Julia Hailes MBE


" I wear many hats, but they're all green."

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  • Speaking in Istanbul (Oct12)

    My second speaking engagement in Istanbul.   I was invited to speak at Green Business Turkey 2012...

  • Sainsbury's Round Table with Justin King - CEO (Sep12)

    I was one of a dozen 'opinion formers' invited to a dinner at Sainsbury's HQ, with Justin King. The meeting was chaired by Anna Ford - former newsreader - shortly before she stood down from the Sainsbury's board...

  • Biomimicry - sustainable solutions (Sep12)

    [caption id="attachment_1151" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Michael Pawlyn"][/caption] I'm a great fan of Michael Pawlyn - from Exploration Architecture.   I love his ideas and thinking...

  • Haller news (Sep12)

    Rene Haller was in London for the September board meeting.   After the board meeting we visited British Airways who have made Haller one of their favourite charities - with on-board films and other sponsorship activities...

  • Which? on plastic bags (Aug12)

      I've done a lot of speaking and writing about plastic bags!  I've even written a poem on the subject, for one speech I made.  Which? asked me to give them an expert view for an article in entitled 'Plastic bags at breaking point'...

E for Good

In 2011, I set up E For Good, with Melinda Watson .We’re campaigning to reduce the amount of electrical waste (e-waste) as well as setting up systems to increase repair, reuse and efficient recycling. This is the focus of my work in 2012.

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Speaking at Ashridge (Jun12)

 

The Ashridge building and grounds were spectacular.  I was asked to speak to post-graduates doing an MSc in Sustainability and Responsibility  by Ashridge Business School.  The programme was aimed at people already working in business and corporations, including consultants, activists, public sector managers and NGO professionals, which means there was a pretty mixed bunch.  My talk was about my personal sustainability experience, but it soon opened into a more interactive session with lots of questions from all the other participants.


Skydiving to raise money for Haller (Summer 2012)

Not me!  My son is planning a sky dive to support Haller.   He will be free falling at 130 miles per hour from 10,000 feet.  I’m glad it’s not me.   Haller is a charity that I co-founded – it supports sustainable communities in Africa, with programmes in water, farming, education, health, alternative energy and nano-enterprise.   And it has just launched an up-dated website, so it’s well worth a look.

If you’d like to support Connor, please click here for his Just Giving Page.   Thank you in advance.


Speaking at Ashridge (jun12)

Ashridge Business School – www.ashridge.co.uk booked me over a year ago to come and talk to their MsC students, who are taking a 2 year masters in ‘sustainability’ and ‘responsibility’.  http://www.ashridge.org.uk/website/content.nsf/wDEG/MSc+in+Sustainability+and+Responsibility?opendocument   What a stunning place – a magnificent building with beautiful gardens.

I was lucky enough to have time to find out a bit about the students taking the post-graduate course.  They came from very diverse backgrounds – some having worked for many years in business and others at an earlier stage.  One African student had to participate by Skype because he’d mislaid his passport.


Project Dirt Judging

Timberland Earthkeepers Grant – http://projectdirt.com/profiles/blogs/timberland-earthkeepers-grant-launch-2012 – are providing grants to grassroots community projects.   Set up by Project Dirt – www.projectdirt.com – it is the third year that I’ve been on the judging panel.   Deadline for submissions is 1st July and winners will be announced on 9th July.


I co-founded SustainAbility – and it’s 25! (Apr12)

John Elkington has posted a blog about why we started SustainAbility.  It describes us meeting in 1986 and setting up the consultancy / think tank in 1987.  Twenty-five years on SustainAbility is hosting a celebration and inviting everyone who has been involved with the company in the interim.  I’m going to participate but won’t recognise many of the faces because I stood down in 1995, so I could work from my home in Somerset.  John and I wrote eight books together, including the million selling Green Consumer Guide, which was published in 1988.


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