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Marcus Watson

Marcus Watson

Marcus believes that business is a force for good and that, as business leaders, we have the opportunity and indeed duty to build a vibrant and more sustainable economy that cares for our environment and the communities we live in, allowing us to lead prosperous, fulfilling lives without mortgaging our children’s futures.

Multi-award-winning, including two Queen’s Award for Enterprise and one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For”, Marcus is a hands-on CEO, investor and NED, who thinks with the mindset of a founder. He inspires people to perform at their best and achieve more than was thought possible.

Agreeing and setting strategy collaboratively, he leads people as individuals and fosters award-winning innovation and technology. Marcus champions outstanding customer experience and loyalty to achieve sustainable, market-leading growth.

Experienced with founder-led, plc and private equity-owned businesses, Marcus has multi-sector expertise across asset and property services, the circular economy, energy from waste, education, outsourced services, science, aerospace and defence. He is bilingual in English and French with international experience (Belgium, USA, Saudi Arabia).

Marcus champions the voice of business and environmental sustainability through active advocacy, engagement and leadership with relevant industry bodies, regulators and government departments. He regularly contributes thought-leadership pieces in media, in-person forums, round-tables, conferences.

Marcus holds both a BSc and PhD in Chemistry and a Masters in Business Administration. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Life Fellow of the Institute of Directors.

With a keen interest in education and life-long learning, Marcus is a Postgraduate Visiting Professor at Warwick University with interests in sustainability, climate change, strategy, entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership.

Marcus lives in Surrey with his wife Jane and his twin daughters. In his spare time, Marcus cycles a little, fundraising for charity. His latest solo unsupported ride for Alzheimer’s Society took him 1,370 miles to the four cardinal points of mainland Britain.

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