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 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.
Alan has over 25 years’ experience of working with global companies and governments on sustainability. He joined the world’s largest Steel company ArcelorMittal in 2014 as their General Manager for Corporate Responsibility and since then has helped develop a sustainability framework ranging from products to process. Alan created and chaired the Ebola Private Sector Mobilisation Group, which was a collaboration of over 100 companies sharing best practice and coordinating the corporate respond to Ebola in West Africa. For this he was made a Clinton Global Citizen honoree in 2015.
Previous to that he was Sustainability Director for Business and the Community (BITC) where he oversaw all their Corporate Sustainability Programmes. He advised the Virgin Group on sustainable development for seven years and led the Virgin Earth Challenge: Sir Richard Branson’s $25m prize for scalable, sustainable ways of removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. Previously he has worked with global companies as diverse as B&Q where led their CSR and Sustainability programme for 10 years. He was instrumental in founding and developing the Forest Stewardship Council. He held similar roles in the Parent company Kingfisher and SABMiller, the multibillion brewery company.
For nine years he was a commissioner with the Sustainable Development Commission and he introduced the concept of "choice editing" into the product policy debate. He also chaired the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Nature Partnership. He is a Senior Associate of the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership.
In June 1998 Alan was awarded the OBE, in 2005 the US-based Rainforest Alliance presented him with a lifelong award and in 2013 he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Society for the Environment.
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.
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).
With a degree in biology and a PhD in anthropology; Thomas' career began with a focus on large carnivore ecology and conservation, spending over a decade in the field in Africa and Asia on cheetah and tiger conservation with the Zoological Society of London. Thomas grew increasingly interested in the specific role of business in conservation, so went back to school and obtained an MBA from the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge.
Since then, he has worked for the World Bank, The Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, WWF and Fauna & Flora International (FFI) on various aspects of the relationship between economic activity and the environment. Thomas now works as the co-coordinator for CCI’s various work around ‘natural capital’ – a way of talking and thinking about the value of nature in economic terms – as well as continuing as a Senior Specialist for FFI.
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.
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.
Ali has 30+ years of international conservation, campaigning, fundraising and communications experience with strong emphasis in public, corporate and major donor fundraising, public affairs, special events, branding and messaging, campaigns, 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 organization with over 100+ staff in offices in 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 c£70million. Recently launched the Clean Air Fund, a new initiative pooling philanthropic funds to tackle air pollution globally with initial funds raised of $50m.
Ali joined ResponsibleSteel to assist with its business development in 2019 and as of May 2020 has stepped into the Executive Director role on a temporary basis to steer the organisation through the start of its next phase.
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
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.