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We often talk about sustainability, but less on how its impacts can be assessed and measured. Organisations are grappling with this concept, but positive strides have been made and it is time to consolidate these and move the conversation forward.

Wednesday 23 May 2018
Concourse and LT1B
Dr Sarah Ivory; Deputy Director of Sustainable Business Initiative and Early Career Fellow- Climate Change and Business Strategy; University of Edinburgh Business School
Gordon McAndrew; Senior Investment Director; Investec
Nick Moon; Partner; LeapFrog Investments
Alan Thornburrow; Director; Business in the Community Scotland


With advances in integrated reporting, we have progressed towards a more quantitative and tangible representation of sustainability, but does this do enough?

We often talk about sustainability, but less on how its impacts can be assessed. Organisations are grapppling with this concept, but positive strides have been made and it is time to consolidate these and move the conversation forward.

At this event, we are delighted to welcome a panel that offers a breadth of experience and unique insights. It is a bolt-on event to our exciting Advanced Sustainability Programme (ASP) for which there are still a couple spaces available, so please register if you are interested in attending via the link below. We are also delighted to be collaborating with Business in the Community Scotland.


  • 17:00 - 17.15: Registration (on the Busines School Concourse)
  • 17:15 - 17:25: Welcome Address: Dr Sarah Ivory
  • 17:25 - 17:40: Setting the Scene: Alan Thornburrow
  • 17:40 - 18:00: Perspectives from LeapFrog Investments: Nick Moon
  • 18:00 - 18:20: Perspectives from Investec: Gordon McAndrew
  • 18:20 - 18:50: Q&A Panel Session (Chaired by Dr Sarah Ivory)
  • 18:50 - 19:30: Drinks and Canapé Reception

About the Speakers

Dr Sarah Ivory

Sarah is the Deputy Director of Sustainable Business Initiative and an Early Career Fellow in Climate Change and Business Strategy at the University of Edinburgh Business School (UEBS). She is a member of the Centre for Business and Climate Change (CBCC) which develops dedicated teaching and research relating to aspects of business and management impacted by, or which have an impact on, climate change issues, as well as the Sustainable Business Institute (SBI) which is an external facing organisation engaging with, consulting, and speaking to the business and wider community in relation to sustainability issues.

Dr Ivory has recently established the Global Challenges for Business compulsory first-year course for all UEBS undergraduate students. This course focuses not only on the global challenges students will face as they embark on their scholarly and then graduate life, but explicitly on the skills of critical thinking that will be essential to navigating such issues. Designed around three facets of critical thinking - quality of argument, strength of evidence, clarity of presentation - the course acts as a foundation for a business degree focusing on teaching students how to think, rather than what to think. Prior to academia Dr Ivory worked in the private sector in Singapore and Australia. She is a past-Chair and ongoing committee member of the British Academy of Management Sustainable and Responsible Business Special Interest Group (SIG). She has a BCom (hons) from the University of Melbourne, an MBA from Melbourne Business School, an MSc (by research) and a PhD from the University of Edinburgh.

Gordon McAndrew BSc (Hons) (Chartered FCSI)

Gordon graduated from Edinburgh University in 1997 with a First Class Honours degree in Mathematics. During his penultimate year Gordon was the recipient of a Carnegie Vacation Research Scholarship and in his final year he was awarded the Tait Medal and Schlapp Prize, as the top student in his year. Gordon has worked in the investment industry for over 20 years and joined Investec Wealth & Investment in February 2014. Prior to that Gordon spent 16 years at Tilney Investment Management, the latter 7 years of that period at Deutsche Bank (“DB”) following the takeover of Tilney by DB. As Head of the Discretionary Portfolio Management Team in Edinburgh prior to leaving DB, he was directly responsible for managing over £500m of client assets, including £150m of charity funds. Gordon is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment. He is also a fully qualified Chartered Wealth Manager and sits on the firm’s UK Investment Committee.

Nick Moon

Nick leads investor relations, co-investments and strategic partnerships for LeapFrog globally. He oversaw the raising of LeapFrog’s $400m oversubscribed second fund and LeapFrog’s $350m separate account with Prudential Inc. Nick sits on the Board of portfolio company, Northern Arc Capital (formerly IFMR Capital) one of India’s largest credit platforms, and also led a multi-LP co-investment in Reliance Capital, Indonesia’s leading diversified financial services company.

Previously, Nick raised over $1 billion of institutional capital across a series of successful funds; he has over 14 years private equity and business-building experience. Nick was previously Director of Strategy and Communications, heading new business ventures and investor relations, at the FW Group, the UK’s largest SME focused fund manager, where he also co-founded FW Capital, the Group’s growth private equity arm. Nick was a founding member of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association’s (EMPEA) Investor Relations & Marketing Community and is a speaker at EMPEA Fundraising master classes. He holds an Executive MBA from Imperial College London, where he specialised in private equity and advanced strategy, achieving distinction.

Alan Thornburrow

Alan Thornburrow is the Scotland Director for Business in the Community. He works with senior stakeholders in the private, public and third sector to create healthy communities with successful businesses at its heart. With the BITC Scotland team, Alan delivers our strategy across three key areas: Education, Work and Innovation. Alan’s previous role was Chief Executive at Scottish Investment Operations, a membership body for the financial sector. As Chief Executive Alan led SIO through the financial crisis reorganising its membership and proposition around responsible leadership. He is passionate about the role of business in wider society and has held several positions on committees and boards in support of this.

Alan is Honorary Professor at Glasgow Caledonian University’s School for Business & Society. He is past Chairman of the Institute of Directors in Edinburgh & Lothians and past Vice Chairman of Career Ready in Scotland, a charity focused on widening access and opportunity for young people. With experience spanning youth employment, education and the economy, Alan regularly inputs to initiatives that work towards a fairer Scotland. Outside of work Alan is married with four children and is a keen (and often injured!) long distance hill runner, cyclist and lover of the outdoors.

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