Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)- What is it all about?

After COP26, awareness of climate change and the need to get started on net zero rose significantly. More recently, nature and biodiversity, and water quality and supply have been at the forefront of global and national news.


In today’s restless political climate, doubt is being seeded at all levels on the need to focus more on environmental and social sustainability aspects when many businesses and citizens are struggling financially to make ends meet.

Never has it been so important, therefore, for businesses to dig deeper into their ‘conscience’ to seek answers on what is the right balance between environmental, social and governance aspects and economic well-being.

This session will aim to explain what ESG is, why it is important to your business and how it links into economic sustainability.

We will seek to understand where our manufacturers are at on ESG, how they can get started and what the challenges are.


There will be a very short presentation from organisation’s who are leading on this front, followed by a panel session. We want this session to be interactive so presentation and panel contribution will be minimal; sufficient in length to give information and allow for contributions from the audience. The audience will be provided with information in advance to enable to follow the debate.

Check out the Breakout session from 2023 using the following link – https://youtu.be/nAUK7xp2X9Y

Speaker line up:

Welcome Sponsor: Kingstun Nelson is Lloyds Bank’s ESG Finance lead for corporates in hard to abate sectors including energy, construction, infrastructure, manufacturing, and transport (non-exhaustive). He engages directly with the finance leads, treasury leads and ESG leads in these sectors on a range of ESG topics in context of financing, policy, reporting requirements & frameworks, future technologies, and more.

Since the formation of the team, Kingstun has contributed to over £2bn of Lloyds’ sustainable lending to clients across a range of green, social, and sustainability linked solutions – bringing corporate finance strategies together with their ESG strategies. He is also leading and supporting a range of strategic ESG partnerships, noting the need for collaboration between the private sector, public sector, third sector, and academia to drive tangible change. Outcomes from these include the creation of insights and thought leadership, optimising ESG data insight tools, and interactive workshops for future generations designed to facilitate social mobility and interest in ESG.

Kingstun has completed a course with the University of Cambridge Institute of Sustainable Leadership, on the Sustainability Essentials for Business.  He is also currently enrolled on a bespoke Net Zero Technologies programme facilitated by the University of Edinburgh, diving into the net zero technologies of the future, such as carbon capture, energy storage, and biofuels.

Andrew Churchill is the Chairman of JJ Churchill Ltd., an aerospace precision-engineering business based in the Midlands.

He is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and of the IET as well as a Commissioner for the recent Manufacturing Commission.  He is also a Business Leadership Council member of the 5% Club, a dynamic movement of employer-members working to create a shared prosperity across the UK by driving ‘earn and learn’ skills-training opportunities.  Since 2021 Andrew has been a Board and then Council member of ADS, the trade association representing the UK’s aerospace, defence, space and security sectors.  As a director with the ERA Foundation he is focussed on supporting the next generation of UK engineers, encouraging organisations’ and individuals’ entrepreneurship and technical excellence.

He has been a member of the Prime Minister’s Industrial, Manufacturing and Infrastructure Business Council and for ten years was on the boards of Make UK (The Manufacturers’ Organisation) and Midlands Group Training Services (a centre of excellence for education, training and development of engineering apprentices), as well as six years as a director with the Design & Technology Association (championing D&T education in schools).

Previously, Andrew sat on the Ministerial Advisory Group on Manufacturing and was part of the All-Party Manufacturing Group. Away from work, he is a school governor and a previous district councillor for South Derbyshire.  He was appointed OBE in the King’s first Birthday Honours in 2023.

Eloise Cotton is the Head of Sustainable Development for the UK&I. She is responsible for implementing Schneider Electric’s ambitious sustainability strategy in the UK&I.  Her background is in sustainable development, with a focus on carbon accounting and energy policy. Her experience includes delivering decarbonisation and renewable energy strategies and projects for a wide range of stakeholders from government entities to start ups to large multinationals.

Mandy Ridyard has held this role since she led a buy out of the company in 1997

Produmax are aerospace engineers and are global experts in flight control components and assemblies.   Supplying aerospace giants, Produmax is growing rapidly and exports 70% of its turnover worldwide.  Its vision is to be Engineering Superheroes.

Mandy is passionate about employee engagement and received a Top 100 in manufacturing award for culture change. She drives an apprenticeship programme at Produmax that has seen the average age of the company drop to 35 and the headcount double

Her leadership has seen Produmax win two prestigious national aerospace awards and MAKE:UK SME of the year

Sophie Davies is Head of ESG for Refresco Drinks – UK. She is responsible for setting and implementing the ESG strategy in the UK. Prior to Refresco she worked in the Sustainability Team at Asda and in commercial roles at a number of food manufacturers. Her experience includes strategy development, carbon reporting, food waste reduction and redistribution, implementation of packaging and waste reforms and driving engagement with colleagues and customers on ESG initiatives.

Maria is responsible for coordinating, implementing and running Schneider Electric’s government affairs strategy in the UK and Ireland. In this role she engages with stakeholders to ensure Schneider Electric supports the development of policy that will help customers to decarbonise and use energy more efficiently through digitalisation, encourages digital and green upskilling, and ensures UK and Ireland reach their Net Zero and sustainability goals. She joined Schneider after 8 years in political consulting, most recently Flint Global where she supported companies to understand and engage with Net Zero, energy, sustainability and ESG policy and political developments.