executive team

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Prof Peter Head CBE FREng FRSA

Peter HeadPeter is a champion of sustainable development. He established the Ecological Sequestration Trust in 2011. He advocates that changing the way we invest public and private money in the built environment could be made very much more effective if the public and private sectors adopt sustainable development principles.

Peter is a civil and structural engineer who has become a recognised world leader in major bridges (he received an OBE for successfully delivering the Second Severn Crossing as Government Agent), advanced composite technology and now in sustainable development in cities and regions. He has won many awards for his work including the Award of Merit of IABSE, the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Silver Medal and the Prince Philip Award for Polymers in the Service of Mankind.

He joined Arup in 2004 to create and lead their planning and integrated urbanism team which by 2011 had doubled in size. He directed work on the Dongtan Eco City Planning project which was voted by Chinese developers in 2005 as the most influential development project in China.

In July 2008 he was awarded an honorary doctorate in engineering at Bristol University, where he is a visiting Professor in Sustainable Systems Engineering.

In May 2011 he was appointed as a visiting professor in eco-cities at Westminster University. In 2009 he was awarded the Sir Frank Whittle medal of the Royal Academy of Engineering for a lifetime contribution to the well-being of the nation through environmental innovation.

In 2008 he was named by the Guardian Newspaper as one of 50 people that could ‘save the planet’.

He was cited by Time magazine in 2008 as one of 30 global eco-heroes and has been one of CNN’s Principle Voices.

In 2011 he was awarded the CBE in the New Year’s Honours List for services to Civil Engineering and the Environment.

Research Director

Dr Graham Hillier CEng, FIMMM, FRSA

Graham HillierGraham has a wide-ranging business background including recycling operations, new product development, business development and low carbon energy.

He was Director of Strategy and Planning for ICI’s Petrochemicals, Plastics and Fertilizers Business before working for Corus as Construction Director, where he was responsible for a global programme in sustainable urban design and construction.

Graham is also a Director at the Centre for Process Innovation, where he is responsible for Strategy and Futures. His role is to develop strategy on developing technologies to support the efficient use and reuse of increasingly scare natural resources.

Graham is a Visiting Professor in the Department of the Built Environment at the University of Salford and is Chair of Redcar & Cleveland Further Education College.

Finance Director

Alastair Kennedy, MEng, FCA

Alastair KennedyFollowing a Masters Degree in Engineering at Nottingham University, Alastair joined Ernst and Young in London, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1990. In 1991 he moved to Australia, working initially for a diversified industrial company, Howard Smith Ltd, later becoming Group Accountant at Pioneer International Ltd in Sydney.

On returning to the UK in 2007, Alastair first worked as Pioneer’s ERP Project Team Leader, and then as European Finance Manager in London, with particular responsibility for strategy, business development and analysis of European reporting and forecasting.

In 2000 Alastair became Finance Director for the UK Studio of Electronic Arts, the world’s leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software. During these four years, he managed a successful acquisition and integration exercise, established effective operational and financial processes in a rapidly growing business, implementing data warehousing, redesigning joint venture appraisal processes and improving cash flow forecasting.

Since 2004 Alastair has worked on a portfolio basis as a Finance Director and advisor to SMEs.

Program Finance Director

Christoph Graf von Waldersee

Christoph WalderseeChristoph Waldersee is a multilateral development finance specialist. He is a former executive of the German Government development investment bank DEG, part of German development bank KfW. Later he was leading the biggest ever EU environmental project in China, including introducing the rehabilitated area to potential infrastructure management and investment companies.

For over 25 years Christoph has been working with governments and private institutions in Asia as in other parts of the world working on sustainable urban development, structuring it in regard to its finance and investment, supporting and financing a resilient ecological, economic and social development. He has facilitated in many regions the creation, upgrading and finance of public infrastructure with a particular focus on its economic viability, its resource efficiency and the overall social acceptance of the urban development process.

Christoph holds a degree from ebs – European Business School (Germany/France/UK), studied at Ruhr-University (www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de), Bochum, Germany, and at Peking University in Beijing, China.

Global Delivery Director

Scott Williams

Scott WilliamsScott is a Resilience Broker and very big picture thinker and doer with around 20 years of professional service experience with PwC managing and leading teams and delivering complex multi-country, multi-year programs and projects in more than 100 countries working at intergovernmental, national, municipal and local level with both public and private sector.

Scott’s mission is to catalyse global scale change to build systemic resilience by re-establishing a connection between our physical reality and our economic and financial systems to enable a safer transitional pathway for human civilization as we negotiate novel systemic risks that threaten the viability of our species this century. He is responsible for the global roll-out of the Resilience.io Global Delivery Programme utilising the CHEER approach to establish the resilience.io network of integrated tools & innovative financing mechanisms across 7000 city-regions in 200 countries to accelerate the financing and implementation of the SDGs in city-regions across the world by 2025.

Immediately prior to joining The Trust, Scott led PwC’s Global Disaster Risk Management 2030 initiative and was a member of the PwC Global Sustainability Governance Board, and he continues his role as a Global Champion for the UN Women HeForShe Gender Equality Movement.