Board of Directors and Secretariat

The ResponsibleSteel Board of Directors has experience in steel production, social and environmental issues, not for profit governance, reputation management and standard setting.

The Board includes three business, three civil society and three independent representatives, together with the ResponsibleSteel™ Executive Director.

The Board is focussed on establishing ResponsibleSteel as an effective, viable programme, suited to achieve its vision and mission. In the longer term Board members will be elected by the membership.

The ResponsibleSteel Secretariat is in charge of the day-to-day running of ResponsibleSteel.

In addition to the internal running of the organisation, the Secretariat leads the development of ResponsibleSteel‘s standards and assurance mechanisms, manages its stakeholder engagement and communications and implements its membership programme, including the organisation of the annual ResponsibleSteel™ Forum.

Francis Sullivan

Deputy chair - Business

Francis is Senior Adviser, Global Sustainability at HSBC Holdings plc. He joined HSBC following a 20-year career in sustainable development at the conservation organisation WWF where he held a variety of leadership roles, including Director of Conservation for WWF-UK. Francis directed a successful forest conservation campaign for WWF International and helped establish the Forest Stewardship Council and was a member of its international board for three years.

Since joining HSBC, Francis has defined the Group's strategy on sustainability issues and works closely with HSBC’s Global Businesses and Global Functions and operations to support its implementation. Francis is also a member of the Board of the HSBC Malta Foundation and a Director of the HSBC Pension Scheme in the UK.

Francis is a currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Environmental Change Institute at Oxford University. He is also a Trustee of the Whitley Awards for Nature Conservation and the Baynards Zambia.

Francis Sullivan, Deputy chair - Business

Gerry Tidd

Co-chair - Business

Gerry is Executive Vice President, Corporate, for BlueScope, Australia’s largest steel manufacturer. Gerry joined the company in 2006 and is responsible for the company’s external affairs globally.

He is the founding director of Manufacturing Australia, the peak industry association representing 12 of Australia’s largest manufacturing companies.

Gerry’s domestic work has centred on public policy and economic reform in key areas including: carbon and energy; trade and anti-dumping; productivity restructuring; digital development and corporate sustainability.

Internationally, he works with governments and authorities on bilateral and multilateral trade agreements and regulatory issues.

Gerry has been advising publicly-listed companies across the IT&T, property, education, bio/technology and manufacturing sectors for more than 20 years, working extensively across the Asia Pacific economies. He has also worked as an entrepreneur in the SME sector, having established, built and subsequently sold his own independent consulting businesses.

Gerry holds an MBA in International Management and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Gerry Tidd, Co-chair - Business

Bradley Davey

Board of Directors - Business

Bradley Davey, 56, is a member of the ArcelorMittal Group Management Committee, Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Business Optimization.

He joined Dofasco in 1986 as a project engineer in the Central Maintenance department, joined assigned Maintenance in 1989, and then the Hot Strip Mill in 1990. He held various positions in the HSM before becoming a Business Unit Manager in 1996. Bradley Davey gained international manufacturing experience through this role by leading 2 separate multi-year technical exchanges with the 2 leading Japanese steelmakers and through leading Dofasco’s Hot Strip Mill modernization project.

In 2002 he changed careers to Marketing as a Manager Strategic Marketing, lead Dofasco’s Marketing process redesign project before becoming General Manager of Marketing in 2005, then to Director of Industry Sales in 2007, and then Vice President Commercial in 2008. In 2014, he added CMO North America Automotive, then became CMO North America Flat Rolled later in 2014.

In 2016 he became CMO of Global Automotive along with CMO North America. In 2018 Brad became CEO ArcelorMittal North America and held this until his recent nomination to Head of Corporate Business Optimization beginning April 2021.

Currently based in Canada, Mr. Davey has responsibility for Global Automotive, R&D, CTO, Commercial Coordination, Corporate Capital Goods Procurement, Corporate Communications and Corporate Responsibility, Automotive JV’s in China and India, Tailored Blanks Americas, and is Vice Chairman of the Investment Allocation Committee.

Mr. Davey holds a mechanical engineering degree from McMaster University, Canada. Bradley Davey is a citizen of Canada.

Bradley Davey, Board of Directors - Business

Giulia Carbone

Board member - Civil Society

Giulia Carbone is Deputy Director of the Business and Biodiversity Programme at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Her recent responsibilities include the management of the Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel, the adaptation of the mitigation hierarchy to the sport and energy sectors, the development of the recommendations for responsible business operations in and around KBAs, and the development of the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative’s performance standard.

