CC Insight Evening – Change & Climate

CC Insight Evening – Change & Climate

TES Awards shortlisted professional networking evenings sponsored by the Old Caterhamian’s Association

Tuesday 22 February 2022, 6.30pm
Venue: The Royal Academy of Engineering, Pall Mall, London SW1Y

Join global leading lights in sustainability and psychology to explore the issue of change and climate. We’ll discuss how individuals and companies and societies cope with change, why humans resist it even when it is urgent and necessary – using climate change as a working example. After the global debates at COP-26, how can crucial changes be enacted support a more sustainable future?

Cafe-style networking with our esteemed panel of experts from across change and sustainability roles will follow the keynote speech.

Open to current & former parents, Sixth Form pupils, Old Caterhamians and friends of the School.

There is no charge for this event but booking is essential – please use the link at the bottom of this page.

Keynote speaker:

Almuth McDowall, Professor of Organisational Psychology

Almuth is an award winning researcher having recently been recognised for her work on the ‘always on culture’ by the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development. Almuth combines an active career in academia with a portfolio of consultancy activities including consultancy with organisations who have enacted significant changes including the Metropolitan Police and the NHS. In her consultancy Almuth’s key aim is to use and advance practice through the use of psychological theory for the benefit of people and organisations.


Simon Virley Partner, Vice Chair & Head of Energy and Natural Resources, KPMG
Simon is Vice Chair and Head of Energy and Natural Resources at KPMG.  He advises some of the world’s largest companies on the energy transition and the shift to Net Zero and represented KPMG at the COP26 Climate Change Conference in Glasgow in November 2021.  He has over 30 years’ experience advising on energy and climate issues.  Before joining KPMG in 2015, he spent 25 years in the UK Government, including at No10 Downing Street, HM Treasury and latterly as Director General for Energy in the Department of Energy and Climate Change between 2009-15.  Simon is a Fellow of the Energy Institute (FEI) and was awarded a CB by the Queen in 2014 for his work on energy and climate issues

Dr Niall McCormack, Managing Director and Chief Executive · CausewayGT
Niall is an executive with over 25 years of experience in the resource sector leading exploration, innovation and commercial around the world. Niall gained a degree and PhD in geology from Trinity College Dublin, after which he started in the resource sector as a geologist with BP and GNS. He worked in executive roles in Hess, Afren and BHP. In BHP Niall led global petroleum exploration, commercial and innovation. Niall is also the Chair of the Geothermal Association of Ireland. Niall’s driver is improving the world for the better and enhancing the potential of geothermal to play a big part in changing our world. What we do and what geothermal can deliver are important to building a sustainable world.

Robin Gwynn, Director, Whyteleafe Solutions focused on strategic & commercial opportunity & risk across Africa.
Robin was previously a senior British diplomat specialising in Africa, with 25 years’ track record in policy-making, negotiating and operational delivery at the heart of government in the UK and overseas. In 2014 he left the Foreign Office to set up his own consultancy business. During his government service he was twice appointed to represent the UK as a London-based Special Envoy. That included leading UK efforts to work with climate vulnerable countries in the international negotiations running up to COP 15 – from which perspective he will be basing his comments at this event.

Andrew Elmes, Head of Business Development, UK and Ireland at Siemens Gamesa
Andrew’s extensive international experience has seen him develop and execute renewable energy, engineering and infrastructure projects and portfolios. Siemens Gamesa is a leader in the renewable energy industry, working to provide the world’s best offshore and onshore wind turbines and services.
Andrew has twenty-five years’ experience building and leading large multinational teams and delivering change within military and private sector organisations.

Dr Rachel Avery, BSc MSc PhD CPsychol.
Rachel studied Psychology at the University of Kent before achieving chartered status as a research psychologist in 2012. Formerly a Lecturer at the University of Surrey, Rachel’s PhD thesis explored the strategic use of memory resources during learning, which has fuelled continued research and practice in the area of applied problem solving and design of authentic assessments in education. Dr Avery has worked organisational change projects with institutions including the BBC, Met Police and Network Rail, Rachel has published research examining working memory, personality and learning, adolescent mental health, and, pupil employability. Away from research and teaching Rachel is a keen horticulturist.

Clive Furness – Director, Contango
Clive is a senior business leader, board advisor, financial technology and business risk expert, guiding organisational transformation for ambitious SMEs to drive profitability. Clive is adept at advising business and governments towards the economic benefits of changing markets. Clive has a particular interest in overcoming resistance to change to ensure advances for both individuals and business.

Clare Black – Managing Director, Streets Consulting 
Clare leads on IF’s diversity initiatives and is passionate about tackling the issues that FinTech women face, in in a bid to instigate real change. Prior to her current role, Clare worked at Contango Markets for 10 years, a boutique consultancy in the wholesale financial markets space, encompassing capital markets analysis, derivatives exchange strategy, market infrastructure & communication. Clare was based at Reuters for 14 years, working in West Africa, New York and London as a correspondent and subsequently Editor, Commodities EMEA. Clare is also a non-executive director of two national charities for the visually impaired and a founding director of WILD London.


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