Carbon Literacy Trust

Registered Charity Number: 1156722

The Carbon Literacy Project has always been a massive collaborative project from its conception.

It involves people and organisations from all sectors and walks of life working together and contributing time, materials and funding to advance understanding and action on climate change.

In creating and establishing the project, Cooler Projects (itself a not-for-profit, Community Interest Company) made it clear that The Carbon Literacy Project materials and the intellectual property it created would not be retained by Cooler.

Instead this work was to be held in trust for the benefit of the people of Manchester and beyond. As soon as the project was sufficiently established, an independent charitable trust would be founded to take on responsibility for the project.

The Carbon Literacy Trust was formed in September 2013 and incorporated and recognised by the Charity Commission as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) in March 2014.

Its charitable aim is “to advance the education of the public in the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment” through the dissemination of Carbon Literacy.

The Trust is fortunate in having a board of trustees reflecting a huge depth of knowledge and understanding of climate change and its environmental and economic impacts, of work for the public good and individually, a depth of sectoral reputation and expertise which they each bring to bear in support of the project.



Dr. Ali Abbas (Chair)

An award-winning environmental campaigner, a senior business analyst with a world class financial software house, and Chair of the Manchester: A Certain Future CO2 Monitoring Group (part of the steering group overseeing Manchester's climate change plan), Ali is a hugely respected pair of hands to chair our board.

Twitter: @ali_mfoe

Dr. Ruth Wood

Ruth is a Research Fellow at the international Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research - a worldwide centre of expertise in climate change science and a Lecturer in Environment and Climate Change at the University of Manchester. Describing herself as a "Carbon counter, energy modeller, sustainable lifestyles enthusiast" she is already an experienced charity trustee.
At the Tyndall Centre she has been involved in a number of projects including assessing the greenhouse gas impacts of shale gas extraction, aviation and food consumption, city scale responses to climate change and assessing the resilience of infrastructure to climate impacts.

Twitter: @FRuthWood

Robin Lawler

Chief Executive of Northwards Housing, Chair of Plus Dane Cheshire, and immediate Past President of the Chartered Institute of Housing, Robin has a depth and breadth of expertise in social housing.
Manchester-based Northwards manages north Manchester's council homes , was recently awarded "Excellent" on the Social Housing Equality Framework, re-awarded the Customer Service Excellence award, and is established within the Sunday Times Top 100 places to work in the public sector.
Individually Robin is a keen cyclist, but professionally, amongst other accolades Northwards was awarded a SHIFT (Sustainable Homes Index For Tomorrow) Silver award in September 2013 for its energy saving work.

Twitter: @robin_lawler

Kate Chappell

Cllr Kate Chappell is Executive Member for the Environment at Manchester City Council, but also brings start-up social enterprise development skills to the Trust. Before getting involved in local politics her passion for climate change action led her to set up three innovative carpet recycling enterprises, but as Executive Member Kate is championing a city-wide response to Manchester's target of a 41% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2020. In order to achieve this, each and every one of us will need to make changes in our daily lives, and Kate sees Carbon Literacy as the best way to accelerate our behaviour in a low carbon direction.

Neil Bradley

Neil is a solicitor for Shoosmiths LLP in Manchester specialising in Real Estate, working in all aspects of commercial property transactions, including landlord and tenant, development, lending and the property aspects of restructuring and insolvency work.
Having training initially as a civil engineer, his degree dissertation considered whether "developing in an environmentally sustainable manner offered a competitive advantage” the answer at the time was "not really”. How times have changed! Neil considers the Trust's work disseminating Carbon Literacy essential to making sustainability the norm. He is a member of Poynton Round Table contributing to group events and supporting their charity fundraising throughout the year.


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