We’re a team of social scientists and communications specialists passionate about building a strong social mandate for climate action, by placing people at the heart of tackling this global issue.
Interim Executive Director and Operations Director
Noora is Climate Outreach’s Operations Director and Interim Executive Director. She works closely with the board and other Directors in defining the long-term financial planning and business strategy of Climate Outreach. Currently, Noora is also responsible for organisational leadership while we are in the process of recruiting a new Executive Director.
Noora is from the Maldives – one of the most climate-vulnerable countries in the world due to the country’s natural land scarcity and low-lying geography. Having experienced how people and communities are adapting to climate change, Noora is passionate about having an inclusive conversation about how we tackle climate change as a global community.
After Business and Law School, she started her career at Financial Ombudsman Service (UK). She has worked in charities, co-operatives, and ethical finance in the UK. Through her diverse career experiences, she has developed a passion for organisational behaviour, transformation and leadership and has completed the Executive Leadership programme at Oxford University, Saïd Business School. She is always looking for innovative ways of working to facilitate teams to create impact.
Her first language is Dhivehi and she tries hard not to forget her Sinhalese from the days when she lived in Sri Lanka. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her friends, read and go for walks.
Dr Amiera Sawas
Programmes and Research Director
Amiera Sawas joined Climate Outreach in 2021. She is responsible for overseeing the programmatic and research implementation of the organisation’s strategy. Amiera has diverse experience in climate, environment and development research and programming work, across the private, non-governmental and academic sectors. This has taken her to various countries including Sweden, Pakistan, Jordan and Kenya. As a result, she’s really passionate about the potential of bringing diverse stakeholders together to combat climate change and set an inclusive vision for our collective future.
Amiera has a PhD in Human Geography, a Masters in Global Politics and a Bachelors in Psychology. She is terrible at languages but has managed to hone a good grasp of French, as well as some basic Urdu. She is currently making her Syrian family proud by finally dedicating time to learning Arabic. In her spare time she can be found dancing samba, listening to hip hop and endlessly watching true crime documentaries.
George has 30 years experience at all levels of communications and advocacy – from community level protest movements, to senior positions in Greenpeace and the Rainforest Foundation, to advisory roles for governments, businesses and international agencies. He is an award winning documentary maker and writes regularly on climate change issues including articles for The Guardian, The New Statesman, New Scientist and The Ecologist.
He is also the author of two books, Carbon Detox (Hamlyn Gaia, 2007) and Don’t Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change, listed by Esquire as one of the ’15 essential books on climate change’. Go to George’s Wikipedia page for more information about him.
Rafi joined Climate Outreach’s Executive team in August 2021. As Executive Coordinator, she supports the Executive Director, Senior Management Team and wider organisation with all manner of coordination support to keep everything ticking over smoothly and help Climate Outreach deliver its mission. Rafi’s background is in British politics, with a particular interest in environmental and foreign policy.
Before Climate Outreach, Rafi worked in the UK Parliament for the Opposition frontbench team shadowing the Department for Environment, Food, Farming and Rural Affairs, providing policy research and advice, speechwriting and office management. She has previously worked for Mercy For Animals delivering street outreach to raise awareness of the environmental impact of animal agriculture, as well as with a number of charities providing support services for refugees and asylum seekers in Bristol and Cambridge.
Rafi holds a BA in Politics and International Relations from the University of Cambridge and a Masters in Contemporary British Political History from Kings College London.
Deepayan Basu Ray
Head of Engagement
Deep is the Head of Engagement at Climate Outreach. He works with governments and international bodies to increase recognition of public engagement as a key component in addressing climate change and meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement.
Deep has worked for 15 years in international and regional forums on arms control and sustainable development; working with civil society and parliamentarians to support more inclusive treaty and policy development processes. Prior to joining Climate Outreach, Deep worked with Pacific Island and Southeast Asian countries to strengthen their national systems, laws and legislation to ensure compliance with a range of UN treaties and agreements. He also established and led the Arms Trade Treaty Monitor project – a civil society initiative to strengthen compliance with the UN Arms Trade Treaty.
Deep holds an MA in International Relations (Sussex University) and a BA in Political Science and Environmental Studies (York University, Canada). He is fluent in Bengali, English, and Hindi. In his spare time he can be found singing, rustling up Indian feasts, and taking his ice hockey fantasy league ‘commissioner’ duties far too seriously.
