The trio assumed their roles at the start of January 2022 as the community interest company prepares for intensified climate action work throughout the North of England.

Barbara Keating, Phil Macari, and Nigel Stansbie all bring in-depth and invaluable skills to the social enterprise as it ramps up its raft of initiatives, training, support, and events to practically tackle the climate and ecological crisis and make 2022 the year of resilience and climate action.

The trio of Associates join Directors Sharon Lashley, Jennifer Clair Robson, and Julie Harrison who have worked on a wide variety of climate change issues throughout their careers.

Climate Action North’s Managing Director, Sharon Lashley, commented: “We are delighted to welcome three Associates to our team as we look to mobilise climate action and make the changes needed to fight the climate crisis. They each have specific areas of expertise and will all play a vital role in expanding and delivering positive, practical climate action that works.”

Barbara Keating, a visual artist, film maker and experienced beekeeper, has run large-scale public engagement events about bees in conjunction with Tyne and Wear Museums. She won the Grow Wild Bees Needs award for her work providing food and homes for pollinators and works with community groups to raise awareness of bee habitats. She said: “I’m very happy to join the Climate Action North team and look forward to making a positive difference and, in particular, bringing the amazing world of pollinators to the attention of people throughout the region.”

Phil Macari, Wildcraft Founder, has already delivered a number of Climate Action North Pollinator Parks® gardens, which support nature’s recovery by supplying a haven for insects and birds. He said: “Having worked with Climate Action North for a number of years now, I am proud and privileged to officially join the team as an Associate. I will be focusing on rewilding, nature and people, and bringing experience, joy and learning to the wonderful work of Climate Action North.”

Nigel Stansbie, a vet and educator, said: “The natural world is my passion, and I can’t wait to roll up my sleeves and support Climate Action North’s work rewilding and restoring our natural landscape and biodiversity.”

Sharon concluded: “By strengthening and expanding our pool of expertise we know we can make a positive impact and get as many people and businesses as possible to take action to halt and reverse the climate crisis.

“Our vision is: ‘The time for talking is over, today we need to act’ and we want as many people as possible to make the changes we so desperately need to fight the climate crisis. After all, if the 7.6 billion people on the planet all made one small change this, alongside much bigger global changes, would be a positive start to stabilising the fragile environment we love so dearly and the need to sustain life on earth.”

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