Partners

TEAM & ASSOCIATES

Your partners in achieving real change.

Safia Minney, MBE, is an award-winning social entrepreneur and internationally recognised for the company she founded, People Tree, the pioneer of sustainable fashion. She led the business as Global CEO for 20+ years in Japan & UK. Safia is recognised by the World Economic Forum as an Outstanding Social Entrepreneur and is a leading influencer in Sustainability, Anti-Modern Slavery and Fair Trade.
Founder & CEO

safia minney mbe

Joanna began working with Safia at People Tree Tokyo implementing sales development programmes. After gaining her Masters in Environmental Management and Assessment Joanna worked in Local Government rolling out energy efficiency programmes to local business and schools. She developed and delivered workshops to ensure sustainability was built into the curriculum and operations at educational establishments. She has worked with the Carbon Trust, Keep Britain Tidy and Buckinghamshire County Council. She is committed to ensuring sustainable practice is accessible to all members of the community and in business.
coordinator

joanna coombs

Judy Cooper is an award-winning editor who has worked for daily newspapers and sector magazines in health and social care. More recently she has moved into content marketing and exploring the synergies between journalism and ethical digital marketing - creating communities around sustainable and ethical brands. Having grown up on a farm in Australia she is passionate about finding better ways to reduce our impact on the planet.
editor

judy Cooper

Former fashion editor for Metro, Bel Jacobs is a writer and speaker about ethics and the environment, fashion’s impact on the climate emergency and animal rights. She runs two websites: beljacobs.com and hownowmagazine.com and is one of the co-ordinators of Extinction Rebellion’s Boycott Fashion campaign.
associate

Bel Jacobs

As a creative social media marketing consultant over the last fifteen years, Ali Clifford has been consciously aligning her skills, and therefore her clients, to be centred around sustainability, environmental and ethical matters. Working with taste-makers, influencers, celebrities and trade and consumer media, Ali is passionate about promoting sustainable, organic, environmental and fair trade messages, ultimately to drive personal accountability and change buyer behaviour to audiences around the world.
PR & Social Media Manager

Ali Clifford

Caryn Franklin M.B.E. is a former fashion editor and co-editor of i-D magazine; a BBC prime-time TV fashion presenter and broadcaster, now commentator and activist. Projects have involved international design names and everyday users of fashion as well as refugees in battle zones, garment workers in free-trade-zone slums, mental health and body image experts, MP's and Government. She has written for numerous magazines, newspapers and websites, produced 4 books, authored many TV shows and documentaries on fashion as well as co-created groundbreaking campaigns such Fashion Targets Breast Cancer and multi-award winning All Walks Beyond the Catwalk. In recent years, and with an MSc in applied psychology investigating selfhood, objectification, inclusivity and bias, Caryn has consulted with corporate leadership initiatives and progressive educational institutions and blogs about four decades in fashion on www.franklinonfashion.com. She is a visiting professor of diverse selfhood at Kingston School of Art.
associate

caryn franklin mBE

Khandiz Joni is a multidisciplinary creative and social entrepreneur with a 20 year career in the beauty and advertising industry. She retrained as a sustainability consultant and now divides her time between various projects the support environmental and social regeneration.
Website & creative

khandiz joni

Kalkidan is a social entrepreneur looking for enterprising solutions to environmental and social challenges. In 2014 I co-founded Sancho’s Shop, an ethical clothing company that sources organic and fair trade clothing and gifts for the conscious consumer. Then in 2015 I started our first female focused project in Ethiopia, aiming to create sustainable job opportunities through the trade of hand-woven scarves. I am a big believer in introducing moral and ethical objectives into enterprise to see if some of the worlds challenges can be solved through competitive business models.
associate

Kalkidan Legesse

Louisa works alongside Safia Minney on both the design and delivery of REAL's leadership for sustainability programmes. She has worked in professional services as a sustainable business and leadership consultant and has worked with clients from large corporates, through to dynamic startups and change makers. She brings nine years of experience delivering projects designed to drive innovation and sustainability and unlock the potential individuals, collectives and organisations have to do so. She combines her experience with permaculture, creativity facilitation, theory U and systems thinking to her approach to coaching, leadership and change.
associate

Louisa Harris

Rowena works in social change, drawing on skills in policy analysis and design to help progressive organisations increase their impact and work with government and others to address complex challenges. Having worked with businesses and non-profits ranging from Cosmopolitan and Demos, to the Said Business School at Oxford University, NESTA and numerous start-ups, she brings expertise in sustainability, leadership and management education. Rowena is a journalist and has extensive board and advisory experience.
associate

rowena Young

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REAL is a community interest company that aims to support citizens and organisational leaders to transition to carbon zero and sustainability, founded by Safia Minney & friends.