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In Conversation With…Nic Bilham and Sarah Gordon

June 17, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Sustainability in manufacturing and construction: opportunities and challenges

Background and introduction

We’re delighted to launch our ‘In Conversation With…’ interview series, which connects key stakeholders through candid, interactive online conversations about environmental sustainability.

`The series is designed to facilitate knowledge transfer between SMEs, policymakers and experts in Cornwall, and key expert guests from further afield. We welcome questions from our audience throughout the conversation and hope these interviews stimulate further debate and, eventually, solutions to our county’s most pressing challenges in circular economy and environmental growth.

In this second session themed around Sustainability in manufacturing and construction we welcome Satarla’s CEO and Co-Founder Sarah Gordon and University of Exeter Business School and Camborne School of Mines researcher Nic Bilham, interviewed by Tevi’s Edvard Glücksman.

Featured guests

Sarah Gordon is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Satarla. She has worked in a number of fields including risk and assurance, safety, sustainability, R&D, business divestment, mine and exploration geology. These roles have allowed her to live and work all over the world including North and South America, Australasia, Africa, and Europe. In 2014, Sarah left Anglo American plc (as Head of Assurance – Safety & Sustainable Development (S&SD), Africa, and Risk Analysis Manager – S&SD Global) to co-found the risk consultancy and training organisation: Satarla. To date, Sarah, through Satarla, has worked with mining, healthcare, research & development, energy, agricultural, construction, hospitality, software, insurance, events, and financial companies, together with charities, governments, and Tech Startups. Sarah is an honorary lecturer at Imperial College London and an accredited Institute of Risk Management public and in-house course designer and trainer. She is also a Trustee of the Geological Society London as well as Geology for Global Development, and was voted as one of the 100 most inspirational women in mining 2016.

Nic Bilham is a researcher at the University of Exeter, where he is working on responsible sourcing of minerals, the relationship between mining and the circular economy, and the challenge of assuring environmental and social impact standards across complex value chains and production-consumption networks. Until 2018, he worked at the Geological Society of London for over 20 years, most recently as Director of Policy and Communications. He has a longstanding interest in interdisciplinary approaches to global societal challenges relating to meeting our resource needs sustainably. Nic is chair of trustees of Geology for Global Development (GfGD), and an Executive Council member of the International Association for Promoting Geoethics (IAPG). He holds degrees in History and Philosophy of Science (BA, University of Cambridge) and Science and Technology Policy (MSc, University of Sussex).

About Tevi

Tevi is an ERDF-funded programme supporting Cornish SMEs to grow whist contributing to Cornwall’s environmental growth priorities and circular economy transition. Tevi currently supports over 300 enterprises through bespoke consultancy services, challenge networks and a grant scheme. Tevi is delivered by the University of Exeter in partnership with Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Cornwall Council and Cornwall Development Company.

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