Maria Smith – Sustainability Director, BuroHappold Engineering
Maria is a multi-award winning architect, engineer, writer, and curator, working across disciplines to bring the built environment in line with planetary limits.
She is a nationally elected member of the council of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), a trustee of the Architecture Foundation, and on the steering committee of Architects Declare. In 2017 she was appointed a Design Advocate by the Greater London Authority where she serves on the Ecological Urbanism Sounding Board and advised on the development of the Circular Economy Guidance document. Maria was also chief curator of “Enough: The Architecture of Degrowth”, the 2019 Oslo Architecture Triennale that explored how architecture can establish the conditions for an economy based on social and ecological flourishing.
Maria has written for newspapers and magazines including the Financial Times, the Architectural Review and RIBAJ, where she was a columnist for five years. She co-founded the international series of politics and architecture debates Turncoats, and frequently speaks at universities, conferences, and events on sustainability, architecture and the interconnectedness of the ecological crisis and our economy.
Angela Druckman is Professor of Sustainable Consumption and Production at the Centre for Environment and Sustainability, University of Surrey.
Angela is a Chartered Engineer, having read Engineering at the University of Cambridge. Angela’s research focuses on investigating avenues that may lead towards more sustainable lifestyles.
Angela leads on education for sustainability for the University of Surrey: she chairs the Sustainability in the Curriculum Working Group, and is a member of the Executive Sustainability Steering Group and the Curriculum Design Review Working Group.
Toby Park, Head of Energy & Sustainability – Behavioural Insights Team (BIT)
Toby leads the energy and sustainability work at BIT, covering topics as diverse as domestic energy use, sustainable transport and wider pro-environmental behaviours including recycling, food consumption, air quality and water conservation. The energy and sustainability team also work closely with the productivity and economic growth team, with an interest in promoting sustainable business practice and green growth. Toby also works with our consumers team supporting our housing work.
Toby’s background is originally in engineering, having spent a number of years running environmental impact assessments and acoustic design work for architectural and building services clients. He returned to academia to focus on social and cognitive psychology before joining BIT in 2014. He holds Masters degrees in Engineering (1st class) and Psychology (distinction).
Mike Keil – Consumer Council for Water
Mike spent the first part of his career at the Met Office, during which time he completed his PhD in modelling the stratosphere. In 2007 he joined Ofwat as its first head of climate change policy. Mike moved to Severn Trent Water in 2011 to lead the company’s work on climate change and resilience. In 2014 Mike went on secondment to run Severn Trent’s Asset Management Department, before moving to his role as Business Leader for Asset Strategy he helps set the long-term direction for the company.
Simon Rawlinson – Head of Strategic Research and Insight, Arcadis
Simon is a member of the Construction Leadership Council responsible for strategy, communication and thought leadership. He is also a member of the CIC Executive and the Strategic Forum for Construction.
Simon has 20 years’ experience in construction and built environment research and innovation. He is a well-known commentator in the construction industry, having worked with leading industry publications in the UK and overseas for many years. Simon’s research interests include market forecasting, construction productivity and procurement. Prior to specialising, Simon practiced as a Quantity Surveyor with BDP and Davis Langdon.
Simon has worked extensively in the property and infrastructure sectors and has advised clients in the UK and overseas. Research projects delivered by Simon have supported the development of construction industry strategy in the UK, Middle east and Asia.
As part of his innovation remit, Simon has a long track record of working on industry change initiatives. He has been a member of the UK Government BIM Task Group since 2010, has been involved in the development and implementation of the UK National BIM strategy, and continues to contribute to the development of the Digital Built Britain Strategy.
Laurie Laybourn-Langton – Associate Fellow IPPR
Laurie leads a major project developing policy responses to environmental breakdown.
His work has also covered political economy and how shifts occur in prevailing economic ideas and policies, the role and power of digital platforms, and mobility transitions.
Previously, Laurie was Director of the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change and Co-Chair of Trustees of Rethinking Economics. He has also worked for Lord Skidelsky in the House of Lords, where he focussed on post-crash macroeconomic policy, and at the Institute for New Economic Thinking at Oxford University and as a strategist for Purpose.
Laurie holds an MPhil in Economics from Oxford University and a BSc in Physics from Exeter University.
Outside of IPPR, he is co-authoring a book on how to build a politics capable of responding to environmental breakdown.