Dr Christopher Shaw
Senior Programme Lead: Research
Chris has been with Climate Outreach’s research team since 2015. In that role, he has been focused on ensuring climate communication practice is informed by a robust and up-to-date evidence base, combining new research with the existing literature to provide communicators with accessible resources to support their work. Chris’s work has been driven by a belief that successful climate policies are those policies that are shaped by the voices, concerns and aspirations of the people who live their lives outside of the policy and campaigning bubble. Chris completed his doctoral thesis as a mature student in 2011 at the University of Sussex, on the communication of climate risk, a theme he continues to publish on.
In his previous lives Chris worked as a Geography teacher and then in marketing, always with the ultimate aim of learning how to engage people with climate change risks. Between completing his doctoral studies and starting work at Climate Outreach, Chris held research posts at the University of Sussex and the University of Oxford. Outside of office hours Chris can normally be found either smashing his tennis racket on the ground in frustration at yet another defeat, or wandering aimlessly on the South Downs and blaming inaccurate Ordnance Survey maps for being lost.
Senior Programme Lead: Visuals and Media
Toby is the Visuals and Media Programme Lead, with a strategic goal of expanding our presence, influence and impact in the visual and media sectors. He joins us with over 12 years experience as an award-winning environmental photographer who focuses on building innovative and global stories through collaboration and publication in leading editorial outlets.
Toby graduated with a Masters in Photography from London College of Communication in 2008 after spending 2 years working across Africa utilising his bachelors degree in Zoology and Environmental Science. He is an Associate Scholar of the University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute and lives near Stroud with his wife and son.
Senior Programme Lead: Advocacy Communications
Robin leads the Advocacy Communications programme for Climate Outreach, focusing on providing civil society campaigners with knowledge, tools and research to help them engage all sorts of people on climate change. She loves working with campaigners for their resilience and positivity even when facing up to the world’s biggest challenge. She has been knocking around the environmental world for twenty years as a researcher, journalist and campaigner, first becoming interested in the disconnect between political debate about climate change and how we talk about it in real life whilst working as campaigner for Friends of the Earth. She helped to start up Carbon Brief when it began life as a climate science and energy blog and has spent more time than is healthy digging into the intricacies of climate policy, including as a researcher for the European Climate Foundation.
Robin has a Masters in Conservation from UCL and an undergraduate degree in Biology. She is the author of Climate Outreach’s #TalkingClimate handbook amongst many others, and has lived in the UK, USA, Uganda and Austria. In her spare time Robin hikes, swims, cycles and teaches and plays at comedy improv, which she thinks is the best art form in the world.
Senior Programme Lead: Communities
Alex manages the 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.
Dr Susie Wang
Senior Research Consultant
Susie is a Senior Research Consultant at Climate Outreach, and is responsible for the design, execution and delivery of quantitative and qualitative social science research on a range of projects. She has a background in environmental and social psychology, and comes to Climate Outreach after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Groningen, in the Netherlands, and her PhD at the University of Western Australia.
Growing up in Australia, Susie was figuring out what to do with her life in the confusing context of the country’s acute vulnerability to climate change (extreme heat, bushfires, and drought) and politically polarised landscape of climate delay and denial. For this reason, Susie is interested in the factors that lead people to feel close to climate change, particularly the role of emotions, identity and social connections. Her work spans climate change communications, imagery, pro-environmental behaviours, neuroscience, and behavioural economics. Aside from English, Susie also speaks Mandarin, and is attempting to learn Dutch. She is based in the Netherlands, where she enjoys making art, climbing rocks, and growing food in her backyard.
Senior Engagement Advisor
David leads our Climate Engagement Lab, which helps UK climate advocacy and campaigning organisations deliver innovative and evidence-based engagement plans. He has 15 years experience as a campaigner, communicator, researcher and strategist on environment and climate change. He’s worked as senior campaigner on economics and resources at Friends of the Earth and most recently as Head of Environment and Green Transition at the New Economics Foundation. He has a MA in English Literature, an MSc in Environmental Strategy, and a Graduate Diploma in Economics. He’s particularly interested in the intersection between systems change and individual psychology, and how to build campaigns that harness the deeply held concerns we all have about the climate crisis.
