ENVIRONMENT & ENERGY COMMITTEE
Breakfast Briefings, 28 February 2017
Breakfast Briefings, 01 March 2017
Helen Cochrane, Director, Meinhardt Infrastructure and Environment Ltd, manages Meinhardt’s environmental and sustainability services. Helen has over 28 years of experience in all aspects of environmental assessment, management, monitoring, audit, sustainability and green building assessments and has over 22 years of experience in Hong Kong. Helen has notable expertise in directing complex multi-disciplinary environmental assessments of large infrastructure projects for both public and private clients and guiding projects through the Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance process and is an active and prominent figure in the environmental services industry in Hong Kong.
Hugo's role is to facilitate, monitor and coordinate the development of the Chamber’s business policy activities, and promote the best interests of the Chamber. Hugo is the point of contact between overseas British Chambers of Commerce, as well as British business organisations. He also looks after the Financial Markets Committee, China Committee, Environment & Energy Committee, and Business Policy Unit.
David Stanton is a Director at aec Ltd., Hong Kong's largest independent ecological consultancy. He is an ecologist and Chartered Environmentalist with over 15 years’ experience in environmental consultancy and ecological research in Europe and Asia. From experience gained throughout his academic and professional career, David is familiar with a range of survey techniques and impact assessments for terrestrial, freshwater and marine systems. He is also involved in the design and implementation of ecological mitigation schemes and habitats, especially wetlands. Across a wide scope of projects, from private, public and NGO sectors, David and his team continue to bring in-depth knowledge on local and regional conservation issues, taking into account geographical factors and biodiversity implications.
Emma is Group Sustainability and CSR Manager for Gammon Construction Limited. She joined Gammon in 2015 and is responsible for advising on project-specific environmental issues as well as driving sustainability initiatives across the Gammon group. She also promotes and builds on Gammon's environmental, social and governance commitments and implementation of their Sustainability Roadmap 2020. Emma has about 22 years' professional experience in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Ho Chi Minh City. Her background covers environmental consulting, multi-disciplinary project management, value and construction risk management facilitation, sustainable urban design, tourism planning and business development.
Fiona is a long-term resident of Hong Kong, and active player in international business and the sustainability sector in particular. Having moved out of her first career in accountancy, Fiona has recovered and operated in various strategic and operational capacities in business development, including for two of the Big Four, and the economic development agencies of three countries (UK, HK and Scotland). Red Links’ current client base includes Hong Kong and Scottish enterprises either wholly or partially involved in sustainability/low carbon technology.
James Pearson, CEO of Pacific Risk Advisors, an Asian based ESG risk management advisory company, has over 28 years’ experience in the international environmental health safety social and sustainability risk advisory sector. He sits on the Britcham Environment and Real Estate Committees. Mr Pearson has extensive experience in management consultancy, project management and direction of multi-jurisdictional and multi facility studies addressing business and management compliance and risks from an environmental, social, governance (ESG) awareness and sustainable perspective. He has conducted numerous regulatory, risk and compliance assessments throughout Asia and has authored several chapters in “Sustainable Risk Management in China” and “Managing Business Risk”. His clients are mainly in the financial sector who are considering investments in infrastructure, manufacturing and service sectors. Mr Pearson is also a fully qualified mediator (alternative dispute resolution) under the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators with specialist expertise in environmental and sustainability related issues. He has also obtained the FT NED Diploma in Asia and is a NED of one of Asia’s leading Electronic Asset Management and Reverse Logistics Supply Chain companies.
Jim has been with China Light & Power in Hong Kong for close to 14 years, after moving from Melbourne, Australia. Jim is Project Director – Strategic Development at CLP Power Hong Kong, where he is responsible for supporting the company's future long term strategic development and regulatory regime. Jim has extensive senior management experience of electricity, gas and environmental issues with leading companies in both regulated and deregulated energy markets in the UK and Australia. Prior to his current role in CLP, Jim has been responsible for the company's long term strategic planning and the interface with the Hong Kong Government for the operation of the Scheme of Control, with earlier appointments covering CLP’s largest customers, energy efficiency and conservation and tariff design.
Jonathan Drew is a Managing Director in the Infrastructure, Energy and Export Finance Group at HSBC. Jonathan graduated with an MA in Economics from Cambridge University in England and is also qualified as a Chartered Accountant. Jonathan started his banking career more than 20 years ago in London and after working in rapidly emerging Latin America and raising capital for large scale projects in the Middle East has been based in Hong Kong since 1997 witnessing first-hand the rapid growth of Asia and notably China. During this time he has been involved in successful transactions across a wide range of sectors including advising on and arranging finance for projects that produce and deliver energy (renewable and non-renewable) and transport people and resources from source to point of consumption as well as a wide range of infrastructure projects in social and education sectors with a focus on resource efficiency and sustainability. These transactions have involved supporting projects, corporates and institutions to approach various financial markets and structuring innovative and tailored products including green bonds and loans to meet the often large and specific needs of clients in markets with very distinct financial and regulatory characteristics.
