Advisory Board

The Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit's Advisory Board reflects the breadth of interest within Britain in energy and climate change issues. Members of the board advise ECIU on matters of science, economics, policy, community interest and communication. ECIU is deeply appreciative of their advice, support and involvement.

Rushanara Ali

MP for Bethnal Green & Bow

Rushanara Ali is the Labour Member of Parliament for Bethnal Green and Bow. She was elected in May 2010 with a majority of 11,574 having defeated George Galloway’s Respect Party. She was reelected in 2015 with an increased majority of 24,317, and again in 2017 with a majority of 35,393. 

In October 2013 Rushanara was appointed Shadow Minster for Education and young People, until stepping down in September 2014. Previously she served on the Labour front bench as Shadow Minister for International Development. As part of this role she was the Labour spokesperson on international development matters for Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, International Finance and Trade Wealth Creation and the Private Sector, Gender, Climate Change, Conflict and stabilisation, and the Middle East Peace Process. From October 2016 - May 2017 Rushanara was a member of the Communities and Local Government Select Committee.

Prior to her election in May 2010, she was Associate Director of the Young Foundation. She previously worked at the Communities Directorate of the Home Office, leading a work programme in response to the 2001 disturbances in the north of England (2002-2005). She has also worked on human rights issues at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (2000-2001); as a Research Fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research (1999-2002) and as Parliamentary Assistant for Oona King, former MP for Bethnal Green & Bow (1997-1999).

Rushanara also worked for Michael Young (author of the 1945 Labour manifesto) on a project that paved the way for Tower Hamlets Summer University, now called Futureversity, which has helped cut youth crime in Tower Hamlets and which has been replicated around London.

She helped develop Language Line, a pioneering telephone interpreting company founded by Michael Young to ensure equal access to public services for people facing language difficulties. She is co-founder of the UpRising leadership project which works to develop community and public leadership skills of talented 19-25 year olds from diverse backgrounds to enter politics and public life.

She also founded the Fastlaners project which provides rapid and intensive training to support unemployed graduates in East London. She has previously served as a Commissioner for the London Child Poverty Commission, Chair of Trustees of Futureversity, a Board Member of Tower Hamlets College, a Trustee of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, and an advisor to the Spitalfields Festival.  

Richard Benyon

MP for Newbury

Richard Benyon has been Member of Parliament for Newbury since 2005. He was reelected in 2017 with a majority of 24,380. 

Between 2010 and 2013 he was Minister for the Natural Environment and Fisheries in the coalition government. He shadowed this role for some years in opposition, and has been deeply involved in environmental politics for some time. From October 2016 - May 2017 he was a member of the Intelligence and Security Committee. 

Prior to entering Parliament, he was a farmer and businessman, and has been closely associated with organisations such as the local Wildlife Trust and other environmental charities for many years.

Professor Michael Grubb

Professor of International Energy and Climate Change Policy, UCL

Michael Grubb is Professor of International Energy and Climate Change Policy at University College London (Institute of Sustainable Resources), editor-in-chief of the journal Climate Policy, and Senior Advisor on Sustainable Energy Policy to the UK Energy Regulator Ofgem. His former positions include Senior Research Associate at Cambridge University (Departments of Economics and Land Economy); Chair of the international research organisation Climate Strategies; Chief Economist at the Carbon Trust; Professor of Climate Change and Energy Policy at Imperial College London; and head of Energy and Environment at Chatham House. He continues to be associated with these institutions.

Professor Grubb has also served on the Committee on Climate Change, established under the UK's Climate Change Act to advise the government on future carbon budgets and to report to Parliament on their implementation. In 2013 he was the Specialist Advisor to a House of Lords European Committee enquiry, ‘No Country is an Energy Island: securing investment for the EU's Future'.

Michael Grubb is author of eight books, 50 journal research articles and numerous other publications. He has held many advisory positions with governments, companies and international studies on climate change and energy policy, and has been a Lead Author for several reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on mitigation, including the Fourth Assessment Report. His book Planetary Economics, which brings together the lessons from 25 years of research and implementation of energy and climate policies, was published in March 2014: it has received widespread accolades as a ‘seminal’ contribution, ‘comprehensive and profoundly important’ for its presentation of a new approach to both the theoretical underpinnings and the practical policies for tackling energy and climate change challenges.

Professor Joanna Haigh

Co-Director, Grantham Institute, Imperial College London

Joanna Haigh is Professor of Atmospheric Physics and Co-Director of the Grantham Institute (Climate Change and the Environment) at Imperial College London. Her expertise is in the area of radiative transfer in the atmosphere, climate modelling, radiative forcing of climate change and the influence of solar irradiance variability on climate. 