Engagement Lead: Germany Talks Climate
Julia is Engagement Lead for Germany Talks Climate and lives in Berlin. She joined Climate Outreach in September 2021 and is passionate about collaborative and creative approaches to addressing climate change. She has a Masters of Science (Environmental Policy) and Masters of Arts (European Literature and History) and loves to bridge the gaps between disciplines, sectors and cultures. She has worked for a number of international organisations, including the British Council and Climate-KIC, and having focused on responses to climate change from diverse perspectives (culture, education, entrepreneurship and research), she is inspired by the many people, ideas and actions that are already working towards a just transition.
She is an active member of several international associations / networks, such as Linking Tourism and Conservation, the Environmental Justice Network (EnJust) and a Climate Justice Fellow with the German Institute for Foreign Relations. As a nature enthusiast, she’s very often in the east German countryside cycling, swimming and bird-watching…as well as training to be a wildlife ranger in the German capital.
Emma joined Climate Outreach as a Researcher in December 2021. Helping to design social science research methods and collecting and analysing qualitative and quantitative data will be her focus. Emma is excited to combine research with public engagement as she loves learning from data and sharing climate change knowledge in a way that inspires action.
Emma completed an MSc International Environmental Studies degree at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. Her thesis investigated the use of information as a policy instrument to encourage climate relevant behaviour. A BSc Physical Geography degree at Lancaster University and interning with the British Columbia Council for International Cooperation to research the SDGs are also part of her background. More recently, Emma worked on a climate change programme in local government.
Growing up exploring and volunteering in local woodlands sparked Emma’s interest in protecting our natural world. Learning from experts during her Master’s degree inspired a career in motivating climate action using sound research.
Outside of work, Emma enjoys playing national league basketball for the City of Birmingham Rockets and can often be found walking her dogs!
Climate Visuals Advisor
Alastair is Climate Visuals Advisor. With a background in photojournalism, he is particularly interested in how you tell stories through photography, and how viewers interact with photographs.
Prior to joining Climate Outreach Alastair was a picture editor at The Times and The Sunday Times newspapers, working on domestic and international news photography. Before this, he trained in photojournalism at the London College of Communication and worked as a newspaper photographer.
Alastair is happiest when taking photographs and riding bicycles, often at the same time, ideally up a hill.
Science Communications Advisor
Tara manages Climate Outreach’s science communication programme – supporting scientists, researchers and experts on public engagement with climate change. Before joining Climate Outreach, Tara trained researchers on public engagement at Cancer Research UK and ran science clubs with Science Oxford. Tara completed her Msc. in Science Communication at Imperial College London in 2014 and is also a PRINCE2 accredited project manager.
Advocacy Communications Coordinator and Assistant Researcher
Jenny is coordinator and assistant researcher for our Advocacy Communications work, focusing on providing civil society campaigners with knowledge and tools to help them engage diverse people on climate change. She has over fifteen years’ experience working in the community, environmental, and arts sectors, specialising in designing, managing and delivering projects and processes that facilitate dialogue, exchange and action around ecological and social challenges. She is co-founder of School Farm Community Supported Agriculture, where she spent 6 years as the Education and Outreach Coordinator. Prior to working at Climate Outreach she worked as a Creative Associate and Project Manager with arts organisation, Encounters, and as the Coordinator of Transition Town Totnes, a charity focused on collective action to radically reduce energy and material use and build community resilience.
Jenny studied Environmental Geography and International Development at the University of East Anglia, leading to an interest in human scale development and post development approaches. In her spare time, she loves to read, spend time outdoors, organise with others, and to explore new stories we could live by.
Germany Talks Climate - Research Assistant
Luisa joined Climate Outreach in September 2021 as a Research Assistant for Germany Talks Climate project.
Her first experience of climate change action was on a youth exchange with an Indonesian partner church, in which participants discussed climate change and developed playful ways of engaging primary school students in Germany and Indonesia in pro-environmental behaviours.
After graduating with an MA in Sustainable Development and an MSc in Migration Studies, Luisa worked for the Sector Project on Migration at the German development agency (GIZ). She then returned to Oxford to support the Dahrendorf Programme as Research Manager for
the Europe’s Stories project and PA to Timothy Garton Ash. As part of this, she also co-authored a chapter on free movement in the EU.
