Professor Chris Baines
Honorary Doctorate - 1995
Chris Baines is one of the UK's leading independent environmentalists and an award winning writer and broadcaster. He works as an adviser to large companies in the house building, water, finance and aggregates industries, and also advises government agencies and local authorities on sustainability issues.
He is a member of the Expert Panel of the Heritage Lottery Fund, and the Strategic Urban Planning think tank of CABE - the Government's Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment.
He is currently advising on sustainable development for the 2012 Olympic Village, the World Heritage City of Bath and he chairs the Design Review Panel for the 10,000 home regeneration project at Barking Riverside in Thames Gateway. Chris is also an adviser to the CLG working group developing policy for green infrastructure in Ecotowns.
Chris is equally active in the voluntary sector. He is a national Vice President of the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts and chairs their Biodiversity Benchmark board. He is President of the Association for Environment-Conscious Building and the Thames Estuary Partnership, and in 2004 he was awarded the RSPB's medal of honour for his contribution to nature conservation and sustainable water management. He is also a member of the steering committee for the BBC's Breathing Places campaign.
Chris Baines was awarded a Personal Chair by the University of Central England in 1986. He left postgraduate teaching more than 20 years ago, is self employed and works from home in inner city Wolverhampton.