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IPPR’s Environmental Justice Commission

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Hilary Benn

Labour MP for Leeds Central and former Environment Secretary (Co-chair)

Hilary has been the Labour Member of Parliament for Leeds Central since 1999.

He served as a Minister in the Home Office, as International Development Secretary and as Secretary of State at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in the last Labour Government. Since 2010, he has been the Shadow Leader of the House of Commons, the Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and the Shadow Foreign Secretary.

He was elected Chair of the Exiting the European Union Select Committee in October 2016 and is currently Chair of the Select Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union.

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Caroline Lucas

Green party MP for Brighton Pavilion (Co-chair)

Caroline is the Green Party’s first MP, representing Brighton Pavilion. She is Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Climate Change, Co-Chair of the group on Fuel Poverty and Vice Chair of the Sustainable Housing All Party Parliamentary Group. She is also a member of Parliament’s influential Environmental Audit Committee.

Caroline is an active campaigner on a range of issues and has consistently been voted the UK's most ethical politician. She has won awards for her work on tackling social exclusion, wildlife protection, women’s rights and is in the Environment Agency’s Top 100 Eco-Heroes of all time. She is a founding member of the original UK Green New Deal Group and former Leader and Co-Leader of the Green Party.

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Laura Sandys

Former Conservative party MP and Chair of the BEIS/Ofgem Energy System Data Taskforce (Co-chair)

Laura Sandys is a Senior Independent Director at SGN Network and has recently been appointed Chair of the BEIS/Ofgem Energy System Data Taskforce.  She was appointed as a member of the Advisory Panel for the Government’s Cost of Energy Review, and is on the Council for Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage.

She is founder of the Food Foundation and co-founder of POWERful Women, a Visiting Senior Fellow at Kings College, a member of the Carbon Tracker Advisory Board and Deputy Chair of the Food Standards Agency.

She was previously a Member of Parliament for South Thanet, a member of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee, and Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister for Energy and Climate Change. Described by The Times as ‘one of the sanest of all MPs’ and as ‘lateral-minded, original and free-thinking’.

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Paul Booth OBE

Chair of Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnership

Paul Booth worked in the chemical industry for more than 40 years. Born on Teesside, he started his career as an apprentice with ICI and retired in 2016 as the Chairman of Sabic UK Petrochemicals as well as its European Director for Government Policy and Public Affairs.

He is a member of the CIA Council, ex-Chairman of the North East Process Industry Cluster, one of the industrialists on the new UK CGP, and a Board Member for Plastics Europe North.

He sits on the Board of Governors for Teesside University and was previously a member of Redcar and Cleveland Technical College, NSAPI (National Skills Academy) and the TTE Training School. Mr Booth also is Honorary President for SCI (Society of Chemical Industry) in the UK.

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Beth Farhat


Beth Farhat is tegional secretary of the National Education Union Northern Region, representing 24,000 education professionals in the region, the majority will be teachers. As a member of the senior management team Beth provides strategic leadership for the region to ensure the union is a formidable force in the region, an inclusive organising union which builds strength in the workplace, promotes issue-based bargaining, supports members collectively and as individuals and is supportive of elected officers.

Beth worked at the TUC from 2003 and held range of posts within unionlearn (the TUC’s learning and skills arm). She managed the region’s flagship Learning for All Fund, which was responsible for supporting over 1 million adults in the region back into learning via the union route.

She was appointed regional secretary of the Northern TUC in 2013 representing 58 trade unions and 400,000 members in the northern region. Under Beth’s leadership the Northern TUC coordinated the Better Health at Work Award on behalf of the north east and Cumbria which currently has over 420 employers and their 230,000 employees engaged in the workplace health and wellbeing programme aimed to improve public health and tackle health inequality.

Beth began her working life as an apprentice through a programme managed by the North East Chamber of Commerce in 1997.  She became a UNITE the union workplace representative at the age of 20.

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Angela Francis

Chief Advisor, Economics and Economic Development at WWF-UK

Angela is Chief Advisor, Economics and Economic Development at WWF where she provides economic advice across the climate, food, and biodiversity programmes as well as leading on trade and industrial policy for a green transition.

She started as an accountant in the energy industry before moving into economic development where she has spent the last 18 years. She led on economics and strategy for the East of England Development Agency and worked on productivity, innovation, and low carbon growth in the UK and Europe for SQW. She was Regional Economist and Climate Attaché for the FCO in the Caribbean and returned to the UK to be Chief Economist for Green Alliance where she led on industrial strategy, tech and the economic case for a low carbon and circular economy.

