Build Back Better – Open Letter to the Prime Minister

Hillbreak joins more than 200 leading businesses to urge UK Government to deliver clean, inclusive and resilient recovery plan 

More than 200 leading UK businesses, investors and business networks, including Lloyds Banking Group, BMO Global Asset Management, British Property Federation, JLL, UK Green Building Council, Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) and Federated Hermes, have called on the Government to deliver a Covid-19 recovery plan that builds back a more inclusive, stronger and more resilient UK economy.

In an open letter, CEOs from across the economy have offered support to the Government in tackling the present health crisis, and urged Prime Minister Boris Johnson to provide clear vision for recovery efforts that align with the UK’s wider social, environmental and climate goals.  

The letter, signed by 206 businesses, investors and business networks, received widespread coverage in the UK and beyond, a selection of which can be found below:

It states: ‘With the UK facing major economic and social concerns including the risk of high unemployment and rising regional inequality, we believe that an ambitious low carbon growth and environmental improvement agenda can do a lot to address these concerns, as well as make the UK economy better prepared to deal with future shocks such as those related to climate change. 

‘[…] The current crisis, in moving us all away from business-as-usual, has already created shifts in how we operate, and we believe we must use the recovery to accelerate the transition to net zero. Efforts to rescue and repair the economy in response to the current crisis can and should be aligned with the UK’s legislated target of net zero emissions by 2050 at the latest.’ 

The signatories come from both multi-national and national businesses, across industry sectors, including energy, finance, consumer goods, retail, construction, water and communication. 

The business and investment networks supporting this initiative include The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group (CLG), the Aldersgate Group, the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC), Business in the Community (BITC), the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC) and the Climate Group. 

Together they have called on the UK to deliver a clean, just recovery, that creates quality employment and builds a more sustainable, inclusive and resilient UK economy for the future with a plan that can: 

  • Drive investment in low carbon innovation, infrastructure and industries, as well as improved resilience to future environmental risks; 
  • Focus support on sectors and activities that can best support sustainable growth, increased job creation and accelerate both the recovery and the decarbonisation of the economy; 
  • Include within financial support packages measures to ensure receiving businesses are well managed and their strategies are science based and aligned with national climate goals. 

The signatories, listed below, acknowledge the climate leadership of the UK and call for continued ambition to drive action towards next year’s COP26 summit and the G7, which will both be hosted in the UK. 

Signatories List 

1. Ron Cowley, CEO, Active Building Centre 

2. Amanda Stevenson, Director, Adapt Sustainability Consulting Ltd 

3. Alan Lusty, CEO, adi Group 

4. David Barwell, Chief Executive, UK & Ireland, AECOM 

5. Oliver Mendelsohn, CEO, Akustak® (Cusp London Ltd) 

6. Alistair McAuley, Managing Director UK & Ireland, AkzoNobel 

7. Nick Molho, Executive Director, Aldersgate Group 

8. Martin Clark, CEO, Allia Impact 

9. Naomi Pendleton, Groups Sustainability Director, AM FRESH Group 

10. Peter Simpson, Chief Executive, Anglian Water Group and Co-Chair, The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group 

