High-profile names among team leading new Yorkshire and Humber Climate Commission

11th Mar

A team of climate leaders has been appointed to lead the work of the new Yorkshire and Humber Climate Commission, ahead of its official launch next week.

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The appointees, which include Rob Cawkwell (left), managing director of Sewell Construction, are united in their ambition and commitment to tackling the climate crisis.

The names of the chairman, three vice-chairmen, a director and 25 commissioners have been released by the Yorkshire and Humber Climate Commission, demonstrating a wealth of experience in climate leadership from a variety of sectors.

Liz Barber, CEO of Yorkshire Water, has been appointed as chairman of the commission – in recognition of her significant experience in environmental leadership. She said: “I’m thrilled to be taking on this role and it is great to be able to play a part in bringing the region together to tackle the climate crisis in a just and fair way.

“The formation of the commission is timely as the UK is about to host the international climate conference COP26 and this will be an excellent platform to demonstrate what Yorkshire is already doing and to formulate plans to take that further.”

Three out of four vice-chairmen have been appointed, to help provide political leadership across Yorkshire and Humber:

  • South Yorkshire – Dan Jarvis MP for Barnsley Central and mayor of the Sheffield City Region
  • West Yorkshire – Councillor Jack Hemingway, deputy leader of Wakefield Council
  • North Yorkshire – Councillor Richard Cooper, leader of Harrogate Borough Council

A fourth vice-chairman to represent the Humber is still to be appointed.

Professor Andy Gouldson from the University of Leeds, who is chairman of Leeds Climate Commission, has been appointed as director of the new commission. He will oversee its work and manage the secretariat, which is also based at the University of Leeds.

Professor Gouldson said: “It is really exciting to see this new regional commission coming together. There is such a rich knowledge of climate action among our team, and I can’t wait to see the benefits it will bring for the people of Yorkshire and the Humber.”

The commissioners

Commissioners will make up the main body of the Yorkshire and Humber Climate Commission. They will make key decisions for the commission, steer its work, and help to link its activities to networks and organisations within their areas of expertise.

The 25 commissioners are:

  • Alexis Percival, environmental and sustainability manager, Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust
  • Beckie Hart, director for Yorkshire and Humber, CBI
  • Bill Adams, regional secretary for Yorkshire and the Humber, TUC
  • Chris Brown, senior director, sustainable supply chains, Asda
  • Emma Bridge, chief executive, Community Energy England
  • Emma Richards, project leader, the Carbon Literacy Project
  • Gordon Rogers, former head of sustainability at Yorkshire Water
  • Dr Jatinder Singh Mehmi, Sikh Alliance Yorkshire (sharing commissioner role with Amandeep Kaur Maan)
  • Amandeep Kaur Maan, Eco-Sikh (sharing commissioner role with Jatinder Singh Mehmi)
  • Martyn Broadest, executive director, Connect Housing Association
  • Melanie Taylor, head of stakeholder Relations, Northern Gas Networks
  • Mike Maudsley, UK generation portfolio executive director, Drax
  • Nigel Foster, director, Fore Consulting
  • Oliver Harmar, area director for Yorkshire, Environment Agency
  • Patrick Erwin, director, Northern Powergrid
  • Dr Peter O’Brien, executive director, Yorkshire Universities
  • Philip Holdgate, head of production sustainability, ITV Studios
  • Rachael Bice, chief executive, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
  • Rob Cawkwell, managing director, Sewell Construction
  • Sarah Clark, operations manager, Aura Innovation Centre, University of Hull
  • Sarah Pemberton, assistant director in the North, National Trust
  • Simon Bowens, regional campaign organiser for Yorkshire and the North East, Friends of the Earth
  • Simon Pringle, director, Project Rome
  • Dr Siobhan Laird, director, South Yorkshire Climate Alliance
  • Stuart Strathdee, chemistry teacher, Greenhead College

To find out more about the Yorkshire and Humber Climate Commission, join its online launch event from 6.30-8.30pm on Wednesday, March 17. Register here: eventbrite.co.uk/e/launch-of-the-yorkshire-and-humber-climate-commission-tickets-138271964167

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