Speakers and panelists

Keynote speakers

Jennifer Pryce

President and CEO, Calvert Impact Capital

Having worked at Calvert Impact Capital for nearly a decade, Jenn has shaped the strategic direction of the organization to lead on rising trends such as investing with a gender lens and making impact investing more accessible to retail investors. 

Jenn started off in the Peace Corps working in Africa where she was exposed to the frustrating limited flows of capital to lower income communities. From there she set off to work for major banks in New York and London including NeubergerBerman and Morgan Stanley focusing on capital streams in emerging markets. She then realized she could hone her focus on investing in a socially responsible way supporting underserved communities. She has since committed her career to impact investing at Calvert Impact Capital.

Jenn has previously served on the boards of the Hitachi Foundation, Institute for Sustainable Communities, Impact Assets, Groundswell, and Apple Tree Institute. She received her BS in Mechanical Engineering from Union College and her MBA from Columbia University.

Rowan Douglas CBE

Head of Capital Science & Policy Practice, Willis Towers Watson

Mr Douglas is Head of Capital, Science & Policy (CSP) Practice at Willis Towers Watson, a leading global advisory and re/insurance broking company and Chair of the Willis Research Network. Previously, he served on the Board of the Group's reinsurance division, Willis Re, as CEO Global Analytics.  The CSP Practice helps governments and corporates manage large scale risks and is a leader in developing sovereign and multi-sovereign catastrophe financing programmes.

In 2014-16 he led the creation of the Insurance Development Forum (IDF) of industry, governments and international institutions to harness the role of re/insurance capabilities to meet the Sustainable Development Goals and wider Post-2015 Agenda and was appointed to lead the Implementation Group of the IDF in May 2016. He was made CBE in the 2016 UK New Year's Honours List for services to the economy through risk, insurance and sustainable growth.

He was a member of the UK Prime Minister's Council for Science & Technology 2011-2016; the Royal Society's Working Group on Resilience to Climate Risk and Extreme Weather, and serves on the Executive Committee of the International Insurance Society (IIS), New York from which he received the Kenneth R Black Award in 2014.

Following degrees in Geography at Durham (BA Hons) and Bristol (M.Phil) Universities, Rowan began his career underwriting reinsurance at Lloyd’s Syndicate 1095 before founding the international risk information company WIRE Limited in 1994 which was purchased by Willis Group in 2000.

Chairpersons

Karen Ellis

Director of Sustainable Economy at WWF-UK

Karen Ellis leads a cross-organisational programme of work focusing on how to transform the economic system for sustainability.  She is an economist with over 20 years’ experience in the public and private sectors.  Karen previously worked at the Overseas Development Institute, where she led the Private Sector and Markets Programme, focusing on the role of business in achieving sustainable development.  Karen has also worked as an Economic Advisor at the Department for International Development, and at HM Treasury, with a focus on international economics, private sector development, growth, investment, financial regulation and macroeconomic policy issues.  Prior to that Karen worked as a consultant for London Economics, advising on financial regulatory issues for private sector clients..

Mark Bridgeman

Deputy President of the CLA, Chair of the CLA Board

For the last 13 years, Mark has managed the Fallodon Estate in Northumberland. It consists of an in-hand farm, let farms, woodland and biomass, cottages, a tourism venture and housing development. After Durham University, Mark spent 19 years at Schroders as a fund manager. He is now on the board of two London listed investment trusts and is a trustee of the Weston Park Foundation.

Mark has been actively involved in the CLA for 11 years. He joined the CLA Policy Committee eight years ago as the North East’s representative before chairing the Legal and Parliamentary and Property Rights Committee from 2011-13, during which time he also chaired the Housing Working Group that produced the CLA’s Housing policy document. From 2013-15 he chaired the Environment Committee before becoming Vice President in 2015.

Terence Jagger

Board Member of the Marine Management Organisation

Terence Jagger spent his early career with Shell, American Express, Burmah Oil and Unigate. After a Masters degree in Finance, he joined the Civil Service in 1995, where he worked in the Ministry of Defence until 2011. His roles included managing the PFI programme, leading the QinetiQ privatisation, Director Financial Management, and Political Advisor to the NATO commander in Afghanistan (2006-2007). From 2011 to 2015 he was Chief Executive of Crown Agents, the international development company working in Africa and Asia. He has previously had several director and trustee roles. His current roles include: Non-Executive Director of the Single Source Regulations Office, a Non-Executive Director of the London Pension Funds Authority and the Marine Management Organisation, Chair of Governors at Bath Spa University and a Trustee of Tree Aid.

