Baroness Bryony Worthington of Cambridge is the Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change in the House of Lords, leading on international climate change policy for the Shadow Ministerial team. Made a life peer in 2011, she is a leading expert on climate change policy and carbon trading.
When raised to the peerage one leading newspaper commented that “The House of Lords has become a greener and better place”.
Bryony was born and grew up in Wales. After studying English Literature at Queens' College, Cambridge, Bryony joined Operation Raleigh as a fundraiser. It was in the mid-1990s, working for a conservation charity on new laws for wildlife protection, that she became increasingly concerned by the issues associated with climate change. By 2000 she had moved to Friends of the Earth as a climate-change campaigner where she set up their highly successful 'Big Ask' campaign demanding a new legislative framework for addressing climate change.
Bryony then moved on to Scottish and Southern Energy, one of the UK's largest energy companies, where she advised on sustainable energy policy. Whilst at SSE she was seconded to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs where she implemented public awareness campaigns and helped to draft the ground-breaking Climate Change Bill. The bill became law in 2008, committing the UK to long term legally binding emissions reductions, delivered through a series of 5 yearly ‘carbon budgets’.
In 2008 Bryony launched Sandbag.org.uk <http://sandbag.org.uk/>, a not-for-profit group working on policies that can effectively defend us against the risk of climate change which. She is also Patron of the Alvin Weinberg Foundation, Ambassador for the Blue Marine Foundation and soon to become a trustee of UNICEF UK.
City Councillor Richard Robertson, Baroness Worthington and Labour Group Leader on the County Council Ashley Walsh