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Gone, but not completely forgotten



There comes a point in every person’s career when the time is right to take a break.

Alex Blackburne is taking a sabbatical from Blue & Green Tomorrow. Having helped take us from 8,400 visitors in May 2012 to 84,000 this June, he’s decided he needs to return to his first love as a journalist – writing. Becoming an editor so early in his career restricted his opportunity to write and we’ve been discussing his next steps for six months.

A massive thank you to Alex for taking us to within a whisker of 100,000 over the last two-and-a-half years.​ Not bad for a taciturn northerner whose original passion was for matchday football reporting.

B&GT is much, much bigger than the 2011 when Alex joined and he has been able to write less and less as he deals with a demanding boss, manages the rapidly growing team, edits their work and co-ordinates speakers and partners for Sustainable September.

Don’t worry, he’s still around and remains and a passionate Blue & Greener, and will now act as editor-at-large for us, conducting interviews and being a regular newshound, while pursuing his other writing interests.

We’re all sad to see him go and I know all of our readers and friends will join me in wishing him the very, very best in whatever he does over the coming months.

So, thank you, Alex. Friday July 18 – your final day – will be a sad anniversary in Blue & Green Tomorrow’s long and glorious history.

Now go do some bloody work.

A message from Alex

A big thanks to Simon and the team for a very enjoyable three years. To have seen Blue & Green Tomorrow grow as much as it has been hugely satisfying, so another thank you goes to everyone who has read an article and supported us in that time. 

There’s so much more to come from Blue & Green – not least Sustainable September, which is shaping up to be a fantastic month of events. I look forward to seeing many of you there. 

Simon Leadbetter is the founder and publisher of Blue & Green Tomorrow. He has held senior roles at Northcliffe, The Daily Telegraph, Santander, Barclaycard, AXA, Prudential and Fidelity. In 2004, he founded a marketing agency that worked amongst others with The Guardian, Vodafone, E.On and Liverpool Victoria. He sold this agency in 2006 and as Chief Marketing Officer for two VC-backed start-ups launched the online platform Cleantech Intelligence (which underpinned the The Guardian’s Cleantech 100) and StrategyEye Cleantech. Most recently, he was Marketing Director of Emap, the UK’s largest B2B publisher, and the founder of Blue & Green Communications Limited.


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