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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.

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 the Course Director for the University of Cambridge’s Master’s and Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainability Leadership for the Built Environment (IDBE) and a Programme Director in the postgraduate education team at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL).

Michael Nowlis, Programme Director

Prior to joining CISL, Michael held teaching and leadership positions at international business schools in the US and Europe. For over twenty years, he directed Cornell University MBA and executive programmes In New York, Paris and at the main campus in Ithaca, NY. 

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. 

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.

Charlie Thompson, Programme Director – Digital Learning, Executive Education

Charlie is Digital Learning Programme Director at CISL, responsible for scaling the development and reach of the organisation’s digital programmes. She is also Co-Convenor of CISL’s Sustainable Marketing & Brand Management open online course.

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.


Assistant Education Team Manager
Nicole Gray
Project Coordinator
benjamin combes
Programme Manager
Sophie Bellow
Project Coordinator
Sharon Jenkins
Project Manager – Digital Learning Team
Chris Andrews
Executive Education Programme Analyst
Chloe Gibbs
Project Coordinator
Kamila Lembrych-Turek
Project Manager
Craig Ireton
Project Coordinator
Mona Betour El Zoghbi
Programme Manager