In the lead up to COP26 we will be working with 26 #OneStepGreener Ambassadors; the extraordinary, everyday people who are going above and beyond for the climate. #OneStepGreener Ambassadors symbolise the very best in UK climate leadership and will inspire the public to follow in their footsteps.

Our #OneStepGreener Ambassadors will become the voice of the UK public on climate change and will work closely with the government in the lead up to COP26.

We have now announced the first 13 brilliant #OneStepGreener Ambassadors and launched a nationwide competition to find the remaining 13. 

Meet the #OneStepGreener Ambassadors

Our #OneStepGreener Ambassadors are taking action to protect the planet and guard against climate change across society. 

Dame Jackie Daniel standing at the top of steps

Dame Jackie Daniel, NHS Trust CEO

Dame Jackie was appointed as Chief Executive of Newcastle Hospitals in March 2018 and she was recently named as one of the top five chief executives of the year in the HSJ Awards for 2021. Since then the Trust has retained its outstanding CQC status and has become the first NHS organisation to pledge to reach Net Zero Carbon.

Ade Adepitan, TV Presenter and Paralympic Medallist

Ade is passionate about protecting and preserving our environment, he has gone undercover with C4’s Dispatches, reported foreign affairs for Unreported World and more recently fronted the BBC Two Series, ‘Climate Change: Ade on the Frontline’ where he meets the people and places that have been affected by climate change.

Portrait of Toby McCartney

Toby McCartney, MacRebur CEO

MacRebur helps to solve the waste plastic epidemic, processing waste plastics destined for landfill or incineration and adding them into asphalt for road construction. Toby makes a conscious effort to make a difference – from wearing trainers made from waste plastics taken from the ocean, to founding multiple charities in the UK and abroad.

Alice Powell, Simulator Driver at Envision Virgin Racing (Formula E team)

The latest innovations in electric vehicle technology, alternative energy solutions and thrilling racing in the heart of some of the most beautiful cities in the world – that’s what Formula E is about. Alice started from the current season of the all-electric series and was the first female driver to win a Formula Renault Championship in 2012 and the first woman to score points in the GP3 series.

Jasmine Allen, Apprentice wind turbine technician at SSE

When she completes her training Jasmine will qualify as a wind turbine technician on the Greater Gabbard Wind Farm, helping generate green, renewable energy. Jasmine was inspired to find a career in energy by her grandfather who was an engineer and applied to SSE’s Apprenticeship scheme.

Sara Thompson, Founder of The Leith Collective

Sara provides a platform for artists to repurpose items that may otherwise have been destined for landfill. Leith Collective became the UK’s first single-use plastic free shop of its kind and was crowned runner up in the Surfers Against Sewage Plastic Free Awards

James Lloyd-Jones, CEO and Founder of Jones Food Company

James designed and project managed the facility construction of JFC’s first farm. James’ advancements will enable vertical farming (soil-free farming technology which reduces the industry’s environmental impact) to become a mainstream agricultural practice. He is now working on the world’s largest hydroponic growing and production facility.

Rob Thompson, Founder of Odyssey Innovation 

Rob’s plastic Odyssey started in 2014 by organising a group of divers to clean-up a cove, recovering thousands of pieces of plastic. Rob  then set up Odyssey Innovation to convert plastic recovered from beach cleans and fishing nets into new products like kayaks

Ash Dykes, Adventurer and extreme athlete

Ash has won many awards including UK Adventurer of the Year and Welsh Adventurer of the Year Award. Ash is also the author of ‘Mission Possible’, an Amazon Best Seller. Ash has partnered with organisations such as WWF, Yibin Fishery Department, Water-To-Go, the British Consulate General and the Green Development Foundation, in order to share positive news of all the work being done to help protect and preserve the natural environment.

Max la Manna, Low-waste chef, author, BBC Earth food host

Max’s debut cookbook More Plants Less Waste was awarded the Most Sustainable Cookbook in 2020 by Gourmand. In 3 years, Max has captivated over 750k passionate and engaged audiences across his social media platforms.

Portrait of Hugo Chambers

Hugo Chambers, Sustainable Sourcing Manager and Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability at Sainsbury’s

Hugo’s job is to help reduce the impact of Sainsbury’s food on the planet, whether that’s by lowering the carbon footprint of products or ensuring the palm oil in their products do not contribute to deforestation.

Emer Rafferty, Youth environmentalist 

Emer is a passionate 17 year old  environmentalist and campaigner in her local community for the preservation of biodiversity and wildlife. She is an ambassador for Global Action Plan and also part of the Northern Ireland Strategy for Climate Action and a Climate Change Bill Stakeholder. Emer is also a member of the Our Bright Future Campaign with Ulster Wildlife.

Buffy Buroughs, The Green Gathering Festival’s youth rep

Buffy studies Natural Sciences and works as a youth representative on the Clean Stream Resource Centre at The Green Gathering, an eco-friendly festival in Chepstow. The festival is commissioned by and raises funds for The Green Gathering charity, which promotes sustainability via hands-on education and the arts.