PRESIDENT – Lord Hunt of Chesterton

Lord Hunt's current position is Visiting Fellow of the Malaysian Commonwealth Studies Centre in Cambridge University.  He is a Fellow of Trinity College Cambridge and an Honorary Professor in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge.  He is also a J.M. Burgers Visiting Professor at the Delft University of Technology, Visiting Professor at Arizona State University, Pierre Fermat Visiting Professor in Toulouse (2007-2008), and Academic Director of the Lighthill Risk Network.  He is Emeritus Professor of Climate Modelling in the Department of Earth Sciences, and Honorary Professor of Mathematics at University College London.  He was Director-General and Chief Executive of the Meteorological Office from 1992-1997.  He was created a Baron in the House of Lords (with the title Lord Hunt of Chesterton) in May 2000.

In 1986, Lord Hunt and his colleagues at the University of Cambridge formed a company – Cambridge Environmental Research Consultants Ltd (CERC) – which developed environmental software and, in collaboration with other organisations, a new air pollution dispersion model which is now the standard model for the UK Environment Agency.  He has been Chairman of CERC since 2001.

While at the Met Office, Lord Hunt was elected to the Executive Committee of the World Meteorological Organisation.  He was active in negotiating new international arrangements for the exchange of data to ensure that National Meteorological Services worldwide can continue to collaborate with each other at the same time as encouraging the commercial applications of meteorology worldwide.  He lectured on behalf of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) at the UN World Conference on the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction in 1994, and on urban problems at Habitat II in Istanbul in 1996.  He also worked at WMO to improve international warnings for disasters ranging from tropical cyclones to volcanoes and to emphasise urban meteorology.  He actively promoted collaboration in Europe and was elected Chairman of the Informal Conference on West European Directors for 1994-95.

In the House of Lords, Lord Hunt sits on the Labour benches and has served on select committees on ‘Animal experiments for scientific procedures’ (2003), ‘Chips for everything’ (2004), ‘International Scientific Treaties’ (2004), ‘EU and Climate Change’ (2005), and the joint pre-legislative scrutiny committee on the Marine Bill (2008).

SECRETARY – Dr Nicholas Branson

Dr Branson is Treasurer at the Malaysian Commonwealth Studies Centre.  The Centre is located in Cambridge, and focusses on support for elections and democratic development throughout the Commonwealth and in developing nations in Africa, Asia and elsewhere.

TRUSTEE – Professor Peter Nolan

Professor Nolan is Director of the University of Cambridge’s Centre of Development Studies, Chong Hua Professor in Chinese Development, and Director of the Chinese Executive Leadership Programme (CELP).  He has researched, written, and taught on a wide range of issues in economic development, globalisation, and the transition of former planned economies.

TRUSTEE – Dr Anil Seal

Dr Seal is a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.  He is the founder Director of the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust, Cambridge Overseas Trust, Cambridge European Trust, the Gates Cambridge Trust, and the Isaac Newton Trust.  He is presently Director of the Malaysian Commonwealth Studies Centre at Cambridge, joint Director of the Cambridge China Development Trust, and Director of the Cambridge Malaysian Education and Development Trust, as well as Executive Trustee of the Nehru Trust for Cambridge University.

TRUSTEE – Timothy R. Turner

Mr Turner is Senior Partner of Tethys Environmental Consulting (TEC), a team of experienced interdisciplinary environmental management professionals who support regional and international projects throughout the world.

SENIOR ADVISER – Dr Philomène Verlaan

Dr Verlaan is an oceanographer and an attorney-at-law, member of the Florida Bar.  She is a Visiting Colleague at the Department of Oceanography, University of Hawai'i.

As a scientist, Dr Verlaan’s research addresses the formation, biogeochemistry and ecology of deep-sea ferro-manganese nodules and crusts.  She has participated in 22 oceanographic research cruises and nine research submersible dives.  As a law of the sea specialist, she focuses on marine mining and marine scientific research in supporting the environmentally and commercially responsible use of marine resources under the auspices of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

Dr Verlaan has worked on the interface between marine science and marine law to assist international intergovernmental organisations (e.g., United Nations Environment Programme, Food and Agriculture Organization, International Maritime Organization, International Seabed Authority, Office of the London Convention, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission) and international non-governmental organizations (e.g., Law of the Sea Institute, Rockefeller Foundation, Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology, International Union for Conservation of Nature, Advisory Committee on Protection of the Sea), including participation in related multi-lateral treaty development and implementation.  She is the author of over 50 refereed marine publications, made over 40 invited presentations on marine topics in international fora, is a member of international learned marine professional societies (International Marine Minerals Society, Marine Technology Society, Oceanography Society, Oceans Group of the World Commission on Environmental Law; she is a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology), a guest lecturer at the Rhodes Academy for Oceans Law and Policy, and serves as editorial associate for the journal Marine Georesources and Geotechnology and the International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law.

SENIOR ADVISER – Dr Trevor Dixon

Dr Dixon has spent a lifetime engaged in marine environmental protection activities in a variety of roles, from advising on national and inter-governmental marine management policies to organising and carrying out pollution surveys under the auspices of ACOPS.  He is an adviser on marine management issues for the media including the BBC, CNN and Sunday Times.  He has been equally active in helping business to address environmental performance and sustainability issues by establishing partnerships between environmental groups and employers’ organisations or trade associations.  He has had over 100 papers published to date and his research has been recognised nationally and internationally by government departments and United Nations agencies.