Canterbury Climate Action Partnership

Who are we


Rosie Duffield MP
Member of Parliament for Canterbury, Whitstable, and the Villages
Cllr Robert Thomas
CCC & KCC Councillor
The Rt. Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin
The Bishop of Dover


Dr Carl Wright

Carl has held senior positions in key international organisations including the UN, EU and Commonwealth for the past 40 years and is the Secretary-General Emeritus of the Commonwealth Local Government Forum; his focus has been on democratic governance and human rights; intergovernmental relations and sustainable development; and  public sector reform and sub-national finances. He is Visiting Practitioner at the University of Kent and sits on the Advisory Board of the Kent Business School; he is also a national trustee of the United Nations Association UK and member of its Canterbury branch. He and his wife Adele, who is a Parish Councillor, live in Hoath near Canterbury.

Dr William Rowlandson
Vice Chair
WILLIAM ROWLANDSON is Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at the University of Kent, UCU Branch Environmental Officer, Sustainability Champion, member of the Canterbury SDG Forum, gardener, composter, vermiculturalist, mycophile, rewilder, drummer, and proud tree-hugger. Author of books and articles on Cuban literature and history, with particular focus on the community-led projects of recovery - such as urban agriculture - following the collapse of the Soviet Union.
John Yard
John is a retired architect who has had a lifelong passion for sustainable buildings. When relocating to Canterbury in 2017, he joined the Canterbury Society and has since helped to set up the Canterbury Climate Action Partnership (CCAP), a joint venture with the Canterbury SDG Forum. John is also responsible for the biennial Canterbury Society Design Awards.
Fred McCormack
Fred McCormack works as a Detective Inspector for Kent Police and is a member of their Carbon Programme Board. He leads on staff engagement through the Kent Police Green Guardian scheme. Fred is the founder of the Facebook Group ‘eco Cops’ were he facilitates investigations on environmental subjects. Fred graduated from the University of Kent in 1991 and will retire from Kent Police in 2021 after completing 30 years’ service. Fred lives in Canterbury with his family and is a keen organic gardener and composter.
Steve Baggs

Steve has 21 Years of experience of working in the energy industry, with a BA(Hons) in Economics and an MSc in Environmental Policy. He has worked for a number of local authorities on energy initiatives to reduce energy consumption and costs, as well as renewable energy initiatives. At KCC he has spent ten years working with schools and KCC estate to reduce energy costs and set up renewable energy projects.

Steve is currently working on the implementation of the net zero targets for KCC and the wider Kent and Medway targets. He has a background in energy financing and funding and is currently managing the SALIX fund which allows energy efficiency measures to be installed at 0% finance through a joint KCC/Central Government Fund which is recycled.

Yvonne Freeman

Yvonne is a former President of the Canterbury branch of Soroptomist International Great Britain and Ireland Federation (SIGBI).  She is currently Programme Action Chairman for the South East Region and Assistant Programme Director (APD) – Partnerships for SIGBI.  In her role as APD – Partnerships she is responsible for encouraging and developing partnership working across the Federation in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.  She is also a member of the Canterbury SDG Forum.


Jo Barker

Jo joined the CCAP board in May 2020. She has been actively involved with Community, Environmental and Wellbeing projects in Canterbury and Kent for nearly 30 years. She is passionate about Natural systems and Permaculture, a design system inspired by Nature.

In her work, she is an active and experienced Permaculture Educator and Designer. She specialises in wildlife-friendly future food forests and Home Permaculture.

Lisa Carlson

Lisa Carlson is CEO of the Canterbury Business Improvement District (BID) and chairs the Canterbury in Bloom committee and Canterbury’s Purple Flag partnership. Lisa also chairs the Association of Town and City Management South East network and sits on the ATCM board which is part of the High Streets Task Force. She previously worked at the World Bank, at the Centre for Civil Society at the London School of Economics, and has a background in media and operations in the charity sector.

David Kemsley

ACRA is the Alliance of Canterbury Residents Associations Our aim is to effectively represent our member organisations views on the important issues of the moment for Canterbury such as the Draft Local plan. Our committee comprises two nominees from affiliated Residents/Community Associations from in and around the City of Canterbury plus Bridge Parish Council. We seek to influence decision making at all levels of government. Plan through the preparation and submission of evidence based comment and advice to the appropriate authorities.

Professor Stephen Peckham

Professor Stephen Peckham is Director of the Centre for Health Services Studies at the University of Kent and Professor of Health Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He  is Director of the NIHR Applied Research Consortium Kent Surrey and Sussex which supports health and social care research in the South East working with the NHS, local authorities, community organisations and industry. He has a background in health research, the voluntary sector and local government and has been a board member of local and national voluntary organisations.  

Martin Vye

Martin Vye has lived in or near Canterbury for fifty years. He taught and was housemaster at The King’s School. He has been a city councillor, and was Executive Member for Transport in 2003/4. He served until recently as a county councillor for 28 years, and was much involved with highways issues in the inner city, and the urban area to the west of it. He is vice-chair of the Canterbury Society, and convenor of the Canterbury Alliance for Sustainable Transport. He is governor at two local schools, and is very keen to draw schools into the campaign to make transport more sustainable.

Dr Peter Rands

Dr Peter Rands is Director of Sustainability Development at Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU), where he has led the University since 2010 to achieve national and international Green Gown Awards for Continuous Improvement: Institutional Change (2017 & 2018). In March 2022 the University launched a new Academy for Sustainable Futures in tandem with its response to the Climate Emergency, representing our ambition to MAXIMISE our contribution to tackling the Climate Emergency, underpinned by the expertise and insight of our Academy.

Peter has an academic background in earth science.  He subsequently spent 15 years in IT within UK Higher Education, 6 years of which was as Director of Computing Services at CCCU. From 2006-10 Peter was Joint Project Director (Technology) for a large scale construction project, which replaced an existing building with a 12,000 m2Library and Student Support Centre.  Peter took particular responsibility for technical elements, interior layout and design, and all sustainability related issues.