The Conservative Environment Network's Board brings together thought-leaders from business, politics and civil society to advance conservative environmentalism.


Sam RIchards


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Before joining CEN, Sam worked as Head of Strategy at the Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit. He has worked in a range of roles in Westminster, from policy research for backbench MPs to speechwriting for a Cabinet Minister, and has experience of working for a major UK manufacturer and in the US congress. 

Mark Holmes

Outgoing Interim Director

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Mark joined CEN as Interim Director in April 2017. Mark has worked for a number of politicians in a variety of capacities over the last three years. This has included as a researcher and editor, a political adviser and campaign co-ordinator, and most recently in parliament for a senior Conservative MP. He brings corporate experience in sustainability, public policy, stakeholder engagement and campaign advocacy. 

Ben Goldsmith


Ben Goldsmith is CEO of Menhaden Capital and co-founder of specialist long-term investment group WHEB. He also chairs the UK Environmental Funders’ Network and is an Advisory Council member for the Oxford Martin School. In chairing CEN, he is supported by a Board and Steering Committee of prominent centre-right environmentalists.



Ben Caldecott is the founding Director of the Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme at the University of Oxford Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. He is concurrently an Academic Visitor at the Bank of England, a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University, a Senior Advisor at Highmore LLC, and a Senior Associate Fellow at Bright Blue. 

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Adrian Gahan is Director of Policy at Blue Marine Foundation. He was previously Managing Director of international sustainability consultancy, Sancroft. Before that he spent three years as an Energy and Climate Change Policy Adviser to the Conservative Party, before which he worked at BP Alternative Energy and with the Delegation of the European Commission to the United States.

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Isabella Gornall is MD of Seahorse Environmental Communications. Her former roles include Head of Maitland Green, Policy Adviser to Zac Goldsmith MP and EU Environmental Policy Consultant in Brussels. Isabella is also on the Board of UK100, the ambitious network of UK Cities committing to 100% clean energy.

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Benet Northcote is Director, Corporate Responsibility at John Lewis Partnership, having previously been Deputy Private Secretary to The Prince of Wales, where he was responsible for The Prince’s work on the Sustainability and Responsible Business.