Three new senior people at Green Alliance

by Search Gate staff. Published Wed 12 May 2010 23:02
Think tank makes new senior appointments

Award-winning think tank Green Alliance has announced the appointment of a new director, senior policy adviser and trustee.

Matthew Spencer will join Green Alliance later this month as director. Currently head of government affairs at the Carbon Trust, Spencer was previously founding chief executive of renewable energy agency Regen SW and campaign director of Greenpeace UK.

On his appointment, Spencer said: "I'm delighted to join Green Alliance at this time of change for British politics. The next few months and years will bring both hope and fear for everyone who cares about our environment.

“The hope is that environmental businesses will be at the heart of our economic recovery and that the broad agreement between parties on green policy can be translated into early action.

“The fear is that this is the last parliament in which we have any realistic prospect of avoiding runaway climate change, but that politicians will be too focused on the public deficit to respond with the urgency we need.

“At Green Alliance we will use our insights and influence to identify the political solutions needed, and lead coalitions from business, politics and NGOs to create support for implementation. It's going to be a rocky ride, but I'm going to enjoy the journey in the company of Green Alliance's outstanding staff team, trustees and strong network of partners."

Spencer takes over from Stephen Hale who, after four years at the helm, has moved to a senior post at Oxfam International in Geneva

Ben Caldecott has been appointed as a new trustee on Green Alliance’s board. He is currently head of UK & EU climate change and energy policy at Climate Change Capital (CCC), a leading environmental investment banking group.

Prior to joining CCC, Ben Caldecott held research directorships at Policy Exchange and The Henry Jackson Society. He is a founding member of the Conservative Environment Network.

Ben Caldecott commented: “It’s a real honour to become a trustee of Green Alliance. For more than 30 years it has played a pre-eminent role in making the case for effective environment policies in the UK and beyond.

“We enter a crucial phase, where rapid global action on climate change, resource scarcity, and biodiversity conservation all need to take place simultaneously, Green Alliance’s ability to develop innovative ideas and mobilise cross-party support will be essential. I’m really looking forward to supporting this important mission in my new role.”

Amy Persson is Green Alliance’s new senior policy adviser (political leadership). A trained lawyer, she was recently special adviser to the minister for environment and climate change in the New South Wales government in Australia.

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