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Jae Mather

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Keynote speaker Jae Mather is a results-oriented executive specializing in future global business issues and sustainability, project management and consultancy. He has extensive experience in the UK and overseas in both the public and private sector. As a keynote speaker he delivers informative speeches with clarity and humor. His talks are full of solutions and inspire attendees to take action in creating a more sustainable future.

As a Non Executive Director at Newform Energy, Jae Mather is part of a multi award winning R&D focused renewable energy provider. He is also the director of sustainability for HW fisher & Company who are a top 25 UK accountancy firm. In addition he is the Co-Founder & Director of Sustainability at the Carbon Free Group.

The Group helps public and private clients to reduce energy costs, help businesses become more sustainable, make zero-carbon living and working an affordable reality and bring the best clean technologies to the market.

Jae has worked in the environmental and sustainability sectors for over 14 years in numerous countries across the globe. He has a BA in Geography and a postgraduate in Environmental Decision Making. He is a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) and a Full Member of the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (MIEMA). Jae has extensive project, service management and consultancy experience gained in the UK and abroad. He worked for Maidstone Borough Council developing an award winning eco-cleaning sustainable procurement policy for them that was used as an example of best practice within the European Commission.

Regularly Jae also presents at a wide variety of events and has run his own “Sustainability Explored Event Series” for over 6 years. The event series has successfully delivered 77 events mainly across the UK, but also in Ireland and the USA. Over 3500 individuals have attended the events from over 2000 organisations.

Furthermore Jae teaches the “Sustainable Procurement Explored” module on the University of Birmingham’s MBA program and is a guest lecturer on the University of Cambridge postgraduate in sustainable leadership program.

During keynote speeches Jae takes his audiences on a journey where they get a wide range of perspectives on business, government, society and the importance of sustainability.

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    Speaker Jae Mather Keynote Topics

    • Sustainability
    • Sustainable business with specific reference to the global macro trends
    • Clean Tech/Environmental technology/Renewable Energy
    • Carbon reduction
    • Energy and carbon auditing
    • Sustainable procurement
    • Performing for sustainability: Influencing employee behaviour to achieve sustainability
    • Climate change
    • Sustainable community development
    • Sustainable construction
    • Self-build housing
    • Leadership and sustainability
    • Environmental philosophy and decision making frameworks
10.13.2014

Interview with Jae Mather

What made you interested in the field of sustainability?

As a child growing up in Vancouver I was very fortunate to be surrounded by immense natural beauty. It struck me that the vast deforestation and associated impacts didn’t seem to make much sense. As an adult I went to university to study Geography, Ecology and Economics and this served to back up my childhood instincts of not making sense. My entire career has in various ways related to sustainability and it sits at the core of my being.

How do you work with clients to prepare your keynotes?

Most often my presentations are built upon trigger images or pieces of text that facilitate the telling of the story & performance, but if desired I do work personally with clients before a keynote.

Do you have a favourite experience from your speaking career?

When I was presenting to the heads of the Colleges at Oxford University I was challenged by a member of the audience about a historical reference that I had made. I asked the person if they happened to be involved with history and they confirmed that they were in fact the Dean of History. So I said “I defer to your expertise in that matter but the historical reference is simply a small part of my painting a big picture of sustainability.

Imagine that you and I are in a house right now and were upstairs in a room looking at the colour of the walls. I said that the walls were white and as you are a paint expert you have corrected me by saying that in fact the walls are off white eggshell 276. There is a fire in the kitchen. For most people the relevance of the exact paint colour on the walls in a room upstairs is non-existent when there is a fire in the kitchen. This is about the big picture and the macro trends.” The professor then sat down and engaged positively for the rest of the presentation and afterwards asked me to come and speak again in his department.

What are your hopes for implementing clean technologies in the future?

I currently work on implementing clean technology on a regular basis. I am also a Non Executive Director at an innovative R&D let next generation renewable company that has developed a solar panel that now looks to be the most efficient on the globe. Clean technology is an exciting and fast growing field that is an integral part of our sustainable future. It is where the climate change billionaires are coming from and it is where we as the human race will find many of our answers for how we will transition to a sustainable world.

What do you hope to accomplish with your work as a keynote speaker?

My interests lie in influencing, persuading and challenging others to lead and promote sustainability. The focus is on the interpretation and articulation of the big picture, as well as the detail, of the environmental agenda within the context of the priorities of businesses in terms to which people can relate into their daily roles. In addition to this I focus on making the entire process entertaining and memorable.

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