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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.

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Maria Adebowale-Schwarte

Maria is a place-making, urban and city renewal strategist, focusing on place based prosperity, green spaces, cross-sector collaboration, and community participation. She is the Founding Director of Living Space Project, an urban place-making thinktank and consultancy that works with charitable foundations, government, the social, community, public and private sector. She is a trustee of the Trust for Conservation Volunteers, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of the International Place Making Council and an associate member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. She is also the Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund, South East Committee. In addition, 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 the Environmental Law Foundation and, Commissioner of the UK Sustainable Development Commission, and English Heritage. Maria's background is in sustainable development, environment law, planning, inclusion and heritage. She holds a Master's in Public International Law from the University of London.

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Sir Crispin Agnew of Lochnaw Bt QC

Sir Crispin’s early career was in the Royal Highland Fusiliers, involved with mountaineering and scientific expeditions to remote parts of the world. He qualified as an advocate in Scotland in 1982 taking silk in 1995. He has a specialist practice in all aspects of rural law, including environmental law and is the author of a number of legal text books.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Bishop James Jones

The Right Reverend James Jones 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.

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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.

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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 acepted 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.

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The Hon Mrs Justice Patterson DBE

Frances Patterson started practice at the Bar in Manchester. During her practice she specialised in planning, environmental and public law. She was involved in all of the leading planning cases in the north. She took silk in 1998. She was appointed as a Recorder of the Crown Court in 2000. She became Head of Kings Chambers in Manchester and Leeds in 2004. She was made a Bencher of Middle Temple in 2005. She was appointed as a Deputy High Court Judge in 2008. In 2010 she was appointed as Public Law Commissioner at the Law Commission. In 2013 she was appointed as a Justice of the High Court where she is assigned to the Queen’s Bench Division.

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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 Young was Chief Executive of the Environment Agency from 2000 to 2008 and Chair of the Care Quality Commission until February 2010. Before that she was Chairman of English Nature and Vice Chairman of the BBC. From 1990 to 1998, she held the post of Chief Executive of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). Barbara Young is a Life Peer in the House of Lords (cross-benches), a Trustee of the Institute for Public Policy Research and a Patron of the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management. She has been President, British Trust for Ornithology since 2005; is a Vice President of the RSPB, Birdlife International, Plantlife and Flora and Fauna International and President of Wildlife Trust (Cams, Beds, Northants, Peterborough).

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