Previously, Giulia worked for the United Nations Environment Programme, where she was the coordinator of UNEP’s tourism work.

Giulia has a master of science degree from the London School of Economics in marine policy (1993), a master’s in environmental engineering from the Turin Polytechnic (1991), a bachelor of arts in economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA (1990) and the Laurea in geography from the Università di Genova, Italy (1997).

Giulia Carbone, Board member - Civil Society

Anna Lyons

Board of Directors - Civil Society

Anna is a Senior Programme Manager within Fauna & Flora International’s (FFI) Extractives and Development Infrastructure team. She manages FFI’s global biodiversity-focused partnership with Anglo American. This partnership aims to integrate nature into risk, impact and opportunity identification and management across the Group, to achieve positive outcomes for biodiversity and ecosystem services where they operate. The partnership team have worked closely with Anglo American at corporate and site-level (including iron and metallurgical coal operations) to develop and roll out corporate standards and guidelines for biodiversity and ecosystem services, helping deliver on sustainable mining commitments.

Engaging with the cement sector, Anna has worked with LafargeHolcim to develop recommendations for biodiversity management plans and management of sensitive limestone habitats, as well as providing civil society inputs to the Concrete Sustainability Council’s certification system technical manual.

Joining FFI in 2009, Anna initially focused on agriculture and business, managing projects aimed at biodiversity risk and opportunity management and mitigating the impacts of agricultural commodity production on biodiversity, through corporate partnership, government and sectoral engagement, and landscape-level action. Focusing on the Asia-Pacific region, she was based in Singapore for five years to facilitate FFI’s engagements in Indonesia, Cambodia and Myanmar, including a programme aimed at introducing and promoting the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil standard to the Myanmar government and company stakeholders to support protection of Myanmar’s high conservation value landscapes.

Anna has an interdisciplinary background holding a MSc. in Environmental Change and Management from Oxford University and a BSc. in International Development with Natural Resources from the University of East Anglia, UK.

Anna Lyons, Board of Directors - Civil Society

Matthias Hartwich

Board member - Civil Society

Matthias is Director of IndustriALL Global Union in Geneva, Switzerland, with responsibility for the Mechanical Engineering and the Base Metals Sector.

Matthias holds a degree in political science at the university in Bremen, Germany and a post-graduate certificate (CAS) in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of the zhaw in Winterthur, Switzerland. He became a trade union member in 1990 and went on to work for the German construction workers’ trade union (IG BAU) from 1993 to 2007. During that time, he held many positions, including regional executive officer and coordinator/campaigner for works councils including the European Works Councils, on federal level. He negotiated social plans and EWC agreements, as well as CBA’s on local and regional level.

From 2008 to 2012, he served with the Swiss multi-professional trade union, Unia, as European works councils coordinator and CBA negotiation coordinator. He negotiated CBAs in the Swiss cement industry.

In his current position with IndustriALL, he is active in international campaigns and in social dialogues such as Global Framework Agreements and World Union Councils. He conducts global trade unions campaigns and has experience with the OECD Guidelines for MNC’s and the complaint procedure.

Matthias Hartwich, Board member - Civil Society

Andrew Marjoribanks

Board member - Independent

Andrew, a metallurgy graduate from Glasgow University, spent his working life in the steel industry. This was mostly in Australia in marketing functions and he was BHPSteel’s representative on the IISI (now World Steel Association) Marketing Committee for 10 years, chairing it for 4. During that time he became increasingly involved in the emergence of sustainability as a major issue for the steel industry worldwide.

On retirement from BlueScope (as BHP Steel became) he was appointed as chair of the Sustainability Committee of the Australian Steel Institute (ASI) which also lead to his current Board appointments on the Australian Life Cycle Assessment Society, and on the Australasian EPD Program Ltd.

In 2008 he represented the ASI at the formation of the Steel Stewardship Forum (SSF), which in 2010 began the project which was to become ResponsibleSteel. Andrew was involved in this from the outset and was a member of the working group which developed it to the point where it became a separate entity and was incorporated in 2016 as the Steel Stewardship Council Ltd (owner of ResponsibleSteel). Andrew is an interim Director of SSC Ltd.

At the incorporation of ResponsibleSteel the SSF was renamed to be the Australian Steel Stewardship Forum and Andrew acts as the President/Secretary of this group.

