ECI Advisory Board
The ECI's Advisory Board plays a key role in advising on the Institute's development It meets twice a year and has four main functions:
- Acting as a sounding board for ECI strategy and activity.
- Acting as a channel of communication and networking, carrying ECI insights to 'places that count', and bringing external views to the ECI.
- 'Foster parenting', where individual Board members advise specific groups within the ECI, creating a closer relationship of mutual benefit.
- Supporting, identifying, and advising on new initiatives, explicitly through fundraising, and their wider development.
The Board's members are:
- Professor Tim O'Riordan (Chair)
- Sir Victor Blank
- Dr Nick Brown
- Mr James Cameron
- Keith Clarke CBE
- Mr Derek Osborn
- Ms Kate Raworth
- Mr Francis Sullivan
- Sir Crispin Tickell
- Dr Angela Wilkinson
Former Board members include:
- Sir Anthony Cleaver, Chairman of IX Europe plc, the Engineering & Technology Board, SThree plc, Working Links and the Royal College of Music
- Professor Andrew Goudie, Master of St Cross College and former Head of the School of Geography at Oxford
- The Rt Hon John Gummer, Lord Deben, Chairman of the UK's independent Committee on Climate Change
- Jacqueline McGlade, Executive Director of the European Environment Agency
Professor Tim O'Riordan, Chair
Before retiring in July 2005 Tim was Professor of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia. He has edited a number of books on the institutional aspects of global environmental change policy and practice, and led two international research projects on the transition to sustainability in the European Union (1995-1999). His current research interests are focused on global-local relations and their implications for the transition to sustainability in Europe. He is also involved with user groups, in the practical application of deliberative and inclusionary processes for the reallocation of scarce water resources in Broadland, and in the management of the public private partnership for flood alleviation again in the Broads.
He has served as Chairman of the Environment Committee for the Broads Authority, was a member of Norfolk and Suffolk Local Flood Defence Committee, of advisory panels to Dow Chemical and Eastern Group PLC. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Academy in 1999 and continues to be an active member of the Sustainable Development Commission.
Sir Victor Blank
Sir Victor Blank has been Chairman of the Lloyds TSB Group since May 2006. Former partner in Clifford-Turner (now Clifford Chance) from 1969 to 1981 and Chairman and Chief Executive of Charterhouse until 1997. Director of The Royal Bank of Scotland from 1985 to 1993 and of GUS from 1993 to 2006 (Chairman from 2000). Chairman of Trinity Mirror from 1999 to 2006. A member of the Financial Reporting Council and of the Council of Oxford University. Chairs two charities: WellBeing of Women and UJS Hillel, as well as the Council of University College School. Aged 63.
Dr Nick Brown, Principal Linacre College
Dr Nick Brown is a University Lecturer in Plant Sciences the Principal of Linacre College since 2010. Dr Brown's research interests range from the microscopic and local to international policy concerns. He is currently working with the Woodland Trust on a project to assess changes in woodland cover in the UK and also investigating the best methods for restoring ancient semi-natural woodland. Dr Brown also works with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Post Conflict Assessment Unit to investigate the environmental impacts of conflicts and pre-existing chronic environmental problems. This work has taken him to countries such as Iraq and Rwanda, and he was also a member of a UN task force investigating the environmental impacts of the Boxing Day 2004 tsunami in the Maldives.
James Cameron is a founder and the non-executive Chairman of Climate Change Capital, representing the firm at the highest levels of business and government.
James is also a member of the UK Prime Minister's Business Advisory Group, an advisor to the Climate Bonds Initiative and was a member of the Green Investment Bank Commission.
Prior to Climate Change Capital, James was Counsel to Baker and McKenzie and was the founder and the head of their Climate Change and Clean Energy Practice. He has spent much of his legal career working on climate change matters, including negotiating the UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol as an adviser to the Alliance of Small Island States. As a barrister he appeared in several of the leading cases in international and environmental law.
Keith Clarke retired from his post as Chief Executive of Atkins in 2011 - the largest engineering consultancy in the UK and the world’s eighth largest global design company. He serves as Chairman of the Construction Industry Council (CIC) and previously served as Chair of the National Platform High Level Steering Group for Constructing Excellence. He won Building magazine’s 2007 award for Outstanding Safety Achievement for his work chairing the CIC’s health and safety committee. Keith was also on the prestigious Board of Patrons for the 2012 Planet under Pressure conference at the London Excel Centre.
Kate works for Oxfam GB as a senior researcher focusing on rethinking global economic growth in the face of planetary boundaries and global inequalities - including discussions of green economy, and new paradigms and measures of development. She has previously conducted research for Oxfam GB on climate change, adaptation and human rights, agricultural trade, labour rights in global supply chains, and designing research for advocacy and campaigning.
Prior to joining Oxfam GB she spent four years as Co-author and Economist of UNDP's Human Development Report. From 1994-97 she was a Fellow of the Overseas Development Institute, working with the Ministry of Trade and Industry of Zanzibar. She holds a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, and a masters degree in Economics for Development from the University of Oxford.
Francis Sullivan is Adviser on the Environment for HSBC Holdings plc. After studying Agriculture and Forestry at Oxford University, Francis Sullivan joined WWF-UK in 1987, helping to build their International Programme. In the early 1990s Francis worked on WWF forest policy and was part of the British Delegation to the International Tropical Timber Organisation. He helped set up the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and, what is now known as, the UK Forest and Trade Network. In 1995 he directed the international 'Forests for Life' Campaign which attained over 20 national pledges for forest protection and a target of 10 million hectares of FSC approved forest. He later ran WWF's internal change team 'Action Network', to identify how WWF could achieve quicker results for conservation and development. In 1999 he became Director of Conservation at WWF-UK, overseeing their conservation work worldwide and was heavily involved in establishing WWF's major role in the HSBC 'Investing in Nature' programme. In 2004 he was seconded to HSBC as their Adviser on the Environment. HSBC now has an environmental action plan covering diverse topics such as property and purchasing, lending, and asset management, and are the world's first 'carbon neutral' major bank.
Sir Crispin Tickell
Sir Crispin is Director of the new Policy Foresight Programme at the James Martin Institute for Science and Civilization at Oxford University. Most of his former career was in the Diplomatic Service. He was Chef de Cabinet to the President of the European Commission (1977-80), Ambassador to Mexico (1981-83), Permanent Secretary of the Overseas Development Administration (1984-87), British Permanent Representative to the United Nations (1987-90), and Warden of Green College, Oxford (1990-97). He is an author and contributor to many publications on environmental, climate and related issues.
Dr. Angela Wilkinson
Dr. Angela Wilkinson is Counsellor for Strategic Foresight at the OECD (the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development). Previously she was Director of Scenarios and Futures Research, at the James Martin Institute for Science and Civilization, University of Oxford.
Her interests lie in helping organisations and groups to learn from the future, in order to resolve the often global and seemingly intractable problems of the 21st century. She has directed several ambitious public-private initiatives to this effect, including, AIDS in Africa: Three Scenarios for the Future, for UNAIDS and The Future of Water: Navigating a Sustainable Course for the World Business Council on Sustainable Development.
Angela brings over 20 years of analytical, managerial, consultancy and leadership experience, honed in a range of organisations and international bodies, spanning the public and private sector. Prior to Oxford, Angela spent a decade as a leading member of Shell International's Global Scenario team. She holds a PhD in Physics.