s Business & Sustainability Programme, the Climate Innovation Programme and the Leadership Programme for Sustainable Development in the Health and Care Sector. Prior to this, Janna worked for China–Britain Business Council on special projects and events, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as Deputy Team Leader of the China Bilateral / Internal Team, working on policy development with regard to the UK’s diplomatic relationship with China. She holds a BA (Hons) in Tourism Business Management from the University of Birmingham.

Photograph of Aris VrettosAris Vrettos, Director, Open Programmes

Aris is responsible for CISL’s open executive education programmes. He specialises in corporate sustainability and helps companies understand the implications and possibilities that sustainability creates for business. He is the global Director for The Prince of Wales's Business & Sustainability Programme that runs seminars in Cambridge, Brussels, Cape Town, Sydney and São Paulo and leads CISL’s programmes on sustainable health and climate innovation. He was previously a senior advisor at the NGO think-tank, AccountAbility where he advised global organisations on leadership and sustainability. He helped General Electric and Merck design and implement their global sustainability and stakeholder engagement strategies and worked with the IFC and the UN Global Compact to promote sustainable finance and business innovation in emerging markets. He is a trained economist and journalist and holds an MSc in international money and banking from the University of Birmingham.

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