SWM was a founding member of Climate UK, which ran from 2011-2018 and promoted resilience to climate change through partnership working. Climate UK was made up of Climate Change Partnerships in each region, but following the withdrawal of the Government’s Climate Ready Programme in 2017 many of these partnerships dissolved. However, the intelligence, experience and local area knowledge remains and many of the individuals who were part of Climate UK are still working on climate change adaptation and communication activity.
Role as SWM Associate
This network of individuals and organisations remains valuable to SWM, especially when we are hoping to secure more national-focused work. We struck up an excellent relationship with our regional colleagues during the Climate UK years and have since worked with them on other projects, most recently for the Committee on Climate Change where SWM has led a consortium of these colleagues to help improve the accessibility of the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment. Working with these partners means we can access not only collective knowledge, but a national database of stakeholders with whom we wish to work with to help improve the resilience of the UK to climate impacts.
The organisations and individuals who make up these partners include:
Mike Peverill, freelance consultant in climate change communications. Mike has 30 years’ experience working in the public, voluntary and social enterprise sectors where he has developed a range of generic and transferable skills in community/stakeholder engagement, consultation, facilitation, partnership working, project/people management, communications (written, spoken and visual), IT, web design/editing, research and analysis. His specialist area of knowledge is sustainable development and climate change, but his particular interest is in the social side and in how people and organisations are affected by their environment. Mike also co-founded Climate UK in 2011.
Kristen Guida, Manager, London Climate Change Partnership (LCCP). Kristen is manager of a cross-sectoral partnership led by the Greater London Authority and the Environment Agency to make London “the most climate-resilient global city.” Kristen has over fifteen years of experience of stakeholder engagement, policy development, practitioner advice and research on climate change adaptation and other sustainability issues. She also co-founded Climate UK and was the Chair for many years.
Anna Beswick, and colleagues at Sniffer, bring people and ideas together to create a sustainable and resilient society across Scotland. Sniffer’s vision is of a resilient Scotland where people are working together so that the places where we live, work and play are ready for the challenges and opportunities of a changing climate and environment. Its mission is to be change makers and knowledge brokers for a society with greater resilience to environmental change, in particular climate change. Our primary contact is Kit England, an expert in climate adaptation and who manages the Climate Ready Clyde Programme.
Jade Berman and colleagues at Climate Northern Ireland, which is an intersectoral network devoted to increasing understanding of climate change impacts and risks within Northern Ireland and promoting the adaptation actions necessary to address these. Its mission is to create a dynamic region resilient to the impacts of climate change and driven by a vibrant low–carbon economy that values the people and the environment of Northern Ireland, benefitting current and future generations. Climate NI’s mission is to increase understanding of the impacts of climate change in Northern Ireland and promote action to address climate change across all sectors of society. Our primary contact is Jane McCullough, Climate NI Manager.