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Dr. Nick Watts

Executive Director
Lancet Countdown and Chair, NHS Net Zero Expert Task Force

Nick is the Executive Director of the Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change, an independent and multi-disciplinary research collaboration between academic centres around the world. It is based at University College London’s Institute for Global Health, and is a continuation of the 2015 Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change. The Countdown tracks and drives progress towards a world which is responding to climate change in a way that protects and promotes public health.

Nick is also the Chair of NHS England’s Net Zero work, leading an Expert Panel and analytical team to how, and by when, the NHS can reach net zero.

Dr Watts is a medical doctor, having worked in a number of settings in Western Australia, and has trained in population health (UWA) and public policy (University College London). He works to engage the health profession on the links between climate change and public health, having founded both the Global Climate and Health Alliance and the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change.