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At Chilworth Partnership, we would like to invite all our clients and candidates to join us for an event hosted by ​The University of Southampton Business School on Sustainability. 

The purpose of this event is to discuss the different factors involved in sustainability, both in the context of the planet and organisations. Attending this event should enable a better understanding of the challenges in developing, writing, implementing, and reviewing a sustainability strategy for your organisation that is aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, yet grounded in actionable, measurable initiatives to drive towards a sustainable business and planet. 



If you would like to attend as our guest, please email the Chilworth Partnership team at




Date: Wednesday 15 December 2021 

Time: 1pm-2.30pm 

Panel Members: 

Emily Harrison (University of Southampton), 

Carol Parkes (University of Winchester), 

David Thomas (Saints Foundation) 


Chaired by: Professor Toby King, Director of Enterprise, SBS


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Our panel members include:


David Thomas (Chief Commercial Officer, Saints Foundation) 

David will discuss the development and implementation of the Southampton Football Club sustainability strategy – The Halo Effect – with particular reference to the unique stakeholder groups that the club works with, from its staff and players, to the fans, local businesses, and the rest of the local community, all in the context of sustaining a viable business whilst achieving carbon neutrality by 2030. Following a degree in Engineering, David quickly switched to marketing and advertising, including 5 years at Saatchi & Saatchi (where he helped the Army develop its highly successful ‘Be the Best’ campaign.) He then worked for Virgin Holidays as General Manager of Brand before joining Southampton FC in 2015 as Chief Commercial Officer, with responsibilities ranging from brand, marketing, catering, and events, to retail, sponsorship, and the Saints Foundation. Amongst all this, he somehow found time to develop The Halo Effect.

Screenshot 2021-12-06 9.52.43 AMProfessor Carole Parkes (Emeritus Professor of Responsible Management and Leadership, University of Winchester) 

Carole has both a business and academic background and will discuss operationalising strategic approaches to integrating sustainable development in a holistic way. Carole has previously led the incorporation of sustainability and social responsibility at two Universities – the University of Winchester and Aston University. She has also worked with a range of business and community groups on this agenda. As a pioneer of the United Nations backed PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education), Carole is a previous Chair of the UK and Ireland network of PRME Universities and in 2017, she was appointed as a UN PRME Special Advisor working globally with Regional PRME Networks and Universities. 

Emily Harrison (Sustainability Engagement, University of Southampton) Discussing how the University of Southampton developed its sustainability strategy from the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, with a particular focus on what should be ‘in scope’ and what is excluded, as well as the measurement of progress. Emily is currently the Sustainability Stakeholder Engagement Co-ordinator at the University of Southampton. Her main focuses include implementing the new Sustainability strategy and education for sustainable development as well as several other projects related to furthering the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Whilst studying at the University she was previously VP of Student Communities and President of the Student Union.