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Rt Hon Lord Justice Lindblom - President
Sir Keith Lindblom was appointed Lord Justice of Appeal in November 2015. He became a High Court judge in October 2010. In January 2013 he was appointed President of the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber), and in April 2014 the first Planning Liaison Judge – the lead judge of the then newly formed Planning Court. In April 2018 he was appointed Vice-President of the Unified Tribunals and President of the Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber). He became a Patron of UKELA in July 2017, and in the same month he was made an Honorary Fellow of St John’s College, Oxford. At the Bar he practised mainly in the law relating to planning, the environment, local government, and compulsory purchase and compensation. He was a founding member, and is now an Honorary Member, of the Planning and Environmental Bar Association. As a High Court judge, he sat mostly in the Administrative Court and latterly the Planning Court. In the Court of Appeal he is the Supervising Lord Justice for Planning and Environmental law and became Senior President of Tribunals in September 2020.

Maria Adebowale-Schwarte

Maria joined the Foundation for Future London as CEO in 2019. Maria is a placemaking and grants strategist with over 25 years cross-sector experience in heritage, human rights improving urban places and green spaces. She is passionate about genuine community-inclusive and cross-sector development and co-designed public/private space consultation.  She started her career in human rights, social and environmental justice, working in non-governmental organisations. She joined the Foundation from Living Space Project, the urban placemaking think tank consultancy that she founded. Maria also sits on several governance boards of organisations and advisory groups, which hold a strong place-led, sustainable development, culture, and heritage focus including Heritage National Lottery Fund, Environment Agency and Mayor of London’s, Sustainable Development Commission. She has a degree in Organisation Studies and Business Law, a Masters in Public International Law, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Architecture, Sustainability and Design, and received the Place and Environment Clore Social Fellowship. Her book The Place Making Future explores  the role of philanthropy and place in unlocking siloed approaches to environmental funding. 

Tom Burke

Tom Burke is the Chairman of E3G, Third Generation Environmentalism, and a Visiting Professor at both Imperial and University Colleges, London. He is a Senior Associate at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. He is Chairman of the China Dialogue Trust and a Trustee of Black-E Community Arts Project, Liverpool. He was Environmental Policy Advisor to Rio Tinto plc ( part time ) 1996 -2016 and served as Senior Advisor to the Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative on Climate Change from 2006-12. He was appointed by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to chair an Independent Review of Environmental Governance in Northern Ireland from 2006-7. He was a member of the Council of English Nature, the statutory advisor to the British Government on biodiversity from 1999-2005.

Professor Malcolm Grant CBE

Malcolm Grant CBE has been President and Provost of UCL since 2003, and was previously Pro-Vice Chancellor of Cambridge. Born and educated in New Zealand, he is an environmental lawyer and Bencher of Middle Temple, and has researched and published extensively in environmental planning, and local government law. He is a member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the Economic and Social Science Research Council (ESRC) and the Hong Kong University Grants Committee. He was appointed by the Prime Minister in 2008 as a UK Business Ambassador. He attended the first UKELA conference.

Sir Francis Jacobs QC

Sir Francis Jacobs KCMG QC is Professor of Law at King’s College London and President of the Centre of European Law. He was previously an Advocate General at the European Court of Justice (1988-2006). From 1974 to 1988 he was Professor of European Law in the University of London, and from 1981 to 1988 Director of the Centre of European Law at King’s College London. He was also in practice at the English Bar, and appeared frequently as the European Court of Justice. He is a Bencher of the Middle Temple. He is chairman or member of the advisory board of several institutes of European law and is a trustee of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. He became a Privy Counsellor in 2005.

Bishop James Jones KBE

The Right Reverend James Jones KBE was Bishop of Liverpool from 1998 to 2013. As well as chairing the Hillsborough Independent Panel, he chaired the Independent Panel on Forestry that successfully recommended that the Public Forest Estate should remain in trust for the nation. The Bishop has challenged the Church to be proactive in caring for the Earth and is the author of ‘Jesus and the Earth’ arguing that the Lord’s Prayer is a call for the earthing of Heaven. He was the founder of Faiths4Change, a multi-faith agency, enabling faith groups to be transformers of their local environments. He was instrumental with others in building the first City Academy with the environment as its specialism.

