Chambers joins 2050 Climate Group as Board Trustee

14 September 2020

Kate Chambers, Consultant at Resource Futures, has been appointed as a Board Trustee of the 2050 Climate Group.

Since 2017, Kate has been an active volunteer with 2050 Climate Group, supporting with communications, branding and helping to grow the charity’s network. Over the past few years, she has been an integral part of the operational team delivering 2050’s flagship Young Leaders Development Programme, which sees 130 young people from across Scotland engage in a year-long programme of climate education and action.

As a Board Trustee, Kate has a responsibility to govern and shape the organisation to ensure that the charity’s aims are being met. The 2050 Climate Group’s key aims are to:

  • Empower Young Leaders to lead and take climate action to create a just and sustainable society
  • Equip Young Leaders with the knowledge, skills and confidence to take climate action
  • Enable Young Leaders to create and access opportunities to influence and be a leading voice for young people on climate change decision-making locally, nationally and globally

This charity is forward thinking in its organisation; all of their trustees are under 35 years of age, with an average age of 29, and whereas many charity boards have between 4 and 10 trustees, at present they have 15. This helps them to respond to the demands of a fast-growing volunteer-led organisation, and to enable the regular participation of those balancing early-career and family life. In addition, the charity holds frequent board meetings – at least every two months, (rather than traditional quarterly meetings) and they estimate that their trustees spend about 8-16 hours a month on their charitable responsibilities.

Kate and the other Trustees will be focussing on the following tasks over the coming months:

  • Fundraising for 2050 Climate Group activities (particularly in light of changing circumstances due to Covid-19)
  • Exploring international partnerships on youth climate action as Glasgow prepares to host COP26
  • Establishing the systems and processes which support the larger operational volunteer team (everything from GDPR to volunteer training)
  • Leading on the development and implementation of three-year strategy and Theory of Change.

Kate, who is based in our Edinburgh office, is also a key member of Zero Waste Scotland’s ‘Demystifying Decoupling Advisory Group’ and contributed to their first public report: