Changes to Climate Ready Clyde

We are delighted to announce new internal arrangements that elevates Climate Ready Clyde into a new phase of delivery of the Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan. As we move to a new structure over the coming months, early, interim arrangements are now in place. 

After four years, Prof James Curran MBE is stepping down as Chair of Climate Ready Clyde (CRC). James will take on a new role for CRC, as interim Independent Ambassador. In his new role, James will continue to promote the initiative, and will champion action amongst senior leaders and leading representatives from across a range of sectors to build further engagement in the delivery of the Adaptation Strategy. Dr Roddy Yarr, Executive Lead Sustainability at the University of Strathclyde will take on the role of CRC’s Interim Chair.  

Prof James Curran’s outstanding leadership and vision has supported Climate Ready Clyde to deliver significant progress, action and impact on climate adaptation across Glasgow City Region during his time as Chair. The Board and the Secretariat look forward to continuing work with James as CRC Ambassador. 

 It’s been a brilliant time developing an internationally recognized adaptation strategy and plan – working with such a motivated Board drawn from all across the City Region, and with really smart technical support. The focus is now shifting to full-on and urgent delivery and I will be delighted to do all I can to help, in a different role, in this new and exciting phase.” Prof James Curran 

Dr Roddy Yarr will work with the current Board, to enable action and ongoing engagement from existing members, as well as ensuring synergies and connections with other leading initiatives and networks in the Region for collaborative  action on adaptation.  

 James’ leadership of Climate Ready Clyde has been exemplary, ambitious and bold. He will be a fantastic Ambassador for the next stage of our work.  As Interim Chair I am determined to continue this good work and to ensure that the delivery phase of the Adaptation Strategy is a success.” Dr Roddy Yarr, Executive Lead Sustainability at the University of Strathclyde 

 SGN is a long standing, committed member of the CRC Board. This presents an exciting time for CRC. In James’s new role we can continue to benefit from his considerable expertise and outreach. Roddy is well connected in the Region and has a proven ability to ensure CRC continues to provide front and centre leadership.“ Maxime Biret IEng MIGEM, Environment Manager Scotland & NI, SGN, CRC Board member 

Sniffer further strengthens its role as technical Secretariat with new staff on board. Ben Connor joins Sniffer as Senior Climate Resilience Manager and will form an active part of the work of the Technical Secretariat, together with Catherine Pearce. Ben brings insight from his most recent role at the Greater London Authority where he was Senior Policy and Programmes Officer. The Secretariat will work closely with all those involved in the delivery of the Adaptation Strategy including to ensure links with the numerous networks and initiatives that are active in the Region. 

 Sniffer is delighted to be part of such a committed partnership, which is already demonstrating the value of collaboration and the importance of champions to propel us towards a City Region that flourishes in a future climate. We welcome the enhanced delivery and governance model and look forward to playing our part to the full.” Ruth Wolstenholme, Managing Director, Sniffer 

 The Climate Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan is a turning point for how the Region addresses climate impacts, and brings a transformational, collaborative approach to building our resilience and seeking all the co-benefits this brings. I’m delighted that James will continue to play a key role in CRC as independent Ambassador to build broader, high level leadership in delivery of the Adaptation Strategy and together with Roddy, to ensure the ongoing exemplary role that CRC brings to the Region. I look forward to continue working with them.” Gerry Cornes, Chief Executive of East Dunbartonshire Council and Chair of the GCR Land Use and Sustainability Portfolio 

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