The Counterfactual is the personal site for Clive Bates.
He is now establishing my own new enterprise based on thinking, communicating and doing in support of progressive causes – providing a benign but forceful challenge to orthodoxy in environment, energy, public health, sustainability and international development.
Until recently he was a civil servant, a Director General with the Welsh Government then on secondment to the Department of Energy and Climate Change. However, all views on this site are strictly his own – and he does not speak here for past employers.
These are his employers and institutions to date:
- Department for Energy and Climate Change
- Welsh Government
- UNEP Sudan
- Environment Agency
- Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit – Cabinet Office
- ASH – Action on Smoking and Health
- International Institute for Energy Conservation (Europe)
- Imperial College
- IBM (UK) Ltd
- Emmanuel College, Cambridge
His profile on LinkedIn has a more complete CV
Clive Bates has had a diverse career in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. He started out with the IT company, IBM, then switched career to work in the environment movement. From 1997-2003 he was Director of Action on Smoking and Health (UK), campaigning to reduce the harms caused by tobacco. In 2003 he joined Prime Minister Blair’s Strategy Unit as a civil servant and worked in senior roles in the public sector and for the United Nations in Sudan. He is now Director of Counterfactual, a consulting and advocacy practice focussed on a pragmatic approach to sustainability and public health.