Professor Chris Rapley CBE was appointed Chair of the London Climate Change Partnership in February 2013. On being appointed the new Chair of the Partnership, Professor Rapley said:
“I am excited at the opportunity to work with the LCCP partners to ensure that London is the most “climate-robust” city in the world. The aim is not just to protect Londoners and our thousand year heritage, but to have London recognised worldwide as THE secure location in which to invest reputation, finance and jobs.”
Professor Chris Rapley is Professor of Climate Science at University College London. He is a Fellow of St Edmund’s College Cambridge, a visiting Professor at Imperial College London, a Distinguished Visiting Scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, a member of the Academia Europaea, and a member of the European Space Agency Director General’s high level advisory committee on science strategy. His previous posts include Director of the Science Museum London, Director of the British Antarctic Survey, and Executive Director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm. Before that Prof Rapley had established and built up the Earth Observation satellite group at UCL’s Mullard Space Science Laboratory. His research was in the fields of space astronomy and Earth remote sensing from space. Throughout his career Professor Rapley has been active in the international leadership of science, for example as President of the Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research, and as Chair of the planning group for the International Polar Year 2007-2008. His current interests are in the communication of climate science, and the psychology of climate dismissal. Chris was awarded the 2008 Edinburgh Science Medal for having made ‘a significant contribution to the understanding and wellbeing of humanity’.
Kristen was appointed manager of the London Climate Change Partnership in November 2015 after ten years at Climate South East, where she held the posts of program assistant and coordinator/director. In 2011 she co-founded Climate UK and took on the chairmanship of its board of directors. She has a particular interest in supporting adaptive capacity, helping organisations to formulate and share effective responses to the challenges presented by climate change. She previously worked as a Senior Researcher on political rights, civil liberties, and press freedom at Freedom House in New York.
Tim Reeder has joined LCCP as an advisor following a long and illustrious career in the Environment Agency, most recently as Regional Climate Change Programme Manager in the South East Region. He has been involved in climate change issues for more than fifteen years and contributed to the IPCC 4th assessment report and the UKCP09 projections report. He was a founder member of the LCCP, steering the initial setting up of the partnership.
Samantha Heath is Chief Executive Officer of London Sustainability Exchange; a groundbreaking voluntary organization supporting the delivery of London as the most sustainable world city. She is a member and former co-chair of the London Sustainable Development Commission and also sits on the Stratford City Environmental Review panel. Her experience includes ten years in London politics, eight years in academia and research and ten years in civil engineering. For further information see the LSx Partner page
Bob is Policy and Communications Director at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Bob joined the School in November 2008 from Risk Management Solutions, the world’s leading provider of computer models for quantifying the risk of catastrophic events, where he was Director of Public Policy. He worked at the Royal Society, the UK national academy of science, for eight years until October 2006, where his responsibilities included leading the media relations team. He has also worked as a freelance science writer and as a science reporter for ‘The Daily Telegraph’. He has a first degree in geology and an unfinished PhD thesis on palaeopiezometry. Bob is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a Fellow of the Geological Society, a member of the executive committee of the Association of British Science Writers, a member of the American Geophysical Union, and a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
After studying Freshwater Biology at Liverpool University and Aquatic Resource Management at Kings College London, Charlie joined the Environment Agency working in Head Office within the Water Quality team.
She is now the Environment, Planning and Engagement Manager for the Environment Agency in London. The team works closely with London stakeholders and organisations to build strong, lasting relationships. Through early engagement and partnership working the team helps ensures London is a world class city with high quality environment for those who live, work and visit it. For further information see the Environment Agency’s partner page
Sue Grimmond is Professor at Department of Meteorology and member of Walker Institute and SustBE. Her expertise is in Urban Meteorology and Climate: observation and modelling of surface-atmosphere exchanges; development and evaluation of urban land-surface models that can be used for investigating adaptation strategies; development and controls on the urban boundary layer. For further information see the University of Reading Partner page
Janet Laban is Senior Sustainability Planner for the City of London Corporation. Her public sector roles have included work on contaminated land, urban greening, flood risk, waste planning, climate change mitigation and climate resilience. Over the last 10 years she has developed the City of London Corporation’s policy approach to sustainability through the Planning Service resulting in high environmental standards for City development.
