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Yorkshire Sustainability Conference – Day one: Living Sustainably

How do we achieve living sustainably from fashion, tech, healthcare to food and most importantly, nature.

Tue 04 Jul | £150

09:00 - 17:00


Cloth Hall Court, Quebec St, Leeds LS1 2HA

Living Sustainably

The Yorkshire Sustainability Conference is the BIG event taking place during YSW. Join with like-minded attendees across the two days and listen to internationally recognised speakers and the trailblazers working towards their sustainability goals.

Day one focuses on the themes of living sustainably, covering:

  • Nature
  • Food
  • Fashion
  • Tech
  • Healthcare
  • Going Green

Each track will include two keynote sessions on our Inspire stage, two panels dedicated to the 17 UN SDGs, focused talks from industry leaders and an exhibition hall to meet and connect with those working in sustainability in those sectors.

Who attends

Whether you’re a seasoned sustainability expert or just starting out, this conference is for anyone who wants to hear from experts in the field and learn more about initiatives that are already happening across Yorkshire and the UK.

The Yorkshire Sustainability Conference is a place where industry thought leaders come together to network with like-minded individuals all committed to making a difference. We welcome everyone from the start-up community through to established businesses who want their voices heard on issues that matter.

You can also sign up for Day 2 of our conference – Future Cities.


09:30 – 09:40 – Opening speech, Kate Hutchinson and Eve Roodhouse: Herringbone Suite

09:40 – 10:30 – Keynote: From protest to progress: Herringbone Suite – Areeba Hamid, Co-Executive Director and Greenpeace and Clover Hogan Executive Director & Founder at Force of Nature

09:45 – 10:30 – Panel: The future of retail in a green world – what will change about our retail habits as we adapt to a green future: Denim Room- Panel session with: Sonya Bachra Byrne, Multi award-winning British brand Consultant, Professor Steve Russell, Professor of Textile Materials & Technology at University of Leeds, Josie Warden, 3rd Exploring Generation at Volans and Dr.Esther Pugh, Senior Lecturer, Leeds Business School, Leeds Beckett University, Bo Carter, Sustainable Fashion Designer, Bo Carter, Zaqiya Cajee, Founder & CEO, SwopItUp

09:45 – 10:30 – Panel: Building a Sustainable Future: Green buildings for the NHS: Wool Room- Panel session with – Georgia Halston, Group CEO at Halston Group, Jordan Appleson, CEO at Hark and Jonathan Sylvester, Senior Project Manager at NHS LTHT, Caroline Wherritt. Founder and CEO Re:work.

10:45 – 11:30 – Panel: Taking a deep-dive into the Greentech scene in Yorkshire: Denim Room- Revannth N Murugesan, Founder/CEO at ANTONYM, Stuart Clarke MBE, Director, Paceline Digital, Jyoti Mishra, Deputy Director of AIMTech Research Centre & Associate Professor in Information Management, , Kelly Weston, COO, The Data City, and Angela Channer, Principal Software Craftsperson, Condurance.

11:00 – 12:00 – Keynote: Changing the face of food in the UK: Herringbone Suite- Jo Fairley, Co Founder at Green & Black’s and Pam Warhurst at Incredible Edible CIC

11:00 – 11:30 – Navigating the world of B Corp and ESG: Cotton Room- Susanna Jackson – Beyondly

12:00 – 13:00 – Lunch Break

13:00 – 13:30 – Key note: To be or not to be sustainable retail in action:  Herringbone Suite- Andrew Ostcliffe, Oxfam

13:15 – 14:00 – Panel: Skills for the Greentech future: Denim Suite- Antonio Tombanane, Founder at The Edge Hub, Jane Barrett, Founder at The Career Farm, Lella Halloum, Digital Change Maker, IBM and Rich Kenny, Managing Director at Interact & Adam Cockburn, Head of Architecture Practice, Axiologik Ltd

13:15 – 14:00 – Panel: Inclusive Conversations: Sustainability for the Entire NHS Workforce: Cotton Room- Georgia Halston, Group CEO at Halston Group, Olivia Simpson, CEO at Symbiotex, Frank Swinton Climate Change Lead, Airedale NHS Trust, Pete Waddingham National Net Zero Lead for the AHSN Network and Clive Spooner, Group Training Manager at Vernacare

13:45 – 14:15 – Keynote: 1% for the City: Herringbone Suite- Mike Quate, Senior Business Leader & Consultant, Sat Mann, Business & Change Strategy Leader & Wellbeing Coach and Anna Ashford, Head of Alt Legal

14:15 – 15:00– Panel: Healthy Food, Healthy Planet – how can Yorkshire lead the way: Denim Room- Jonathan Straight, Purposeful entrepreneur and food waste campaigner at Surplus Group, Andy Needham, Owner & Managing Director at Surplus Group, Tess Kelly, Head of External Engagement at Quorn Foods, Dev Sharma,Youth MP & Food Activist, UK Youth Parliament, Ali Morpeth, Healthy & Sustainable Diets @WWF, and Cllr Abigail Marshall-Katung, Councillor, Leeds City Council

14:30- 15:00- Panel: Herringbone Suite- Chris Kelly, Associate Director, Estates Compliance & Risk at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Matt Greenhill, Senior Sustainability Consultant at WRM, Phil Mottershead, Project Development Director at Vital Energi.

15:00- 15:30- Keynote: Supporting The Development of a Circular Economy for
Medical Devices:
Herringbone Suite- Vee Mapunde, Programme Director at NIHR Surgical MedTech Co-operative. 

15:00 – 15:45 – Panel: Bio-Diversity: What can Yorkshire do to rewild our lands: Wool Room- Helen Neave, Director at Make it Wild, Jeff Davitt, Chair at Yorkshire Rewilding Network and Dr Colm Bowe, Nature North Development Manager at Nature North, Phoebe Hanson, Coordinator, Mock COP and Steve Carver, Director, Wildland Research Institute.

15:15 – 16:15 – Panel: How can my business contribute to a better future: Denim Room- Steve Bennett, Founder & MD of Business of Science, Ben Tolhurst, Director, Business Declares, Liz Barber, Chair of Yorkshire & Humber Climate Commission, Danielle Heward, Founder, Optimo, and Tim Frenneaux, Radical, Tim Frenneaux & Co,  Hannah Cox, Sustainable Impact Agency, betternotstop

15:15 – 15:45 –Everything you always wanted to know about food waste (but were afraid to ask): Cotton Room- Andy Needham and Jonathan Straight, Surplus Group

15:45 – 16:15 – Keynote: Leading the Charge of the Greentech Scene: Herringbone Suite- Jordan Brompton, Co Founder and CMO at myenergi

16:15 – 16:30 – Closing remarks, Kate Hutchinson: Herringbone Suite

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