This is the current programme for the Natural Capital Investment Conference. It may be subject to further revisions.


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)

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)

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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