Hugh obtained a 1st class BSc (cardiorespiratory Physiology/ Neuropharmacology), his medical Degree (1987) and research degree (1997) and completed specialist training in General Internal Medicine/Cardiology/Intensive Care Medicine (ICM). He is now a consultant Intensivist in London and Professor of Intensive Care Medicine at University College London (UCL) where he also directs the Centre for Human Health and Performance. He has published >550 scientific research articles and has won >8 national and international awards.
Hugh chaired the two Lancet Commissions on Human Health and Climate Change, and now co-chairs the 35-institition 27-country Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change. He has written and lectured extensively on the subject; has briefed policymakers (inter)nationally; was appointed London Leader by Greater London Authority’s Sustainable Development Commission; has attended many of the international ‘COP’ negotiations; leads the children’s climate education programme ‘Project Genie’; and was awarded an OBE in 2022, partly for work in this field.