She has been Editor of Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, a Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Third Assessment Report, and has acted on many UK and international panels. She has also been the UK representative to the International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences, Editor of the American Meteorological Society’s Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, and President of the Royal Meteorological Society

Professor Haigh is a Fellow of the Royal Society, of the Institute of Physics and of the Royal Meteorological Society. She has been awarded the IoP Chree (now Appleton) Medal and Prize, and the RMetS Adrian Gill Prize, for her work on solar influences on climate.

James Heappey

MP for Wells

James Heappey has been Member of Parliament for the Wells constituency since the May 2015 General Election, at which he won the seat for the Conservative Party. He was reelected in 2017 with a majority of 7,582.

Before entering politics, James served in the Army, reaching the rank of Major. In a 10-year career in the Rifles, he served on operations in Kabul in 2005, Northern Ireland in 2006, Basra in 2007 and Sangin in Helmand Province in 2009. He also served in Kenya and across the United Kingdom, including working for the head of the Army in the Ministry of Defence in London.

James is a keen sportsman, having competed at rugby, rowing and swimming at various levels over the last 20 years. In Parliament, he was a member of the House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee from July 2015 to October 2016, and campaigns on issues including rural broadband, school funding and railways.

The Rt Rev Nicholas Holtam

Bishop of Salisbury

The Right Reverend Nicholas Holtam has been Bishop of Salisbury since 2011. He is the Church of England's lead bishop for Environmental Affairs, chairing the Working Group on the Environment established by the General Synod in February 2014. He also leads the Church’s Shrinking the Footprint campaign, which aims to reduce the carbon footprint of churches nationwide.

Born in 1954, Bishop Nicholas studied geography at Durham before training for ordination in London and Cambridge, and later teaching at Lincoln Theological College. He has served at several London churches, including 16 years as Vicar of St Martin in the Fields in Trafalgar Square where he initiated and led a £36 million buildings renewal. 

For eight years Bishop Nicholas was a Trustee of the National Churches Trust. He is a Vice-President of the Royal School of Church Music, an Honorary Fellow of the Guild of Church Musicians and chairs the Church of England's committee for ministry with and among deaf and disabled people. His ministry is deeply committed to the social implications of the Christian Gospel and its demand to prioritise the needs of the poor and vulnerable.

Ann Jones

Vice-Chair, National Federation of Women's Institutes

Ann Jones is Vice-Chair of the National Federation of Women’s Institutes and was elected to the NFWI board in 2017. She is also Chair of the NFWI’s Public Affairs Committee and before this was Chair of NFWI-Wales from 2013.

The NFWI is the UK’s largest voluntary organisation for women with some 220,000 members in 6,300 WIs across England and Wales. The WI offers members the opportunity to make new friends, learn new skills and campaign on a range of issues.

Since it was founded in 1915, the WI has campaigned on a wide range of issues that matter to women and their communities. The WI’s environmental work dates back to 1927 when members began lobbying decision-makers about pollution in the seas. More recent environment campaigns have ranged from the plight of the honey bee to tackling food waste and the conservation of the planet’s resources.

Ann was brought up on a dairy farm in Carmarthenshire, moving to Ceredigion when she was 25 years old, where she and her husband now run a beef and sheep farm and a property letting business in the foothills of the Cambrian Mountains in Llanddewi Brefi with their two sons.

Originally joining Llanddewi Brefi WI, Ann later joined Tregaron WI as a dual member. She has been a very active member of the organisation at Federation level, and was Chairman of Ceredigion Federation of Women's Institute from 2010 to 2013. She has also served as Vice-Chairman of the Federation, Chairman of Home Economics and Organisation, and has been a WI Advisor since 2004. She has been an Eco Team Leader (a WI project which saw members taking simple, practical actions to learn about how climate change is directly linked to their daily lives and to reduce their environmental impact) and was named on the first Green List awarded by the Welsh Assembly.

Lord Howard of Lympne

Michael Howard was the Leader of the Conservative Party and Leader of the Opposition from November 2003 to December 2005. He previously held Cabinet positions in the governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major, including Secretary of State for Employment (1990-92), Secretary of State for the Environment (1992-93) and Home Secretary (1993-97).

He was the Member of Parliament for Folkestone & Hythe from 1983-2010 when he retired from the House of Commons and was appointed a Life Peer. He was appointed to the Order of Companion of Honour in 2011.

He now divides his time between charity work (he is, inter alia, Chairman of Help the Hospices) and business, serving as non-executive Director on several Boards.

