Meet the team

We have assembled an experienced core team, supported with a pool of expert associates in Europe, North America and UK – offering a unique fusion of business, commercial, technical, sustainability, transformation and educational capabilities – to deliver the greatest impact for you and your organisation. All our people are known as much for their enthusiasm and motivation as for their skills and experience, sharing a passion and drive to make a real difference. They're also great people to work with!

Mike Townsend

Founder & CEO

Mike is an influential business and economic transformation leader, board member, speaker, teacher, and writer – with thirty-five years of experience in business, supply chain, consultancy, education & training, and engineering.

Mike is passionate about sharing knowledge and skills in support of the transition towards a sustainable economy. He has worked with a wide range of organisations, large and small, in all sectors in UK, Europe, North America and Japan, including: Aviva plc, BAA, Barclays Bank plc, Birmingham Business School, British Airways, Copenhagen Business School, DIS-Copenhagen, Environment Agency, EY, Home Office, IKEA, Life Technologies, LoyaltyOne, Mace Group, Lund University, Norsk Ombruk, Severn Trent Water, Thames Water plc, Triodos Bank, and many others, including Paul Polman at Unilever.

In addition to running Earthshine Group, Mike serves on an advisory board with University of Oslo, teaches courses on Sustainable Development, Sustainable Business Strategy, and The Business of Change. He also delivers inspirational keynote speeches.

Mike is author of The Quiet Revolution (Routledge, forthcoming), Editor of Reframing the Game (2015), Lead author of A Journey in Search of Capitalism 2.0 (2013). He is a regular contributor for Huffington Post, 2-Degrees, Edie.net, The Guardian, Medium, Sustainable Brands, and others. He has also published extensively in the field of strategic procurement and supply chain management.

Mike holds an MBA from the University of Birmingham Business School (UK), a bachelor degree in Civil Engineering Management from the University of Wolverhampton (UK). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (UK), and Member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (UK).

Martina Zahradnikova

PA & Head of International Relations

Martina is an educationalist and qualified teacher, with teaching and child development experience in Denmark, UK and Slovakia. She also has a strong ability in European languages, speaking Slovak (native), English (fluent), Danish (fluent), Russian (intermediate), and Italian (intermediate). In her continued desire for life-long-learning, she has also taken courses in Environmental Studies through the Open University in UK – and is currently studying Reflexology, Anatomy and Physiology in Denmark.

For the last ten years, Martina has worked in support of the development of Earthshine in roles in marketing, research and administration support. Key assignments include background research for company studies, arranging meetings and logistics for the CEO, marketing research and communications, international document translations, and support in developing training materials. Martina is a real team player – and great at planning, organising and getting things done.

Jae Mather

Senior Vice President (North America)

Jae Mather is an executive who influences senior leaders to move beyond theory to the practical application through innovating new technologies, training, and services. He designs and implements renewable energy, efficiency and climate change strategies. He is a clean-tech growth strategist, global macro trend specialist and a champion of the low carbon economy.

For 20+ years he has been instrumental in shaping the sustainability agenda across Europe including running the UK Eco-Enterprise project, which was the first EU-funded environmental technology support programme in the UK. He shapes policy and strategy for local governments and for companies such as Finger Food Studios, Heitman, ARM, and Footlocker. He is the Co-founder of the Carbon Free Group; has been the Executive Director of the Clean Energy Association of British Columbia, and the International Business Development & Sustainability Strategist for David Richardson’s group of companies.

Jae speaks as keynote at 20+ events a year and has delivered over 100+ events reaching 10K+ attendees. He is a guest lecturer on the University of British Columbia & University of Birmingham MBA programs and the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainable Leadership programme.

He is a Board member of the Board of Change (Vancouver) is a member of the editorial board of the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA) Transform Magazine.

Jae is an IEMA and an RSA Fellow, a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv), and is GRI G4 Certified. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Decision Making from The Open University in the UK as well as a BA in Geography from Simon Fraser University in Canada.

Kevin Jones

Strategic Projects Director (North America)

Kevin is a sustainability business executive with 32 years of extensive experience in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Prior to his association with the Earthshine Group, Kevin was President & CEO for The Bloom Centre for Sustainability (BLOOM) – the trusted, go-to authority on sustainable practices that connected social responsibility with business success, creating vibrant and thriving industry sectors and communities across Ontario, Canada.

He has acted as a change agent and provided the leadership on several award-winning initiatives in the energy, water, clean technology, resource management, agri-food and Brownfield/property redevelopment sectors.

He thrives in the design, management and successful execution of multi-stakeholder collaborative initiatives that deliver tangible economic, environmental and social benefits, and measurable results.

His current interest and passion is in the development of sustainable sector growth models, and how an innovation ecosystems approach (based on circular economy principles) can support broader market adoption of clean energy, water and resource management solutions.

Kevin holds an MBA from Athabasca University (Canada), a MSc Pl in Environmental Planning from the University of Toronto (Canada), and an Honours bachelor degree in arts from McMaster University (Canada).

