Dr Adam Corner – Talking Climate Project Manager
Adam is a researcher and writer who specialises in the psychology of communicating climate change. In addition to his Policy Advisor role at COIN, he is a Research Associate in the Understanding Risk group at Cardiff University. He writes regularly for national media including the Guardian, New Scientist and the Ecologist.
Alex Randall – Defending Rights Project Manager
Alex works on COIN’s Defending Rights programme. He is mainly focused on communications work for the UK Climate Change and Migration Coalition – an alliance that exists to challenge the lack of long-term strategies to support and protect people at risk of displacement linked to environmental change. Before joining COIN he worked at the Centre for Alternative Technology. He has also worked for the Public Interest Research Centre on their Values and Frames project. He co-founded Cheat Neutral, a spoof offsetting company, and UN Fair Play, an organisation that works with small island states at international climate change negotiations.
Dr Angie Julian – Operations Manager
Angie started life as a researcher, where she worked with subsistence farmers in sub-Sahelian Africa to develop low input sustainable solutions to crop pests and diseases, and trained local scientists in crop pathology. Since moving to Oxford, some 15 years ago, she has worked in the commercial, higher educational and charity sectors. However, she has returned to her core passion for campaigning for environmental issues and, as well as operations manager for COIN, she also volunteers as secretary for the wildlife conservation network, Amphibian and Reptile Groups of the UK.
George Marshall – co founder
George Marshall co-founded COIN in 2004 with Richard Sexton, and he is currently Director of Projects.
George has 25 years experience working across the environmental spectrum – from community level protest groups to senior positions in Greenpeace and the Rainforest Foundation to consultancy work for governments and businesses. He is an expert advisor to the Welsh Government on public communications. George writes widely on climate change issues including articles for The New Statesman, The Guardian, New Scientist and The Ecologist and is the creator of the blogsite www.climatedenial.org which examines our psychological responses to climate change. He is also the author of Carbon Detox (www.carbondetox.org) a popular book offering “fresh ways to think about personal action to climate change” and rebuilt his own home in Oxford to reduce energy and water consumption by two thirds (www.theyellowhouse.org.uk). He also randomly presents a stand-up routine that he describes as “reasonably entertaining for a two hour climate change powerpoint presentation”.
Jamie Clarke – Executive Director
Jamie brings over 15 years of experience of leading innovation, project development and organisational management in a range of organisations from Amnesty International through to Practical Action and People & Planet. Motivated by a desire to widen involvement in climate change and development issues, underpinned by an academic background in participatory development in Latin America, he is a highly regarded facilitator as well as qualified teacher. He currently serves on the Joseph Rowntree Foundation Derwenthorpe Project Advisory Network and is a Trustee of Broken Spoke. He lives with his family in Oxford on an off-grid houseboat.
Jo Salsbury – Defending Rights Project
Jo works on COIN’s Defending Rights Programme. She has a Masters in International Human Rights Law from Essex University and spent a number of years representing asylum seekers and refugees. She has also worked for the Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association where she focused on rule of law and fair trial issues. Prior to starting with COIN she worked for Oxfam focusing on partnership development.
Léane de Laigue – Talking Climate Coordinator
Léane brings over 10 years of international experience in environmental education, communication and marketing. Prior to joining COIN, she worked in Vancouver for one of Canada’s most influential environmental non-profits, the David Suzuki Foundation, in their Communications & Public Engagement team; she also taught a collaborative, project-based Environmental Studies course at a secondary school. Before that she worked in London as a Marketing Manager for Johnson & Johnson, in their cardiovascular devices unit. She has a Master’s in Environment & Management and a Bachelor of Education (Canada), an MBA in Marketing (US), and an undergraduate degree in Humanities (France). She is a native speaker of English and French and speaks fluent Spanish.
Olga Roberts – Talking Climate Project
Olga coordinates COIN’s ‘Talking Climate’ training programme, providing policy makers, NGOs, businesses and community groups with cutting-edge communications tools for engaging a range of audiences on climate change. Originally a social anthropologist, Olga worked for many years as an FCO political adviser on post-conflict reconstruction and Euro-Atlantic integration in the Balkans. Following an MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulation at LSE, she co-ordinated government and public sector partners for Climate Week as well as consulting for a leading strategic communications company on the influence of climate change on conflict dynamics.
