External Advisory Board

The External Advisory Board is made up of representatives from across industry, third sector and NGOs.

  • Dame Julia Slingo (Chair)

    Dame Julia Slingo is best known for her tenure as Chief Scientist of the Met Office, where she was noted for breaking down the differences between climate and weather sciences and dealing with multiple meteorological challenges including the highly disruptive Icelandic volcanic ash clouds. Amongst her other achievements, Dame Julia has served as a high level scientific advisor to the European Commission's Scientific Advice Mechanism and was the first female president of the Royal Meteorological Society. Dame Julia is particularly known for her passion for interdisciplinary research, something viewed as extremely important by the Cabot Institute.

  • Matthew Carter, Humanitarian Director CAFOD

    Matthew has extensive management and leadership experience having worked and led humanitarian operations across the globe with CAFOD, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Concern Worldwide, UNICEF and UNDP. With over 25 years experience working in areas including: Bosnia, Haiti, PNG, East Timor, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Middle East, Somalia, Sudan, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and East Africa.

    Matthew has a deep seated passion for accountability and giving voice to those affected by crisis and vulnerability. He has been Chair of Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP) and Chair of the global Joint Humanitarian Standards Initiative (JSI). He has directly supported the development of Sphere, People in Aid, HAP and the ALNAP research institute since the mid 1990s.

    He has a renowned track record in bringing together agencies, shaping collective and collaborative humanitarian action and representing the sector at a variety of operational and diplomatic levels. He has Chaired of The Consortium of British Humanitarian Agencies (CBHA, Start Network), is a member of Caritas Humanitarian Council and Board member of the Start Network and External Advisory Board member to Bristol University Cabot Institute.

    Matthew has an MSc in International Relations and Management from University College of Wales Swansea and with a research background in conflict and humanitarian assistance.

  • Rupert Lewis 78x78Rupert Lewis ‌

    Rupert leads the Government Office for Science (GO-Science) which supports the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser.
    Rupert’s previous roles were Head of Automotive policy in the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), where he also led work on business risks and contingency planning.   Prior to this he was BIS Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser, head of Climate Adaptation policy (Defra), leading the UK’s first cross-economy climate risk assessment, he led a Defra agency rationalisation, and in 2007 set up the Prime Minister’s ‘Business Council for Britain’.
    In 2004, whilst in a previous spell in the Office of Science & Technology (OST), a predecessor of GO-Science, working to the then Government Chief Scientific Advisor, Sir David King, Rupert initiated the ‘Horizon Scanning Centre’.
    Before joining Government in 2002, Rupert worked on new technologies in aquaculture start-ups in SE Asia, South Africa, and Europe.


  • Andrew Garrad

    Andrew Garrad is a member of the Supervisory Board of DNV GL Energy and Chairman of Bristol 2015 European Green Capital.

    In 1984 he co-founded the Garrad Hassan Group which grew to become the world’s largest renewable energy consultancy. It was bought by Germanischer Lloyd (GL) in 2009 and he was appointed President of the merged company, GL Garrad Hassan. In 2012 he became Chairman. In September 2013 GL merged with DNV and he was appointed a member of the Supervisory Board of DNV GL Energy. Garrad Hassan twice won the Queen’s Award for International Enterprise.

    Dr Garrad has been involved in wind energy for more than 30 years. From 2013 to 2014 he was President of European Wind Energy Association and he is a past-Chairman of the British Wind Energy Association.

    His first degree from Oxford University is in Engineering Science and his PhD from University of Exeter is in Theoretical Fluid Mechanics. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, a Fellow of the Energy Institute, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He is an Honorary Fellow of New College, Oxford. He was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Engineering by the University of Bristol in July 2009.

    In 2006 he received the European Wind Energy Association’s Poul la Cour prize for outstanding achievement in the wind energy field and in 2015 he received the equivalent Eolus prize from the Hellenic Wind Energy Association.

  • Roy Griffins

    Roy Griffins has been Chairman of London City Airport since 1 January 2007, after two years as Director General of the Airports Council International in Brussels and a spell as Director of Public Affairs for Eurotunnel. Since April 2006, he has also been the British Chairman of the Channel Tunnel Intergovernmental Commission. Roy had a thirty-year career in the British civil and diplomatic service, mostly in international, transport and environment posts.

  • Will Hutton
      •  William Nicolas Hutton (born 21 May 1950) is a British political economist, academic administrator, and journalist. He is currently Principal of Hertford College, University of Oxford, and Chair of the Big Innovation Centre,[1] an initiative from the Work Foundation (formerly the Industrial Society), having been chief executive of the Work Foundation from 2000 to 2008. He was formerly editor-in-chief for The Observer.

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  • Merlin Hyman

    Following his graduation from Bristol and a year working with Friends of the Earth Merlin went on to gain an MSc in European Environmental Policy from the University of Lancaster.

