Who we are
BA Hons Msc (London)
Amanda has had a lifelong passion for the planet and has worked across conservation fields all her life.For the last 25 years she has worked with organisations of all shapes and sizes across all sectors trying to help them be more sustainable operationally, financially, strategically and environmentally. Her commitment to her local community and the causes she cares about are evidenced by her Non-executive roles which include School Governor, Non-Exec on her local PCT, and Trustee roles, the most recent as Chair of Board for Applause Rural Touring Kent. She is also active in women’s politics and a Director of 50:50 Parliament the campaign for equal representation in Parliament.
Her work leading Achill Management and hosting Planet Pod are testament to her belief that a sustainable future will only be possible it we take a pragmatic approach to things and get everyone to take steps however small, everyday forever
While time is running out – together we can make great changes happen: it is never too late. Amanda is married to Peter, who is a teacher and poet, and has two grown up daughters on whom she is relying to save the planet for the next generation.
BSc, PGDip (Nuclear Reactor Technology), CEng, FIMechE
Jim is an ex-Royal Navy nuclear submarine engineer with engineering and technology in his veins (as well as a touch of salt!). He also has many years’ experience in the private, public and charitable sectors leading environmental and sustainability programmes. His career has included blue chip multinational corporates, the Environment Agency and Business in the Community (leading that charity’s environmental campaign on behalf of HRH The Prince of Wales). Jim is now an independent sustainability consultant and works alongside Amanda as part of Achill Management. In other roles he chairs the certification Impartiality Committee for the Carbon Trust and sits on the sustainability audit committee for the Royal Warrants Association
As a keen bird watcher and artist, Jim is constantly bowled over by the beauty (and fragility) of the natural world and believes passionately that – appropriately applied – technology can play a significant role in protecting it for future generations.
Stephen has extensive leadership experience across the private sector, civil society and the public sector. Passionate about the environment, he has a proven ability to combine an ambitious change agenda with practical solutions to global sustainability challenges. Previously as Director of Sustainability and Innovation, at Business in The Community, he led ground-breaking programmes including the Waste to Wealth campaign, the Circular Economy Taskforce, the innovation, digital and Purpose agendas for the Global Goals, and the Responsible Business Tracker.
Steve started his career in marketing, operations and strategy roles at British Airways, followed by a decade with VisitBritain. In the 2000s he became increasingly motivated by the unfolding climate and ecological emergency, and a role at the RSA was followed by 6 years as Director of the International Tourism Partnership, where he played a leading role in shaping the sustainability agenda across the global hospitality industry.
Steve is an Adviser to the Board of ITP and a qualified Executive Coach. He volunteers with Thames 21 and the Hardknott Forest Restoration project.
MA Hons, (Cantab) MBA
Julie is a leadership and team consultant, executive coach, trainer and facilitator with a specialism in problem-solving in complex, adaptive systems. With a background in private, public and charity sector management, Julie works with organisations across a range of sectors that need to adapt in order to thrive and create positive social and environmental change. Her clients include Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, IE Business School (Madrid) and GlaxoSmithKline. She also regularly performs improvised comedy in the UK and at international festivals and builds a strong understanding of organisational psychology and management theory into her applied improvisation work.
Julie is a Cambridge History graduate, holds an MBA in Public Service Management and is currently studying for an MSc in Coaching and Behaviour Change at Henley Business School. She is also a Henley-trained coach and a Member of the Association for Coaching. Julie is a Trustee at Dementia Carers Count and Applause Rural Touring.
BA (Hons); CQSW; MSc (LSE)
Cheryl has worked in social care for 37 years and is a Social Worker by trade and passion. Her extensive experience is in operational, strategic and change management, with a focus on Mental Health, across both statutory and not- for – profit organisations.
She has led large scale transformation programmes and has wide experience of leadership in the context of cultural and organisational complexity, along with managing multi agency relationships. She recently provided crisis and risk management in a Local Authority setting during the first wave of the Coronavirus Pandemic, supporting the well-being and resilience of staff in order to maintain service continuity.
She has had an interest and involvement in women’s issues since her early twenties, most recently through the active involvement in the Women’s Equality Party during the early years of its establishment.
She highly values outside living and the beauty of the natural environment. She is keen to learn and contribute more to enhance the sustainability of the planet. Both her daughter, a pupil barrister with a special interest in Human Rights and her son, who is studying Urban Regeneration and Planning are keen contributors to her education.
Researcher, Social Media Manager and Content Producer
Starting out as a runner in documentary producer 3bm TV Beth spent nearly a decade working on an array of documentaries for 3bm and Brook Lapping Productions, working her way up to Producer/Director. She spent two years as an Assistant Producer at BBC World News, Executive Producing series and commissioning and running the short format content for the channel. Following a career break to start a family, Beth looks after two young boys and works as a freelance social media producer and researcher. She provides programme research and social media support to Planet Pod and tries to spend as much time outside and live as sustainably as she possibly can.
Communications and Social Media Manager
Kim has grown up in countries where environment and the human community had a visibly detrimental and meaningful impact on one another, be it inland or by the ocean. Later, making the alps her home she watched the seasons change dramatically and the scramble for businesses to reinvent themselves and be more creative with their seasonal tourism (recreational) activities. Businesses are at the forefront of needing to future-proof their existence because of climate change. Her role with Achill communicates how the global business community needs to step-up & work alongside the environment.
A history in magazine and book publishing (sales) – The Ecologist and Phaidon Press – developed into marketing and then social media marketing in the military, mental health sector. Mental health and family welfare in the military is important and something she is passionate about and this also comes down to one’s environment. She continues to travel and work to communicate global goals around mental and environmental impact. Her fear of flying has also turned out to be environmentally beneficial after all!