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Rob Leslie-Carter, Alan Cooke, Belinda Gordon & Paul Mansell
The role of the project professional in tackling the climate emergency

Runtime 🕑 1:05 mins

Rob Leslie-Carter, Director, Arup

Rob is a director with Arup, based in London. He has worked around the world with Arup for 27 years, and specialises in the planning, set-up, leadership and delivery of complex infrastructure and property projects, both client side and as leader of multidisciplinary teams.

His project track record includes the Beijing Olympics Water Cube, the Laban Dance School in Deptford, New Acton Nishi in Canberra, Greenhouse by Joost in Sydney, and High Speed 2, currently Europe’s biggest project. He is a regular speaker on leadership, project management, organisational culture and the future of work, and is a guest lecturer at the Bartlett at UCL and the University of New South Wales.

In 2018 Rob was lead author for ‘Future of Project Management’ – a collaboration between Association for Project Management, Arup, and the Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management. The future trends explored in FoPM continue to inspire significant research activities, including how the project management profession can respond to and influence achieving the UN sustainable development goals and the UK’s net zero emissions targets.


Alan Cooke - Head of Delivery and Change, Coop Funeralcare

Alan is the Head of Delivery and Change for Coop Funeralcare and is responsible for ensuring change lands and is sustained whilst protecting the core operation. 

Alan joined the Co-op in 2010 and has worked across the organisation in both retail and services working on significant transformation programmes. He is an innovative problem solver with a proven track record of leading transformational change that has delivered substantial success and contributed to market leading growth. In 2015 he led and launched the Fresh Quality Always initiative which saw double digit growth for impacted categories and saw the first quarter of growth which still continues.

Adaptable, resilient and motivated, Alan champions both customer/client and colleague, ensuring they are at the forefront of strategic decisions. His motivational and empowering leadership style has allowed him to inspire his teams to deliver excellent results at pace, whilst developing a culture of continuous improvement, trust and sustainability.


Belinda Gordon - Strategy Director, Green Alliance

Belinda joined Green Alliance in 2018 and is responsible for developing and executing Green Alliance’s strategy and overseeing Greener UK and its influence on the Brexit process. Prior to joining Green Alliance, Belinda worked as head of government and rural affairs at the Campaign to Protect Rural England for two and a half years.

Before that, she worked in the Science Policy Centre of The Royal Society and at Defra, where she focused on issues ranging from waste to noise and agriculture. She started her career at Shell before joining the Countryside Agency. She has a degree in geography from Cambridge University and an MSc in environmental management from Birkbeck College.


Paul Mansell - Major projects advisor, ImpaQt Consulting

Paul has been a programme director for public and private mega-programmes across the country in the telecom, finance, energy/nuclear and transport sectors. Paul also gives pro bono support for global conservation organisations such as WWF. He has an MPhil in International Relations from Cambridge University, an MSc in Major Programmes from Oxford University and an MA in Strategic Studies from King’s College London.

Paul has a portfolio career and has been senior independent advisor to Infrastructure and Projects Authority since 2008 (Major Projects Review Group reviewer for Cabinet Office and HM Treasury); leading/teaching the governance module at University College London on the MSc ‘Strategic Management of Projects’ since 2012; full-time PhD research into ‘Measuring Infrastructure Projects’ Sustainable Development Goals Impact’ with the Nathu Puri Institute; and project advisor to global organisations such as Cisco, UNOPS and Deutsche Bank.

Previously, Paul worked for 20 years in the Royal Marines Commandos and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office on global operations. He then had five years in Deloitte Consulting as a director, and jointly set-up a leading project performance consultancy, Moorhouse, in 2004, winning many national awards, including the APM Firm of the Year twice in its first five years.

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