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With the collaboration of member companies Veolia, EDF Energy, PwC and Renault, The Climate Change Forum has compiled an interactive for SMEs guide with 10 practical tips on easy and cost-saving ways of getting their businesses climate change ready. We hope you find it practical and useful!

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Forum Chaired by Richard Brown CBE, Former CEO and Chairman of Eurostar, Chairman Department for Transport Franchise Advisory Panel and 
Deputy chaired by Jean-Philippe Verdier, Founding Partner, Verdier & Co. Corporate Advisory
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Richard Brown was Chief Executive of Eurostar from August 2002 to April 2010, then Chairman to July 2013. As Chief Executive, he turned their performance around, delivering record passenger numbers and punctuality, and successfully launching the first high-speed passenger service in Britain, overseeing the flawless overnight transfer of services to Eurostar's new UK home at St Pancras International. He was previously Commercial Director of National Express Group Plc, where he set up its UK Trains Division, which - at the time - was the largest UK passenger franchise operator. He has spent 32 years in the transport industry, and was a Director of British Rail's Intercity Division before its privatisation. He is also the former President of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.
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Jean-Philippe founded his investment banking firm, Verdier & Co. Corporate Advisory, in 2016. He serves corporate clients by helping design strategic alternatives, formulating business plans, structuring JVs and partnerships, fundraising and listing companies, and executing on acquisitions & disposals. He started his career at BNP Paribas in 1997 (in Singapore & London) and also worked for Deutsche Bank (London), Greenhill & Co. (London) and Jefferies (in London, and as Head Investment Banking France in Paris), advising and executing on €25bn worth of transactions. Jean-Philippe has had a long standing interest in climate change and clean energy, through his studies and professional activities. He holds an MSc in Management and Business from the French Grande Ecole NEOMA, and an MSc in Strategy and Leadership (as a Sloan Fellow) from the London Business School.



Aims and Objectives

The main and ambitious objective of the Climate Change Forum was to become the very first Franco-British think tank on this topical and major issue. In order to achieve this goal, the Chamber has brought together key players from blue chip companies who are particularly active in terms of 'Climate Commitments'. To this effect, they have selected - together with the help of Richard Brown - a number of Member Companies who can assist in making this objective happen.

Upcoming session


The next session will take place at the French Chamber on 27 April from 10.00am to 12.00 noon
Theme: ‘Agriculture and Climate Change: post COP23’
Guest Speaker: Eric Giry, Agricultural Counsellor for the United Kingdom and Ireland, French Embassy

By application only. Please contact Ophélie Martinel for more information.

Click here to access the 2017 Forums and Clubs Calendar 


Past Sessions 

Click here for articles relating to past Climate Change Forums. 



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