Nigel Smith

Nigel Smith

Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Consultant

Bench Accredited


Consort Medical (FTSE350 business)

Chief Executive Officer

Nigel was bought in by one of our Non-executive directors in 2009 to provide Corporate Responsibility (CR) strategy support and has been advising Consort Medical plc ever since. He has delivered ongoing support across CR, strategy and issue management, reporting and has been the lynchpin of our all CR efforts. Nigel is clearly an expert in his field but refreshingly he also brings a commercial and pragmatic approach to CR. I would not hesitate to recommend Nigel.

NFT Distribution Operations Ltd

Technical Director

We have commissioned Nigel twice to carry out corporate responsibility and governance reviews. The recommendations from the first, particularly in the area of employee engagement, were reviewed in the second to track progress. A summary benchmark report was also used in due diligence evidence as part of a refinancing exercise. Nigel was able to demonstrate a good understanding of the business and its issues quickly and tailored his approach and cost budget to suit our needs. We are likely to use Nigel again in the future for similar projects and would recommend them to others.

Royal Mail Group

Sustainability Policy Manager

Nigel was brought in to support me with developing an environmental strategy for Royal Mail Group. Although initially a short-term contract Nigel has now been providing support for 18 months, in this time he has drafted our environmental strategy, completed a materiality exercise and supported me across a number of day-to-day activities. His strengths are an appreciation of the commercial realities of embedding sustainability practices, the ability to flex an approach to meet our needs and responsiveness to a changing brief. I have no hesitation in recommending Nigel to help guide a business through development and execution of responsible business practices.

Work Experience

Director and Founder

Corporate Balance

September 2009 - Present

Corporate Balance is a specialist corporate responsibility (CR) and sustainability practice offering dedicated one-to-one strategy support and mentoring (

-Clients include Warburtons, the Treasury, Betfair, ISIS Equity Partners and Royal Mail.

-Areas of focus encompass conducting CR materiality assessments; strategy development; governance advice; performance management; stakeholder engagement; communications and reporting; environmental management; and ESG advice to private equity firms.

Interim Group Leaf Sustainability Manager (part-time)

Imperial Tobacco

September 2015 - September 2016

Nigel is currently covering maternity leave at Imperial Tobacco for a twelve month period, on a part time basis. Roles and responsibilities include being accountable for engaging with suppliers and farmers on a range of sustainability and supply chain issues. This includes managing a budget to invest in farmer welfare and sustainable agricultural practices. This is a global brief involving travel to Africa to meet farmers directly to review return on investment. The role has a key impact on the business in delivering security of supply and reports directly to the Leaf Purchasing Director.

Interim Head of Sustainability (Part-Time)

Royal Mail

September 2013 - October 2014

After working with Royal Mail for over a year to help develop their Environment Strategy, Nigel was asked to cover the role during his client’s maternity leave. This happened during a time of great change for the organisation, as it was privatised in October 2014; posing a challenge which Nigel has helped the Environment Team to negotiate and adapt to. The role involves developing a forward-looking Environment Strategy, and delivery a framework, to take the business to 2020. A key part of the role is to ensure environmental data integrity and provide the necessary narrative in the areas of waste, water and energy to fulfil the external reporting requirements of: the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DGSI), BITC, Royal Mail Group CR Report and the Carbon Disclosure Project.

Head of Corporate Responsibility Advisory


May 2007 - October 2009

Nigel was recruited to develop a CR advisory arm of the sustainability practice, responsible for business development, winning assignments and project delivery. During this time he worked with a number of global and UK brands to help integrate CR into ‘business as usual’. Clients include: Virgin Media; Vodafone and T-Mobile.

Corporate Social Responsibility Policy Director

British Retail Consortium

anuary 2002 - May 2007

Nigel held a key position across a number of CR policy fields (community, people, supply chain, responsible business practice and environment) within this leading retail trade association. The role accepts sole responsibility for developing policy and shaping the BRC’s strategy on a diverse range of high profile industry issues, dealing with senior retail contacts, government officials and other strategic partners.

Compliance Manager

Valpak Ltd

January 1999 - January 2002

An environmental services organisation providing legal advice on the complex requirements of producer responsibility regulations to more than 3,000 UK businesses.

Industry Environmental Analyst

Frost & Sullivan

September 1997 - January 1999

Leading market research and consultancy provider to European blue-chip organisations, publishing off- the-shelf and tailored environment focused market reports.

Education & Qualifications

Hull University

MSc Environmental Policy and Management (Pass)

1996 - 1997

University of Gloucestershire

BSc Environmental Policy and Geography (2:1)

1992 - 1995

About Nigel Smith

Nigel has 20 years of experience within the CR and Sustainability sectors. This includes several years as Director of CR at the British Retail Consortium, and later as Head of CR Advisory at KPMG. He has a strong understanding of the need to embed CR within business and a pragmatic approach to engaging with stakeholders at every level. He recently established Corporate Balance, and has provided strategic CR and Sustainability advice to around 30 businesses in the past 5 years. Most recently he has helped Royal Mail develop their Sustainability Strategy; completing an 16 month engagement as Interim Head of Sustainability (part-time). Nigel is currently working as Acting Group Leaf Sustainability Manager (part-time) for Imperial Tobacco Group, working within the Leaf Purchasing team on matters relating to farmer welfare and sustainability.


Policy & Compliance

Responsible Investment/ESG

Sustainable Supply Chains

Skills & Expertise

CR Strategy Development
Environmental Management Implementation
Governance Reviews
Risk and Materiality Assessment
Stakeholder Engagement

Current Location

United Kingdom

Locations Considered

United Kingdom

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