SIMON HEPPNER
FOUNDER & DIRECTOR, THE SUSTAINABLE RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION

Simon is an Associate Director at Good Business, Europe's leading responsibility consultancy and Founder and Director of the Sustainable Restaurant Association.

Following an early career managing restaurants in London, Simon spent seven years working in remote and offshore infrastructure in locations such as East Timor, the Congo and Curacao before founding The SRA in 2010. The remote location work provided a unique insight into the practical realities of closed system sustainability and an awareness of working with complex environmental regulations and was instrumental in the decision to create an audit and advisory service for sustainability in food service.

Following a launch with 30 pioneering restaurants in 2010, The SRA now provides support to over 4,500 food service locations worldwide and is planning to open offices in South America, Asia and new Zealand.

Simon continues to head up the sustainability practice at Good Business, creating climate change strategies for Orange and Old Mutual, managing Carbon Disclosure Project submissions and designing and implementing environmental change programs for a number of clients.

Simon has a degree in environmental economics.

SIMON'S VIEWS ON THE MERCURYS

"The Mercurys provide a moment in time where an industry that moves at an incredible pace can pause and recognize work that is genuinely remarkable. We are constantly striving to do things better and innovation is the magic ingredient that drives us and elevates what would otherwise be a uniform experience into something unique. It is absolutely essential that we highlight excellence so that it can be appreciated, emulated and surpassed."