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Centre for Business Transformation

Aris Vrettos

Aris leads CISL’s Centre for Business Transformation, which develops and integrates new thinking, tools and strategies that enable business to play a transformative role toward a sustainable economy. The Centre contributes to CISL’s research and thought leadership in sustainable business, purpose, culture, governance and innovation and also houses our Advisory Services, Business & Nature work and the CISL Accelerator and SME Hub.

 

 

 


 

Dr Gemma Cranston, Director, Business and Nature Team

Gemma 160x200Gemma is the Director of the Business and Nature team, collaborating with companies to identify strategic approaches to address their dependencies and impacts on nature. She is leading a team who are looking to amplify business support for ambitious global action on reversing nature loss, articulate a view on what business leadership looks like in the face of the ecological crisis and identify sustainable and scalable solutions.   

 

 

 

 


 

Eithne George, Director, Sustainability Hub and Accelerator

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Eithne joined CISL in 2019, and is responsible for the strategic development and delivery of the Accelerator Programme for entrepreneurs and SMEs. 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Ben Kellard, Director of Business Strategy

Ben Kellard 1Ben leads CISL’s business strategy advisory work. He has a passion for shaping organisational purpose and strategies that unlock people’s desire to improve their own and others wellbeing, while sustaining the environmental systems the organisation relies upon. Doing so prepares organisations for the future.

He does this by helping organisations such as O2, Unilever and Burberry to develop and implement holistic leading strategies. Ben draws on over twenty years of experience as an organisational consultant, to involve a range of stakeholders to develop shared responses to complex and ambiguous sustainability challenges.


Alison Thompson, Director (Acting), Business and Nature Team

Alison ThompsonAlison has joined CISL as a Programme Director leading the Business & Nature team, whilst Gemma Cranston is on Maternity Leave. The team supports companies to understand their impacts and dependencies on nature, set evidence- based goals to address these, and align their strategies and decision-making processes to protect and restore nature, as part of CISL’s Centre for Business Transformation.

 

 

 

 


 

 

The team

Viola  Jardon, Programme Manager, Sustainability Hub and Accelerator team

Viola Jardon, Programme Manager, Sustainability Hub and Accelerator team

  • Viola joined CISL in 2019 as Programme Manager for CISL’s Accelerator, specialising in small business innovation and international networks. As a core member of the Accelerator team, Viola provides business support to small businesses and entrepreneurs to unleash innovation, and maximise sustainable impact.

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Audrey Leyland , Project Manager, Sustainability Hub and Accelerator team

  • Audrey joins us as Project Manager in the Accelerator team, spending the next few months working closely with Polly on delivering Entopia. Over the last five years, she has managed a wide range of IT and business change projects within the University of Cambridge, working with most schools, departments, Colleges and institutions, including Estates Management.

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John Pharoah, Senior Project Manager, Business and Nature Team

John Pharoah, Senior Project Manager, Business and Nature Team

  • John works within the Natural Capital Impact Group which convenes global companies wishing to better understand and manage their impacts and dependencies on natural capital. This currently includes research on the interconnected declines in quantity and quality of soil, water and biodiversity, at the landscape level.

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Dr Cath Tayleur, Senior Programme Manager, Business and Nature Team

Dr Cath Tayleur, Senior Programme Manager, Business and Nature Team

  • Cath is a Senior Programme Manager in the Business and Nature team, with a focus on projects related to biodiversity. She leads the team’s work on the Trade, Development and Environment Hub project, which aims to make international commodity trade sustainable for nature and people. She also works with businesses to create approaches to help them better understand and mitigate their impacts on nature, particularly those arising through their agricultural supply chains.

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Catherine  Weller, Programme Manager, Business and Nature Team

Catherine Weller, Programme Manager, Business and Nature Team

  • Catherine joins CISL as a Programme Manager in the Business and Nature team. She is leading the Natural Capital Impact Group to assist businesses in sustaining and restoring the natural world and its resources through its strategies and operating practices.

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Candice  Worsteling, Project Manager, Business and Nature Team

Candice Worsteling, Project Manager, Business and Nature Team

  • Since joining the team in 2018, Candice has been leading on the project management of the Catchment Leadership Network and on the GCRF Trade, Development and Environment hub research grant. She supports the work of the Business and Nature team providing research, administration, publication development and project delivery.

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Jie  Zhou , Programme Manager, Sustainability Hub and Accelerator team

Jie Zhou , Programme Manager, Sustainability Hub and Accelerator team

  • Jie Zhou joined in 2021 as Programme Manager for CISL’s Accelerator. With more than ten years’ work experience in both UK and China, Jie is passionate about bringing together leading businesses, governments, investors and emerging innovators to accelerate sustainability innovations.

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