Membership of the Committee on Climate Change
The committee is chaired by Lord Deben and is made up of experts in the fields of:
- climate change
- behavioural science
The committee is responsible for setting the vision and strategic direction of the organisation. Its members give independent advice to government about dealing with climate change. They ensure the organisation uses public funds responsibly.
Committee members have a duty to:
- act impartially and objectively
- avoid conflicts of interest – you can read a list of members’ interests under ‘Register of Interests’
Chairman: Lord Deben, Rt Hon John Gummer
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).
He has consistently championed the strong links between environmental concerns and business interests.
Lord Deben also runs Sancroft, a corporate responsibility consultancy working with blue-chip companies around the world on environmental, social and ethical issues.
He is Chairman of Valpak Limited and the Investment Management and Financial Advice Association.
Deputy chair: Julia King, Baroness Brown of Cambridge DBE FREng
Baroness Brown is an engineer, a crossbench member of the House of Lords, and Deputy Chair of the Committee on Climate Change.
She also holds the following positions:
- Chair of the Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials
- Non-Executive Director of the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult
- Chair of STEM Learning Ltd
Her previous roles include:
- Non-Executive Director of the Green Investment Bank
- senior engineering and manufacturing positions at Rolls-Royce plc
- academic positions at Cambridge University and Imperial College
- Vice Chancellor at Aston University
Nick Chater is Professor of Behavioural Science at Warwick Business School.
He 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.
He has previously held the posts of:
- Professor of Psychology at both Warwick University and University College London (UCL)
- Associate Editor for the journals Cognitive Science, Psychological Review, Psychological Science and Management Science
Dr Rebecca Heaton FICFor
Rebecca Heaton is Head of Sustainability and Policy at Drax Group.
She is responsible for the sustainability of the global forest supply chains used to produce biomass for its power station, and for research and policy work.
She has extensive experience working for a number of energy businesses on a range of topics, including:
- land-use and forestry
- climate change adaptation
She has also previously:
- lead the work of the Energy Research Partnership and (ERP) Bioenergy Review 2011
- been a member of the Editorial Board of Global Change Biology – Bioenergy
Professor Sir Brian Hoskins, CBE, FRS
Sir Brian Hoskins is Professor of Meteorology at the University of Reading, specialising in weather and climate processes.
He is also:
- Chair of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment at Imperial College London
- a member of the national scientific academies of the UK, USA, and China
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 he co-wrote the “Mirrlees review” of tax system design.
He has previously held roles as:
- Chief Economist at the Department for Education (2000 to 2004)
- Head of Economies of Financial Regulation at the Financial Services Authority (1999 to 2000)
Corinne Le Quéré is Professor of Climate Change Science and Policy at the University of East Anglia (UEA), specialising in the interactions between climate change and the carbon cycle.
She is also:
- Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
- a lead author of several assessment reports for the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
- Director of the annual update of the global carbon budget by the Global Carbon Project (GCP)
Professor Jim Skea, CBE
Jim Skea is Professor of Sustainable Energy at Imperial College, with research interests in energy, climate change and technological innovation.
He is also:
- Research Councils UK Energy Strategy Fellow
- President of the Energy Institute
Jim was Research Director of the UK Energy Research Centre (2004 to 2012) and Director of the Policy Studies Institute (1998 to 2004).
He was awarded a CBE for services to sustainable energy in 2013 and an OBE for services to sustainable transport in 2004.