Julia Hailes is a leading thought leader on social, environmental and ethical issues, Julia wrote the number one best-seller - ''The Green Consumer Guide''. Julia helps organisations to understand how environmental and ecological issues affect every business (even funeral directors). Her practical solutions are derived from research, experience and strongly-held beliefs.
Julia Hailes is a leading opinion former, consultant and keynote and conference speaker on social, environmental and ethical issues – advising the UK’s leading businesses on policy and communications.
In 1987 Julia Hailes founded SustainAbility Ltd with John Elkington, where she was Director and Company Secretary until 1995. SustainAbility is a leading edge consultancy with an international profile. Between 1994 and 2000 she was a non-executive director of Out of this World, a small chain of 'alternative supermarkets' and between 2001 and 2006 a non-executive director of Jupiter Global Green Investment Trust, set up by Jupiter Asset Management.
In 2003 she helped set up the Haller Foundation, and she is still a Trustee. This charity supports environmental conservation through grass routes initiatives such as farmer training and community education. She also sits on the a number boards or advisory panels including: the Food Ethics Council, which promotes more sustainable food and farming practices; M&S Expert Advisory Panel on packaging; P&G Expert Advisory Panels on detergents and baby products; and is a Patron of the Ecos Trust, which promotes green building practices. In 2010 she joined the board of Wastewatch, a charity aiming to change the way we use resources.
Julia has authored or co-authored nine books, including the international No.1 best-selling Green Consumer Guide published in 1988 and selling over one million copies worldwide. The New Green Consumer Guide, came out in 2007 and has been widely acclaimed to be accessible, authoritative and 'full of surprises'!
Julia writes regularly for Telegraph online, as well as writing a Blog. She has been on a number of judging panels including Great Britons both 2005 and 2007, the Green Awards 2006 and the Rushlight Awards for renewable energy technologies since it started in 2007. She also helped the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) in setting up and running their Chilling Facts campaign on supermarket refrigeration, which is a major contributor to global warming.
She wrote a regular monthly column for BBC online and the Western Daily press on food and sustainability issues; has sat on the UK Eco-labelling Board since it started in 1989 and was appointed Deputy Chair to its successor the Advisory Committee on Consumer Products and the Environment (ACCPE) from 1999 to 2005, when it was disbanded. And in 2003, Julia stood down from being a District Councillor in South Somerset.
Much of Julia's speaking work is with companies or specific industry sectors. She targets her presentation at the decision-makers and explains how environmental and ecological issues affect every business (even funeral directors). Her practical solutions are derived from research, experience and strongly-held beliefs.
Julia has spoken at conferences, seminars and workshops world-wide including Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Japan, Canada, the US and all over Europe.
Blue Chip companies that have benefited from Julia’s wisdom and analysis include Marks & Spencer, Morrisons, McDonalds, Shell, Numis Investment Bank and Procter and Gamble. Describing herself as a campaigning consultant and a strong advocate of sustainability, she encourages companies to be proactive about the environment and find solutions, rather than just responding to outside problems and pressures. Julia’s particular strengths are looking at businesses from a consumer perspective, being challenging and not forgetting the bottom line.
In 1989 Julia Hailes was elected to the UN Global 500 Roll of Honour for her ‘outstanding environmental achievements'. She was awarded an MBE in the New Years Honours List in 1999. She lives in Somerset with her three sons, Connor, Rollo and Monty, aged 15, 13 and 11.