Members of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution

The Commission has been Chaired by Sir John Lawton CBE FRS, previously Chief Executive of NERC, since 2005. 

Members of the Royal Commission are drawn from a variety of backgrounds in academia, industry and public life. They contribute a wide range of expertise and experience in science, medicine, engineering, law, economics and business.  Members serve part-time as individuals, not as representatives of organisations or professions. The standard term of appointment is 3 years but Members may be re-appointed. They are required to declare in a register of Members' interests any interests which may conflict with their role as Commission Members.

Members of the Commission and its Secretariat photographed in 2009 Yolanda Rizzi, Secretariat Professor Scott Professor Depledge Laura Pleasants, Secretariat Professor Warren Rachael Yokoo-Laurence, Secretariat Jon Freeman, Secretariat Professor Lee Professor Liss Noel Nelson, Secretariat Professor Lawton Professor MacKerron John Roberts, Secretariat Professor Petts Tom Eddy, former Secretary to the Commission Professor Graham-Bryce Professor Jowell Professor Cumpsty Professor Roberts Professor Rayner Professor Matthews

Members of the RCEP and its Secretariat, photographed in July 2009

Chairman of the RCEP: Professor Sir John Lawton CBE FRS

  • President, Council of the British Ecological Society, 2005-2007
  • Chief Executive, Natural Environment Research Council, 1999-2005
  • Director (and founder), Natural Environment Research Council Centre for Population Biology at Imperial College, Silwood Park, 1989-1999
  • Member, Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, 1996-1999
  • Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader, Professor of Biology, University of York, 1972-1989
  • Demonstrator in Animal Ecology, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, 1968-1971
  • Chairman, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, 1993-1998
  • Vice-President, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, 1999 -
  • Past Vice-President, British Trust for Ornithology 1999-2007
  • Trustee, WWF-UK, 2002-2008; Fellow of WWF-UK 2008-
  • Chairman, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, 2009-
  • Foreign Associate, US National Academy of Sciences 2008
  • Foreign Honorary Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences 2008

Professor Jon Ayres

  • Professor of Environmental & Respiratory Medicine, University of Birmingham, 2008-
  • Honorary Professor of Environmental Medicine, University of Warwick, 2004-
  • Honorary Professor of Environmental Medicine, University of Aberdeen, 2008-
  • Honorary Consultant Physician, UHB NHS Trust, 2008-
  • Chair, Department of Health’s Committee on Medical Effects of Air Pollutants (COMEAP), 2001- (member since 1992)
  • Chair, DEFRA’s Advisory Committee on Pesticides, 2006-
  • Past member, DEFRA’s Expert Panel on Air Quality standards (EPAQS),1996-2009
  • Chair, European Respiratory Society’s Environment and Health Committee, 2010- (member 2006-2010)
  • Chair of the UK Indoor Environments Group (UKIEG), 2008-
  • Member, UK Asthma Task Force, 1991-2002
  • Member, UK Respiratory Research Collaborative, 2006-

Professor Michael H. Depledge

  • Professor of Environment and Human Health, Peninsula Medical School, Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, 2006-
  • Former Keeley Visiting Fellow, Wadham College, University of Oxford, 2006-2007
  • Honorary Visiting Professor, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, 2006-
  • Senior Science Advisor, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, 2005-2007
  • Chief Scientific Advisor, Environment Agency of England and Wales, 2002-2006
  • Vice-Chairman, Science Advisory Committee, European Commission, DG-Research, 2006-
  • Founding Board Member, Natural England, 2006-2009
  • Council Member, Natural Environment Research Council, 2003-2006
  • Honorary Professor, School of Earth Sciences and Engineering, Imperial College, 2002-2008
  • Honorary Visiting Scientist, School of Public Health, Harvard University, USA, 2000-2003

Professor Maria Lee

  • Professor of Law at University College London, 2007-
  • Former member of the London Sustainable Development Commission, 2007-2010
  • Member of the academic panel of the barristers’ chambers Francis Taylor Buildings, 2005-

Professor Peter Liss CBE FRS

  • Professor of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, 1985-
  • Chair, Scientific Committee of the International Geosphere – Biosphere Programme (IGBP), 1993-1997
  • Chair, International Scientific Steering Committee for Surface Ocean – Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS), 2002-2007
  • Council Member, Natural Environment Research Council, 1990-1995
  • Independent Member, Inter-Agency Committee on Marine Science and Technology,  2000-2008
  • Chair, Royal Society Global Environmental Research Committee, 2007-
  • Council Member, Marine Biological Association of the UK
  • Chair, Higher Education Funding Council’s Research Assessment Exercise Panel in Earth and Environmental Sciences, 2001
  • Guest Professor, Ocean University of Qingdao, China
  • President, Challenger Society for Marine Science, 2006-2008
  • Chair, European Research Council Advanced Grants Panel in Earth System Science, 2008-

