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SETsquared Mentors

Find out more about the mentors who will be supporting you throughout the Green Futures Programme.

Emma is the founder of Lighthouse Sustainability. She is one of the UK’s leading specialists on circular economy and has worked directly with businesses on sustainability for 25 years. This experience gives Emma a unique hands-on understanding of the success factors for implementing more circular business models, in particular, the importance of understanding the financial model, establishing key partnerships and understanding the marketplace.

Emma works with established businesses to help them find a pragmatic, solid pathway through sustainability, carbon and circularity, supports start-ups to disrupt conventional industries and delivers bespoke training. Clients include Beko, Magnox, Engie, OPRL, FEN Group, Revolution ZERO, Packoorang, CanCan and Vanguard Medical Devices.

In 2020, Emma started her online #CE100 series to profile businesses working in the circular economy. She has a wide network and uses this to catalyse the rapid change we need to meet future sustainability challenges.

Emma is a host for BeWasteWise panels and regularly presents on circularity relating to business.

Emma was the Head of Circular Economy at Resource Futures from 2016-2020, where she grew the CE capacity in the business to a successful team across England and Scotland working with clients such as Waitrose, Central England Co-op, WRAP and Zero Waste Scotland.

Emma is a Director of SevernNet, a circular economy focused business network in the Avonmouth area and mentors start-ups and sustainability professionals through Circular Economy Club and Sustainability Mentors.

Katharine’s professional expertise is in bringing people together to make things happen and supporting individuals to achieve better balance between professional and personal commitments. As an Executive Coach, she brings a hybrid range of skills, helping her clients to work out their purpose, to create and act on a plan, to implement change and/or to focus on achieving outcomes.

Her career has seen her work mostly in the private sector as well as short periods in the public and not for profit sectors. Starting out recruiting accountants for the City of London, she was headhunted by a niche management consultancy to help build project teams for city firms before moving to Cambodia to support the Australian Embassy’s aid team. Back in the UK, she joined an economics consultancy in Oxford to drive change in their events business, quadrupling their events turnover through increased delivery of workshops, residential training courses and conferences in a little over four years.

Approached by Oxford Innovation in 2012 to be one of the first Growth Managers recruited for the government’s national GrowthAccelerator service, she has extensive experience of working with SMEs across the South West, using a range of business support tools to support growth.

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