11. Stuart McLachlan, CEO, Anthesis Group 

12. Jack Harvie-Clark, Director, Apex Acoustics Ltd 

13. David Partridge, Senior Partner, Argent LLP and Chair of the Board of Trustees, UKGBC 

14. Dominic Kirby, Managing Director, ArgoGlobal 

15. Nigel Tonks, Director, Arup 

16. Roger Burnley, President and CEO, ASDA 

17. Jason Sibthorpe, President (UK), Avison Young 

18. Colm Holmes, Global CEO, General Insurance, Aviva 

19. Steve Waygood, Chief Responsible Investment Officer, Aviva Investors 

20. James Wimpenny, Chief Executive, BAM Construct UK Ltd. 

21. Adrian Savory, CEO, BAM Nuttall 

22. Jon Eaglesham, Managing Director, Barr Gazetas 

23. David Thomas, CEO, Barratt Developments PLC 

24. Jack Bowles, Chief Executive, BAT 

25. Peter Fisher, Director, Bennetts Associates 

26. Steve Burr, Director, Black Architecture 

27. Tim Robinson, Managing Director, Blue Tile Property Consultants Ltd 

28. Kristi Mitchem, CEO, BMO Global Asset Management 

29. Anne Marie Verstraeten, UK Country Head, BNP Paribas 

30. Rob Bradley, CEO, Bouygues UK 

31. Peter Mather, Group Regional President, Europe, and Head of Country, UK, BP plc 

32. Philip Law, Director General, British Plastics Federation 

33. Melanie Leech, Chief Executive, British Property Federation 

34. Simon Litherland, CEO, Britvic plc 

35. Chris Oglesby, Chief Executive, Bruntwood 

36. Morten Nilsson, CEO, BT Pension Scheme Management Limited 

37. Andy Wales, Chief Digital Impact and Sustainability Officer, BT plc 

38. TJ Doubleday, CFO, Burger King UK 

39. David Hynam, CEO, Bupa Global & UK 

40. Neil Squibbs, CEO, Buro Happold 

41. Amanda Mackenzie, Chief Executive, Business in the Community 

42. Paul Margetts, Chairman of the Country Board, Capgemini UK plc 

43. Jon Lewis, CEO, Capita plc 

44. Peter Hugh Smith, Chief Executive, CCLA 

45. Paul Simpson, CEO, CDP 

46. Sergio Menendez, President, CEMEX Europe, Middle East, Africa & Asia (EMEAA) 

47. David Palmer, CEO, Central Finance Board of the Methodist Church 

48. Gareth Mostyn, Chief Executive, Church Commissioners for England 

49. John Ball, Chief Executive, Church of England Pensions Board 

50. Leendert Den Hollander, Vice President and General Manager, Great Britain, Coca-Cola European Partners 

51. Tim Attwood, Managing Director, Conisbee 

52. Dougie Sutherland, CEO, Cory Riverside Energy 

53. Alex Vaughan, CEO, Costain Group PLC 

54. Peter Flavel, CEO, Coutts 

55. Steve Foots, Group Chief Executive, Croda International Plc 

56. Phil Oram, Regional Director UK and Ireland, Crown Workspace Ltd 

57. Tomas Neeson, Managing Partner, Cundall 

58. Simon Norie, Managing Director, Custerian 

59. James Pearson, Managing Director, Danone UK & Ireland 

60. David Morley, Founding Partner, David Morley Architects 

61. Liam Cowell, UK Managing Partner, DLA Piper UK 

62. Rachel Hill, CEO, Dragon Capital Markets (Europe) Limited 

63. Michael Lewis, CEO, E.ON UK 

64. Gordon Power, CEO & Chief Investment Officer, Earth Capital Limited 

65. Stuart Lemmon, CEO, EcoAct 

66. Paul Ellis, Chief Executive, Ecology Building Society 

67. Peter Madden, Director, Ecovivid 

68. Sue Round, CEO, EdenTree Investment Management Ltd 

69. Colin Matthews, Non-Executive Chairman, EDF Energy and Co-Chair, The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group 

