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The Climate Group announces new CEO and Trustee for UK Board

16 February 2017, 9:58 UTC 2 min read

LONDON: 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 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 Climate Group, Helen Clarkson said: “I have long been an admirer of 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 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.”

Both come into post from 6 March 2017.