Roles

There are many individuals and organisations involved in delivering, overseeing, advising and funding Climate Assembly UK. This page explains who they are and their roles.


Core team

Expert Leads

The Expert Leads ensure that Climate Assembly UK is:

  • Balanced, accurate and comprehensive in terms of its content on climate change;
  • Focussed on the key decisions facing the UK about how to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

They work closely with Involve (see below) on the design of the assembly and play a key role at the assembly weekends. They are specialists in researching different approaches to tackling climate change. The Expert Leads are:

  • Chris Stark, Chief Executive of the Committee of Climate Change;
  • Jim Watson, Professor of Energy Policy, University College London and Director of the UK Energy Research Centre;
  • Lorraine Whitmarsh, Professor of Environmental Psychology, University of Cardiff, and Director of the UK Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations;
  • Rebecca Willis, Professor in Practice, University of Lancaster.

Involve

The Involve Foundation (‘Involve’) is responsible for ensuring that Climate Assembly UK is a high quality citizens’ assembly. Involve is the UK’s leading public participation charity, with a mission to see people at the heart of decision-making. Involve works closely with the Expert Leads on the assembly’s design, focussing on areas such as the assembly’s structure, timings and accessibility.

Involve is also responsible for recruiting and leading the facilitation team for the assembly, and for managing the project overall. It is the main point of contact for assembly members. www.involve.org.uk

Sortition Foundation

The Sortition Foundation is responsible for recruiting a representative group of people to take part in Climate Assembly UK. It is a not-for-profit company that promotes the use of randomly selected groups of people in decision-making. www.sortitionfoundation.org

mySociety

mySociety is creating Climate Assembly UK’s branding and website. It is a not-for-profit social enterprise that provides technology, research and data that help people to be active citizens. www.mysociety.org

Parliament

Climate Assembly UK was called by six select committees of the House of Commons. Staff from the House of Commons and the Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology, who specialise in producing balanced information, oversee, and sign off, all work on the assembly on behalf of these committees.


External input

Citizens assemblies rely on a broad range of views to ensure that the process is balanced, accurate and comprehensive. The Expert Leads and Involve are supported on the design and content of Climate Assembly UK by two panels.

Advisory Panel

The Advisory Panel provides feedback on key aspects of the assembly’s design, including:

  • Who is invited to give evidence and what they are asked to cover;
  • The questions on which assembly members are asked to give their views;
  • The written briefings created for assembly members.

The panel supports the Expert Leads in ensuring that Climate Assembly UK is balanced, accurate and comprehensive in terms of its content on climate change. We are currently finalising the Advisory Panel and will publish a full list of members here shortly.

Academic Panel

The Academic Panel reviews the written briefings created for assembly members to support the Expert Leads in ensuring they are balanced, accurate and comprehensive. Its members may also be asked for additional advice by the Expert Leads. Academic Panel members are researchers specialising in various approaches to tackling climate change. We are currently finalising the Academic Panel and will publish a full list of members here shortly.

Funders

Climate Assembly UK is funded by the House of Commons, with additional funding from two philanthropic organisations: the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the European Climate Foundation. The two organisations providing additional funding do not have a say over how the assembly is run or what it covers.

Communications

The Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit is supporting the communication outreach around Climate Assembly UK weekends and results