About

Thomas Bourne – Founder and Principal ConsultantNew pic

Thomas is an experienced impact consultant, speaker and advocate offering strategic and impact-related consultancy services to purpose-led businesses and investors across sectors and sizes.

A commercial employment lawyer by background, Thomas developed a practice supporting corporate transactions for private equity clients in the consumer sector and earned a reputation for a pragmatic commercial approach.

In 2012, Thomas took part in the UK’s first masters-level course on the Circular Economy and developed a passionate belief in the opportunities and benefits of the ‘triple bottom line’ approach to business.

He left law in 2014 and joined an organic food production and retail business as Interim Managing Director where he turned the business around before supporting the shareholders through the successful sale of the business to a trade buyer.

Thomas is a trained and experienced B Leader and B Corp Ambassador as well as a trustee of the Soil Association and a non-executive director of its trading subsidiary, Soil Association Certification Ltd.

Thomas’s LinkedIn profile is available here.

Laura Matz – AssociateLaura

Laura is a business consultant specialising in B Corp certification.

Laura’s educational background covers a wide range of fields from philosophy and literature to statistical analysis and socially responsible marketing. A passion for sustainability pushed her to leave the hospitality industry to focus on helping purpose-led businesses make a positive impact.

Prior to her role as a consultant she has volunteered with B Lab Europe and B Lab UK to spread the message of the great work being carried out within the B Corp community, through social media platforms.

Laura’s focus is on helping companies to navigate the B Impact Assessment and guiding teams through the certification process. She enjoys problem solving and takes a detail-oriented approach to all projects.

Laura has completed an Environmental Management System (EMS) ISO 14001 Certification Course and is a trained B Leader.

Shlesha Thapaliya – AnalystScreenshot 2020-10-07 at 09.24.05

Shlesha has over ten years of experience in academic, industry and market research. She takes a detail-oriented, multidisciplinary and multi sector approach to her research and analysis. She has also worked as an impact advisor, sustainability consultant and business development advisor to SMEs and social enterprises in South East Asia and the UK.

Lara Santos Ayllón – Analyst

Lara has Screenshot 2020-09-07 at 11.06.53 recently completed her MSc in Energy, Society and Sustainability at the University of Edinburgh, throughout which her academic research led her to explore low-carbon technologies, policies and markets, the circular economy and energy innovation; with a particular focus on the societal and environmental dimensions of the energy transition in the public and private spheres.
Prior to this MSc, Lara worked as a PR and Corporate Communications Consultant following her degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the University of Durham. She has lived, studied and worked in various countries and languages, enjoys detail-focused research and strategy design from a transversal approach and is driven to contribute to long-term positive impact.

Why Greenheart?

Greenheart (chlorocardium rodiei):

A highly durable hardwood of the utmost integrity often used in ship and house building.

Naturally sustainable, yet strong enough to make great things.

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