Our aim is to eliminate poverty, make economic growth inclusive and sustainable and to restore ecosystems in cities.

Our model was designed to holistically support the Local2030 initiative focusing on people, practice, policy influence, data and monitoring and financing sustainability - www.local2030.org

Our ethos combines innovation, entrepreneurship and action for sustainable communities.

We are very proud to be the northern hub for a B Corp www.bcorporation.uk - with a rapidly growing Liverpool community and movement, and with our very own certification to be completed soon! 

Our primary objectives are to raise awareness of the SDG framework and share how it adds value to cities, businesses, social sectors and individuals, both whilst also facilitating additional local impact against the 17 goals, 169 targets and 230 indicators.

We deliver this through our

  • Workspace – co-working, events and meeting space
  • Community – a local to global network of like-minded impact makers
  • Communications agency – promoting SDGs and sharing best practice
  • Consultancy services and project management - supporting all sectors
  • Research – mapping SDGs, best practice and impact locally

The Creators

From humble beginnings..

Meet the people who started the ball rolling and watch for the imminent arrivals bringing even more depth, passion and leadership across the SDG framework in cities.


David Connor

David is a creative, big picture connector and communicator with experience across international responsible business boundaries.

Over 20 years he created the award-winning charity at Everton FC, managed the England Amputee Football Squad and has constantly pushed an entrepreneurial approach to Corporate Social Responsibility, especially engagement and communications.

He also worked closely with US based 3BL Media on multiple projects, including integrating CSRwire after acquisition.

David created the 2030hub concept in early 2016 as the UN Sustainable Development Goals were being launched and has already travelled far and wide sharing the success story and learning.

He is also the UK Regional Voice Lead for IMPACT2030, a Regional Champion B Leader for B Corp UK … and a lapsed triathlete.


Stephen Sykes

Stephen has over 30 years of experience across industry, voluntary and public sectors. Initially in the chemical manufacturing industry his career has included multiple roles across the Groundwork Federation over an 11 year period and latterly private consultancy.

Most of Stephen's experience covers environmental management and impact, especially integration into diverse project offers.

Stephen is active in numerous non-profit roles including Chair of the Merseyside Environmental Trust, former Chair of Liverpool Chamber’s Energy and Environment Members Forum, as a Trustee of Faiths4Change and Nature Connected, and Co-ordinator of Green Drinks Liverpool – part of the Green Drinks global movement.

Stephen is also a huge fan of St Helens rugby league team.


Les Bellmon

Les is unique.

Once met, never forgotten and always eager to ask the awkward question.

He has decades of experience across a variety of disciplines including architecture, regeneration, academia, social impact businesses, and has started and sold on, several businesses.

As a big fan of community centred local development, he was the Senior Regeneration Consultant for 13 years at a multi-award winning social housing group and specialises in sustainability solutions to city-based challenges.

He is very definitely a Liverpool FC supporter and prefers the title Provocateur.

Our Ambassadors

We have spent two years reaching out to the great and the good of Liverpool across every sector to identify the formal and informal champions that were already helping shape local SDG impact.

We want to thank and support these entrepreneurial changemakers that are disrupting and fuelling progress.

Youth Ambassador

Elsa Zekeng

Elsa is CEO of NW Biotech and an enthusiastic science graduate with keen interest on quantitative, applied research, implementation of the SDGs, impact of entrepreneurship on youth unemployment and creating a world for future generations to thrive.

Global Ambassador

Sue Stephenson

Bio coming soon!

Healthcare Ambassador

Ian Stenton

Ian is Head of Sustainability at the largest hospital trust in Liverpool, supporting social value through the construction of the new Royal Liverpool University Hospital. He writes the hospital’s sustainability plans, including connecting the SDGs to the planning and reporting.

Supply Chains Ambassador

Quintin Lake

Quintin is founder of Fifty Eight (a 2030hub resident), who partner with organisations to address modern slavery in global supply chains through research, training and development of technology solutions.

Quintin also leads modern slavery research at Hult International Business School.

Entrepreneurship Ambassador

Nicola Gleave

Nicola leads and develops innovative strategies, partnerships and programmes for entrepreneurship, business growth and investment projects. She works to stimulate and inspire an entrepreneurial culture and growth environment from ‘school room’ to ‘board room’ - also loves B Corp!

Public Sector Ambassador

Cllr James Noakes

James is the Mayoral Lead for Energy and Smart City on Liverpool City Council encouraging investment in low carbon and renewable energy and developing a networked, smart city.

James’ experience as as an environmental consultant also includes, sustainable food, climate change,  sustainable travel and policy development.