From 2001 to 2012 Fiona was director-general of the National Trust. She has worked for environmental charities (Council for National Parks and CPRE) all her adult life, except for a three year stint in the Cabinet Office as director of the Women’s Unit (1998–2001).
She is fascinated by land use and rural policy, and the way nature, history and beauty inspire people to want to become engaged in their protection. Fiona has recently become Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge and holds non-executive roles in the BBC and Wessex Water.
Fiona became chair of Green Alliance in December 2014. Commenting on taking up the role, she said
“I’ve always admired Green Alliance for its intelligent positioning of the environmental case, incredible contacts and ability to reach the decision makers with persuasive and articulate arguments. I’m delighted to be taking over as chair of Green Alliance as it launches its ambitious new strategy to shape the next era of policy making”
Philip is Bursar of Brasenose College, Oxford. After training as a management accountant in industry, Philip moved into finance in the charity sector in 1996, and has held senior finance and management positions in a number of charities. Until recently he was also a trustee and vice-chair of Transport 2000 Trust.
Ben Caldecott is a programme director at the University of Oxford’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, where he founded and directs the Stranded Assets Programme. He is concurrently an adviser to The Prince of Wales’ International Sustainability Unit. Unit. Ben specialises in environment, energy, and sustainability issues and works at the intersection between finance, government, civil society and academe, having held senior roles in each domain.
Ben has authored and edited a wide range of publications and is an experienced media commentator and public speaker. He is also a regular peer reviewer and has a number of board and advisory panel appointments, including with Green Alliance, Carbon Tracker Initiative, Natural Capital Declaration, and the University of Oxford’s Socially Responsible Investment Review Committee.
Prior to joining the Smith School he was Head of Policy at investment bank Climate Change Capital, where he ran the company’s research centre and advised clients and funds on the development of policy-driven markets. Ben has previously worked as research director for Environment and Energy at the think tank Policy Exchange, as head of government advisory at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, as a deputy director in the Strategy Directorate of the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change, and as sherpa to the UK Green Investment Bank Commission.
Ben read economics and specialised in development and China at the University of Cambridge and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He has been a visiting scholar at Peking University and a visiting fellow at the University of Oxford. Ben is also a fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and Royal Geographical Society.
Catherine Howarth is chief executive of ShareAction, a UK-based NGO promoting responsible investment by institutional investors. FairPensions advocates for greater transparency and accountability to the millions of people whose savings are managed by investment professionals. The organisation’s research and policy recommendations on fiduciary obligation have been recognised as a key contribution. Prior to FairPensions Catherine founded West London Citizens, a broad-based alliance of community-based organisations working for social and environmental justice. Earlier in her career she was senior researcher at think tank, New Policy Institute.
Catherine holds a masters degree from the London School of Economics in industrial relations and a first class bachelors degree from Oxford University in modern history.
She has advised policy makers around the world on innovation-led growth and is currently a member of the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisors; the World Economic Forum’s Council on the Economics of Innovation and SITRA’s (Finnish Innovation Fund) Advisory Panel. Her current research projects include two funded by the EC Horizon 2020 programme: Innovation-fuelled, Sustainable, Inclusive Growth (ISIGrowth) and Distributed Global Financial Systems for Society (Dolfins) and a new project on Rethinking Medical Innovation by the Open Society Foundations.Her recent research includes projects funded by the Ford Foundation and the Institute for New Economic Thinking, and work commissioned by NASA, the European Space Agency and the Brazilian Ministry for Science and Technology.
Sophia is the co-founder and director of Meteos Ltd, supporting businesses and institutions to respond with insight and creativity to the challenges and opportunities of environmental and social sustainability. Meteos Dialogues build on the success of the long running Pharma Futures series, formed and set up by Sophia in 2003 and now in its fourth iteration.
Prior to founding Meteos Sophia held both executive director and board chairperson roles at SustainAbility and was responsible for Oxfam’s work on the private sector from 1996–2002. She has lived and worked in various countries including Bolivia, Nepal, Zambia, and Colombia.
Sophia remains a non-executive director of SustainAbility and an alumnus of Al Gore’s Climate Project. She is on the faculty of the Cambridge Business and Environment Programme. the sole independent external adviser to the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee of GSK’s Board and a member of the European Healthcare Innovation Leadership Network. She is the author of a number of publications, including the Pharma Futures reports. She is a member of the Aviva SRI Advisory Committee, Vodafone’s External Experts Forum and she sits on the Doughty Centre Advisory Council of the Cranfield School of Management.
Sir Graham Wynne was chief executive of the RSPB from 1998 to 2010. He is a member of the UK Climate Change Adaptation Sub-Committee and of the Ministerial Advisory Panel for the Natural Environment White Paper, and is a Special Adviser to the Prince of Wales Charities’ International Sustainability Unit. He is also Chair of a foundation responsible for the Harapan Rainforest project in Sumatra, Indonesia. He was a member of the Policy Commission on the Future of Farming and Food, the Foresight Land Use Futures High Level Group, and of England’s Wildlife Network Review Panel.
Rosemary Boot is chief financial officer at Future Cities Catapult. Previously she was group strategy adviser at Circle Housing Group, one of the largest UK housing associations. In 2013 and 2014 she was also the finance lead in the set up team for the government owned Low Carbon Contracts Company and Electricity Settlements Company.
From 2001 to 2011 she was group finance director of the Carbon Trust, the independent company set up in 2001 to work with business and the public sector to accelerate the move to a sustainable, low carbon economy. Previously she worked for 16 years as an investment banker, primarily advising large listed UK companies on mergers and acquisitions.
Rosemary is also a governor of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama, the higher education institution for the performing arts, and a non-executive director of Southern Water.
David Baldock was Director of the Institute for European Environmental Policy between 1998 and 2016. With wide experience of policy making in Europe, David has sat on a number of high level stakeholder groups and published extensively on environmental, agricultural and climate policy. He has given evidence to the European and Westminster parliaments and also acted as a specialist adviser. One focus of recent work has been on the environmental consequences of the UK’s departure from the European Union. He is a Trustee of a number of charities including the RSPB.
Dr Claire Craig CBEis Director of Science Policy at the Royal Society.
Previously Claire led the Government Office for Science on behalf of the UK Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor (GCSA). She originally joined the Civil Service to run Foresight, a programme of science-based strategic futures projects covering topics from flood risk to cognitive enhancement. Claire has worked extensively on strategy and science in decision making.
Her career includes periods at McKinsey & Co and at the Confederation of British Industry. She helped launch a hands-on science centre in her home town of Bristol, and has held non-executive Board roles in a variety of research and teaching institutions including King’s College London and Newnham College Cambridge.