From all at Alef Trust, warm congratulations to our alumna, Tabitha Jayne who has won the Scottish Women’s Sustainability Award this month. The prestigious award was voted by peer-nominations, in recognition of her work in creating a better world for people, planet and the economy. Tabitha is a globally recognised professional coach and entrepreneur who, through the community interest company Earthself, helps sustainable businesses optimise their impact and trains coaches through the NatureProcess Coach Training programme, which was awarded accreditation by the International Coaching Federation last month. She has published and article presenting her MSc dissertation research on Earth Connection in the Journal of Consciousness, Spirituality and Transpersonal Psychology.
Tabitha, along with a number of other entrepreneurs who had formed the Scottish Net Zero Community in January 2021, were concerned about the lack of SME voice during COP26. With the backing of Alef Trust, this community developed and delivered a two-week hybrid conference for SMEs in support of COP26. Over 77 speakers were brought together across 34 events with 769 attendees, with presentations that were part of the Scottish Government’s official COP26 programme. This catalysed an SME Net Zero Accelerator programme, which Tabitha co-created and systemised into a mass mobilisation program. It is now helping over 100 SMEs nationally with the support of Scottish Government, enterprise agencies and local authorities.