Eliminating Single Use Plastic at Canary Wharf - Making Sustainability Real






Breaking The Plastic Habit - 12 months on

Join us, this World Environment Day, Wednesday 5th June to celebrate 12 months of our Breaking The Plastic Habit programme as we host a Youth Takeover moderated by Surfers Against Sewage CEO, Hugo Tagholm. We will also be joined by Morgan Stanley, Refinitiv, and ‘Plastic Game Changer’ author Amanda Keetley, as they discuss what’s next in the fight against single use plastic.

Find out more about our progress to achieve Plastic Free Community status accredited by Surfers Against Sewage, as we share insights into the full impact and lessons learned from the first 12 months of Breaking The Plastic Habit. We will also share how tenants and the wider community of Canary Wharf can get involved to ensure the continuation of the programme’s success.

The panel of speakers will discuss their recent achievements and what the future holds as the plastic free movement grows on a global scale, and public consciousness widens to include other climate change issues such as air pollution, the theme of this year’s World Environment Day. The panel will then be challenged in a Youth Takeover - a line-up of Eco-Ambassadors formed by local school children who have initiated their own ‘Getting Drastic About Plastic’ campaign, and will be putting their questions to the experts and challenging them on how they are taking action.

If you wish to attend, please register through the form below.

Date: Wednesday 5th June 
Location: Level 39, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, E14 5AB 
Time: 15.00 – 17.00, followed by networking drinks


15.00  Registration & refreshments
15.30  Welcome: Steve Greig, Co-Managing Director, Canary Wharf Group
15.45  Hugo Tagholm provides an update on the work of Surfers Against Sewage, and the Plastic Free Community accreditation
16.00  Expert panel, including Surfers Against Sewage, Morgan Stanley, Refinitiv, Amanda Keetley, and Canary Wharf Group
16.30 Youth takeover - local school children put their questions to our panel
17.00 Networking drinks



Hugo Tagholm - CEO, Surfers Against Sewage

Since taking over as CEO in 2008, Hugo has overseen a sustained period of development, growth and impact for Surfers Against Sewage securing its position as one of the UK's most effective environmental charities.

Hugo has channelled his passion for protecting our seas into effective and affecting campaigning, from protests at Parliament, to the charity being one of seven nominated by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to receive donations in lieu of wedding presents. A key element of Surfers Against Sewage’s work is their Plastic Free Communities initiative, which aims to unite communities via a five-step framework to reduce their single-use plastic footprint


Dylan Bexley - Head of Property Services for EMEA at Morgan Stanley.  

Dylan has worked within the financial services sector for the last 15 years, responsible for engineering services and building management. 

Dylan is a passionate campaigner for sustainability within Morgan Stanley and has driven numerous environmental initiatives throughout his career in building services, everything from energy and water savings initiatives to the more recent introduction of compostable and reusable products to replace plastic disposable items.  He is currently working with his sustainability team to identify and work towards the removal of single use plastics from Morgan Stanley’s UK office portfolio.



Amanda Keetley - Founder, Less Plastic, and author of ‘Plastic Game Changer’

Amanda founded Less Plastic in 2015 to raise awareness of the growing issue of plastic pollution and what we can do to tackle it. She has brought the ‘less plastic lifestyle’ to a wide audience via her blog, infographics and social media following - inspiring individuals, businesses, schools and organisations of all sizes to use less plastic. Her book, Plastic Game Changer, launches on World Environment Day 2019


Martin Gettings - Group Head of Sustainability, Canary Wharf Group

Martin joined Canary Wharf in 2011, and his current role as Group Head of Sustainability involves overseeing the long-term Sustainability Strategy for the 128-acre Canary Wharf mini-city and its 11 million sq. ft development pipeline, covering all aspects of governance, design, development, construction, estate operations, and reporting.


Luke Manning Head of Sustainability and Strategic Initiatives, Refinitiv

Luke leads the corporate sustainability function for Refinitiv, as part of the global strategy leadership team – developing Refinitiv’s position as a sustainable and responsible business, addressing the effect of its operational and environmental footprint, and harnessing its expertise, technology and data to drive positive social change.

Prior to his current role, Luke worked with a number of global organisations in senior leadership and consulting positions, including Thomson Reuters, Balfour Beatty, Barclays Bank and Kier Group.




Find out the latest news, pilots, trials and collaborations from our Breaking The Plastic Habit Programme in our Breakfast Briefing series. Held at Level39, One Canada Square, we discuss lessons learned, future innovation and hear from guest speakers and partners on their single-use plastic journey.

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