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Copeland's People's Panel on Climate Change: Oversight Panel

The Copeland People’s Panel on Climate Change has an Oversight Panel, established to make sure that the process is transparent, fair, balanced and robust. Based on a successful model used for the Leeds Climate Change Citizens’ Jury and the Kendal Climate Change Citizens’ Jury, the Copeland Oversight Panel is made up of the main organisations that are able to influence Copeland’s response to climate change.

This group includes representation from the following organisations (listed in alphabetical order):

  1. Action with Communities in Cumbria (ACT)
  2. Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster (BECBC), Net Zero Group
  3. Copeland Council
  4. Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS)
  5. Cumbria Association of Local Councils (CALC)
  6. Cumbria County Council
  7. Friends of the Earth (West Cumbria and North Lakes)
  8. Home Group
  9. NHS North Cumbria CCG
  10. Nuclear Decommissioning Authority
  11. Stagecoach
  12. University of Cumbria
  13. Whitehaven Academy
  14. Woodland Trust


The meetings are chaired by Councillor Andy Pratt, Copeland Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment, Place and Inclusive Communities. Peter Bryant of Shared Future (who are facilitating the panel) also attends in an advisory capacity.

In their first meetings, the Oversight Panel have decided the question the panel will consider and agreed which commentators (outside experts) will present to the panel for the first three sessions. They have also agreed the panel recruitment process.  The Oversight Panel has an ongoing role in considering how best to implement the People’s Panel recommendations.