About the Richard Sandbrook Trust

Richard Sandbrook's Place is run by the Richard Sandbrook Trust. A leading influence in the sustainable development movement, Richard Sandbrook was a widely sought-after advisor working with a huge range of people and causes.

The Richard Sandbrook Trust aims to continue his valuable work with a new generation of sustainability-oriented leaders.

Richard died aged 59, with so much to do, so much still to give. Richard’s personal regrets centred on the sadness of the family he was leaving. To his colleagues, however, he issued a comprehensive ‘to do list’ with all the things he wanted to finish, carry on or start.

To help his colleagues do that, the Richard Sandbrook Trust was set up in 2009. Its objectives are:

  • To promote sustainable development for the benefit of the public.
  • To advance the education of the public in subjects relating to sustainable development.

The Trust’s activities focus on:

  • Building the capacity of young people.
  • Increasing the influence of and opportunities for the new generation of sustainability-oriented leaders.
  • Strategic interventions to bring Richard’s approach to campaigning to a broader audience.


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Tom Burke

Tom Burke is Chairman and Founding Director of E3G, Third Generation Environmentalism, Environmental Policy Adviser to Rio Tinto plc and a Visiting Professor at Imperial and University Colleges, London. He is a Senior Advisor to the Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative on Climate Change. He writes a regular political column in ENDS magazine. He has recently been appointed to the External Review Committee of Shell and the Sustainable Sourcing Advisory Board of Unilever.He has been an environmentalist since first joining a Friends of the Earth local group in 1971. He joined the FoE... (read more)

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Tim Smit

Sir Tim Smit KBE is Executive Chairman, Eden Regeneration Ltd and Founding Director of the Award winning Eden Project near St Austell in Cornwall. Eden began as a dream in 1995 and opened its doors to the public in 2000, since when nearly 14 million people have come to see what was once a sterile pit turned into a cradle of life containing world-class horticulture and startling architecture symbolic of human endeavour.  Eden has contributed over £1 billion into the Cornish economy.  Eden is proud of its success in changing people’s perception of the potential for and the application of... (read more)

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Sara Parkin

Sara Parkin founded Forum for the Future, along with Jonathon Porritt and Paul Ekins (who is currently Professor of Energy and Environment Policy at UCL). Although obviously enthusiastic about all it does, her primary interest is in developing the capacity of people to provide ‘sustainability literate’ leadership. Early on she designed the Forum Masters course – now in its 15th year – and enjoys seeing its alumni moving into leader roles in many sectors, including setting up their own sustainability enterprises. Other areas of special interest include our Engineers of the 21st Century work... (read more)

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Martin Sandbrook

One of Richard’s brothers, Martin is the Director of the Schumacher Institute Learning Programmes – the post-graduate certificate Sustainability Toolkit and Systems Thinking for Effective Action. He also works in partnership with the Pale Blue Dot Org (www.thepaleblue.org) - a leadership organisation that helps people learn about sustainability and systems thinking. Martin has a broad professional background, as an accountant; a senior manager in the both public and private sectors; a process consultant; and a lecturer in Business and Management at... (read more)

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Jonathon Porritt

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.

In addition, he is Co-Director of The Prince of Wales's Business and Sustainability Programme, a Non-Executive Director of Willmott Dixon Holdings, and a Trustee of Ashden.

He was formerly Director of Friends of the Earth, co-chair of the Green Party and as Chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission until 2009, he spent... (read more)

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Dave Runnalls

David served as President of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) for 11 years to 2010. He is currently a Distinguished Fellow of IISD and of the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Canada. He chairs or holds senior positions of responsibility in international organisations including the International Union for Conservation of Nature. A distinguished past included working closely with Barbara Ward to establish IIED (directing both its London and Washington office), and playing a significant role in many international events, including the 1972 and... (read more)

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Caroline Digby

Caroline is Adjunct Professor at CSMI - a centre of excellence for research and training on all aspects of sustainability in mining at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Formerly she was Director of the Post Mining Alliance at the Eden Project, where she was responsible for delivering a range of outreach projects and collaborations that support Eden’s charitable aims. Caroline joined Eden in 2004 to set up the Post-Mining Alliance, working internationally with partners to develop creative solutions to deal with mine closure and mining legacy. Prior to Eden, Caroline worked... (read more)

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Camilla Toulmin

Camilla Toulmin is Director of the International Institute for Environment and Development based in London (IIED). An economist by training, she has worked mainly in Africa on agriculture, land, climate and livelihoods. This has combined field research, policy analysis and advocacy. Her work has aimed at understanding how environmental, economic and political change impact on people’s lives, and how policy reform can bring real change on the ground. This has combined field research, policy analysis, capacity building and advocacy. It has involved engaging with people at many different... (read more)

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Ben Sandbrook

Richard's elder son, Ben works in policy and strategy for creative arts education. He was development manager at Youth Music, the UK's largest charity using music to transform young people's lives, where his work centred around creating dialogue between organisations and individuals, supporting people to benefit from different practice and approaches, and creating learning communities. In the past he worked with his father on the Mining and Minerals for Sustainable Development project at IIED.