    After three years working as an environmental consultant – advising large companies and the public sector on environmental strategy – Merlin moved to the Environmental Industries Commission, an organisation which provides a strong and effective voice for environmental technology and services companies with policymakers in Whitehall, Westminster and Brussels. While with the EIC, Merlin was both Deputy Director and, latterly, Director, where he was a strong advocate of the views of the Commission and appeared regularly in the press on their behalf.

    He recently moved to his current role at Regen SW, where he is responsible for the overall management and development of the agency, and for leading on the development of sustainable energy in the region. Regen SW is the sustainable energy agency for the South West, aiming to speed up the transition to a low-carbon economy in this area of the country. Merlin is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

  • Robert Muir-Wood

    Robert Muir-Wood is chief research officer at Risk Management Solutions. Dr Muir-Wood has more than 20 years of experience developing probabilistic catastrophe models and has collaborated with the insurance industry over the past 15 years to improve catastrophe analysis accuracy.

  • Doug Johnson 78x78 Doug Johnson

    Doug Johnson is Deputy Director Applied Science and Scientific Consultancy at the Met Office and is responsible for maximising the use of their core science to provide high value services to their customers and stakeholders.

    Doug joined the Met Office in 1973 and was initially in the operations area undertaking observing and forecasting duties at Shoeburyness, Stansted and London Weather Centre before getting his BSc in Meteorology at Reading University in 1980. On return from University he worked in the Observations area being involved in the development and design of the ATD system, and AWSs for oil rigs and monitoring weather related diseases in crops. In 1983 he joined the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory where he was involved with simulating and understanding flows in planetary atmospheres using rotating, baroclinic laboratory experiments, in particular the impact of topography on rotating, baroclinic fluids. In 1989 he was promoted to Manager of Cloud Physics Research and moved to Farnborough to join the Meteorological Research Flight. Whilst there he undertook over 2000 hours of flying making cloud microphysical measurements in order to develop parameterization of clouds to improve their simulation in numerical weather prediction models. He also was the lead scientist in 5 international field campaigns involving multiple research aircraft investigating issues ranging from the environmental impact of the Kuwait oil well fires to how outbreaks of continental air masses from Europe evolve into maritime air masses as they are transported over the subtropical North Atlantic. In 2000 he moved into the Business area to use his aviation meteorological knowledge to develop improved met services for aviation customers and became Head of the Aviation Business Unit and then Head of the Transport Business Unit. During this time he built up strong strategic relationships with the CAA and other aviation customers and helped maintain the £30 million a year revenue the Met Office gets from aviation. In 2013 he took up the Deputy Director role in Applied science to utilise the mixture of his research and business experience to improve the way in which Science engages with customers.

  • Claire Craig Claire Craig

    Claire leads the Government Office for Science which supports the Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor (GCSA), Professor Sir Mark Walport. The GCSA’s role is to provide science and engineering advice direct to the Prime Minister and the Cabinet; to enhance the capacity to create, and use, science and engineering evidence across government departments. The GCSA heads the Government Science and Engineering profession.

    Claire originally joined the Civil Service to run Foresight, a programme of science-based strategic futures projects, covering from flood risk to cognitive enhancers. While at Foresight, she was awarded a CBE for her work, and became a Faculty member of the World Economic Forum at Davos. Later she joined the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit, where she worked on the Capability Reviews of the Ministry of Defence and Cabinet Office; and became Director of strategy at the Office of Fair Trading and the Department of Trade and Industry.

    Her earlier experiences mixed science, strategy and business, as they included strategy consultancy for energy, and financial service companies at McKinsey & Co, and running the Environment Group at the Confederation of British Industry.

    Claire has a lifelong interest in science and learning. In her home town of Bristol she helped launch “At-Bristol”, a Millennium Commission-funded hands-on science centre and leisure destination. At different times she has been a Governor or Fellow at the University of the West of England, Newnham College, Cambridge, an FE College and a Special Educational Needs School in Hackney; and an NED on the board of a science-based business. Her first degree was in physics and she did a stint of post-Doctoral work in geophysics at the University of Texas at Austin.

  • Amy Robinson EAB profile Amy Robinson

    Amy Robinson studied Philosophy at the University of East Anglia and has lived and worked in Bristol since 2000.  Following four years at Aardman Animations, she has spent the majority of her career working in sustainability focused businesses. She began her environmental career at Eunomia Research and Consulting and went on the become Sustainability Manager at Bordeaux Quay, an internationally recognised ’eco-restaurant’, before her role as Network Director for Low Carbon South West CIC. During that time Amy worked as the Low Carbon Sector Specialist for Invest Bristol and Bath, working to build the low carbon sector in the West of England. Amy was also a founder of the Go Green sustainable business programme which formed part of Bristol’s programme as European Green Capital 2015 and engaged with 1,000 businesses in its first six months, helping them to embed resilience and sustainability into their business models.

    Amy has held a range of voluntary board positions including Environmental iNet SW, Sustainability South West, The Design Programme, The Architecture Centre and the Bristol Green Capital Partnership.

    Her current role is Business Development Manager at the ethical bank, Triodos, where she works to promote the importance of ethical investment and the positive use of money to achieve social and environmental goals.

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