Director and Trustee Roles

Willmott Dixon Holdings Ltd – Non-Executive Director

Willmott Dixon is the second largest privately-owned company in the world of construction, regeneration and support services. It’s still very much a family enterprise: Rick Willmott represents the fifth generation of Willmotts since the company was established in 1852!

It’s seen significant growth over the last few years, and is now generating revenues of around £1 billion a year.

Forum for the Future has had a partnership with Willmott Dixon for many years, and I became a Non-Executive Director in 2010.

Construction and support services are critical economic sectors – both for the economy and for the whole sustainability agenda. We find ourselves right in the thick of today’s big debates about climate change, supply chains, Modern Slavery, building performance and so on. Willmott Dixon has set itself ambitious targets and is working hard to build sustainability into every aspect of its operations. We also produce an annual sustainability report.

Willmott Dixon Sustainable Development Review 2019

Collectively - Director

I’m one of three Directors of Collectively (see ‘Key Organisations’)

Richard Sandbrook was a great friend of mine, and one of that small band of people that helped create Forum for the Future back in the mid 1990s.

Tragically, Richard died in 2005, after an extraordinary career in the environment and development world, going right back to the early 1970s. (If you check out the website, you’ll see a ‘timeline’ for Richard’s career, tracking his own endeavours against the growth of interest in environment and development issues).

His death was a terrible blow to all those who’d worked with Richard over the years, all over the world. The most fitting thing we felt we could do was to set up a Trust in his name, to help promote one of the things he did best throughout his life – bringing together people who would normally find it very difficult to talk to each other to help solve some of the world’s most pressing sustainability issues.

He did this with such humour and native wit that people couldn’t help but find the common ground between them!

The Trust is chaired by my Forum Co-Founder, Sara Parkin.

Advisory Committees

Liontrust Sustainable Advisory Committee – Member
Sime Darby Plantation – Independent Advisor to the Board

Other Advisory Roles

The National Forest – Ambassador
WWF-UK - Fellow

Professional and Academic

Keele University – Chancellor

Magdalen College, Oxford – Fellow

Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability – Honorary Fellow

Institute of Environmental Sciences – Honorary Fellow

Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Managers – Honorary Fellow

Schumacher Institute – Distinguished Fellow

RIBA – Honorary Member

RTPI – Honorary Fellow

Schumacher Society Lifetime Achievement Award

Edie Sustainability – Lifetime Achievement Award 2020

Honorary Degrees from the following Universities

Liverpool John Moores

Queen’s University Belfast
University of Central England
University of the West of England