Professor Richard Macrory QC

Professor Richard Macrory joined the Faculty of Laws at University College London in 1999. He was a Member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution between 1992 and 2003, and a Board Member of the Environment Agency in England and Wales between 1999 and 2004. He is editor in chief of the Journal of Environmental Law (Oxford University Press) and legal correspondent to ENDS Report. He was Hon. President of the National Society for Clean Air 2005-6, and chairman of Merchant Ivory Film Productions between 1988 and 2004. In 2001-2003 he was chairman of the Steering Group of the European Environmental Advisory Councils. In 2005 Professor Macrory was appointed by the Cabinet Office to lead a review on regulatory sanctions applicable to business generally. The final report, Regulatory Justice – Making Sanctions Effective was published at the end of 2006 and all the recommendations accepted by Government. Professor Macrory is a barrister and a member of Brick Court Chambers, London. In March 2008 he was made honorary Queen's Counsel.

Professor Colin Reid

After graduating from Oxford and Cambridge, Colin Reid worked at the University of Aberdeen before moving to the University of Dundee in 1991, where he is Professor of Environmental Law. He has taught and written on various environmental law and public law themes, including a book published in 2016, The Privatisation of Biodiversity?, which explores the potential of new approaches to nature conservation law using mechanisms such as biodiversity offsetting, conservation covenants and payment for ecosystem services. Current work includes an ESRC-funded project on who is using the public’s right of access to environmental information, what information is being sought and how it is being used. He was a founding member of UKELA and the founding convener of the Environmental Law Section of the Society of Legal Scholars. He spoke at one of the first events on Brexit and the Environment, jointly organised by these two bodies in November 2015. Since then he has been active in research and in speaking and writing for academic and practitioner audiences on the consequences of Brexit for environmental law, especially the devolution dimension. This has led to participation in research projects, including the Brexit & Environment Network, and in the UKELA Brexit Task Force, as well as to giving evidence to committees of both the Westminster and Holyrood Parliaments and being a member of the group reporting on Environmental Governance in Scotland for the Scottish Government’s Roundtable on Environment and Climate Change.

Rt Hon Lord Woolf of Barnes

Lord Woolf of Barnes was called to the Bar in 1955 and became a judge in 1979, rising to become a law lord in 1992, Master of the Rolls (1996–2000) and Lord Chief Justice (2000–2005). As Lord Chief Justice he was an outspoken advocate of penal reform, the importance of rehabilitation and spare use of custody. In 1990 his “Strangeways Report” into the British Prison System for the Government is still regarded as a blue print for a secure, efficient and humane rehabilitative Prison System. The Woolf reforms, which sought to make litigation more accessible and less expensive, have had a profound impact on civil justice since they were introduced in 1999.

Baroness Young of Old Scone

Barbara, Baroness Young of Old Scone, is a Member of the House of Lords with special interests, among others, in the environment, agriculture, natural resources and climate change. She is Chancellor at Cranfield University and her voluntary positions include President of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire Wildlife Trust; Honorary President of the South Georgia Heritage Trust; Patron of Lantra and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Management; and Vice President of RSPB, Bird Life International and Flora and Fauna International. She has formerly held a variety of other environmental roles, including Chief Executive of RSPB, Chairman of English Nature and Chief Executive of the Environment Agency. Barbara joined the Woodland Trust’s Board in January 2016 and became Chair of the Trust on 9 June 2016.


Past Presidents

The Rt. Hon. Lord Carnwath of Notting Hill (2006 to 2021)
Lord Carnwath was a Justice of the UK Supreme Court from April 2012 until his recent retirement in March 2020. Prior to that he was a Lord Justice of Appeal from September 2001, having been a Judge of the High Court, Chancery Division, from 1994. He was Chairman of the Law Commission for England and Wales from February 1999 until July 2002. In July 2004 he was nominated as “Shadow” Senior President of Tribunals, to provide judicial leadership in the reform of the UK Tribunal system. In November 2007 he was appointed as the first statutory Senior President of Tribunals under the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007. Internationally, in 2004 he was a founding member, and first Secretary-General, of the European Union Forum of Judges for the Environment (EUFJE). He has been joint chairman of the judicial advisory committee for the UNEP handbook on environmental law and a member of the UNEP International Advisory Council on Environmental Justice.



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