Dr Adam Corner – Research Director
Dr Adam Corner is COIN’s Research Director, and an Honorary Research Fellow at the School of Psychology, Cardiff University. Adam manages COIN’s research portfolio, oversees the ‘Talking Climate’ project website, and directs COIN’s collaborations with academic partners. He writes regularly for the national media, including The Guardian and New Scientist magazine.
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.
Dr Christopher Shaw – Researcher
Dr Christopher Shaw has ten years experience of researching climate policy and climate communications. In that time he has successfully delivered research projects for the Environmental Change Institute, The University of Nottingham, Sussex University and the Institute of Development Studies. He is an Associate of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and a Visiting Fellow at the Sussex Energy Group. His new book, ‘The Two Degrees Dangerous Limit for Climate Change: Public Understanding and Decision Making’ (Routledge) will be published in November 2015.
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. George has written two books: Carbon Detox (Hamlyn Gaia) in 2010 addressed personal behaviour, and in 2014 Don’t Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired To Ignore Climate Change (Bloomsbury US) written for a general public audience on the psychology of climate change.
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.
Léane de Laigue – Head of Communications and Training
Léane brings over 10 years of international experience in environmental education, communication and marketing. Prior to joining COIN, she worked in Vancouver for Canada’s leading environmental non-profit, the David Suzuki Foundation. She also taught a project-based Environmental Studies class at a secondary school. Before that she worked in London as a Marketing Manager for Johnson & Johnson. She holds a Master’s in Environment & Management and a B Ed (Canada), an MBA in Marketing (US), and a B Humanities (France). She is a native speaker of English and French.
Olga Roberts – Researcher
Olga works on COIN’s Talking Climate project. She specialises in sceptical discourses on climate change and the engagement of hard-to-reach audiences. Originally a social anthropologist, Olga worked for many years as a Foreign & Commonwealth Office political adviser on post-conflict reconstruction and Euro-Atlantic integration in the former-Yugoslavia. 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.
Tany has over 30 years’ experience as a writer, trainer and public engagement specialist on a large range of issues from health, mental health and child protection to world development and womens’ rights. Her passion, fuelled by her early life in Jamaica and South Africa, is in creating community and in facilitating people’s participation in the issues that affect their lives. In recent years, she has specialised in organisational development and major gift fundraising, working first for the University of Oxford, and then with the City Parks in Oxford. She took her BA in Social Anthropology and History at the University of Cape Town. Outside of work, she spends large amounts of time digging, and every now and again she is rewarded with an organic vegetable.
Clara dos Santos – Volunteer
Every one of COIN’s volunteers brings something unique to the role, and with Clara, it’s her three years experience working at the Antarctic Bentos Laboratory of Sao Paulo University from her home base in Brazil. She came to the UK to undertake an MA in Economics for Transition from Schumacher College, Plymouth University, and is currently a researcher for the Institute for Solidarity Economics, based in Oxford. She also works part-time as a fundraiser for Oxfam. Having been inspired by COIN’s Naomi Klein event in autumn 2014, Clara now volunteers with us using her formidable passion for climate change action and her people skills to assist in event management and fundraising. Her first degree is BSc in Oceanography from the University of Sao Paulo.
Gavin is a third year Environmental Sciences student at the University of East Anglia. His academic work currently focuses on environmental politics and societal interaction with climate change. He plans to use his experience at COIN to begin a master’s degree in the environment and globalisation. He is passionate about working towards a society that is sustainable and fair. Gavin has previously volunteered as a student fundraiser for Childreach International, a charity focusing on education as a means of alleviating global poverty. He is currently supporting communications in his 12 month internship at COIN.
Lydia Messling – Research Intern
Lydia is supporting the Research Team here at COIN over the summer. After graduating in Environmental Science from the University of East Anglia in 2013, she worked for a social enterprise that encouraged people to share their car journeys and reduce their impact on the environment. She’s passionate about finding new ways to communicate climate change and the effects on people’s lives, including through art work and music.
Paul May – Volunteer, Digital Communications
Paul works in digital communications and content editing, and is working on the digital design and branding of our work, as well as assisting with internal communications. Paul graduated in European History from University College London in 2013, and has worked as a politics & international relations teacher, in academic communications, and as a freelance web developer, in addition to working in digital communications in the third sector. He is passionate about changing the political dialogue of climate change and social action.
Robin Webster – Researcher (temporary)
Robin Webster is a researcher and writer on environmental issues, with a particular interest in the psychology of our responses to climate change. She was Friends of the Earth’s senior campaigner on climate and energy for two and a half years. In 2010 Robin helped start up the fact-checking climate blog Carbon Brief, where she subsequently worked as a writer, fact-checker and policy analyst until 2014. She has written extensively on UK energy policy and food sustainability issues. Robin has a masters from University College London in conservation and a degree in biology.
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 support Carbon Conversations at COIN, and now continues as a part time volunteer as well as working as an energy assessor of existing and new dwellings.
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.
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.