COPtimism Speakers

We are delighted to announce the following speakers for each of our COPtimism panels. If you haven’t yet registered for your ticket, you can do so by clicking here.

Special Guest

Davinia Taylor, Founder, Willpowders by Davina Taylor

It has been a decade long journey to get to the point of launching WillPowders. I’ve researched and researched and tried and tested so many products during this time that I’m now full of the right knowledge & ready to empower the WillPowders Community to increased and sustainable energy!

Keynote Speakers

Dr Martin Valenti, South of Scotland Enterprise

Dr Sally Uren, OBE, Forum for the Future

Chris Turner, B Lab UK

Dr David Alexander, OBE, Rice Space Institute

Nature Panel

Adam Purvis, Dark Matter Labs

Amanda Bryan, Crown Estates

Francesca Osowska, Nature Scot

George Lamb, Wildfarmed

Systems Change

Dr Sally Uren, OBE, Forum for the Future

Chris Stark, Committee on Climate Change

Jane Morrison Ross, South of Scotland Enterprise

Paul Winstanley, CENSIS

Energy Panel

Helen Taylor, One Blue Marble

Jeremy Sainsbury, Natural Power

Jacqueline Redmond, CENSIS

Amanda Pickford, ThermaFY

Transport Panel

Chris Ramsey, Electric Vehicle Adventurer

Professor Martin Tangney, OBE, Celtic Renewables

Matthew Eastwood, Transport Scotland

Alan McKinnon, Kühne Logistics University

Alex Hynes, Scotlands Railway

Finance Panel

Mark Hannigan, International Business Ambassador

Dr Idranil Ghosh, Tiger Hill Capital

Manish Karani, Veg Capital

Diane Esson, Bailie Gifford

James Napier, CBN Expert

Skills for Just Transition

Russell Dalgleish, Net Zero Scotland Community

Jane Grant, Borders College

Jennifer Tempany, Forth Valley

Joanne Campbell, Dumfries and Galloway

Laura Goodfellow, Interface


Tess Kelly, Quorn Foods

Jamie Crummie, Too Good To Go

Adele Jones, Sustainable Food Trust

Anthony Warner, The Angry Chef

Christina Adane, Bite Back 2030

James Toop, Bite Back 2030

David Farquhar, Intelligent Growth Solutions

Scottish Rebels

Louise Macdonald, Institute of Directors

Clare Campbell, Prickly Thistle

Iain Stirling, Airbikie

Jo-Anne Chidley, Beauty Kitchen

Scott McCulloch, The Vegan Kind


Sarah Ratty, Sustainable Fashion Expert

Kresse Wesling, MBE, Elvis & Kresse

Clare Campbell, Prickly Thistle

Anthony Burns, ACS Clothing

Nicholas Kirkwood

Media and Technology

Chris Newlands, Spelfie

Bobby Kane, Autonomous IOT

Steven Grier, Microsoft

Katy Tallon, BAFTA Albert

Kim Lomax, Filmmaker


Claire Poole, Sport Positive

Alexandra Rickham, Former Paralympic Sailor

Helen Taylor, One Blue Marble

Chris Ramsey, Electric Vehicle Adventurer

Andy Snell, English Football League Trust

David Duke, Street Soccer

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