CDSB Secretariat team

The Secretariat delivers CDSB's strategy and engages with stakeholders to provide decision-useful environmental information to markets.

Mardi McBrien – Managing Director

Mardi McBrien joined the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB) as Managing Director in 2011 following an eclectic career which has included roles such as President of an International Students Association, public-private partnership management, leading flagship environmental campaigns including for the Campaign to Protect Rural England (and the author Bill Bryson) and WWF-UK’s Earth Hour and carbon market policy for UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). Mardi is a member of the GRI Stakeholder Council, a trustee of the International Tree Foundation and a founding board member of WOCAN — Women Organising for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management. Mardi holds a double degree in Forestry and Environmental Science from the University of Melbourne and a MSc in Agricultural Economics from SOAS, UCL. In 2013, Mardi was awarded environmental campaigner of the year by the Sheila McKechnie Foundation. In her spare time, Mardi dreams of her next career as owner and manager of a boutique gin distillery in her home town of Melbourne.

Twitter: @MardiMcB
Linkedin: Mardi McBrien

Lois Guthrie – Special Advisor (former Founding Director)

Lois has led the development CDSB’s Technical Work Program including the frameworks for reporting climate change-related and environmental information in mainstream annual reports. Lois also serves on the ACCA’s Global Forum on Sustainability and a member of Carbon Tracker’s Advisory Board. Previously, Lois was Technical Director of the Group Tax Department in Zurich Financial Services, Technical Director to the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) and was part of the development of its integrated reporting framework and Technical Director where she was the author of the first CDP questionnaire.

Nadine Robinson – Technical Director

Nadine leads and delivers CDSB’s international technical work programme, and manages the Secretariat for its Technical Working Group. She focuses on activities relating to the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures, and making corporate reporting fit for purpose. 
Previously, she worked as an environmental consultant and lectured on environmental policy at Birkbeck College. As Economic Adviser, Climate Change at the Commonwealth Secretariat, and in her roles in the British Government and UNDP, Nadine has advised on environment, climate change and sustainability. As an asset finance lawyer at a Magic Circle law firm, Nadine engaged with major corporate clients across the transport, energy and financial services industries. She has conceptualised and developed strategic initiatives on climate finance, biodiversity, the green economy, SDGs, and energy-climate-poverty-governance connections. Nadine holds a BA (Geography) from McGill University, and an MA (Geography) from York University (Canada).

Twitter: @NadineCDSB
LinkedIn: Nadine Robinson, MA 

Michael Zimonyi – Policy & External Affairs Manager

Michael leads CDSB's policy and external affairs work. He joined CDSB in 2012 and focuses on policy and corporate engagement and oversees external affairs. Prior to joining CDSB, Michael has worked at a global pharmaceutical corporation and at the sustainability think tank Forum for the Future. Michael has a degree in Chemistry with Environmental Science from the University of Birmingham, studied Sustainable Finance at the University of Oxford and is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He is also member of the UK Financial Reporting Council's Stakeholder Advisory Panel.

Twitter: @MikeZimonyi
LinkedIn: Michael Zimonyi

Alasdair Hedger - Thought Leadership and Research Manager

Alasdair joined CDSB as Thought Leadership and Research Manager in 2018, with over 10 years’ experience in professional services across the Big Four, supporting businesses across a range of sectors to meet tax reporting obligations and achieve strategic objectives. Alasdair is primarily involved in managing CDSB’s technical work associated with new thought leadership, publications and research on mandatory environmental disclosures, and activities relating to the FSB’s Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), as the recommendations start to be implemented by a growing number of companies. He completed an MSc in Sustainability and Environment at Birkbeck, University of London in 2017, and is also a Practitioner of IEMA (Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment.

LinkedIn: Alasdair Hedger

Gemma Clements - Project Manager

Gemma joined the CDSB Secretariat in 2016 to support CDSB's technical work. After working as an environmental educator for 4 years in London she completed an MSc in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences. This role builds upon her interests in non-financial reporting, sustainability and climate change. She is currently managing the TCFD Knowledge Hub and leading on the Beyond Disclosure programme.

Twitter: @ClemGemma
LinkedIn: Gemma Clements

David Astley - Project Officer

David joined CDSB in 2017 to support its technical work, with a specific focus on research for the collaborative Reporting Exchange project. He also provides support for CDSB's research reports, focusing on the sustainability reporting landscape and the road to harmonisation. Prior to this role, he has worked with a number of environmental think tanks and has written on climate change issues. David holds a Masters in Earth Sciences from the University of Oxford.