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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership


Lindsay leads the Institute’s Education team which support major organisations and individual leaders internationally to build the capability to create the future we want, aligning commercial performance with the delivery of positive outcomes for society. This spans strategic engagements with major companies to integrate sustainability into business strategy and operations, customised education programmes to build leadership capability, international executive and practitioner seminars, and growing portfolios of graduate and online programmes to challenge, inform and support individuals to lead change.

Paul Begley, Director, Strategy Programmes

Since joining the Institute in 2011, Paul has designed learning journeys to help individuals and organisations anticipate and respond to the changing context in ways which deliver performance. Each programme has been outcome-oriented - helping learners achieve their specific goals from informing capital investment decisions or advancing their strategic thinking, to creating approaches to the circular economy, finding pathways to Net Zero products or breaking down silos across complex organisations. 

Dr Theo Hacking, Director, Graduate Programmes & Research Strategy

Dr Theo Hacking is the Director of the Graduate Programmes & Research Strategy at CISL. He is particularly interested in how sustainability can be incorporated into design and decision-making, including the process and tools that can be used to support this.

Theo joined CISL in February 2010 and, besides overseeing and developing the institute’s portfolio of graduate programmes, he is the Director of the Master’s in Sustainability Leadership. He has also been contributing to the establishment of CISL’s Research Catalyst and the Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellowship Programme. He is a Fellow and Director of Studies in Engineering at Homerton College.

Gillian Secrett, Director, Leadership Programmes

Gillian Secrett has recently joined CISL to head a new Leadership programmes portfolio which puts sustainability at its core. Her focus is on supporting major organisations to build the leadership capacity they need to respond to strategic sustainability challenges; to innovate and collaborate in creating value that meets society’s needs; and to be influential in shaping the future we want. 

Lucy Bruzzone, Programme Director

Lucy leads CISL’s executive education engagement with China and in particular is responsible for the delivery of key cities-focused programmes for Chinese government officials including the Beijing Municipal and Guangdong Provincial Governments. Since 2018 Lucy has been the Chair of the Business & Sustainability Programme in Chile and Australia. She also coordinates CISL’s wider engagement with cities and the built environment and delivers sustainability programmes for the real estate sector. 

Dr Kayla Friedman Programme Director

Kayla is Course Director for the University of Cambridge’s Master’s and Postgraduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment (IDBE) and Senior Programme Manager at Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

Martin Roberts, Director, Digital Learning Programmes

Martin leads CISL’s open, customised and blended digital learning programmes.  He is an expert in digital education, sustainability, and business leadership, having worked in diverse sectors around the world, including the private and public sectors in several African countries, where he built the capability of leaders to address their natural resource challenges. 

Martin has a passion for applying technology to make education accessible and at the scale needed to accelerate change and address challenges in the 21st century. With other subject matter specialists he has designed and delivered CISL’s portfolio of popular online courses that have already equipped thousands of business leaders to effectively reshape their organisations and apply innovative business models of the future.

Alice Spencer, Programme Director

Alice joined CISL in 2017 and is responsible for developing and delivering customised executive education programmes for senior leaders. She is also responsible for delivering CISL’s annual series of programmes in Australia and for the Cambridge Earth on Board programme, which equips non-executive directors to engage with strategic business decisions to align sustainability and profitability.

Prior to joining CISL, Alice worked for several years in Australia and New Zealand in Corporate, Not-for-Profit and Regional Government roles engaging with national and corporate strategies and social and environmental impact projects. These included working across several large (150,000-400,000 hectare) cattle stations in the Northern Territory, Australia with R.M.Williams and writing the Natural Resource Management Plan for catchments and islands adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland.

Thomas Vergunst, Programme Director

Thomas joined CISL’s Executive Education team in April 2017. Over recent years his work has focused on the sustainable use of resources with a particular emphasis on the policy measures and business strategies that can be used to encourage a shift towards a more circular economy.

Since completing his MSc in Soil Science in 2006 Thomas has been involved in various aspects of the environmental sector. He has spent time working for a multinational environmental consultancy in the area of land contamination and has also worked as a researcher for the London based charity Waste Watch (now part of Keep Britain Tidy). Prior to joining CISL Thomas worked for Eunomia Research & Consulting where he focused on, among other things, UK and European waste and resource policy and promoting the sustainable use of resources within a circular economy.