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 17 health organisations, including many Medical and Nursing Royal Colleges, Faculties of Health, the British Medical Association, the British Medical Journal, and the Lancet.

Our newest member, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, joined in October 2019. If your organisation would like to find out more about joining our Alliance, please contact Laurence Bourton, our Communications Manager.

Dr Richard Smith CBE, 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.

Nicky Philpott, Director

Nicky Philpott joined the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change as Director in January 2019. Nicky leads the day-to-day work of the Alliance, developing and implementing its strategic direction. She previously worked in various UK charities including the NSPCC and Age UK, leading on external affairs, campaigning and fundraising. Before joining UKHACC, she was Director of Advocacy and Engagement at the Ramblers, where she led efforts to open up cities, towns and the countryside for walkers.


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.