Alistair Townley: loveable pioneer who spread the green gospelDecember 2008
As many readers will already know, Alistair Townley, co-founder and publisher of Ethical Performance, died on 30 October of a heart attack, aged 51. He leaves behind his partner, Jane, and their two daughters, Eve, 14, and May, 12.
Here at EP, Alistair was not just a colleague but a good and sympathetic friend. He was also someone to look up to. Determined to value honest achievement above overnight success, to put ethical behaviour before the quick buck, and to support thorough, thoughtful journalism against the slap-dash norm, he was an inspiration to all of us, and to many outside.
He had a long and proud career as a pioneer in ‘green’ writing and as a mover and shaker in what was, at one time, the small British world of individuals looking to bring about meaningful change on environmental matters. His catalytic role in spreading information about green issues and, latterly, corporate responsibility, should not be under-estimated.
A modest man, he rarely spoke of these achievements, although he did talk fondly of the challenges and personalities he met along the way. He had many more plans to spread the message, and we are determined that the continued success of Ethical Performance and its related projects will be testimony to his hard work and vision.
Above all, Alistair was a warm, loveable person, a devoted family man who was a force for good. We shall miss him.
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