Tom Burke is currently an Environmental Policy Adviser to Rio Tinto plc and a Visiting Professor at Imperial and University Colleges, London. He is a Senior Business Advisor to the Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative on Climate Change. He is a Founding Director of E3G, Third Generation Environmentalism and serves on the boards or advisory boards of a number of environmental and other organisations. He is Chairman of the Editorial Board of ENDS magazine.
He was appointed by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to chair an Independent Review of Environmental Governance in Northern Ireland from 2006 -7. He was a member of the Council of English Nature, the statutory advisor to the British Government on biodiversity from 1999 - 2005. During 2002 he served as an advisor to the Central Policy Group in the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office. He was Special Adviser to three Secretaries of State for the Environment from 1991-97 after serving as Director of the Green Alliance from 1982-91. He is the co-chairman of the Anglo-German Environment Forum.
He was an environmental advisor ( part time ) to BP plc from 1997 –2001. He was a member of the OECD's High Level Panel on the Environment 1996-98 He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and was a member of the Council from 1990-92 sitting on its Environment Committee 1988-96. He also served on the Executive Committee of the National Council of Voluntary Organisations from 1984-89. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Cranfield Institute of Management and a Senior Visiting Fellow at Manchester Business School.
He has been a professional environmentalist for 30 years and was formerly Executive Director of Friends of the Earth and a member of the Executive Committee of the European Environmental Bureau 1988-91. He was the Secretary-General of the Bergen 1990 Environment NGO Conference 1988-90.
He has served on a number of Government appointed bodies including the National Committee for European Year of the Environment and the Waste Management Advisory Council. From 1992-96 he was a member of the Overseas Advisory Committee of Save the Children Fund. He was a member of the Board of the World Energy Council's Commission `Energy for Tomorrow's World' 1990-93.
Since 1991 he has been a member of the Advisory Committee to the Business in the Environment Task Team. He is a founding member of the Council of the Institute of Environmental Management. He currently serves on the Advisory Board for Conservation International’s Centre for Environmental Leadership in Business in the US. In 2007 he was elected a Fellow of the Energy Institute. He also serves on the Advisory Council of the Carbon Disclosure Project. He is a Patron of the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association and A Vice-President of Environmental Protection UK.
In 1993 he was appointed to United Nations Environment Programme's `Global 500' roll of honour. In 1997, he was appointed CBE for services to the environment. He was awarded Royal Humane Society testimonials on Vellum ( 1968 ) and Parchment ( 1970 )
He has lectured, written and broadcast extensively on environmental matters and is the co-author of a number of books including `Green Pages' (Routledge, 1988), `The Green Capitalists' (Gollancz, 1987) and `Ethics, Environment and the Company (IBE, 1990).