Lord Deben announced as new Chair of Committee on Climate Change – 12 September 2012

The Department of Energy and Climate Change has announced Lord Deben PC (the RT Hon John Gummer) as the new Chair of the Committee on Climate Change.

He takes over from Lord Turner who stepped down earlier this year to focus on his role as Chair of the Financial Services Authority.

Lord Deben is the founder and director of Sancroft, a Corporate Social Responsibility consultancy working with blue-chip companies around the world on environmental, social and ethical issues. He brings to his new role sixteen years of top level ministerial experience including longest serving environment secretary, and Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.

 David Kennedy, the Committee’s Chief Executive said:

“I’m delighted to welcome John to the Committee. His experience in environment, politics and business will be very valuable to us. In particular, I am confident that John will make a major contribution as we further develop the case for investing in the green economy, and identify the actions required to achieve this.

I thank Professor Dame Julia King for chairing the Committee in the interim, during which she was instrumental in finalising and launching two major reports.”

Lord Deben has also been recognised for his international work as a negotiator and in consecutive years was awarded the title the ‘Parliamentarian who did most for the Environment Internationally’ by the BBC.

Lord Deben said:

“I am very honoured to be appointed chairman of the Committee on Climate Change. I shall seek to build on the firm foundations laid by my predecessor and look forward to working with the extremely talented team – not only the committee itself, but the expert support that David Kennedy has brought together. Green growth is essential to the British  economy, and getting the programme to combat climate change right will be a massive contribution to our economic recovery.”

The Committee on Climate Change is an independent statutory body bringing together expertise from the fields of climate science and policy, economics, business competitiveness and financial management. It draws on information and undertakes its own analysis to provide expert advice to Ministers.

Notes to editors

  •  The advert was placed on 21 December 2011 on the Sunday Times online, Executive Appointments online, the Economist online, Cabinet Office public appointments, DECC, CCC and Scottish Executive websites as well as Odgers Berndtson online with a closing date of 22 January 2012 . The candidate brief and advert were drawn up in consultation with the CCC and colleagues in the devolved administrations.
  • The appointment process has been regulated and monitored by the Commissioner for Public Appointments to ensure that it has been made on merit against established criteria and after fair and open competition.  This process is also in accordance with the Nolan Principles.

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