Energy, Environment and Sustainability Team Advisor, The Behavioural Insights Team
Jessie is an Advisor on the Behavioural Insights Team's energy, environment and sustainability team. She is working on projects encouraging sustainable food consumption as well as on building the team’s conservation portfolio. With a PhD in behavioural ecology, Jessie has held research fellowships at Aarhus University in Denmark and at the University of Arizona, where she studied the evolution of prosocial behaviour in humans and other animals.
The Behavioural Insights Team generates and applies behavioural insights to inform policy, improve public services and deliver positive results for people and communities. Formerly known as the Nudge Unit, part of the Cabinet Office in the UK government, it is now a social purpose company, partly owned by the Cabinet Office, employees and Nesta.
Food Surplus & Waste Champion, Defra
Ben is the co-founder of Hawthorn and co-founder of Quintessentially, the luxury lifestyle group and 24-hour global concierge service, which he started in London in December 2000. As the founder and chairman of the Quintessentially Foundation, it has raised in excess of £13m for charitable causes since 2008. Working with different charities, its mission is to improve the health, education and welfare of disadvantaged people, predominantly in the UK. To date, the Quintessentially Foundation has helped 10,000 school children in Enfield and Croydon through Place2Be, put funding towards a new cancer centre in London through Maggie's and assisted vital projects in Syria through War Child.
In December 2018, Ben was appointed by Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, as the Government’s first Food Surplus and Waste Champion. In July 2019, Ben was appointed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson as the Co-Chairman of the Conservative Party.
Alongside this work, Ben is a trustee of the Victoria & Albert Museum, a Chairman of the Philanthropy Board of the Royal Albert Hall and a trustee of The Eranda Rothschild Foundation, a charitable trust founded by the Rothschild family which makes donations to registered charities working in the fields of medical research, education and the arts. Ben is also the Honorary Treasurer of the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS).
Ben was educated at Eton College and graduated with a BSc in Politics from the University of Bristol. He is married with two children and lives in West London. He is passionate about London, cricket and Dorset.
Professor of Value Chain Management, Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia
Director for Regulatory Compliance, People and NI, Food Standards Agency
TV Presenter, Reporter and Writer
Daisy is an accomplished corporate facilitator and host, having hosted countless awards and moderated many conferences for a wide variety of clients – including many large multinationals, trade bodies and charities.
Daisy was ITV News' most senior female reporter, having been Chief Political Correspondent, Economics Editor and Special Correspondent. As Economics Editor she reported on the credit crunch and recession from all over the UK as well as in-depth reports on the German and French economy. She also presented ITV's Lunchtime and Weekend News and ITV's Moral of the Story. Prior to that she had a successful journalistic career with the BBC's Daily Politics and as BBC Breakfast News' Political Correspondent, as well as presenting on LBC, Channel 4 and Radio 5Live.
Daisy spent a decade in Westminster as a researcher and reporter.
Daisy's interests include all aspects of business and political life, parliament, social affairs, the economy and business. However, she also has a wide range of other interests which she writes about and comments on ranging from all aspects of family life and children's issues to penal reform, dogs and horses, motorbikes, interior design, party and planning and juggling life as a busy, working mum.
Global Strategy Partner, Edelman
Michele O'Neill is Global Strategy Partner at Edelman, the world's largest independent communications company. She is a thirty-year veteran in global communications, helping brands and business connect with consumers in ways that drive engagement and trust. She also recently took on the role of Professor in Practice with Boston University, teaching their London based Communications programme.
Independent Economic Analyst
Sean has enjoyed a 45-year career as an economist centred on food and agriculture. In 1987 he was appointed the NFU's chief economist. In 1995 he joined the Cranfield School of Management as an academic specialising in business economics and director of its flagship MBA programme. While at Cranfield he was an academic adviser to Defra on farming and rural matters. Having retired from Cranfield in 2012 he now runs a consultancy business, Sean Rickard Ltd, specialising in the economics of food and farming. Sean also has a number of extra-curricular roles: notably he is Chair of First Milk Members' Council and a non-executive director on the NFU Sugar Board.
Founder and Managing Partner, AretéWork
Once described as, “the grit in the oyster that creates the pearl”, Ruth is making a difference in the world by changing attitudes and practices relating to ethics and compliance. Following a varied international legal career, Ruth Steinholtz founded AretéWork in 2011. Areté is the Greek concept of excellence and virtue ethics – being the best one can be. AretéWork assists organisations globally to manage risk and improve results by fostering effective ethical cultures based upon values.
Ruth’s in-house corporate career began at Cadbury Schweppes plc where she combined legal work and a developing expertise in incident management. As General Counsel and Head of Ethics at Borealis AG, Ruth developed a values-based approach to ethics and compliance – employing ethics ambassadors throughout the company. This approach has been adopted globally, publicised through Ruth’s Good Practice Guide to Ethics Ambassadors written for the IBE
and many speaking engagements.
Ruth continues to advocate change through her co-authorship, with Professor Chris Hodges, of Ethical Business Practice and Regulation: A Behavioural and Values-Based Approach to Compliance and Enforcement (Hart Publishing, December 2017). Through her consulting work, Ruth helps organisations consciously develop effective ethical cultures, based upon values. Ruth is fully certified in the use of the Barrett Values Centre’s Cultural Transformation Tools; is a member of the expert panel that developed the UNODC E4J University Modules on Integrity
Follow Ruth @ruthsteinholtz, connect with her on LinkedIn and find her blog at aretework.com