6th February 2017

An Acceptance Speech by Mark Jenkinson

City Director London, Urban Development, Siemens Global Center of Competence Cities

In March last year colleagues and I were honoured to receive four awards at the 15th annual Sustainable City Awards on behalf of Siemens and The Crystal.

If there had been acceptance speeches, this is the one I would have given.

“Ladies, Gentlemen and Distinguished Guests, in true “Green Oscar” style, there are a number of people I would like to thank: firstly, a special thanks goes to LSx, its volunteers, and its truly inspirational CEO, Samantha Heath, for making the awards happen.

Another ‘thank-you’ should go to the City of London and to Alderman Dame Fiona Woolf DBE, for hosting the event last March. I sometimes like to point out to friends and colleagues that Dame Woolf and I are both alumni of the same university.  However, unlike the truly inspirational Alderman, I haven’t yet made it on to the list of ‘Notable Keelites’.

Thanks and Congratulations must also go to the other winners, runners-up and highly commendable entries.  It was a real shock to win against some really impressive organisations both large and small, all doing really amazing things. I must also admit I felt a slight tinge of guilt when Siemens’ name was read out and not Arthur Kay and Bio-bean; Arthur’s progress since winning in the first Mayor’s Low Carbon prize in 2012 to opening up the world’s first waste coffee recycling factory which turns waste coffee grounds in to advanced biofuels, has been truly stratospheric.

After receiving the four awards we got a bit carried away thinking we may even win the overall award but this went instead to a truly worthy winner, Client Earth. Heartfelt congratulations to the Client Earth team for their courageous work in protecting the health of millions of people in London and the rest of the UK.

Of course, a big thank you should go to all those working in the Crystal, whether it’s my colleagues on the reception and the guides in the Crystal’s future cities exhibition who have welcomed over 300,000 visitors and 22,000 students in 2016 alone, or those who support the numerous events in the Crystal’s sustainable conference and meeting centre or those in Siemens’ Global Centre of Competence for Cities, which includes me, or those serving those delicious lunches and cakes in the Crystal cafe.

The Crystal was built to inspire so I would like to thank, in advance, all those people and organisations thinking of entering this year’s awards which will be hosted at the Crystal this summer.

Finally, I would like to thank my lucky stars that there were three of us to collect the four substantial awards; getting them home on the tube was a real feat indeed!”

Based out of Siemens’ Global Center of Competence for Cities at the Crystal in the east of London, Mark oversees Siemens’ city approach in the Nordics, the UK and Ireland.

In March 2013, Mark also took on the role of City Director for London – a key focus of the role is to support London’s sustainable development through the provision of smart, efficient technological solutions and services for building, energy and transport infrastructure.

Mark joined Siemens in 1993 and since then has taken on a variety of roles and responsibilities across Siemens in a wide range of industries and markets in the UK, across mainland Europe, the Middle East and Asia.