GARETH KANE is an internationally recognised environmental and sustainability expert. He has appeared as a media pundit on sustainability issues on, for example, the BBC Six O’Clock News, Countryfile, The Politics Show and local radio. In 2008 The Journal newspaper named Gareth as a ‘Rising Star, Future Leader’ for his work on sustainability. Gareth’s consultancy Terra Infirma has a client list including the BBC, BAE Systems plc, Johnson Matthey plc, the NHS and East Coast Mainline. In June 2010 the company was singled out for praise in the press by UK Environment Secretary, the Rt Hon Caroline Spelman MP. Terra Infirma’s Green Academy online training programme has attracted participants from around the globe – from the USA to New Zealand. Gareth was elected onto Newcastle City Council in 2004. Until 2011, he was deputy Executive Member for Environment and Sustainability which culminated in Newcastle being declared the UK’s most sustainable city by Forum for the Future in 2009 and 2010. He is now opposition spokesman on Sustainability. Gareth is the author of two books on business and sustainability, most recently The Green Executive.