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Castle Debates Podcasts

About Castle Debates

Castle Debates are held on an approximately monthly basis in London in association with Sykes Environmental, ESI Consulting, and GeoSmart.

Each speaker has 15 minutes to present and then the floor is opened for a question-and-answer session which lasts about an hour and turns the event into a proper debate.

Attendance is free. In 2018, the Debates covered subjects as topical and varied as: 

  • Environmental Principles and Governance Bill - Pros and Cons
  • Clean Growth Strategy
  • Working Wetlands
  • Brexit and the Devolved Administrations
  • Ocean Contamination

The Founder and Chair of the Debates, Pamela Castle OBE, is a Solicitor. She is former Chair of, amongst others, the UK Environmental Law Association, the NNFCC Bioeconomy Consultants and the GLA’s London Sustainable Development Commission. She is also former Head of Environmental Law at the law firm CMS Cameron McKenna. She has an Honours degree in Chemistry and wide experience in Commercial and Industrial matters. In addition, she was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate at Law from City University London.

To link with Pamela Castle and to the Castle Debates Group visit Linkedin.  

You can find out more about Castle Debates here



Below are just some of the Castle Debates from the last couple of years...


Environmental Principles and Governance Pros and Cons (29 October 2018) 

 Chair: Pamela Castle OBE



Martin Baxter CEnv, Chief Policy Advisor- Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA)

David Hart QC, 1 Crown Office Row

Peter Kellet, Director of Legal Services, Environment Agency

Debbie Tripley, Legal Advisor, WWF-UK



Brexit: What Does it Mean For the Environment? (26 September 2016)

Introduction: Pamela Castle OBE

Chair: Stanley Johnson- former MEP and co-chair of Environmentalists for Europe (E4E



Paul Leinster CEnv, Past CEO of Environment Agency

Matthew Knight, Director of Energy Strategy and Government Affairs, Siemens plc.

Teresa Hitchcock, Partner DLA Piper UK LLP

Baroness Kate Parminter, Liberal Democrat Life Peer

Panel Guests:          

Sara Eppel, Co-Founder of Eppel Sustainability Ltd)

Prof Will Pope HonFSE CEnv, Chair SocEnv and Environmental Policy Forum (EPF) 

Kristof de Smet, President of European Network of Environmental Professionals

Stephen Sykes, Chair, UKELA and Partner, Castle Debates



Upcoming Debates

Make sure not to miss the upcoming scheduled Castle Debates!

30 January: Health, Wellbeing and the Environment

5 March: Can Digital Technology Protect the Environment?


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