Andrew is the Conservative MP for Arundel and South Downs. Before politics he worked at Sky plc for 20 years and rose to become Group Chief Operating Officer. In 2019 he was appointed as the Prime Minister’s Chief Business Adviser. He served on Sky’s Board of Directors from 2008-19, at the time being the youngest person to hold such a role in a FTSE100 company. Throughout his tenure at Sky, the company was a leader in taking action on climate and the environment, becoming one of the first companies to attain Carbon Neutral status back in 2006. Between 2014-2019, Andrew served as Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of Just Eat plc. After acting as interim Chairman between April 2018 and April 2019 he was named The Sunday Times Non-Executive Director of the Year for his leadership. Andrew studied Law at Nottingham University and is a qualified chartered accountant.
Ruth is the current Member of Parliament for Rushcliffe in Nottinghamshire. Protecting the environment was the first issue she campaigned on as a child and she has carried this on into her adult life. Since being elected in 2019, Ruth has campaigned on several environmental issues with much success, such as bringing the phase-out date of petrol and diesel vehicles forward to 2030, supporting measures tackling deforestation to be included in the Environment Bill, campaigning for a more comprehensive recycling service to include food and glass collection in door to door recycling, and pushing for pension funds to be required to publicly disclose the climate change risk to people’s pensions. Ruth has also signed the pledge to ask for Parliament’s pension fund to be divested from fossil fuel investments. In her constituency, Ruth is fighting to bring green skilled jobs to her community by advocating the development of a green tech park on the site of the coal-fired Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station when it is decommissioned in the mid-2020s.
Member of Parliament for Carshalton and Wallington
As the Conservative Member of Parliament for Carshalton and Wallington, Elliot has been a strong voice in Parliament for protecting the local environment, climate action, and sustainable waste management. Having previously worked for the NHS, he is also passionate about delivering the very best health and care outcomes for Carshalton and Wallington residents.
Member of Parliament for East Worthing and Shoreham
Tim Loughton has been the Member of Parliament for the East Worthing and Shoreham constituency in West Sussex since 1997. He was previously Shadow Minister for the Environment and Shadow Minister and then Minister for Children. He chairs the APPG for Children (amongst others), sits on the Home Affairs Select Committee and is currently a member of the Conservative Environment Network. He established the successful E.Y.E. (Eco, Young and Engaged) Project in 2008 and has been a leading voice for environmental policies from the backbenches in Parliament.
Lord Ian Duncan was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy from July 2019 to February 2020. In 2014 Ian was elected to the European Parliament. There, he served on the Environment & Public Health (ENVI) Committee, the Industry, Research & Energy (ITRE) Committee, and the Fisheries (PECH) Committee, and as a member of the Special Committees investigating the ‘Diesel-gate’ scandal and the implications of the ‘Panama Papers’ leak. Within the Conservative Group Ian was spokesman on Energy & Climate Change, and Fisheries. He was also the Chief Whip of the Conservatives in the European Parliament. He was a Parliamentary delegate to the UN Climate Change Conferences (COP) in Lima (2014), Paris (2015) and Marrakech (2016). He was the Parliament’s rapporteur (lead negotiator) on reform of the EU’s carbon market legislation (the ‘Emission Trading Scheme’), the cornerstone of the EU’s climate change ambitions. The legislation completed its parliamentary journey in February 2017. He co-authored a further eight pieces of energy and climate-specific legislation. During his time in the European Parliament, he was ranked the 10th most influential MEP on environmental policy and the 6th most influential on energy policy (VoteWatch Europe).
Lord Barker of Battle is one of the most experienced Parliamentarians in climate policy, having served as Minister for Climate Change and as Shadow Environment Secretary when he was the Conservative Member of Parliament for Bexhill and Battle.