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Craig Bennett Senior Associate

Craig Bennett, Senior Associate

Craig Bennett is CEO of The Wildlife Trusts 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 Chief Executive of The Wildlife Trusts in April 2020, with the ambition of putting a third of the UK’s land and sea into nature recovery by 2030.

Craig was previously CEO of Friends of the Earth where he refocussed the organisation on its unique role of empowering communities to take action to tackle the climate and ecological crisis. This resulted in a step-change in the scale and impact of the movement with over 200 new Friends of the Earth community groups set up during his tenure. Craig led Friends of the Earth to numerous campaign victories including on bees, fracking and against the expansion of Heathrow Airport.

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.

He has a BSc (Hons) in Human and Physical Geography from The University of Reading and an MSc in Biodiversity Conservation from University College London, and an Honorary Doctoral degree from University College of Estate Management (UCEM).

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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