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Porritt out, Day in at the SDC

Thursday 25 June 2009

UK Sustainable Development Commission

The Prime Minister has appointed William Day as the new Chair of the UK Sustainable Development Commission (SDC). Mr Day takes over from Jonathan Porritt on 27 July 2009 for a period of three years.

Biographical Details

Mr Day has acquired extensive experience across social, economic and environmental portfolios both at home and abroad. He is the former Chief Executive of Care International and has spent a significant amount of his career based in Africa. In the UK he has held many roles, including; Chairman of BBC Children in Need, external advisor to the BBC Corporate Social Responsibility Board and Non-executive Director of South Kent NHS Hospitals Trust.

He worked in South Africa on many different projects, has provided consultancy services for many development organisations and has been an active public speaker and commentator on sustainable development. In addition to this, William has been a faculty member of the Prince of Wales Business and the Environment programme since 2004, a senior advisor to the UNDP Growing Business Initiative and also the Chairman of Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP).

Whilst at CARE William arranged to develop a Memorandum of Understanding with World Wildlife UK to manage the recognised overlap between the social and environmental issues. Will was formerly a member of the Grants Committee (1989-93) Charities Aid Foundation; member (1990-2000) and Chairman (from 1998) of BBC Central Appeals Advisory Committee; Non-executive Director of South Kent NHS Hospitals Trust (1993-1996); Independent Assessor for public appointments to Department for Culture, Media and Sport; a Trustee and then Chairman of BBC Children in Need (1998-2008); External Advisor to BBC Corporate Social Responsibility Board (2005-2008)