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Charlotte Hartley

Member of 2050 Climate Group and member of the Scottish Just Transition Commission

Charlotte is a member of 2050 Climate Group. The 2050 Climate Group engages, educates and empowers Scotland’s young people to take action on climate change. The Group’s ambition is to start a social movement of passionate, active young people who are equipped with climate change knowledge and leadership skills so that our generation can lead the way to a sustainable, low carbon society. Based in Aberdeen, Charlotte supports the delivery of the Young Leaders Development Programme and is involved with the Group’s engagement with the oil and gas industry. She is currently representing 2050 Climate Group on the Scottish Government's Just Transition Commission. Charlotte's day job is for Pale Blue Dot Energy, a project developer and advisory business who are leading the Acorn Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and Hydrogen project in Aberdeenshire. Charlotte also sits on the committee for the Energy Institute Young Professionals Network in Aberdeen and has an MA in Economics. 

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Fatima-Zahra Ibrahim

Campaigner and climate activist

Fatima Ibrahim is a senior campaigner for, a citizens movement for a progressive EU, and has previously worked for global NGO Avaaz. During her time at Avaaz, she helped lead the organisation's climate campaigning for a 100% clean and ran the biggest public-backed advocacy push for a long term goal in the Paris Agreement.

Fatima was also one of the lead organisers of the People's Climate March that brought more than a million people onto the streets ahead of the 2014 Climate Summit and again in the run-up to COP21.

Fatima has spent the last 8 years as an activist with the UK Youth Climate Coalition mobilising young people around climate change and is now one of the coordinators of Green New Deal UK.

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Tom Kibasi

Commissioner, IPPR Commission on Health and Prosperity

Shortly after his appointment in mid-2016, Tom founded and chaired the IPPR Commission on Economic Justice with leading figures from across business and society, including the Archbishop of Canterbury, the General Secretary of the TUC, the Head of the City of London Corporation alongside community activists and organisers. Tom was a principal author and editor of the Commission’s final report, ‘Prosperity and Justice: A Plan for the New Economy’ which was published in September 2018. The report was praised across the political spectrum with the Shadow Chancellor describing it as a ‘Beveridge Report for the economy’. 

Under Tom’s leadership, IPPR has had significant impact in areas ranging from the real choices on Brexit, recasting the relationship between tech and society, and the funding and reform of the health and care system. A recent independent survey of MPs found that IPPR was considered to be the second most influential domestic policy think tank by all MPs, and the most influential among Labour MPs in particular. IPPR’s communications have been modernised, with a new and more confident brand identity and much stronger engagement on social media. The relaunch of IPPR’s in-house journal has led to a doubling of its readership since 2015. 

Prior to joining IPPR, Tom spent more than a decade at McKinsey and Company, where he was a partner and held leadership roles in the healthcare practice in both London and New York. Tom helped government institutions with healthcare reform across a dozen countries in five continents and served international institutions, such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, and international foundations including the Rockefeller Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. During his time based in New York City, Tom supported US state governments to implement innovations to expand coverage and improve the quality and accessibility of care as a result of the Affordable Care Act.

Tom was born in London in 1982 and was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he studied history.

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Paul Nowak

Deputy General Secretary, Trade Union Congress

Paul Nowak moved to the role of Deputy General Secretary following the retirement of the Assistant General Secretary in February 2016.

Before joining the TUC, Paul had a variety of jobs as a call centre operator, a hotel night porter and a bus information officer. He first became a union member when he worked part-time at Asda aged 17, and has been a union rep and activist in the CWU, the GMB and UNISON.

Paul was a member of the first intake of the TUC's Organising Academy in 1998, when, aged 26, he was an organiser for BIFU, the then banking union.

In 2000, Paul joined the TUC’s staff, later becoming Regional Secretary for the North of England and subsequently Head of TUC Organisation and Services. In 2013 he was appointed to the position of Assistant General Secretary.

At the TUC, Paul helped lead the campaign against the government's plans for regional pay in the public sector, introduced the Leading Change programme for senior trade unionists, and worked closely with member unions to defend public sector pensions.

Paul lives in Merseyside, is married to Vicky, and has three children. He is a lifelong Everton fan, and in his spare time can either be found playing the guitar (badly, he says) or walking, cycling and relaxing with his family in North Wales.​

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Kate Raworth

Senior Visiting Research Associate at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute

Kate Raworth (‘Ray-worth’) is an economist focused on exploring the economic mindset needed to address the 21st century’s social and ecological challenges, and is the creator of the Doughnut of social and planetary boundaries. She teaches at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute, where she is a senior visiting research associate, and she is a senior associate at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

Her internationally acclaimed idea of Doughnut Economics has been widely influential amongst sustainable development thinkers, progressive businesses and political activists, and she has presented it to audiences ranging from the UN General Assembly to the Occupy movement. Her bestselling book, Doughnut Economics: seven ways to think like a 21st century economist was published in April 2017 and has been translated into 15 languages.

Over the past 20 years, Kate’s career has taken her from working with micro-entrepreneurs in the villages of Zanzibar to co-authoring the Human Development Report for UNDP in New York, followed by a decade as Senior Researcher at Oxfam.

She holds a first class BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, and an MSc in Economics for Development, both from Oxford University, and has an honorary doctorate from Business School Lausanne. She is a member of the Club of Rome and serves on several advisory boards, including the Stockholm School of Economics’ Global Challenges Programme, the University of Surrey’s Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity, and Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute.

