Ministers appoint new members to CCC’s Adaptation Committee

Three new expert members have been appointed to the Climate Change Committee’s (CCC) Adaptation Committee by the UK Government and Governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Dr Ben Caldecott, Professor Nathalie Seddon and Dr Swenja Surminski will take up their roles on 1 May 2022 for a three-year term. They will lead the Adaptation Committee’s work on finance, the natural environment and business respectively, continuing the work of outgoing Committee Members Ece Ozdemiroglu, Rosalyn Schofield, Professor Kate Jones and the late Professor Dame Georgina Mace. There is a three-month crossover period between new and departing members to ensure continuity.

Chair of the Adaptation Committee, Baroness Brown of Cambridge, said:

“I am delighted to welcome Dr Caldecott, Prof. Seddon and Dr Surminski to the Adaptation Committee and congratulate them on their appointments. The growing recognition of the importance of adapting to climate change, and of the CCC’s work, was reflected in an impressive field of candidates for these roles. Ben, Nathalie and Swenja will help us build on the analysis underpinning the third UK Climate Change Risk Assessment, especially in the key areas of financing adaptation, the natural environment and business risk and preparedness. Their expertise will be invaluable as the UK seeks to shift the dial on improving its resilience to climate change.

“I would also like to warmly thank Ece Ozdemiroglu, Rosalyn Schofield, Prof. Kate Jones and the late Prof. Dame Georgina Mace. Their insight and dedication have been key to the Adaptation Committee’s success in offering robust, evidence-based advice to Government over many years and I’m very grateful for their contribution. I am also delighted they will be staying on until July to ensure a smooth transition.”

Read the full press release here.