ABOUT US

Where sustainability meets innovation

Our Philosophy

The climate crisis, ecological breakdown, civic unrest, and searing social inequalities are not tomorrow’s problems. They are today’s emergencies.

We know that there are no simple technical answers or strategic silver bullets to this serious series of challenges. Yet we also believe that, within the enormous challenges, there is an unprecedented business opportunity: to transform into a regenerative business model. With this approach, business can deliver a positive impact where profit is balanced with purpose so shareholders, employees, citizens, and the planet all win.

We believe that you can only truly future-proof your business if you combine creative sustainability with regenerative innovation­ – and empower your people to deliver both. We provide a pioneering pathway to support your transition to a regenerative business, ensuring creative sustainability is built into your purpose, strategy, culture, and innovation approach.

The Founders

FutureMakers was founded by two purpose-driven entrepreneurs who share a common vision of regenerative business with complimentary expertise and experience.

We passionately believe that now is the time for business leaders at every level of the organization and in every part of the economic system to step up, find their purpose, and use it transform the role and value of sustainability and change the ecosystems they touch.

Between us, we have worked with scores of multi-nationals, non-profits, government departments and ambitious start-ups and scale-ups – from Unilever to Grosvenor Estates, from WWF to the NHS – on projects driven by sustainability, innovation, strategy and human resources. We aim to bring all these verticals together to bring about people-powered transformation for a regenerative future.

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Find out more about the co-founders Cat and Nick below

CAT HIRST

Cat is a highly motivated senior leader with over 15 years strategic and technical experience in sustainability.   She works an advisor, strategist, coach, and thought leader to drive people and business to more outcomes that are better for people, the environment and wider society.  She transforms organisations by working with them to dial up their sustainability ambitions and shift their strategy, culture, products, services, and operating models to achieve them.  She is an energetic, enthusiastic, and passionate sustainability thought leader motivated by a desire to shift sustainability from ‘doing less harm’ to becoming a source of creativity for organisations, their employees and the customers and community they serve.

After many years consulting on sustainability, Cat worked as Director of Learning & Innovation at the UK Green Building Council, where she delivered change through purpose-driven leadership and sustainable innovation.  Here she came to realise that people were the key to shifting the system.  In over a decade of developing and delivering sustainability strategies, learning and leadership programmes she holds a firm belief that technical solutions alone will not achieve the change we need to see – we need to inspire, and empower leadership at every level to shift to a regenerative economy.  Cat has developed numerous learning, leadership, culture change programmes for FTSE 100 companies which have engaged entire organisations in sustainability from future leaders up to C-suite executives. She has delivered sustainable innovation labs, also authored a Guide to Sustainable Innovation.

NICK JANKEL

Nick Jankel is a Cambridge-educated medic and philosopher of science who has built a career in systemic change and transformation. Having founded a strategic innovation agency working with major multinationals to manage threats and seize opportunities core to their future survival in his early 20s, Nick experienced a major life epiphany at age 30 and rediscovered his purpose: to reduce suffering and increase thriving in our socio-economic systems. As a result, he founded Switch On, a transformation company that is run as a social enterprise that has worked with WWF on systemic regenerative innovation, the British Council on scaling social enterprise, Oxfam on their policy and campaigning innovation lab, The Young Foundation on systemic social innovation, Rockefeller on systemic social innovation. He has also advised corporates like Unilever and Diageo on responsible and sustainable brand and innovation strategies. A prolific writer and thought leader, he is the author of a number of influential papers on systemic social and environmental innovation and has lectured on these themes at Oxford, Yale, and LBS. He has twice given keynotes on systemic change at No.10 Downing Street. Including to the Permanent Secretaries of every ministry; and has collaborated with Ashoka, Ultd, SoCap, Impact Hub, Acumen, and Omidyar Network amongst many others.

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