Our team operates internationally and is based in the UK. Our core staff are supported by dedicated trustees and volunteers from a diverse range of backgrounds.
Dr Adam Corner
Adam is our Research Director, and an Honorary Research Fellow at the School of Psychology, Cardiff University. Adam manages Climate Outreach's research portfolio and directs Climate Outreach's collaborations with academic partners. He writes regularly for the national media, including The Guardian and New Scientist magazine. He is the co-author, with Jamie Clarke, of Talking Climate: From Research to Practice in Public Engagement, published in November 2016.
Climate change & Migration Project Manager
Alex is mainly focused on communications work for the UK Climate Change and Migration Coalition - an alliance that exists to challenge the lack of long-term strategies to support and protect people at risk of displacement linked to environmental change. Before joining Climate Outreach, he worked at the Centre for Alternative Technology. He has also worked for the Public Interest Research Centre on their Values and Frames project. He co-founded Cheat Neutral, a spoof offsetting company, and UN Fair Play, an organisation that works with small island states at international climate change negotiations.
Anna brings considerable expertise in supporting and coordinating research projects through her work with several international NGOs and time at the University of Southampton. With a background in geography, she has also recently completed an MA in Environment and Development from King’s College London where her research focussed on youth engagement with global development issues. She has also developed a particular interest in communication strategies for disaster risk reduction, in response to the impacts of climate change, from her studies and work with Y Care International.
Dr Christopher Shaw
Chris has ten years experience of researching climate policy and climate communications. In that time he has successfully delivered research projects for the Environmental Change Institute, The University of Nottingham, Sussex University and the Institute of Development Studies. He is an Associate of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and a Visiting Fellow at the Sussex Energy Group. His new book, ‘The Two Degrees Dangerous Limit for Climate Change: Public Understanding and Decision Making’ (Routledge) was published in October 2015.
Co-Founder & Director of Projects
George has 25 years experience working across the environmental spectrum – from local community groups to senior positions in Greenpeace and the Rainforest Foundation to consultancy work for governments and businesses. George writes widely on climate change issues including articles for The New Statesman, The Guardian, New Scientist and The Ecologist. He has written two books: Carbon Detox (Hamlyn Gaia, 2010) which addresses personal behaviour, and Don’t Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired To Ignore Climate Change (Bloomsbury US, 2014) ,written for a general public audience on the psychology of climate change.
Jamie is motivated by the importance of enabling climate change to be something everyone cares about rather than backs away from. He sees deep and effective public engagement as being fundamental to addressing climate change. He has extensive experience working with academics, government departments, international bodies, NGOs, businesses and community groups. Having been an advocate and educator for many years, Jamie understands that traditional climate messages tend to turn people off rather than engage them but that practical interventions based on social research is pivotal to reversing this trend. He is the co-author, with Adam Corner, of Talking Climate: From Research to Practice in Public Engagement, published in November 2016.
Léane de Laigue
Head of Communications & Training
Léane brings over 10 years of international experience in environmental education, communication and marketing. Prior to joining Climate Outreach, she worked in Vancouver for Canada's leading environmental non-profit, the David Suzuki Foundation. She also taught a project-based Environmental Studies class at a secondary school for three years. Before that, she worked in London as a Marketing Manager for Johnson & Johnson. She holds a Master’s in Environment & Management and a B Ed (Canada), an MBA in Marketing (US) and a B.A in Humanities (France). She is a native speaker of English and French.
Finance and Operations Manager
Mark has worked in the environmental field for the last 20 years. He started out managing funding for regeneration projects at the Groundwork Foundation. Then followed a over a decade in local government, eventually heading up climate change at the Vale of White Horse District Council. He went on to manage the energy services arm of a regional energy agency before moving into the world of packaging waste at ecoVeritas an environmental data consultancy in Oxford. Mark works part-time for Climate Outreach and also runs a small business services consultancy. Outside of work Mark is a keen runner and likes to mess about on various home improvement projects.
Tany has over 30 years’ experience as a writer, trainer and public engagement specialist on a large range of issues from health, mental health and child protection to world development and womens’ rights. Her passion, fuelled by her early life in Jamaica and South Africa, is in creating community and in facilitating people’s participation in the issues that affect their lives. In recent years, she has specialised in organisational development and major gift fundraising, working first for the University of Oxford, and then with the City Parks in Oxford. She took her BA in Social Anthropology and History at the University of Cape Town. Outside of work, she spends large amounts of time digging, and every now and again she is rewarded with an organic vegetable.
