Joan MacNaughton CB HonFEI

Chair of the Climate Group

Joan MacNaughton has extensive board experience in industry, government, academia and the third sector. Her career in government encompassed strategy, regulation, procurement, and parliamentary business, as well as stints as chief of staff to the deputy prime minister and two cabinet ministers, culminating as Director General of Energy for the UK. She spent five years in a power sector company, where she led the company’s global climate change advocacy, and six years leading the World Energy Council’s ‘Trilemma’ process, focusing on how to improve business and government collaboration over energy policy. She has wide international experience, including as Chair of the International Energy Agency, and a high level international network. She currently chairs the Board of the Climate Group; is a Non-Executive Director of En+Group IPJSC, where she chairs the Health, Safety and Environment Committee; and of Heathrow Airport Holdings Ltd. She is a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of Engie UK plc, and sits on several academic advisory boards at energy and climate institutes. She publishes and lectures on energy and climate issues. As well as climate and energy issues, she has experience in health and safety and diversity and inclusion issues.