meet the team

ResponsibleSteel Secretariat

The Secretariat is in charge of the day-to-day running of ResponsibleSteel, responsible for the development of standards and the assurance programme as well as stakeholder and member engagement and communication. It is the hard work and dedication of the Secretariat that drives ResponsibleSteel as an organisation. Get to know the team.

Annie Heaton
Annie Heaton
Annie Heaton
Annie Heaton

Annie has spent 30 years in sustainability. Most recently she spent nine years shaping ArcelorMittal’s sustainability agenda, leading on stakeholder engagement, reporting, and investor relations. Prior to this, she worked with global renewable energy firm RES Group in their zero emissions head office, establishing their environmental education programme and initiating their sustainability programme as the company developed large- and small-scale wind, solar and biomass projects.

Annie graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford. She has completed several CPD courses in renewable energy, corporate social responsibility, human rights, and steelmaking.

The opportunity to work with our members around the world, exchanging ideas and looking for synergies, is what brings me to work every day with passion. When we look back on the transformation happening right now, I firmly believe ResponsibleSteel will be seen for having played a key role in driving the industry towards a sustainable future.
Shivakumar Kuppuswamy
Shivakumar Kuppuswamy
Shivakumar Kuppuswamy
Shivakumar Kuppuswamy

Shiv is a metallurgical engineer with over 30 years of experience in steel and engineering. He has a deep understanding of the industry’s decarbonisation challenges. Shiv ensures that ResponsibleSteel delivers impact in line with our mission to drive the responsible production of net-zero steel and demonstrate the effectiveness of our Theory of Change.

Prior to joining ResponsibleSteel, he managed his own advisory engaging in energy, construction, and metallurgical engineering services in Canada, India, and the GCC region. In addition to a bachelor’s degree in Metallurgical Engineering, he also holds a master’s degree in Climate Change from the University of Waterloo, Canada.

Contributing to the global steel industry's decarbonisation is deeply rewarding as a metallurgist. It resonates with my commitment to sustainability, equity and addressing climate change, allowing me to make a positive impact on a broader scale.
Rodrigo de Prospero
Rodrigo de Prospero
Rodrigo de Prospero
Rodrigo de Prospero

Rodrigo has over 15 years of experience in promoting responsible sourcing across various sectors. He has worked in the cosmetic, pharmaceutical, food and garment sectors, acting in  different roles and from different business perspectives (private company, NGO, consultant, and government). He has directly implemented several assessments and projects related to human rights and biodiversity conservation in over 20 countries. Rodrigo has dedicated a significant part of his career to assurance, including over 9 years at the Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT), where he was responsible for their assurance programme.

Working at ResponsibleSteel is awesome! The team is fully committed to our mission and values. Additionally, our members, from different sectors like civil society and business, are all in, promoting our Standard in their operations and throughout the value chain.
Joe Woodruff
Joe Woodruff
Joe Woodruff
Joe Woodruff

Joe has over a decade of experience working in communications and membership engagement for a number of sustainability standards, most recently leading on organisational communications for Better Cotton, the world’s largest sustainability initiative for cotton. Prior to that, he spent time working on the launch of the Rainforest Alliance’s 2020 Certification Programme, and also managed Bonsucro’s communications and events work.  

He has spent several years living and working in Japan, France, Switzerland and Belgium. Joe holds a master’s degree in Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS – University of London) and a bachelor’s in International Relations and French from the University of Leeds.  

In his spare time, Joe is a keen photographer and enjoys getting out onto the road on his bike for long-distance rides.

Supporting the steel industry - the foundation of modern economies - to change for the better, is a great opportunity. I'm excited to play a part in engaging our diverse stakeholders and ensuring that we continue to deliver value to those who believe in a responsible future for steel.
Alli Devlin
Alli Devlin
Alli Devlin
Alli Devlin

Alli has a strong interest in the application of engineering solutions to benefit communities and ecosystems. She completed a Bachelor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Technology, Sydney, during which she received the 2017 New Colombo Plan Fellowship to study and complete internships in Vietnam for 14 months. Following this, Alli spent over 5 years with Lendlease in the construction industry as a Site Engineer, working on significant Australian transport infrastructure projects. Alli has just completed her DPhil in Engineering Science at the University of Oxford as a 2020 John Monash Scholar. Her thesis was titled, “The New Steel Map: Reconfiguring Supply Chains Around Renewable Resources.”

Steel is an indispensable material in our lives, yet deeply dependent on fossil fuels for production. Joining ResponsibleSteel is part of my commitment to support the reduction of industry’s carbon footprint. The global lens and multistakeholder approach to change is critical in enabling collective action throughout the value chain.
 Carrie Bone
Carrie Bone
 Carrie Bone
Carrie Bone

Carrie has an NCTJ qualification and a bachelor's degree in Journalism, and has worked in commodities since 2016. She has a keen interest in sustainability and the decarbonisation of the metals industries, having covered both the steel and aluminium markets as a price reporter. She has written about a number of industry focused topics, including sustainability, raw materials and trade flows.

She utilises her cross-commodity knowledge to support ResponsibleSteel in its work to advance the move towards a more sustainable industry.

Outside of work, Carrie enjoys dancing, mostly learning but sometimes merely enduring classical Russian ballet.

The steel industry is facing its biggest change in living memory, with a global shift in how the sector operates. It’s exciting to play a part in the work ResponsibleSteel does to support and accelerate this transition by providing a clear, and cohesive framework to help create a more sustainable future.
Karen Raynor
Karen Raynor
Karen Raynor
Karen Raynor

Karen has a bachelor’s degree in Financial Services and a Masters in Business Administration. Her experiences growing up living in a number of different places such as Hong Kong, New York and Tanzania led her to join the UK Ministry of Defence. Primarily in budget and programme management,  she worked in countries such as Saudi Arabia and, most recently, Germany. Through her work, Karen has been involved in projects working on biodiversity conservation and sustainable approaches to military training. She loves reading, going to the gym, and has numerous craft projects on the go at any one time.

