About us

Non-executive directors shape the strategy of a business to address the risks and opportunities climate change presents. Chapter Zero is here to help them.

Our purpose

To build a community of non-executive directors and equip them to lead crucial UK boardroom discussions on the impacts of climate change. Our members are helping ensure their companies are fit for the future and that global net zero ambitions are transformed into robust plans and measurable action.


Our history

In 2019 Chapter Zero was set up by a group of non-executive directors (NEDs) who recognised that they have a role in making sure their businesses respond to the risks and opportunities created by climate change. They could see that NEDs hold a unique position with the potential to make this happen, but to do so need relevant information tailored to their role in business. They decided to found Chapter Zero and build a community of NEDs who were equipped, ready and prepared to act.

As they were coming together in the UK, the World Economic Forum (WEF) was publishing its report on ‘How to set up effective climate governance on corporate boards’. The report contains eight principles and guiding questions for boards to address to embed climate governance in their business. With an aligned view on the importance of the board’s role when it comes to addressing climate change, a fruitful partnership has followed. As part of this, Chapter Zero is the UK Chapter of the Climate Governance Initiative – developed in collaboration with the WEF – and has shared its experience with new and emerging directors’ climate forums around the world.

Chapter Zero was developed with the support of the Hughes Hall Centre for Climate Change Engagement, University of Cambridge. In 2020 Chapter Zero received philanthropic funding and employed a permanent team of staff. Chapter Zero is a not-for-profit business wholly owned by Hughes Hall, a college at the University of Cambridge.


What we do

Our non-executive director members are helping ensure their companies are fit for the future and that global net zero ambitions are transformed into robust plans and measurable action. We equip them to do that. Our events and content are designed so our members can engage with the topics and areas that are relevant to them.

We offer learning opportunities, access to expertise, tailored knowledge and connections with peers.

Read more about the benefits of being a Chapter Zero member here.


Our Chairs

Chapter Zero is supported by chairs of leading organisations who recognise the massive challenge climate change poses to UK businesses.

Sarah Bates

Chair of John Lewis Partnership Trust for Pensions and Polar Capital Technology Trust

Mark Tucker

Chair of HSBC plc

David Tyler

Chair of Domestic & General and The White Company

Richard Gillingwater

Chair of Janus Henderson plc

Ruth Cairnie

Chair of Babcock

Don Robert

Chair of London Stock Exchange Group plc

Our steering committee

Julie Baddeley

Carol Bell

Rosemary Boot

Susan Hooper

Gillian Karran-Cumberlege

Our team

Emily Auckland

Emily Auckland

Programme Director

Karen Hoffa

Climate Governance
Programme Manager

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Calum Davies

Member Engagement Manager

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Zoe Wilkinson

Communications Manager

Aurélie Guingamp

Project Officer