Michael Groves

Michael Groves

Environmental Data and Reporting Specialist


Work Experience



September 2013 - June 2016)

The green opportunity is almost as big as emerging markets” so said the London Stock Exchange in May 2016. We see the green opportunity in environmental data and analytics allied to a user experience normally seen in the best consumer apps. That’s why we have created Topolytics, a software product that is built for business, but designed for people. We use the familiarity of online maps to provide hard pressed managers with powerful insights into their waste, emissions and resource use.
Working with real time data from sensors or aerial drones we are making reporting frictionless and fast for customers in commercial property, petrochem and food.
We are a TechRepublic top ten startup and were just named as the UK’s best environmental management technology.

Co-founder and Director

Great Circle

January 1999 - April 2013

My first start up – a communications agency that focused on the environment and sustainability. Wrote annual sustainability reports and helped clean tech companies to commercialise. Merged with College Hill (now Instinctif) in 2008, then bought out by Vitruvian in 2011. Exited in 2013 and bought it back as a vehicle for my consultancy activity.


SGS Forestry

July 1992 - December 1997

Helped to develop the Principles and Criteria of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Posted to Jakarta to run the SGS forest certification and environmental management system business in Indonesia. Ran forest audits across Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam.


Aspinwall & Company

January 1990 - July 1991

Environmental consultant – developing policies and supplier questionnaires.

Education & Qualifications

University of Edinburgh

MSc Resource Management

1991 - 1992)

Aston University

PhD Remote sensing for monitoring forest health

1985 - 1990

Portsmouth Polytechnic

BSc Geographical Science

1982 - 1985

About Michael Groves

Michael has twenty years in environmental management, forest certification, sustainability reporting and environmental data analytics in the UK, Europe and Asia. He founded and sold Great Circle, a sustainability communications business to Instinctif Partners in 2011. His new software product Topolytics (topolytics.com) combines mapping with real time sensors to provide powerful insights and reports on commercial waste, emissions and resources. Mike also continues to create annual corporate sustainability reports. He has devised and written 2015 reports for companies in the aerospace, paper, agrochem, food and construction sectors.


Communications & Marketing

Environmental Management

Responsible Investment/ESG

Skills & Expertise

Environmental data and analytics
Environmental monitoring and software
Presentations and chairing
Professional communications

Current Location


Locations Considered

UK & International

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