Louise Pryor is a climate change actuary and risk specialist with extensive experience in insurance, software and academia. She has worked on emerging risks, risks to cities, and how insurers can support resilience to climate risks. Louise is a Council member of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, a member of its Management Board, and a past Chair of its Resource and Environment Board. She is a Senior Honorary Research Associate in the Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management at UCL.
Upon becoming Chair in September 2019, Louise said: “I am delighted to become Chair of the LCCP and look forward to working with such a diverse range of organisations to help London remain a vibrant, successful city by both facing up to the threats posed by our changing climate and by taking advantage of the opportunities.”
Kristen has been working for 15 years coordinating partnerships supporting climate change adaptation, currently as manager of the London Climate Change Partnership, and previously as director of Climate South East and Chair of Climate UK. Her major interest is in facilitating the conversation between science and practice, bringing together people and ideas from across sectors to respond to the social and environmental challenges presented by climate change. In particular, she is interested in the social justice issues raised by climate change and the need to incorporate equity in adaptive planning. In her previous life, she worked on human rights, 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.
Katherine Drayson coordinates TfL’s strategic work on climate change adaptation and green infrastructure. She is responsible for reporting on TfL’s progress in delivering the Mayor’s Transport Strategy commitments on those issues, and preparing TfL’s 2021 Adaptation Reporting Power submission.
For further information see related pages on TfL’s website.
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.
Francis is a Chartered Engineer and Principal Consultant at Atkins, with 10 years’ experience in climate adaptation and resilience across Europe, Asia, and the Pacific. He’s managed and led climate change projects for cities, governments, infrastructure companies, the private sector, and multilateral development banks. He leads Atkins’ work in systems-based resilience and climate-related financial disclosure (TCFD).
Francis was a lead contributor to the UK National Infrastructure Commission’s (NIC) Resilience project, working alongside government departments, regulators, and infrastructure operators to inform government policy, and as technical lead for water, flooding and environment.
He has a Masters in Engineering for Sustainable Development from the University of Cambridge, and was previously a lead for water and sanitation for Engineers Without Borders Australia.
As Sustainability Lead for the V&A, Sara has a multi-site remit to embed sustainability expertise and implement systemic change in museum operations and behaviours. She has a background in sustainability and energy management, ranging from strategic planning to practical implementation for both new and existing buildings in the higher education and local authority sectors. She has also worked on policy, knowledge exchange and technical content production for a professional engineering institution. Sara has a particular interest in how building users and operators can improve building performance.
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.
As Head of Business Transformation, Alastair leads the scoping and delivery of projects to provide the built environment industry with the tools and guidance it requires to radically improve the sustainability of the built environment. Current projects include circular economy, climate resilience, and biodiversity. This includes working on open innovation which Alastair believes is needed in order to achieve the necessary step change in environmental and social impact. Alastair was previously a director at a national property consultancy where he provided advice on sustainability issues throughout the property lifecycle and especially on asset management, focussing on strategy, reporting and the link to business value. He is a Member of the RICS and a Practitioner of IEMA.
For more updates on sustainability and the built environment you can follow Alastair on Twitter @greenginger_UK.
Cantor is the Environment Agency Flood and Coastal Risk Manager in London managing teams responsible for Major Projects in the Thames Estuary and Resilience in London. Cantor oversees the implementation of the Thames Estuary 2100 Flood Management Strategy working with Agency teams in the estuary and partners such as the Mayor of London to deliver the strategy recommendations. This Strategy aims to ensure continued protection for 1.3 million people and £275 billion worth of property in London and the Thames Estuary. It is a world leading example of preparing for the future and adapting to a growing city and a changing climate.
Cantor leads the Environment Agency’s work with the London Resilience Forum’s Program Board ensuring that London is prepared to respond in the event of emergencies and the Environment Agency fulfils its roles as a partner. He also manages a team supporting timely delivery of the £4.2 billion 25km Thames Tideway Tunnel, a sewer tunnel which will run 25 kilometres from Acton in West London to Abbey Mills in East London, intercepting 57 storm sewage overflows which would otherwise discharge 20 million tonnes of sewage into the Thames. His team are pioneering a new regulatory approach ensuring that environmental impacts and flood risk are appropriately managed during construction whilst permitting activities in a timely manner to ensure that the benefits for the river are realised.
