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About the Climate Change Committee

The Climate Change Committee (CCC) is an independent, statutory body established under the Climate Change Act 2008. Our purpose is to advise the UK and devolved governments on emissions targets and to report to Parliament on progress made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for and adapting to the impacts of climate change.

Governance

  • Corporate and Business Plan 2020 – 2023 – This document sets out the CCC’s strategic objectives, priorities and work programme.
  • Framework Document – This document describes the broad framework within which the organisation operates and covers the role of both the CCC and Adaptation Committee (AC), their governance and accountability, management and financial responsibilities.
  • Audit and Risk Committee – This Committee supports the CCC and the Chief Executive (as Accounting Officer) in their respective responsibilities for control and governance, risk management and associated assurance.
  • The Secretariat – The Secretariat provides analytical and corporate support to the Committee and is made up of around 35 staff members, led by the Chief Executive.

About

Members of the Climate Change Committee and the Adaptation Committee

 

Lord Deben
Chairman

Lord Deben was the UK’s longest-serving Secretary of State for the Environment (1993 to 1997). He has held several other high-level ministerial posts, including Secretary of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1989 to 1993).

  • Lord Deben founded and chairs Sancroft, a corporate responsibility consultancy working with blue-chip companies around the world to help them improve their environmental, social and ethical impact
  • he is Chairman of Valpak Limited
  • he is Chairman of the Personal Investment Management and Financial Advice Association

Chris Stark
Chief Executive | @ChiefExecCCC

Chris Stark has been Chief Executive of the Committee on Climate Change since April 2018. His previous role was Director of Energy and Climate Change in the Scottish Government, leading the development of Scotland’s approach to emissions reduction and the accompanying energy system transition.

Chris has wide experience of economic policy-making, in the Scottish Government, HM Treasury and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Professor Keith Bell

Keith Bell is a co-Director of the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC), a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He has been at the University of Strathclyde since 2005, was appointed to the Scottish Power Chair in Smart Grids in 2013 and has been involved in energy system research in collaboration with many academic and industrial partners.

  • A Chartered Engineer
  • A Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
  • A Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • A Member of the IET

Professor Nick Chater FBA

Nick Chater is Professor of Behavioural Science at Warwick Business School. He has previously held the posts of Professor of Psychology at both Warwick University and University College London (UCL), and as Associate Editor for the journals: Cognitive Science, Psychological Review, Psychological Science and Management Science.

Nick has particular interests in:

  • the cognitive and social foundations of rationality
  • applying behavioural insights to public policy and business

Nick is co-founder and Director of Decision Technology Ltd, a research consultancy.

Piers Forster

Professor Piers Forster

Piers Forster is Director of the Priestley International Centre for Climate and Professor of Physical Climate Change at the University of Leeds. Piers has played a significant role authoring Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports and is a coordinating lead author role for the IPCC’s sixth assessment report.

Piers:

  • established the forest protection and research charity, the United Bank of Carbon
  • has a number of roles advising industry, including membership of the Rolls Royce Environment Advisory Board

Paul Johnson CBE

Paul Johnson is Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies and a visiting professor at University College London (UCL).

He is widely published on the economics of public policy and is a columnist for the Times.

Paul has previously held roles as:

  • Director of public spending at HM Treasury
  • Chief Economist at the Department for Education (2000 to 2004)
  • He was awarded a CBE for services to economics and social science in 2018.

Professor Corinne Le Quéré FRS

Corinne Le Quéré is Professor of Climate Change Science at the University of East Anglia (UEA), where she conducts research on the interactions between climate change and the carbon cycle.

Corinne is also:

  • Director of the annual update of the global carbon budget by the Global Carbon Project (GCP)
  • Chair of the French Haut Conseil pour le Climat
Professor Michael Davies

Professor Michael Davies

Michael Davies is Professor of Building Physics and Environment at the UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering (IEDE). At UCL his research interests relate to the complex relationship between the built environment and human well-being.

Michael is also:

  • Director of the Complex Built Environment Systems Group at UCL
  • A member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of ‘Healthy Polis’ – the International Consortium for Urban Environmental Health and Sustainability
  • Professor Davies was previously the Director of the UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering, and a member of the London Climate Change Partnership Steering Group.

Adaptation Committee

Baroness Brown DBE FREng FRS
Chair of the Adaptation Committee

Baroness Brown of Cambridge (Professor Dame Julia King) is an engineer, with a career spanning senior engineering and leadership roles in industry and academia.

Baroness Brown also holds the following positions:

  • Non-executive director of the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult
  • Chair of the Carbon Trust

She was non-executive Director of the Green Investment Bank and led the King Review on decarbonising transport (2008). She is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and of the Royal Society, and was awarded DBE for services to higher education and technology. She is a crossbench Peer and a member of the House of Lords European Union Select Committee.

Professor Michael Davies

Professor Michael Davies

Michael Davies is Professor of Building Physics and Environment at the UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering (IEDE). At UCL his research interests relate to the complex relationship between the built environment and human well-being.

Michael is also:

  • Director of the Complex Built Environment Systems Group at UCL
  • A member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of ‘Healthy Polis’ – the International Consortium for Urban Environmental Health and Sustainability
  • Professor Davies was previously the Director of the UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering, and a member of the London Climate Change Partnership Steering Group.
Professor Richard Dawson

Professor Richard Dawson CEng FICE

Richard Dawson is Professor of Earth Systems Engineering and Head of Water in the School of Engineering at Newcastle University. Over the last two decades his research has focused on the analysis and management of climatic risks to civil engineering systems, including the development of systems modelling of risks to cities, catchments and infrastructure networks.

In addition, Professor Dawson:

  • holds an MEng degree in Civil Engineering and a PhD in flood risk management
  • is a member of the National Infrastructure Commission’s Technical Expert Panel, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, and UK Collaboratorium for Research on Infrastructure and Cities (UKRCIC)
  • holds editorial roles for the scientific journals Climatic Change, Flood Risk Management and Infrastructure Asset Management

Previously, he served as:

  • lead author for the chapter on Infrastructure in the 2017 UK Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA) evidence report
  • a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the IPCC’s 2018 Cities and Climate Change Conference

Ece Ozdemiroglu

Ece Özdemiroğlu is an environmental economist and the founding director of eftec (Economics For the Environment Consultancy). Her work uses economic value evidence for natural capital focuses on valuing natural capital assets and using this evidence in accounting and appraisal.

Ece is also:

  • the convenor of the British Standards Institution’s Assessing and Valuing Natural Capital Committee who wrote the BSI8632 on Natural Capital Accounting
  • Associate Editor of the Journal for Environmental Economics and Policy
  • Fellow of the RSA.

Rosalyn Schofield LLB

Rosalyn Schofield LLB is a solicitor. She was Director of the Company Secretariat at Associated British Foods plc where she had global responsibility for Sustainability, including the environmental impact of its businesses from 2001 to 2020.

  • She is a Member of Council of University of Hull and is Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee of the CCC and the University.