Communicate 2023 | Get to know our speakers – What to read

Communicate returns on the 14th, 15th and 16th November 2023. To help you get to know this year's speakers, we've put together a collection of their material for you to read.

At Communicate 2023: Together for Nature, we’re bringing together 75 fantastic speakers and chairs across the online, Bristol, Manchester and London programmes of talks, panel discussions, workshops, and masterclasses.

This year we are hosting a tremendous diversity of speakers all passionate about environmental communication. Get to know some of them now by reading their books, blogs and articles below!


Mohammed Dhalech is a PhD candidate in ‘Race and Rurality’ at the University of Leicester. He writes a blog about engaging BAME/POC communities with the outdoors.

Rhian Williams is Founder of the PR & Marketing agency, Be Better Known. She and her team run a blog with PR and Marketing tips and tricks and the lates digital marketing news.

Alex Fearon is a creative email marketing specialist and founder of Maybe Later. She runs a blog focusing on digital fundraising and meaningful digital communications.

Michael Clemence is the Engagement Manager for Trends & Foresight at Ipsos. He has written a number of reports about understanding different generations including Millennial Myths and Realities and Beyond Binary – the lives and choices of Generation Z.

Susanna Bayliss is the Interpretation Officer for Westonbirt, The National Arboretum. She has written a blog all about the Westonbirt Arboretum and its mission.

Megan Reitz is Professor of Leadership and Dialogue at Hult International Business School. She has written a number of articles about employee activism and speaking up in the workplace.

Hannah Martin is an organiser, campaigner and Co-Executive Director at Green New Deal. She and her team fun a blog at Green New Deal about green jobs. She has also written various environmental articles for The Independent.

Immy Robinson is co-lead of The Relationships Project. She writes regularly for their project blog about how we can heal relationships across society.

Dr Nick White is the Principal Advisor on Net Gain at Natural England. You can read his report on “Delivering biodiversity net gain on site – opportunities and challenges”.

Kalpana Arias is a technologist, urban greening activist, gardener and food growing educator, writer, speaker and the founder of Nowadays On Earth. You can read her article on “Nature in the digital age”.


Lorraine Whitmarsh MBE is an environmental psychologist and Director of the UK Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST). Her book Engaging the Public with Climate Change: Behaviour Change and Communication explore how we can drive real action for the climate crisis.

Dimitri Houtart is the BBC Rural Affairs Champion & BBC Audio Rural Affairs, Food, Natural History & Environment Editor. He has written an article about how King Charles III is approaching the countryside and environment.

Natalie Lam is a Senior Account Manager at Greenhouse Communications. She and her team at Greenhouse Communications run a blog about fast fashion, climate change, nature and environmental policy.

George Rhodes is the Director of All Able and Digital Accessibility Lead at University of Westminster. He has written a wide range of guides and articles about improving accessibility across society.

Shannon Walker is the Founder of Social Disruption. She has written an article entitled “Positively disrupting the business industry’s ethnic business agenda” and contributes to the Social Disruption blog discussing digital comms and trends.


Jon Alexander is the author of CITIZENS: Why the Key to Fixing Everything is All of Us, and co-founder of the New Citizenship Project. He also has written about consumers and citizens in a post-covid world and a guide to understanding the era of the citizen.

Rebecca Roberts is Founder of Thread & Fable and a communications professional, specialising in youth audiences. She and her team run the Thread and Fable blog discussing young people, culture and digital comms.

Jason Williams, also known as ‘Cloud Gardener’, is a multi RHS Award Winning Garden Designer and Social Media Communicator. He runs his own blog Cloud Gardeners Soapbox discussing urban gardening tips and tricks.

Alan Wright is the Head of Campaigns and Communications at the Lancashire Wildlife Trust. He regularly writes for the Lancashire Wildlife Trust blog about his experiences in nature, book reviews and climate change.

Adam Ogilvie is CEO of the Leeds-based environmental education charity, Meanwood Valley Urban Farm. He and his team run a Meanwood Valley Urban Farm blog about their farm practices.


Trudy Harrison MP is Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Natural Environment and Land Use) in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. She has written for Business Green “Turning around nature’s decline is a challenge – but the UK is determined”.

Steve Simpson is the Professor of Marine Biology & Global Change at the University of Bristol. He has written for Conservation Careers about his research and his journey into marine biology.

Phoebe Weston is a biodiversity writer for the Guardian. She writes numerous articles covering the biodiversity and climate crisis, environmental policy and campaigns.

Nicky Hawkins is a framing and insight consultant at Heard. She has also written regularly for The Guardian about communications around climate change.

Gaby Hornsby is TV Lead for Sustainability at the BBC. She has written and spoken about the impact that TV can have on the climate crisis in “Can TV save the planet?”.

Steph Spyro is the environment editor and senior political correspondent at the Daily Express. She writes regularly about environmental policy including Net Zero and climate change.

Luke Tryl is UK Director at More in Common. He has written various articles about politics for The Times and social rights in The Guardian.

Dr Elaine Mulcahy is the Director UK Health Alliance on Climate Change. She and her team run a blog for the UK Health Alliance discussing the links between environmental and human health.

Solitaire Townsend is Co-founder & Chief Solutionist at Futerra. She writes regularly for Forbes magazine about sustainability and climate change.