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.
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.
Craig Bennett started as Chief Excecutive of The Wildlife Trusts in April 2020, with the ambition of putting a third of the UK’s land and sea into nature recovery by 2030.
He has been described as “one of the country’s top environmental campaigners”, and by The Guardian as “the very model of a modern eco-general”. He was recently listed as one of the UK’s top “social media CEOs”.
Before acquiring his role at The Wildlife Trusts, Craig was the CEO of Friends of the Earth for five successful years. Prior to this, Craig was deputy director at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), and director of The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change (from 2007 to 2010). He maintains his links with The University of Cambridge, as policy fellow at the Centre for Science and Policy (CsAP), and as a senior associate at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL).
Dame Fiona Reynolds DBE became Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge in 2012. She came to
the college after a long career in the voluntary sector, latterly as Director-General of the National Trust from 2001-2012. During her time as DG she made the Trust warmer and more welcoming, bringing the houses to life and raising the profile of the Trust’s work in the countryside.
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 also holds a number of non-Executive roles, including Trustee of the Grosvenor Estate, a Non-Executive Director of Wessex Water and Member of the Advisory Panel for the Dasgupta Review of the Economics of Biodiversity
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”
Dr Ben Caldecott is the founding Director of the Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme at the University of Oxford Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. At the University of Oxford, he is the inaugural Lombard Odier Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow of Sustainable Finance, the first ever endowed professorship of sustainable finance, and a Supernumerary Fellow at Oriel College.
Ben is also the founding Director and Principal Investigator of the UK Centre for Greening Finance & Investment (CGFI), established by UK Research and Innovation in 2021 as the national centre to accelerate the adoption and use of climate and environmental data and analytics by financial institutions internationally. Since 2019, he has also been seconded to the UK Cabinet Office as the COP26 Strategy Advisor for Finance.
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.
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 is a senior adviser to businesses and NGOs. He was formerly Director of Corporate Responsibility for the John Lewis Partnership. He has been Deputy Private Secretary to HRH The Prince of Wales and Chief Policy Adviser to Greenpeace UK. He is a Trustee of the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and is Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Environment Network.