Julia Hailes MBE

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


A key part of my work has been making speeches – at a wide variety of events from corporate conferences to campaigning events. I’ve spoken at trade association events covering products like chocolate, detergents, nappies, estates management and IT as well as made presentations for particular companies such as Shell, McDonalds, P&G, Orange and Reckitt Benckiser. Perhaps my biggest claim to fame was being the key note speaker at the Green Funeral Exhibition – or speaking alongside David Milliband (when he was Minister for the Environment) and Fiona Reynolds (Head of the National Trust) at a Question Time style debate. My style is light, accessible and often humerous.

For a list of my past speeches, please visit:
Past Speeches

  • Speaking in Istanbul (Oct12)

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

  • 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...

  • Speaking at Ashridge (jun12)

    Ashridge Business School - www. ashridge...

  • Legendary Environmental Activist! (Jan12) [FLAG]

    As part of their ‘Remarkable Men and Women’ series, I was invited to speak to Laurel Springs online school.  In the introduction I could see which parts of the world the children came from – mostly America but several in the Far East too...

  • National Trust - Forever for Everyone (Jul11)

    What a brilliant slogan - Forever For Everyone.    I was one of two outside speakers at the National Trust's sustainability workshop, which was looking at how to make this slogan mean something across the whole organisation...

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.

Hot Topics

Baby Business Campaigning Carrier bags Cleaning Communications Communities Consumers Detergents Disposables E-waste Eco-renovation Education Energy Food Government Green building Household M&S Media Nappies P&G Packaging Plastic bags Plastics Recycling Schools Supermarkets Sustainability Waste

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National Trust – Forever for Everyone (Jul11)

What a brilliant slogan – Forever For Everyone.   I was one of two outside speakers at the National Trust’s sustainability workshop, which was looking at how to make this slogan mean something across the whole organisation.   Whilst the Trust has superb examples of sustainability in practice, they’re looking at what they might do across the whole organisation.  And hopefully take a lead!

Newcastle University (Jun11)

Procter & Gamble recommended me for the inaugural public lecture at Newcastle University’s Sustainable Business Week.   The central theme was about the role of consumers in greening business.   I believe that in the late 1980s when John Elkington and I wrote The Green Consumer Guide, consumers were the key drivers in greening business.   Now, it should be the other way round.  Businesses should be taking the lead, using their expertise in offering consumers only the greenest options.

Citrus Talk (Jul10)

“Many thanks for the brilliant presentation you gave yesterday at Citrus.  You’ll be glad to know that it was the subject of much debate for most of the night – from shock at the waste within both the Armed Forces and the NHS to great debate on exactly whether we get buried, cremated or resomated….”  

Citrus is an informal business networking group launched earlier this year by Grey Advertising.  Previous speakers include Baroness Susan Greenfield, Damon Hill and Peter Hain MP.

Alupro – Key Note Speech and Chair

Alupro – the Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation – were celebrating 21 years of aluminium packaging recycling.  During this time recycling of aluminium packaging has risen from less than 2% to more than 40%.   Given that an average of 9 tonnes of CO2 are saved for every 1 tonne recycled, the more recycling the better.  My view is that aluminium in packaging has many benefits but these are pretty well eliminated if its not recycled.  There was one particular industry stalwart in the audience who felt I was too challenging on this subject but my brief was to be provocative and the feedback from others was very positive.

I identified four things that need to change, as follows:  1. Weight based targets – aluminium is light and so can be ignored for recycling over heavier materials such as paper; 2. Local authority incentives – government rewards for recycling don’t relate to the value of materials;  3. Commercial recycling – recycling systems for pubs, clubs and restaurants are less developed than domestic recycling; 4. On the Go recycling – a significant proportion of drink cans are consumed on the go and yet recycling schemes for these are in their infancy.   Alupro have launched Every Can Counts to promote more on the go recycling of cans.

Speech for PAFA – Plastics & Films Association AGM (May10)

The AGM for the Plastics and Films Association was held at the Dorchester Hotel.   I was the key note speaker following David Bebee the PAFA Chairman.  With some challenges for the plastics industry, I concluded with a poem about plastic bags.  See my blog by clicking here. 

“Everyone I have spoken to has commented on the value and inspiration they have received from the day and your part was a significant factor in all of that. Just the right balance of relevance and a very special personal flavour with knickers and goldfish thrown in (metaphorically I hasten to add).”

Peter Woodall, PRP Consulting and co-organiser.

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