About

What we do

The Norwich Climate Commission is an independent advisory body set up to bring actors from the public, private and third sectors together to support, guide and track the impact of ambitious climate and sustainability actions across the city. The Commission is currently made up of 10 Commissioners with a diverse set of professional backgrounds and interests, and is Co-Chaired by Norwich City Council and the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia.

To find out more about Climate Commissions and what they do, see here.

Photo by Norwich City Council.


Who we are

Asher Minns (Co-Chair)

Asher Minns is the Executive Director of the UK’s Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. As Co-Chair of the Norwich Climate Commission he’s now combining everything that he knows from 20+ years of working alongside climate change research to focus-in on applying theory to place-based practice for Norwich, while listening and learning alongside the other Commissioners, stakeholders and citizens. Twitter: @asherminns.

Louise Rawsthorne (Co-Chair)

Louise Rawsthorne is Executive Director of Community Services at Norwich City Council. Her role oversees environmental decision-making at the council, including climate change and biodiversity, as well as corporate strategy, community engagement, and community housing.

Cllr Emma Hampton (Vice-Chair)

Emma Hampton is a Norwich City councillor for University Ward and cabinet member for Climate Change and Digital Inclusion. As well as being a Co-Vice Chair of the Norwich Climate Commission, she is Chair of Norwich City Council’s Climate and Environment Emergency Executive Panel (CEEEP) and is Vice Chair of Norfolk Climate Change Partnership (NCCP) Portfolio Holder group. Twitter: emmalhampton.

Anthony Hudson (Vice-Chair & Commissioner)

Anthony Hudson is Founder and Creative Director at Hudson Architects, and a Visiting Professor at Norwich University of Arts. His projects include public buildings & spaces, urban & rural regeneration, galleries & museums, and housing. Anthony is Deputy Chair for Design:South East, Chair of Suffolk Design Review Panel, and a member of the RIBA Housing Group. Awards include 15 RIBA awards, RIBA East Building of the Decade, 4 RICS awards, Civic Trust and Sunday Times Building of the Year.

Nigel Hargreaves (Commissioner)

Dr. Nigel Hargreaves is a Chartered Engineer and holds degrees in engineering, climate change impacts and sustainability. His consultancy, Synfo Ltd. specialises in finding sustainable solutions to whole systems challenges relating to energy, transport, built environment and regeneration with circular and doughnut economies. He cofounded the Algae Innovation Platform and also Chairs Norwich Community Solar.

Livvy Hanks (Commissioner)

Livvy Hanks works as Climate Justice Lead for Quakers in Britain. She is also a founding member of Green New Deal Norwich, campaigning for policies and actions that address inequality and the climate crisis at the same time. She is keen to make sure the diverse voices of Norwich’s climate movement are heard on the Commission. Livvy previously worked as an editor and political researcher, and has lived in Norwich since 2013.

Martin Mahony (Commissioner)

Martin Mahony is a Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of East Anglia. He teaches and researches climate change policy and politics, and is interested in how we can ensure more just and democratic transitions to sustainability. Having lived in Norfolk and Norwich for thirty years, he’s passionate about finding solutions to the challenges of climate change that work for local communities.

John Moore (Commissioner)

John Moore works as an independent technical consultant on carbon reduction planning and delivery. He is actively involved in supporting community energy projects and is experienced in a wide range of technologies including generation from wind, hydro and solar, energy storage, hydrogen energy systems, low carbon heating and district heat networks. He is a Chartered Engineer who has spent 35 years working in high technology roles and still has a lot to learn.

Kaeli Johnson (Commissioner)

Kaeli Johnson is a Knowledge Transfer Manager for Plants & Crops at Innovate UK KTN, where she helps organisations across the UK to innovate, make connections and work towards a more sustainable agrifood sector. She brings her experience in encouraging collaboration and engaging with diverse stakeholders to the role of Commissioner, and looks forward to working with the Commission and the Norwich community.

Hannah Emmrich (Commissioner)

Hannah Emmrich works as a pianist and music director, previously at All Saints’ Cathedral in Nairobi and now in North Lambeth Parish. She has a particular interest in faith,  climate and the arts, and is involved locally in the Eco Church scheme and the Norwich Diocese Environmental Working Group. 

John Jones (Commissioner)

John Jones is Head of Environment at Norfolk County Council and Co-Chair of the Norfolk and Suffolk Nature Recovery Partnership. He has a career-long interest in nature based placemaking and sustainable, active travel for the benefit of local communities. John strongly supports evidence-led decision making and looks forward to working with the Commission to help influence positive change for Norwich and its residents.  

Ian Robinson (Commissioner)

Ian Robinson is a Conservation Officer for the RSPB, with a primary focus on the Broads and the delivery of their Priority Landscape Plan. He is particularly interested in how we find a balanced approach to water use in relation to climate change. He is a member of the Broads Internal Drainage Board, the Farming in Protected Landscapes steering group, the Broadland Catchment Partnership and the Broads Biodiversity Partnership.

Pasco-Q Kevlin (Commissioner)

Pasco-Q Kevlin is Director of Norwich Arts Centre, and has been working in venues for just over twenty years. He studied History of Art & Philosophy and completed a Masters in Gallery Studies & Curation at Essex as a mature student.

Harriet Dudley (Observer)

Harriet Dudley is a PhD researcher at the University of East Anglia. Her research is focused on the impact of the advice from climate change advisory bodies on UK climate policy. Twitter: @Harriet_Dudley_.