Andrew Marjoribanks, Board member - Independent

Anne-Claire Howard

Chief Executive Director

Anne-Claire Howard was appointed as ResponsibleSteel’s first CEO in March 2021 joining from her previous role as Executive Director of Bettercoal. She leads the steel industry’s first global multi-stakeholder standard and certification initiative aimed at maximising steel’s contribution to a sustainable society.

She has over 15 years’ experience in raw materials (mining, oil and gas) sustainability, good governance and responsible supply chains having held positions with Royal Dutch Shell, Eurasia Group and the International Finance Corporation, Adam Smith International & Doctors Without Borders. Throughout her career, Anne-Claire has focused on the commercially sustainable development of oil, gas & mining projects and extractive sector governance.  She has successfully delivered projects touching on sustainable supply chain, local economic development, political, social and environmental risk assessment, governance capacity building and non-technical risk management in developing countries. She has been involved in oil, gas and mining projects and businesses in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the Americas. Anne-Claire is a graduate of Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies and Science Po Paris. She is a member of the first cohort of the Franco-British Young  Leaders  Network and sits on the Coal Industry Advisory Board.

Anne-Claire Howard, Chief Executive Director

Ali Lucas


Ali has 30+ years of international conservation, campaigning, fundraising and communications experience with a strong emphasis in public, corporate and major donor fundraising, public affairs, special events, branding and messaging, campaign, and media strategy, in both the commercial and charitable sectors.

Early projects included working on the launch of the Forest Stewardship Council and leading campaigns against the illegal trade in wildlife. Key achievements include co-founding The Climate Group and growing it from an initial team of 3 to an international organisation with over 100+ staff in offices in the US, Europe, India and China, founding and running a corporate and NGO communications consultancy with clients ranging from the European Climate Foundation to Sainsburys, and rising within the WWF network to lead the Fundraising and Marketing Dept for WWF UK responsible for delivering annual income of £70 million. Recently launched the Clean Air Fund, a new initiative pooling philanthropic finds to tackle air pollution globally with initial funds raised of $50 million.

Ali joined ResponsibleSteel to assist with its business development in 2019 and as of May 2020 has steeped into the Executive Director role on a temporary basis to steer the organisation through the start of its next phase.

Ali Lucas, COO

Matthew Wenban-Smith

Policy and Standards Director

Matthew Wenban-Smith has worked in the area of voluntary sustainability standards and conformity assessment since 1994, when he was taken on by the newly established Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) to set up its accreditation programme. He left FSC in 2006 to found the independent consultancy OneWorldStandards, providing services to established and emerging sustainability standards initiatives, their clients and stakeholders.

Matthew completed a variety of projects for OneWorldStandards in the mining, minerals and metals sectors, including work for the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM); on the establishment of the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA); a review of standards initiatives in the mining sector for WWF; and more recently as a lead author for the IISD State of Sustainability Initiatives report ‘Standards and the Extractive Economy’.

He was appointed Executive Director of ResponsibleSteel in 2017. Matthew stepped down as Executive Director as of May 2020 to take up the new role of Policy & Standards Director

Matthew Wenban-Smith, Policy and Standards Director

Marnie Bammert

Technical and Assurance Director

Marnie is an independent consultant with 20 years of experience in developing, implementing and communicating sustainability certification and verification programmes.

Marnie started her journey into the field of sustainability with oekom research, a rating agency specialised in sustainable and ethical investments. She then moved to the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), a certification programme for sustainable fisheries. Between 2005 and 2015 Marnie held various positions with MSC, including Deputy Director Europe.

Since then, Marnie has worked as a consultant on projects ranging from protected areas to nature-based solutions, to infrastructure and mining. Marnie has worked with ResponsibleSteel since early 2018.

She holds a Masters' degree in Sustainable Urban and Regional Development from the University of Trier, Germany.

Marnie Bammert, Technical and Assurance Director

Max Vardy

Project Executive

Max is a student at the University of York, studying BSc Environmental Geography with Placement Year. The degree focuses on the interaction between physical and human world. During the second year of his degree, he pursued the study of environmental governance and GIS; specialising in energy systems and mapping over different spatial areas.

After a short internship at ArcelorMittal in 2019, he chose to continue in the steel industry for his placement. This is a pivotal moment for the industry as there is a fast track towards decarbonisation and increasing ESG factors, and a strong link between his studies and the position

In the June of 2021, he will continue with the final year of university. After which, he hopes to continue his studies in the industry for his placement

Max Vardy, Project Executive