Green Skills Talks

Running throughout March and April 2021, we will be hosting a series of Broadcasts and Virtual Talks with eminent leaders from across the green skills industries. These talks to young people will showcase the breadth of roles and career choices that the green skills industries offer, with a focus on issues relevant to the green agenda.

Our Green Skills Week virtual talks are between one speaker and one school using a video calling platform. We recommend that SFS virtual talks are between 40mins and one hour long. A virtual talk can take many formats. However, we have found that there are two main formats to be considered for an impactful talk – talk with Q&A and interview format.

Impact of Our Talk Programme

93% of state school teachers said that hosting an external speaker helped to broaden students’ aspirations about potential jobs*

80% of state school teachers surveyed said that talks encourage pupils to believe in their skills and abilities*

* Research from Speakers for Schools and Education and Employers

How Our Talks Work

Broadcasts take place during the school day and outside of the school day (timings of broadcasts change in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure we are best able to support young people). Young people will not be required to download apps or software to access events. There will be no login to access broadcasts.

It is not required for students, parents, or schools/colleges to sign-up to attend Broadcasts. Information and access information about upcoming talks will be added to this page ahead of the events and sent to the Speakers for Schools’ network via email. We will also be sharing news of upcoming speakers and talks on our social media.


If you are a student and interested in tuning in to a Green Skills Week broadcast, click here for a schedule of all upcoming broadcasts.

If you are a teacher or educator and would like to find out more about our Green Skills Week broadcast series or enquire about a virtual talk for your school please contact:

  • Abbie Llewellyn-Waters, Fund Manager, Jupiter Fund Management plc

  • Alderman William Russell, Lord Mayor of the City of London

  • Alison Ogden-Newton, CEO, Keep Britain Tidy 

  • Amber Rudd, Former MP

  • Andrew Brown, Head of Sustainability, Anglian Water

  • Andy Middleton, Founder & Director, The TYF Group

  • Angus Forbes, Businessman, Philanthropist, Bankers without Boundaries

  • Anthony Osijo, CFO & Head of Relationship Management, Bboxx

  • Adam Strudwick, Principal - Perkins and Will

  • Andrew Bailey, Governor, Bank of England

  • Baroness Shriti Vadera, Chair of Prudential plc

  • Cameron Hawkins, Head of Energy and Environment, NHS Property Services

  • Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion

  • Chris Pratt, Managing Director, Hill+Knowlton Strategies​

  • David Sprout, Global Deputy Chief Executive, Deloitte LLP

  • Dr Anna Key, Director, The Landmark Trust

  • Dr. Maria Faraone, Director of the RIBA Studio, Royal Institution of British Architects

  • Dr Rhian-Mari Thomas, CEO, Green Finance Institute ​

  • Dr. Toby Willison, Director of Environment & Corporate Affairs, Southern Water

  • Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive, Historic England

  • Edward Bonhamcarter, Vice Chairman, Jupiter Fund Management plc

  • Guy Grainger, Global Head of Sustainability Services, JLL

  • Helena Bennett, Disruption & Innovation - Sustainability Lead, PwC & Advisor at Climate Vulnerable Forum

  • Hugo Tagholm, Chief Executive, Surfers Against Sewage

  • Jenny Lowthrop, Founder & Director, Feel Good Do Good

  • John Shepherd, Professor of Oceanography & Climate Change, University of Southampton

  • Jonathan Baillie, Founder, The EDGE of Existence, Former Executive Vice President and Chief Scientist, National Geographic Society

  • Julie Hill, Chair, WRAP

  • Justin Cooke, Chief Content & Partnerships Officer, FutureLearn

  • Karen Bach, Chairman, Amino Technologies & Non-Exec Director

  • Keith Anderson, Chief Corporate Officer, ScottishPower

  • Leon Freris, Engineer & Academic, Loughborough University

  • Liv Garfield, CEO, Severn Trent Water

  • Lord Adair Turner, Senior Fellow, Institute of New Economic Thinking

  • Lord James Sassoon, President, China-Britain Business Council & Former Commercial Secretary to the Treasury

  • Luke Ellis, CEO, Robyn Grew, Group COO and General Counsel, Man Group​

  • Marcus Gover, CEO, WRAP

  • Mitesh Sheth, CEO, Redington

  • Nicki Woodhead, Head of Corporate Responsibility, WHSmith

  • Patrick Ellen, Commercial Associate, Sustainable Ventures

  • Peter Foster, Public Policy Editor, The Financial Times

  • Professor Ian Bateman OBE, Professor of Environmental Economics and Director of the Land, Environment, Economics and Policy Institute (LEEP), University of Exeter

  • Richard Porter, Director of Internal Communications and Business Information Services, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

  • Ruban Yogarajah, Managing Director, Finsbury

  • Sarah Breeden, Executive Director, Bank of England

  • Sarah D'arcy, Sustainability Manager, Anglian Water

  • Sarah Mukherjee, Former CEO, Crop Protection Association

  • Sarra Mander, Chief Marketing Officer, Small Robot Company

  • Sebastian Munden, Executive Vice President & General Manager, Unilever

  • Simon Scott, Engineering Director, East West Railway Company

  • Solitaire Townsend, Author and Co-Founder of Futerra, Portfolio

  • Steve Wilkinson, Managing Partner, Advisory, EY

  • Steve Backshall MBE, Conservationist, Explorer, Author & TV Presenter​

  • Terri Duhon, Board Member, Morgan Stanley & Rathbones, Associate Fellow, Oxford University, Portfolio

  • Tom Macildowie, Education Specialist, Adobe EMEA Education Team

  • Tom Wilkins, Director of Public Affairs, Cicero Group

  • Trewin Restorick, Founder and CEO, Hubbub

Green Skills speakers