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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 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

Baroness Brown DBE FREng FRS
Deputy Chair & 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:

  • Chair of the Climate Change Committee’s Adaptation Committee
  • 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.

Chris Stark
Chief Executive

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) and a Chartered Engineer. In addition to teaching and being involved with energy system research in collaboration with academic and industrial partners.

Keith has a number of additional roles with:

  • the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult
  • the IET Power Academy
  • the Conseil International des Grands Réseaux Electriques (CIGRE)
  • the European Energy Research Alliance
  • and as ScottishPower Chair in Smart Grids at the University of Strathclyde

Keith has also advised the Scottish Government, Ofgem, BEIS and the Government of Ireland on electricity system issues.

Professor Nick Chater FBA

Nick Chater is Professor of Behavioural Science at Warwick Business School.

Nick has particular interests in:

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

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 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

Dr Rebecca Heaton FICFor

Rebecca Heaton is responsible for Drax Group’s efforts to mitigate climate change, ensuring that sound science underpins climate change polices and business strategy. She is also responsible for developing sustainability and climate change research programmes.

Rebecca has a 20-year global career working at the interface between business, science and policy. After an early career in academia, she has held senior roles in a number of large energy companies.

A Chartered Forester, her expertise spans:

  • energy
  • climate change and land-use
  • the role business has to play in enabling the UK to decarbonise

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

Adaptation Committee

Baroness Brown DBE FREng FRS
Deputy Chair & 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:

  • Chair of the Climate Change Committee’s Adaptation Committee
  • 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

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
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Ece Ozdemiroglu

Ece Ozdemiroglu is an environmental economist and the founding director of eftec (Economics For the Environment Consultancy). She specialises in interpreting economic value evidence for natural capital, ecosystem services, cultural heritage, the charitable sector and on the value of information.

At eftec, she manages the team’s work on economic valuation, economic appraisal, and natural capital accounting and has delivered over 500 projects since 1992. Her other roles include:

  • Economics Lead for the Valuing Nature Programme
  • Convener of the British Standards Institute’s Committee on Assessing and Valuing Natural Capital
  • Member of the Natural Capital Initiative steering group
  • Associate Editor of the Journal for Environmental Economics and Policy

Rosalyn Schofield LLB

Rosalyn Schofield is a solicitor. She is Director of Company Secretariat at Associated British Foods plc, where she has global responsibility for the environmental sustainability and impact of the business.

  • Rosalyn is also a Trustee at Regent’s University and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee there as well as at the CCC.
  • She has previously worked as Legal Director at JD Wetherspoon plc and was a commercial property lawyer in private practice.