The UK Health Alliance on Climate Change brings together doctors, nurses and other health professionals to advocate for responses to climate change that protect and promote public health. The Alliance was formed in March 2016 to coordinate action, provide leadership and help amplify the voices of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals across the UK.

We work together to:


The UK Health Alliance on Climate Change is an alliance of 21 health organisations, including many Medical and Nursing Royal Colleges, Faculties of Health, the British Medical Association, the British Medical Journal, and the Lancet.

In 2020 we have welcomed a number of new members, including the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, the British Association of Stroke Physicians, and the Primary Care Respiratory Society. If your organisation would like to find out more about joining our Alliance, please contact Laurence Bourton, our Communications Manager.

Dr Richard Smith, Chair

Richard Smith is a former Doctor, and worked in hospitals in Scotland and New Zealand before joining the British Medical Journal – where he was Editor-in-Chief from 1991 until 2004. He continues to blog for the BMJ, and to publish regularly. Until 2018, Richard was Chair of the board of trustees of the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh, and until 2015 he was Director of the UnitedHealth Chronic Disease Initiative – a programme coordinated by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, which created 11 centres in low and middle income countries to conduct research and build capacity to counter non-communicable disease.

Professor Dame Parveen Kumar, Ambassador

Parveen is Emerita Professor of Medicine and Education, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London. She worked as a gastroenterologist and physician at several London hospitals, and is currently a non-executive director of an acute hospital Trust, chair of the BMA Board of Science and a member of the Access Review committee for Genomics England. She co-founded and co-edited Kumar and Clark’s ‘Clinical Medicine’, and has travelled widely in LMICs, teaching, examining, and advising for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. 

Previously she has been the President of Royal Society of Medicine, the British Medical Association, the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund, and the Medical Women’s Federation. She was vice President, senior censor, and director of CPD at the Royal College of Physicians. She chaired the Medicines Commission UK and was a founding non-executive director of NICE. She has received several awards and honorary degrees. Her current medical interests are in global health and education.

Laurence Bourton, Communications Manager

Laurence joined the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change in June 2019. He is responsible for implementing the Alliance’s campaign and communications efforts and coordinating engagement with the media and health professions. Before joining UKHACC, Laurence worked in communications and marketing roles in the education sector and for the Royal Geographical Society. At university, he studied Geography and Environmental Science.