Baroness Brown of Cambridge appointed as chair of the Carbon Trust

She will take on the role from James Smith, former Chair of Shell UK, who has served in the post since 2011. 

In addition to her role at the Carbon Trust, Baroness Brown serves as Deputy Chair of the Committee on Climate Change, the independent, statutory body that advises the UK government and devolved administrations on climate change, chairing its Adaptation Sub-Committee. She also acts as the UK’s Low Carbon Business Ambassador.

She is Chair of the Sir Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials, a Non-Executive Director of the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult and a Council member of Innovate UK. She sits in the House of Lords as a crossbench peer, where she is a member of the European Union Select Committee.  She is a Fellow of both the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society.

Previous leadership roles include a decade spent as the Vice-Chancellor of Aston University, serving as Principal of the Engineering Faculty at Imperial College, London, and a series of senior business and engineering posts at Rolls-Royce plc.

In 2006, she was appointed by the UK government to lead the King Review of low-carbon cars, setting out the evidence base on the vehicle and fuel technologies with the potential to reduce carbon emissions from the road transport sector. Since its publication this has helped shape government policy on the managing the transition to electric vehicles.

Commenting on her appointment, Baroness Brown said:

 “Since it was established in 2001, the Carbon Trust has been a key player in global efforts to build a low carbon economy, establishing itself as a trusted global brand. I am joining the Carbon Trust at an exciting time as it is becoming increasingly influential in helping businesses, governments and institutions across five continents capture the opportunities in a sustainable low carbon future.  There is still much more work to be done if we are to deal with the most pressing environmental challenge facing the world.  I look forward to working with the team and supporting them in delivering on our critical low carbon mission.”




About the Carbon Trust

Established in 2001, the Carbon Trust works with businesses, governments and institutions around the world, helping them contribute to – and benefit from – a more sustainable future through carbon reduction, resource efficient strategies, and commercialising low carbon businesses, systems and technologies.

  • We work with corporates and governments, helping them to align their strategies with climate science and meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.
  • We provide expert advice and assurance, giving investors and financial institutions the confidence that green finance will have genuinely green outcomes.
  • We provide independent insight and support the development low carbon technologies and solutions, building the foundations for the energy system of the future.

Headquartered in London, we have a global team of over 30 nationalities based across five continents.