Our Governance

Charles Nouhan March 2014 4 Cropped BWCharles Nouhan - Chair

As Deputy Director and UK Co-ordinator of Stakeholder Forum (2000 to 2002), Charles worked alongside former Stakeholder Forum Executive Director Felix Dodds and then Chair Derek Osborn in the run-up to the Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development. He is a Chartered Waste Manager, currently working in the UK local government waste and resource sector where he develops and oversees recycling and waste minimisation services for households and businesses. As Chair of the Kent Waste Minimisation and Recycling Forum (2006-2010), Charles worked within the team that developed the long-term waste strategy for Kent.

Charles' other activities include developing and leading seminars on the drivers of the climate change debate, teaching the science of climate change and introducing participants to the history, politics, and economics surrounding it. He also speaks to community and business groups on a wide-range of environmental issues.

From 1998 to 1999, Charles was a project manager and advisor to the directors of the International Hotels Environment Initiative and the Resource Centre for the Social Dimensions of Business Practice, both programmes of the International Business Leaders Forum.

Charles holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management, and is a Member of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management and Rotary International.


Derek Osborn - Stakeholder Forum President

A former Chair and a former President of Stakeholder Forum, Derek has been a driving force at Stakeholder Forum for nearly 20 years. He served 30 years in the UK Civil Service, the latter 6 years as Director General for Environmental Protection within the Department of the Environment until he retired from the Civil Service in 1996. Derek represented the United Kingdom and was Chair of the Management Board of the European Environment Agency (1995-1999) and was on the Board of the Environment Agency for England and Wales (1996-98), having been involved with its planning and creation. He has been a non-executive director of Severn Trent PLC, and chair of Jupiter Global Green Investment Trust.

In addition to his work with Stakeholder Forum, Derek continuities to share his knowledge and experience as a Board Member of several other promenent environmental organisations.



Farooq Ullah - Director

Farooq became a member of the Board of Directors after stepping down as the organisation's Executive Director in December 2016. He origianally joined Stakeholder Forum in September 2011 as Head of Policy and Advocacy, after his role with the UK Sustainable Development Commission (SDC) for nearly five years. During that time Farooq worked on strategic assessment at the SDC analysing public policy, sustainable operations and procurement, strategy, governance, and decision-making in order to hold the UK Government to account and improve its sustainability performance. Key elements of this work included policy advice, stakeholder engagement and capability building. In all, Farooq has over ten years of experience at international, national and local levels in public policy and sustainable development, with a further three years of private sector consultancy experience.

Farooq is also a Specialist Advisor to the UK Parliament Environmental Audit Committee, a member of Future Earth’s Engagement Committee, and a member of the Alliance for Future Generations. Additionally, he is a founding member of Brighter Future, a climate-change action group in London.

Farooq holds a BComm in Management Science from the University of Alberta and an MSc in Public Policy from the London School of Economics.

Ann145Ann Pfeiffer - Advisor to the Board of Directors

Ann joined Stakeholder Forum in 2013, and since then has ensured the effective functioning of the organisation's financial and administrative systems, and oversaw our project contracts.  She served on the Board as a Director from January 2015 to December 2016, and is now an advisor to the Board.

Prior to joining Stakeholder Forum, Ann carried out similar roles at the Consortium on Opportunities for Volunteering, the Anglo-German Foundation, the TUC, and most recently at Advocates for International Development. She has also acted as a consultant for several small charities and not-for profit organisations and currently acts in a voluntary capacity for the Green House Think Tank.

Ann has an MA in Modern Languages from Oxford University, a PGCE from Reading University, and a Certificate in Accounting and a Diploma in Economics from The Open University.