Victoria Brooks is a sustainability communications strategist consulting with global companies, organisations and NGOs on the development of stories that inspire change. With more than 15 years in the communications industry, Victoria has led brand-strategy teams in global advertising agencies such as Ogilvy, Fallon and BBH, working with blue chip companies on the creation of groundbreaking integrated marketing campaigns.
Inspired by her work with Unilever and Barnardo’s, Victoria saw the potential for the advertising industry’s creativity to make a broader impact, leading her to consult independently to meet the rising sustainability agenda with unexpected creative solutions.
Victoria has worked in partnership with agencies such as Naked, Futerra, Swarm and Mother for clients ranging from global leaders like Unilever, Sony and Kering to campaigning organisations like WWF, Hope HIV and climate change organisation HereNow to deliver stories with purpose and impact.
Victoria is currently a director at The Comms Lab, an organisation working to maximise the advertising industry’s positive contribution to society.
Mike Blair has been a print, radio and television journalist as well as documentary producer and programme commissioner. He has also run a wildlife filmmaking company.
Mike is now head of the consumer and current affairs teams at Shiver, part of ITV Studios. Shiver’s programmes for ITV include Tonight, The Martin Lewis Money Show and Peston on Sunday. His team also makes documentaries for ITV and other channels.
Sarah Gillett is head of partnerships at Planet First. Sarah has worked with the company since its inception and is responsible for managing the partnership programme for its sustainability certification The Planet Mark™. She has worked in sustainability for more than 15 years, and has extensive experience in business carbon footprinting, sustainability-improvement actions and employee and tenant engagement. More recently her focus has been on the creation of a network of businesses with similar values to increase the reach of The Planet Mark™.
Kate is a former marketing director and associate director of Christian Aid, where she specialised in high-profile media, campaigning and fundraising activities. Prior to Christian Aid, she worked as a newspaper journalist and editor in Fleet Street.
Kate has served on numerous boards linked to minority rights, community relations, international development and fair trade. As former trustee and chair, she has a close connection with the work of the International Broadcasting Trust. In 2006 she was awarded an OBE She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and remains actively involved with the Samaritans.