The Climate Group announces new CEO and Trustee for UK Board

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16 February 2017
Helen Clarkson (pictured left) will join the organization as CEO, and Viki Cooke has been appointed as Trustee to the UK Board

LONDON: The Climate Group has today announced two new appointments to bolster its global leadership team. Helen Clarkson will join the organization as CEO, and Viki Cooke is appointed as Trustee to the UK Board.

Helen joins The Climate Group from sustainability charity, Forum for the Future, where she is currently acting as Chief Operating Officer. At the Forum, Helen has held a number of senior leadership roles, and successfully established the charity’s US presence. A trained chartered accountant with a philosophy degree from Cambridge, her previous roles include field project management for international humanitarian NGO, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and Director of Finance for MSF-UK. She will succeed Damian Ryan, who has been acting in the position since July 2016.

On joining The Climate Group, Helen Clarkson said: “I have long been an admirer of The Climate Group in both its ability to convene high profile businesses and governments, and demonstrating what change can look like through its initiatives. I think now, more than ever, there is an imperative for strong civil society leadership and action, and I look forward to working with the team in driving forward initiatives such as RE100 and work with states and regions, to help us achieve a prosperous clean economy.”

Joining the organization as Trustee is Viki Cooke, a founding partner of research consultancy BritainThinks.

On her appointment, she said: “I’m delighted to be joining The Climate Group as Trustee. With the issue of climate change growing ever more important, I look forward to working with the UK Board to help drive ambitious climate action.”

Speaking of the appointments, Joan MacNaughton, Chair of the Board, The Climate Group, said: “The Board and I are delighted to welcome both Helen and Viki to The Climate Group’s leadership team as we enter a new and critical period for climate action.

“I am confident that the breadth and depth of experience that each of them will bring will be invaluable in increasing the impact of our work at this key time. Increasingly, The Climate Group has established itself as an innovative and forward thinking organization with a strong vision of how to move to a low carbon, prosperous future, harnessing the efforts of state and regional actors as well as businesses, to make this happen. With our newly strengthened organization, I am confident we can increase the momentum of climate action in the coming years.”

Both come into post from 6 March 2017.

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