Luisa is a German native and, in addition to English, is actively practising her Bahasa Indonesian, which stems from a year of working in West Papua. In her free time, she enjoys playing the piano, reading and hiking, and has recently started rock climbing.
Léane de Laigue
Léane leads on disseminating our insights and resources in a way that creates the biggest impact possible. She started her career as a Marketing Manager for Johnson & Johnson, before deciding to become a history teacher. She was asked to teach an Environmental Studies class without any previous experience in the subject, and learning and talking about climate change with her students completely changed her worldview. She has since dedicated herself to public engagement with climate change, working for the David Suzuki Foundation and now Climate Outreach.
Léane’s life has been evenly split between Canada, France, the UK and the US, with a bit of time in Hong Kong and Argentina. She is a native speaker of English and French, speaks Spanish and is currently learning Mandarin. She holds a Master’s degree in Environment and Management (Canada) and an MBA in Marketing (US) as well as undergraduate degrees in Education (Canada) and Humanities (France). In her spare time she can be found climbing mountains, kayaking, reading graphic novels and sometimes unicycling.
Lauren is part of the Communications team at Climate Outreach, working to share insights and materials to support government, organisations and individuals engage a wide range of people with climate change. Lauren has worked in communications for a number of years across energy, science and consultancy landscapes.
Lauren holds a Master’s in Climate Change from King’s College London, a highly multidisciplinary degree pulling from both physical and social sciences. Her thesis explored the role of gender in peer-group perceptions of climate scientists’ media statements, and was published in 2021. With a love of environmental sciences and psychology, working in communications to further climate action is a perfect combination of her interests and experience. She believes using evidence-based techniques to engage diverse stakeholders is key to tackling climate change.
In her spare time, Lauren enjoys trying new things (successfully or unsuccessfully), the outdoors, and reading.
Business Development Lead
Ian joined Climate Outreach in June 2022 as Business Development Lead. His role focuses on taking Climate Outreach’s great content to new audiences including developing new products and services.
Ian’s career background includes working for impactful policy focused business membership organisations as well as professional services. He specialises in engaging business leaders from a range of sectors and working with them to tackle the major of the issues of the day. Ian strongly believes in the private, public and charity sectors working together to achieve change. His background includes founding his own regional economic body focused on the Thames Valley, which ran programmes across topics including the Environment and Infrastructure.
Ian lives in Hungerford and spends most of his spare time with his young family and enjoying sport, but mainly from the sofa these days.
Isabel joined Climate Outreach in August 2021 to support the organisation in growing income through grants and individual giving. She has spent more than 10 years fundraising in the nature conservation sector, developing a broad knowledge of different fundraising methods. Growing up at a time when the hole in the ozone layer was a looming threat, she has always had a deep concern about the environment. This was amplified at university where she learned about the impact of climate change on humanity. Thus began a career in nature conservation with a keen interest in social engagement. She has worked locally, nationally and internally with Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, Woodland Trust and Butterfly Conservation.
Isabel has two young children with whom she enjoys slowly navigating local nature spots and is currently upping her knowledge on edible wild plants. Having spent 2020 training to be a yoga teacher, she loves to combine teaching with her love of nature and holds regular sessions in local woods.
Head of Finance
Alvin joined Climate Outreach in July 2021 and is our Head of Finance. He is responsible for managing our finances, ensuring strong financial control, and helping to scale up our systems and processes that will support our ambitious growth plans. He has 25 years of experience in senior finance roles within large organisations, predominantly in the mineral extraction and construction materials industry.
Whilst Alvin originally trained as an accountant, he also holds an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies. After some travelling in southeast Asia, he became increasingly interested in the close interconnections between climate change and development. This led to studying part-time for an MSc in Climate Change and Development at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). It has since been his ambition to join an organisation engaged in climate change.
Alvin lives with his family on the Kent coast. He enjoys long, tough hilly cycle rides and rides approximately 10,000kms each year.
Organisational Development Manager
Martha joined Climate Outreach in 2018 as the Executive Assistant, moved to the project management team in 2020, and is now working in the Operations Department as the Organisational Development Manager – supporting Climate Outreach to grow sustainably within our organisational values. She is particularly passionate about developing and implementing systems that have wellbeing at the heart of them, while improving cross-team effectiveness and collaboration.
