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Key Points
  • Clare is an award-winning professional speaker, and has also won two major industry wards for her environmental work.
  • Published author: the second edition of her book How to Change the World – a practical guide to successful environmental training was published in the UK in late 2019.
  • Clare uses humour to melt polarised views, for example with her video Why Climate Change is not the Enemy and Carbon is your Friend, or her recipe How to Grow a Mangrove Forest: a recipe for losing beaches and filling in estuaries.
  • Transforms fuzzy sustainability concepts into straightforward approaches to transforming every job into a green job that regenerates people and places.
  • Created the field of strategic environmental training, where she draws upon the tools used by professional trainers all around the world to support environmental experts to develop, deliver and evaluate the outcomes of the great training only they can do.
  • Aligns training outcomes with measurable wellbeing outcomes that enable us to live happily within our planetary boundaries.
  • Shows how environmental training can realise the vision of Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz for the hugely economically beneficial creation of a ‘learning society’.
Topics
  • 50 great excuses for not doing sustainability: How to unlock the profit trapped in your protests
    “The bus was late.” “The car broke down.” Excuses – in 30 years of working with business and the environment, I’ve heard them all – and I’ve made some pretty good ones myself! Here you can learn to delve down to the precious information buried deep within our excuses for not doing sustainability. Find out how this unlocks much stymied productivity.
    This keynote comes with a pre-conference online survey of your audience’s own sustainability excuses. I’ll report the results to your audience and reveal the best and worst of the 50 Great Sustainability Excuses I’ve collected over many years.
    Also known as “Fifty Shades of Nay”, this topic is ideal for human resources and learning & development professionals, who will laugh and cry at this one, while your accounting and operations managers will have to upgrade their calculators to add up the financial benefits.
    Your audience will learn how the excuses we all make to swerve around sustainability are a key to unlocking your productivity potential. They’ll take away some tips about how to:
    • Detect and decode excuses.
    • Work with them with grace and humour.
    • Track the creativity and productivity benefits that will follow.
  • From “Ow!” to “Wow!” How building a better business helps build a better future
    Check out Clare’s WOWometer that tells you exactly where your organisation is on her 4-speed dial moving from low to high productivity, profitability and sustainability.
    This interactive topic speaks directly to the business bottom line. It will help you understand your business better and manage it better. And as you grow the skills of your staff, they will perform better and stay with you longer – what’s not to like?
    Your audience will learn:
    • Why environmental performance is such a good diagnostic of a company's overall performance.
    • What you can do to transform environmental risks and threats into opportunities to grow a more innovative, sustainable and profitable business.
  • Learning for life on Earth: How environmental training really can save the world
    Based on her book How to Change the World – a practical guide to successful environmental training, this presentation supports firms, sector organisations and government bodies to turn every job into a green job.
    How do we do this in the face of a global shortage of skills and the need for environmental action at scale and pace? Clare’s Success Framework supports action at scale by supporting our scarce environmental experts to develop, deliver and evaluate the outcomes of the great training only they can do.
    This topic is invaluable for high-compliance sectors as well as the sunrise and sunset sectors affected by our transition to a low-emissions economy.
    Your audience will learn:
    • The seven factors that are vital for successful environmental training.
    • Seven levels of evaluation of the effectiveness of your training, up to and beyond the five that are used by professional trainers all around the world.
    • The tools used by environmental experts, trainers and economists to measure and monetise the outcomes of training across seven forms of capital, including financial, social, indigenous and natural.

Clare’s specialist presentations include:

  • Bridging the skills gap
    The four vital missing ingredients for growing our workforce environmental capability and capacity, and how they will deliver astounding results for business and the economy!
  • Vital signs
    How environmental red flags swiftly diagnose business performance problems and warn lenders, investors and insurers to take a closer look at a company’s other vital signs.
  • ROI
    How to measure and monetise the financial Return on Investment in training on environment & sustainability, health & safety and quality, so you can justify your training budget, reduce your risk profile and track the broader sustainability outcomes your work delivers.
Testimonials

You are one of the few people who could make being ‘splattered with sewage’ sound like an attractive employment opportunity! You bring a fresh perspective to the most critical issues of our time and turn complex ideas into concrete suggestions on how we can make our communities more sustainable, flourishing places. All this you achieve with such wit and vitality!
Auckland University

Thank you so much for delivering such a great presentation. We have already had really good feedback about the session, and people have been asking for more information, which is great. There are obviously a lot of people interested in exploring these concepts further.
Institutional investment group

Clare’s presentation on environmental training was edgy, informative and refreshingly un-PC.
Anonymous

What a great presentation! A very different take on innovation for the contractors in the audience, and it really worked - a lot of people said how much they got out of it.
New Zealand

I attended your ROI presentation at the IECA conference, which was fantastic! The content was really interesting and original, and makes perfect sense!! All the best! Sarah Blagrove, Sustainability Lead at Bouygues Construction, Australia
Clare is a star, without question. I have heard her speak to a variety of audiences. She has a great range of words and expressions and uses them to both engage the audience in a wonderful manner and also to get her message across. A delightful and entertaining speaker.
Erosion Management Ltd

Since your talk I've had two of the members come in to the shop to tell me it was the best talk they've heard!!!! Mainly because you'd brought the concept of carbon footprint right down to the local level, and it made sense to them!! Well done
Speakers Programme Assistant
Rotary Club of Epsom

