This was the programme for the Natural Capital Investment Conference 2018. 


9.00am  Registration and coffee 

9.30am  Chairperson's opening remarks (Tushita Ranchan, Chair of the Green Purposes Company)

9.35am  Session 1 - Why Invest in Natural Capital?

Opening address: The Rt Hon. John Gummer, Lord Deben

Keynote address: Challenges and opportunities for natural capital investment in the UK  (Bevis Watts, Managing Director, Triodos Bank UK)

Keynote address: Natural Capital Investment and the 25 Year Environment Plan  (Shirley Trundle CBE, Director of Natural Environment Policy, Defra)

Keynote address: Perspective from the Green Investment Group (Emma Knight-Strong, Manager - Sustainability, Green Investment Group)  

Keynote speakers Q&A session

Panel discussion: Roles for government and the private sector in natural capital investment. To include:

  • Jamie Mansfield, Director, Environmental Finance Ltd
  • Inês Faden da Silva, Deputy Treasurer, Tideway
  • David Clarkson, Partner, Oliver Wyman
  • Simon Petley, Independent consultant / Director of EnviroMarket Ltd.

11.10am  Break

11.45am  Session 2 - Mechanisms for Investment

Environmental Impact Bonds - learning from the Social Impact Bond sector  (Dan Hird, Head of Corporate Finance, Triodos Bank UK)

Environmental Impact Bonds - international case study (Eric Letsinger, CEO, Quantified Ventures)

Q&A session with Dan Hird and Eric Letsinger

Investment through the planning system: the Natural Capital Trust (Dr Dominic Hogg, Chairman, Eunomia)

12.50pm  Lunch

1.50pm  Session 3 - Investing in Specific Settings

Parallel sessions:

S3-1  Investing in natural capital for urban areas  (chaired by Tim Sadler, Executive Director - Sustainable City, Oxford City Council)

S3-2  Investing in natural capital in the farmed landscape  (chaired by Charles Cowap MRICS, Harper Adams University)

S3-3  Investing in the marine and coastal environment  (chaired by Karen Ellis, Director of Science and Policy (Acting), WWF UK)

Each session will have short presentations and then a panel discussion with Q&A from the audience

3.05pm Break

3.35pm  Session 4 - The Business of Investing in Natural Capital

Panel discussion: How can natural capital investment be incorporated into existing private sector business models? 

  • Mat Roberts, Senior Associate, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (Panel Chair)
  • Phil Clifton, Managing Director (Highways), Balfour Beatty
  • Nick Molho, Chief Executive, Aldersgate Group
  • Gudrun Cartwright, Environment Director, Business in the Community


4.15pm  Address by Tony Juniper CBE, Executive Director, Advocacy and Campaigns WWF 

4.30pm  Interviews with investment innovators:

  • Surrey Nature Partnership - Sarah Jane Chimbwandira
  • RSPB - Gwyn Williams

4.50pm  Closing Remarks by Tushita Ranchan

5.00pm  Close



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