AirSensa will deliver a series of compelling outcomes: - A detailed, factual representation of air quality in our cities to help create positive and targeted solutions - The ability for everyone to see and understand the situation through powerful smartphone apps - with features like low pollution journey planning and automated high pollution alerts - Long-term data on key pollutants for local government as an input to transport planning and policy creation - Joint research with universities to learn more about how to solve the pollution problem
Most importantly, we’re creating deep and engaging educational materials for young people of all ages - and will supply them free of charge to every school in the UK.
We believe that you can't manage what you can't measure, so we created the AirSensa project to monitor and visualise air quality across London right down to individual street level, to share key real-time health information with everyone in London through free apps, and to enable us to target specific solutions accurately and efficiently.
The AirSensa network, which will be the largest air quality sensor network in the world just with existing sponsorship commitments, will eventually consist of up to 10,000 sensors across the whole of greater London. Equipment is being sited on schools, business premises, iconic buildings such as The Gherkin and the Tate galleries, and other key locations.
Change London has an outstanding advisory council who share our desire to make London a better place. We're grateful for their input and advice on a variety of topics, from helping us to plan strategy to detailed technical input on our major projects. All our advisors represent themselves.
Ruth Calderwood is responsible for air quality policy at the City of London Corporation and is chair of the London Air Quality Steering Group. She has worked on air quality policy for over 15 years having previously worked in industrial pollution control and, prior to that, ecology and conservation. Ruth founded the successful CityAir air quality business engagement programme and works with a number of organisations across London to raise the profile of air quality and secure improvements to public health.
Jonathan Grigg is Professor of Pediatric Respiratory and Environmental Medicine and honorary consultant paediatrician at Barts and the London School of Medicine, Queen Mary University London. He trained in paediatrics at Great Ormond Street (London) and the John Radcliffe Infirmary (Oxford). After clinical research fellowships at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School (London) and Baylor College of Medicine (Texas), he moved to the Royal Children's Hospital (Melbourne) as a research fellow.
On return to the UK in 1996, he was appointed as a Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine at the University of Leicester, and moved to his current position in 2006.
His environmental research focuses on the effects of particulate matter (PM) air pollution on children's health. He developed the use of airway macrophage carbon as a marker of individual exposure to PM10 - applying this technique to children in low- and high-income countries. More recently, his research has focused on identifying the mechanism for the association between air pollution and vulnerability to bacterial pneumonia.
Daniel Instone is currently an independent adviser on environmental policy issues.
He worked at a senior level on environmental policy in the Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) from 2001 to 2013, successively leading policy development on water pollution, waste and recycling and on air quality, noise and local environmental policy. Before that, he worked in a wide range of central government departments, including the departments of transport and trade and industry, Treasury and Prime Minister's Strategy Unit, having graduated from university with a degree in classics and philosophy.
He has been a consistent believer in the need to put more weight on the environment and on sustainability in policy-making and in business planning. Among his achievements have been leading the development of transport policy so as to put more weight on reducing the need to travel; substantially increasing the emphasis on waste prevention, re-use and recycling; showing how international trade liberalisation can be reconciled with greater recognition of social, health and environmental policies; and raising awareness of the need for stronger policies and action to address air pollution.
Rod Jones is Professor of Atmospheric Science at the University of Cambridge Department of Chemistry. His research interests include the chemical composition and physical structure of the earth's atmosphere, including the chemistry of the stratosphere and stratospheric ozone, climate change, tropospheric composition, and urban air quality.
Over his 30 year research career he has developed many novel measurement methods, including ultra sensitive spectroscopic techniques for measuring trace concentrations of atmospheric species. More recently he has pioneered the use of low-cost sensors and sensor networks for measuring urban air quality, and currently runs a major research program involving a dense sensor network measuring chemical composition and PM at Heathrow airport. Other USA, EU, and UK projects include the quantification of personal exposure using low-cost sensors for health impact assessments, and he is a PI in the EU Citi-Sense project which involves the deployment of dense static and mobile air quality sensor networks in around 10 European cities together with citizen empowerment and outreach activities.