You presented some very well-developed thoughts on environmental performance and business success which went down extremely well with the contractors, who are a very tough-minded audience.
CEO
HEB Construction Ltd

It was a pure inspiration to listen to your speech yesterday afternoon!
Permathene

I was really impressed with your presentation… such huge potential for making a real difference to environmental outcomes.
ECO (Environment & Conservation Organisations of Aotearoa)

I always wondered why my best ideas came to me on my 100-kilometer cycling trips on the long straight road out to our beach house. They were always about my work, and I could never figure it out. After hearing Clare speak on innovation, now I know! And I'll be making the most of this opportunity to continually improve the business.
Business Development Manager
Geofabrics, Victoria, Australia

What a great presentation! A very different take on innovation for the contractors in the audience, and it really worked - a lot of people said how much they got out of it.
Environmental Manager
HEB Construction Ltd

Clare was the standout speaker at the Annual Stormwater and Sediment Field Day. This annual event is held outside and it is a feat to address approximately 300 attendees in this environment. As the final speaker, Clare captivated and engaged the audience, finishing the presentations on a high note.
Education Officer
Auckland Regional Council

Straightaway Clare cast a spell over our group with her friendly and engaging manner. Passion and experience could be felt in her words and her ability to shape the message to the PR industry made it all the more impressive. Clare’s presentation is brought up time and time again as one of the best speakers we had the privilege of hosting this year.
AUT Club PR

You bring a fresh perspective to the most critical issues of our time with such wit and vitality. Your talk is a hot exam topic – you are acclaimed as an existential donut theorist! People commented on how much they appreciated your humorous, insightful and inspiring presentation on concerns often portrayed as intractable and depressing. One of them told me ‘I really enjoyed the lectures and found them incredibly inspiring and hopeful. The work Clare does is amazing and I think she opened up a lot of new horizons for all of us’.
Senior Lecturer
School of Architecture and Planning, Auckland University

You provided concrete suggestions on the roles and actions we might take as professional planners and individuals to make their communities more sustainable, flourishing places – and you are one of the few people who could make being ‘splattered with sewage’ sound like an attractive employment opportunity!
Senior Lecturer
School of Architecture and Planning, Auckland University

Inspiring to talk about sustainability from many perspectives and think how we can implement it; I will go back and see what sustainability measures I can make and make a carbon footprint difference!; Clare changed my viewpoint on what sustainability means and helped me think more laterally about what can be done.; Clare expanded on sustainability issues in a great way and I will apply this by explaining it to staff I interact with day to day.
BUPA staff via the conference organiser

Your brilliance – you're amazing! Clare, I loved your presentation and your vibrant personality! Your statistics blew me away and your stories were poignant, original and heartfelt without blaming me for environmental pollution! I looked around the room while you were speaking to gauge the audience reaction and they were riveted to you. I feel privileged to have met you Clare, because you're passionate about your subject, you give high-value information and you're approachable at the same time.
FunKeyNote

I really enjoyed the workshop. It was exactly what I needed to help me achieve my objectives.
Constance Kola-Lawal, UK

It was great to work with you last week at the Training Strategy workshop. I loved the use of themes and the reflection points in the presentation and the workbooks. It was such an encouraging discussion and I loved learning from the different perspectives and experiences we all have … I hope this is just the beginning! Thanks again for a great training session and here’s to progressing our Training Strategies!!!
Sustainability, KiwiRail

Many many thanks again for the great workshop! It was a wonderful and inspiring group indeed, humorous and delightful. And I did learn heaps. A big compliment to you as a presenter – you were really wonderful.
Sustainability@Work

A highlight of the workshop was its informal and workshop-style, collaboratively learning with everyone – learning from all their and your experiences. Thank you for a great workshop, Clare.
Koru Environmental Ltd

I am impressed by Clare’s clarity. She always has interesting, practical examples of the points she is making so you can understand and remember the message she is getting across. She is lively, fun and full of enthusiasm. She is approachable and friendly, drawing people into group discussions. She is interested in people, which makes them feel valued and puts them at ease. Clare is an accomplished and fun communicator who is able to capture, engage and maintain the interest of even rugged earthworks contractors.
Canterbury Regional Council

I left Clare’s workshop confident in myself as a trainer. The workshop exceeded my expectations: it brought together like-minded people and gave me the support I needed to go away and set clear training objectives for my team.
Environmental Specialist
Fletcher Construction

Clare is a relaxed and good-humoured facilitator who gets everyone fully engaged with useful and relevant practical activities. She is clear and articulate and a very entertaining presenter.
Auckland Council

Feedback on Clare’s session was overwhelmingly positive, the audience finding it insightful, interesting and immediately applicable to their fields of work.
Landcare Research

My Quarry Manager attended your 1-day workshop – he couldn’t stop raving about the two presenters and the content. His only comment was that he wished it was longer.
Hopper Developments

Clare has a very engaging and natural approach that draws out the trainees and makes for a very enjoyable as well as informative experience for all of them. It’s a pleasure to work with her.
RidleyDunphy Environmental

Clare has an ability to develop strong relationships and create an environment where barriers to participation are broken down and ideas can be shared.
Canterbury Regional Council

Clare created a stimulating learning environment and her lively personality soon had people working together on practical tasks. The feedback sessions drew out key principles so that we learned from each other’s experiences and from personal reflection. Clare planned the workshop programme carefully, as the variety of presentations and activities sustained the group’s creative energy for the whole day.
Planning Consultants Ltd