Former UK Ambassador to the UN

• Currently director of the Policy Foresight Programme of the James Martin Institute for Science and Civilization at the University of Oxford (formerly the Green College Centre for Environmental Policy and Understanding) and Chairman Emeritus of the Climate Institute, in Washington DC;
• Chairman of the Trustees of the St Andrew's Prize for the Environment since 1998;
• Chancellor of the University of Kent (1996 - August of 2006);
• Senior Inaugural Visiting Fellow at Harvard University Center for the Environment (2002 – 2003);
• Warden of Green College, Oxford (1990 - 1997);
• Former Prime Minister John Major's Government Panel on Sustainable Development, Chair (1994-2000);
• Member of two government task forces under the Labour Party: one on Urban Regeneration, chaired by Sir Richard Rogers (1998-1999), and one on Potentially Hazardous Near-Earth Objects (2000);
• President of the Royal Geographical Society (1990 - 1993);
• British Ambassador to the United Nations and Permanent Representative on the UN Security Council (1987-1990);
• Permanent Secretary of the Official Development Assistance (now Department for International Development) (1984-1987);
• British Ambassador to Mexico (1981-1983); and
• Chef de Cabinet to the President of the European Commission (1977-1980);

• Christ Church, Oxford, graduating in 1952 with first class honours in Modern History

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