Simply Sustainable

Meet the people behind
Simply Sustainable

Nicola Stopps


Nicola Stopps is CEO of Simply Sustainable. Nicola has 20 years’ experience in sustainability and CSR having worked for some of the largest companies in the world.

Since founding Simply Sustainable in 2010, Nicola has worked with a number of international and national organisations on developing their CSR and sustainability programmes.

Previous roles include; Head of Corporate Responsibility at T-Mobile, Director of Sustainability and Environment at Travelodge Hotels, as well as working for DHL and the BBC. Nicola holds a Geography degree from University of Exeter and received her Master’s in Environmental Impact Assessment and Auditing from the University of East Anglia in 1999.

Nicola has a proven capability to deliver high quality projects on time and on budget. She has gained a reputation of someone who ‘gets the job done’ and has experience working in a wide range of sectors. With firm foundations in environmental management and experience in successfully implementing sustainability strategies, Nicola is nationally recognised as a leader in the field of corporate sustainability.

Alasdair Marks


Alasdair Marks is Director of Simply Sustainable. Alasdair joined Simply Sustainable in July 2017 and brings with him more than 10 years of leadership roles and extensive corporate sustainability and responsibility knowledge.

This is thanks, in part, to a Master’s Degree in Corporate Responsibility from London Metropolitan University but also to the wide-ranging nature of his role at BITC where he was previously. Here, he supported a cross-section of leading members to develop and deliver integrated business strategies with responsibility at their core.

This involved working on a broad spectrum of CR approaches with companies from numerous sectors including Telecommunications, FMCG, Utilities, Construction and Engineering, Financial Services, Retail and Facilities Management, with the opportunity to work closely with clients on both an ongoing and project basis in order to drive strategy and maximise impact. Highlights included supporting National Grid to become BITC’s coveted Responsible Business of the Year in 2014/15.

Alasdair also pioneered a series of defining content-led projects targeted at more effectively supporting some 750 BITC members.
These included the creation of a new CR integration and maturity framework, which now form the basis of a number of core member services, and the development of a new method for calculating the business value of CR. He also led the development of a new legislation work stream to support companies faced with the swathe of current and forthcoming responsible business-related legislation in the UK.

Prior to working with BITC, Alasdair spent ten years at Criteria Fieldwork, where as part of the leadership team he supported the company’s growth to become the largest dedicated qualitative fieldwork agency in the UK.

Carlota Esguevillas


Carlota Esguevillas is a Consultant at Simply Sustainable. Carlota joined the team in January 2018 following the completion of her degree.

She achieved First Class Honours in Geography from Oxford University, specialising in human geography. Her dissertation explored narratives of community engagement and means of ‘participation’ in urban redevelopments, highlighting the lack of any meaningful discourse.

In addition to these academic qualifications, Carlota has a range of corporate and charity experience from placements at the CocaCola Company, Nantik Lum, Citi and Social Development Direct.

Rupert Clark-Lowes

Associate Consultant

Rupert has worked in the sustainability industry for over 6 years, managing global clients across several compliance and voluntary services. Among the companies he has worked for is a boutique and carbon sustainability consultancy, and multinational commercial real estate services company Cushman & Wakefield.

Rupert’s areas of expertise encompass a wide range of sustainability services, among which: Sustainability Benchmarking and Reporting (GRESB, CDP, UNPRI, GHG Protocol); Responsible Property Investment; Environment and Social Governance Strategies; Regulatory Compliance and Risk Mitigation (CRC, GHG, ESOS/EED, MEES); Carbon, Energy and Sustainability Data Measurement, Reporting and Assurance; Stakeholder Communications and Engagement; Energy and Sustainability Data Systems; Health and Wellbeing.

Clients Rupert has worked with include: Coca-Cola Enterprises, Aviva, Deutsche Bank, RBS, Harley Davidson, DTZ Investors, New River, TIAA Henderson Real Estate, Invesco, VMware, MS Amlin, Polycom, Japanese Tobacco International, Compass Group.

Emma Young

Associate Consultant

Emma is passionate about the power of communication and story to inspire and create positive, authentic change. Operating across the communications spectrum from strategy creation to, sustainability report writing, programme development and deployment, Emma has worked with a wide range of organisations, from small charities to multinationals.

With a background in marketing and PR, Emma has more than 20 years experience in the profession, nine of which at BT Group where she created and oversaw the delivery of the global sustainability communication strategy. Emma is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (ICRS) and the RSA. She is also an Accredited Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR).

Sam Somerville

Associate Consultant

With over 15 years of management system experience spanning across the public and private sector, Sam has been supporting Simply Sustainable clients to implement or improve their systems since 2017.

As a principle UK expert for quality management systems, and as a lead auditor for ISO 9001:2015, 14001:2015 and 45001:2018, Sam takes a practical and business-focused approach to help organisations build quality, sustainability and safety into their operations to meet the requirements of standards for quality, environment and health and safety.

She uses her experience of a breadth of industries to work collaboratively with clients to support the development of lasting improvements in their performance to help maximise opportunities for long-term growth.

Michelle Liddle

Executive Assistant to CEO

Michelle Liddle is Executive Assistant to CEO of Simply Sustainable
Michelle joined the Simply Sustainable team in February 2017 and has 6 years experience as an Executive Assistant. Michelle has previously provided executive support to individuals & businesses in journalism, marketing, health & wellbeing and retail. She offers a full range of administrative & HR support services to aid more efficient & focused working for the whole Simply Sustainable team.

Michelle has a 2:1 in Business Studies from London Guildhall University. Prior to joining Simply Sustainable, Michelle gained extensive commercial, business & managerial experience during her career as a Mechandiser. She spent over 13 years working in Head Office for leading high street retailers such as John Lewis, Debenhams, BHS & Habitat.