Philip Wright – Scottish Flood Forum – Chair
Now retired, Philip was Deputy Director, Climate Change and Greener Scotland Division in the Scottish Government until April 2010, responsible for climate change policy, including support to Ministers in taking the Climate Change Bill (Scotland) successfully through the Scottish Parliament and the subsequent implementation of the duty on Scottish Ministers to reduce carbon emissions by 80%, and to making Scotland more resilient to the impacts of climate change through the implementation of the Government’s Adaptation Framework.
As a member of the UK delegation to UN Climate Change Conferences for over ten years he gained a depth of knowledge and experience of international climate change negotiations. In his previous post, Philip was responsible for flood risk management policy, during which time he promoted the move from a reactive approach to flooding to a more proactive, risk-based approach, including the production of the country’s first flood risk maps. In addition to his role as Chairman of the Scottish Flood Forum, Philip is a trustee of the National Flood Forum and Vice-Chairman of the charity Changeworks. Until October 2012, he was Chairman of Sniffer.