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Craig Bennett Senior Associate

Craig Bennett, Senior Associate

Craig Bennett is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Friends of the Earth and Honorary Professor of Sustainability and Innovation at University of Manchester Alliance Manchester Business School.


He has been described as “one of the country’s top environmental
campaigners”, by The Guardian as a “very model of a modern eco-general” and was recently listed as one of the UK’s top social media CEOs.

Craig started as CEO of Friends of the Earth in July 2015 following five years as Director of Policy and Campaigns. Under Craig’s campaign leadership, Friends of the Earth achieved a number of notable campaign successes such as  stopping fracking, and securing a National Pollinator Strategy to reverse the decline of bee populations. 

Prior to this, Craig was Deputy Director at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, and Director of The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group (from 2007 to 2010), where he built the group into one of the most influential and progressive business voices in the international climate debate. 

He maintains his links with the University of Cambridge, as Policy Fellow at the Centre for Science and Policy and a Senior Associate at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. He has fifteen years' experience of designing and contributing to executive education programmes at numerous universities and business schools, including the Judge Business School, London Business School, and Duke CE. He was recently appointed Honorary Professor in Sustainability and Innovation at Alliance Manchester Business School.  

Craig is Chair of the Environment and Climate Change customer challenge panel for the Anglian Water region (established as part of the OFWAT price review process) and was formerly a member of the Net Positive Board Advisory Panel for Kingfisher plc. From 2013–2015, he was Chair of the Board of Stakeholder Forum. 

Craig has a BSc (Hons) in Human and Physical Geography and an MSc in Biodiversity Conservation and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).  

Craig is a regularly appears in the broadcast media, and has had many articles printed in national newspapers such as The Guardian, The Independent and The Daily Telegraph. He is a regular columnist for the BusinessGreen.  

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