TalX Advisory Board

David Dodd graduated with a first class honours in Environmental Science from Trinity College Dublin in 1998. He has postgraduate qualifications in Air Pollution from Sligo IT, a Diploma in Environmental Noise and Acoustics from University of Ulster at Jordanstown and a Masters in Science Communication from Dublin City University. He has over twenty years’ experience in the environmental area working in a multi-disciplinary environmental consultancy on a range of Environmental Impacts Assessments, environmental monitoring and contaminated land remediation projects. He spent a decade as an inspector with the Environmental Protection Agency in Wexford and Dublin in the areas of waste management, air quality, climate change and research. In 2015, he joined the Department of Environmental Communications and Climate (DECC) as a technical advisor in the Environment Advisory Unit working on the implementation of predominantly air quality, noise and some waste legislation. In 2018, he took up the position of coordinator of the Dublin Climate Action Regional Office (CARO) working directly with the 4 Dublin Local Authorities on the development and implementation of their Climate Change Action Plans.

Cathy Burns is the Climate Programme Manager, Derry City & Strabane District Council. She has led the development of the first council Climate Adaptation Plan in Northern Ireland and is currently managing the development of the North West Climate Action Plan, a cross border multi-agency initiative. Cathy has a background within museums, natural, cultural and built heritage. She has over 20 years’ experience across the public sector and NGOs specialising in project management, communication and engagement. Cathy has worked as a Consultant for the National Trust leading on projects and strategic planning. She has also lead landscape and environmental regeneration projects across Northern Ireland. Cathy has a particular interest and expertise in stakeholder engagement, strategic planning, leadership and climate change. She is also on the Advisory Board for the Transboundary Adaptation Learning Exchange (TalX) project.

Clive Walmsley provides the functional lead for Natural Resources Wales (NRW) on strategic climate change issues, providing expert advice to ensure that risks and impacts are evaluated and managed internally, and advises externally on the implications of climate change for Wales. A key focus is to ensure an evidence-based approach to integrating both mitigation and adaptation into the work of NRW and ensure that climate change is addressed through the sustainable management of natural resources. He has contributed to the production of guidance on adaptation to climate change within the UK, and internationally for the Convention on Biological Diversity. This has particularly focused on the interactions between climate change, biodiversity and ecosystem processes. Clive has been responsible for a range of environmental monitoring initiatives, including production of The Living Environment of Wales, the first State of Environment report for Wales and managing the production of a meta-database of environmental monitoring datasets for Wales. Clive previously undertook ecological research, specialising in coastal plant ecology and habitat restoration. He has been a member of the Climate Change Commission for Wales and Director of Outreach for the Climate Change Consortium for Wales. He is also on the Advisory Board for the Transboundary Adaptation Learning Exchange (TalX) project.

John Barry is father of two children and Professor of Green Political Economy and Director of the Centre for Sustainability, Equality and Climate Action at Queens University Belfast.  What keeps him awake at night is the life opportunities and future wellbeing of his children.  His areas of academic research include post-growth and heterodox political economy; the politics, policy and political economy of climate breakdown and climate resilience; and socio-technical analyses of low carbon energy transitions. His latest book is The Politics of Actually Existing Unsustainability: Human Flourishing in a Climate-Changed, Carbon-Constrained World (Oxford University Press).  Since January 2020 he has is co-chair of the Belfast Climate Commission, and was a Green Party councillor from 2011-2018 on Ards and North Down council.  He is also on the Advisory Board for the Transboundary Adaptation Learning Exchange (TalX) project.

Kate Lonsdale is currently one of two UK Research and Innovation Champions for the Strategic Priority funded UK Climate Resilience Programme.  This role includes consulting with academics and practitioners to understand research and innovation gaps and opportunities to shape and ensure the success of the research programme. She has worked on adaptation to a changing climate as a researcher, trainer, facilitator, consultant, mentor, evaluator and in an advisory capacity for over 24 years in both developed and developing country contexts and has lead and managed projects in a range of settings including civil society, academia and government policy and within organizations that aim to create a bridge between these different sectors.  Kate also has 15 years of experience in designing and facilitating participatory research processes, workshops and events. She is also on the Advisory Board for the Transboundary Adaptation Learning Exchange (TalX) project.

