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Be part of this half-day event of open discussions about climate change, Net Zero and how the business community of Norwich and beyond can drive for change individually and together.

The Business of Climate Stories is part of Norwich Theatre’s Creative Matters Season Climate Stories. This year-long season harnesses the power of creativity and storytelling to present different perspectives on the climate crisis.

Integrating a series of panel discussions and guest speakers, our aim is to learn from one another, for businesses and individuals to share their insights, and explore, as a city, sustainable ways of tackling  issues around climate stories.

The  panels will be chaired by Asher Minns, Executive Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and partner of Creative Matters Climate Stories.

Important information

This event is free to attend, although you must register in advance.


Arrival with free tea and coffee from 9.30am.
Introduction and first panel from 10am
Event ends at 1.15pm (comfort breaks throughout)



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Panel discussions

Developing comprehensive sustainability strategies: addressing climate change within the local community and building a green economy

Panelists include:
James Groves; Indigo Swan
Dr Nigel Hargreaves; Synfo
Ryan Marshall; Anglian Demo
Thomas Panton; Canopey

The power of the people: incentivising people to implement change

Panelists include:
Ed Reed; Cornwall Insight
Fran Ellington; Triple Bottom Line Accounting
Rebekah Hill; Saxon Air
Sarah Smith; Dynamic Print

Looking to the future: harnessing renewable and green technology to meet the Net Zero

Panelists include:
Hannah Wooller; Matter of Place Architects
John Farley; IBoxit
Michael Yates; Norwich BID
Philip Hunt; Norwich City Council
Prof Sheng Qi; University of East Anglia

Keynote speakers

Team HODL (Hold On for Dear Life).

Luca Feser will share an incredible story of their 2,800-mile row across the Pacific Ocean. With teammates Matt Siely and Cutu Serruy, they raised money and awareness for the charity Ocean Clean Up, and  broke the world record in the process, as the fastest three-man trio to complete the ‘World’s Toughest Row’ in just 38 days, 16 hours and 19 minutes.



Ed Reed

As Assistant Director of Learning and Development, Ed oversees Cornwall Insight’s market-leading training programme that helps clients understand the complexity and opportunities of energy markets and the net zero transition. He has worked in the energy sector for over 20 years.



Fran Ellington

Fran Ellington is the HR and Sustainability Director at Triple Bottom Line Accounting in Norwich. She facilitates Net Zero Workshops for whole teams within different organisations and provides sustainability and decarbonisation consultancy to SMEs.

Hannah Wooller

Hannah is founder and creative director at Matter of Place Architects (MOPA).  She is AABC qualified and has a special interest in heritage-based place making.  MOPA, a Community Interest Company, has been designed to deliver best practice in this field.

James Groves

James is Managing Director and Co-Owner of Multi-Award Winning, Norwich based energy consultant Indigo Swan. He has worked within the energy sector for 13 years, was the IOD Young Director of the Year in 2021 and chairs the initiative for the Norfolk Chambers of Commerce.

John Farley

With a background in civil engineering and aggregate packaging, five years ago John became involved in the Food and Drink sector. Horrified by the issues surrounding packaging within the industry hed decide to look for solutions –  hence the start of Iboxit.

Michael Yates

Michael Yates is the Sustainability Lead at Norwich Business Improvement District.  With an emphasis on global urban futures and circularity, Michael has spoken at European conferences as part of the EU Interreg 2 Seas project, Upcycle Your Waste, and developed the Norwich City of Stories Returnable Cup scheme.

Dr Nigel Hargreaves

A Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Nigel  is the founder and MD of Synfo.  He is a Climate Commissioner advising Norwich City Council on climate change mitigation and adaption policies, and a member of the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce Business Climate Leaders initiative.

Phil Hunt

Phil’s role at the council is threefold. He manages the implementation of the city’s biodiversity strategy and the council’s climate action plan for both the city and for its own corporate operations. Previous roles include Head of Sustainability at UEA and developing renewable energy systems.

Rebekah Hill

Rebekah is at the centre of Saxon Air’s sustainability efforts, with a genuine commitment to environmental responsibility, Rebekah is the driving force behind the pursuit of a greener aviation future at Saxon Air. 

Ryan Marshall

Ryan heads up the Anglian Waste Recycling team . Anglian’s mission is to responsibly dispose of waste and metal collected from our customers and produced by the company, eventually reaching a zero waste to landfill goal and positively contribute to climate change and our carbon footprint.

Sarah Smith 

Sarah spent 30 years in the paper and print industry,  before taking over  Dynamic Print in 2018. In recent years the business has developed new sustainable product lines and initiatives, including a rewilding project.

Prof Sheng Qi

Prof Qi from the UEA School of Pharmacy is specialised in material science and process engineering. In the past 20 years, she has worked closely with industrial partners on product development and innovations in many industrial sectors.

Thomas Panton

For over a decade Thomas has worked with the world’s largest environmental organisations, including Greenpeace. He is the founder & CEO of, the first online platform to completely streamline the sustainable shopping journey. He is also a  mentor, as well as a board advisor to regional government and business Net Zero programmes.

Eat & Drink

A fantastic, friendly space serving real ales from local breweries, German lagers on tap, delicious wines, exotic tea and coffee and splendid small snacks.

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