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 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 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
Léane brings 15 years of international experience in environmental education, communication and marketing. Prior to joining Climate Outreach, she lived in Vancouver where she worked at the David Suzuki Foundation as well as taught an Environmental Studies class at a secondary school. 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. In her spare time she can be found climbing mountains, kayaking and sometimes even unicycling.
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.
Training and Consultancy Coordinator
Tara is the Training and Consultancy Coordinator for Climate Outreach, supporting the work of the Director of Projects. With a background in public engagement, she has worked with many different audiences in finding ways to better communicate science to the public. Tara previously worked as a Research Engagement Manager at Cancer Research UK. She also planned and organised public science events while she was Programme Officer at Science Oxford. Tara has an MSc in Science Communication from Imperial College London.
Lara joins Climate Outreach for a 12 month internship as part of her BA in Anthropology and International Development at the University of Sussex. Lara has experience volunteering as a Regional Organiser for People & Planet, providing training and workshops to university students on topics such as direct action and for the Fossil Free campaign, which won an award this year. Lara also led the environmentally focused co-operative at her university, encouraging the university to become more eco-friendly. In her spare time, she loves to cycle, learn gardening and take part in environmental and social justice direct action. She is excited to spend a year working at Climate Outreach gaining knowledge and experience that will help her understanding of how to best tackle climate change.
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.
Media Relations Volunteer
Karen is a media relations expert who has worked in PR for 30 years. At university in the 1980’s she specialised in Environmental Economics, when the concept of placing a value and price on economic activity was in its infancy. During her career she has worked with global brands such as Sony and Visa, as well as Wickes, when awareness of the environmental impact of forestry was emerging. Vegetable grower, cyclist and all-round ‘treehugger,’ she is a great believer in the power of communication in shaping our approach to climate change.
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.
Robert van Waarden
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.
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.
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.
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.