Having the opportunity to work for an organisation in a field that is growing in importance every day, with members from around the world, is an opportunity that was too good to miss.
Rory Meredith
Rory Meredith
Rory Meredith
Rory Meredith

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 ResponsibleSteel in July 2021, having spent the previous year supporting the policy and campaigns work of two charities in the UK.

Working at ResponsibleSteel means being part of a small team with a big impact. My time here has been filled with chances to take on new responsibilities, grow professionally, and connect with inspiring individuals dedicated to sustainability.
Savannah Hayes
Savannah Hayes
Savannah Hayes
Savannah Hayes

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.

The steel industry accounts for around 10% of global energy emissions. It’s incredible to be part of a small team that has the potential to have such a monumental impact on the industry and the planet.
Julia Wagner
Julia Wagner
Julia Wagner
Julia Wagner

Julia graduated from UCL in 2018 with a degree in Environment, Politics and Society, building on her undergraduate degree in Sustainable Development. During her studies, she focused heavily on people’s relationships with the environment, as well as human rights issues, such as modern slavery.

Over the years she has volunteered for a variety of conservation and community projects for The Zoological Society of London, the London Wildlife Trust, the South East Rivers Trust and Edible London. When she is not out exploring the environment, Julia spends her time creating and crafting. Predominantly a fibre artist, she can also be found whittling, metalworking or painting.

In the short time I have been here, I have witnessed changes that have been made by our members as a direct result of wishing to become certified by ResponsibleSteel. It feels great to be able to contribute to something that has value and long-lasting impacts.
Rebecca Casey
Rebecca Casey
Rebecca Casey
Rebecca Casey

Rebecca is a Part Qualified Accounts Technician with over 10 years of experience working in finance within the construction industry. Having joined ResponsibleSteel in March 2024, she is looking forward to working with the team to drive change across the global steel industry.

Having worked in the construction industry, I've seen first hand the importance of steel and its prevalence in our world. Working with ResponsibleSteel gives me the opportunity to work with companies from every corner of the globe, small and large, for profit and for purpose, on an issue of global significance.
Kamila Zhukeshbayeva
Kamila Zhukeshbayeva
Kamila Zhukeshbayeva
Kamila Zhukeshbayeva

Kamila graduated from the University of Manchester in July 2023 with an undergraduate degree in Economics and Politics. She has a passion for circular economics, natural resources, and ESG issues. While at the University of Manchester, she was awarded a Stellify award for extracurricular activities, including for her role as Project Leader for the Rekindle Sustainability Project which promoted circularity and other sustainability-related topics and coordinated local events for reducing waste in the community. During her final year of study, she worked as an intern for ESGmark in London. She joined ResponsibleSteel in February 2024.

Steel is one of the most circular materials and is critical to modern society. Working for ResponsibleSteel allows me to continue to pursue my interests in sustainability and circular economics on a global scale.
Matthew Wenban-Smith
Matthew Wenban-Smith
Matthew Wenban-Smith
Matthew Wenban-Smith

Matthew Wenban-Smith has worked in the area of voluntary sustainability standards and conformity assessment since 1994, when he began working with the newly established Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). In 2006, he founded the independent consultancy OneWorldStandards, providing services to established and emerging sustainability standards initiatives, and completed a variety of projects in the mining, minerals and metals sectors.

He was appointed Executive Director of ResponsibleSteel in 2017. Matthew stepped down as Executive Director as of May 2020 to take up the role of Policy & Standards Director before transitioning to become the GHG Lead. He continues to work with ResponsibleSteel as a consultant.

ResponsibleSteel is one of very few not-for-profit organisations in the steel sector that is genuinely breaking new ground, using a scalable mechanism to deliver real, global impact. It’s great to contribute to the work of a small organisation that’s making a big difference.
Marnie Bammert
Marnie Bammert
Marnie Bammert
Marnie Bammert

Marnie is an independent consultant with 20 years of experience in developing, implementing and communicating sustainability certification and verification programmes. Marnie started her journey in the field of sustainability with oekom Research AG, a rating agency specialised in sustainable and ethical investments. She then moved to the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), holding various positions including Deputy Director Europe.

Since then, Marnie has worked as a consultant on projects ranging from protected areas to infrastructure, mining and nature-based solutions. Marnie has worked with ResponsibleSteel since early 2018. She holds a master's degree in Sustainable Urban and Regional Development from the University of Trier in Germany.

Steel is literally everywhere in our daily lives. Considering the material’s importance and the impacts that come with its sourcing and production, it is critical that steel companies have a high ESG benchmark to work towards. ResponsibleSteel offers such a benchmark and I am proud to support this important initiative.
Cyrille Jegu
Cyrille Jegu
Cyrille Jegu
Cyrille Jegu

Cyrille is an independent consultant, coach, and facilitator focused on individual and organisational development, transformation, governance, systems design, and implementation. Cyrille has worked in over 30 European and Asian countries in the last 25 years, helping organisations in the finance, manufacturing, utilities, services, government, and voluntary sectors. He is currently serving on the board of several for-profit and not-for-profit organisations.

He holds an MBA from Macquarie University (Australia), Postgraduate Certificates in Sustainable Business from Cambridge University (UK), and Strategic Sustainable Development and Sustainable Engineering from Blekinge Institute of Technology (Sweden).

Working with ResponsibleSteel means that I get to do meaningful and purposeful work with a talented and committed team, and have an impact on an industry of globally significant importance.
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