Miya joined Context in 2013 and works on a range of projects for clients including BT, IKEA and Jaguar Land Rover. She has particular experience of devising and delivering community engagement programmes for a wide range of companies. In her previous role at the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, she managed the communications for London 2012's UK-wide education programme and worked with a number of global and domestic sponsors. She has also worked as a Project Manager within BT's Corporate Responsibility team. Miya has a BA in English from the University of Oxford and is currently completing a MSc in Corporate Governance and Business Ethics at Birkbeck College, University of London.
Lois is a seasoned corporate responsibility professional, with nine years of experience helping companies integrate sustainable business practices into their core activities, implement meaningful community involvement initiatives and communicate what they do effectively to stakeholders. Lois started her career in London, initially as a consultant, before moving in-house to establish a responsible business function at a FTSE250 property firm. She then worked at Sky, a FTSE50 media and communications company. Since moving to the US in 2010, Lois has focused on writing and editing corporate responsibility reports and communications. Based in Florida, she works for clients across the globe including Cisco, Brown-Forman and Teva.
Katharine is a copywriter and journalist specialising in corporate sustainability. With excellent writing skills and an ability to explore complex issues in clear, creative language, she works on a wide range of sustainability communications and reports, bringing stories to life in an engaging, informative way, while staying true to the facts. Katharine contributes regularly to Guardian Sustainable Business, 2degrees network, Green Futures, Sustainable Brands and the Ethical Fashion Forum's SOURCE Intelligence. She was highly commended for her articles on supply chain sustainability and ethical sourcing at the 2012 SOURCE Awards. Her previous experience includes managing business-to-business PR campaigns for automotive, logistics and engineering companies, as well as FMCG food and drink brands. Katharine holds a First Class degree in French and Italian from Bristol University and has studied in the UK, France and Italy.
Helen has over ten years of experience in the fields of sustainability and stakeholder engagement, with work ranging from strategic advice to detailed research and award winning writing. She specialises in helping organisations to communicate complex sustainability issues. After studying natural sciences at Cambridge, Helen had a brief spell as the manager of a tutoring centre before moving into the world of environmental decision-making, spending three years working with charity The Environment Council as coordinator of its corporate partners scheme. She has particular experience of the science and technology, energy, and health sectors. Helen lives in London, and is a keen musician and writer.
Polly has 20 years' experience writing on sustainability issues as a journalist, consultant and author. Before joining Context in August 2011, she was senior writer-editor at the World Resources Institute, where she wrote op-eds and blogs for WRI's president. She has worked as a freelance sustainability writer and communications strategist with clients from the non-profit, public policy and corporate sectors. From 1989-1995 she was the Environment Correspondent of The Observer, a UK national Sunday newspaper. Polly has published three books, including the bestselling Downshifting: A Guide to Happier, Simpler Living and The Low Carbon Diet, published in 2007. Context clients Polly writes for include PepsiCo, Bloomberg, Sodexo, Citi and Motorola Mobility. She is based in Washington D.C.
Phoebe joined Context in July 2012 and works on projects for Unilever, GlaxoSmithKline and Vodafone. Prior to joining Context, Phoebe worked in Bangladesh as part of the business development team for an international development NGO. She has also worked as a recruitment consultant for Michael Page Finance. Phoebe has a master's degree in Development Management and a bachelor's degree in Geography, both from the University of Manchester.
Beckie helps clients including BAE Systems, BT, GSK and WPP to develop innovative and compelling CS communications (including many award winning reports). Beckie is a trained facilitator and has run engagements for Context clients on topics as diverse as access to medicine in emerging economies to consumer issues in the UK mobile market. Before joining Context in 2002, Beckie worked at the Environment Council, an NGO promoting sustainable development and stakeholder dialogue for business. She has an MA in history from Edinburgh University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Law.
Jana joined Context in 2013. She has worked on sustainability projects at Au Bon Pain Corporation, helping to develop an energy efficiency investment plan. This included conducting energy audits and financial analyses of lighting and refrigeration technology at the company's retail sites. Jana was a research associate for the Corporate Partnerships Program at Environmental Defense Fund, and has worked on data collection strategies at the Rocky Mountain Institute. Jana holds a dual Master of Business Administration/Master of Environmental Management from the Fuqua School of Business and the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. At Duke, Jana studied marketing, decision sciences and environmental economics. As part of her masters project she researched the Brazilian beef value chain to identify opportunities for corporate interventions aimed at reducing deforestation in the Amazon. Jana also holds a degree in political science and environmental studies from Princeton University.
