WHO WE ARE

Futureground is powered by a strong collaborator network of trusted individuals and organisations. This means we can deliver the right expertise at the right time. We are focused and agile in our approach to ensure the best value for clients. Always greater than the sum of the parts.

Nick James

Nick founded Futureground in 2016 to bring his insights and experience gained from over 20 years working in making sustainability happen in the property industry.

With a background in architecture, sustainability and project management, his experience spans a wide range of sectors and extends across all stages of the property lifecycle. Nick has held senior sustainability roles in investor, developer, designer, contractor and consultant organisations.

Nick has a track record in delivering complex, sensitive and innovative projects. His work focuses on bringing user-centred design thinking to the strategies, processes and models associated with the delivery and occupancy of our built environment. Nick is a Design Council Expert Network Associate, and panel member on both Design: South West Review Panel and Enfield Council’s Place and Design Quality Panel.

Nick is a Trustee of Bath Share and Repair, a volunteer-led, community project running monthly Repair Cafés and hosting a Library of Things.

ELLEN GRIST

Ellen is a Chartered civil engineer, with a doctorate in applied innovation in construction. Her research in the Bristol-Bath Industrial Doctorate Centre in Systems, focussed on the adoption of low impact construction materials in the built environment.

Ellen has five years of experience designing building structures in Ramboll and then Fenton Holloway, now focussing on the delivery and evaluation of innovation in practice.

Alongside her role at Futureground, helping teams develop and implement strategies for enhanced sustainability performance, Ellen is Research and Evaluation Lead for the Bristol Housing Festival.

Ellen is the founder of At The Well cafe-laundrette, a social business born out of her passion for community building, collaborative consumption and social experience for enhanced wellbeing.

JENNY FORD

Jenny has over a decade of experience within the residential building sector. She is a qualified sustainable development practitioner and founder of Materials In Mind.

Jenny is passionate about resource management, local economy and enhancing social experience and well-being through increased understanding of our physical built environments. She is expert at supporting organisations to define a context-driven best practice that reflects and emboldens corporate and stakeholder values while addressing critical challenges. Through her approach, based on a process of action research and supportive consultancy, project teams are able to adopt appropriate, innovative and resilient built-environment solutions with confidence.

donna mckitterick

Donna specialises in sustainability communications for behaviour change and engagement. She is Director of consultancy Coriander Cows – connecting people to sustainability through creative communications, behaviour changes campaigns and engaging strategy.

Donna is also an Associate Consultant for Ethicore – change agent for the third sector, focused on developing strategy and stakeholder engagement. Her relevant experience includes working with organisations including Sky, Hammerson and Habitat for Humanity.

As a skilled communicator, Donna brings a valuable human-centred focus to her work to make sure that people can connect to client’s sustainability story.

JENNIFER DECKER

Jennifer is an experienced sustainability professional with 25 years of experience in the retail/construction sector. An experienced stakeholder manager with the ability to build trust, influence and negotiate with stakeholders to take action, her skills include enabling the industry to work together and drive sector-led initiatives forward.

Jennifer developed the sustainability strategy for a UK railway client and previously led a US bank’s global Carbon Reduction programme and sustainability at New Nuclear Build (EDF) for the Hinkley C and Sizewell C projects. She led the original Sustainable Clothing Action Plan for WRAP/Defra to create the SCAP 2020 sector agreement, which is on target for the carbon and water targets.

Jennifer is a partner at QSA Partners who help businesses create customer-centric commercially attractive circular business models and offer specialist sustainability advice to businesses looking to reduce their environmental impacts.

JEZ SWEETLAND

Jez is Project Director at the Bristol Housing Festival, a valued Futureground collaborator organisation.

Jez has initiated and managed strategic development in a variety of settings. His previous positions include CEO of Guildhall Barrister’s Chambers, and CEO of a charitable national skills training organisation. He founded the Bristol Housing Festival in 2018 and believes collaboration is the key to lasting social development. Jez lives in Bristol with his wife, Joanna and his three children.

JESSIE WILDE

Jessie is Deputy Project Director at the Bristol Housing Festival and is jointly responsible for the development and delivery of the festival. Her previous roles included working for a leading anti-slavery organisation, developing key stakeholder relationships and supporting organisational growth. Jessie is passionate about social justice and equality. Her work is motivated by her conviction of the value and dignity of every person. She is currently undertaking a MSt in Social Innovation at the Cambridge Judge Business School.