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Professor Jan Bebbington is the Sustainable Development Commission's Vice-Chair for Scotland. Her research interests focus around the themes of corporate reporting on sustainable development, full cost accounting and modelling, and governance for sustainable development.
Jan is Chair in Accounting and Sustainable Development at the University of St Andrews, Director of the St Andrews Sustainability Institute, and Associate Director of the Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research. She is also Chair of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Social and Environmental Committee, and was previously an external advisor to the Scottish Cabinet Sub-Committee on Sustainable Scotland.
Peter Davies OBE is the SDC Vice Chair for Wales. Having begun his career as a teacher, Peter was appointed Southern Area Director of the CBI Education Foundation. He was subsequently awarded an OBE for his work in setting up the National Teacher Placement Service for the Department for Trade and Industry.
In 1995 Peter joined Business in the Community UK as a Managing Director and latterly has been its Deputy Chief Executive, where he has established an international reputation for his work on corporate social responsibility. Peter also runs the Project Development Partnership, which provides project consultancy to business, government and the voluntary sector. Peter also co-ordinates the work of The Prince's Charities in Wales and is chair of the West Wales branch of The Institute of Welsh Affairs.
Having graduated from the University of Exeter with a degree in Politics, Will spent the majority of his early career working in international development with organisations such Save the Children UK and Oxfam GB. Instrumental in the establishment of Comic Relief, Will went on to become its first Grants Director, before moving on to become the first full time Director of the Opportunity Trust. Between 1996 and 2004, he was Chief Executive of CARE International UK. Until July 2008 Will was Chairman of the BBC Children in Need Appeal, the largest grant giver for disadvantaged children in the UK, and an independent assessor for the public appointments process of the DCMS.
He is currently Special Advisor to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and a Senior Associate of the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership, where he is a faculty member of the Prince of Wales’s Business and Environment Programme. He is Chairman of Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP), a non-profit company bringing together private sector and NGO organisations to pursue the MDG for water and sanitation, and most recently has been appointed as a part-time Sustainability Advisor to Pricewaterhouse Coopers in the UK. He sits on the Board of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), and is a member of WWF UK's Council of Ambassadors.
Tess is a leading barrister specialising in employment, a part-time Employment Judge, and a trained Mediator. She was formerly an Assistant Secretary of the National Union of Civil and Public Servants, and the Legal Officer of the GMB.
She has also held posts in number of voluntary organisations variously concerned with issues of diversity, social justice, poverty and disadvantage, and is currently a Trustee of One World Action. Tess leads the SDC's work on skills and employment.
Paul Rew is a non-executive director of the Met Office and a member of the Advisory Board of the Business School of the University of Exeter. He was formerly a partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers with 36 years experience of providing assurance and advice to a wide range of companies and was the sector leader for Energy and Utilities and for Renewables. Paul led the PwC Sustainability and Climate Change Assurance business. His secondments included two years as Director of the Industrial Development Unit at the Department of Trade and Industry and two years with PwC in South Africa and he has worked widely overseas.
John Schultz retired in 2010 after serving for 16 years as Chief Executive of Stockport Council. He was elected President of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives for 2006/07. He was educated at the Universities of Oxford and Manchester, and is a qualified town planner. John has served on a number of advisory bodies at national, regional and city region level, in the fields of the environment (including DEFRA’s Waste Implementation Programme Steering Committee in 2003/04), health, and children’s services. He has also been a non-executive director of a number of companies, and is currently a trustee of two charities and a school governor. He is married, with two daughters in their twenties. He was appointed CBE for services to local government.