date: Fri Feb 2 22:22:25 2001
from: Mike Hulme <m.hulmeatXYZxyz.ac.uk>
subject: C Trust
We had a very constructive meeting today with the C Trust team from DETR. The Trust is very keen to work with Tyndall in a number of areas. In effect there is �27m to be allocated by the Trust during 2001/02 on projects/initiatives that take forward the de-carbonisation mission and they are clearly looking for good ideas to support.
Tyndall has a special position because of our R.Council status and strong interdisciplinarity. Thus we will join the Trust as a corporate member and are also able to nominate someone as a non-executive director to their Management Board (there may also be other formal links as the activities develop). Having considered a number of people, I wonder whether you would be prepared to be nominated as the Tyndall representative on their Board? You are well placed to bridge the technical/economic/behavioural spread of concerns, all of which fall within the remit of the Trust.
John Schellnhuber is aware of this development and was entirely happy to delegate this role to you.
Let me know what you think. The p-t Chairman will be announced next week and the full-time CEO will be appointed by early March for the full functioning of the Trust by early April.
p.s. I have copied the recent Nature papers on THC circulation to you in case you haven't seen them.