strategic advisor and consultant

Andy Raingold is a strategic advisor and consultant with a depth of practical experience and a proven track record of driving change at the highest levels of business and government. He can offer services in a wide range of areas, including:

  • Advisory. Providing strategic advice on policy development, campaign planning and execution, lobbying and corporate engagement.

  • Stakeholder relations. Building support to meet objectives across politics, business and the third sector.

  • Thought leadership. Research, report drafting and insight into the latest developments in public policy and sustainability.

  • Strategic communications. Creating compelling messages and providing full communications support to help shape debate and engage target audiences.

  • Facilitation and external relations. Helping stakeholders to reach common objectives and representing views robustly in public forums.

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Areas of expertise where Andy has been at the forefront of policy development, leading campaigns, authoring reports and influencing key decision makers in Government and business include:

  • Green / new economy (author of Greening the Economy: A strategy for growth, jobs and success and government advisor for the Green Economy Council)

  • Carbon reporting and climate change targets (author of Carbon Costs report and project lead of campaign which directly led to new requirements for businesses listed on the London Stock Exchange to report their GHG emissions)

  • Natural capital and resource efficiency (author of Pricing the Priceless: The business case for action on biodiversity and Beyond Carbon: Towards a resource efficient future)

  • Sustainable finance (author of Financing the Future: A green investment bank to power the economic recovery and key stakeholder of coalition that led to establishment of the Green Investment Bank).

  • Circular economy (author of Resilience in the Round: Seizing the growth opportunities of a circular economy and project lead of policy development programme with the Ellen Macarthur Foundation).

  • Industrial strategy and skills for the future (Chair of Government’s Department for Business advisory group and author of Skills for a New Economy report)

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As Executive Director of the Aldersgate Group for over seven years, Andy built the organisation into one of the most respected, authoritative and progressive voices in the sector, influencing policy development and corporate strategy. He has worked with CEOs, business leaders, Government Minsters and senior stakeholders across the industry. He was the author of numerous reports at the cutting edge of thought leadership, was a regular commentator in the national media (for example, blogger on the Guardian and interviewed on BBC Newsnight), has served and chaired on a number of government advisory groups (including Green Industrial Strategy), was a Special Advisor to the cross-party Environmental Audit Committee and a Director of CORE, the Corporate Responsibility Organisation. Andy is Co-Founder of Change in Nature, where he facilitates leadership and personal development programmes and is an executive coach.

aldersgate group: recruited and worked with major brands to drive change


Case study: university of Cambridge institute for sustainability leadership (CISL)

Editing and content development for Towards a sustainable economy: The commercial imperative for business to deliver the UN Sustainable Development Goals (Sept 2017). This report encourages business leaders to examine their own case and capabilities for change and to engage effectively, and collaboratively, with the Sustainable Development Goals. Tasks included editorial, report structuring and identification of top level messages for dissemination.


Case study: business against ttip

Project lead for business coalition of stakeholders who were concerned that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) was a major threat to small and medium-sized business in the UK and Europe. Tasks included dissemination of research which showed that higher European social, health and environmental standards were under threat and that unfair competition with US firms with lower standards and lower costs would lead to the loss of at least 680,000 jobs across Europe. Collaborated with top business leaders (such as Titus Sharpe, Entrepreneur of the Year 2015), supported the development of a project website and recruited concerned businesses to support the project. Surpassed membership target set in project brief by over 500%.


Case study: an economy that works

Project lead for organising an exclusive breakfast roundtable at International law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer with a small number of senior business executives on More Profit from Less Stuff. This explored what businesses can do to make the most out of opportunities presented by dematerialisation, with less added value from physical ‘stuff’ and more from human skills. Speakers included Mike Barry (Director of Plan A, M&S), Richard Spencer (Sustainability Strategy Director, BT) and Fiona Ball (Head of Responsible Business, Sky); and was jointly hosted by Professor Tim Jackson (Centre for Understanding Sustainable Prosperity) and Charles Seaford (Director, An Economy that Works).

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