Hugh McCann

Strategic Partners Lead Europe at Ellen MacArthur Foundation


Hugh leads the Strategic Partner programme in Europe, acting as a change agent for these industry-leading pioneers for the development and implementation of their circular business models.

The Strategic Partner programme works on a strategic level with a number of influential businesses across key sectors of the economy, to demonstrate circular innovation at scale. Hugh supports these pioneering organisations to develop circular economy strategies, build organisational capacity, collaborate with supply chain partners, and pilot commercial offerings.

Previously, Hugh was working in London and New York with research and consulting firm Verdantix. He enlisted leading blue chip firms and fast growing innovators to ensure they were continually positioned for success in the energy, EH&S and sustainability markets. Prior to joining Verdantix, Hugh worked in the UK and Spain with Accenture Consulting, where he focused on training development and business process design projects. Hugh has a Masters in Innovation and Design for Sustainability from Cranfield University. He is bilingual in French, fluent in Spanish, and is learning Italian. Outside of work, Hugh can often be found with a camera in hand, on his road bike or enjoying various water sports that the Isle of Wight has to offer.