Martha’s background is in project management, executive coordination and supporting projects for local community organisations such as Good Food Oxford, Refill Oxford and Tandem Collective, as well as international NGOs such as the South African based Children’s Radio Foundation. It was while working at the Children’s Radio Foundation that she saw how providing a platform for people to tell their stories to their own communities can lead to social transformation.
Martha holds a BA in Geography from the University of Oxford and a Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainability and Adaptation from the Centre for Alternative Technology. She is a keen musician and plays cello, piano and accordion, and is a member of the collective, “Folkatron Sessions”.
Project Management Lead
Kiran joined Climate Outreach in 2022 as the Project Management Lead, overseeing the delivery of the organisation’s diverse project portfolio. He brings project management experience from a wide range of fields including environmental engineering, climate campaigning and digital communications. Kiran started his career in an environmental consultancy in his homeland of New Zealand, stemming from a keen interest in sustainability and problem-solving. This, along with his digital skills and enthusiasm for new challenges, led him to work in project teams in several organisations, most recently Tearfund, before joining Climate Outreach.
Kiran was born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand, with extended family roots coming from Nepal and England. He and his wife Rebekah moved to the UK in 2019, and now call West London their home. Kiran holds a BE (Hons) in Environmental Engineering from the University of Auckland. Outside of work, you’ll probably find him reading, playing guitar, searching for good coffee, or hosting games nights.
Abishek joined Climate Outreach in August 2020 and is a part of the organisation’s project management team. He has 9 years of experience working in the Indian development sector, operating across domains such as capacity building, organisation development & social sector consulting, helping NGOs ramp up their reach & operations.
Having experienced the impacts of climate change in his home country (India) first-hand, Abishek is keen to be a part of the solution to the global climate crisis by sensitising people to the gravity of the challenge. He holds an MSc in Climate Change, Development, and Policy (UK), and an undergraduate degree in Management Studies (India).
Abishek grew up in a multicultural home and can speak three Indian regional languages. Outside of work, Abishek is most often found trying to balance his love for food with his love for training and playing sports.
Kate manages a portfolio of projects across Climate Outreach’s programmes. She has a mixed science, arts, and management background, all with a focus on action for social equity. She originally trained as an actor, with a view to doing political theatre, then studied Environmental Sciences and International Development at UEA followed by an MSc in Water Management at Cranfield. Her work has spanned various sectors – a key worker with homeless people; water quality monitoring for the UK Environment Agency; several years of humanitarian response (in DRC, Liberia, and Nepal, as a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programme Manager and later running grant management departments for Oxfam and Tearfund), and project support for human rights media with Internews. She joined Climate Outreach after becoming convinced that climate change is the biggest humanitarian issue of our day. She has an inclusive faith that some might call Franciscan, and champions diversity and inclusion issues. She speaks French and Spanish and is currently based in Brittany, France, where she surfs, clowns, and dances.
Marné manages an array of projects across Climate Outreach’s programmes as Project Manager and will also support the development of new systems as Climate Outreach expands.
She brings a wealth of experience from different sectors, having worked in the energy, fintech, and not-for-profit sectors. Marné grew up in South Africa, where she witnessed how native vegetation died as a result of climate change. Marné holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and an Honours degree in International Relations from the University of Pretoria (South Africa). She hit British shores over a decade ago to study for a Master’s degree in International Relations at Cambridge University. She is a qualified project manager and active member of the Association for Project Management. A bit of a spreadsheet geek, she looks forward to developing innovative ways to tell compelling stories with data.
She is a keen writer and is working on a novel set in Greece many moons ago. When not writing and working, she is left breathless after yet another countryside hike.
Siri is part of the Project Management team at Climate Outreach, helping keep the organisation’s diverse project portfolio on track. Her background is in cooperative community organisations, and she is passionate about effective and inclusive stakeholder communication and decision-making – and particularly, good meetings. Siri moved from Finland to the UK in 2011 to study; she has a Masters’ Degree in Global Environment, Politics and Society from the University of Edinburgh.
Siri is a Trustee of Wellbeing Economy Alliance Scotland. In her free time, Siri enjoys the Scottish outdoors near her home in Edinburgh; she is also an active part of the local art community and in non-pandemic times you can find her juggling with fire, drumming or doing acrobatics around the city. Siri originally joined Climate Outreach as an Executive Assistant in September 2020.