Professor Gordon MacKerron

  • Director, SPRU (Science and Technology Policy Research), University of Sussex, 2008-
  • Director, Sussex Energy Group, SPRU, University of Sussex, 2005-2008
  • Chair of the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management, 2003-2007
  • Deputy leader of the UK Government's Energy Review team, PIU, Cabinet Office, June to December 2001
  • Chair, The Energy Panel, DTI/OST Technology Foresight Programme, 1995-98
  • Visiting Professor, Imperial College ofScience, Technology and Medicine

Professor Peter Matthews OBE

  • Board Member, Port of London Authority, 2006-
  • Chair, Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation, 2007-
  • Chair, Northern Ireland Authority for Energy Regulation, 2006-07
  • Board Member of the Environment Agency and Chair of its Audit Committee, 2000-2006
  • Deputy Managing Director, Anglian Water International, 1997-1998
  • President of the European Water Association, 1997-98
  • President of Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management, 1998-1999
  • Chair, Society for the Environment, 2005
  • Governor and Chair of its Audit Committee, Anglia Ruskin University, 1998–2007, and Visiting Professor 2007-
  • Visiting Professor, Imperial College of Science and Technology 1991–2004
  • Fleet Warden, Worshipful Company of Water Conservators

Professor Judith Petts

  • Dean, Social and Human Science, University of Southampton, 2010-
  • Chair, Environmental Risk Management, University of Southampton, 2010-
  • Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Knowledge Transfer), University of Birmingham, 2008-2010
  • Head, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham, 2002-2007
  • Chair, Environmental Risk Management, University of Birmingham, 1999-2010
  • Member, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Societal Issues Panel, 2007-
  • Council Member, National Environment Research Council, 2000-2006
  • Member, Environmental Advisory Board, Veolia Environmental, 1999-
  • Member, Royal Society Science in Society Group, 2005-2008
  • Member, Higher Education Funding Council’s Research Assessment Exercise Panel in Geography and Environmental Studies, 2005-2008
  • Member, Office of Science and Innovation Sciencewise Strategy Group, 2004-2008
  • Member, Environmental Advisory Group, Onyx Environmental Plc, 1999-
  • Former Specialist Advisor House of Commons Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee and House of Lords Sub-Committee
  • Member, Council of the Institute of Environmental Assessment, 1990-2000

Professor Michael Roberts CBE

  • Ministerial appointee to the Veterinary Residues Committee, 2008-
  • Non-Executive Director, National Non-Food Crops Centre (NNFCC), 2008-
  • Chairman, Partnership Executive Committee, Scottish Government Rural and Environment Research and Andalysis Directorate, 2008-
  • Chief Executive of the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) Central Science Laboratory, 2001-2008
  • Director, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, 1999-2001
  • Director,Natural Environment Research Council’s (NERC) Institute of Terrestrial Ecology (ITE), 1989-1999
  • Member of the Yorkshire and Humber Science and Innovation Council, 2005-2008

Professor Joanne Scott

  • Professor of European Law, and Vice-Dean for International Links, at the Faculty of Laws, University College London
  • Member, UCL/Lancet Commission on Managing the Health Effects of Climate Change, 2008-2009
  • Member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Environmental Law and the Journal of International Economic Law
  • Visiting Professor, Columbia Law School, 2002-2003; spring 2004, 2005, 2007
  • Visiting Professor, Harvard Law School, 2005-2006

Professor Marian Scott OBE FRSE

  • Professor of Environmental Statistics, University of Glasgow
  • Past chair, Royal Statistical Society, Environmental Statistics Section, 2005-2007
  • Member, Natural Environment Statistics Advisory Committee, SG, 2007-
  • European Chair, International Environmetrics Society, 2009-
  • Member, Scottish Science Advisory Council, 2010-
  • Member, Particles Retrievals Advisory Group (Dounreay), 2009-

Professor Lynda Warren FiBIOL

  • Emeritus Professor of Environmental Law, Aberystwyth University
  • Deputy Chair, Joint Nature Conservation Committee
  • Chair, Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales
  • Chair, Wales Coastal and Maritime Partnership
  • Member, Committee on Radioactive Waste Management
  • Board Member, British Geological Survey
  • Board Member, Environment Agency, 2000-2006
  • Chair, Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Review, 1998-2000
  • Member, Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Committee, 1994-2003
  • Member, Countryside Council for Wales, 1991-2003
  • Trustee, Field Studies Council 2006-2009
  • Trustee, WWF-UK, 2002-2005
  • Visiting Professor, Birmingham Central University

The above picture also includes Professor Nick Cumptsey, Dr Ian Graham-Bryce, Professor Jeffrey Jowell, and Professor Steve Rayner, who have all recently retired as Members of the Commission.

Page last updated: 14 March 2011

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