Our Story - Our team

Mick Ord

Public Relations

I am the former manager of  one of the BBC’s most successful radio stations BBC Radio Merseyside where I started as a reporter in 1985 and ended up as its longest-serving manager until 2012 when I  joined BBC Learning at Media City in Salford. I left the BBC in 2015 to set up Mickord.com – a media relations consultancy based in Liverpool specialising in media training, crisis management and PR throughout the UK.

My first love is radio and I do  a monthly podcast with my co-host Mark Reeson – the Baltic Triangle podcast – featuring the people  behind some of the area’s thriving businesses.

With my background in news, I’m fascinated by people and their stories and they don’t come much more impressive than Neal Maxwell’s tale of his life-changing trip to the Arctic and subsequent ‘epiphany’ to fighting plastic pollution. 

Having spent 30 years in the media I am keen to use my skills and contacts to gain publicity for Changing Streams so that the impressive momentum we’ve built continues apace. 

Having been told many times that the media is only interested in negative stories I relish the opportunity to prove the naysayers wrong and show that this is certainly not the case.

We need to inspire people to support our aims to build a better future for our children and grandchildren by eradicating plastic, starting with the construction industry ; we’re aiming high to make a real difference.

The rest of our team

Neal Maxwell

Founder

I’ve spent over 30 years in the Fit out industry and have seen a number of seismic changes in my working environment and of...

Prof Jonathan Sharples

Co Founder & Head of Oceanography

I have been researching the ocean for the past 30 years, studying how ocean physics (tides, weather, ocean currents) affects the growth and distribution...

Dr Gareth Abrahams

Co Founder & Head of Building Design Research

Before becoming an academic I worked for over 10 years as a senior project architect designing and delivered a number of prestigious projects across...

Brendon Kenny

Co Founder & Head of Engagement

I am passionate about the environment and believe business should create profit with purpose. I have over 35 years of Business experience at Senior...

Terry Cheesman

Finance Director

I haven’t always been a specialist tax accountant.  In my mid twenties I was a member of Friends of the Earth, worked in forestry...

Dr Wendy Jones

Company Secretary

I am a scientist with many years experience of business development on both sides of the academic-industry interface.  I have lived and worked in...

John Hall

Head of Memberships

I am a qualified solicitor having been a partner in the commercial law firm of Bermans for 35 years. I then became CEO of...

Dr Luigi Di Sarno

Sustainable Materials and Infrastructure Specialist

I am a Senior Lecturer in Structural Design in the School of Engineering, University of Liverpool. I have more than two decades of experience...

Rob Capleton

Industrial Relations Manager

I am the Industry Relations Manager on the Low Carbon Eco-Innovatory programme at the University of Liverpool, who offer ambitious business owners unique academic...

Leo Aspden

Coaching and Training Adviser

As an award-winning high growth business consultant and executive/leadership coach, I have more than 30 years experience of working with business leaders, executives, and...