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.
Chair of Trustees
Camilla Born is a political strategist, policy advisor and activist specialising in climate diplomacy, security and risk. She is committed to finding solutions for wicked problems. Her work addresses climate change as a systemic risk to our cultures, societies, economies and political systems. She is currently on secondment to the UK Cabinet Office as Deputy Director of Strategy in the COP 26 team. Prior to this appointment she supported the UK’s leadership role on adaptation and resilience at the UK’s Department for International Development and was a Senior Policy Advisor at E3G. She is also a Senior Fellow with the Stockholm International Peace and Research Institute (SIPRI) and the very proud Chair of Climate Outreach.
Phil is the Executive Director of Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, a digital action platform that empowers human rights advocates in civil society, business, government; tracks the human rights performance of over 9,000 companies around the world; and seeks corporate accountability for around 550 allegations of abuse each year. The Resource Centre also presses for policy and practice that drive fast and fair transitions to zero carbon economies; uphold labour rights; and protect civic freedoms .
Phil was previously the Director of Campaigns and Policy at Oxfam, where he led global campaigns on climate justice, trade and investment for development, access to medicines, and major humanitarian crises. Phil worked for 11 years in Central America and Colombia working on human rights, especially indigenous rights, and broader economic justice.
Becky Buell is a senior practitioner and Board member of the Presencing Institute and a Research Fellow at the MIT Community Innovators Lab. An experienced senior executive, with over 25 years’ work in the not-for-profit sector and 8 years leading a successful company. She has extensive international experience in strategy, organisational development and business planning, and is an experienced convenor of multi-sector dialogues. She worked with Oxfam for over 15 years in Latin America and later in the Campaigns and Policy Department in Oxford. She was a co-founder and partner at Meteos, a research and consultancy organisation specialising in multi-sector dialogues. She currently works independently as an executive coach and consultant. In addition to being a Board member of Climate Outreach, she is a Board member of the Presencing Institute. She is a US-UK bi-national, living in Oxford, UK.
Ludovic ride road bikes, routinely taste great wines, work (a bit) on food-waste reduction, forests (carbon captures) and diversity/inclusion initiatives. In his spare time, he is a Faculty member of the Said Business School at the University of Oxford, and head the Finance Accounting and Management Economics group. He is also a Fellow at The Queen’s College.
Over the last twenty years, Ludovic has been actively researching the private equity industry. He has published about ten articles in leading academic journals on the subject which have been downloaded nearly 100,000 times and cited more than 3000 times. His work has been featured in the media internationally (including The Economist, Financial Times, The New York Times). He has been fortunate to work directly with a number of large institutional investors regarding their private equity investment decisions as well as benchmarking systems. He has been teaching private equity for ten years to MBA/EMBA students, and developed a variety of executive education courses, including customized programs for leading consulting companies and asset managers.
Thomas is an innovative and entrepreneurial leader with extensive experience and specialist knowledge of ‘not for profit’ management and organisational strategy. With twenty years of experience in executive roles in the 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 that stand out and make a difference. As a Private Equity Consultant and impact investor, he is currently working on the energy transition, clean tech and water management, focussing on business solutions that integrate innovation with environmental sustainability and social impact.
Faiza Farooq is the treasurer trustee of Climate Outreach UK and is involved in the development of the financial risk management initiative within the organization. She is a career financial regulator, and risk consultant with a focus on capital risk management within the banking and investment firms markets. Her work has encompassed working with top banking sector organisations on regulatory issues ranging from consumer deposit protection to the impact of climate risk on banking business models.
Faiza is committed to working with financial and financial logistics organisations to address the impact of climate change risk on financial consumers. As part of her work, she works with financial institutions to understand the financial impact of climate change risk and understand long term strategic options to achieve net zero before 2050. Faiza has extensive experience as a Board effectiveness reviewer and is a seasoned risk manager. She has a passion for climate justice and management of the financial impact of climate change risk.
Faiza is a Pakistani/UK bi-national currently residing in London. She also works with diversity networks and engages senior stakeholders to ensure equitable outcomes and well-being initiatives for those in employment within the consulting sector. In her spare time, Faiza is a nail art and watercolour painting enthusiast, in addition to having trained as a hip-hop and belly dancer.
