The UK Health Alliance on Climate Change has appointed Laurie Laybourn-Langton as its new Director. Laybourn-Langton took up his position on 1 January 2018, replacing Dr Nick Watts as the head of the Alliance, a coalition of leading UK health institutions working together to combat climate change.

On his appointment, Laurie Laybourn-Langton said: “I am excited to be given the opportunity to lead the UK health profession’s response to climate change.

“Climate change is a major threat to public health in the UK and abroad. Tackling climate change will not only limit this threat, but can deliver large public health benefits now and into the future. One example is increasing cycling, walking and other active transport, which can both reduce carbon emissions and air pollution and reduce levels of obesity, saving the NHS a large amount of money and helping people to live more active, healthier lives.

“Over the next year, the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change will amplify the voices and expertise of medical professionals, advocating responses to climate change that protect and promote public health.”

Laurie Laybourn-Langton joins the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change from the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), where he is a Senior Research Fellow working on the IPPR Commission on Economic Justice. Prior to IPPR, he worked for crossbench peer Lord Skidelsky in the House of Lords, at the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) at Oxford University, and as a strategist for Purpose.

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Notes for Editors

  • To organise an interview with Laurie Laybourn-Langton, please contact Viivi Erkkila, Communications Manager, UK Health Alliance on Climate Change at viivi.erkkila@ukhealthalliance.org or +44 (0) 7792454130.
  • The UK Health Alliance on Climate Change brings together the UK’s leading health institutions, including medical Royal Colleges, the Royal College of Nursing, the Royal Society of Medicine, the British Medical Association, the Faculty of Public Health, the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare, The Lancet, and the British Medical Journal. It advocates for better responses to climate change that protect and promote public health. http://www.ukhealthalliance.org/