Justin Mundy

Strategic Adviser to the Capital Science & Policy Practice at Willis Towers Watson

Mr Mundy is Strategic Adviser to the Capital, Science & Policy Practice at Willis Towers Watson and Distinguished Fellow, World Resources Institute. From 2007-2018, Justin was the Director of The Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit. Prior to that, he worked as an Adviser to the UK Government on Russia, Energy and Climate Change and ran the World Bank’s forestry and biodiversity programmes in Russia and Central Asia. He is Chairman of an agricultural fund management company SLM, was a Managing Director of Climate Change Capital, Senior Adviser to Deutsche Bank’s Global Markets Group, a Director of Aon Carbon and a founder of ForestRe. 

Panelists

Opening plenary session

Jim Totty

Managing Partner, Earth Capital

Jim has 25 years’ experience in sustainable and clean technology, including 16 years’ private equity. Jim has invested in 33 sustainable private equity investments since 2002, including Renewable power and heat, energy and resource efficiency, and waste treatment.

 

 

 

Andrew Mitchell

Co-Founder of the Natural Capital Finance Alliance

Andrew W. Mitchell is a Founder of the Natural Capital Finance Alliance and the Global Canopy Programme. Currently, he is Senior Adviser to Ecosphere Plus (E+), and Director of the consultancy firm Equilibrium Futures. He is an international thought leader on tropical forests, climate change and natural capital.

 

 

 

Emma Howard Boyd

Chair of the Environment Agency

Emma Howard Boyd joined the Environment Agency board in July 2009. Emma chaired the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee, sat on the Pensions and Flood and Coastal Risk Management Committees and was an Area Board Member. She was appointed as Deputy Chair in July 2015. Emma currently serves on various boards and advisory committees including the Future Cities Catapult (Vice Chair), ShareAction (Chair), and Menhaden Capital PLC (Board member). Her previous roles include Director of Stewardship at Jupiter Asset Management, Vice Chair and Chair of the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association, and a member of the Commission on Environmental Markets and Economic Performance.

Speakers (morning parellel sessions)

Charles Russ

Principal Environmental Consultant, AECOM

Charlie is a chartered surveyor and agricultural valuer by background, joining AECOM as a Principal Environmental Consultant in September 2017. He joined AECOM after seven years with a large real estate consultancy, where he managed farms and estates across lowland England and Scotland, and more latterly led a joint venture developing a new service line in Environmental Markets. Building on this experience, Charlie is helping to develop AECOM’s offering on Biodiversity and Environmental Net Gain, and providing property and land management input to projects on Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services.

Jamie Mansfield

Co-Founder and Director, Environmental Finance Ltd.

Jamie is an experienced Founder and Director of multiple community energy projects across the UK, working with a range of technologies, aided by his first class Masters of Engineering, in Renewable Energy from Exeter University. He has a strong experience in project development and financing of renewable energy projects for community benefit, working throughout the development, financing and operational phases of projects. Jamie has worked with several institutional debt investors achieving investment committee approval for over £100m of long term senior debt.

Panelists

Morning parallel session - investing in the marine & coastal environment

Simon Dent

Blue Investments Director, Mirova Natural Capital

Simon has more than 20 years energy and commodity related experience with extensive commodity origination experience in both physical and financial commodity markets and in managing and executing long-term structured transactions.  Previously a Managing Director in the BNP Paribas Commodity Group where he worked for the bank for over 12 years in both Europe and North America. He setup and led the global emissions sales and environmental trading activity for the bank. Simon joined Althelia Climate Fund in 2014 and is applying his commercial and structuring skills towards developing project led impact investments. He is focused on sustainable marine supply chains and fisheries as well as sustainable land use investments.

