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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.

  • The aim of the debates is to disseminate objective factual information to anyone wishing to understand the major environmental challenges of our times
  • The debates convene a panel of leading experts to explain the science, law and public policy underpinning environmental issues
  • They provide an independent and impartial platform for environmental debates in the UK
  • The debates take place in London - they are free to attend, open to all and available to download here

Castle Debates was founded in 2010 to shine a light on the many and pressing environmental challenges we face.

 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 two selected debates from many during the last couple of years. The full archive can be found here


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

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