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Dr Alan Knight OBE, Senior Associate

Dr Alan Knight, OBE, Senior Associate

Alan has over 25 years’ experience of working with global and national companies and governments on sustainability. He joined the world’s largest Steel company ArcelorMittal in April 2014 as their General Manager for Corporate Responsibility. Previous to that he was Sustainability Director for Business and the Community (BITC) where he oversaw all their Corporate Sustainability programmes.


Alan advised the Virgin Group on sustainable development for seven years and is still involved in the Virgin Earth Challenge: Sir Richard Branson’s $25m prize for scalable, sustainable ways of removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. Previously he has worked with companies as diverse as B&Q, Kingfisher and SABMiller.

Alan chairs the UK Task Force on Sustainable Growing Media. For nine years he was a commissioner with the Sustainable Development Commission and he introduced the concept of "choice editing" into the product policy debate.

Alan is a visiting professor at the Plymouth University Business Schools. He was also chairman of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Nature Partnership on which he remains a board member. Alan was awarded the OBE in June 1998, in 2005 the US-based Rainforest Alliance presented him with a lifelong award and in 2013 he was made an honorary fellow of the Society for the Environment.

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