Gwyn Williams

Head of Conservation Finance, RSPB

Gwyn currently leads the RSPB's Conservation Investment Programme, that aims to develop the use of debt and equity finance in delivering the RSPB's mission to save nature. He has worked for RSPB since 1979 following contracts with the Nature Conservancy Council and Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust. This has included roles covering land use policy and practice, protected area conservation, species recovery and, land acquisition for nature reserves & nature reserve management. Since 2006, he has led the addition of over 27,000ha to the RSPB’s estate of 158,000ha. This has included contributing to major coastal restoration projects such as Wallasea Wild Coast (Essex), Medmerry (Sussex), Hesketh Outmarsh (Lancashire) and Frampton (Lincolnshire). He also served for several terms on Environment Agency Flood Risk and Coastal Management Committees (and their predecessors) in Eastern England.  

Toby Roxburgh

 Chief Economics Adviser

Toby leads work on natural capital at WWF UK, particularly focusing on the development and use of tools/approaches to help improve the sustainability of policy, planning and investment decision-making. He is currently managing a new WWF initiative that is developing and piloting new financing mechanisms for UK Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) as part of WWF’s Sustainable Environments at Sea (SEAS) project, which is itself part of Defra’s Marine Pioneer. With a background in economics and environmental/marine sciences, other areas of focus include global/national environmental and economic policy, marine/land-use planning, and business sustainability/risk. Toby has over 20 years of experience in Africa, Asia, Americas, Europe and the Pacific.

Morning parallel session - Investing in the rural environment

Henry Wilkes

Henry Wilkes is an international agricultural and real estate investment specialist. Prior to founding InvestAg, he was a Director at Savills (L&P) Ltd, where he worked for many years. Henry has travelled extensively throughout his career and has a deep understanding of the UK and global agricultural investment and asset management sector, having advised institutions, investment funds, corporations and family offices on sizeable agricultural and real estate investments. Henry is also involved in the management of his family’s farm in the UK, where he lives.

Andrew Griffiths

Andy is Head of Value Chain Sustainability for Nestlé’s UK & Ireland businesses, responsible for the development and delivery of the Environmental Sustainability strategy both within the operation and across the value chain. He has worked for Nestlé UK & Ireland for over 20 years, originally in operational and engineering roles. He is both a chartered environmentalist (IEMA) and a chartered engineer (IET) and is focussed on bringing together the engineering expertise, operational experience and environmental insights of the organisation alongside collaborative partnerships with academia and key delivery partners to develop and implement robust and effective sustainability programmes.

Mike Image

Senior Consultant Policy and Economics team ADAS

Mike Image is a Senior Consultant in the Policy and Economics team at ADAS, where he had worked since 2014. His area of activity is the analysis of agri-environment and forestry policy in the UK and Republic or Ireland, with particular focus on the design and evaluation of Agri-Environment and Payments for Ecosystem Services Schemes.  Mike also carries out ecosystem services and natural capital assessments, including monetary valuation and mapping. He is currently undertaking a part time PhD at the University of Reading, investigating the spatial relationship between demand for pollination services in England and the uptake of relevant agri-environment measures.

Before retraining and completing an MSc in Environmental Management at Oxford Brookes University in 2014, Mike worked for 14 years at Standard Chartered Bank in London and Hong Kong, where he held a variety of roles in the trading, valuation and distribution of structured foreign exchange and commodity products.    

Catherine Gretsy

Catherine joined Defra as Team Leader for Strategic Policy Design in December 2018 from Bain & Company where she worked as a strategy consultant across a wide range of industries ranging from Financial Services and Energy to Consumer Products and Media. Catherine's role within DEFRA is to lead the development of the Blueprint for England's new Environmental Land Management System. Catherine holds a Doctorate in Zoology and BA in Biological Sciences from Oxford University; her doctoral thesis evaluated the extent to which EU agri-environment measures support bee populations and their delivery of pollination services effectively on farmland.

Closing panel discussion

Marie-Justine Labelle

Manager, Sustainability & Climate Change, PwC

Bruce Davis

Joint Managing Director, Abundance Investment

Bruce Davis is Co-founder and joint managing director of Abundance Investment, the world's first regulated crowdfunding platform focused on environmental and social projects. Bruce is also Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Leeds Bauman Institute.  In recognition of his expertise Bruce is often invited to engage with government on financial and environmental policy. He was a member of the UK Green Finance Task Force, which reported in March 2018.

