The role of the Advisory Group
The Advisory Group:
- Provided advice and guidance on the scientific evidence presented to the People’s Assembly for Nature
- Checked the resources and materials presented to the People’s Assembly, making sure that they are balanced, accurate and include perspectives from across all four nations.
- Helped give context to the work of the People’s Assembly for Nature within wider debates on biodiversity loss, climate change and food production & consumption.
- Connected the People’s Plan for Nature programme to other initiatives to share learnings.
- Advised and supported the delivery team in ensuring the process is accessible and equitable for all attendees.
The members of the Advisory Group have expertise in the areas that the People’s Assembly for Nature covered: biodiversity, climate change, and food and farming. They were representative of a broad range of ideological standpoints, representing different parts of society, including business, government representatives, academia, NGOs and civil society groups.
How were they selected?
The project design team for the People’s Assembly for Nature- consisting of Involve and staff members from the RSPB, the National Trust and WWF - created a shortlist that focused on ensuring the Advisory Group included:
- A breadth of perspectives
- Representation of the devolved nations
- Representation of different parts of society
- Had an intergenerational focus;
- An understanding of the topic area in question.
This list was also reviewed by the two Academic Leads working on this project.
Meet the Advisory Group
To make sure The People’s Assembly for Nature was impartial and fair, an independent Advisory Group was appointed to check the content being discussed and how it was delivered.
Here’s who was in the group.
Community Engagement and Participation Manager, TPXimpact (formerly FutureGov)
Senior Specialist Advisor, Natural Resources Wales
PhD researcher, Queen's University Belfast
Dr Miranda Geelhoed
Policy and Project Development Coordinator, Scottish Crofting Federation
Director of Nature and Climate Change, Nature Scot
Chair, Natural England
Water Policy Manager, the Wildlife Trusts
Advisory Group meeting notes
Download and read the meeting notes from the first Advisory Group meeting on 4 October 2022.
Download and read the meeting notes from the second Advisory Group meeting on 20 October 2022.
Download and read the meeting notes from the third Advisory Group meeting on 22 November 2022.
Download and read the meeting notes from the fourth Advisory Group meeting on 19 January 2023.