70. Peter Emery, CEO, Electricity North West 

71. Adrian Curry, Managing Director, Encirc Ltd 

72. Nicola Lovett, CEO, ENGIE 

73. Aidan Bell, MD, EnviroBuild 

74. Emma Howard Boyd, Chair, Environment Agency 

75. Robert Gould, Chair, Environment Agency Pensions Committee, Environment Agency Pension Fund 

76. Richard Speak, Co-Founder, Environmental Finance 

77. Bill Clark, Owner and Director, EnviroSteel Limited 

78. David Palmer, CEO, Epworth Investment Management Ltd 

79. Chris Bennett, Managing Director, EVORA Global 

80. Chris Taylor, CEO Hermes Real Estate & Head of Private Markets, Federated Hermes 

81. Elliot Lipton, Managing Director, First Base 

82. Chris Turpin, MD EMEA, First State Investments 

83. Ian Wright CBE, Chief Executive, Food and Drink Federation 

84. Basil Demeroutis, Managing Partner, FORE Partnership 

85. Nick James, Founder, Futureground 

86. Joost Bergsma, CEO, Glennmont Partners 

87. Helen Gordon, Chief Executive, Grainger plc 

88. Councillor Brenda Warrington, Chair, Greater Manchester Pension Fund Management 

89. Roger Whiteside, CEO, Greggs plc 

90. Kirsten Lees, Managing Partner, Grimshaw 

91. James Raynor, Chief Executive, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland 

92. Ben Spencer, Managing Director, GS8 

93. Robert Spittle, Director, Guest Motors Limited 

94. Katherine Garrett-Cox, CEO, Gulf International Bank (UK) Limited 

95. Luke Bullen, CEO, UK & Ireland, Gympass 

96. John Holland-Kaye, CEO, Heathrow Airport 

97. Les Montgomery, Chief Executive, Highland Spring Group 

98. Jon Lovell, Co-Founder, Hillbreak 

99. Lisa Young-Harry, CEO, HSBC Bank Pension Trust (UK) Ltd 

100. Nicolas Moreau, CEO, HSBC Global Asset Management 

101. Ian Stuart, CEO, HSBC UK 

102. Steve Sharratt, Group CEO, IBMS Group Limited 

103. Peter Jelkeby, Country Retail Manager and Chief Sustainability Officer, IKEA UK and Ireland 

104. Paul Vanston, CEO, Industry Council for Packaging and the Environment – INCPEN 

105. Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor, Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) 