Sophia is a third-year student at Sciences Po Toulouse, France, where she is studying social sciences. She comes to us after six months in Peru, where she learned about the challenges for people in developing countries in defending the environment. Sophia is convinced that positive impacts for the environment come not just from book learning, but when we have access to opportunities for immersion in creative learning experiences. She is currently participating in a charity program promoting equal opportunities in schools, where she also raises awareness among students about climate change. At Climate Outreach, she is currently supporting the Communications team.
Gilles is a postgraduate student at Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, currently undertaking a Masters programme in Environmental Sciences and Management. Although his background is in Social Sciences, Gilles is passionate about meteorology, and developed a greater interest in climate change impacts throughout his studies. He believes a broad and deep social acceptance of climate change is critical to ensure ambitious and effective policies. He himself enrolled in a political youth group to reach out to people from all ages on different environmental topics through a range of public events. He is currently supporting the Communications team and the Climate & Migration team during his five months placement at Climate Outreach.
Georgia is a writer and editor with a particular interest in climate change communication. Her professional expertise is in writing and commissioning for children, which requires the ability to communicate sometime complex information in clear and engaging ways. She has created a number of popular science books for kids. She has held firm environmental politics from a young age, something she attributes in part to the ecological values expressed in her favourite books from childhood! This in turn informs her belief in the power of compelling, value-led narratives to help shape public opinion, and her commitment to the work of Climate Outreach.
Steve previously worked for the Potato Council for 25 years where he provided an information service to staff and potato growers, moving into knowledge transfer work in the latter part of his career there. He took redundancy when the organisation relocated to Warwickshire in July 2009 and volunteered for Climate Outreach from September 2009 to July 2010, at the same time embarking on studies for MSc Architecture: Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies at the Centre for Alternative Technology. Following completion of his thesis in summer 2011, Steve stepped in for 5 months to support Carbon Conversations at Climate Outreach, and now continues as a part time volunteer as well as working as an energy assessor of existing and new dwellings.
Tara is a science communicator and environmental campaigner. She has been running events to spread awareness of the impacts of climate change since beginning her undergraduate degree in Chemistry, back in 2006. After interning at Friends of the Earth and People & Planet, Tara's goal in life is to combine her two passions; science and the environment. She has recently graduated with a MSc. in Science Communication from Imperial College London.
Robin Webster is a researcher and writer on environmental issues, with a particular interest in the psychology of our responses to climate change. She was Friends of the Earth’s senior campaigner on climate and energy for two and a half years. In 2010 Robin helped start up the fact-checking climate blog Carbon Brief, where she subsequently worked as a writer, fact-checker and policy analyst until 2014. She has written extensively on UK energy policy and food sustainability issues. Robin has a masters from University College London in conservation and a degree in biology.
Elise de Laigue
Elise has been Climate Outreach's designer since July 2015. As a full-time freelancer, she collaborates with nonprofits, event organisers and small businesses to create clean, eye-catching and memorable designs that allow their content to shine. She is a native speaker of English & French, and studied Design (Canada), Communications & Marketing (France & US) and Event Management (UK). She lives in Toronto, Canada, and enjoys working with clients worldwide. Click here for more information or to contact her.
Kate brings a wealth of organisational experience related to climate change to Climate Outreach, having worked in the sector for the last 17 years in both developed and developing country contexts. She has a particular interest in adaptation in practice and what supports organisations adapt well. Kate has worked at all levels from the UN, where she worked for UNEP and UNDP, through to the EU where she managed multidisciplinary projects and the UK level where she has worked for DfID, ECI, Oxford University and Stockholm Environment Institute. Kate has been an member on advisory bodies including the Joseph Rowntree Foundation Climate Change and Social Justice Programme and the UK's Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership. Since 2008 Kate has been working with the UK Climate Impacts Programme. Prior to that, Kate has been working with the Stockholm Environment Institute. She was also the 2012 Victorian Centre for Climate Adaptation Research (VCCCAR) Visiting Fellow in Melbourne. Kate has been a trustee since 2006.