Pippa McClure – Volunteer
Philippa graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in Geography. Upon starting a job in the communication industry, she wondered if it would be possible to marry her new passion for communication and social media with that of her love for geography and the environment. As a social media manager volunteer at COIN, she is able to to do just this, and relishes the opportunity to be part of COIN’s work.
Rachel Bergan – Intern
Rachel is a recent graduate from Oxford Brookes University, and studied English Literature with Communications, Media and Culture. She has worked as an Events Coordinator for other businesses in Oxfordshire, but her double honours module at University ‘Ecology and Romanticism’ is what deepened her interest and general concern for the environment and climate change, which initially is why she was interested in and keen to work with COIN. Rachel will mainly be coordinating the Naomi Klein book launch of 2014.
Steve Gerrish – Volunteer
Steve previously worked for the Potato Council for 25 years where he provided an information service to staff and potato growers, moving into knowledge transfer work in the latter part of his career there. He took redundancy when the organisation relocated to Warwickshire in July 2009 and volunteered for COIN from September 2009 to July 2010, at the same time embarking on studies for MSc Architecture: Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies at the Centre for Alternative Technology. Following completion of his thesis in summer 2011, Steve stepped in for 5 months to complete the transfer of Carbon Conversations into COIN’s care, and now continues to support COIN as a volunteer.
Kate Lonsdale, Chair
Kate brings a wealth of organisational experience related to climate change to COIN having worked in the sector for the last 17 years in both developed and developing country contexts. She has a particular interest in adaptation in practice and what supports organisations adapt well. Kate has worked at all levels from the UN, where she worked for UNEP and UNDP, through to the EU where she managed multidisciplinary projects and the UK level where she has worked for DfID, ECI, Oxford University and Stockholm Environment Institute.
Kate has been an member on advisory bodies including the Joseph Rowntree Foundation Climate Change and Social Justice Programme and the UK’s Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership. Since 2008 Kate has been working with the UK Climate Impacts Programme. Prior to that, Kate has been working with the Stockholm Environment Institute. She was also the 2012 Victorian Centre for Climate Adaptation Research (VCCCAR) Visiting Fellow in Melbourne. Kate has been a trustee of COIN since 2006.
Frank Syratt, Treasurer
Frank is a chartered accountant who has worked for four different charities during a long career, including Plantlife International and the Ramblers’ Association. He has also worked for trade unions. His experience includes preparing charity accounts that comply with the various accounting regulations, personnel management and oversight of IT systems and general administration. He has served in the past as a trustee of Wildlife and Countryside Link an affiliate organisation that co-ordinates campaigning and policy.
Karen has been working on international climate policy for 10 years. She has been a Research Fellow at Oxford University’s Transport Studies Unit since 2011 and is also an independent consultant for a variety of international public, private and non-profit clients advising on and researching climate change and broader environmental issues.
Karen has managed or contributed to several international projects for organisations including The Climate Group, where she was a researcher for four years leading on work including Carbon Down profits Up, an annual index report investigating greenhouse gas reduction measures undertaken by corporate and sub-national government entities and the financial savings/benefits delivered by these actions.
She is interested and has expertise in understanding approaches to governing and communicating low carbon issues effectively and completed a D.Phil in 2012 which investigated these topics. As such, she is particularly interested in facilitating COIN’s work in this area.
Mahmud has worked for a not-for-profit organisation that provides free legal advice in London Borough of Camden. He is also a visiting lecturer at Westminster University.
He has a keen interest in environmental policy and has supported the work of COIN for the past five years. In the not too distant future some parts of the world will probably disappear as the water levels rise, which is a direct consequence of our behaviour. Mahmud’s particular interest is supporting the organisation’s work in training, education and making people aware of the impact climate change will have on migration.
Adam is co-editor of OurKingdom, the UK section of openDemocracy.net and has written political analysis for The Guardian, the New Statesman, the Scotsman, The Herald and numerous other magazines, newspapers and websites. Before this, he was activism manager at student activism network People & Planet.
He has been involved in prominent campaigns on issues ranging from global debt to tax avoidance, and climate change to local care service cuts. Once upon a time, he was student president at Edinburgh University, and he’s also a trustee of UK Feminista and People & Planet.
Ian works at Arts Council England as a Relationship Manager and leads on the organisation’s approach to environmental sustainability and helped introduce sustainability funding requirements for revenue funded clients, a world first. He has advised a variety of creative organisations on sustainability issues. He began his career in theatre in a variety of roles including directing, producing and company management from the West End to international residencies; from the RSC to panto.
Ian has specialist knowledge around governance, business models and organisational development.