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Futures Green Careers Event

Welcome to Futures Green Careers Event 

Kingston Grammar School, working in collaboration with The Kingston Academy as part of the cross-sector FUTURES programme, are hosting an event on Tuesday 20th September for students and their parents exploring the range of ‘green’ careers available, some of which are in unexpected areas.  

This event will take place during the UN’s Global Goals week. The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals present a substantial challenge to governments, businesses and institutions to put the environment and sustainability at the forefront of decisions.

The event, hosted by Helen Sundaram of The Kindness Bank, will bring together a panel of experts to discuss what they are doing to address the climate crisis, the opportunities available in their fields and the skills young people need to succeed.


20 September 2022 Guest Speakers 

Helen Sundaram:

Helen Sundaram is the Founder and Director of community interest company, The Kindness Bank. Working in partnership with University College London, the organisation inspires kindness to people and the planet, in a bid to nurture our future-responsible citizens and leaders.

Through their kindness and sustainability education programmes and resources for schools, The Kindness Bank encourages a culture of looking outwards, thinking about our impact on others and on the environment, and trying to make a difference.

The Kindness Bank provides consultancy services, speaker appointments, staff training, parent talks, workshops for pupils across all key stages and a low-cost subscription programme of recorded lessons for schools to play to pupils in class.

“Kindness is an essential ingredient of good citizenship and responsible leadership, and all of our ambitions are founded on it.” Helen Sundaram

Trewin Restorick

Trewin is the Founder of the charity Hubbub UK which transforms the way environmental messages are communicated by bringing people and organisations together as a force for good.  In 2020, Hubbub won Charity of the Year and Trewin was recognised with a Global Leader of the Year award. In 2021 he won the Business Green Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2022 was voted by peers as the most influential person in the UK’s recycling and resource sector. 

Trewin is a frequent media commentator on environmental issues and was trained by Al Gore as one of his climate change ambassadors.  He is currently an environmental adviser to Tetra Pak, the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and the National Lottery Climate Fund.

Ruth Cadbury

Ruth Cadbury has been the Labour MP for the West London seat of Brentford and Isleworth since 2015. She is a member of Labour’s Shadow International Trade Team and sits on the Transport Select Committee.  She also co-chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Cycling and Walking, and Women in Transport.  

Previous parliamentary roles include membership of the Women and Equalities and the Justice Select Committees, PPS to the Shadow Justice Secretary, Shadow Minister for Housing and Shadow Minister for Planning.  

Prior to her election to Parliament, Ruth was a town planner working in local government and the third sector.  She was a Councillor in the London Borough of Hounslow for 25 years holding several senior positions and chaired the Barrow Cadbury Trust, a leading social justice foundation. 

Bernadette Weber

Bernadette started her career as a pipeline engineer in the UK and spent six years working for offshore pipeline installation and offshore pipeline design contractors on projects in the UK, Egypt, Dubai and Japan.

Bernadette joined BP in 2000 and has had project and appraisal general management (AGM) roles in Angola, Azerbaijan, the North Sea and Indonesia. She recently moved to the New Energy team as the AGM for Hydrogen and Carbon Capture Usage and Storage (CCUS). In this role she works with a team to assess different low carbon energy projects which include wind, solar, hydrogen and CCUS which help to decarbonise the world.

Rob Gardener

Rob Gardner is Investment Director for St James’s Place Wealth Management and co-founded Redington, a leading investment and pensions consultancy. He is passionate about financial wellbeing and believes financial education is vital: every child should know how money works and how to make money work for them.

Online Content Live:

4th October 2022 sees the release of bonus content from KGS Futures 'Green Careers' event, featuring Q&As from our live event, held on 20th September and exclusive interviews from leading experts in the 'Green Careers' industry.

Nathan Robinson

Dr Nathan Robinson is a Marine Biologist whose work has connected with hundreds of millions of people around the globe. Nathan has been at the centre of several viral videos including one of him removing a plastic straw from the nostril of an endangered sea turtle and another where he filmed the first footage of a live giant squid in US waters. Nathan's passion for ocean conservation has grown out of the many incredible animal encounters he has experienced which have left an indelible mark on him. Nathan has dedicated his life to ensuring that future generations have the opportunity to swim in healthy oceans full of awe-inspiring wildlife.

Tim Scarbrough

Tim Scarbrough is a recognised expert in industrial emissions policy and is passionate about tackling the decarbonisation of the maritime sector using alternative fuels. Working as a consultant at Ricardo, Tim and his team focus on Environmental Policy across a wide variety of environmental themes.

Dr Catalina Spataru

Dr Catalina Spataru joined UCL Energy Institute in 2010. She is currently Course Director for the Energy Demand Studies MRes at the Institute and is also co-lead of the Energy Space Time research theme.

Catalina specializes in whole energy systems dynamics and resource nexus, with particular interest to sustainability. Her activities range from theoretical investigations to implementation research, and the development of models. She is the author of the book Whole Energy System Dynamics: Theory, modelling and policy and co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of the Resource Nexus. She has participated, coordinated and lead numerous research and consultancy projects funded by industry and research councils. Topics focused on urban development, islands, technologies, infrastructure, resource management, energy networks, and so on. She is the regional representative of the IEEE Women in Power (Region 8 –Europe).

Jon Hunt

Jon Hunt is currently the Hydrogen Transformation Manager at Toyota GB and has worked in the automotive industry for over 33 years. Since 2014 Jon has been responsible for the commercialisation of the Toyota hydrogen and fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) programme in the UK and has helped to shape the wider nascent market and infrastructure provision.  He sold and delivered the first Mirai FCEV outside Japan in September 2015 and in the UK, he has sold more than 200 of them. Regularly involved in presenting and discussing the wider adoption of low emission technology Jon is the Chair of the Society of Motor Manufacturers Hydrogen Fuel Cell Task Force.


The Engineering & Design Institute London (TEDI-London) is an innovative new higher education provider, founded by Arizona State University, King’s College London and UNSW Sydney. Their Global Design Engineering BEng/MEng degree bridges many disciplines of engineering, including mechanical, electric, electronic, civil, environmental, and product design. TEDI-London students learn through projects instead of lectures, and work closely with industry partners to create and contribute solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing the 21st Century.

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