Consultancy Manager / Director
I was one of the founders of Ethical Consumer in 1988. With rising consumer boycotts and campaigns, I wanted information to guide my own purchases in a logical way. No one else was providing this at the time.
I'm lucky enough now to work or advise on projects across all issues, from food to electronics. However, for more than ten years I have specialised in looking at ethics in the banking and investment sectors.
Before Ethical Consumer, I did a Law Degree at Manchester University. I was active in student protest movements at the time around Apartheid South Africa and Third World Debt.
In the 1990s, we had a three year project on the comparative environmental credentials of building materials. The books that came out of it (Green Building Handbooks) are still selling in China.
Other expertise and experience
I have worked as a consultant to NGOs (including Oxfam, Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace) on engaging consumers in their campaigns, as an advisor to government departments (including those in Belgium, Austria and Brazil) on encouraging the use of ethical consumption and procurement for social and environmental goals, as a consultant to consumer organisations (including groups in Spain and Hungary) on researching the CSR performance of companies, and to companies (including the Co-operative Bank and Lush Cosmetics) on developing world-leading ethical policies and implementing them in practice.
I have also edited and contributed to academic work in this area including the 2005 Sage book 'The Ethical Consumer' and the 1997 Routledge 'Green Building Handbook'. My most recent book was published in autumn 2021: The Handbook of Ethical Purchasing Principles and Practice
I have been an editor of Ethical Consumer magazine since its inception and have spoken widely in the press, on radio and on TV as well as to universities and campaign groups around the world on the importance of facilitating ethical consumption in a globalised marketplace.
I'm increasingly interested in getting organisations to explore changing their corporate forms to ones that better address the interests of multiple stakeholder groups.
My long term aspirations for Ethical Consumer are that it remains true to its ethical focus, stays solvent, and continues to provide good quality information to people about ethics in markets.
Soul music, woodland ecology, fell walking, astronomy and craft beer. Not necessarily in that order.