Nick Molho

Executive Director, Aldersgate Group

Nick was appointed Executive Director of the Aldersgate Group in October 2014. He is responsible for the overall management of the Aldersgate Group, including the development of its work programme, its relationships with key political and business stakeholders and its robust representation of member views to government ministers and parliamentarians. He has played a key role in broadening the Group's impact and membership and bringing its influence to bear on areas that are core to the Group’s interest. Nick is the lead author of Aldersgate Group reports and a regular commentator on sustainability issues. He was most recently Head of Climate Change and Energy Policy at WWF-UK following a career as an environmental and energy lawyer at CMS Cameron McKenna, where he spent six years working on commercial energy law for a range of international businesses, regulators and governments. A regular public speaker, Nick also writes for a range of outlets such as The Economist Insights, Business Green and the Huffington Post.

Seminar contributors

Stephanie Hime

Managing Director of Little Blue Research

Stephanie has enjoyed a varied career spending more than ten years addressing sustainability challenges. She supported the Natural Capital Coalition as its Technical Director overseeing the development of the Natural Capital Protocol and Sector Guides. She also led KPMG's UK sustainability services team work on True Value (a method to measure social, environmental and economic impact). Stephanie has worked as a senior environmental economist for economics for eftec and as a senior research associate at the Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment based in the University of East Anglia.  She is on the advisory board of the Natural Capital Coalition, the technical working group of the Climate Disclosure Standards Board, an Environmental Economics committee member for the British Standards Institutes.

Bruce Davis

Joint Managing Director, Abundance Investment

Bruce Davis is Co-founder and joint managing director of Abundance Investment, the world's first regulated crowdfunding platform focused on environmental and social projects. Bruce is also Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Leeds Bauman Institute.  In recognition of his expertise Bruce is often invited to engage with government on financial and environmental policy. He was a member of the UK Green Finance Task Force, which reported in March 2018.

 

Clifton Bain

Director, IUCN UK Peatland Programme

The IUCN UK Peatland Programme, based in Edinburgh, is raising awareness of the multiple benefits of peatlands. Currently on secondment from RSPB, Clifton is a Zoology graduate of Aberdeen University with over 25 years experience in wildlife conservation. For the last ten years has been based in the RSPB Scotland headquarters, in Edinburgh, as senior policy officer, covering biodiversity and climate change advocacy. 

Angus Middleton

Founder and Commercial Director, Viridian Logic

Angus co-founded Viridian Logic in 2016, with the aim of adding scientific rigour and commercial pragmatism to the modelling of nature-based solutions. He excels at finding innovative solutions to environmental problems, and has helped numerous clients achieve results previously thought impossible. He has been a director of environmental consultancies for over a decade, having grown one from seed to sale and subsequently being a director at the UK’s largest geographical data and analytics company. Angus has managed many complex projects, from major redevelopment of derelict industrial sites to the merging of two companies.

At Viridian Angus has designed and managed numerous projects around natural capital and nature-based solutions. He has helped clients design landscape interventions for flooding, water pollution, erosion/siltation, habitat connectivity, carbon sequestration, biodiversity and farming practices. He has or is currently helping create natural capital baselines, ecosystem service flow maps, and methodologies/tools for both the marine and terrestrial environments.

Angus was recently a member of the Innovation Advisory Board for NERC (being reorganised under RCUK) and on the Technical Steering Group for the Natural Capital Protocol

Ian Dickie

Director, • Economics for the environment consultancy (eftec)

Ian Dickie is a Director at eftec. He is also a Director of the Aldersgate Group, a member of the ICAEW Sustainability Committee, and the Advisory Panel of the Natural Capital Coalition. Ian has led production of the UK’s urban natural capital account in 2017, and development of a natural capital account and investment plan for Greater Manchester in 2018. His natural capital experience also includes work for United Utilities, The Crown Estate, Port of London, Duchy of Cornwall, London Borough of Barnet, Montserrat and John Lewis. He was the lead technical writer of UNDP’s 2016 biodiversity finance initiative (BIOFIN) workbook, and has managed studies on habitat banking and biodiversity finance for the European Commission.

Maria De Filippo

Partner at Affirmative Investment Management

Mario del Filippo is a partner responsible for verification at Affirmative Investment Management, the world’s first dedicated green and impact bond fund management company. her previous roles include Operational Manager at UniCredit amd 
Client Relations at BNY Mellon Asset Management. Maria holds an Investment Management Certificate with the CFA Society UK.

