TES Awards shortlisted professional networking evenings sponsored by the Old Caterhamians’ Association

This physical Caterham Connected Insight Evening will explore how individuals, companies and societies cope with change, and particularly change to support our climate. We will explore why humans’ resist change, even in the face of clear evidence indicating that transformation is necessary – using climate change and its consequences as a working example. Cafe-style networking with our esteemed panel of experts from across change and sustainability roles will follow keynote speeches.

There is no charge for this event but booking is essential – please click here to book your place.

Tuesday 22 February 2022, 6.30pm
Venue: The Royal Academy of Engineering, Pall Mall, London SW1Y

Open to current & former parents, Sixth Form pupils, Old Caterhamians and friends of the School.


Almuth McDowall – Professor of Organisational Psychology
Almuth is an award winning researcher having recently been recognised for her work on the ‘always on culture’ by the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development. Almuth combines an active career in academia with a portfolio of consultancy activities including consultancy with organisations who have enacted significant changes including the Metropolitan Police and the NHS. In her consultancy Almuth’s key aim is to use and advance practice through the use of psychological theory for the benefit of people and organisations.


Simon Virley – Partner, Vice Chair & Head of Energy and Natural Resources, KPMG
Simon advises clients on strategy, regulation and deals in the UK energy market.
Previously, he was the Director-General for Energy Markets and Infrastructure at the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change. In that role, he had responsibility for advice to the Government on areas including oil and gas, renewables (including solar), nuclear, Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and energy security issues.
Simon was awarded a Companion of the Bath (CB) in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for his work on UK energy supply and energy security issues. He is also a Fellow of the Energy Institute (FEI), on the Executive Council of the Parliamentary Group on Energy Studies (PGES), and on the Board of the University of Sheffield Energy 2050 Programme.

Dr Niall McCormack – Managing Director and Chief Executive, CausewayGT
Niall is an executive with over 25 years of experience in the resource sector leading exploration, innovation and commercial around the world. Niall gained a degree and PhD in geology from Trinity College Dublin, after which he started in the resource sector as a geologist with BP and GNS. He worked in executive roles in Hess, Afren and BHP. In BHP Niall led global petroleum exploration, commercial and innovation. Niall is also the Chair of the Geothermal Association of Ireland. Niall’s driver is improving the world for the better and enhancing the potential of geothermal to play a big part in changing our world. What we do and what geothermal can deliver are important to building a sustainable world.

Robin Gwynn – Director, Whyteleafe Solutions focused on strategic & commercial opportunity & risk across Africa
Robin was previously a senior British diplomat specialising in Africa, with 25 years’ track record in policy-making, negotiating and operational delivery at the heart of government in the UK and overseas. He was twice appointed to represent the UK as a London-based Special Envoy leading UK efforts on behalf of climate vulnerable countries, and working for peace between Sudan and South Sudan.

Andrew Elmes – Head of Business Development, UK and Ireland at Siemens Gamesa
Andrew’s extensive international experience has seen him develop and execute renewable energy, engineering and infrastructure projects and portfolios. Siemens Gamesa is a leader in the renewable energy industry, working to provide the world’s best offshore and onshore wind turbines and services.
Andrew has twenty-five years’ experience building and leading large multinational teams and delivering change within military and private sector organisations.

Dr Rachel Avery, BSc MSc PhD CPsychol.
Rachel studied Psychology at the University of Kent before achieving chartered status as a research psychologist in 2012. Formerly a Lecturer at the University of Surrey, Rachel’s PhD thesis explored the strategic use of memory resources during learning, which has fuelled continued research and practice in the area of applied problem solving and design of authentic assessments in education. Rachel has published research examining working memory, personality and learning, adolescent mental health, and, pupil employability. Away from research and teaching Rachel is a keen horticulturist.

Clive Furness – Director, Contango
Clive is a senior business leader, board advisor, financial technology and business risk expert, guiding organisational transformation for ambitious SMEs to drive profitability. Clive is adept at advising business and governments towards the economic benefits of changing markets. Clive has a particular interest in overcoming resistance to change to ensure advances for both individuals and business.

Clare Black – Managing Director, Streets Consulting 
Clare leads on IF’s diversity initiatives and is passionate about tackling the issues that FinTech women face, in in a bid to instigate real change. Prior to her current role, Clare worked at Contango Markets for 10 years, a boutique consultancy in the wholesale financial markets space, encompassing capital markets analysis, derivatives exchange strategy, market infrastructure & communication. Clare was based at Reuters for 14 years, working in West Africa, New York and London as a correspondent and subsequently Editor, Commodities EMEA. Clare is also a non-executive director of two national charities for the visually impaired and a founding director of WILD London.