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Date & Time

Thursday 27th April
6:30pm – 7:30pm


Complimentary. Please note that places for this event are limited. We therefore encourage you to register as soon as possible.

Please register for the event by Monday 25 April. The link for the session will be sent by email a couple of days ahead of the event.


You’ll be given a link to the event and members of your household are welcome to join the call (this means these guests will be with you on camera and using the same device/Zoom account).

General information

For further information or if you have any enquiries, please contact the Development Office on 01223 338700 or at

Johnian Cover Stories: Nigel Topping (1985)

Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been cancelled.

The upcoming issue of Johnian Magazine will be landing on doorsteps very soon. This issue includes stories of alumni whose careers have been dedicated to promoting a more sustainable future.

Nigel Topping (1985) is one of them and, in his ‘In a nutshell’ interview, he will tell us how he brought together his academic background in mathematics and a long-standing interest in travel and exploration to work on alleviating the climate crisis and driving the transition to net zero.

The article looks at his academic journey, expeditions and work on tackling the climate crisis. Nigel closes the publication with his belief that, with the right action, net zero could be closer than we think.

We are confident that the article will spark your interest in Nigel’s journey, so we are delighted to invite you to the first ever ‘Johnian Cover Stories’ virtual event on Thursday 27 April from 6.30pm via Zoom.

In this event, Nigel will explore the topics covered in his interview in more detail and he will also be available for a Q&A session with fellow Johnians afterwards.

Please join us online for what promises to be a very lively discussion!

6.30pm: Event is live.
6.30–6.55pm: Talk by Nigel Topping (1985)
6.55pm onwards: Q&A and networking.

Nigel Topping (1985)

Nigel Topping CMG was appointed by the UK Prime Minister as UN Climate Change High Level Champion for COP26. In this role Nigel mobilised global private sector and local government to take bold action on climate change, launching the Race To Zero and Race To Resilience campaigns and, with Mark Carney, the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero. Nigel is now a global advisor to governments, financial institutions and private companies on climate and industrial strategy. He is a non-executive director of the UK Infrastructure Bank, an Honorary Professor of Economics at Exeter University and was awarded the honour of CMG in Queen Elizabeth’s final Honours list in 2022. Nigel read Mathematics at St John’s and won two rugby Blues, before entering a career in the manufacturing industry.

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Find a quiet, private space

It’s important to find a quiet space to listen to the talk in order not to be disruptive to others while your microphone is on.

Always mute your microphone if you’re not speaking

This ensures you enter the talk quietly and that any background noises that could be distracting to the speaker and other participants are now inaudible. To ‘mute’ yourself, click the ‘Mute’ button (a microphone symbol). A red slash will appear over the microphone icon indicating that your audio is now off.

Raise your hand

During the Q&A session, click on the icon labelled ‘Participants’ at the bottom centre of your PC or Mac screen. At the bottom of the window on the right side of the screen, click the button labelled ‘Raise Hand’. Your digital hand is now raised, and the moderator will tell you when it’s your turn to ask your question.