Research Advisory Board
Dr Zoe Leviston
Australian National University
Zoe Leviston is a Research Fellow at the Australian National University. Her work applies social psychological theory to investigate how individuals, groups, and culture shape people’s responses to climate change and other environmental issues. She is especially interested in how group processes and social norms influence people’s attitudes and behaviours, and the role of collective action in ‘mainstreaming’ meaningful climate action.
Before commencing with the Australian National University in 2020, Zoe was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Edith Cowan University, and a research scientist at the CSIRO – Australia’s peak science body. She has worked alongside a variety of community representatives, Catchment Management Authorities, farmers, agricultural scientists, economists, atmospheric scientists, and a range of stakeholders from state and federal government departments.
Prof Edward Maibach
George Mason University
Edward Maibach, MPH, PhD is a Distinguished University Professor and Director of George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication (Mason 4C). At Mason 4C, Ed co-directs the Climate Change in the American Mind polling project (with Yale’s Anthony Leiserowitz), is the principal investigator of Climate Matters (a climate reporting resources program that supports TV weathercasters as local climate educators, produced in partnership with Climate Central) and provides strategic direction to the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health (an education and advocacy initiative that currently involves 29 national medical societies in the U.S.).
Prof Ezra Markowitz
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Ezra Markowitz, Ph.D.is Associate Professor of Environmental Decision-Making in the Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His research and teaching focus on the intersection of decision-making, persuasive communication, public engagement with science, and environmental sustainability. He is particularly interested and expert in the practical application of behavioral science to improve individuals’ and communities’ environmental decision-making; he also has deep expertise in the field of climate change communication and public engagement.
He is the author of over four dozen peer-reviewed research papers, book chapters, and reports, including the 2015 Connecting on Climate guide to climate change communication. At UMass Amherst, Markowitz teaches courses on Environmental Decision-Making, Conservation Social Science, and Public Engagement and Communication for Scientists. He holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences, Studies & Policy and an M.S. in Psychology from the University of Oregon, as well as a B.A. in Psychology from Vassar College. Markowitz is also a Fellow with the FrameWorks Institute.
Prof Saffron O’Neill
University of Exeter
Saffron O’Neill is an Associate Professor in Geography at the University of Exeter, UK. Her interdisciplinary research explores the social science dimensions of climate variability and climate change, particularly in terms of climate change communication and public engagement. Her work examines the diverse places in which people experience climate change in their everyday lives: from personal attachments to valued places, to interactions on social media.
Her particular area of expertise is in the visual communication of climate change. Her research has explored climate imagery in different media, across nations, and over time; and what this means for how people engage with climate change. She supervises a fantastic group of PhD students who are all undertaking research in communication-related topics: from how climate change is communicated online, youth attitudes to climate change, communicating adaptation, to communicating about seasonal climate forecasts.
Dr James Painter
University of Oxford
James Painter is a research associate at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, Department of Politics and International Relations at Oxford University, a senior teaching associate at the Environmental Change Institute, School of Geography, also at Oxford, and an external collaborator at the LEAP project at the Oxford Martin School. He has published widely on climate change in the media in several countries. His current research interests include media portrayals of extreme weather events, animal agriculture and climate change, climate scepticism, and more widely on the challenges of climate journalism and the emergence of climate niche sites.
Prof Linda Steg
University of Groningen
Linda Steg is professor of environmental psychology at the University of Groningen. She studies factors influencing sustainable behaviour, the effects and acceptability of strategies aimed at promoting sustainable behaviour, and public perceptions of technology and system changes. She is member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), and lead author of the IPCC special report on 1.5°C and AR6. She participates in various interdisciplinary and international research programmes, and collaborates with practitioners working in industry, governments and NGOs.
Prof Lorraine Whitmarsh
University of Bath
Professor Lorraine Whitmarsh, MBE, is an environmental psychologist, specialising in perceptions and behaviour in relation to climate change, energy and transport, based in the Department of Psychology, University of Bath. She is Director of the ESRC-funded UK Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST). She regularly advises governmental and other organisations on low-carbon behaviour change and climate change communication, and is Lead Author for IPCC’s Working Group II Sixth Assessment Report. Her research projects have included studies of energy efficiency behaviours, waste reduction and carrier bag reuse, perceptions of smart technologies and electric vehicles, low-carbon lifestyles, and responses to climate change.
