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
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
Anusha Shah is the current Chair of Thames Estuary Partnership. 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
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.