Alan Knight – A synopsis

Alan has over 25 years’ experience working with global and national organisations, advising them at board level on global sustainable development issues which affect business, society and individuals.

Alan Knight presenting the 2011 Southampton City Lecture

He was appointed Corporate Responsibility General Manager at ArcelorMittal, the world’s leading integrated steel and mining company, in April 2014. At ArcelorMittal he is responsible for all corporate responsibility issues for the organisation and initially he is reviewing the company’s major strategic corporate sustainability challenges.

Previously Alan was a Director at Business in the Community overseeing its Corporate Sustainability programmes.

Following working with the entire Virgin Group for six years until 2012, Alan continued working on the Virgin Earth Challenge (Sir Richard Branson’s $25m prize for scalable, sustainable ways of removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere), but he resigned in 2014 to take up the post at ArcelorMittal.

He has chaired the UK Task Force on Sustainable Growing Media which is creating a roadmap for the UK gardening and horticulture industry to only use sustainable growing materials. He is still involved with the Task Force. He is also a senior associate of the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership (now the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership).

He has worked with blue chip companies internally (B&Q, Kingfisher and SABMiller, as well as the Virgin Group) see About Me, has spoken to, presented to or has provided quick reviews to over 50 companies ranging from Quorn to the Alberta oil sands industry, see My Corporate Experience. In June 2013 Alan was appointed the first Chair of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Nature Partnership but resigned his Chair position to become a board member in 2014 due to his full time role at ArcelorMittal.  Alan was also a co-founder of the Global Association for Corporate Sustainability Officers which in March 2014 joined forces with the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment, see My public policy and not for profit work.

Through his career Alan has developed narratives for how lifestyles will be sustainable by 2050, the idea of choice editing versus consumer choice and has also voiced his opinion on certification proliferation. As well as corporate work he chaired several government think tanks and was a Sustainable Development Commissioner between 2000 and 2009.

Aligned to his work for others, Alan has been a well known and a popular keynote speaker on the global conference/workshop circuit.