GOLD: James Thornton
COMPANY: CEO, ClientEarth
James Thornton is founder and chief executive of ClientEarth, Europe’s first and leading environmental law charity. Using the power of the law, he finds creative and practical ways to protect the environment.
Under his leadership, ClientEarth has won a series of landmark cases against the UK government on air quality, blocked what would have been Europe’s largest new coal power plant being built in Poland and led shareholders to transform how Shell, BP and Glencore act on climate risk.
A member of the bars of California, New York and the Supreme Court of the United States and a solicitor of England and Wales, James is a leader who creates practical solutions to environmental challenges.