Lord Krebs

Emeritus Professor of Zoology, University of Oxford

Lord John Krebs is Emeritus Professor of Zoology in the University of Oxford. He chaired the Adaptation Sub-committee of the Committee on Climate Change, the government’s statutory advisor, from 2009 to 2017. 

John Krebs studied at Oxford, and worked in the University as a lecturer in Zoology and subsequently Royal Society Research Professor. He served as Chief Executive of the Natural Environment Research Council from 1994 to 1999, and as Chair of the Food Standards Agency from 2000 to 2005. In 2005 he gave the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, and the same year began a 10-year term as Principal of Jesus College, Oxford. 

Lord Krebs entered the House of Lords as a crossbench Peer in 2007. He chaired the Lords Science and Technology Select Committee from 2010 to 2014, and currently sits on the Energy and Environment Select Committee.

As a scientist, John Krebs has published more than 300 research papers. He holds 17 honorary degrees, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the US National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the US Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the German National Academy of Sciences.

Robin Lustig

Journalist and Broadcaster

Robin Lustig is a journalist and broadcaster. From 1989 to 2012 he presented The World Tonight on BBC Radio 4 and Newshour on BBC World Service. He has travelled widely and has presented live news programmes from every continent except Antarctica. In 2009, he reported from the UN climate change conference in Copenhagen (and remains deeply scarred by the experience). 

Before joining the BBC, he worked for Reuters as a correspondent in Spain, France and Italy, and for The Observer, where he was news editor, Middle East correspondent and assistant editor. 

He now makes documentaries for the BBC and writes for the Financial Times magazine, The Observer, and The Guardian. He also sat on the editorial board of the British Journalism Review, which he chaired from 1992 until 2002.

Professor Catherine Mitchell

Professor of Energy Policy, University of Exeter

Catherine Mitchell is Professor of Energy Policy at the University of Exeter. Previously she worked at the Universities of Warwick, Sussex and California, Berkeley. She holds a PhD from Sussex University in Technology and Innovation Policy.

Catherine was a Lead Author in the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report, a Co-ordinating Lead Author of the IPCC’s Special Report on Renewable Energy and Climate Change Mitigation (published in 2011); and a Lead Analyst on the Global Energy Assessment undertaken through the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) published in 2012. She holds an Established Career Fellowship with the EPSRC, and led an ESRC/EPSRC interdisciplinary research cluster into Energy Security in a Multi-Polar World (2008-2013). She Chair of the Regulatory Assistance Project, a trustee of the Centre for Sustainable Energy, and is a Member of IPPR's Policy Advisory Council.

She has served on several panels advising the government, including the Energy Advisory Panel (1998-2003), the Balancing and Settlement Code Panel (2008-2010), the Academic Advisory Panel to DECC for Electricity Market Reform (2010), and DECC’s Distributed Generation Advisory Panel (2012). She chaired the British Institute of Energy Economics in 2009-10, and has advised numerous national and international companies, NGOs and institutions on various aspects of the transition to a sustainable energy system.

Professor Hugh Montgomery

Director, Institute for Human Health and Performance, UCL

Hugh Montgomery is Professor of Intensive Care Medicine and Director of the Institute for Human Health and Performance at University College London.

As a medical researcher, he led the team that in 1998 announced the first discovery of a gene known to directly influence human physical fitness. He co-edits the academic journal Extreme Physiology and Medicine.

Professor Montgomery was a founding member of the UK Climate and Health Council. He was a co-author on the 2009 UCL-Lancet Commission on climate change and health, and is a co-chair of the 2015 Commission. He has written several books for children, and in 2008 set up Project Genie to engage schoolchildren in climate change and related issues, for which the London Sustainable Development Commission awarded him the title of London Leader.

He has completed several 100km ultra-marathons, holds the world record for underwater piano playing (110 hours to raise funds for a hospital ventilator), and has climbed the Himalayan peak of Cho Oyu, the world’s sixth highest mountain, to research the effect of extreme altitude on human physiology.

Rear Admiral Neil Morisetti

Former Commander, UK Maritime Forces

Neil Morisetti is Vice Dean (Public Policy) at the Faculty of Engineering Sciences at University College London and is Honorary Professor and Strategy Adviser at UCL Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy Department. 

Prior to that he worked for the UK government, both as an officer in the Royal Navy, where appointments included Commander UK Maritime Forces and Commandant of the Joint Services Command and Staff College (Head of armed forces post graduate command and staff education), and latterly in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Recently he has acted as the UK Government Climate and Energy Security Envoy, and then the Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Climate Change.

