Charities represented on Defra climate change panel

NCVO's Liz Atkins and BTCV's Tom Flood among appointees to cross-departmental taskforce

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has appointed 16 third sector representatives to a panel that will share ideas on how to tackle climate change.

Members of the panel include Ben Hughes, chief executive of local umbrella body Bassac, Tom Flood, chief executive of conservation charity BTCV, and Liz Atkins, director of public policy at the NCVO.

Third sector minister Kevin Brennan and wildlife minister Huw Irranca-Davies will also sit on the panel alongside other representatives from Defra, the Department of Energy and Climate Change and the Cabinet Office. It will meet six times before the end of October.

The body's aims will include developing an action plan for giving voluntary sector organisations more involvement in environmental issues.

Environment charity the Green Alliance and the NCVO will act as the secretariat for the group.

The 16 third sector members are:

Maria Adebowale, founder director, Capacity Global
Michael Allen, chairman, Wildlife Trusts   
Maria Arce, policy adviser, Practical Action, and co-chair of the development and environment group, British Overseas NGOs for Development
Liz Atkins, director of public policy, NCVO
Lola Barret, chief executive, Grenfell Housing Association
Sylvia Brown, chief executive, Action with Communities in Rural England, and member of the executive group, Community Sector Coalition
Jo Butcher, wellbeing programme manager, National Children’s Bureau
Tom Flood, chief executive, BTCV, and member of the board, Acevo   
Stephen Hale, director, Green Alliance
Ben Hughes, chief executive, Bassac, and member of the Community Sector Coalition   
Ian Jones, Volunteer Cornwall   
Nigel Lowthrop, founder, Hill Holt Wood, and board member, Social Enterprise Coalition
Fay Mansell, chair, National Federation of Women’s Institutes   
David Shreeve, environmental adviser, Church of England, and founder, Conservation Foundation   
Roger Smith, director of HR and education, British Red Cross
Clare Thomas, chief grants officer, City Bridge Trust

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