The future of the circular economy
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The Circular Economy is an economic system that aims to ‘close the loop’ by eliminating waste and the continue use and re-use of resources. It is more than environmental sustainability as it provides a framework for thinking that can help create business opportunities. 

Our five speakers, from different sectors and perspectives, will offer their insights to what the Circular Economy is, how it operates and offer clear examples. The sessions are designed to help businesses, non-for-profits and individuals make better use of resources and make significant changes in how they operate as individuals or organisations. 

There will be a Question and Answer session where you will have the opportunity to ask how the Circular Economy might apply to your circumstances.

All sessions are held from 12:00-13:00. Please register your place via the above link.   

  • Monday 6 July: Keep your feet on the ground
  • Tuesday 7 July: Building a business for a Circular Economy
  • Wednesday 8 July: Two minutes to change the world? Kickstart your collaborations now...
  • Thursday 9 July: What does the future of the hospitality industry look like in the circular economy? Also, being a good leader
  • Friday 10 July: Circular Economy in action

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Plymouth Business School Speaker Sessions

Self-confessed veg nerd, Guy has over the last 30 years taken Riverford from one man and a wheelbarrow delivering homegrown organic veg to friends, to a national veg box scheme delivering to around 80,000 customers a week.

Guy is an opinionated and admired figure in the world of organic farming, who still spends more time in the fields than in the boardroom. Twice awarded BBC Radio 4 Farmer of the Year, Guy is passionate about sharing with others the organic farming and business knowledge he has accumulated over the last three decades.

His video rants have provided a powerful platform to do this, with a video on pesticides going viral on Facebook to reach 5.6 million views and 91,000 shares. His weekly veg box newsletters connect customers to the farm with refreshingly honest accounts of the trials and tribulations of producing organic food, and the occasional rant about farming, ethical and business issues he feels strongly about.

In June 2018, Guy handed over the reins of Riverford to its staff, choosing employee ownership as the model that will protect Riverford's ethical values forever and ensure the security of its employees.



Monday 6 July: Keep your feet in the ground

Guy Singh-Watson, Riverford Organic Farms

Helen is the founder of Davy J, a British swimwear brand that creates high-end active swimwear, all manufactured in the UK and made using yarn regenerated from 100% waste materials including fishing nets and other waste.

Davy J creates swimwear that is designed to ‘survive a dive’ and targeted at active women. The suits are built to last and the business has an end of life returns scheme to encourage and develop their ability to close the loop on the resources that go into making their products and work towards achieving a net zero outcome.

Helen is an Economist and rising female entrepreneur, winning the Women of the Future Award for Entrepreneurship. Helen launched her brand three years ago with the aim of building a business based on the principals of Circular Economy and Design.

Tuesday 7 July: Building a business for a circular economy

Helen Newcombe, Davy J Sustainable Swimwear

You’ll hear from three regional organisation how they’re addressing the sustainability challenge and how we can all begin to make an impact, collaborate and learn from each other in just two minutes.

Ben Rhodes – Deputy Regional Director – South West, Confederation of British industry

Since graduating from the Plymouth Business School in 2008 with an MSc in Business and Management, Ben has held a number of senior roles in the region, focusing mainly on economic development, supporting regional businesses and lobbying for policy change. Ben has been with the CBI for almost three years, where his role is to ensure CBI members across the South West have a strong voice on government policy issues that affect them and their sectors, helping to dive change and to secure the best environment possible for them to operate.

Laura Parry – Environmental and Compliance Manager, Princess Yachts

Laura has recently taken on the exciting role as Environmental and Compliance Manger at Princess Yachts. This position focuses on assisting the company with reducing their environmental impact through embedding sustainability into their working practices, policies and procedures and reviewing compliance against ISO 14001 and ISO 45001.

With a Masters in Environmental Science and over 18 years’ experience in the environmental field, Laura has worked with a range of organisations from local government, education, engineering and charity. Passionate about inspiring people to change minds and attitudes towards more sustainable practices, Laura enjoys working on innovative projects which capture people’s imagination. 

Laura has successfully achieved Gold Fairtrade Status for an establishment, been the lead on installing infrastructure for electric vehicles, project managed the development of an allotment site as well as a forest school and wildflower meadow. 

Experienced in delivering motivational training, Laura has successfully worked with stakeholders including the Ministry of Defence to provide education programmes, enabling collaborative work to assess opportunities for environmental improvement.

Nicky Green – Chief Operations Officer, The 2 Minute Foundation

Nicky has a BA (Hons) in Technical Communication and has since worked in varied project management based roles throughout her career in between motherhood, which for her is the most challenging project of all!

Her previous roles range from: an asset management executive PA, touring the UK as a music PR, a volunteer for a women’s empowerment charity in India, exhibitions events management, marketing executive at a recruitment firm, office manager, bookkeeper and a financial press officer. Her current role, Chief Operations Officer, acquired at the beginning of the year and after five years’ experience in the sector, uses her strengths to manage the operations, projects and day to day running of this rapidly growing charity.


Wednesday 8 July: Two minutes to change the world? Kickstart your collaborations now...

Left to right: Ben Rhodes, Laura Parry and Nicky Green


Nicky Green – Chief Operations Officer, The 2 Minute Foundation

Nicky has a BA (Hons) in Technical Communication and has since worked in varied project management based roles throughout her career in between motherhood, which for her is the most challenging project of all!

Her previous roles range from: an asset management executive PA, touring the UK as a music PR, a volunteer for a women’s empowerment charity in India, exhibitions events management, marketing executive at a recruitment firm, office manager, bookkeeper and a financial press officer. Her current role, Chief Operations Officer, acquired at the beginning of the year and after five years’ experience in the sector, uses her strengths to manage the operations, projects and day to day running of this rapidly growing charity.


Peter is a Masterchef of Great Britain and a Business Chef Consultant. He is one of Devon’s finest chefs and began his career in the 1980s at the age of 16 and trained at some of the best restaurants in the UK and around the world.

He then became chef/proprietor of the famous Horn of Plenty Country House Hotel and Carved Angel Group gaining many accolades one of which was a Michelin Star.

A well known face in the media, Peter is a regular contributor to food magazines and newspapers providing recipe columns. Peter has also made a number of television series and has published three books.

Peter now runs his successful Hospitality Consulting Business working with hotels, restaurants, cafes, universities etc around the country and overseas.

Thursday 9 July: What does the future of the hospitality industry look like in the circular economy? Also, being a good leader

Peter Gorton, award winning chef and Peter Gorton Consultant Hospitality Services

Reniera is the Higher Education Lead, working with universities and higher education institutions as part of the Learning Team. Reniera's work seeks to understand and maximise the influential role universities play within their local context and seek ways to better integrate higher education activities to scale the transition to a circular economy. 

During this session, Reniera will introduce the key principles underpinning the circular economy, showcase examples of the circular economy being applied in various ways and share valuable resources from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to help businesses on their circular economy journey.

Friday 10 July: Circular Economy in action

Reniera O'Donnell, Higher Education Lead, Ellen MacArthur Foundation