 

 

Gary Hueting 

Chief Operating Officer, Co-operative Insurance

Gary has 13 years experience in Insurance having joined Co-op in 2015 and previously worked for Domestic & General (where he led both Operations and IT).  Prior to D&G, Gary lived in Brussels and was the European IT and Supply Chain Director for Third Party Logistics specialist Christian Salvesen. Gary has led international teams of up to 2,000 and has extensive experience in optimising operations, in transforming customer experience, growing sales and in implementing and exploiting technology (including 10 years as CIO). As part of a programme to deliver customer excellence Gary became heavily involved in improving how the Co-op reacts and supports communities impacted by flooding.  Gary is passionate about building on this reactive work to find ways of proactively helping communities to reduce the devastating impact of floods.

Andy Bord

Chief Executive Officer, FloodRe

Andy Bord is Flood Re’s Chief Executive Officer.  Andy graduated with a degree in Physics from the University of Bristol, and began his career at BT.  He joined Singlepoint (mobile phone service provider) as Operations Director in 2000 which was subsequently acquired by Vodafone in 2003.  He was then appointed Head of Vodafone.co.uk and Consumer Direct Sales, latterly becoming Head of Broadband Development.  Andy moved into the insurance industry in 2008, joining BGL Group where he managed the own-brand portfolio of personal lines insurance products and then undertook a number of due diligence assignments for HIG Capital, one of which led to him being appointed as interim CEO of Freedom Finance.  He then moved to Staysure as Deputy CEO before joining Capita as CEO of the insurance services business.  In January 2017, Andy joined Flood Re as Interim CEO before being appointed to the role permanently in April 2017.

Katherine Owens

Head of Environment Policy and Regulation, United Utilities

Katherine Owens is the Head of Environment Policy and Regulation at United Utilities.  She has over 10 years of experience working in the water industry, in both operational and strategic roles, and has worked for UU since joining the company as a graduate in 2007. In her current role, Katherine is responsible for leading a centre of excellence, developing environment policy and strategy, and building strategic relations with key stakeholders.  She has an applied knowledge of environmental permitting and compliance, as well as extensive experience in operational leadership. Katherine has a BA in Geography from the University of Oxford as well as an MSc in Biodiversity and Conservation from the University of Leeds.  She is also a member of CIWEM and the Institute of Water.

Jonathan Shopley

Natural Capital Partners

Jonathan Shopley is Managing Director at Natural Capital Partners, a leading international provider of services delivering positive impact for the environment and business in the areas of climate, energy, water, and biodiversity.  He is a board member of the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA); a founding co-chair of International Carbon Reduction and Offset Alliance (ICROA); and, chair of a community energy cooperative in the South of England.  He has B.Sc (civil engineering) and M.Sc (environmental science) degrees from the University of Cape Town and an MBA from the London Business School.

Launch of the Scottish Conservation finance Project

John Rowan 

Group treasurer

John is a chartered accountant and fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.

His career to date has included corporate banking, finance and treasury with Bank of Scotland, HBOS and Morgan Stanley. In 2008 he was appointed Treasurer of Co-operative Bank before joining Northern Rock in 2010 as Treasurer and subsequently becoming Group Treasurer of Virgin Money when Northern Rock was acquired.

John is currently looking at new opportunities.

Closing panel discussion

Marie-Justine Labelle

Green finance specialist, Sustainability & Climate Change team, PwC UK

Marie-Justine is a green finance specialist within PwC UK’s Sustainability & Climate Change team. Her work is focussed on accelerating the development of climate and conservation project pipelines, and on supporting institutions green their investments and reduce environmental risk. She has worked with WWF, the Coalition for Private Investment in Conservation (CPIC), the Natural Capital Finance Alliance, the UK Government, the Green Climate Fund and numerous financial institutions on green finance projects and initiatives. She is a principal author of CPIC’s Development Guide for Conservation Investment Blueprints. Marie-Justine is a Certified Expert in Climate and Renewable Energy Finance and holds an MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulation from the London School of Economics.

 

Emily Briggs

Deputy Director for Green Finance, Defra

Emily is the Deputy Director for Green Finance at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Prior to this, Emily lead BEIS’ work on carbon trading, through  the EU Emissions Trading System and held numerous roles working on renewable energy policy. Before joining government, Emily worked in environmental policy for the United Nations Environment Programme across Asia-Pacific and held roles in the private sector in renewable energy project development and at BP. Emily studied mechanical engineering and commerce and holds an MSc in Environmental Technology.