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Rebecca Burgess

East Midlands, East of England, Greater London, Northern Ireland, North East England, North West England, Scotland, South East England, South West England, Wales, West Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber

An accomplished and driven individual, who is truly passionate about helping businesses balance profit and purpose. Diverse range of ESG experience across NGOs, business and SMEs.


B Leader bio

Since completing the B Leaders training in 2017, I have been in a variety of environmental positions. Earlier this year, I joined Spherics as their Chief Engagement Officer on a part time basis, allowing me time to offer B Leader support to businesses alongside this. Spherics is an award winning carbon accounting software company helping businesses measure and reduce their carbon emissions, in minutes, from as little as £9 p/m. We submitted our B Corp application in June.

Additional organisations I am currently involved in include: SHE Changes Climate (Partnerships), Avon Wildlife Trust (Trustee), Catalyse Change (Mentor) and Following the Footprints (Advisor).

Prior to joining Spherics, I was Chief Executive of City to Sea, an award-winning not-for-profit organisation, campaigning to stop plastic pollution at source. I have spoken publicly about the benefits of a circular economy and the pitfalls of single-use packaging. I used the B Corp accreditation process to help define our ESG principles at City to Sea, but as a non-profit was unable to certify. In 2021, City to Sea was listed in the Escape the City 'Top 100 Employers'.

In 2020, I was listed in Management Today's 35 Women Under 35 list, the country's longest-running, most prestigious list of young, female business talent. In 2019 I was listed in the WISE100, recognising the most inspiring and influential women in social enterprise, impact investment and mission-driven business.

Prior to City to Sea, I worked at environmental consultancy Eunomia. It was through working with the European Commission on their now passed Single-Use Plastics Directive, that I felt inspired to do more in the fight against climate catastrophe.

I moved to Bristol in 2016, after 10 years shaping sector leading social programmes with a variety of companies and not-for-profits in London. Projects include: implementing a vulnerable customers programme with Macmillan Cancer Support and Nationwide Building Society; launching an Energy Advice Team on the Macmillan Support Line in collaboration with npower; overseeing sponsorship deals with Sheilas' Wheels, Nationwide and npower; running employee engagement days for numerous large companies in relation to Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning; and leading on a Christmas appeal to businesses whilst at Shelter.

Over the years, my teams and I have won a number of industry awards including: Edie Sustainability Leaders Award, Global Good Award, BusinessGreen Award, Corporate Engagement Award, Utility Week Award, Better Society Award, Business in the Community ‘Big Tick’ Award and Business Charity Award.


Consumer Products & Services, Education & Training Services, Energy & Environmental Services

Company size experience

SME, Start-up, Large

Impact area expertise

Employees, Governance, Environment, Supply Chain, Diversity & Inclusion

Companies taken through the B Impact Assessment


Companies taken through the B Corp Certification


Training cohort



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