Biographies

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Information about each member of the independent Climate Change Email Review team is included below:

Sir Muir Russell KCB FRSE

SIR MUIR RUSSELL KCB FRSE was Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glasgow from 2003 to 2009.  During that period he was Convener of Universities Scotland, a member of the Universities UK Main Board, a Trustee of the Universities Superannuation Scheme, and a member of the UCAS Board.
Sir Muir graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1970 with a First in Natural Philosophy (Physics) and took up a career in the civil service, assigned to the Scottish Office.  His civil service career included a period in Whitehall as Head of the Home Affairs Secretariat of the Cabinet Office (1990-92). He was appointed Permanent Secretary to the Scottish Office in 1998, following open competition, and was the first Permanent Secretary to the Scottish Executive following the establishment of the Scottish Parliament in 1999

Sir Muir was awarded the KCB in 2001, and became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2000.  He has honorary degrees from the Universities of Strathclyde, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Sir Muir currently chairs the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland.  He is also a Trustee of the Glasgow School of Art, a Member of the Board of the Moredun Research Institute, and the Chairman of the Dunedin Concert Trust.

Professor Geoffrey Boulton OBE, FRS, FRSE

Professor Geoffrey Boulton OBE, FRS, FRSE, General Secretary of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Regius Professor Emeritus and former Vice Principal of the University of Edinburgh.

He is a member of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology, UK’s top-level science and technology advisory body. He chairs the Advisory Board of the University of Heidelberg, and is a member of the Strategic Council of the University of Geneva. Until recently he chaired the Research Committee of the League of European Universities and the Royal Society’s Nuclear Energy Work Group. He has been a member of the Councils of the Natural Environment Research Council and the Royal Society, a member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, the Scottish Science Advisory Committee, the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council and chairman of its Research Committee. He was formerly Head of the Department of Geology and Geophysics and Provost of Science and Engineering in the University of Edinburgh.

Professor Boulton’s research is in the field of glaciology, glacial geology, Quaternary science and energy. Honours for his scientific achievement include the Seligman Crystal of the International Glaciological Society, the Lyell Medal of the Geological Society, the Kirk Bryan Award of the Geological Society of America and the Science Medal of the Institute of Contemporary Scotland. He has been honoured by the Order of the British Empire, as Commandeur de l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques (France) and has received honorary degrees from the Universities of Chalmers (Sweden), Birmingham, Keele and Heidelberg. He has been the UK representative to the International Union of Geosciences and to the International Union of Quaternary, President of the Quaternary Research Association, chair of the UK Earth Science and Technology Committee and the UK Polar Science Committee and is a member of the Milankovitch Medal Committee of the European Geophysical Union. He currently has research projects in Antarctica and Iceland.

Professor Peter Clarke, F.InstP, C.Phys, F.IET, C.Eng
Professor Peter Clarke, F.InstP, C.Phys, F.IET, C.Eng

Peter Clarke is Professor of  Physics at the University of Edinburgh.  He has a 1st Class Honours degree in Electronics Engineering (Southampton University,1980) and a D.Phil in Particle Physics (Oxford 1985). He was a CERN Fellow before being appointed as a lecturer first at Brunel University in 1987 and then University College London in 1993. He was promoted to Reader and then Professor in 2001 and was Head of the Particle Physics Research Group between 2001-04. He moved to the University of Edinburgh in 2004 to take up the Chair of eScience and later become Director of the National eScience Centre 2006-09. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and the Institute of Engineering and Technology.

His early research work included the first direct measurements of CP violation in the Kaon system at CERN;  Working at the SLD experiment at the Stanford Linear Collider (USA) and then the LEP electron positron collider at CERN he worked on precision measurements of the electro-weak interaction, the properties of the Z and W bosons and indirect searches for the Higgs boson. At UCL he worked on construction of the ATLAS experiment for the Large Hadron Collider He now works on studies of matter anti-matter asymmetry and CP violation at the LHC as a member of the LHCb experiment.

He was  involved in UK e-Science since its inception. He was a founder of  the Centre of Excellence in Networked Systems at UCL and was prominent in  advancing national and international networking  for research. He has held roles in several international Grid Computing projects and was a member of the Steering Committee of the Global Grid Forum international standards body between 2002-04.

David Eyton M.A. M.IoM3 C.Eng. Group Head of Research & Technology - BP

David Eyton was appointed BP’s Group Head of Research and Technology (R&T) in April, 2008.  He is accountable for technology strategy and its implementation across BP and conducting research and development in areas of corporate renewal.  In this role, David also oversees the technological capability of the company. 

Prior to this, David was BP’s Exploration and Production (E&P) Group Vice President for Technology.  In this role David was responsible for Research and Development, Technical Service Work, Digital and Communications Technology and Procurement and Supply Chain Management for BP’s Upstream business.  David also managed the Westlake Campus in Houston and led the development of a new approach to Petrotechnical Learning in E&P.

David joined BP in 1982 from Cambridge University with an Engineering degree.   During his early career, he held a number of Petroleum Engineering, Commercial and Business Management positions.   In 1996, he was named General Manager of BP’s North West Shelf interest in Australia.  David later managed Wytch Farm in the UK and then BP’s Gas Businesses in Trinidad.  In September 2001, he became Lord John Browne’s Executive Assistant in the company’s London headquarters.  Following that assignment, David was Vice President of Deepwater Developments in the Gulf of Mexico.

Professor Jim Norton FIET FBCS FIoD FRSA - Vice President BCS - Chartered Institute for IT

Aged fifty-seven, Jim Norton is an independent director and policy adviser.  He is an external member of the Board of the UK Parliament's Office of Science & Technology (POST) and council member of the Parliamentary IT Committee (PITCOM).  Jim is a Non-Executive Director of F&C Capital & Income Investment Trust plc, where he chairs the Audit & Management Engagement Committee.  He is a Board Member and Trustee of the Foundation for Information Policy Research (FIPR), as well as a member of the 'Electronic Communications Expert Advisory Panel' for the Irish Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg).  Jim chairs the Steering Group for the Secure Software Development Partnership (SSDP) of the Technology Strategy Board.

He was a founder member of the Cabinet Office Performance  & Innovation Unit in 1999, a former Chief Executive of the DTI Radiocommunications Agency (the UK's radio spectrum manager 1993-1998) and has held senior positions in Cable & Wireless (Marketing Director C&W Europe 1990-1993), Butler-Cox (Director Vendor Consulting Practice 1987-1990), and British Telecom (Senior Manager International Business Development). 

Jim is a Visiting Professor of Electronic Engineering at Sheffield University and an Honorary Doctor of Engineering of that University.  He is an External Examiner for the IoD Certificate in Company Direction’.   Jim is a Chartered IT Professional and Fellow of the British Computer Society (BCS), where he is chair of the ‘Professionalism Board’ and is a Vice President and Trustee.  He is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) and is Chairman of the IET IT Sector Panel.  He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Commerce and Manufactures and of the Institute of Directors.  Jim holds the Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors and is a Chartered Director.

 

 

 

 

 

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