I’m writing with a change to our speaker programme. Dame Carolyn McCall has sent her apologies and has had to withdraw as guest speaker from the March 6th dinner. We are working to find another opportunity later in the year for Carolyn to address the Club.
I am, however, delighted to be able to announce that our speaker in March will instead be Dr. Emily Shuckburgh, OBE. Emily is a climate scientist and mathematician based at the British Antarctic Society in Cambridge. She leads the national research programme on the Southern Ocean and its role in climate, is deputy head of the Polar Oceans Team and leads the Data Science Group at BAS. She holds a number of positions at the University of Cambridge and is a fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society, where she is co-chair of their Climate Science Communications Group. She has acted as an advisor to the UK Government on behalf of the Natural Environment Research Council. In 2016 she was awarded an OBE for services to science and the public communication of science. She is co-author with HRH The Prince of Wales and Tony Juniper of the Ladybird Book on Climate Change. Her full biography can be found here.
Beyond the immediate political maelstrom we find ourselves in, there is no more important topic for the Club to consider than climate change, where better informed discussion in the boardroom is urgently needed. We should all anticipate huge change coming, in increased regulation and reporting, consumer and investor pressure, and risk to supply chains. Emily is in an unrivalled position to talk to us. Please place your bookings on the website or by writing to Clare. I do hope those of you who have already booked for March will still be able to attend. If for any reason you need to amend your booking, do let Clare know. As a reminder, there are still a few places available at our February 6th dinner with Jacob Rees-Mogg MP and places are filling fast for our Brexit breakfast on March 12th with Philip Rycroft, Permanent Secretary for the Department for Exiting the EU.
I look forward to seeing you all in February.