Frank is a chartered accountant who has worked for four different charities during a long career, including Plantlife International and the Ramblers' Association. He has also worked for trade unions. His experience includes preparing charity accounts that comply with the various accounting regulations, personnel management and oversight of IT systems and general administration. He has served in the past as a trustee of Wildlife and Countryside Link an affiliate organisation that co-ordinates campaigning and policy.
Adam is co-editor of OurKingdom, the UK section of openDemocracy.net and has written political analysis for The Guardian, the New Statesman, the Scotsman, The Herald and numerous other magazines, newspapers and websites. Before this, he was activism manager at student activism network People & Planet. He has been involved in prominent campaigns on issues ranging from global debt to tax avoidance, and climate change to local care service cuts. Once upon a time, he was student president at Edinburgh University, and he's also a trustee of UK Feminista and People & Planet.
Becky Buell is Co-Founder and Partner at Meteos and a specialist in strategy, innovation and cross-sector partnership development. She brings her expert facilitation and strategy skills to their work on climate change, healthcare, social enterprise and equity. Becky draws on her experience as Research Fellow in the Urban Studies and Planning Department at MIT, and over 15 years in senior management at Oxfam in Latin America and in their global Campaigns and Policy Division. At Oxfam and MIT, she launched several new initiatives on economic and social inclusion in urban areas in developing countries and emerging markets. She holds an MA in Latin American Studies from Stanford University and a post-graduate certificate in Urban Planning from University College London.
Camilla’s particular specialism centres on improving climate risk management in the face of escalating climate impacts and accelerating low carbon transition. Camilla is a Policy Advisor in E3G’s Climate Diplomacy team. From early 2011 Camilla has worked with the UK Youth Climate Coalition (UKYCC), holding the role of director from 2013-2014. In early 2013 she successfully facilitated an informal coalition of organisations to campaign to keep climate change in the UK national curriculum. As part of the UKYCC international team, she organised a large scale youth capacity building summit (COY8) and facilitated the education and climate change working group at COP18 in Doha. Camilla has a Bsc in Geography from the University of Edinburgh. Alongside her work Camilla is chair of Hoxton Community Energy.
Gitika works at The Royal Institute of International Affairs and is passionate about a range of international issues, in particular, climate change and human rights issues. Prior to this, Gitika worked for Responding to Climate Change and the UK Youth Climate Coalition and organised the UN Climate Change Studio at the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru. She has campaigned with a number of non-governmental organisations and holds a Master's degree in European Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Bachelor's degree in History from Queen Mary, University of London. When not working, Gitika likes travelling, reading, sports, history, art, music, comic books and astronomy.
Ian works at Arts Council England as a Relationship Manager and leads on the organisation’s approach to environmental sustainability and helped introduce sustainability funding requirements for revenue funded clients, a world first. He has advised a variety of creative organisations on sustainability issues. He began his career in theatre in a variety of roles including directing, producing and company management from the West End to international residencies; from the RSC to panto. Ian has specialist knowledge around governance, business models and organisational development.
James’s background is as a fundraiser, but he is currently studying full-time with the Open University, focusing on international development and the environment. He is also on the board of charity Student Action for Refugees and has worked and volunteered for a range of charities, including Oxfam and People & Planet.
Jonathan is Director of the Social Brain Centre at the Royal Society of Arts and the author of a range of influential RSA reports on behaviour change, climate change and spirituality. He has degrees spanning a range of human sciences from Oxford, Harvard and Bristol and approaches research and innovation challenges from a trans-disciplinary perspective. He is also a writer, chess Grandmaster and former British Champion (2004–6).
Thomas is an innovative and entrepreneurial leader with extensive experience and specialist knowledge of ‘not for profit’ management and organisational strategy, gained within the Cultural sector. With twenty years of experience in executive roles in the visual arts world, the creative industries and film sector, he has focused on programmes that raise awareness and solicit direct engagement with systemic problems such as poverty, inequality, global health and the societal effects of environmental exploitation and degradation. An astute campaigner and ambassador for causes, he has driven change and led large and diverse teams to deliver programmes and projects that stand out and make a difference. As Chief Executive of Tyneside Cinema he currently works with the BFI, Channel4 and Universities in the North East on a programme that engages with the big societal issues as well as the production of films and documentaries that can help contextualise issues and reach out to large audiences.