The Institute of Business Ethics has appointed Sir Brendan Barber as its advisory council, while Joe Martens has joined the New York Offshore Wind Alliance as its new director


The Institute of Business Ethics (IBE) has appointed Sir Brendan Barber as its advisory council. Barber has been chairman of the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) since the beginning of 2014.

Barber has had a varied career, starting out with a Saturday and school holidays job as a carpet salesman in a Southport department store. He has been a volunteer teacher in Ghana, a student union President, an industrial training board researcher and a Trades Union Congress (TUC) policy officer. This led to TUC leadership roles, including TUC General Secretary, a role he held from 2003 to 2012. As well as being chairman of ACAS, Barber is also deputy chairman of the Banking Standards Board and a board member of BT Openreach.

IBE’s purpose is to promote high standards of business behaviour based on ethical values.

“How business functions and meets its responsibilities to wider society can never have been more important,” says Barber. “We need new thinking, a different business culture, a real sense of social purpose at the heart of our economy. I hope the IBE can move that agenda on in a positive way.”

Sir Brendan Barber


Joe Martens has joined the New York Offshore Wind Alliance (OWA) as its new director. Martens, who served as Governor Andrew Cuomo’s first commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, joins OWA after two years as a senior fellow at the Open Space Institute.

The Offshore Wind Alliance is a project of the Alliance for Clean Energy New York (ACE NY), an Albany-based non-profit created in 2006 to promote clean and renewable energy and energy efficiency. On Martens’ appointment, Anne Reynolds, executive director of ACE NY, said: “Joe has spent his very distinguished career making and implementing smart environmental policies and we are incredibly glad he will lead our efforts to bring the economic and environmental benefits of offshore wind energy to New York State.”

Martens’ appointment comes as the state works to implement Governor Cuomo’s goal to have 50% of New York’s power generated by renewable energy sources by 2030.

“Offshore wind is the wave of the future,” said Martens. “New York is poised to lead the nation in its development. I’m grateful for the opportunity to help realise this vision and see New York reap the economic, environmental and public health benefits of offshore wind.”  

Joe Martens

Jackie Marks has joined the Marine Stewardship Council as senior PR manager, US. Marks was previously communications and marketing manager at the World Cocoa Foundation.

Nancy McGuire Choi is now chief operating officer at Polaris, an NGO that works to prevent human trafficking and modern-day slavery. Choi was formerly with Development Gateway.

David Nussbaum, chief executive of The Elders and former chief executive of WWF-UK, has joined the board of energy company Drax. Drax aims to phase out coal by 2025.

David Nussbaum

Luke Konynenburg has been promoted to chief executive officer of Green Energy Trading, Australia’s leading environmental certificate creator. He was formerly general manager.

Rana Ghorayeb is the new president of the Sustainable Infrastructure Foundation Council. Ghorayeb is vice-president and head of infrastructure transactions, Europe and the Americas, at la Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec.

Rana Ghorayeb

Louis Douady is now head of corporate & social responsibility at investment bank Natixis. Douady was previously the bank’s head of aviation finance North America, corporate and investment banking.

Louis Douady

In addition to Sir Brendan Barber (see above), the Institute of Business Ethics has also appointed Douglas Flint to its advisory council. Flint is group chairman of HSBC Holdings plc.

David Brown has been appointed to lead the sustainability and energy agenda at ISS Technical Services. He joins from Sodexo, where he was most recently head of energy and sustainability.

Adrian Gault has been appointed as interim chief executive of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) secretariat, following the departure of Matthew Bell. Gault has been the CCC’s chief economist since 2009.

Angela Wilkinson has joined the World Energy Council as senior director for the Council’s World Energy Scenarios portfolio.She was previously head of strategic foresight at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Cubico Sustainable Investments has announced the appointment of Stephen Riley as its new CEO. Riley has been a non-executive director at Cubico since January 2017 and was formerly a director on the group board of International Power.  

Steve Riley

Social impact investment firm i(x) investments has appointed Sarah Bloom Raskin to its board of directors. From March 2014 to January 2017, Raskin served as the deputy secretary of the US Department of the Treasury.

Environmental consultancy Eunomia has appointed David Baxter as its head of natural economy. Most recently with consultancy firm Indepen, Baxter also spent 10 years in high-profile roles at the Environment Agency.

Renewable energy consultant Natural Power has hired Stephen Trotter as its new managing director. Trotter, who joins from Enzen Global Solutions, worked for ABB for almost two decades.

Steven Trotter

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