Rod Jones has sat on numerous national and international assessment panels providing advice on atmospheric science to governments, and is a Fellow and latterly Vice President of Queens' College Cambridge.
Professor Kelly holds the chair in Environmental Health at King's College London, where he is Director of the Environmental Research Group who operate the London Air Quality Network (LAQN).
Prof Kelly leads a substantial research activity which spans all aspects of air pollution research from toxicology to science policy. He is Director of the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit on Environmental Hazards and Deputy Director of the MRC-PHE Centre for Environment & Health. He has led studies of the urban airshed within London including the impact of the introduction of London's Congestion Charging Zone and Low Emission Zone. He currently leads a longitudinal cohort study examining the impact of urban air pollution and traffic management schemes on the respiratory health of 8-9 year old children attending schools within Tower Hamlets and Hackney. By 2015, this study will be able to evaluate whether the introduction of London's Low Emission Zone has provided benefits to the health of children living in some of the city's most deprived areas. Other work examines the toxicity of PM associated metals and quinones, diesel and biodiesel exhaust emissions, wood smoke and the identification of biomarkers of traffic exposure.
Prof Kelly has published over 280 peer-reviewed papers as well as many conference papers and books (as author or editor) on the toxicology and health effects of ozone, nitrogen dioxide and particulate pollution. In addition to his academic work Frank is past President of the European Society for Free Radical Research and past Chairman of the British Association for Lung Research. He is also involved with providing policy support to the WHO on air pollution issues and he is Chairman of COMEAP the Department of Health's Expert Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollution.
In 2009 and 2011 Prof Kelly appeared before the House of Commons Environmental Audit committee to provide evidence on the health effects of air pollution. The committee's subsequent report concluded that poor air quality made asthma worse, exacerbated heart disease and respiratory illness and "probably causes more mortality and morbidity than passive smoking, road traffic accidents or obesity".
David has over 30 years experience in property management and LPA Receivership. He has worked on the both on the client side at Prupim and as an advisor at Nelson Bakewell and CBRE. David founded the Property Management Division of Nelson Bakewell in 1985 and over 25 years grew it to a business with a turnover of £25M p/a. He specialises in advising fund managers and property companies on strategic property management issues and the asset management of large individual assets. He also provides receivership advice to lenders on the asset management of complex assets.
David is responsible for business development and client care within the Property Asset Management business. He also acts as the client relationship director for a number of CBRE key clients including Hermes, IVG, and AXA . He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Fellow of the Non Administrative Receivers Association. He is also Honorary Surveyor to the Corporation of Trinity House, advising them on their property investment strategy.
Karen's career has spanned various senior commercial roles in corporates including Shell UK and Kingfisher PLC as well as more recently over 10 years in the sustainability sector working for Energy Saving Trust as Director of Operations.
As well as her role with Change London, Karen is a Trustee of Pure Leapfrog, a Commissioner for the London Sustainable Development Commission, and a member of the Institute of Directors.
Karen has recently made a move into the Charity/Third sector and now works for the Royal Voluntary service where one of her key responsibilities is ensuring a positive volunteering experience for the charity's 34,000+ volunteers as well as growing the volunteering force over the next few years.
Before joining United Learning, David was Headmaster of City of London School since 1999. Prior to that he was Headmaster of the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe for six years, after thirteen years at Cheltenham College where he was latterly Second Master. Born and educated in Natal, with a Scholarship year in the US, he came to the UK in 1973 to undertake a research degree.
David is a Freeman of the City of London, a Fellow of the RSA, and a Governor of two HMC schools. He served as a ministerial adviser from 2002 to 2005. His educational interests have included chairing a South London "Supporting Local Schools" initiative, and he has raised cash sponsorship of £11.2m to provide 196 means-tested, full-fee bursaries at the City of London School. He is a member of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs and has just assumed the role of Chairman of Governors of a failing Primary School Academy in White City. He is also Vice President (Europe) of The International Boys' Schools Coalition (IBSC).
