RSA Sustainability Network: In ConveRSAtion with Mike Barry, 22 Nov - RSA

RSA Sustainability Network: In ConveRSAtion with Mike Barry

Fellowship events / Research & Impact Event


The Benjamin Franklin Room, RSA House

  • Economics and Finance
  • Sustainability
  • Fellowship

Join the RSA Sustainability Network at our quarterly meeting with guest speaker Mike Barry, Director of Sustainable Business at Marks & Spencer.

As well as the chance to hear from a prominent figure in this sector, at the November meeting you can meet others in the sustainability space, find out more about Network projects and sub-groups and hear a brief update on related RSA projects. Please see below for more information on our guest speakers, as well as a full agenda.

Mike Barry is responsible for delivering M&S’ aspiration to be the world’s most sustainable retailer. Named the Guardian’s inaugural Sustainable Business Innovator of the Year in 2011, he will offer insights into the role of business in creating a sustainable future, one that works for all. Following his presentation, Mike will be In ConveRSAtion with Dr Wendy Purcell and will then take questions from the floor. 

Professor Wendy Purcell PhD FRSA of Harvard University is a Faculty research scholar at the Center for Health and the Global Environment. A bioscientist and former President Vice-Chancellor of a UK university (2007-2015), Wendy is a Council member of the United Nations University and holds director roles with UK charities, including the National Marine Aquarium and Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges. She is Chair of the Council for Healthcare Scientists and supports Foresight programs for the Government Office for Science. 


18:00 – Registration & informal networking
18:15 – Welcome & introduction (Susan Harris, Network Chair)
18:30 – Update on Network and RSA activities (Susan Harris)
18:45 – Mike Barry, Director of Sustainable Business (Plan A) Marks & Spencer, in conversation with Professor Wendy Purcell PhD FRSA
19:15 – Interactive session
19:45 – Thank you and next steps
20:00 – Informal networking and drinks
21:00 – Close

If you have any access requirements or require any reasonable adjustments, please let the team know: [email protected]. Please also let us know if you have any dietary requirements or severe allergies.

Location: Benjamin Franklin Room, RSA House, 8 John Adam Street, WC2N 6EZ

About This Network

The RSA Sustainability Network provides an opportunity for Fellows and others who work within, or have an interest in, the sustainability sphere to get together, share ideas, and help the RSA take forward its sustainability agenda.

We meet quarterly and take an action-focused approach, aiming to not only provide an opportunity for those from across the diverse sector to meet and network but also to work together to take action on key areas of interest.

If you work in sustainability or have an interest in the field, we'd love to hear from you. Get involved—learn more about the Network and its sub-groups here.

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