Thursday 14th June 2012
Luke Wilde, Director, TwentyFifty Ltd
John Atherton, Director, The Stable Trading Company
Luke Wilde has worked in business, leadership and organisational development for over 15 years, with a specific focus in the last decade on business intersection with society and impact on human rights. In the late nineties, he was a senior management adviser to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, and helped establish the Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights.
In 2004, he founded TwentyFifty Ltd, a social sustainability management consultancy which works with global companies in the food, finance, mining and industrial sectors. TwentyFifty has offices in the West Country and in Berlin, Germany, and its work now largely focuses on businesses seeking growth in the emerging economies and developing nations.
John Atherton co-founded The Stable Trading Company in 2007, which was established as a Community Investment Company (CIC). It has since set up several sites locally with the dual purpose of growing and processing a range of food for to promote the local economy, and to provide training opportunities for people who are disadvantaged in a range of different ways.
The Stable Trading Company is now a multi-faceted business incorporating education and training in all its commercial projects that develop the skills and confidence of disadvantaged individuals, and empowering them to become more included in society.
John studied Rural Estate Management at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester and is a Chartered Surveyor. He set up Athertons Chartered Surveyors in 1994 and remains a director of the multi-discipline practice which covers East Lancashire.