Location: Cardiff, Wales
Areas of Interest
Having previously been responsible for taking forward Wales’ unique Sustainable Development Duty and having established in 2013 our new single agency for natural resource management – Natural Resources Wales , I am now leading a Department with a strong focus on practical development of green growth and ecosystem resilience. We launch our Green Growth Roadmap for Wales in the summer with a focus on new markets and investment vehicles including payment for ecosystem services, and we will introduce an Environment Bill next year which will refocus the effort of environmental legislation as a whole on promoting ecosystem resilience and identifying social, economic and environmental opportunities.
My current policy responsibilities span energy, climate change, nature, water, flood, waste and resource efficiency, pollution and environmental quality and we have a research function which is undertaking leading-edge work on natural resource monitoring, big data and remote sensing and behavioural change.
I am currently a (visiting) fellow of the Centre for Science and Policy at Cambridge University looking at step change in making sustainable development the societal and economic norm, including through innovation and entrepreneurship. I was one of the founding members of nrg4SD, the network of regional governments for sustainable development, have been a non-executive director of the Carbon Trust and am currently a member of OFGEM’s sustainable development board.
What is your role in creating sustainable lifestyles in Europe in the future?
Exemplifying opportunities of a sustainable approach in a small country through modernising legislation and governance and applying a ‘green growth’ model