Member : Mark Henderson
Company: Balanced by Nature
Why I joined:
I have been passionately involved in sustainability and business for the last 25 years and want to share the knowledge and experience I have gathered, particularly in the areas of energy efficiency in buildings, renewable energy and heating and regenerative agriculture.
I have created business successes working in sustainability and understand what exciting business opportunities there are as we make the shift to NetZero. I want to support business leaders through this transition.
What I hope to get from it:
The opportunity to guide, coach and mentor business leaders to benefit from the opportunities and build long-term resilience into their organisations by learning from the oldest and wisest teacher of them all; nature!
What I do in business:
I guide, coach and mentor business leaders into balance, creative flow and fulfilment. I support business leaders to adopt expansive thinking to transform their organisations into resilient, abundant ecosystems that add value to those that work in the business, its stakeholders, the local community and the earth.
Optionally share a hobby or passions I am happy sharing to the community:
I am passionate about food forests where food is produced following nature’s design of establishing an organic ecosystem of different layers from trees, shrubs and down to ground level. This sequestrates carbon, restores the water cycle and regenerates the soil layer and produces more nutritious food in greater abundance than conventional agriculture.
Personal actions I have taken or plan in their NetZero journey:
I have chosen renewable sources for the energy and heat in my home. I cycle as much as possible. I am planning to replace my car and evaluating the best option in terms of the full lifecycle taking into account the car’s manufacture, its running and the end-of-life implications. I am looking for a plot of land where I can create a food forest.
Company actions I have taken to accelerate NetZero:
Our business works to support individuals and businesses become more sustainable on a daily basis as well as inspiring others to take action and consider the earth in decision-making. The business has made my time available to work as a guardian and non-executive director of other businesses as well as become involved in a local food cooperative.
The business recognises the earth as a major stakeholder and all decisions are taken with consideration for the potential impacts on the earth.
What expertise, knowledge, services or products they can offer to other members to accelerate their NetZero path:
I am happy to discuss sustainability opportunities and challenges members have, particularly in the areas of energy efficiency in buildings, renewable energy and heating, industrial process energy optimisation and regenerative agriculture.
I offer advice, signposting and project management through implementation in these areas.
I offer a pathway to strategically transition the business to NetZero. This strategic plan includes identifying the challenges, the opportunities for cost savings and alternative sources of revenue, investment requirements and ROI.
I coach and mentor leaders towards personal and business transformation.
Finally, Something people might not know about you that makes you memorable:Founded a renewable energy business and led its development and growth to a £5M turnover within 5 years. Managed and negotiated the successful sale of the business following over 2,500 installations throughout the UK.
- Part of a 50-strong team that cycled 1200 km from Sweden to Paris to raise money for a children’s cancer charity. The team raised over £350K.
- Member of a team focused on tackling climate change through planetary restoration. Working with nature and local communities to regenerate ecosystems through seeding food forests.