Net-Zero Task Force

The Task Force members have expertise in topics relevant to carbon reduction and are drawn from economic, environmental, health and academic organisations, and is chaired by a leading climate expert.

The Task Force is using its specialist knowledge and experience to produce an evidence-led Devon Carbon Plan, including consideration of the earliest, credible date that should be set for net-zero emissions.

Core Members

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Patrick Devine-Wright (Chair)

Patrick is Professor in Human Geography and an environmental social scientist at the University of Exeter. He specialises in researching issues of social acceptance and community engagement with sustainable energy transitions and is a non-Executive Director of Exeter Community Energy. Patrick is a Lead Author for the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, currently contributing to the 6th Assessment Report due for publication in 2021.


Iain Stewart

Iain is Professor of Geoscience Communication and Director of the Sustainable Earth Institute at the University of Plymouth, and President of the Devon Wildlife Trust. Iain’s geo-communication activities build on 15-years of making mainstream television documentaries about planet Earth. This ‘popular geoscience’ has led to an academic interest in how best to convey complex and contested Earth science to non-technical audiences. Ian holds a UNESCO Chair in Geoscience and Society.


Kerry Hayes

Kerry has a broad range of experience from across the renewable energy sector, and is the marine and offshore energy sector lead at Regen. Her experience also spans heat networks, energy policy and innovation in the solar sector. Kerry studied Ocean Science and Marine Renewable Energy at the University of Plymouth and has subsequently given lectures on marine energy for postgraduate students as an Associate Lecturer.

 


Nik Bowyer

Nik is Chair of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation South West Region. He is an Associate Director at AECOM and specialises in strategic transport planning, modelling and transport economics. He studied Geography at the University of Exeter where he specialised in climate change, palaeoclimates and sustainability.

 


Hannah Lawrie

Hannah is Chair of the South West Council of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management and is also an Associate Director within Ricardo Energy & Environment’s Resource Efficiency and Waste Management practice. Hannah studied Earth Sciences at the University of Oxford, has 20 years’ experience within the waste management sector and specialises in waste collection, technology and infrastructure services, contracts and procurement.


Laura Cardenas

Laura is an Atmospheric Chemist at Rothamsted Research in Devon. Laura has a PhD in Atmospheric Chemistry and is currently studying the link between grazing behaviour and nitrous oxide emissions from extensive upland and intensive lowland agricultural systems. She is a key contributor to the Defra inventory of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions.

 


James Shorten

James is a geographer and planner at Geo Consultants with nearly 30 years of work on the planning system and sustainable development. He holds an MSc in Planning from Reading University. He was the main author of the Welsh Government’s One Planet Development Guidance.

 


Tim Jones

Tim is Chairman of the South West Business Council and Chair of the North Devon UNESCO Biosphere Foundation. Previously, Tim was the first Chair of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership. As a chartered surveyor, Tim has been involved for over 30 years in a wide range of property issues. Tim is now extensively involved in commercial property development across the south west peninsula.

 


Gill Westcott

Gill is Co-Chair of Transition Exeter and a Director of New Prosperity Devon. She has a background in education for sustainability and health economics and has lived on a Devon smallholding since 1992. She is a former Chair of Cheriton Bishop Parish Council, and helped found the Cheriton Bishop Community Land Trust to provide affordable homes for local people.

 


Ian Hutchcroft

Ian is Chair of Plymouth Energy Community and has been involved in energy for over 25 years. His current focus is buildings; previously Head of Local Delivery (England) at the Energy Saving Trust, Ian’s present role is with the ZebCat Project, trialling a Dutch retrofit model in Devon called Energiesprong.

 


Harry Bonnell

Harry is Community Project Officer at Devon Communities Together, where he works on a range of engagement and development projects across Devon.  Harry holds an MSc in ‘Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability’ from BTH University (Sweden) and has experience of facilitating grass roots processes with multi-stakeholder groups.

 


Suzanne Goodfellow

Sue is an ecologist and environmentalist who has worked in conservation for over 30 years, mostly with Dartmoor National Park Authority where she was Director and led on climate change. She then ran her own environmental consultancy and has worked on sustainable tourism and biodiversity projects. She was a Director of Europarc Atlantic Isles, and Chair of Natural Devon for 5 years, leading nationally on biodiversity. Currently, Sue is the Chair of Devon Wildlife Trust, a Moorland Guide and writes and lectures on wildlife and conservation.

 

Advisory Members

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Ian Bailey

Ian is Professor of Environmental Politics at the University of Plymouth. Ian’s research interests are in environmental policy and, in particular, carbon and other environmental markets, social debates on onshore and offshore renewable energy, waste management, and environmental justice.

 


Cornelia Guell

Cornelia is a medical anthropologist and lecturer at the University of Exeter’s European Centre for Environment and Human Health. Her research focuses on healthy living practices and policies; this includes understanding the physical, social and policy environments that can encourage walking and cycling and local food production initiatives that can encourage healthy eating. Cornelia undertakes research in the UK and Small Island Developing States in the Caribbean and the Pacific.

Terms of Reference

Role

To use its specialist knowledge and experience to produce an evidence-led Devon Carbon Plan, including consideration of the earliest credible date that should be set for net-zero emissions, following the process and schedule endorsed by the Response Group.

Deliverable

A Devon Carbon Plan.

Meetings

The frequency of meetings will initially be ad-hoc and decided by its members.

Communications

The minutes of the Net-Zero Task Force will be published on the project website following their sign-off.

Membership

Twelve specialists will comprise the Task Force. The members will be invited by the Response Group, having been recommended by the Tactical Group, and will represent a variety of stakeholder groups and sectors relevant to the decarbonisation agenda. The members will be expected to provide practical support to the chair outside of the scheduled meetings, alongside the Tactical Group and the Project Manager.

Chairperson

The Response Group will invite one of the Task Force members to be the chair. The Response Group can change the chair. The chair will lead the Task Force in designing and delivering the aspects of the plan-making process endorsed by the Response Group.

Decisions

The Response Group will seek to make decision by consensus. If necessary, decisions can be taken by a majority vote, with the chair holding an additional casting vote.

Resources

The Project Manager and the Tactical Group will provide practical support to the Task Force to develop the Devon Carbon Plan. Funding to operate aspects of the Plan development has been made available.

The Task Force can seek advice and input from others to inform its activities.

Secretariat

Devon County Council’s Environment Group will provide the secretariat and appoint the multi-agency Project Manager.

Meetings and Minutes

Future meeting dates and minutes of each meeting will be published here.

  • 23rd September – Minutes
  • 11th October
  • 31st October
  • 18th November