Peter T. Knight is Chairman and co-founder of the Context Group. He is based in London. He advises on sustainability strategy and communications and is an accomplished writer, public speaker and moderator. For over 20 years Peter has worked with some of the world's top corporations, including Bloomberg, The Estée Lauder Companies, Caterpillar, Citi, Kimberly-Clark, Morgan Stanley, International Paper, Roche, Shell, Unilever and United Technologies. Peter is a former UK Environment Journalist of the Year and was a regular contributor to the Financial Times. He has worked with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, co-authoring the organization's reports and books, including Financing Change, an exploration of the role of finance in sustainable development. Peter is the co-author of The Green Business Guide and writes a monthly columns: Letter from the Mid-Atlantic in Ethical Corporation Magazine.
Kristen joined Context America in June of 2012. She works with clients such as BNY Mellon, International Paper and Motorola Mobility on sustainability reporting and communications, and has completed the GRI certified training course on the Sustainability Reporting Process. Prior to joining Context, Kristen worked in the clean technology sector at a small start-up company. She also has experience in the non-profit sector and has worked at organizations such as Blue Ocean Institute and NYC Audubon Society. Kristen has a master's degree in Environmental Conservation Education from New York University and a bachelor's degree in Environmental Science from Villanova University.
Peter joined Context in September 2011 from Ethical Performance, the international corporate sustainability newsletter. Peter works closely with clients on sustainability strategy, reporting and communications. In particular, he advises on planning and writing corporate sustainability reports, preparing white papers and research documents, and developing sustainability communications strategies with clearly identified objectives, audiences, and messages. Peter has broad corporate sustainability knowledge across all sectors, combined with top-quality writing and communication skills. As one of the world's leading journalists and commentators on corporate sustainability, he also has in-depth knowledge of who's who in the field. Prior to Ethical Performance, Peter spent 20 years in various journalistic roles in the UK, including as news editor of Green magazine, on the foreign desk of The Guardian newspaper, and as a freelancer for several national newspapers. He has also written seven books including, most recently, a biography of the sportsman-turned-statesman Sir Learie Constantine.
Scarlet is an experienced account director and expert writer with extensive knowledge of corporate sustainability (CS) in a wide range of sectors. Since 2004, she has helped Context clients understand stakeholder expectations and navigate the complexities of CS strategy, communications and reporting. Scarlet supports clients in developing comprehensive sustainability communications strategies, leading a wide range of projects from transparent and credible CS reporting to pithy online, internal and marketing communications. She also runs stakeholder engagement events and helps companies communicate policy positions and technical research findings on specific issues. Her clients include Centrica, Cisco, Deutsche Bank, GlaxoSmithKline, Interface Europe, Jaguar Land Rover, Nokia Solutions Networks, Syngenta and Vodafone.
Lindy joined Context in September 2013 and works with a range of clients including HP, Starwood, and McGraw Hill Financial. Prior to joining Context, Lindy was a consultant in Kenya and Rwanda with TechnoServe, an international non-profit that works with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive businesses. Lindy conducted stakeholder engagement activities, program evaluation, and communications efforts for a rural youth enterprise development program in Nairobi, Kenya. She also served as a technical advisor to the Government of Rwanda’s Ministry of Youth & ICT in Kigali, Rwanda. Lindy worked for almost five years at Edelman, the world’s largest global public relations firm, in their Washington, D.C. and New York City offices. She specialized in public affairs, issues management, and corporate reputation management communications, helping develop and implement strategies and campaigns for clients including Pfizer, GE, AT&T, and Wal-Mart. Lindy began her career at The Advisory Board Company, a healthcare consulting firm in Washington, D.C. where she worked in strategy and operations. Her professional experience also includes working with the Clinton Global Initiative and consulting with Bank of America to assess their CSR strategy in Latin America. Lindy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Virginia and a Master of Public Administration in Energy and Environmental Policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Jaycee is a political junkie turned corporate sustainability specialist. She began her career in the Clinton administration at the U.S. Agency for International Development and later managed initiatives, events and programs at the White House for both President Clinton and the First Lady. Jaycee developed her business acumen managing corporate responsibility activities at United Technologies Corporation and international community relations at Citi. She has over 15 years of experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors creating, launching and managing innovative programs in domestic and international markets. In addition to leading our New York office, Jaycee advises clients on a wide range of sustainability issues, from strategy development to internal and external communications , and is accomplished speaker and moderator. Jaycee works with companies in a wide range of sectors, including Bloomberg, Cisco, Hasbro, International Paper and Sysco. Jaycee holds a bachelor's degree in French and public communications from American University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Simon founded Context with Peter Knight in 1997, following five years with leading environmental consultancy Enviros. After graduating in chemical engineering he spent ten years in consumer protection roles at the UK Advertising Standards Authority and its equivalent in television regulation. In 2011, Simon relocated to Los Angeles to provide strategic services to our west coast clients and continue the growth of Context in America. Recently he has worked closely with Centrica, HP, Life Technologies, Motorola, Vodafone and WPP. Simon has been instrumental in developing Context's services in strategy, marketing communication, reporting, stakeholder engagement and employee communications. He speaks regularly at conferences and client seminars and is an experienced facilitator of conference panels and management meetings.
