Digital Transformation: Powering the Journey to Carbon Neutral

Hosted by Leeds City College

Digital Transformation: Powering the Journey to Carbon Neutral

This event is part of Leeds Digital Festival 2021 and delivered by Leeds City College

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Join us for our panel discussion exploring Digital Transformation: Powering the Journey to Carbon Neutral. Whether you’re part of a digital company, have a digital role or are simply interested in digital, this event is a great opportunity to network with other IT and Digital professionals and explore how the digital landscape is evolving in combating carbon emissions. The event will be chaired by Jonny Ross, MD of Leeds-based digital marketing agency Fleek Marketing, and an SEO expert. Jonny has chaired several panel discussions and successfully ran Leeds Digital Festival events previously.

The increase of technology and digital solutions has impacted every industry and changed the way we live our lives but how can digital power the journey to a carbon neutral city? Technology is no longer a helpful addition, but a fundamental part of the way we live our lives. With little evidence that the momentum of this transformation is slowing down, what might the future of digital innovation look like for businesses striving to be carbon neutral?

Our event will explore how the digital world is helping with the journey to carbon neutral and how other businesses have have adopted a carbon neutral organisation. So join us for a morning discussion as we explore digital role in becoming carbon neutral.

Who can attend?

This event is part of Leeds Digital Festival 2020 and is open to all. However, this event will be particularly beneficial if you:

Are a professional looking to further explore how to be more sustainable and reduce carbon emissions/
Are a professional looking to innovate in the context of reducing carbon emissions

The Panel

Rob Gill – Managing Director – Yonder Consulting

Yonder are a building physics lead design consultancy specialising in zero carbon buildings, utilising virtual prototyping in an iterative process to achieve true value engineering solutions that deliver sustainable buildings. Yonder have pioneered the use of building physics at the early stages of design to help clients improve their internal environment, reduce energy, carbon emission and running cost whilst controlling capital expenditure. Yonder will bring their zero carbon expertise to the development to help achieve a truly sustainable development that will balance energy efficiency with the capital budget.

Ian Harris – Executive Chairman – Search Laboratory

Ian Harris founded Search Laboratory in 2005 as an agency offering digital marketing in multiple languages. Ian’s maths background meant that Search Laboratory’s data-driven approach has led them to become a full Google Analytics reseller working for companies like Visa, Moonpig, Citrix and Giffgaff. With 130 employees based at the head office in Leeds, and offices in New York and Austin Texas, going carbon neutral has been a big drive over the last few years.

Nick Gregory – Chief Marketing Officer – BigChange

Nick is the chief marketing officer for BigChange and is responsible for the business’s global marketing and communications strategy. Nick has over 35 years of experience in B2B software marketing, sales and product development. He joined BigChange in April 2021, having previously served as CMO for nearly six years at IRIS Software Group. Prior to this, Nick founded B2B marketing agency MXL, where he advised leading brands such as MessageLabs, MySQL and Veritas. Earlier in his career, Nick ran his own B2B manufacturing analytics software business, Portico and has held senior roles at content management pioneer, MediaSurface and database giant, Oracle.

In 2016, Nick was recognised as one of the 100 most influential B2B tech marketers in Europe. Nick is also a distinguished international racing canoeist having represented Great Britain at the World Championships in 1981.

In 2020 alone, BigChange and its clients saved the equivalent of 3000 trees worth of paper, and reduced unnecessary driving miles equivalent to 5 million kilograms of CO2

Phil Holdgate – Head of Production Sustainability – ITV

Event Details

This event will be held remotely via google meets. A joining link will be sent prior to the event.

Date: Monday 20th September Time: 10:00 – 11:30 Cost: Free


10am – Introduction
10:15 – Panel Discussion
11:00 – Audience questions
11:15 Close

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Digital Transformation: Powering the Journey to Carbon Neutral
20th Sep 2021 10:00am - 11:30am
Hosted by Leeds City College

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