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”
Paul is Head of Strategy, Finance and Corporate Services at York Museums trust. Previously, he was Chief Finance and Governance Officer at Natural England where he worked since 2007.
Paul is a chartered accountant and a member of the Institute of Directors. He has spent over 20 years working in the private sector, firstly with Ernst and Young where he worked on banking and airlines and market deregulation in the UK and overseas. He went on to roles as a financial controller and finance director of many business units with Powergen.
Before joining Natural England, he was chief financial and systems officer at South Yorkshire Passenger Transport, which involved leading on significant infrastructure investment and commercial negotiations with bus and train operators.
Ben Caldecott is the founding Director of the Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme at the University of Oxford Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. He is concurrently an Academic Visitor at the Bank of England and a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University. He is also a Senior Advisor at SYSTEMIQ and Highmore LLC, as well as a Policy Associate at the UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), where he is a director-level secondee in the Strategy Directorate providing advice on a range of policy issues, many of which are related to finance, investment, and market design. He has established and led as chair Bright Blue’s research programme on energy and the environment and is a co-founder and board member of the Conservative Environment Network.
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 substantial number of publications related to sustainability 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 the City of London Green Finance Initiative, UK Green Finance Institute, University of Oxford Socially Responsible Investment Review Committee, The Prince of Wales’s Accounting for Sustainability Project, ATLAS Infrastructure Partners Ltd, the British Standards Institution (BSI), the Natural Capital Finance Alliance, and the Green Alliance.
Prior to joining the University of Oxford he was a Vice President at investment bank Climate Change Capital, one of the early leading asset management and advisory firms focused on the low carbon transition, where he ran the firm’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, as an Advisor to The Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit, and as Sherpa to the UK Green Investment Bank Commission.
Ben holds a doctorate in economic geography from the University of Oxford. He initially 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 held Visiting Fellowships at the University of Oxford, the University of Sydney, and the University of Melbourne. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Sustainable Finance & Investment. Ben is also a Non-Resident Fellow at the Payne Institute for Earth Resources at the Colorado School of Mines, a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and Royal Geographical Society, and a Member of the Senior Common Room at Oriel College, Oxford.
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 served as chief financial officer at Future Cities Catapult from 2015-16. 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 a non-executive director of Southern Water and a non-executive director of Impact Healthcare REIT plc. She is a former governor of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama, the higher education institution for the performing arts.
Alison Austin has been working as an independent sustainability consultant for over nine years, working with a range of clients to help them make sense of the environment within a business context.
She spent 25 years with Sainsbury’s in a variety of senior roles, ranging from advertising and marketing to technical and food policy, but held the environmental remit for 18 years.
Alison is an Independent Board member of Seafish, chairing their Remuneration Committee as well as leading Seafood 2040, a Defra sponsored industry group. She is also an Independent Board member of the Consumer Council for Water where she chairs their Audit and Risk Committee and a member of the External Advisory Board for the N8 Group of Universities. Other recent roles include working with SGS UK Ltd and the Soil Association on governance of standards certification and accreditation.
In addition, Alison is a trustee of a renewable heat co-operative providing a district heating system and an active member of a number of other community based renewable energy schemes in her local area.
Alison was awarded the OBE on 2000 for services to sustainability.
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.
Rita graduated from Cambridge and started her career in advertising, becoming Vice Chairman and strategy director at Saatchi & Saatchi. During her time there, she set up their pioneering Green Unit to advise companies on environmental policy. Her career then included becoming London CEO and then Chairman at the global brand consultancy Interbrand, advising a wide range of leading global businesses as well as non-profit brands of all kinds, including the Red Cross, Oxfam and Fairtrade, followed by co-founding the brand and business consultancy BrandCap. She has also written books including ‘The Future of Brands’ and two editions of The Economist book ‘Brands and Branding”.
She is a non-executive director on the board of businesses including Nationwide Building Society and ASOS, where she has been involved in all aspects of corporate responsibility. She is an Advisory Panel member of BP’s carbon-offsetting programme Target Neutral.
Rita’s non-profit board roles have included being a Trustee of WWF (Worldwide Fund for Nature), and where she is now a Fellow. She has also been Chair of the leading environmental volunteering charity The Conservation Volunteers (TCV), and served on the UK Government’s Sustainable Development Commission. Before that, she was involved in the Advisory Council for Business and the Environment and the Government’s advisory committee on eco-labelling.
Rita received a CBE for services to the creative industries in 2014.
Benet Northcote is Director, Corporate Responsibility for the John Lewis Partnership, incorporating John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose & Partners. He is accountable for the delivery of the Partnership's CR objectives across ethical sourcing, sustainability, D&I and Partner wellbeing, as well as the management of operational Health and Safety. He is member of the Advisory Committee of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and sits on the Board of the Conservative Environment Network.
He joined the John Lewis Partnership in 2013 after nearly five years as Deputy Private Secretary to HRH The Prince of Wales, where he was responsible for HRH's initiatives on responsible business, the natural environment, food and farming. Prior to that he was Chief Policy Adviser to Greenpeace UK, working predominantly on energy and transport policy.
He started his career with the BBC as a journalist, before moving to corporate communications agency CTN Ltd., where he advised many FTSE 100 firms.