Plenary Session Speakers

Matthew Bell

Chief Executive

Committee on Climate Change

Pathways to 2030 – A Low Carbon, Climate Resilient Scotland

Matthew Bell is the Chief Executive of the Committee on Climate Change.  The CCC is an independent, statutory body established under the Climate Change Act 2008.  Its purpose is to advise the UK Government and Devolved Administrations on emissions targets and report to Parliament on progress made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for climate change. 

In November 2015 the CCC delivered its advice to Government about the appropriate scale of emissions reduction for the period 2028 to 2032.  The Government has until June 2016 to legislate this “fifth carbon budget”.

Prior to his appointment, Matthew was a Director at Frontier Economics Limited where he led its Public Policy Practice.  He has widespread experience across all areas of public policy including policy relating to environment, industry, energy, transport, healthcare, agriculture and others.   He has a graduate degree in Economics and has worked advising governments in over 25 countries on all continents.




Professor Sir Jim McDonald BSc, MSc, PhD, DSc, CEng

Principal and Vice Chancellor

University of Strathclyde

Pathways to 2030 – A Low Carbon, Climate Resilient Scotland

Professor Sir Jim McDonald joined the University of Strathclyde in 1984 followed seven years in the electric utility industry and was appointed to the Rolls-Royce Chair in Electrical Power Systems in 1993.

He became Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde in March 2009. He Co-chairs, with the First Minister, the Scottish Government’s Energy Advisory Board.   He is Chairman of the Independent Glasgow Economic Leadership Board and the Board of the Glasgow Science Centre. He currently holds several senior business appointments:  including non-executive directorships at: the Weir Group; Scottish Power; UK Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult;  and the UK National Physical Laboratory. He chairs two of the pan-Scotland research pools in Energy and Engineering and is Chair of the Royal Academy of Engineering Research Committee.

In the Queen’s Jubilee Birthday Honours List on 16 June 2012, Professor McDonald was awarded a Knighthood for services to education, engineering and the economy. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institute of Physics and the Energy Institute.



Andrew Darnton

Managing Director

AD Research and Analysis

Making Change Happen – The Critical Role of Behaviours

Andrew is an independent expert in behaviour change theory and practice focusing on systemic and complex public policy challenges.  He works with public bodies and civil society organisations, in the UK and internationally.  In Scotland, Andrew is best known for creating the ISM (Individual, Social, Material) approach to understanding and influencing behaviours which evolved from the Scottish Government’s Climate Change Behaviours Research Programme. ISM is being used to help inform development of policies and proposals for meeting Scotland’s climate change targets.  

Since establishing AD Research & Analysis (2002) Andrew’s roles have included: authoring the UK Government Social Research Unit’s guidance on behaviour change (2008), peer reviewing the Cabinet Office’s Mindspace report (2010), contribution to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee Inquiry on Behaviour Change, Board Member on the Wellcome Trust’s food & drink initiative ‘The Crunch’ and a trustee of the Bristol Centre for Sustainable Energy.  He has just been awarded an ESRC Fellowship at the Centre for the Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus at the University of Surrey. 


Heidi Hauf

Principal Sustainability Advisor, Sustainable Business

Forum for the Future

Pathways to 2030: Sustainable, Systemic, and Seriously Hard

Heidi specialises in providing innovative and systemic sustainability advice to public and private sector organisations, and developing collaborations between businesses and others that stretch organisational ambition for transformation change. Heidi leads Forum’s work on sustainable business innovation. Heidi joined the Forum team in June 2015, she has managed projects with Novo Nordisk, Unilever, Bupa, Boots, 3M and Reckitt Benckiser.

Prior to joining Forum for the Future, Heidi worked for Business in the Community (a leading UK CSR organisation) as a ‘broker’ between leading businesses and the environmental regulator and developed innovative solutions to sustainability challenges. Through her varied career Heidi gained insights into public policy, community-based development and public-private partnerships by working in think tanks, government institutions and with community and environmental organisations in the UK, Australia and in developing countries.

Heidi has a MA in International Relations from Deakin University in Australia, a Graduate Diploma in Conservation Management from the University of Oxford, and a BA in Geography from the University of New South Wales.



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