Mark Watson is Head of Sustainable Development at John Swire & Sons (HK) Ltd. having previously been Head of Environmental Affairs at Cathay Pacific Airways Limited from 2008. Throughout his career, which includes postings in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean, he has provided strategic advice to governments, aid agencies and multinationals on sustainability issues. At Cathay Pacific, Mark led on global initiatives to reduce the airline’s emissions, and authored Cathay Pacific’s Sustainable Development Strategy. He now leads the sustainable development portfolio of both Swire Pacific and John Swire & Sons, which includes aviation, property, marine, beverages, trading and industrial and agribusiness.
Martin is the Managing Director of Taycons Asia Ltd based in Hong Kong. He is a qualified Engineer with a background in Technical Sales and 35 years of global operational and management experience in the construction industry, particularly with regard to high performance coatings and waterproofing. Born and educated in the United Kingdom, Martin moved to Hong Kong in 1995 with a major Norwegian supplier of technical products and services, responsible for activities in Greater China. Since 2006, Martin has been actively promoting the installation of green roofing and green wall systems to enhance the quality of the urban landscape within the Region. More recently, he has partnered with a local recruitment firm to consult, locate and place talented individuals into the many vacancies that exist in today’s Construction market here in Hong Kong.
Pat is a Partner of Strategic Development at KPMG who oversees Corporate Social Responsibility as well as being a core member of the KPMG China Steering Committee on Climate Change & Sustainability (“CC&S”). He is also a member of the KPMG Global CC&S network. He has been active for over 9 years in the field of sustainable development in his previous capacity as a director at Central Textiles. Through his leadership Central Textiles was the first textile company in Asia to issue a Sustainability Report under the Global Reporting Initiatives (“GRI”) Guidelines in 2008. The report subsequently received an award from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (“ACCA”). Through his initiatives Central Textiles subsequently won the Gold Award for the Hang Seng Pearl River Delta Environmental Award in 2012 and the Hong Kong Award for Environmental Excellence – Manufacturing Sector in 2013. For his contribution to the textile industry with regards to sustainability, Pat received the Young Industrialist of the Year award from the Federation of Hong Kong Industries in 2009. Pat currently serves on the United Nations Economic & Social Commission for Asia Pacific (UNESCAP) on their Sustainable Business Network Task Force on Banking and finance. He was also previously the founder and Chairman of the Sustainable Fashion Business Consortium, which he continues to sit in the executive committee to push the sustainability agenda in the textile and apparel industry.
Peter is a lawyer at Jones Day advising clients on dispositions and acquisitions, debt and equity financing, joint ventures and consortiums, strategic alliances, and other capital raising ventures in the energy, natural resources, and infrastructure sectors. He has a particular interest in the Asia renewable energy sector. A Hong Kong resident since 2008, Peter has over ten years experience as a corporate lawyer. He is a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators.
Richard has been DIT's Deputy Trade Commissioner in Hong Kong for 4 years. His sector interests include Environment and Power & Renewable Energy and he has also worked on Healthcare and Education, Creative industries and a number of Hong Kong’s High Value Opportunity projects. He has previously worked as Interim Director of Resources at the Northumberland National Park Authority; on the EU’s Leader+ rural development programme in North East England; and as a member of the UK party to the ill-fated but nonetheless entertaining UNFCCC COP15 conference in Copenhagen in December 2009.
Simon Phipps has over 25 years’ experience within the insurance industry, and transferred to Hong Kong as CEO for one of the world’s largest insurance groups in 2006, before moving into strategy consulting in 2010. Having designed and implemented Hong Kong’s first ‘environmentally friendly junk’ in collaboration with students at HK University, as well as instigating numerous initiatives with NGOs across the HK SAR, Simon was invited to join BritCham’s Environment & Energy Committee in 2009. Whilst continuing to be a member of the EEC, Simon founded BritCham’s CSR Steering Group in 2012, which he also chairs.
Stuart is a Senior Consultant with ERM, the global sustainability consultancy in Hong Kong. Stuart has over ten years’ experience waste management and environmental consultancy sectors in both the United Kingdom and Asia. He has undertaken projects in Hong Kong, Mongolia, Malaysia, China and the Philippines working on a range of Waste Management, Sustainable Finance and Environmental and Social Due Diligence projects. In the UK Stuart worked with commercial and local government organizations to help them address their sustainability challenges. This included their recycling strategies and waste management infrastructure projects. Stuart also co-ordinates the ERM Foundation for the Hong Kong Business Unit; ERM donates 1% of profits globally to projects that address the following sustainability issues Low carbon development; Conservation and biodiversity; Water, sanitation and hygiene; Environmental education; and Empowering women and girls.