The Centre for Alternative Technology has appointed a new Chief Executive to lead the charity’s work in promoting practical solutions to the effects of climate change.
Adrian Ramsay, who is a former Deputy Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales and currently a lecturer in politics and economics at CAT’s Graduate School of the Environment, will take up the post of Chief Executive on 23rd June.
The news of the appointment comes in the month when CAT has celebrated its 40th birthday and announced plans to run new courses on climate change adaptation and planning for a sustainable society.
Mr Ramsay will lead the charity’s work on its refreshed mission of addressing the effects as well as the causes of climate change. CAT will be promoting, researching and teaching practical solutions to environmental challenges such as increased flooding and volatile weather patterns.
To support this work, Mr Ramsay will be tasked with leading the change to a new leadership structure to enable the organisation to increase its income and maximise the impact of its unique rigorous, independent and practical approach to addressing environmental challenges.
Adrian Ramsay said: “I’m delighted and honoured to have the opportunity to lead the work of an internationally-renowned environmental charity. I passionately believe that we can create a better world where we live in an environmentally sustainable way – for the benefit of people and planet. The huge talent we have among staff and the wider community at CAT puts us in a strong position to demonstrate and lead change.
“CAT’s unique role in researching and teaching practical environmental solutions to a changing planet is more important than ever before. The storms and floods across the UK in recent months show that climate change is already here: we need to adapt to them in environmentally sensitive ways in order to avoid the worst effects of climate change.”
Mick Taylor, Chair of Trustees for CAT, said: “On behalf of the Trustees of CAT I would like to welcome Adrian’s appointment as CEO. He comes with an excellent track record on the urgent issues of sustainability and has the experience and determination to lead CAT through a process of radical change as it celebrates 40 years of leading the field in sustainability and renews its mission in order to promote its ideas to the widest possible audience nationally and globally.”
Bio: Adrian Ramsay
Adrian Ramsay, 32, was born and brought up in Norwich. He studied at the University of East Anglia, where he gained a First Class degree in Politics and Sociology and then a Masters degree in Politics.
Mr Ramsay served as a Green City Councillor in Norwich from 2003 to 2011. He played a leading role in building up Norwich Green Party to become one of the most successful local Green Parties in the country: it has been the second largest party on Norwich City Council since 2008. Mr Ramsay was also Deputy Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales from 2008 to 2012, working alongside Caroline Lucas as the Green Party’s first formal leadership team. At the 2010 General election, he stood in the Norwich South constituency and achieved the second highest Green vote in the country.
Mr Ramsay has also worked as a consultant for the Local Government Association and more recently as a lecturer in CAT’s Graduate School of the Environment.
Mr Ramsay currently lives in Norwich with his wife Jenny. They will be moving to Wales in June.