Head of Sustainability for Defra IT & PhD researcher,
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
Mattie Yeta is the Head of Sustainability for Defra IT and a PhD researcher specialising in corporate sustainability and green economics and national recovery. She chairs the Defra e-Sustainability Alliance, a network of 300 private sector organisations working with the United Nations and other stakeholders. She led the creation of the Cabinet Office One Government Cloud Strategy Sustainability Workstream, the UK Government’s sustainable technology report 2017 and the Sustainability industry guide to help businesses achieve sustainable outcomes. Her work is driven by a passion for building a better world through business, partnerships and innovation. Committed to achieving the best possible outcomes for organisations, Mattie received the "industry sustainability leader of the year” award, the Civil Service award as "highly commended", Defra’s corporate services award for “leading through change,” and was a nominee for “the most influential women in UK tech.” Mattie has substantial experience and expertise in sustainable development at both the strategic and delivery levels across the public and private sector and has led substantive change in the Sustainable Development arena. Through her career she has obtained significant experience in stakeholder engagement, including at senior executive levels, strategy development, influencing and drafting industry policy, project and programme management, people management and development experience combined with strong coaching and motivational capabilities.