ResponsibleSteel™ Secretariat

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 standards and assurance mechanisms, manages stakeholder engagement and communications, and implements its membership programme, including the organisation of the annual ResponsibleSteel™ Forum.

Annie Heaton


Annie has spent the past 30 years working on sustainability across both social and environmental issues. Most recently she spent nine years shaping ArcelorMittal’s sustainability agenda, leading on stakeholder engagement, reporting and investor relations at the corporate level. Prior to this, she worked with the global renewable energy firm RES, both on their zero emissions head office and initiating their corporate responsibility programme as the company developed many GW of large and small-scale wind, solar and biomass projects across the world.

Annie has also worked with several non-profit organisations, including ActionAid as Head of the Asia Desk, and Save the Children, where she developed several projects with industry. She also chairs a community energy company in Hertfordshire.

She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford. She loves cycling and the outdoors whilst also enjoying art without professing to have any expertise in the subject.

Annie Heaton, CEO

Ali Lucas

Communications Director

Ali has over 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, 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 three 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 Sainsbury’s, 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 funds to tackle air pollution globally with initial funds raised of $50 million.

Ali joined ResponsibleSteel to assist with its business development in 2019. Find out more about what led Ali to join ResponsibleSteel on our LinkedIn here.

Ali Lucas, Communications Director

Shivakumar Kuppuswamy

Policy and Impacts Director

Shiva is a metallurgical engineer with over 30 years of international experience in core sector engineering industries. He is interested in the intersection between engineering, energy, and the environment with a focus on decarbonisation. He started his career with steel melting systems for mini steel plants and managed the steel industry and trade business for Lloyds Group in India. Besides steel, he has also worked with exotic metals developing components for aerospace and other niche applications.

Shiva is passionate about finding practical sustainable pathways to mitigate climate change impacts in high carbon intensity industries. He attended the COP21 Paris conference as a UN delegate representing the University of Waterloo and regularly participates in other energy and climate change-related events. As part of his renewable portfolio, he has managed the development of the 110MW project. He has a strong understanding of the steel industry’s decarbonisation challenges and the policy drivers that influence a net zero transition for the industry.

Prior to joining ResponsibleSteel, he managed his own consultancy focused on metallurgy and sustainability in engineering and process industries in Canada, India and the GCC region. Currently, he ensures that the ResponsibleSteel Standard delivers impact in line with our mission. H has a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering as well as a master’s degree in Climate Change from the University of Waterloo, Canada. He is a recipient of the British Chevening Scholarship and has completed an advanced management course at the Manchester Business School.

Shiva is an avid reader, biker and hiker, and mentors junior engineers in climate change in his spare time. Find out more about Shiv’s expertise and how he views the future of the steel industry on our LinkedIn here.

Shivakumar Kuppuswamy, Policy and Impacts Director

Thuong Bui

Standard and Assurance Director

Thuong has over 10 years of experience using certification as a tool to create impact and drive sustainability in different sectors. He has worked for a certification body, an accreditation body and recently, played an important role in the world’s biggest sustainable agriculture certification program with the Rainforest Alliance.

As an auditor, Thuong used various standards to help organisations improve their quality management systems and sustainability practices. With the Rainforest Alliance, Thuong played critical roles in continually improving their standards and assurance processes as well as shaping the scheme’s latest assurance system published in 2020. Thuong enjoys working in a global multi-stakeholder environment. He is passionate about using certification to drive systemic change and addressing social and environmental challenges through sustainability projects and certification.

Thuong is excited to join ResponsibleSteel and is looking forward to supporting the steel sector on its sustainability journey. Read more about Thuong’s background and why he believes our work is crucial for the sector on our LinkedIn here.

Thuong Bui, Standard and Assurance Director

Rory Meredith

Policy and Assurance Manager

Rory graduated from the University of Oxford with a degree in Geography in 2020, where he focused his studies on the interactions between human and physical systems as well as the history of environmental thought. This included analysing and evaluating sustainable supply chains and global patterns of ESG investment.

He joined the ResponsibleSteel Secretariat in July 2021, having spent the previous year supporting the policy and campaigns work of two charities in the UK. Rory is thrilled to be starting his career at such a vital moment for the steel sector.

Rory Meredith, Policy and Assurance Manager

Savannah Hayes

Communications Manager

Savannah graduated from the University of York in 2016 with an undergraduate degree in History, after which she managed her own blog and worked as a freelance writer.

She then undertook a master’s degree in Conflict, Security, and Development at King’s College London, graduating in 2020. During her studies, she analysed a range of issues most notably the roles which endemic poverty, human rights abuses, and the climate crisis can play in fuelling migration and provoking conflict.

She has worked with several charities in research, communications, and fundraising capacities and has provided ongoing support to the volunteer communications team at Christian Aid for several years. She is looking forward to continuing her communications journey with ResponsibleSteel. Learn more about Savannah’s interests and how she sees communications playing a role in ResponsibleSteel’s work on our LinkedIn here.

Savannah Hayes, Communications Manager

Beverley Kursten

Executive Assistant

Beverley has been an Executive Assistant for over 20 years. She has a strong commercial background and has worked at board level for various companies including Deloitte, Radley + Co Ltd, SAB Miller, and Robert Dyas Holdings Ltd.

When not working Beverley is a wife and a mum to a 14-year-old son. She is an avid runner and enjoys hiking up mountains.

She is excited to be joining ResponsibleSteel at this time of growth.

Beverley Kursten, Executive Assistant