Aarti has over five years of experience in strategic communications, issues management, policy development and advocacy. Prior to joining Context in 2013, she worked as a public and government affairs advisor for ExxonMobil. She has also consulted for GE Capital and the U.S. Department of Treasury on economic and policy issues. Aarti has extensive writing and editing experience, including as senior editor for the Journal of International Affairs and as a blogger for the foreign policy association. She has degrees in environmental engineering, journalism and international energy policy, and is fluent in Hindi and Tamil.
Arthur joined Context in January 2013 and is working with clients such as The Esté Lauder Companies, Citi and Cisco. A former English teacher and education consultant in Sáo Paulo, Brazil, Arthur returned to New York to become a communications strategist at one of the largest and oldest not-for-profit education organizations in the U.S. After realizing sustainability was his calling, Arthur found himself in Haiti where he researched sustainable energy, agro-forestry and economic development as a consultant for the United Nations Environment Programme. He later advised the United States Environmental Protection Agency on using communications strategies to promote sustainable manufacturing. Arthur graduated magna cum laude from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana with a bachelor's in history. He holds a master's in international affairs from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, where he focused on energy and environmental policy.
Derek has over eight years of experience in the media industry, writing and producing documentaries and online news content for such outlets as Major League Baseball Advanced Media and the environmental media organization Inform Inc. Prior to joining Context, he consulted on sustainability and media strategy for some of KPMG's public sector clients and authored reports on climate and energy issues for the Brookings Institution and the League of Conservation Voters. Derek's writing has appeared in State of the Planet, Sustainable Times, and the Journal of Public and International Affairs. He has also written and edited publications for the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures. Derek has a master's degree in environmental policy from Columbia University, as well as a bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University.
Elizabeth has over 15 years experience in management consulting, assisting companies, nonprofits and foundations. She has worked for Bain & Company in Canada and Australia, leading projects to create strategic growth opportunities, enhance operational efficiencies, redesign organizations, and manage change effectively. At ACE Limited (global re/insurance) she ran the global strategic initiatives group, leading many projects that were global in scope focusing on post-merger integration, organizational redesign, change management and on creating ACE's global philanthropy strategy. Elizabeth is based in Beijing, China.
Pete joined Context in November 2012, and works on research, reporting and communications projects for clients including Nokia Siemens Networks. Prior to joining Context, Pete gained experience in corporate sustainability working at Business in the Community and engineering and environmental consultancy WSP Group. Pete holds an MSc in Sustainable Development from the University of Exeter.
Sonya joined Context in February 2010 as part time Office Manager. An experienced Event Management Consultant, she has worked with several FTSE 100 clients over the past 15 years. Sonya manages the administration and accounts for the London office and is mum of two.
Roger has contributed to the development of corporate sustainability since the late 1980s as a business journalist on The Guardian newspaper and later as a freelance writer. His writing has appeared in the Financial Times and many other publications, and he has authored major reports for organisations ranging from the Association of British Insurers to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). He also produced the Guardian/Observer Business and Society conference. Roger joined Context in 2005 and directs reporting and communications projects for multinational clients. This has included supporting the WBCSD's Energy Efficiency in Buildings initiative, which reported in April 2009. He edited the interim report of The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity project, launched in Bonn in 2008. He also runs regular "copy clinics" for Context team members to share ideas and hone their writing skills. Roger qualified as a management accountant and has an MBA from Manchester Business School. He is an external director of EIRIS, the responsible investment research organisation.