As a keen sportsman, charitable activities have included long-distance swimming in a Channel Relay Race, swimming across the Hellespont, and the traverse of nine Lake District lakes.
John Plowman studied at the Universities of Grenoble and Durham, joiniing the Civil Service in 1967 where he held numerous posts in the The Ministry of Defence, Cabinet Office, Department of the Environment, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for Transport. He was a member of the Royal Marines Reserve from 1968 to 1971.
He is a consultant on safety, sustainability and governance and a director of the Parliamentary Advisory Council on Transport safety, RoadSafe and the Road Safety Foundation. Associate Risk Solutions, WSP, Rockpools.
John is chairman of the London Sustainable Development Commission, Chairman of Governors of Charlotte Sharman School, a Freeman City of London and Liveryman of the Coachmakers Company.
John Saffell has been Technical Director of Alphasense Ltd since it was founded in 1997. Dr Saffell has a BSc in Chemistry from MIT (1975) and PhD in Materials Science from Cambridge University (1979). He has been a Technical Director of instrumentation companies manufacturing gas sensing and water quality instruments and sensors for 35 years.
John is also Chairman of the Council of Gas Detection and Environmental Measurement (CoGDEM), is a monitoring officer for the UK Technology Strategy Board, fellow of the Institute of Measurement and Control, member of both ASTM and BSI standards committees and was previous chairman of Sensors for Water Interest Group (SWIG).
Publications and patents are in the fields of water quality, air quality, chemical sensor technology and polymer physics.
Stephen Tate is Assistant Director of Environment at the Greater London Authority (GLA), developing policy and driving forward delivery across the Mayor's environment portfolio.
Previously, as Assistant Director of Performance and Strategy within the London Borough of Hackney, Stephen formulated the strategic direction of a public-facing directorate delivering a range of high level projects. At the London Borough of Lambeth with portfolios that covered Business, Housing and Strategy, Stephen developed key policy and strategies, and delivered complex housing projects while overseeing a capital investment programme.
Stephen's passion for the environment and housing sector is reflected in his role as a voluntary non-executive board member of Lambeth Living Arms Length Management Organisation.
Caroline Taylor is Vice President Marketing, Communications & Citizenship, and Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) for IBM Europe. Based in London, Caroline leads the teams responsible for all aspects of marketing, communications and citizenship for IBM throughout Europe.
Previously at IBM, Caroline was briefly European Vice President of Marketing for IBM Software Group, following 4 years as Vice President of Marketing, Communications & Citizenship for the UK & Ireland business. Prior to this, she held a series of European roles including 2 years as VP of Marketing for IBM's SMB organisation, 3 years as Director of Marketing for IBM's consulting services division and 8 years as a senior marketing manager, in IBM's software and systems divisions.
Caroline joined IBM in 1997, with extensive experience in the independent software sector. Prior to her career in the technology sector, Caroline worked in fine wine retail, including establishing and running her own mail-order wine business.
With 28 years of professional marketing experience, Caroline is an Adjunct Professor at Imperial College Business School in London and is also a Business to Business Ambassador for the UK's Marketing Society, to which she was appointed Fellow in September 2012.
Caroline is a passionate advocate for equality and diversity, particularly in the workplace. She is executive sponsor for Gender Diversity for IBM in the UK. In 2012 she was shortlisted for the Opportunity Now Champion Award, recognising her contribution to advancing, promoting and embedding a diversity culture within the workplace.
Married, with 2 adult daughters, Caroline is a director and trustee of the Oasis Charitable Trust and chair of the board of trustees of Stop the Traffik (which coordinates a global coalition against the modern day slave trade). Caroline also has a long standing personal and professional interest in sustainability issues including leading IBM's founding partnership with Start, HRH the Prince of Wales' sustainability initiative.