UKELA Welcomes New Patrons
Jun 28, 2016
UKELA is delighted to welcome Bishop James Jones and Professor Paul Leinster, CBE as new Patrons.
Bishop James, Bishop of Liverpool from 1998 to 2013 and Chair of the Hillsborough Independent Panel, is widely respected for his work on the environment. As well as work in many contexts challenging the Church to be proactive in caring for the earth, Bishop James chaired the Independent Panel on Forestry that successfully recommended that the Public Forest Estate should remain in trust for the nation.
Paul Leinster retired last September after 7 years as Chief Executive of the Environment Agency and has been Professor of Environmental Assessment at Cranfield since October 2015. 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.
“Our Patrons help UKELA enormously in promoting our aims and giving us the benefit of their knowledge and experience.” Commented UKELA Chair, Stephen Sykes. “We are thrilled to have our current team of Patrons bolstered by the addition of such committed and well-respected public figures with a strong interest in the environment. Their insights will be of particular value as we integrate the implications of the Brexit vote into our plans for the future.”
“Our new Patrons join us at the start of a very positive phase for UKELA’s development, having just published our strategy for the next four years.” Added Linda Farrow, UKELA Executive Director. “Professor Leinster’s ’s first role as Patron will be to take part in our Environmental Question Time Panel at our Annual Conference in Nottingham on 1 to 3 July and Bishop James will chair our annual Garner Lecture in London on 16 November.”
The UK Environmental Law Association aims to promote better law for the environment and to improve understanding and awareness of environmental law. UKELA’s members are involved in the practice, study or formulation of environmental law in the UK and the European Union. It attracts both lawyers and non-lawyers and has a broad membership from the private and public sectors.
UKELA prepares advice to government with the help of its specialist working parties, covering a range of environmental law topics.
For further information on UKELA’s work, please visit: www.ukela.org
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.
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.
Bishop James and Professor Leinster join UKELA’s very able team of existing Patrons:
Rt. Hon Lord Carnwath of Notting Hill C.V.O. – UKELA President
Sir Crispin Agnew of Lochnaw Bt QC
Professor Malcolm Grant CBE
Sir Francis Jacobs QC
Professor Richard Macrory QC
The Hon Mrs Justice Patterson DBE
Rt Hon Lord Woolf of Barnes
Baroness Young of Old Scone
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