Ed Gillespie (sustainability professional)
Edward Roger Gillespie
|Known for||Co-Founded wearefuterra.com, Director of Greenpeace UK|
Ed Gillespie is a British environmental entrepreneur and author. His focus is on sustainability and innovation. He co-founded Futerra, one of the first specialist sustainability communications agencies in 2001 with Solitaire Townsend.
Early life and education
He grew up in Norfolk, attending Norwich School. Afterwards he was a volunteer for Project Trust as a teacher in Jamaica. He completed an MSc in marine biology at the University of Wales and continued in this discipline by undertaking a MSc in Marine Resource Development and Protection at Heriot-Watt University.
After this his focus shifted to business as he enrolled in a Professional Masters in Leadership for Sustainable Development at Middlesex University, a course run by sustainable development charity Forum for the Future. While there he met Townsend.
Ed started his professional career as an Environmental Development Manager at London Transport. Before this he had worked for the Survival Natural History Film Unit and as a marine biologist in Australia, New Caledonia and Orkney.
In 2001, he co-founded Futerra Sustainability Communications with Solitaire Townsend and their mission is to make sustainable development so desirable it becomes normal.
In 2007/8, he traveled around the world without flying, and his passion for slow travel led him to invest in, and become Chairman of, European Rail Business Loco2. His interest in sustainable development is further shown by his service as a non-executive Director for Zero Carbon Food, a London Sustainable Development Commissioner, Director of carbon emissions campaigning organisation Sandbag  and an investor in Foodtrade.
Publications and public speaking
Ed is a regular contributor to The Guardian, which began back in 2007 with his Slow Traveller blog. This developed into commentary on topics around sustainable business, climate change and environmental communications.
Gillespie is regularly invited to lecture around the world to audiences, including the UN, national governments, multinational corporations and citizen organizations. He spoke at a TEDx event in 2010 about the importance of embedding sustainability into business strategy in a talk titled 'Sustainability, the reinvention of progress'.
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- "Leadership for Sustainable Development". Forum for the Future. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
- Lock, Helen (20 September 2017). "Businesses on the couch: the co-founders in couples' therapy". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
- "team". Loco2. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
- "The Team | Zero Carbon FoodZero Carbon Food". Zerocarbonfood.co.uk. 24 January 2014. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
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- "Who we are". Sandbag. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
- "ed gillespie". FoodTrade. Retrieved 2 March 2015.[permanent dead link]
- "Slow Traveller | From the Observer". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
- "Only Planet". Only Planet. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
- Webb, Flemmich (12 June 2014). "Only Planet by Ed Gillespie, book review: Allow world's flaws and". The Independent. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
- "Responsible Marketing". VLearn.org. Archived from the original on 19 December 2014. Retrieved 2 March 2015.