Our team

Peers for the Planet has over 140 supporters from across the House of Lords, including prominent environment experts and peers bringing expertise from subjects including energy, science & technology, health, transport, housing, food, defense & security, education, business & skills, international relations, international development, governance, democracy & justice and much more.

 

Our Co-Chairs and Directors are responsible for the formal oversight and governance of the Group’s mission.

Baroness Hayman,
Co-chair
Baroness Hayman,
Co-chair

Helene is a Crossbench peer and former Lord Speaker of the House of Lords. She was MP for Welwyn and Hatfield in 1974. After losing her seat in 1979 Helene founded a charity, Maternity Alliance, and was an adviser and trustee for a range of national and international organisations working on global health and development. She entered the House of Lords in 1996 and, following the 1997 General Election, held Ministerial posts in the Transport, Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and Health Departments, and was made a Privy Counsellor. Helene has previously served as a trustee of the Disasters Emergency Committee and is currently Chair of Malaria No More.

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Baroness Worthington,
Co-chair
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Baroness Worthington,
Co-chair

Bryony was the lead author of the UK Climate Change Act 2008 and brings over 20 years of environment expertise from her work on climate, energy and wildlife conservation policy in the NGO and public sectors, as well as in the private sector for Scottish and Southern Energy. Bryony has been the Founding Director of Sandbag, a non-profit campaign group focused on the EU’s Emissions Trading Schemes; Executive Director for Europe at the Environmental Defense Fund, and a trustee of UNICEF. She was created a life peer in 2011 and sits on the Crossbenches.

Baroness Lane Fox,
Director
Martha Lane Fox

Baroness Lane Fox,

Director

Martha is globally recognised a businesswomen, philanthropist and public servant. She co-founded lastminute.com and karaoke company Lucky Voice and is Founder and Executive Chair of Doteveryone.org.uk. Martha was previously Digital Champion for the UK, helping to create the Government Digital Service. She was on the Board of Channel 4 Television and M&S and Chaired the board of the digital skills charity, Go ON UK. Martha is a NED at Queens Commonwealth Trust, Chanel and Twitter. She is Chancellor of The Open University and a Member of the Joint Committee on National Security Strategy. She entered the House of Lords in 2013 as a Crossbench peer.

Lord Ravensdale,
Director
Lord Ravensdale,
Director

Daniel is a project director and chartered engineer, and leads the design, engineering and technology business of a leading engineering consultancy firm. He has been working within the energy industry for over a decade, primarily on nuclear reactor design programmes. His technical specialisms are in pressurised water reactor fluid system design, nuclear safety and systems engineering. Daniel is a Crossbench peer and, since entering the House of Lords in 2019, has taken an interest in environment, energy, science and technology issues. As well as his work with Peers for the Planet, he is the co-chair of the Midlands Engine All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) and also a Vice Chair of the APPG for Nuclear Energy. . 

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Lynette Huntley,
Director
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Lynette Huntley,
Director

Lynette brings over 20 years experience in public policy, advocacy, business operations and governance. Prior to joining P4P, Lynette was Chief of Staff at Channel 4 Television, where she was also C4’s founding Executive Sponsor for the Environment. Lynette was previously Director for Government & Regulatory Affairs at Ofcom and has held a variety of roles in the public and private sectors, working in the UK and Brussels, including in consultancy, at the European Commission and the UNHCR. She started her working life at the UK Home Office.

Baroness Sheehan
Director
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Baroness Sheehan,
Director

Created a Liberal Democrat life peer in 2015, Shas is a member of the Lords’ Select Committee on Science and Technology. Formerly she was a member of the House of Lords Select Committee on Energy and the Environment. From 2016 to 2020 she was the Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson for International Development. In 2006, Shas was elected as a Councillor for Kew ward on Richmond Borough Council, where she served as an Assistant Cabinet Member for Climate Change, utilising her expertise in environmental technology to work towards a greener Richmond. She also sat on the Planning Committee, Children’s Services Committee and Health Committee.

