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Rt. Hon Lord Carnwath of Notting Hill C.V.O. - President

Lord Carnwath has been a Justice of the UK Supreme Court since April 2012. He was a Lord Justice of Appeal since 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 UNECE taskforce on the Aarhus Convention.


Maria Adebowale-Schwarte

Maria is a placemaking and city strategist, focusing on local economies, culture, heritage, green spaces, funding, cross-sector collaboration and community participation. She is a member of the International Place Making Council and an affiliate member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. She is on the Board of the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Environment Agency.

Also, she is a recipient of the first Clore Social Leadership Environment Fellowship, and an ambassador of the Women’s Environment Network. Her former roles include: Director of Living Space Project, Director of the Environmental Law Foundation and, a Commissioner of the former UK Sustainable Development Commission, and English Heritage.

Maria's background is in sustainable development, environment and planning law. She holds a Master's in Public International Law from the SOAS, University of London.


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 asthe 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 Paul Leinster CBE

Paul has been Professor of Environmental Assessment at Cranfield since October 2015. His research and strategic consultancy interests include the monitoring, assessment and control of emissions and discharges that affect air, water and land quality and impact on people and the environment. Paul is a member of the government’s Natural Capital Committee, the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology’s Advisory Committee and the Scottish Government’s Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services Strategic Advisory Board. He is also a non-executive director of Flood Re. Paul was Chief Executive of the Environment Agency (EA) from June 2008 to September 2015. Prior to joining the EA in 1998, Paul worked in the private sector for over 20 years.


Rt Hon Lord Justice Lindblom

Sir Keith Lindblom became a High Court judge, assigned to the Queen’s Bench Division, 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. He was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal in November 2015, and was sworn of the Privy Council in February 2016.

He was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1980, and the Bar of Northern Ireland in 2002. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1996, a Recorder in 2001, and a deputy High Court judge in 2009. He has been a Bencher of Gray’s Inn since 2003.

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, and is also an Honorary Member of the Parliamentary Bar Mess. As a High Court judge, he sat mostly in the Administrative Court and latterly the Planning Court, dealing with proceedings in a wide range of public law work, including claims for judicial review and statutory challenges relating to planning decisions made by local planning authorities and the Secretary of State. In the Court of Appeal he is the Supervising Lord Justice for Planning, in succession to Lord Justice Sullivan.


Professor Richard Macrory QC

Richard Macrory is a barrister at Brick Court Chambers London and emeritus professor of environmental law at University College, London where he set up and was first director of the Centre for Law and the Environment. Professor Macrory served as a board member of the Environment Agency England and Wales between 1999 and 2004, and was a long-standing member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution.

He was the founding editor of the Journal of Environmental Law , and was chairman of Merchant Ivory Film Productions between 1988 and 2004.

In 2006 Professor Macrory led the Cabinet Office Review on Regulatory Sanctions and his recommendations were reflected in Part 3 Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Act 2008 which established the framework for civil sanctions in the regulatory field.

Richard Macrory was the first chair of UK Environmental Law Association, and in 2016 -2018 was co-chair of UKELA’s Brexit Task Force. He was consulting editor to the new Halsburys Laws on Environmental Law published in 2019.

Colin Reid

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.

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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.

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