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Sue Riddlestone

Chief Executive and Co-Founder, Bioregional Development Group

Skoll Awardee


Sue Riddlestone is Chief Executive of Bioregional, an international Skoll award-winning social enterprise and sustainability charity. Sue co-founded Bioregional in 1994 with her husband Pooran Desai. They initiated the iconic BedZED eco-village in south London, where they live and where Bioregional have their headquarters.

Bioregional systematised their approach to create a sustainability framework called One Planet Living which has been used in over $30billion of real-estate development, as well as by municipalities, cities, organisations and companies around the world, including right here in Oxford.

Sue and the team are working with partners to create One Planet Communities and eco-products and services which enable us to live a good life with a sustainable carbon footprint, within in the natural limits of our one planet. A new digital platform will enable more people to take action on sustainability in 2017. Bioregional are championing a better way to live.

Sue draws on the work of Bioregional and partners to change policy and industry practice from zero carbon policy to eco-towns and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Sue was a London Sustainable Development Commissioner from 2002-2014.

Sue and Pooran are Skoll and Schwab award winning social entrepreneurs. Sue is a London and SE region winner in the 2011 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2013 Sue was awarded an OBE for her work on sustainable business and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.