New Chair of the Adaptation Sub-Committee announced

Professor Julia King, the Baroness Brown of Cambridge

The Baroness Brown of Cambridge

The Committee on Climate Change’s Adaptation Sub-Committee will have a new Chair from 1 February 2017

Baroness Brown of Cambridge, Professor Dame Julia King, has been appointed as the next Chair of the Committee on Climate Change’s Adaptation Sub-Committee.

Lord Krebs has led the work of the Adaptation Sub-Committee since it was formed in May 2009 – he will step down from both the ASC and CCC at the end of January 2017, after which Baroness Brown will take over on 1 February 2017.

As well as serving as the new Chair of the Adaptation Sub-Committee, Baroness Brown will continue to sit on the Committee on Climate Change.

Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom said:

“Baroness Brown has impressive credentials in a variety of different fields. She demonstrated strong knowledge of climate change issues and considerable skills in collaboration, and inclusivity, which I consider are particularly important attributes in this role. Her skills will be a valuable addition to the ASC and I am confident that, as Chair, she will effectively steer and drive forward the Committee’s work.

‘’I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Lord Krebs for the commitment and leadership he has demonstrated during his time as Chair of the Adaptation Sub-Committee. He has presided over the Adaptation Sub-Committee as it has established itself as a world class authority on monitoring the effectiveness of plans to prepare for climate change and published its first statutory assessment of the UK’s National Adaptation Programme and the recent Climate Change Risk Assessment Evidence Report, as well as non-statutory annual progress reports.’’

Defra Minister Lord Gardiner said:

“Baroness Brown is an authoritative leader, with a proven track record for engaging effectively across government, parliament and with academic specialists. She also has significant private sector engineering experience and has demonstrated an ability to bring together wide and diverse players to achieve a common goal. She is very well equipped to take the ASC through its next set of challenges.”

Lord Deben, Chairman of the Committee on Climate Change, said:

“I am delighted that Baroness Brown will be taking the helm of the Adaptation Sub-Committee. This is a critical moment in the UK’s ongoing journey to prepare for the impacts of climate change – and we have never had a better sense of the risks and opportunities we face.

“Ahead of the ASC’s next statutory report to Government in June 2017, under Baroness Brown’s leadership the ASC will be conducting vital work to assess just how well the UK is doing to capitalise on the benefits and prepare for the challenges of a warming world. May I also take this opportunity to thank Lord Krebs for his exemplary service, both as Chair of the ASC and as an invaluable member of the CCC. His guidance, experience and challenge will be much missed.”

Responding to news of her appointment, Baroness Brown said:

“I am delighted to be taking on the role of chairing the Adaptation Sub-Committee from Lord Krebs. The opportunity to build on the foundations that Lord Krebs and his committee have laid is both an exciting and a challenging one. I would like to thank Lord Krebs for his support and advice, to date, and in the future, in ensuring a smooth transition and the ongoing impact of the Committee’s important work.”

Lord Krebs said:

“I am delighted that Baroness Brown is taking over as Chair of the Adaptation Sub-Committee and I am confident that she will be excellent in the role. I have immensely enjoyed my time as ASC Chair and I wish to thank my colleagues, both the members of the ASC and the Secretariat, for the outstanding work that they have done over the past 7+ years. We have established a rigorous, evidence-based approach to assessing the resilience of the UK to the present and future impacts of climate change. This work is crucial for helping UK governments to prepare for the future.”

Notes to editors

  • Lord Gardiner met the three candidates on 19 October and discussed his conclusions with Secretary of State Andrea Leadsom before a decision on appointment was made. The appointment has approval from BEIS and Devolved Ministers and was made following a transparent and highly competitive process conducted in accordance with the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments Code of Practice.
  • The ASC was established under the Climate Change Act 2008 and has six members, including the chair. It advises the UK and devolved governments on the risks and opportunities of climate change and reports to Parliament on the progress being made on the National Adaptation Programme.
  • The ASC is jointly sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the Welsh Government, Scottish Government and Northern Ireland Executive.
  • As well as publishing a series of non-statutory annual progress reports, the Adaptation Sub-Committee presented to Parliament in June 2015 its first statutory assessment of the UK’s National Adaptation Programme. A similar independent report on the Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Programme was prepared for the Scottish Parliament in September this year. In July, the ASC published the most comprehensive, authoritative assessment yet of climate change risks and opportunities for the United Kingdom, the result of three years’ work involving almost one hundred leading academics and other experts in the public, private and third sectors.