Smith School Advisory Board Members

Sir John Beddington (Chair)

In addition to a lengthy career in academia, John has also advised a number of governments and international organisations on issues specific to resource management, as well as the UK government on a broader range of scientific issues. From 2008-2013, John was Government Chief Scientific Adviser.

Frances Beinecke

Frances served as Natural Resource Defense Council's president from 2006 to 2015. Prior to her role as NRDC president, Frances was the organisation's executive director for eight years. In 2010, she was appointed by President Obama to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. She was a member of the U.S. Secretary of Energy's advisory board from 2012 to 2016. She currently serves on the advisory board of the MIT Energy Initiative, as well as the boards of the NRDC Action Fund, ClientEarth, the Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies, and the World Resources Institute.

Robin Bidwell

Robin Bidwell built and led the global environmental consultancy firm, Environmental Resources Management (ERM) and currently chairs UNEP - WCMC (a Cambridge-based global biodiversity centre) and LOC (a London based global marine engineering consultancy). He chairs the investment committee of Insitor (an Asia focused social impact fund) and is on the board of two Kenya based charities. His previous positions include chair of the Green Alliance, member of the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority (OFGEM) and chair of their smart grids R&D funds and adviser to ZSL Conservation Programmes. He received a CBE for services to the environment in 1999.

John Botts

John is a Senior Advisor to Allen & Company New York City. Previously, he was the Chief Executive of Citi's Investment Bank in Europe, Middle East and Africa, and he also served as Chairman of CVC's Investment Committee in Europe, Chairman of Euromoney, Chairman of UBN and Chairman of Glyndebourne. He is a Trustee of the Tate Foundation and Glyndebourne and Independent Board Member of The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Sarah Butler-Sloss

Sarah Butler-Sloss has been internationally recognised for her work in the field of green energy over the past 20 years, best known for founding the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy in 2001, which was renamed 'Ashden - sustainable solutions, better lives' in 2012. She led Ashden as Founder Director from 2001 to 2019 and is now Chair of Trustees.

Sarah Butler-Sloss also established Ashden Trust in 1989, which is one of 17 Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts. Ashden Trust supports programmes focusing on climate change, sustainable development, and improvement of the quality of life in poorer communities. Grantee project areas range from avoided deforestation, sustainable agriculture, and innovations in energy access, to connecting people to nature and sustainable finance. Some grantees include ClientEarth, Carbon Tracker, Horatio's Garden, Greenpeace and Sustainable Food Trust UK.

Sarah is a regular contributor to UK and global policy debates in the field of sustainable energy and in the DivestInvest campaign. Sarah is also a trustee of ClientEarth and on the Steering Committee of Schumacher College.

Kate Hampton

Kate is Chief Executive of the Children's Investment Fund Foundation. Kate also sits on the board of the European Climate Foundation. Current advisory roles include to the Observer Research Foundation (India) and the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development. Before joining CIFF she was Head of Policy at Climate Change Capital, a boutique investment firm with $1.5 billion under management, advising asset managers and multinational companies on clean energy opportunities.

Sir John Hood

Sir John is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Robertson Foundation. He also serves as a director on the boards of Blackstone, Aurora Energy Research, and WPP plc. In addition to these appointments, Sir John serves on the advisory board of the Mandela Rhodes Foundation, and is a trustee of the Saïd Business School Foundation. He was chairman of the Rhodes Trust from 2011 - 2019.

From 2004 to 2009, Sir John served as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford. Prior to that he served as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Auckland from 1999 to 2004.

Sam Laidlaw

Sam is a founder of Neptune Energy and became its first Executive Chairman in 2015. Previously, Sam served as CEO of Centrica plc. He has also been a member of the UK Government's Energy Advisory Panel, President of the UK Offshore Operators Association, a member of the Prime Minister's Business Advisory Group, and a Non-executive Director of both HSBC Holdings plc and Hanson plc. Sam is a Non-executive Director of Rio Tinto plc and Chairman of the National Centre for Universities and Business.

Louisa Mann

Louisa Mann is a director and family member of Skagen Conscience Capital. SCC is a privately managed and financed single-family office operating out of two UK offices, one in central London and one in the Cotswolds. SCC is a values driven organisation, both managing and monitoring a mixed portfolio of assets, from a group of directly held hotels, UK and Danish real estate and liquid fund investments. Their values of Performance, Care and Wisdom combined with their purpose of Securing a Better Future, shape all their investments and activities on a long-term horizon.

Louisa is also the Chair of Thirty Percy Foundation, a recently established foundation born out of SCC. Thirty Percy's purpose statement is: 'We're here to contribute to the future security and wellbeing of our world. We'll do this in ways that are imaginative, collaborative and unexpected. We can do this because we are an independent foundation looking to do things differently'. Thirty Percy support pioneering organisations and leaders working to accelerate the transition toward a sustainable equitable future for all. By testing, showcasing and scaling news ways of doing things they aim to help others to envisage a new normal and take swift action to achieve it.

Alongside these roles Louisa is a Trustee of Redthread, a youth work charity aiming to support and enable young people to lead healthy, safe and happy lives, predominantly thorough their hospital youth violence intervention programmes.

Cressida Pollock

Jeremy Smith

Jeremy is Head of Impact at Rede Partners, bringing Rede over 20 years' experience of investment and capital raising focused on sustainability and impact. He is a co-founder of Berkeley Energy a leading private equity firm focused upon renewable energy in emerging markets. He started his career at Credit Suisse in M&A. Jeremy is a co-founder of CDP, the world's leading disclosure system focused on environmental reporting, supported by investors representing $98 trillion of AUM.

Sir Martin Smith

Sir Martin has been involved in the financial services sector for more than 40 years. After Oxford (physics) and Stanford (MBA) Universities, he spent time at Mckinsey, Citibank and Bankers Trust company. He then founded and served as senior partner of Phoenix Securities, becoming chairman of European investment banking for Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ) following the acquisition of Phoenix by DLJ in 1997. He was subsequently a founder of New Star Asset Management, and continues to have a number of other directorships and business interests, including chairmanships of Worldwide Healthcare Trust and GP Bullhound, a technology investment bank. His pro-bono interests include serving as a founder, Chairman and latterly Life President of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and terms as Chairman of English National Opera, board member of the Royal Academy of Music, the Glyndebourne Arts Trust and the Ashmolean Museum, and Deputy Chairman of the Science Museum. He is a Governor of Ditchley Park and Director of Client Earth. In 2008, he and his family founded the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford University.