She blogs at and tweets @kateraworth.

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Dr Emily Shuckburgh

Director of Cambridge Zero, University of Cambridge

Emily Shuckburgh is based at the University of Cambridge where she is Director of Research on Carbon Neutrality and head of the Environmental Data Science group at the Department of Computer Science and Technology. She is also an Honorary Fellow of the British Antarctic Survey, where she spent a decade leading polar oceanography research and conducting research expeditions in the Arctic and Antarctic. In the past she has worked at Ecole Normal Superieure and at MIT. She is a fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society and co-chair of their Climate Science Communications Group. In 2016 she was awarded an OBE for services to science and the public communication of science. She is co-author with HRH The Prince of Wales and Tony Juniper of the Ladybird Book on Climate Change.

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David Symons

Global Future Ready programme leader at WSP, Director of Aldersgate Group

David Symons leads WSP’s global Future Ready innovation programme - helping the firm’s design teams see the future more clearly and challenging them to design for this future as well as today.  He’s’s 2018 leader of the year and is a regular media commentator on environmental and other future trends for BBC, Sky News and national print media. 

In a personal capacity David is also a Director of Aldersgate Group, a member of Green Alliance and a Chartered Environmentalist.  David has an MBA with distinction and a first degree in physical sciences. Outside work he’s a keen distance runner and a rather less accomplished photographer.

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Anna Taylor

Student climate striker and activist

I'm the co-founder of UK Student Climate Network which is a student-led environmental organisation aiming to raise awareness amongst students and make it more accessible for them to become involved in environmental activism.

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Steve Waygood

Chief Responsible Investment Officer, Aviva Investors

Steve leads Aviva Investors' Global Responsible Investment team, which is responsible for integrating environmental social and corporate governance (ESG) issues across all asset classes and regions of c£350bn of assets under management. The team has achieved an A+ ranking in governance and strategy from the UN Principles for Responsible Investment; a Tier 1 assessment for Stewardship from the UK Financial Reporting Council; and won the Responsible Investment Thought Leader and Innovator of the Year global award in 2017. 

Steve was appointed to the European Commission High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance, and the UK Green Finance Taskforce, and is also a member of the Financial Stability Board Taskforce on Climate Related Financial Disclosure (TCFD).

Steve co-founded and now Chairs the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark and the World Benchmarking Alliance. He also co-founded the Sustainable Stock Exchange initiative and is an Ambassador for the International Integrated Reporting Council.

Steve is a member of the Chartered Financial Analyst institute, with a degree in Economics and a PhD in sustainable finance. He is a faculty member at the International Corporate Governance Network and the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. He is also a Visiting Professor of Sustainable Finance at Cass Business School. 

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Farhana Yamin

Associate Fellow at Chatham House, founder Track 0 and Extinction Rebellion activist

An internationally recognised environmental lawyer, climate change and development policy expert, Farhana has advised leaders and countries for 20 years.

In addition to founding Track 0 she is an associate fellow at Chatham House, a visiting professor at University College London and a member of the Global Agenda Council on Climate Change at the World Economic Forum.

She has published numerous books and articles on the nexus of climate change and development and served as an adviser to the European Commission on emissions trading directive from 1998-2002, later serving as special adviser to Connie Hedegaard, EU commissioner for climate action.

From 2010-12 she oversaw the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation investments and continues to provide research and strategy development for a number of foundations.

She is lead author for three assessment reports for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on adaptation and mitigation issues.

She continues to provide legal, strategy and policy advice to NGOs, foundations and developing nations on international climate change negotiations under the UNFCCC.

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Michael Jacobs

Professorial Fellow and Head of Engagement and Impact at SPERI

Michael is a Professorial Fellow and Head of Engagement and Impact. He is an economist and political theorist, specialising in post-neoliberal political economy, climate change and environmental policy, and green and social democratic thought. He is responsible for oversight and leadership with respect to SPERI’s engagement and impact work.

Michael leads SPERI’s Corporate Power & the Global Economy research theme with Merve Sancak.  

Prior to joining SPERI Michael was Director of the IPPR Commission on Economic Justice, based at the UK think tank the Institute for Public Policy Research. He was principal author and editor of the Commission’s final report Prosperity and Justice: A Plan for the New Economy (2018).

Originally a community worker and adult educator, Michael later became a director and then managing director of CAG Consultants, where he worked in local economic development and sustainable development. He was subsequently an ESRC research fellow at Lancaster University and the LSE. He was General Secretary of the think tank and political association the Fabian Society from 1997-2003.

From 2004–2007 Michael was a member of the Council of Economic Advisers at the UK Treasury, and from 2007–2010 he was a Special Adviser to Prime Minister Gordon Brown, with responsibility for energy, environment and climate policy.

After leaving government in 2010, Michael advised governments and others on international climate change policy in the run-up to the UN Climate Conference in Paris in December 2015. He was a founder and senior adviser to the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate.