Gerard trained as a doctor at Cambridge and Imperial College, and continues to practice medicine as a GP. He is passionate about protecting the natural world, and has been a guest speaker at the University of Manchester Festival of Public Health and given talks for Extinction Rebellion regarding climate change. He also blogs about sustainable construction and is currently studying for an MSc in Sustainability and Ecology at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales. In his spare time he is an enthusiastic unicyclist and a terrible gardener.
He came up with the Transformation Prize during a lecture at CAT, realising that he was surrounded by people with tremendous knowledge and care for people and planet. His intention was to encourage fellow students to think about how they could bring their gifts into the wider world, where transformation is so much needed.
Hannah has always been passionate about the environment and societal change and has worked for nearly ten years on these topics. This includes co-founding the clean-tech startup AirPublic (2015), working for the behavioural change charity London Sustainability Exchange (2015-17) where they created Pollinator Paths (2017), and collaborating in the development of surplus food distribution initiatives in several London boroughs. Prior to this, they created socially engaged art projects, working nationally and internationally. Most recently they were Head of Consultancy for Shared Assets (2017-19) working on alternative land management models, and in this role they authored a report on community ownership and management of land (2018). They became a One Young World Scholar in 2017.
In 2021 Hannah graduated from the Centre for Alternative Technology with an MSc in Sustainable Food and Natural Resource Use. They are now undertaking a PhD at Plymouth University on topics relating to food system transformation and social justice. They are also a non-executive director of the National Forest Gardening Scheme CIC and the Lambeth Food Partnership. When they are not working they can normally be found walking or climbing up a mountain somewhere.