Lord Paul Tyler

Former Liberal Democrat MP, Lord Paul Tyler is the Honorary President.

In 2005 Paul retired, after serving for 14 years, as MP for North Cornwall. In addition to his relentless campaigning on a broad range of issues during his time in the House of Commons, Paul also served the Liberal Democrat Front Bench as Chief Whip and most recently as Shadow Leader of the House.

Paul was subsequently made a working peer and introduced to the House of Lords. He is now Liberal Democrat spokesman in the Lords on constitutional reform issues, and served on the 2006 Joint Committee on Conventions, which examined and set out the relationship between the House of Lords and the House of Commons.

Paul and his wife, Nicky now live in a recently built sustainable, largely energy self-sufficient home in Nicky's native Gloucestershire.

Matthew Bateson

Matthew is the head of environment, climate change and energy management at Rio Tinto, the global mining company. Prior to joining Rio Tinto, Matthew worked with Shell for 14 years in finance, external and government affairs and communications, working in corporate roles and on projects in Peru, Kazakhstan and Russia. He also spent 3 years leading the Energy and Climate work for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, working with leading blue chips from across industry sectors to advocate a business voice in the international climate policy debates.

Matthew has a masters in Theology from Oxford and is a qualified management accountant. His interests lie in the mountains – running, climbing, skiing and paragliding.