Meet the Team

Suraje Dessai

Suraje Dessai has been Professor of Climate Change Adaptation at the University of Leeds since 2012. His research and teaching focuses on the management of climate change uncertainties, perception of climate risks and the science-policy interface in climate change impacts, adaptation and services. He has published more than 80 peer-reviewed papers and was the recipient of a European Research Council Starting Grant. He is the co-editor-in-chief of Climate Risk Management and a Lead Author in the IPCC WG1 (The Physical Science Basis) Sixth Assessment Report, having been a Lead Author in the IPCC WG2 (Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability) Fifth Assessment Report.

Kate Lonsdale

Kate has worked on adaptation to a changing climate as a researcher, trainer, facilitator, and evaluator and in an advisory capacity for over 24 years in both developed and developing country contexts.  She has led and managed projects in a range of settings including civil society, academia and policy and within organizations that aim to create a bridge between these different sectors.  Kate also has 15 years of experience in designing and facilitating participatory research processes, workshops and events.

Pete Walton

Impact Translation Fellow
Pete joins the team as the Impact Translation Fellow and will be developing ways that the outputs and learning from the programme can be implemented into policy and decision-making, especially at the national level. Previously having worked at the UK Climate Impacts Programme, University of Oxford, he brings 14 years experience of working in the adaptation world, researching and supporting stakeholder engagement with climate change adaptation science. Initially, this was using the UK Climate Projections and more recently in how to use the science of extreme weather event attribution. This follows the completion of his doctoral thesis that examined how climate science can be more successfully communicated to the non-academics using online technologies. He is a qualified teacher with over twenty years’ experience teaching at school and university level. His research has provided him with an opportunity to link his background as an environmental geographer with his interest in the role of technologies as tools for engagement.

Margo Hanson

Programme Management
As Research Manager: Energy, Climate Change and Sustainability at the University of Leeds, Margo leads a small team which provides research support to the Sustainability Research Institute’s portfolio of energy and climate change related centres and projects. as well as sharing duties with Jane Stanbury on the UK Climate Resilience Programme

Kate Lock

Programme Communications
Kate Lock leads on communications for the Champions team. This includes the website, social media and liaising with the programme partners over media releases, etc. Kate was formerly the Communications Officer for the Priestley International Centre for Climate; she now works with the Champions team and for the Place Based Climate Action Network

Catherine Homoky

Communications Officer
Catherine Homoky has joined the UK Climate Resilience Champions team as Communications and Engagement Officer. She will be focused on facilitating knowledge exchange and engagement with key audiences, through events, articles and social media content. She has a PGC in Practical Science Communication and previously held the position of Senior Communications Officer (Science Lead) the National Oceanography Centre. Prior to that she was Acting Director for the CLIVAR project of the World Climate Research Programme.

Jason Lowe

Head of Climate Services at the Met Office Hadley Centre and Met Office Principal Fellow. For the UKCRP, Jason is Met Office Science Co-Ordinator
Professor Jason Lowe, will work alongside the Climate Resilience Champions as a thought leader, flag bearer and strategy owner for the UK Climate Resilience research programme. Along with the Champions, Jason’s role in UK Climate Resilience is to build an integrated research community, facilitate and maximize links across the portfolio and promoting Programme and knowledge exchange. Recently, he led the production of the latest UK climate projections, UKCP18 and is Scientific Coordinator of the EU H2020 programme, EUCP.

Rachel Harcourt

Research Fellow
Dr Rachel Harcourt has joined the Champion team to work on research synthesis and to promote knowledge exchange.