Winchester Action on Climate Change now has a new Chair, following a well-attended AGM on Saturday 4 October. Tony Stoller CBE takes over from Councillor Roger Huxstep, who has led the organisation for the past two years and who remains a WinACC trustee.

Chris Holloway, WinACC’s Director, said

WinACC’s Chair provides leadership and strategic direction, and has to head the trustees, be the public face of WinACC and influence key people. We are pleased to have been able to appoint Tony, who lives in the district, cares about the future of our children and grandchildren, and wants to create a fairer world.

Tony Stoller said

WinACC has had a real impact over this last year. We are delighted that WinACC’s partnership with Winchester City Council has grown even stronger, following the Council’s decision to adopt an action plan for a low carbon economy, as well as holding firm to its ambition to create a low carbon Winchester District when the Community Strategy was reviewed last year. More and more people are getting involved in WinACC and pledging to cut their own carbon footprint.

Together, we are working towards the vision of a low-carbon Winchester district, where people can work and enjoy themselves without being forced to use their cars, and live warm and comfortable lives without their heating costing the earth. We are looking at how we can reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that pollute our atmosphere, and how we can get more renewable energy generated and used locally.

Tony Stoller is Chair of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and of the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust. From 1995 until 2003 he was Chief Executive of The Radio Authority - the statutory regulator for all non-BBC radio. He is also nowadays a media historian, and is studying for a PhD at Bournemouth University into classical music radio, having published Sounds of Your Life, the definitive history of independent radio in the UK, in 2010. Tony is married with two children and five grandchildren, and has lived in Winchester for the past four and a half years. His interests include cricket, music and sailing.