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Tales from the Eco-Frontier

Date and time: February 8, 2023 , 5:45pm

Organised by: Norwich Business School at UEA

Venue: The Enterprise Centre, Earlham Road, Norwich, NR4 7TJ

Cost: This event is FREE to attend but booking is essential.


We share insights from cutting edge research and experiences from businesses who are creating sustainable business models for the future.

We share insights from cutting edge research and experiences from businesses who are creating sustainable business models for the future.


In this event we share insights from cutting edge research and experiences from businesses who are creating sustainable business models for the future.

This event brings together an exciting panel of business leaders and social science researchers. Hear insights from cutting edge research and experiences of how businesses are shifting management thinking and practice as they create sustainable business models for the future.

If your business has ambitious sustainability objectives and is looking to take those early steps in the transformation journey this event will introduce you to the latest ideas and experiences alongside a network of engaged like-minded leaders.

If you are part of a transforming business, we know the journey is never smooth and this event is designed to not only share experiences, but capture the challenges so the research and practice community can work together on solutions.

Norwich Business School is delighted to be working with Norfolk Network on this event to bring the local academic and business communities together.


This event is FREE to attend but booking is essential.



– Nick Brooks, Director of Garama 3C Ltd

Nick is the Director of a small consultancy firm specialising in climate change and development, established in 2012. Prior to this Nick worked in academia (from 1999 to 2005), and then as an independent climate change consultant for clients including UNDP, the World Bank, DFID and the African Development Bank. Today his work focuses on the transformations that are necessary to address climate change, principally through actions to support adaptation and build resilience, but he has also worked on drivers of the social transformations required to deliver deep and rapid decarbonisation with a particular interest in “transformational adaptation”.


– Fran Ellington, Business Development and ESG Director, Triple Bottom Line Accounting

TBLA is an Accountancy practice that is helping SMEs adapt to the challenges of Climate Change and Environmental and Social issues. Fran runs the TBLA ESG Impact Service which includes carbon accounting and Net Zero workshops and consultancy. She teaches sustainability on a Net Zero Leaders Level 7 Apprenticeship and is regularly invited to provide educational webinars to businesses and local authorities. She is a member of the Norfolk Business Climate Leaders Advisory Board.

– James Graham, Postdoctoral Researcher, Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformation, (CAST) UEA

James is a social scientist working within the CAST Centre and Norwich Business School on a project concerned with organisations becoming more sustainable and achieving net zero. His research has moved from a background in green technology and policy to a thesis on mapping systems of social practice, to looking at a local model for inclusive economy, to organisational change towards zero-carbon. His current work involves taking insights from four case study companies in the UK all engaged in sustainability transitions of their own. In addition to his research James is a keen activist participating in both local and national groups engaged in a struggle for a liveable future.

– Hugo Douglas-Deane, Co-founder and CMO of Canopey

Hugo is an experienced communications professional with a focus on digital marketing, design and branding. He has worked in Government communications and publishing for a number of years, working on a huge variety of award-winning large-scale projects.These include major Public Health campaigns, and multi-million pound EU-funded projects and environmental schemes.

– Prof Olga Tregaskis, Professor of International Human Resource Management and Head of the Norwich Business School, UEA.

Olga specialises in Organisational Development working within an inter-disciplinary context across occupational psychology, employment relations and international management. She gained her PhD from Cranfield School of Management and her masters in Applied Psychology from the Cranfield College of Aeronautics going on to establish a research track record within the field of People Management & Capabilities. She is an associate editor of the journal Human Relations and on the editorial board of several other scientific journals. Her work has been widely published in range of world renowned outlets including: Journal of International Business Studies, Organisation Studies, Human Relations, International Labour Relations Review, Human Resource Management Journal, British Journal of Management and Journal of Organisational Behaviour

– Thomas Panton, Co-founder, Canopey

Thomas has extensive experience and insight into the environmental sector, having worked with organisations like Greenpeace UK and Surfers Against Sewage. He also founded the festival tent upcycling company Festovers – an industry leading company tackling the tent waste crisis. He’s now Co-founder of Canopey, building the UK’s biggest sustainable shopping platform. As a keynote speaker represented by London Speaker Bureau, he is recognised by LinkedIn as a UK Top Green Voice. An alumnus of the University of East Anglia, his MSc in Climate Change and International Development gives him insight into multiple sectors’ sustainability journey. He is a member of the Norfolk Business Climate Leaders Advisory Board.



5.45pm-6.15pm: Arrival and welcome drinks

6.15pm-7.15pm: Introduction/panel discussion/Q&A

7.15pm-7.45pm: Networking over drinks and light bites



More information

Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformation, (CAST) UEA

CAST is a multi-university researcher centre with different projects being worked on across the School of Environmental Science and the Norwich Business School at UEA. While there is now strong international momentum on climate change mitigation, it is clear that critical targets will be missed without fundamental changes to the way we all live.

CAST’s core aim is to achieve a fundamental change in our understanding of how to transform lifestyles and systems of governance for a sustainable, low-carbon future. The project presented in this event is aimed at organisational level change.


Norfolk Network

Norfolk Network is an active and connected business community of innovators, business creators, strategists and thought leaders. We provide trusted introductions and a variety of event platforms for speaking, learning, networking and developing deeper business relationships.


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Cancellation Policy If you are unable to attend, please notify us in advance, where possible (either by cancelling your Eventbrite order or in writing in order for us to offer the place to someone else.


Please notify us if you have any dietary or access requirements.

Please note that when registering for this event, your name and organisation will be included on the delegate list circulated to event attendees.

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