Kristen Guida is manager of the London Climate Change Partnership, appointed in November 2015 after ten years at Climate South East, where she held the posts of Program Assistant and Coordinator/Director. In 2011 she co-founded Climate UK and chaired its Board of Directors until 2016. Her main interests are in supporting adaptive capacity, helping organisations formulate and share effective responses to the challenges presented by climate change, and bridging the gap between scientific evidence and action. She previously worked as a Senior Researcher on political rights, civil liberties, and press freedom at Freedom House, a human rights organisation in New York. She is also on the Advisory Board for the Transboundary Adaptation Learning Exchange (TalX) project.

Lesley Hinshelwood is the Sustainable Development Officer for South Lanarkshire Council. Lesley has 30 years’ experience in local government, mostly at South Lanarkshire Council, and has worked on policy and strategy development for more than 10 years.  Lesley’s current role of Development Officer at South Lanarkshire Council covers all aspects of policy and strategy development relating to sustainable development and climate change.  She has a corporate lead on the public sector climate change duties and contributing to the UN’s sustainable development goals at a local level. In addition, Lesley is a on the board of Climate Ready Clyde and a member of Sustainable Scotland Network’s (SSN) steering group.  Being part of the steering group has given Lesley the opportunity to engage at a national level and to help guide the development and delivery of the network. She is also on the Advisory Board for the Transboundary Adaptation Learning Exchange (TalX) project.

Matt Ellis works for the Environment Agency employee and has been supporting the Greater Manchester Combined Authority as a Climate Resilience Lead officer. Matt is a qualified land use planner with over 20 years’ experience supporting public sector organisations and their partners to address a range of environment and sustainability issues. His work with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, supports it and its local, national, and international partners to help understand, plan for, and increase Greater Manchester’s resilience to a rapidly changing climate and address the climate emergency. He is also on the Advisory Board for the Transboundary Adaptation Learning Exchange (TalX) project.

Tara Murray is a Sustainability and Climate Change Officer with Aberdeenshire Council. Her role is to implement and evaluate environmental and sustainability strategies, policies and business cases, create and implement employee engagement and behaviour change initiatives and provide sustainability and climate change advice and support to employees and services. She is the Project Lead for Aberdeenshire’s climate change adaptation and mitigation strategy, Climate Ready Aberdeenshire, acting Advisor to the North Sea Commission’s Energy and Climate Change Group and a member of the Climate Week North East Steering Group and Adaptation Scotland’s Benchmarking Working Group. She is also on the Advisory Board for the Transboundary Adaptation Learning Exchange (TalX) project.

Fen Turner is a Senior Officer at Natural Resources Wales, specialising in strengthening collaborative partnership working in response to the climate and nature emergencies. Fen has worked in the Environment sector for 13 years and is passionate about the protection and enhancement of the natural world.  She has been responsible for the co-creation of the regional Climate Ready Gwent network which aims to support the public sector in Gwent to decarbonise and adapt to a different climate ready future. She has a particular interest in exploring new and creative ways of communicating climate risk to different audiences.  Fen has direct experience of ensuring that climate adaptation and mitigation is intrinsic to the undertaking of Welsh public bodies duties under the ground-breaking Well-being Of Future Generations (Wales) Act and the Environment (Wales) Act.  She has led the development of bespoke, place-based carbon literacy training courses for organisational leaders, catalysts and champions and regularly contributes as an expert to Local Authority Scrutiny, local climate risk forums, and as a project advisor. She is also on the Advisory Board for the Transboundary Adaptation Learning Exchange (TalX).

David Mellett is the regional coordinator for the Atlantic Seaboard North Climate Action Regional Office (CARO) in Ireland. David is a civil engineer with a background in roads and water services with over 20 years of experience across the public and private sectors. He is working with the 5 local authorities in the CARO region to mainstream climate action across various functions and to support climate action locally, with a particular interest in coastal impacts and the role of nature based solutions.