NCAS is delighted to announce that it has appointed three new non-executive directors - Dr Mary E Black, Belinda Howell and Sir Graham Stacey - to the NCAS Management Board. 

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Sir Graham Stacey, Dr Mary E Black & Belinda Howell (left to right)

Dr Mary E Black is a public health doctor, technology entrepreneur and writer, with an international career. She has held senior roles in academia, central and local government, medicine and the United Nations. 

Belinda Howell is a biochemist and experienced executive and non-executive director. Her expertise is applying climate change strategies across sectors from agri-commodities to marine, natural resources, energy, water, consumer goods and retail.

Sir Graham Stacey delivered transformational leadership in the RAF for 39 years, rising to the very highest international appointments. Most recently he oversaw strategic foresight, organisational development and the practical application of emerging technologies in the fields of global security, stability and development.

In welcoming the appointments, NCAS’s Executive Director, Professor Stephen Mobbs said: “We are very pleased to welcome Dr Mary E Black, Belinda Howell and Sir Graham Stacey to NCAS. They make excellent additions to the Management Board, as they bring experience from a range of sectors, which will be invaluable in helping NCAS to make robust and responsible decisions.

On joining NCAS, Mary said: “Climate change is THE public health issue of our time. NCAS shines evidence-based light on this dark challenge. I’ll bring curiosity, constructive challenge and cheer-leading to this remarkable team.

Belinda added: “I am delighted to join NCAS at this significant moment as an internationally recognised research organisation in atmospheric sciences. I look forward to bringing my experience providing independent insight in complex multi-stakeholder organisations to NCAS.

Commenting on his appointment, Graham said: “Climate change and pollution are amongst the most significant threats to our planet. I am excited about adding my global outlook, international networking, expertise in emerging technologies and mentoring skills to the vital work that the NCAS team delivers.

The non-executive directors have been appointed to the Management Board to provide constructive challenge, thoughtful insight, and independent scrutiny, which will help NCAS achieve its mission of being a world-leading research centre dedicated to the advancement of atmospheric science.