Our advisory panel

The Independent Advisory and Assurance Panel has been set up to monitor the scheme’s progress and ensure funds are appropriately distributed. The Panel is made up of prominent environmental and industry experts.

The panel members are:

Mark Kenber – Chair, BP Target Neutral Independent Advisory and Assurance Panel


Mark Kenber is an economist who has worked on environmental issues for nearly twenty years in non-governmental organisations, the public and private sectors. Currently Chief Executive of The Climate Group, Mark has also been Senior Policy Officer at WWF’s International Climate Change Programme, Director of Planning at Fundacion Natura, Ecuador’s largest environmental organisation, and climate change advisor to the Ecuadorian government.

He is the co-founder of the CDM Gold Standard and the Verified Carbon Standard, the most widely used standard in the international voluntary carbon market. Mark has been published widely and serves on the advisory boards of a number of environmental and business organisations.

Mike Barry


Mike is Director of Sustainable Business at the retailer Marks & Spencer.

He was part of the small team that in 2007 developed and delivered the company’s groundbreaking Plan A, a 100 point, 5 year plan to address a wide range of environmental and social issues.

Reporting to the CEO, Mike is responsible for delivering M&S’ aspiration to be the world’s most sustainable retailer. His job is to work with the M&S leadership team to integrate sustainability into the heart of the business across its global retail channels and supply chains. This includes developing the business case; coaching/mentoring colleagues; changing business processes; customer and stakeholder engagement; and business model innovation.

In May 2011 Mike was named the Guardian’s inaugural Sustainable Business Innovator of the Year. He is Co-Chair of the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) Sustainability Steering Group, Chair of the World Environment Center, a Visiting Fellow at the Smith Centre for Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford University, a Senior Associate at the Cambridge Programme for Sustainable Leadership and sits on BiTC’s Environment Leadership Team. Prior to joining Marks & Spencer in 2000, he worked as an environment manager in the engineering sector and as an environmental consultant. He is a chemistry graduate from Sheffield University. You can follow Mike @planamikebarry.

Rita Clifton


Rita Clifton is Chairman of BrandCap and the former UK Chairman of Interbrand, the world’s leading brand consultancy. She began her career in advertising, and worked at Saatchi & Saatchi for 12 years, becoming Vice Chairman and Executive Planning Director in 1995. In 1997 Rita Clifton joined Interbrand as Chief Executive in London and became Chairman in January 2002. Her writing has included the book ‘The Future of Brands’, and The Economist book ‘Brands and Branding’. Rita is a non-executive director of Bupa and Dixons Retail plc and formerly of Emap plc. She is a trustee of the WWF (Worldwide Fund for Nature) and chairs Populus, the opinion pollster to The Times. Rita has also been appointed Visiting Professor at Henley Management College and President of the Market Research Society. Her most recent appointment is as Chairman of BTCV, the social enterprise group.

Tim Smit


Tim Smit is co-founder of the Award winning Eden Project near St Austell in Cornwall. Eden is proud of its success in changing people’s perception of the potential for and the application of science, by communicating and interpreting scientific concepts through the use of art, drama and storytelling as well as living up to its mission to take a pivotal role in local regeneration. It demonstrates once and for all that sustainability is not about sandals and nut cutlets, it is about good business practice and the citizenship values of the future.

Tim worked for ten years in the music industry as composer/producer in both rock music and opera. Tim is a Trustee, Patron and Board Member of a number of statutory and voluntary bodies. He has received a variety of awards including The Royal Society of Arts Albert Medal and been made an honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE). Tim was voted ‘Great Briton of 2007’ in the Environment category of the Morgan Stanley Great Britons Awards.