Finance Meets Sustainability | MRK’s 10th Finance Director Leadership Event

We are proud to announce that on Tuesday 16th November 2021, we will be hosting our 10th Finance Director Leadership event (1st since the start of the pandemic). The event titled ‘Finance Meets Sustainability’ will take place at Ashridge Business school in Berkhamsted.

We’ve had a number of employers asking us about the trends we are hearing from the market regarding Sustainability and ESG.

In the main, UK PLC has begun to focus on this key topic and Nicola Stopps, with her awarding winning sustainability consultancy business, has an impressive corporate client base so will be sharing what they are seeing in the market. Time will come shortly where the SME businesses will need to put more time and attention into this critical part of their business.

Having said that, less than a handful of these PLCs have devoted a specialist in finance to commit their time to understanding and driving this change – most have spread the responsibilities to wherever it falls across the finance function. Pleasingly though, we have one of these unique finance specialists in Edward Stillion from Diageo discussing the hands on and real considerations that he has found in his role.

Simply Sustainable is an award-winning sustainability strategy and integration consultancy, based in Berkhamsted. Simply Sustainable has been working with some of the UK’s biggest brands for over ten years. Their approach enables them to add tangible value to your business, regardless of where you are on your sustainability and ESG journey.

Meanwhile, Diageo is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands. The business produces an outstanding collection of over 200 brands that are enjoyed by more than 180 countries around the world.

Please be aware that numbers are limited so don’t delay in booking your place at this event.

Day Schedule

7.45am – Arrival/Networking

8.15am – Breakfast

8.45am – Presentations

9.35am – Q&A

9.45am – Networking

Guest Speakers

Nicola Stopps, CEO, Simply Sustainable

Edward Stillion, Sr Finance Business Partner – Sustainability, Diageo

About Our Speakers

Nicola Stopps

Nicola Stopps is the founder and CEO of Simply Sustainable, an award-winning sustainability strategy and integration consultancy based in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire.

Since founding Simply Sustainable in 2010, Nicola has driven the growth of the SME, which is now achieving over 40% year-on-year. Long term clients include Manchester Airport Group, London Stansted Airport, Costa, EE, Direct Line Group, easyJet, Spotify, Volkswagen, Manchester Airports Group, Berkeley Group, Central England Cooperative, Amtico and Investec.

Nicola has a proven capability to deliver high-quality projects on time and on budget. She has gained a reputation of someone who ‘gets the job done’ and has experience working in a wide range of sectors. With firm foundations in environmental management and experience in successfully implementing sustainability and ESG strategies, Nicola is nationally recognised as a leader in the field of corporate sustainability and ESG. She is a Fellow of IEMA and the RSA and sits on the CBI Energy and Climate Change Committee and was elected as a CBI Council Member for the East of England.

Nicola is committed to creating commercially sound policy to ‘Build Back Better’, ready for a new, brighter, low carbon economy in which, no one is left behind.

Nicola is a business owner, wife, mother and wild swimmer.

Edward Stillion

Like all parents, Edward wants to provide the best possible future for his children, but climate change means that the future is looking increasingly uncertain. Not content with simply addressing his own footprint, Edward wants to drive change through his work and he sees huge potential in the roles Finance functions can play in enabling businesses to transition to a sustainable future.

Being passionate about sustainability and driving change, Edward has arguably landed his perfect job. He is responsible for placing a financial lens on sustainability at Diageo by helping the business understand the risks and opportunities it faces because of climate change, understanding what it will take to deliver sustainability goals and defining how finance can be a lever to drive change in the organisation.

Edward has 13 years finance experience covering Innovation, Commercial Finance, FP&A and now Sustainability. Most recently, Edward’s work in Innovation included leading the financial development on product launches such as Gordon’s Pink Gin, Rockshore Irish Lager and Guinness 0.0% and he was responsible for systemising Innovation planning across Europe & Asia Pacific regions.

About MRK Associates

MRK’s largest division is our Finance/ Accountancy recruitment business in which we recruit accounting staff at all levels for businesses originally across the Home Counties but now across the UK.

We break down the world of accounting into its component parts and have consultants specialising across temporary and permanent recruitment across transactions, studying or qualified markets.

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