Managing Director joins Waterline Summit panel to highlight link between social mobility, health and climate change

The Managing Director of Sewell Estates will join a key panel of speakers at the North of England’s largest and most important decarbonisation event later this month.

Jo Barnes is one of four speakers at “Joining the Dots for a Sustainable Future” at the Waterline Summit 2021 – a major event placing the Humber at the forefront of climate change, empowering people and places to net zero and creating an economic model for decarbonisation.

The thought-provoking online event, which focuses on the critical link between social mobility, health and climate change, will take place on October 19th, from 11.30am to 1pm, as part of the summit’s Energy Transition Day.

Examining the importance of improving opportunities for local people and how health and aspirations work hand in hand, Jo will share how Sewell Group as a whole contributes to the region by employing local people and investing in developing talent.

Sewell Group received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Promoting Opportunity, the most prestigious accolade for UK businesses, earlier this year.

Jo will also discuss how the business supports and delivers value for local communities, creates opportunities for people to get involved in transformational projects, supports charity groups and pioneers initiatives to help those who need it.

The event aims to look at how no one is left behind and everyone thrives in the journey to net zero, with discussions covering educational and social inequalities, climate injustice and the impact of climate change on health.

The panel will be led by Nina Stobart, Communications and External Affairs Lead at Phillips 66, and the other speakers are:

  • Dr Bruce Charlesworth, Chief Medical Officer for Health at Reckitt
  • Dr Lisa Jones, Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Hull
  • Natasha Barley, Chief Executive Officer of Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University

Jo said: “We believe to be a healthy and sustainable business, four key areas need to be kept in balance – people, customers, social value and performance. We consider all of these areas to be our Sewell compass and we live by that.

“We’re incredibly passionate about inward investment in the region and improving opportunities for local people.

“I’m delighted to be invited to join this panel and I look forward to a very open and important discussion on how connecting the dots between social mobility, health and climate change is a force for good and critical for the future.”

The Waterline Summit runs from October 18th to 22nd and comes ahead of COP26, the globally critical United Nations Climate Change Conference taking place in Glasgow in November, and aims to highlight the Humber’s critical role in connecting to it.

To book a place on “Joining the Dots for a Sustainable Future”, visit Joining the Dots for a Sustainable Future Registration, Tue 19 Oct 2021 at 11:30 | Eventbrite

Further information about the Waterline Summit and the full programme of events can be found at