With thanks to Miriam Heale, Allen & York www.allen-york.com

Beth Thoren has joined environmental lawyers ClientEarth as deputy CEO. She was previously director of fundraising and communications at the RSPB.

Thoren started out as an engineer on commercial ships, travelling the world. “After years of sea-going adventures, I got an MBA and moved to the UK as a management consultant,” she recalls. After a stint working for companies such as Mars Confectionery and WH Smith she joined the BBC, where she helped to set up – and was key leader in – the £176m national switchover programme from analogue to digital TV.

Her interest in the environment was sparked by a three-month sabbatical to save whales in Antarctica. She hopes to help ClientEarth move from an initial European growth phase to become an organisation with global impact. “ClientEarth is an extraordinarily innovative and professional organisation of lawyers that fight to protect our health and our world,” she says. “If you can change and enforce laws, you can change the world.”

Beth Thoren

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