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Community leadership panel

Bringing community expertise and insight to climate planning and decision-making

The Community Leadership Panel on Climate Change and Just Transition is a pioneering initiative to develop strategic community influence on important climate and nature planning and decision-making.

The panel bring diverse community insights and lived experiences and can advocate for the priorities of Bristol communities. The panel complements other climate expert groups in the city such as the Bristol Advisory Committee on Climate Change, by bringing a climate justice lens to strategic thinking and planning around climate and nature.

 

Image of the members of the Community Leadership Panel on Climate and Just Transition

The panel is a new model of community influence and leadership, developed in collaboration with Praxis Research through a series of pilot sessions in 2023. It aims to help ensure diverse perspectives from Bristol’s communities, shape and inform important climate developments in Bristol and to positively influence city decision-making towards a just transition, following Bristol City Council’s just transition declaration.

The types of initiatives that come to the panel are strategic and citywide (or regional), and at a timely point in their development so the panel can influence decisions. Examples from previous panels include the West of England Nature Recovery Strategy, Bristol City Leap and the Keep Bristol Cool Framework.

Meet the Community Leadership Panel

 

Donna led the development and community engagement for Ambition Lawrence Weston’s community climate action plan. She is now leading their Grow, Cook and Eat project where they are working to increase local biodiversity and reduce food insecurity. Donna has previously worked in Public Health for both Bristol City Council and NHS Bristol.

Donna Sealey

Ambition Lawrence Weston

Jah works as a Project Officer at ACH, a refugee integration service provider. She has a professional background in working with communities and conservation education and an educational background in International Disaster Management and Humanitarian Response, as well as lived experience of migration.

Jah Caballero

Ashley Community Housing

Rosina is an environmental community engagement consultant, workshop facilitator, radio presenter, researcher and creative. Her career in environmentalism formally began as a Black & Green Ambassador. She specialises in intersectional climate justice, health and wellbeing through nature connection, and intergenerational and collective healing through creativity.

Rosina Al-Shaater

Black & Green Ambassador alumni

Vic works for Eastside Community Trust with a focus on supporting residents to reduce their energy use. She has a professional background in community energy and having lived in the private rented sector for two decades, Vic is keen to ensure that citywide policies acknowledge the vast disparity in levels of agency residents have and the barriers they face to taking action, especially around domestic energy use.

Vic Wakefield Jarret

Eastside Community Trust

Emma is a Disabled woman and freelance climate activist with a specialism in disability climate justice. She coproduced the world’s first community climate action plan by and for Disabled people, and represented Disabled people on the 2022 US Embassy Climate Justice exchange. She sits on the Bristol One City Environment Board and is one of the four authors of Bristol’s Just Transition Declaration.

Emma Geen

Freelance Climate Activist

Kirsty is the Climate Action Programme Manager at Heart of BS13, and a climate justice activist. She has co-produced their community climate action plan, collaborating with over 1,000 young people. Kirsty serves as a board member for Bristol Energy Network and is one of the four authors of Bristol’s Just Transition Declaration.

Kirsty Tait

Heart of BS13

Suzanne has run Lockleaze Neighbourhood Trust for over seven years. Prior to that she was City Innovation Manager for Bristol City Council and worked in Higher Education policy. Suzanne and the team have co-produced Lockleaze’s community climate action plan with local residents, and she leads their Really Wild Lockleaze project. She has lived experience of being a lone parent.

Suzanne Wilson

Lockleaze Neighbourhood Trust

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Donna led the development and community engagement for Ambition Lawrence Weston’s community climate action plan. She is now leading their Grow, Cook and Eat project where they are working to increase local biodiversity and reduce food insecurity. Donna has previously worked in Public Health for both Bristol City Council and NHS Bristol.

Donna Sealey

Ambition Lawrence Weston

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Jah works as a Project Officer at ACH, a refugee integration service provider. She has a professional background in working with communities and conservation education and an educational background in International Disaster Management and Humanitarian Response, as well as lived experience of migration.

Jah Caballero

Ashley Community Housing

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Rosina is an environmental community engagement consultant, workshop facilitator, radio presenter, researcher and creative. Her career in environmentalism formally began as a Black & Green Ambassador. She specialises in intersectional climate justice, health and wellbeing through nature connection, and intergenerational and collective healing through creativity.

Rosina Al-Shaater

Black & Green Ambassador alumni

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Vic works for Eastside Community Trust with a focus on supporting residents to reduce their energy use. She has a professional background in community energy and having lived in the private rented sector for two decades, Vic is keen to ensure that citywide policies acknowledge the vast disparity in levels of agency residents have and the barriers they face to taking action, especially around domestic energy use.

Vic Wakefield Jarret

Eastside Community Trust

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Emma is a Disabled woman and freelance climate activist with a specialism in disability climate justice. She coproduced the world’s first community climate action plan by and for Disabled people, and represented Disabled people on the 2022 US Embassy Climate Justice exchange. She sits on the Bristol One City Environment Board and is one of the four authors of Bristol’s Just Transition Declaration.

Emma Geen

Freelance Climate Activist

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Kirsty is the Climate Action Programme Manager at Heart of BS13, and a climate justice activist. She has co-produced their community climate action plan, collaborating with over 1,000 young people. Kirsty serves as a board member for Bristol Energy Network and is one of the four authors of Bristol’s Just Transition Declaration.

Kirsty Tait

Heart of BS13

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Suzanne has run Lockleaze Neighbourhood Trust for over seven years. Prior to that she was City Innovation Manager for Bristol City Council and worked in Higher Education policy. Suzanne and the team have co-produced Lockleaze’s community climate action plan with local residents, and she leads their Really Wild Lockleaze project. She has lived experience of being a lone parent.

Suzanne Wilson

Lockleaze Neighbourhood Trust

Why come to the panel?

The panel can act as a constructive sounding board and insightful critical friend for those developing significant projects, polices and strategies which have climate, nature and community implications in Bristol and beyond.

Benefits of engaging with the panel include:

  • Improving new projects or policies by ensuring they are shaped and informed by a broad range of perspectives and lived experiences.
  • Help apply a just transition lens to new projects or policies, supporting Bristol City Council’s Just Transition Declaration.
  • Constructively support, inform and broaden existing or planned stakeholder engagement.
  • Help mitigate unintended citizen resistance by providing diverse community insights on at an early stage in the process.
  • Support specific organisational aims around corporate social responsibility, social value, and environmental, social and governance.

Want community expertise?

We would like to hear from organisations who have a project, scheme or policy they would like to bring to the panel. If you are interested please complete an expression of interest form.

Expression of interest form

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“The panel is made up of a knowledgeable, insightful group of people. It’s not often you’re lucky enough to get genuine feedback from a collective representing so much of our city in one room.”

James Sterling

Bristol City Leap