Janet holds an MSc in Environmental Pollution Science with Legislation and Management and is a Chartered Environmentalist (c ENV) and full Member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA). With her wide ranging experience she is well placed to identify and implement strategic actions to promote environmental responsibility within the Square Mile and beyond.
For further information see the City of London Corporation partner page
Bevan has over 10 years of working in sustainability in public and private sectors in which time he has contributed to a number of key studies and reports such as the UK’s first Climate Risk Assessment, The Economics of Climate Resilience for DEFRA, CBx’s Heat Networks Study and Future of London’s Managing London’s Exposure to Climate Change study.
Before joining Sustainable Homes Bevan spent 3 years at Catalyst Housing delivering the sustainability strategy and embedding sustainable approaches to business. He has worked for Dutch consultancy Ecofys, where he delivered work for the UK Government and contributed to EU projects. Bevan began his career in local government working on a range of climate and sustainability projects. For further information see the Sustainable Homes Partner page.
Roger Street is the Technical Director for Adaptation Science at UKCIP. He is also LWEC’s Climate Adaptation Fellow an Adjunct Research Fellow within the Centre for Environment and Population Health at Griffith University, a Senior Research Fellow at LSE and a Research Fellow as Green Templeton College, University of Oxford. For further information see the UKCIP Partner page
Helen Woolston coordinates TfL’s environmental management activities. She brings together common programmes and reports on performance by a wide range of TfL departments and professionals. Helen Was responsible for delivering the TfL’s weather-related risk review in 2011 and produced the report for the Defra Adaptation Reporting Power. For further information see the TfL Partner page
Pat Fitzsimons has a strong background in managing charities and turning them into profitable and thriving organisations. She has worked as Chief Executive at London Community Resource Network and Community Network. Prior Pat will build on the Thames Estuary Partnership work of raising awareness of issues affecting the Thames and ensure that the many voices in the Estuary continue to be represented. For further information see the Thames Estuary Partnership page
Stephen is the Director of BRE’s Centre for Resilience, he has had a long career at BRE starting in 1989. He is well qualified in the area of resilience related to buildings and the built environment. He has led major international research projects as well as nationally important projects related to climate change and flood resilience.
He is currently leading a multi-partner Innovate-UK project to develop a central database of flood resilient properties. He is also leading the development of a flood resilient repair demonstration, based at the BRE Innovation Parks. For further information see the BRE Partner page
Lucy Stanbrough is Executive, Emerging Risks and Research at Lloyd’s. The team is responsible for research and scenario development concerning risks which are highly uncertain, yet which could generate major impacts.
Prior to joining Lloyd’s, Lucy worked for over 10 years as a natural hazards and GIS consultant, alongside working at the UCL Hazard Centre, where she maintains an honorary Research Associate post. Lucy has contributed to a number of books on the use of technology and online systems pre, during, and post-disaster, and has been involved in research across regions and hazards: from volcanic risks at Mt Rainier, to water security issues in the Himalayas. Lucy maintains an interest in the integration of scientific knowledge to business applications, and connecting knowledge to people, and people to knowledge. For further information, see Lloyds Risk Insights.
Sir Gerald Acher CBE LVO was Chair of the London Climate Change Partnership for two full terms and continues to actively promote the work of the Partnership.
Sir Gerald is President of Young Epilepsy, Chairman of Heart of the City, Non-Executive Director of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Non-Executive Director of Camelot and Vice Chairman of Motability.
Sir Gerald was a member of the Board of KPMG and the Senior Partner of its London office until the end of 2001. Between 1999 and 2004 he was a member of the Government’s Advisory Committee for Business and the Environment. He formerly held the post of Chair of the Royal Society of Arts and non-executive director of NHS London.