Phil Sivell

Phil Sivell - After Dinner Speaker - Climate Change Speaker

With more than 20 years experience in environmental management and sustainability, Phil has developed in-depth knowledge and insight into the challenges and responsibilities presented by the changing world.

Phil’s career began as a research scientist in the nuclear industry working in Metallurgy and Materials Science.  After taking a degree in Energy Engineering, he worked in local government specialising in Energy Conservation.


His background in scientific research has been instrumental to his commitment to scenario planning and the examination of the causes and effect of climate change and the development of  programmes and risk assessment for both public and private sectors.

Phil was instrumental in the development of regional climate change studies in the south east of England, initiating and directing the work of the South East Climate Change Partnership from its inception until 2002.  He remains a member of its Executive Committee. 

He has been at the vanguard of regional impacts and adaptation work, initiating the UK Inter-regional Climate Change Group and acting as its chairman from 2005 until 2009. 

A member of the Advisory Committee of the UK Climate Impacts Programme, Phil advised the European Commission on the development of the 2nd European Climate Change Programme and the development of the Thematic Strategy on the Urban Environment.  In 2009 he was awarded the title of Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Birmingham

Phil is a practised communicator, regularly presenting at conferences on a range of CSR and sustainability issues. 

He is an experienced chairman of events from national conferences, including the inaugural Guardian climate adaptation conference in 2008, to smaller specialist and technical workshops.  He has been interviewed on television (BBC News 24) and on national and local radio, as well as taking part in an innovative corporate social responsibility webinar with major PR company TriMedia.

Prior to establishing his own consultancy, Phil Sivell led the climate change group at the Centre for Sustainability at TRL to develop evidence-based solutions to the challenges presented by climate change.  He worked on projects on both adaptation and mitigation of climate change.  He also worked on a range of sustainable transport research and consultancy programmes. These included projects on road noise, air quality and the provision of advice and training on Strategic Environmental Assessments –a background that qualified him to be called as an Expert Witness at the Stansted Airport Public Inquiry.