A graduate of the University of East Anglia, he has a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Sciences and is an Honorary Professor at UCL.

Lord Oxburgh of Liverpool

Ron Oxburgh (Lord Oxburgh of Liverpool) entered the House of Lords in 1999. His main interests are energy and environment but also include higher education, health and defence. He has served as Chairman of the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee, on which he is currently a member. 

At various times he has taught and researched in geology and geophysics at Oxford, Cambridge, Caltech, Stanford and Cornell. He has served as President of the Geological Society, of the British Association, of Queens’ College Cambridge and as Rector of Imperial College. He has also been Chief Scientific Adviser to the Ministry of Defence and Chairman of Shell Transport and Trading and (currently) several small sustainable energy companies, and was President of the Carbon Capture and Storage Association

Lord Oxburgh is a Fellow of the Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Lord Puttnam of Queensgate

David Puttnam is the chair of Atticus Education, an online education company based in Ireland. Atticus, through a unique arrangement with BT Ireland, delivers interactive seminars on film and a variety of other subjects to educational institutions around the world.

David spent 30 years as an independent producer of award-winning films including The Mission, The Killing Fields, Local Hero, Chariots of Fire, Midnight Express, Bugsy Malone and Memphis Belle. His films have won ten Oscars, 25 Baftas and the Palme D'Or at Cannes. From 1994 to 2004 he was Vice President and Chair of Trustees at the British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA) and was awarded a BAFTA Fellowship in 2006.

He retired from film production in 1998 to focus on his work in public policy as it relates to education, the environment, and the creative and communications industries. In 1998 he founded the National Teaching Awards, which he chaired until 2008, also serving as the first Chair of the General Teaching Council from 2000 to 2002. From July 2002 to July 2009 he was president of UNICEF UK, playing a key role in promoting UNICEF’s advocacy and awareness objectives.

In October 2013 David stepped down as Chancellor of the Open University - a post he was appointed to in 2006, following ten years as Chancellor of The University of Sunderland.

He is Digital Champion for Ireland, President of the Film Distributors’ Association, Deputy Chairman of Profero, Chairman of the TSL Advisory Board and Adjunct Professor of Film Studies and Digital Humanities at University College Cork.

David Puttnam was Deputy Chairman of Channel 4 Television from 2006 until January 2012, and Chairman of North Music Trust (The Sage Gateshead) from 2007 until November 2012. He was founding Chair of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) and chaired both the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television and the National Film and Television School for ten years. He has also served as a trustee of the Tate Gallery, the Science Museum and many other organisations.

In 2007 he was appointed Chairman of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Draft Climate Change Bill, having performed the same role on the 2002 Communications Bill. He has been Chairman of two Hansard Society Commission Reports on the relationship between Parliament and the Public and has served as a non-executive director on a number of public companies.

David was awarded a CBE in 1982, a knighthood in 1995 and was appointed to the House of Lords in 1997. In France he was made a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters in 1985, becoming an Officer in 1992, and a Commander in 2006. He has been the recipient of more than 40 honorary degrees from Universities in the UK and overseas. He was recently the UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Burma.

The Earl of Selborne

The Earl of Selborne GBE FRS is a hereditary (elected) Conservative member of The House of Lords. He has served as Chair of the House of Lords Select Committee for Science and Technology.

He has previously chaired Sub-Committee D (Agriculture and Environment) of the European Union Select Committee. He is Chairman of the Foundation for Science and Technology. He has previously served as Chairman of the Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Chancellor of the University of Southampton, President of the Royal Geographical Society, and Chairman of the Agricultural and Food Research Council. 

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Dr Emily Shuckburgh

Deputy Head of Polar Oceans, British Antarctic Survey

Dr Emily Shuckburgh is a climate scientist and is deputy head of the Polar Oceans Team at the British Antarctic Survey, which is focused on understanding the role of the polar oceans in the global climate system.

She is also a fellow of Darwin College, a member of the Faculty of Mathematics, an associate of the Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research, an associate fellow of the Centre for Science and Policy, a member of the Cambridge Forum for Sustainability and the Environment and a fellow of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, all at the University of Cambridge. In the past she has worked at École Normale Supérieure in Paris and at MIT.

Dr Shuckburgh is a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society and Chair of their Climate Science Communications Group, a trustee of the Campaign for Science and Engineering and a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences. She is a member of the Natural Environment Research Council's Strategic Programme Advisory Group and has acted as a scientific advisor to the UK Government. In 2016 she was awarded an OBE for services to science and the public communication of science.

