Panelists

The Financier – Nick Robins, Head of Climate Change Centre of Excellence, HSBC
Nick Robins joined HSBC in late 2007 to launch and direct its newly-established Climate Change Centre of Excellence, whose aim is to analyse and communicate the long-term commercial consequences of climate change for the HSBC Group and its clients.The strapline they use for work in this area is ’Financing Change, Changing Finance’, which neatly captures the dual role of financial market participants in the face of climatic disruption and wider sustainability threats: first, to direct finance towards assets that sustain and enhance financial as well as human, social and natural capital; and second, to engage in the reshaping of capital markets themselves so that they reward sustainable choices.

Nick Robins Photo

Nick Robins

The Industrialist – Martin Haigh, Senior Energy Advisor, Scenarios Team, Shell
Martin is the brains behind the Shell’s World Energy Model, a mathematical model that underpins the Scenarios that Shell produces to map out possible futures. The last two Scenarios were 50 years in length. One was called Scramble, which describes a future where humanity reacts to events, and eventually starts to reduce carbon emissions. The other was called Blueprints, which describes a future where humanity pro-actively marshals its energies and organises itself to reduce carbon emissions.Martin has also co-written a paper for Nature magazine describing the lead time in introducing new energy technologies, and has appeared on a few filmed debates (such as the Battle of Ideas) and at conferences.Martin will be speaking in a personal capacity at the debate.

Martin Haigh

Martin Haigh

The Scientist – Dr Andrew Jarvis, expert in Climate Systems, Lancaster University
The Scientist – Dr Andrew Jarvis, expert in Climate Systems, Lancaster University
Andrew Jarvis is the Associate Director of the Lancaster Environment Centre at Lancaster University. His work explores how complex and complicated models of the climate system can be represented and communicated in simple, transparent ways. He also works on identifying the climate –society interactions associated with avoiding dangerous climate change and, more recently, the use of adaptive decision making in the development of geoengineering responses to climate risks.

Andrew Jarvis

Andrew Jarvis

The Lobbyist – Harry Huyton, Head of Climate Change Policy and Campaigns, RSPB
The Lobbyist – Harry Huyton, Head of Climate Change Policy and Campaigns, RSPB
Harry Huyton is Head of Climate Change Policy and Campaigns at the RSPB, one of Europe’s largest conservation organisations with over one million members. Harry leads the RSPB’s efforts to secure adequate climate targets in the UK and Europe, ensure that the low carbon transition happens in harmony with nature, and to help wildlife adapt to climate change.Previously, Harry was a Senior Climate Change and Energy Adviser at the Environment Agency for England and Wales. In this role he oversaw the development of a major initiative to ensure the Environment Agency’s environmental permitting functions facilitated the deployment of renewable energy, and commissioned and published a range of reports on the potential for bioenergy, hydropower and ground source heat pumps.

Harry Huyton

Harry Huyton

The Governor – Chris Nichols, Ex-UK Dept of Energy, now at Ashridge Business School
The Governor – Chris Nichols, Ex-UK Dept of Energy, now at Ashridge Business School
Chris Nichols is an educator, writer, consultant and workshop leader with 25 years’ experience in global business development in both the commercial and non-profit sectors. He spent a decade at the UK Department of Energy (now the Department of Energy and Climate Change) gaining experience in policy areas including conservation and efficiency, oil and gas, restructuring and privatisation and nuclear policy. He subsequently was a director in the Price Waterhouse global energy group advising governments and companies worldwide on energy strategy, investment and privatisation issues.He is now a Director of Quality and Innovation Ashridge Consulting, which is the consulting arm of Ashridge, the UK’s leading executive education provider. He is also co-director of the Ashridge MSc in Sustainability and Responsibility.Chris divides his time between Tring and his family home on Dartmoor in Devon. He has a lifelong connection to deep and holistic approaches to ecology and is a visiting teacher at Schumacher College Dartington, Devon, a leading global centre for the study of sustainability and holistic science. Chris embraces diverse ways of knowing and exploring relationships with nature, from modern science to shamanism, the creative arts and music.

Chris Nichols

Chris Nichols

The Presenter – Neil Copeland, Climate Reality Project
The Presenter – Neil Copeland, Climate Reality Project
Neil is from Glasgow and has had an interest in sustainability and the environment since studying politics at university. He has worked for the Glasgow Caledonian University supporting local authorities, public organisations and community groups understand their environmental impact in terms of carbon and waste. Neil is now based in London working in the energy sector.Neil was trained by former Vice President Al Gore in the summer of 2012 to deliver presentations on the reality of Climate Change. Since being trained he has given a number of presentations to youth and community groups as well as professional organisations.

Neil Copeland

Neil Copeland

The Chair – John Allan, Mayor of Tring, Co-founder of Tring in Transition
The Chair – John Allan, Mayor of Tring, Co-founder of Tring in Transition
John was born in Aberdeen and took a medical degree at Cambridge University. He worked for ICI, Boots, Granada and Waitrose and, for five years, ran his own company which traded internationally in dairy products. He founded the Health Food Shop in Tring and ran his own marketing consultancy. He concluded his career as a lecturer in management at the Open University. He is a co-founder of Tring in Transition.John moved to Tring 40 years ago and has played an active part in Tring Round Table, Tring Theatre Company and The Vale Gilbert and Sullivan Society.John works as a volunteer cook at DENS (Action Against Homelessness) night shelter, and is one of a team looking after a flock of sheep at Aldbury Nowers for Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust.

John Allan

John Allan

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