The Committee on Climate Change is seeking a new Chair to lead the work of its Adaptation Sub-Committee (ASC) from 1 February 2017.
The ASC delivers advice on the Government’s approach to climate change adaptation through independent scrutiny of the UK’s National Adaptation Programme; provides recommendations to the UK Government and Devolved Administrations on its assessment of risks and opportunities from climate change; and provides specific advice, analysis, information or other assistance on issues relating to adaptation.
It is jointly sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the Welsh Government, Scottish Government and Northern Ireland Executive.
The new Chair will succeed Lord Krebs who has led the six-member Adaptation Sub-Committee since May 2009. Lord Krebs served a full five-year term, which was extended for a further two years in 2014.
Responsibilities of the Chair include:
- Ensuring the Government’s programme for adaptation enables the economy, environment and society to prepare for climate change;
- Providing independent, constructive challenge and impartial, objective and pragmatic advice to UK ministers, Parliament and the respective devolved governments in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales;
- Representing the Sub-Committee’s views on the Committee on Climate Change and acting as the ASC’s figurehead and advocate.
A full job description and further information about how to apply is available on the Cabinet Office website.