Nick Barter is Deputy Director, Climate, Defra, and responsible for delivering Defra’s contribution to net zero. This includes agriculture, waste, land-use, fluorinated gases and the promotion of nature-based climate solutions including forestry. In addition, Nick leads the UK Government’s policy for ensuring the UK becomes resilient to the effects of climate change (such as flood, drought, and overheating) and for reducing the use and impact of fluorinated gases through the Montreal Protocol.


Nick was previously the Deputy Director, Forestry and Climate, responsible for the £640m Nature for Climate Fund to massively expand woodland cover in this country, allocating it in the best way to not only contribute towards the Government’s net zero target but to reverse the decline in this nation’s biodiversity.