Lord Randall of Uxbridge,
Director
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Lord Randall of Uxbridge,
Director

John served as MP for Uxbridge from 1997 to 2010 and for Uxbridge and South Ruislip until 2015. He was given a knighthood in 2013 and awarded a life peerage in 2018. He was Government Deputy Chief Whip between May 2010 and October 2013, as well as Environment Adviser to Prime Minister Theresa May from 2017 until July 2019. A lifelong conservationist and ornithologist, Lord Randall is a Council Member of the RSPB as well as a Trustee of the UK Overseas Territories Conservation Forum and the Bat Conservation Trust. Currently he is Chair of Thin Green Line, a charity devoted to the welfare of rangers worldwide. He is also Vice-Chair of the Human Trafficking Foundation and in February 2016 was appointed Special Envoy on modern slavery to the Mayor of London. 

Lord Whitty,
Director
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Lord Whitty,
Director

Larry spent his earlier career in the aviation industry and civil service. After a degree in Economics, he joined the Trade Union Movement at the TUC and then GMWU (now GMB). He became General Secretary of the Labour Party from 1984 to 1994, later acting as Tony Blair’s contact on European matters. A Labour peer since 1996, he served as Lords spokesperson in the Foreign Office after the 1997 General Election and was a Minister for Transport at DETR and then a Minister for Environment and Agriculture at Defra. After leaving Government in 2005, he became Chair of the National Consumer Council and Consumer Focus and Board Member of Ofwat and the Environment Agency. He has served as chair or trustee of several charities in the fields of environment; road safety; fuel poverty and energy efficiency; and on the Board of companies dealing with energy efficiency and water retail. He has also conducted a number of Inquiries into energy, consumers and housing. He was a member of the House of Lords EU Select Committee and Chair of its Sub Committee on the internal market, dealing intensively with Brexit and related matters until July 2019 and is now a member of the Lords Select Committee on Environment and Climate Change.

The Group is supported by the P4P Secretariat

Emma Crane,
Head of Policy and Legislation
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Emma Crane,
Head of Policy and Legislation

Emma joined P4P in September 2020 from the Marine Conservation Society where she was Head of Public Affairs, oversaw MCS's legislative and public affairs programme and led the Greener UK fisheries pillar.  Emma started out as a corporate lawyer and ran her own business before establishing a high profile advocacy project on HS2 working in coalition to seek better environmental outcomes and working as a parliamentary adviser.  She is a local councillor in Rugby with strong experience working across party lines. 

Kyla Taylor,
Policy and Legislation Manager
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Kyla Taylor,
Policy and Legislation Manager

Kyla joined P4P in May 2021 from ClientEarth, where she was a lawyer in their climate finance team focussing on legal strategies which foster accountability for the impacts of climate change within the financial sector.  Prior to this she was a commercial litigator in the London office of an international law firm and has previous experience as a researcher for a Member of the European Parliament.  Kyla is a qualified lawyer and has a degree in modern and classical Chinese. 

Alasdair Johnston,
Parliamentary Coordinator
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Alasdair Johnston,
Parliamentary Coordinator

Alasdair joined P4P in May 2020 from the House of Lords Committee Office where he worked on the Constitution Committee and coordinated the parliamentary scrutiny of international agreements on the European Union Committee. He has a degree in History and worked as a parliamentary tour guide before working in the Lords.

Hannah Messer,
Finance and Operations Manager
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Hannah Messer,
Finance and Operations Manager

Hannah joined P4P in September 2021. She has many years experience of providing operational, communications and business management support for non-profit and public sector organisations, including the NHS and more recently a UK charity supporting the delivery of quality education in Rwanda. 

David Farrar,
Senior Policy and International Programme Manager
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David Farrar,
Senior Policy and International Programme Manager

David joined P4P in May 2022 from the pension provider Nest, where he worked on investment policy. Prior to this he led the work of the Department for Work and Pensions on legislation for occupational pension schemes on climate change and wider environmental issues. David started out as a librarian prior to joining the civil service, where he also worked on communications, research and analysis. He lives in Sheffield and has a degree in metallurgy and the science of materials. 

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