Dr Adam Corner
Adam Corner is a writer and independent researcher who specialises in climate change communication and climate/culture collaborations. Adam worked with Climate Outreach between 2010-2021, helping to build the research team, developing Climate Visuals and Britain Talks Climate, and establishing the centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST). Adam has published widely on public engagement with climate change, from academic journals and reports for NGOs to media commentary (including for the Guardian and New Scientist). Currently Adam’s work is split between strategic climate communication projects (like the Local Storytelling Exchange), writing and contributing to reports, and developing the climate communication evidence base into music and cultural spaces.
Diversity and Inclusion Specialist for Climate Visuals Countdown
Hoda Baraka is a communications specialist, strategist, organisational consultant, coach, writer and photographer. She specializes in crafting holistic, creative communications strategies, which are culturally and linguistically conscientious, and centered on empowering marginalized voices. She also specializes in developing long-term strategies centered on equity and justice, building empowered teams, and providing leadership coaching.
Amber has honed her communications skills over 15 years working with government, non-profits and business. She loves complex projects and brings a multidisciplinary approach to her work. Based in Alberta, Canada, Amber is a research enthusiast and works with a number of clients to build integrated environmental education and communications programming related to climate change and watersheds. She speaks regularly on emotionally intelligent approaches to engagement and is a mother to two young and very busy boys. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Masters of Arts in Environmental Education and Communications.
Elise de Laigue
Elise has been Climate Outreach’s designer since 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. Find out more about Explore Communications.
Patrick di Nola
Climate Visuals Associate
Patrick has had a working relationship with Climate Outreach since September 2018, and recently in 2020 has become an Associate of the Climate Visuals programme, helping to conceive, manage and deliver projects with partners around climate change photography.
With an international background and four languages, paired with 15 years at Getty Images and a subsidiary agency, Patrick has been working to deliver the work of award-winning photographers from around the world to clients in the US, Europe and Asia spanning media, NGOs, brands, and creative agencies. In recent years his focus has been delivering content-focused partnerships between the private sector and non-profits. He works independently, with a key focus on Climate Outreach, alongside other projects relating to climate change, the environment, and visual communication.
He is passionate about photography and documentary film alike, and is a firm believer that collaboration between organizations with goals in common, unique audiences of their own, and complementary areas of expertise can help achieve real impact and change. Patrick has a degree in Digital & Photographic Imaging, and is based in London. He loves travel, cooking, comedy and podcasts.
Dr Niall McLoughlin
Niall joined the Climate Outreach team for an academic placement during his PhD at the University of Bath/Exeter and is now a Research Associate. His thesis highlights the consistent influence of efficacy beliefs for public engagement with climate change adaptation.
During his placement in the research team, Niall led on report writing for the Climate Communication in Practice and Mainstreaming Low Carbon Lifestyles projects. He led on national survey research about communicating climate health impacts, which underpinned a new health image gallery for Climate Visuals. Alongside this, he co-facilitated training workshops about communicating impacts and adaptation with the WI.
Niall is currently working on a project about communicating heat risks with the Place Based Climate Action Network (PCAN)/LSE Grantham Institute. Separate from his climate change communication activities, Niall works as a social researcher for Defra.
In his spare time, Niall enjoys cycling and making music.
Dr Lydia Messling
Lydia distinctly remembers the frustration she felt as a 12 year old in trying to explain to her mum what the greenhouse effect was. With plans to become a volcanologist, Lydia trained as environmental scientist before switching disciplines as she became increasingly interested in climate communication and community engagement, and training scientists in their public engagement. As an associate, Lydia is experienced in designing and facilitating both qualitative and quantitative research and analysis, creating training workshops, and developing community conversations and narratives.
She holds a PhD in Politics and was a Leverhulme Climate Justice Scholar at the University of Reading. Her thesis is titled “How can climate scientists engage in policy advocacy and preserve their scientific credibility and independence?” She also has an MRes in Politics and International Relations from the University of Reading, and a BSc in Environmental Science from the University of East Anglia. Lydia is currently a communications consultant at Acclimatise. In her spare time, she enjoys playing a variety of musical instruments (drums are next on her list), road cycling, and creating artwork.