Guy Smith

Vice President, National Farmers Union

Guy farms a mixed and diversified family farm in north-east Essex.

He served for eight years on the NFU Council as the Essex delegate. Other NFU positions include four years as a member of the Governance Board and six years as Chair of the NFU Communications Group.

Guy is also a Trustee of FACE (Farming and Countryside Education) and a past Chairman of the Landskills New Entrants Committee. He has also recently served on the Board of the HGCA (Home Grown Cereals Authority), retiring in March 2014.

Guy is a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Society and recipient of an Honorary Doctorate for services to Agriculture from Essex University.

Lord Teverson

Robin Teverson is chairman of the EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee in the House of Lords. He was Member of the European Parliament for Cornwall and West Plymouth between 1994 and 1999, becoming one of the first two Liberal Democrats to be elected to the European Parliament.

Robin was appointed Chief Whip of the European Liberal Democrat Group in the European Parliament from 1997 to 1999. In Europe he spoke on marine, transport and regional policy issues. 

On 1 June 2006, he was created a life peer as Baron Teverson, of Tregony in the County of Cornwall. He joined the Liberal Democrat group in the House of Lords, and his main focus in the Chamber is climate change and energy issues. As part of this work he has chaired both the House of Lords EU select sub-committee on External Affairs, and its ad-hoc select committee on the Arctic. He oversaw the committee's report 'responding to a changing Arctic' which explored recent and expected changes in the Arctic and their implications for the UK and its international relations.

Sir Crispin Tickell

Former Ambassador to the United Nations

Sir Crispin Tickell GCMG KCVO has been a pioneer in linking environmental, and in particular climatic change, to the worlds of politics and business; and an informal adviser on such issues to successive British Prime Ministers.

During a long and distinguished diplomatic career, Sir Crispin was, among other things, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry responsible for overseas aid, and British Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York. 

Later he became Warden of Green College Oxford, Chancellor of the University of Kent, and Adviser at Large to the President of Arizona State University. He has authored many papers and books, including Climate Change and World Affairs and Mary Anning of Lyme Regis. He has received many honours and distinctions, among them the Chinese Government Friendship Award, and has been awarded 25 honorary degrees.

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Dr Camilla Toulmin

Senior Fellow, IIED

Dr Camilla Toulmin is a Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), based in London. An economist by training, she has worked mainly in Africa on agriculture, land, climate and livelihoods. This has combined field research, policy analysis and advocacy. Her work has aimed at understanding how environmental, economic and political change affect people’s lives, and how policy reform can bring real change on the ground. 

Camilla stepped down as IIED Director in June 2015 after 12 years at the helm in order to spend more time back working with societies in African drylands, particularly Mali. During her time as Director, she focused on developing the institute’s strategy and communications, building on strengths in adaptation to climate change, cities that work for poor people, addressing the natural resource squeeze, and designing sustainable market mechanisms. Priority issues for IIED were and are food security, green and inclusive economies, rights plus action, and getting Least Developed Countries voices into global processes around climate and the post-2015 agenda.

Camilla studied Economics at Cambridge and London before gaining her doctorate in Economics at Oxford. She is Chair of ICARDA’s Board, and a trustee of the Franco-British Council and a number of other boards. 

Lord Turner of Ecchinswell

Adair Turner has combined careers in business, public policy and academia. He became Chairman of the UK Financial Services Authority as the financial crisis broke in September 2008, and played a leading role in the redesign of the global banking and shadow banking regulation as Chairman of the international Financial Stability Board’s major policy committee. He is now Chairman of the Governing Board of the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET), and at the Centre for Financial Studies in Frankfurt. INET is a global economic research foundation committed to the development of real world solutions to the economic and social challenges of the 21st Century.

Prior to 2008 Lord Turner was a non-executive Director at Standard Chartered Bank (2006-2008); Vice-Chairman of Merrill Lynch Europe (2000-2006); and from 1995-1999, Director General of the Confederation of British Industry. He was with McKinsey & Co from 1982 to 1995.

Adair became a cross-bench member of the House of Lords in 2005 and was Chairman of the Committee on Climate Change from 2008 to 2012; he also chaired the Pensions Commission from 2003 to 2006, and the Low Pay Commission from 2002 to 2006.

He is the author of 'Just Capital – The Liberal Economy' (Macmillan, 2001), and ‘Economics after the Crisis, (MIT Press, 2012), and holds Visiting Professorships at the London School of Economics and at Cass Business School, City University. He is a Trustee and Chair of the Audit Committee at the British Museum.

Lord Turner studied History and Economics at Caius College, Cambridge.