Greenpeace UK Board

The Board of Directors of Greenpeace UK normally consists of seven members.

The Board of Directors are responsible for strategic decisions including approving organisational policy; approving the organisational development plan; and ratifying decisions made at the Greenpeace UK Annual General Meeting (AGM).

The Board’s role also includes approval of Greenpeace UK’s annual budget and audited accounts, and the appointment and supervision of Greenpeace UK’s Executive Director.

UK Board ​​directorships are limited to 8 years, i.e. 2 terms of office. The UK Board meets three times in the year and reports to the Voting Members at the Greenpeace UK AGM.

John Sauven, Executive Director, Greenpeace UK

John Sauven – Executive Director

John has been Executive Director of Greenpeace UK since September 2007.

Before that he was the director responsible for Greenpeace communications and working on solutions with businesses. As a campaigner he was instrumental in getting protection for the Great Bear temperate rainforest on the west coast of Canada. It was an epic battle, mostly fought in the marketplace involving logging companies, timber traders and their retail customers, and it led to widespread adoption of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) sustainability certification as standard across the timber and paper sectors.

Lessons learnt from the Great Bear campaign were applied elsewhere – notably in Indonesia, the Congo, Central Africa and the Amazon. He co-ordinated the international campaign to secure a moratorium on further destruction of the Amazon by soya producers. It involved eventually bringing together an alliance of US and European multinationals, along with Brazilian soya producers, commodity traders and food retailers. It was one of Greenpeace’s most successful campaigns aimed at protecting the world’s rainforests.


Andrew McParland – Board Chair

Andrew has been a member of the Board for Greenpeace UK since 2010 and chair since July 2018.  Andrew is an engineer and manager working on the research and development of new technologies in online media. He develops standards, software and algorithms to help people to find and access the content of most relevance to them. He has been involved in Greenpeace and environmental activism for over 25 years. He frequently participates in Greenpeace actions and trains others to take part as well.


Lyndall Stein – Board Vice-Chair

Lyndall has worked building support for international organisations working on a wide range of issues including the liberation of South Africa, access to treatments for HIV/AIDS, and poverty/inequality. She has worked in a variety of roles as CEO, and as a Director of Fundraising, Marketing and Campaigns – in a wide range of organisations including the African National Congress, ActionAid, Care International, Concern Worldwide, The Terrence Higgins Trust, The Big Issue, BOND, Practical Action, VSO, The International HIV/AIDS Alliance and Save the Children.

She is also a Board member of The Refugee Council.


Charlotte Grimshaw – Board Member

Charlotte has twenty years’ experience in the voluntary sector in Australasia and the UK. Work in the UK included Marketing and Fundraising Director for Greenpeace UK, Head of Individual Giving for the Royal Shakespeare Company, and experience as a Director and Consultant with David Dixon Associates and The Phone Room, arts fundraising specialists. She was co-founder of nfpSynergy and founded Charity Monitor, one of the UK’s leading public opinion polls for the third sector. In Australia, her company has worked with over a hundred organisations across all sectors including health, education, the arts, conservation, and welfare charities.


Ed Gillespie – Board Member

Ed is a writer, communications specialist, environmental campaigner, serial green entrepreneur and futurist. He is the author of ‘Only Planet – a flight-free adventure around the world’ a book about his circumnavigation of the globe without getting on a plane. Ed is also co-founder of Futerra, a change agency that specialises in business transformation, sustainability and creative communications and campaigns.
Ed is actively involved in a number of other pioneering businesses as a Director or Investor, from Zero Carbon Food, a renewable energy powered, LED-lit, hydroponic farm in a disused underground tunnel in South London, to a pan European rail-ticket agency that makes it as easy to book a trans-continental train as a plane. He is also a London Sustainable Development Commissioner, advising the Mayor and the Greater London Authority.


Peter Newell – Board Member

Peter is a Professor of International Relations at the University of Sussex. For over nearly 25 years he has conducted research, consultancy and advisory work on issues of climate change, agricultural biotechnology, corporate accountability and trade policy working in a number of countries including Argentina, Brazil, China, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Mexico and South Africa.

In recent years his research has mainly focussed on the political economy of carbon markets and low carbon energy transitions. Besides working for academic institutions, he has undertaken commissioned research and policy work for the governments and international organisations. He has worked for NGOs such as Friends of the Earth and Climate Network Europe and with groups such as Practical Action, Transparency International, Care, Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, and the International Council on Human Rights Policy. He is a member of the board of the Brussels-based NGO Carbon Market Watch and the advisory board of the Green think-tank Greenhouse. He is author and co-author of numerous books on environmental politics.

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