Joel Kenrick

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Joel Kenrick is a former special adviser to the UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Chris Huhne until his resignation in February 2012.[1] Kenrick is now a freelance climate consultant, and previously worked as a climate change policy adviser for the CBI. [2] More recently, he has worked for lobbying firms Tetra Strategy and Bellenden,[3] as well as Adam Smith International in Nigeria, Greenpeace and WWF-UK. [4]

Since April 2013 he has worked as a junior management consultant for the Boston Consulting Group. [5]


Edinburgh-born Kenrick attended the United Word College of the Atlantic in south Wales before studying International Relations at the London School of Economics.[6]

As a student, Kenrick was involved in a variety of social and political activism. While at Atlantic College, he organised a protest at an RAF base in South Wales. Interviewed by the BBC, he commented: "We think that if America and Britain are serious about getting rid of weapons of mass destruction then they should start at home".[7] At LSE, Kenrick was a member of student environmental and anti-poverty organisation People and Planet: he ran the Edinburgh Marathon in 2007 to fundraise for the group.[8]

Kenrick was parliamentary researcher to Chris Huhne while the latter was Shadow Environment and Home Secretary, and during the 2007 leadership election campaign. He went on to work as a climate change policy adviser at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).[9]

In 2009 he was granted an award by the Fulbright Commission to read for a Masters in Public Policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.[10]

In favour of 'limited' nuclear power

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At the Lib Dems annual party conference in September 2013 Kenrick argued in favour of allowing nuclear power to tackle climate change albeit without public subsidies, while his former DECC special adviser colleague Duncan Brack argued against its use, claiming this was a "chimera". [11]

However Kenrick later maintained via a Twitter reply to Guardian journalist Rowena Mason that he was not so at odds with Brack's stance.

@rowenamason we're actually not far apart, I'm sceptical but think shouldn't rule out, Duncan that we know they can't do it. Time will tell! Joel Kenrick ‏@joelkenrick 15 Sep [12]


  • Tetra Strategy - Kenrick is listed on the Association of Professional Political Consultants' register as working for Tetra between 1 June and 31 August 2012. Tetra's registered clients in that quarter included energy companies AMEC and Sargas AS, [13]which awarded its global carbon capture brief to Tetra in mid-July 2012 [14] He is also listed on the PRCA Public Affairs Register for the period December 2012 and February 2013: [15]
  • Greenpeace[16]
  • WWF - former interim head of public affairs from August 2012 – February 2013[17][18]
  • Adam Smith International in Nigeria working on a climate change and governance project being carried out with the Nigeria Infrastructure Advisory Facility.[18]
  • CBI - former climate change policy adviser (December 2008 – August 2009) (9 months)

Contact, Resources, Notes


Twitter: @joelkenrick


  1. Department of Information Services, "Parliamentary Information List", accessed 07.09.10
  2. Joel Kenrick, LinkedIn, accessed 25 April 2012
  3. Register for 1st March 2013 - 31st May 2013, APPC, acc 3 October 2013
  4. Advisory Committee on Business Appointments, accessed November 2012 and September 2013
  5. Joel Kenrick, LinkedIn profile, acc 4 October 2013
  6. Fulbright Commission, "Joel Kenrick", accessed 13.09.10
  7. BBC, Peace protesters march on RAF base, 25.01.03, accessed 13.09.10
  8. People & Planet, News, 24.05.07, accessed 13.09.10
  9. Fulbright Commission, "Joel Kenrick", accessed 13.09.10
  10. Fulbright Commission, "Joel Kenrick", accessed 13.09.10
  11. Lib Dems vote to accept nuclear power,, 15 Sept 2013, acc 16 Sept 2013
  12. Twitter reply to Rowena Mason ‏@rowenamason 15 Sep, acc 17 September 2013
  13. APPC Register Entry for 1 June 2012 to 31 August 2012
  14. Alec Mattinson, Sargas awards Tetra Strategy 'carbon capture' brief,, 12 July 2012, acc November 2012
  15. PRCA Public Affairs Register: Consultancies –December 2012 to February 2013 Consultancies
  16. Advisory Committee on Business Appointments, accessed November 2012
  17. Joel Kenrick, Twitter, acc 26 November 2012
  18. 18.0 18.1 Advisory Committee on Business Appointments, accessed November 2012