Meet the Team

Our Chairs

The co-chairs of the Better Business Act campaign, Mary Portas and Douglas Lamont.

Advisory & Working Groups

The Legal Advisory group and the Public Affairs Working Group.

Campaign Team

The team behind the campaign, as well as our secretariat B Lab UK.

Our Chairs

Mary Portas, Founder and Chief Creative Officer

Mary has worked with some of the biggest names in global retail. Her BBC series – Mary Queen of Shops – premiered in 2007 and she has presented on television and radio ever since. In 2009, she worked to reinvent charity shops and to date, Mary’s Living & Giving shops have raised more than £20 million for charity. Mary also conducted a review of the future for high streets for the British government in 2011, is the author of three books and hosts the podcasts ‘The Kindness Economy’ and ‘Beautiful Misfits’.

 “Businesses deserve the certainty and support in law that would level the playing field for responsible decision-making. But as things stand, the Companies Act still allows some companies to pursue profits at the expense of people and the planet.”

Douglas Lamont, CEO, Tony’s Chocolonely

Douglas joined Tony’s Chocolonely in October 2022 as Chief Chocolonely (CEO). Before this, he spent 15 years at innocent drinks where he held a number of leadership, marketing and innovation roles and was CEO for 9 years. As CEO, Douglas grew innocent drinks by 50% to £300m of turnover to become Europe’s leading chilled drinks brand. Before joining innocent drinks, Douglas began his career at KPMG and also worked at Freeserve (now Orange broadband). He studied at the University of Edinburgh and Harvard Business School.

“For the image of business to be restored in the eyes of the public from greed to good it is essential the leaders of today are seen to be stepping up to shape new higher standards for tomorrow, rather than hiding behind the broken models of the past. “

Advisory & Working Groups

Legal Advisory Group

A group of lawyers who support the goals and policy objectives of the campaign and are influencing and advising on the legal strategy of the campaign.

Luke Fletcher

Bates Wells

Jeff Twentyman

Slaughter & May

Nina Boeger

The City Law School

Sir William Blair

Queen Mary University of London

John Armour

Oxford University

Ida Levine

Two Rivers Associates Limited

The draft Better Business Act is an example of how legislation could be drafted to incorporate the four principles of the campaign. It is kept up to date to ensure it is written to achieve our aims.

Click on the Act to read the current draft. You can read more about the campaign here.

Public Affairs Working Group

Public Affairs experts from within the Coalition and beyond who help us shape our strategy for influencing government.

Andrew O’Brien

Social Enterprise UK

Viki Cooke

BritainThinks

Adam Read

Suez Recycling & Recovery UK

Fergus Moffatt

ShareAction

The Better Business Act concept and strategy were initiated by B Lab UK, which acts as its Secretariat. B Lab UK is a non-profit established in 2015 to serve a growing community of over 1000 UK-based companies – Certified B Corporations – using business as a force for good.

Certified B Corporations are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose.

Campaign Team

Chris Turner

Campaign Director

Mhairi Littlewood

Campaign Manager

Vacancies

There are no vacancies within the BBA team at this time.