Independent Advisory & Assurance Panel

The Panel meets four times a year to review the performance and robustness of the BP Target Neutral scheme. The Panel reviews individual activities, provides counsel and business guidance on best practices, and assurance on the projects selected for the portfolio.

The panel members are:

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


Mark Kenber is an economist who has worked on climate change for nearly twenty years and is an expert on international climate policy. He is the CEO of the community energy company Mongoose Energy, which is set to launch later this year with a confirmed pipeline of 100 MW of renewable electricity.

Mark joined Mongoose Energy from the highly influential non-profit The Climate Group where he was the CEO since 2011. During his time with the organisation he co-founded the successful Voluntary Carbon Standard and was an expert advisor to former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair on the joint policy initiative Breaking the Climate Deadlock (2008-2009).

Immediately prior to joining The Climate Group, Mark was Senior Policy Officer at WWF’s International Climate Change Programme, focusing on carbon market and finance issues. During this time he worked on the creation of the CDM Gold Standard, a tool for channelling carbon market investments into sustainable clean energy projects.

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 has worked with many of the world’s leading companies on their brand strategy, from national start-ups to mature global corporations across all sectors.

She speaks around the world on subjects as diverse as leadership, corporate reputation, innovation and communicating sustainability, as well as all aspects of branding and marketing. Her writing has included the best-selling book ‘The Future of Brands’, and two editions of The Economist book ‘Brands & Branding’.

From 1997 to 2012, she was London Chief Executive and then Chairman at Interbrand, the world’s leading brand consultancy, and before that Vice Chairman and Strategic Director at Saatchi & Saatchi. She now has a portfolio of chairing and non-executive directorships, including, Ascential, Bupa, Nationwide, and Populus, as well as chairing the brand firm BrandCap and speaking and writing about brands. Her pro bono roles include the boards of WWF, of the Henley Festival and as chair of The Conservation Volunteers. She has worked on environmental and sustainability issues, including as a member of the UK Government’s Sustainable Development Commission and the Advisory Panel for BP Target Neutral.

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.