RGS Earthshot launches lecture series with Simon Virley

On Wednesday 11 May we welcomed back to the school  Old Reigatian and ex-Head Boy of 1987, Simon Virley, to deliver a talk on ‘Climate Change, COP 26 and how we get to Net Zero’.

Simon is Vice-Chair and Head of Energy and Natural Resources at KPMG. He advises some of the world’s largest companies on the energy transition and the shift to Net Zero, and represented KPMG at the COP26 Climate Change Conference in Glasgow in November 2021. Before joining KPMG, he spent twenty-five years in the UK Government, including at 10 Downing Street where he was Private Secretary to Tony Blair for 3 years, HM Treasury and latterly as Director General for Energy in the Department of Energy and Climate Change between 2009-15.

After RGS, he went to Oxford University, where he achieved a First in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. He also holds a Masters in Economics from LSE.

RGS Earthshot is a series of initiatives to encourage our RGS and the wider community to live more sustainably. This lecture is the first our RGS Earthshot Lecture series. The event was incredibly well attended by pupils, parents, staff and members of the local community and neighbouring schools.

A huge congratulations to Jasmine F & Thomas D, Heads of School for launching this exciting new RGS sustainable movement who’s vision was inspired by The Earthshot Prize and knew it could be the foundations of our own environmental movement.  Moreover focusing on the negatives and the challenges associated with becoming more sustainable and work out what we can do as a community to make a change.

Stay tuned for further announcements of future RGS Earthshot lecture series guest speakers.

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