Chris McCormick

Projects Director

Chris comes from a multi-disciplinary background that embraces leadership, urban development and interpersonal communication. He has worked in cities across the globe including London, Jakarta, Moscow and since 2004 Oslo.

His most recent work is connected to the development of smart and sustainable communities, developing innovation programmes that are driving new business models and sustainable change.

With 16 years’ experience as a project manager in the property industry, and 10 years working as a facilitator and process leader in communication, Chris has a unique approach to leading projects that finely balance the need for structure and flexibility for change.

Great solutions tend to emerge through well thought-through processes, in multi-disciplinary teams that are able to communicate clearly with each other. Facilitating such processes is very much at the core of Chris’s approach.

Chris holds a bachelor degree in Building Management from the University of Northumbria in Newcastle (UK).

Katie Whalen

Circular Economy Leader

Katie is an international leader in the circular economy – involved in research, writing, teaching and consulting on all business aspects of this important discipline.

She is involved in education at Lund University, teaching courses on eco-design to undergraduate and master’s students. Katie is also an entrepreneur, having created and marketed ‘In the Loop’, a serious game for systems thinking and circular economy awareness. Universities and companies around the world have used ‘In the Loop’ to learn about the importance of systems thinking in material supply chains. She also hosts ‘Getting In the Loop’ (gettingintheloopodcast.com), a weekly podcast that enables experts to stay connected to what’s happening in the field of circular economy. Katie previously worked at Circle Economy, a non-profit, circular economy-focused organisation based in Amsterdam where she led the Circular Design Program.

Katie holds an MSc in Integrated Product Design from TU Delft, and is PhD Candidate at The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics at Lund University.

Inger Kærgaard

Senior Trainer & Ecology Consultant

Inger is trained as a biologist, and works in teaching, training, consultancy, and as a nature guide and ecologist. Inger has a passion for sharing her knowledge and opening our minds to the natural world – enabling us to find new possibilities in our businesses, our economies and society.

Inger has been teaching a number of key semester-based courses in Copenhagen, including: Sustainable Development – exploring the divergent goals and complex processes associated with sustainable development from a European perspective, and Urban Ecology – developing understanding on the interaction and complex interconnectedness between humans and the urban environment. Inger also teaches courses in Biological Conservation and Biodiversity – and loves to give lectures about the vital contribution of forests.

Inger also has many years of experience involved in forest conservation – including forest restoration projects in Thailand and forest protection in Indonesia. She has also produced a major photography exhibition about the forest situation in Borneo, Indonesia – shown in six locations across Denmark. Inger organised a Forest Festival in the centre of Copenhagen attracting 25,000 visitors. More recently, Inger has been providing analysis on bat conservation for Copenhagen Municipality. She also enjoys giving public tours exploring bat and natural habitats.

Inger has also worked as project manager at the University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland, working on government and EU funded projects, including a design for environmental education, and a Swiss government project involving sustainable income generating activities for organic farmers in the Swiss Alps.

Inger holds a MSc in biology from the University of Copenhagen. In her spare time, Inger is a keen gardener and beekeeper.

Jamie Wylie

Project Consultant

Jamie is a sustainability professional from Scotland with experience working across Europe on a range of sustainability issues. Jamie spent two years working in Edinburgh for a sustainable transport organisation, working on transport policy, political engagement and communications. Over the past two years, he has consulted with organisations including The Absolut Company and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO).

Jamie moved to Sweden in 2018, and recently completed a master’s degree in Environmental Management and Policy from Lund University’s International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE). He has previously studied at the University of Edinburgh, graduating with a first-class honours degree. In his spare time he volunteers for the 2050 Climate Group, an educational charity run by young professionals in Scotland to speed up the transition to a low carbon economy.

Jamie holds an MSc in Environmental Management and Policy from Lund University (IIIEE) and an MA in Geography with Environmental Studies from the University of Edinburgh.

Doris Wimmer

Project Analyst

Doris is a project analyst with experience in hydrology, water engineering, sustainability and management – with a broad knowledge in environmental sciences. She is passionate about sustainable development, the environment, and development cooperation.

Doris originally studied Environmental Engineering and Water Management in Vienna with the aims of improving people’s lives and livelihoods, and preserving natural ecosystems. With the increasing awareness of the effects of anthropogenic activities on natural ecosystem, Doris saw the need to complement this knowledge with a further degree in business – not only to observe and assess the effects of land degradation and pollution, but also to counteract unsustainable resource consumption.

Doris has a keen interest in learning from other cultures, and has travelled to many places around the world, including a three-month project in the Kenya-Uganda Border Region, working under a project for the Austrian Development Agency.

Doris is enthusiastic about linking together different fields, in order to manage resources more sustainably. She has engaged with key topics such as corporate responsibility and the circular economy within her master’s degree in Management at Cranfield University – along with her thesis on business models in the circular economy. More recently, Doris has also started to engage and participate within the European start-up scene, seeking to drive and accelerate proactive sustainability solutions in a commercial environment.