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4th October 2023

New trustees appointed to UK Health Alliance on Climate Change

Four individuals representing intensive care, general practice, public health, and obstetrics and gynaecology have been appointed as trustees of the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change.

Sandy Mather, CEO of the Intensive Care Society, Emma Radcliffe a GP member of Greener Practice CIC, Eleanor Roaf a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health, and Ranee Thakar, President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, joined the leadership team following an election across the membership. 

The results were announced at the first AGM of UKHACC since it became an independent charitable incorporated organisation in November 2022.

The new trustees will join the existing trustees in shaping the direction of the charity’s work. The other trustees of the charity are:

UKHACC is extremely grateful to former trustees Dan Sumners, Royal College of Physicians and Rhiannon Osborne, Students for Global Health who retired from their roles after serving on the Executive Committee for the last number of years.

Dr Richard Smith, Chair of UKHACC, said: “I’m delighted to welcome these four new trustees. Retiring trustees have done excellent work, but it’s important to have new people and ideas. We have much important work to do to counter the serious threat to health from the climate and nature crisis.”

Intensive Care Society Chief Executive, Dr Sandy Mather, said: “I’m so glad to have been elected as a trustee of UKHACC. At the Intensive Care Society, we’re proud to be a sustainability leader in our field and to have delivered so much progress for our members, and I’m looking forward to bringing all we’ve learnt so far to this position. We’ve already accomplished so much while part of UKHACC, but there is still much to do, and I’m looking forward to all we can achieve in the coming years.”

Dr Ranee Thakar, President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said: “As President, one of my priorities is helping our Members and Fellows take meaningful action on making the O&G specialist more sustainable, and to advocate for a healthier future for women and girls. I am delighted to have been elected as a trustee for UKHACC and look forward to supporting their goals, which so closely aligns with ours.”

Dr Eleanor Roaf, Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health, said: I’m delighted to have been elected as a trustee of UKHACC and am very much looking forward to helping support its invaluable work. As a public health professional, I’m particularly interested in how we can use the trusted voice of health professionals to get more public and political support for effective measures to meet net zero, while reducing health inequalities in the UK and internationally.”

Dr Emma Radcliffe from Greener Practice CIC said: “I am delighted to be part of this organisation and look forward to contributing in any way I can. As we have seen more record breaking temperatures this week, it is clear that the health communities that UKHACC represent must take urgent action and influence others to do the same.”