Peter Head, CEO and Founder of Ecological Sequestration Trust

Dr Peter Head UAAI

Peter Head is a champion for developing global practice that demonstrates that the way investment is done by public and private money in the built environment that could be made very much more effective if the public and private sector adopted sustainable development principles. He is a civil and structural engineer who has become a recognised world leader in major bridges (he received an OBE for successfully delivering the Second Severn Crossing as Government Agent), advanced composite technology and now in sustainable development in cities and regions. He has won many awards for his work including the Award of Merit of IABSE, the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Silver Medal The Coopers Hill Memorial Prize of ICE, Telford Prize ICE 2006 and the Prince Philip Award for Polymers in the Service of Mankind.

Industry qualifications, recognition and contribution

Chairman Steel Construction Institute 2003-2006

Chairman Institute for Sustainability 2010-2014

Vice President Construction Industry Research Association  1999-2004

London Sustainable Development Commission 2002-2010

Trustee SE and London Groundwork Trust 2004- date

Chief Executive Maunsell Europe 1997-2001

He was the Government’s Agent for delivery of the Second Severn Crossing 5km long bridge.

Corporate Development Director AECOM 2001-2004

Director Arup 2004 Creating and leading their planning and integrated urbanism team which by 2011 had doubled in size.

He directed work on the Dongtan Eco City Planning project which was voted by Chinese developers in 2005 as the most influential development project in China .

He became an advisor to the Singapore Government on their plans for greening the city and the economy.

He gave the ICE Brunel lecture series in 2008-9 in 38 countries globally on “Entering the Ecological Age.”

In 2009 he was awarded the Sir Frank Whittle medal of the Royal Academy of Engineering for a lifetime contribution to the well-being of the Nation through environmental innovation.

In 2008 he was named by the Guardian Newspaper as one of 50 people that could ‘save the planet’.

He was cited by Time magazine in 2008 as one of 30 global eco-heroes and has been one of CNN’s Principle Voices.

In 2011 he was awarded the CBE in the New Year’s Honours List for services to Civil Engineering and the Environment.

In April 2011 he left Arup to set up The Ecological Sequestration Trust,  a Charity which is bringing together the world’s top scientists, engineers , economists, ecologists, financiers and other specialists to enable regions to quickly plan, design and implement  regional scale demonstration projects ,in the world’s fastest growing economies, using  inclusive low carbon urban-rural development models which are energy, water and food secure and meet the post 2015 SDG’s. The Charity will make it’s model tools available in open source and will work to educate and disseminate findings.

In 2012 ,Peter was named as one of the top 15 environmental leaders by Building Design ahead of Eco-Build 2012.


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