106. Stephanie Pfeifer, CEO, Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change 

107. Nigel Stansfield, President EAAA, Interface 

108. Andrew Tucker, CEO, Irwin Mitchell 

109. Chris Ireland, UK CEO, JLL UK 

110. Robert MacLeod, CEO, Johnson Matthey 

111. Paul Dipino, Chief Operating Officer, Joseph Homes 

112. Dean Gilfillan, General Manager, JTI UK 

113. Thierry Garnier, CEO, Kingfisher plc 

114. Ralph Mannion, Managing Director – Great Britain & Ireland, Kingspan Insulation Ltd GB & I 

115. Mark Neill, Managing Director, Landmarc Support Services Ltd 

116. Meryam Omi, Head of Sustainable and Responsible Investing, Legal & General Investment Management 

117. Neil Martin, CEO, Lendlease Europe 

118. Mike Watson, CEO, LGPS Central Limited 

119. António Horta-Osório, Group Chief Executive, Lloyds Banking Group 

120. Chris Rule, CEO, Local Pensions Partnership Investments Limited 

121. Robert Branagh, CEO, London Pensions Fund Authority 

122. Roy Bedlow, Chief Executive, Low Carbon 

123. Simon Crowe, Managing Director, Low Carbon Alliance 

124. Ken Shuttleworth, CEO & Founder, Make Architects 

125. Phil Armitage, Director, Max Fordham LLP 

126. Robert Lambe, Managing Director, Melius Homes Limited 

127. Chris Smith, Managing Director, Michelin Tyre PLC 

128. Deane Flint, Branch President, MEU-UK & IRE, Mitsubishi Electric 

129. Chris Dijk, CEO, Modomo Ltd 

130. Robert Little, Partner, MSS Group 

131. Callum Tuckett, COO, Multiplex Europe 

132. Paul Bresnan, Managing Director, MWH Treatment Ltd 

133. John Pettigrew, CEO, National Grid 

134. Tony Juniper, Chair, Natural England 

135. Kinvara Carey, General Manager, Natural Source Waters Association 

136. Sam Laidlaw, Executive Chairman, Neptune Energy 

137. Julia Szajdzicka, Managing Director, Northern Design Electronics T/A ND Metering Solutions 

138. Heidi Mottram CBE, Chief Executive, Northumbrian Water Group 

139. David Fairbrother, Managing Director, NSR Management Ltd 

140. Gary Tipper, Managing Partner, Palatine Private Equity 

141. James Perry, Executive Director, Panahpur 

142. Neil Lees, Managing Director, Peel L&P 

143. Sunand Prasad, Principal, Penoyre & Prasad 

144. Jack Broadley, Founder and Owner, Pelorus Consulting 

145. Andy Briggs, CEO, Phoenix Group Holdings Plc 

146. Richard Foley, Senior Partner, Pinsent Masons 

147. Kevin Ellis, Chairman and Senior Partner, PwC UK 

148. Mathew Riley, Managing Director, Ramboll UK Limited 

149. Paul Stockton, CEO, Rathbone Brothers Plc 

150. Alison Rose, CEO, RBS Group 

151. Andrew Foulds, Managing Director, Redevco UK Limited 

152. Darryl Matthews, Managing Director, ROCKWOOL Ltd 

153. Barry O’Dwyer, Group CEO, Royal London Group 

154. Paul Smith, Executive Vice President & General Manager, UK&I, Salesforce 

155. Nathan Bostock, CEO, Santander UK plc 

156. Mike Hughes, President, UK and Ireland, Schneider Electric 

157. Antonio Lorenzo, CEO, Scottish Widows Group Limited 

158. Keith Anderson, Chief Executive, ScottishPower 

159. Liv Garfield, Chief Executive, Severn Trent Plc 

160. Brian Bickell, CEO, Shaftesbury plc 

161. Sinead Lynch, Chair, Shell UK Limited 

162. Alan Shingler, Partner & Chairman, Sheppard Robson LLP 

163. Carl Ennis, CEO, Siemens GB&I 

164. Joao Pola, CEO, Signify UKI 

165. Nicola Stopps, CEO, Simply Sustainable Ltd 

166. Kent Jackson, Partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (Europe) LLP 

167. Jeremy Darroch, Group CEO, Sky Group 

168. Mark Smith, Chief Executive, Southern Co-op 

169. Claire Fenwick, Managing Director, Spatial Dimensions 

170. Alistair Phillips-Davies, Chief Executive, SSE 

171. Keith Skeoch, Chief Executive, Standard Life Aberdeen plc 

172. Diba Salam, Principal & Founder, StudioDS 

173. John Scanlon, CEO, SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK Ltd 

174. Rosie Sweetman, Director, Sweetmans and Partners 

175. Tavaziva Madzinga, CEO UK&I, Swiss Re 

176. Jon Di-Stefano, CEO, Telford Homes 

177. Rebecca Pearce, Director, Territorio Ltd 

178. Dave Lewis, CEO, Tesco 

179. Alistair Allison, Managing Partner, TFT 

180. Ian Marchant, Interim Executive Chairman, Thames Water 

181. Helen Clarkson, CEO, The Climate Group 

182. Saker Nusseibeh, CEO, The International Business of Federated Hermes 

183. Eliot Whittington, Director, The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group 

184. Andrew Brown, Chair, The William Leech Foundation Limited 

185. Andy Mitchell, CEO, Tideway 

186. Bevis Watts, CEO, Triodos Bank UK 

187. Chris Twinn, Principal, Twinn Sustainability Innovation 

188. Julie Hirigoyen, CEO, UK Green Building Council 

189. Sebastian Munden, Executive Vice President & General Manager, Unilever UK & Ireland 

190. Brett Lankester, UK CEO, Union Bancaire Privée, UBP SA 

191. Simon Pilcher, CEO, USS Investment Management 

192. Gavin Graveson, Executive Vice-President, Veolia UK and Ireland 

193. Dave Worthington, Managing Director, Verco 

194. Jakob Sigurdsson, CEO, Victrex plc 

195. Louise Kjellerup Roper, CEO, Volans 

196. Graham Edwards, CEO, Wales & West Utilities Limited 

197. Nick Taylor, Chief Executive, Waterman Group 

198. Simon Griffin, Dealer Principal, Watts Truck & Van Limited 

199. María Mendiluce, CEO, We Mean Business 

200. Mario Mazzocchi, Group CEO, Wesleyan 

201. Councillor Andrew Thornton, Chair, Investment Advisory Panel and Joint Advisory Group, West Yorkshire Pension Fund 

202. George Latham, Managing Partner, WHEB Asset Management 

203. Rick Willmott, Group Chief Executive, Willmott Dixon 

204. Andrew Bell, Chief Executive, Witan Investment Trust 

205. Paul Tremble, Chief Strategy Officer, WSP 

206. Liz Barber, CEO, Yorkshire Water