Founding Director and Chairman, E3G


Tom Burke CBE is the Chairman of E3G, Third Generation Environmentalism, an independent, not-for-profit organization lobbying for sustainable development. He is an environmental policy adviser to Rio Tinto plc, Visiting Professor at Imperial and University Colleges London, and a member of Shell’s External Review Committee and Unilever’s Sustainable Sourcing Advisory Board. A former Executive Director of Friends of the Earth and Director of the Green Alliance (1982 1991), he was Special Adviser to three UK Secretaries of State for the Environment from 1991 to 1997 and served on the OECD’s High-Level Panel on the Environment (1996 98). He was senior adviser to the Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative on Climate Change (2006 12) and chaired the independent review of Environmental Governance in Northern Ireland (2006 7). He serves on the European advisory council of the Carbon Disclosure Project. He was appointed CBE for services to the environment in 1997.