Cantor is a Chartered Chemical Engineer with a Master’s in Business Strategy and the Environment. He previously led a national team responsible for the approaches to Environmental Permitting and Major Accident Prevention, working with Government and Industry on the development and implementation of legislation. He has also been the national lead for Energy from Waste and worked as an engineer in the specialty chemicals and paper industry. Cantor’s passion is working with others to achieve environmental improvements and aspires to excellent solutions. He also enjoys tennis, cycling and time with the family. For further information see the Environment Agency’s partner page
Anastasia is an architect and a chartered engineer who completed a PhD research on the environmental performance of buildings and systems. She is currently employed by CIBSE as their Head of Research, developing the Institution’s R&D agenda and supervising its funded research portfolio towards developing new knowledge for its members. Anastasia has over ten years’ experience in the area of environmental design of buildings and their services, and resilience to the impacts of climate change. She led CIBSE’s response to the Environment Audit Committee’s ‘Heatwaves – adapting to climate change’ inquiry and provided oral evidence regarding the ineffectiveness of the current policy framework to ensure good quality indoor environments. Anastasia is the Chair of the Energy Resilience and the Build Environment (ERBE) Centre for Doctoral Training and the Chair of the Complex Built Environment Systems, Advisory Boards.
Shona is a Global Challenges Research Fellow with a focus on global flood risk and resilience but her main driver is the generation of defensible research informed by the needs of society and co-created with the intended beneficiaries. Her research has focused on coastal resource management, climate adaptation and adaptive capacity in urbanising coastal areas, governance and social justice, and the society-policy-practice nexus. For more information see https://www.brunel.ac.uk/people/shona-paterson.
Anusha Shah is Director of Resilient Cities at Arcadis. She is also a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and has a specialisation in Water and Environmental Engineering. With over 19 years of experience in managing and leading projects both in the UK and India, she has worked with consultants, contractors, clients, governments, NGOs and regulators within sectors such as Climate Change, Water & Wastewater, Flood Risk Management, Environment, Mining and Rail.
Anusha is also Co-Chair of ICE London and South-East Diversity & Inclusion Task Force. She was the youngest and first female Chair of the ICE – London Region in 2010, General Council Member and Trustee of the ICE for two consecutive terms, Non-Exec Director on the Thomas Telford Board (ICE’s business wing), Member of the ICE Executive Board, Member of the ICE Research & Development Panel and Member of ICE Qualifications Panel. She is currently a member of the ICE Fairness, Inclusion and Respect Group.
Francesca Sharp is the Technical Lead on Climate Change at Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). She joined ICAEW in 2014 to build, maintain and engage communities of interest and practice in its sustainability work. Francesca is responsible for ICAEWs strategy for delivery of the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development and Climate Change. Francesca is a Lead Assessor for the Finance for the Future Awards run in partnership with HRH the Prince of Wales Accounting for Sustainability Project and Deloitte. Francesca is also a member of the Steering Group of the UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD).
Before joining ICAEW, Francesca worked at AccountAbility, a global think tank and standards setter in sustainability. She was responsible for managing the development of the principles-based AA1000 series of standards, and their multi-stakeholder development process.
Francesca has a Master’s Degree from the University of St Andrews in International Relations with a minor in Sustainable Development.
After nearly 30 years in private practice as an architect, the last 15 of which were at principal/CEO level, Guy joined The Concrete Centre as head of architecture, housing and sustainability. His principal responsibilities have been to join up the new low carbon agenda with appropriate design solutions which maximise the use of heavyweight materials to meet the requirements of climate adaptation, whilst utilising the long-established credentials of concrete, such as acoustic and fire separation, long life and durability.
Elaine is a qualified architect with nearly 20 years’ experience of working in the construction industry, principally within private architectural practice in London. She is also a long serving member of the Lewisham Planning Authority Design Panel. Elaine currently works in the Sustainability, Architecture and Housing Team, at The Concrete Centre and provides decision-makers in the construction industry with advice and design guidance related to the use of concrete. As well as providing project advice, Elaine also contributes to Concrete Quarterly and authors technical guidance.
Briony works as the Climate Services Development Manager for the Space4Climate group, having previously worked for the UK Climate Impacts Programme (UKCIP) and prior to that worked six years in housing and regeneration. She’s been an active member of LCCP since 2016, helping to run events such as urban microclimate and use of EO data for city resilience monitoring, trade show stands and sessions at Futurebuild and facilitate projects e.g. Urban heat vulnerability in LB Hounslow. Briony is an author and member of the RCPCH RCP Working Group on Indoor Air Quality and Child Health, has taken part in international low carbon trade missions, smart city and climate resilience conferences, is an IEMA qualified Environmental Auditor and has co-founded MESH, networking platform for the UK climate services community.
Briony is an innovative climate change, wellbeing, housing and regeneration professional and academic keen to bridge the gap between academic research, policy and professional practice.
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.