At the Society's Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 11th of June, Professor Rees was elected unopposed to the position for its three year term. She takes over as the Society's figurehead and chair of its elected trustees from Michael Palin CBE.
A distinguished academic geographer by background, Professor Rees is currently Director of the London School of Economics (LSE). She also acts as Director for both its ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (hosted jointly with the University of Leeds) and the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment.
Dr Rita Gardner, Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Director, said:
"We are delighted that Judith will be the Society's first ever female President and we are looking forward to her working with everyone to lead the Society into its next stage of development."