Chair: Graham Devlin is a writer and director in theatre and opera, a senior arts manager and a cultural strategist. As an artist, he has directed in the UK, Europe, the United States and Australia for, amongst others, the National Theatre, Aldeburgh Festival, Scottish Opera and Glyndebourne. As a manager, he has run theatres, festivals and his own successful touring theatre company Major Road. In 1997 he was appointed Deputy Secretary General and Acting Chief Executive of the Arts Council of England. He was awarded a CBE in 2010.
Heather Ackroyd has worked internationally in both the visual and performing arts. In 1990 she formed an artistic partnership with Dan Harvey and they have exhibited widely in galleries, museums, public spaces and gound sites of architectural interest. Sculpture, photography, ecology and architecture are some of the disciplines that intersect in their artwork, revealing an intrinsic bias towards process and event and often reflecting scientific concerns. In 2007 they presented their largest installation to date on the exterior of London’s National Theatre, growing the landmark building with seedling grass (pictured right).
Professor Mark Maslin is the former Director of the UCL Environment Institute. He is a leading climatologist with particular expertise in past global and regional climatic change and has publish over 85 papers in journals such as Science, Nature, and Geology. He has been award grants of over £5 million, 20 of which have been awarded by NERC. His areas of scientific expertise include global warming, Government climate change policies, causes of past and future global climate change, ocean circulation, gas hydrates, Amazonia, East Africa, and Human evolution.
Rose Fenton is the Director of Free Word, whose mission is to promote, protect and democratise the power of the written and spoken word, nationally and internationally. She was the co-founder and co-Director (1980–2005) of the London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT), a biennial summer festival, presenting and commissioning contemporary artists from around the world. From 2003–4 the LIFT Lecture Series, Imagining a Cultural Commons, explored the role of theatre in response to changing relations between culture and commerce worldwide.
Diana Liverman is the co-Director of the Institute of the Environment at the University of Arizona and a Senior Research Fellow at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute. Her main research interests include climate impacts, vulnerability and adaptation, and climate policy and mitigation especially in the developing world. She has worked with the creative and cultural sector on a variety of projects, collaborates with the UK Tyndall Centre and chairs several advisory committees including the US National Academies panel on Informing America’s Climate Choices and the scientific advisory committee for the Global Environmental Change and Food Systems programme.
Malcolm McCulloch is a Senior Student (= Fellow) of Christ Church and Lecturer at the Department of Engineering Science, Oxford University, following upbringing and education in South Africa. His research work is currently focused on sustainable energy, with a particular interest in hydrogen fuelled vehicles and also the field of minimising domestic energy consumption.
Dick Robertson has played a central role in the design and facilitation of TP’s events. He has honed these skills over almost 20 years as a consultant, currently as a Director of Ideas Unlimited, an international consultancy which gets leaders, teams and individuals engaged in creating a great future for themselves and their organisation. Dick puts particular emphasis on engaging the heart as well as the head, something that seems to get forgotten in many walks of life.
Chris West trained as an engineer and then as a zoologist. He has undertaken research on gorillas in Rwanda, foxes in Britain and soil animals on South Georgia. He then worked on breeding endangered species at Jersey and Bristol Zoos, before moving to administration of environmental science. He is now Director of the UK Climate Impacts Programme (UKCIP), which works at the boundary between research and society on impacts of climate change and on adapting to those impacts.