Pat Laughlin has been the CEO of MEBC (Midlands Environmental Business Company) since 2013.
MEBC is an independent business network supporting businesses in the Low Carbon and Environmental Technologies and Services (LCETS) sector. MEBC’s remit is to assist its members with the achievement of sustainable and profitable business growth through promoting new business opportunity for the sector and the benefits of sustainable development as a business tool; and in demonstrating the overall importance of a vibrant natural environment to the business community and the role which business can play in sustaining this.
The network has established links with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), with its HQ in Geneva, and has participated in and promoted WBCSD projects designed to sustain and enhance natural infrastructure.
Pat specialises in supporting sustainable business growth and in supply chain development. She has worked on range of business support projects and research assignments, both in the Midlands and across the UK, As a representative of MEBC, she serves as LCETS Sector Champion for the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership and represents the business community on the Birmingham & Black Country Local Nature Partnership and the newly formed HS2 Environment and Landscape Board. In these roles she has been part of a team promoting natural capital as a valuable asset to the newly formed West Midlands Combined Authority.
Pat trained as a Plant Biochemist and Information Scientist and held senior management posts in the mining industry, Toyota UK, the BBC and the West Midlands Regional Development Agency. In 2003 she established an independent research and facilitation company which has supported projects for business and the public and voluntary sectors across the UK. She holds a number of non-Executive positions in both business and the voluntary sector.