Jonathon Porritt, Co-Founder of Forum for the Future, is an eminent writer, broadcaster and commentator on sustainable development. Established in 1996, Forum for the Future is now the UK’s leading sustainable development charity, with 70 staff and over 100 partner organisations, including some of the world’s leading companies.
In addition, Jonathon has been a non-executive director at Willmott Dixon for ten years, where he has helped shape, direct and guide the company's position on sustainable development and social investment. This includes playing a pivotal role in creating the Foundation which invests over £2 million a year in communities and providing leadership to help us become the sector's only carbon neutral business.
Jonathon is also President of The Conservation Volunteers, a Trustee of the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy, a Director of Collectively (an online platform celebrating sustainable innovation), and is involved in the work of many NGOs and charities as Patron, Chair or Special Adviser. In academia, Jonathon was installed as the Chancellor of Keele University in February 2012 and is also Visiting Professor at Loughborough University and at UCL.
He was formerly Director of Friends of the Earth (1984-90); co-chair of the Green Party (1980-83) of which he is still a member; a Trustee of WWF UK (1991-2005), and a member of the Board of the South West Regional Development Agency (1999-2008). Jonathon stood down as Chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission in July 2009, after nine years providing high-level advice to Government Ministers.
His latest book is ‘The World We Made’ (Phaidon 2013), providing a positive vision of how we get to be living in a fair and sustainable world in 2050. Previous books include Capitalism As If The World Matters (Earthscan, revised 2007).
Jonathon received a CBE in January 2000 for services to environmental protection.