Natural Capital & Industry in 2019

The concept of natural capital in the business community has been gaining momentum for a number of years, with a large push from government. Yet in many areas of industry, it remains on the peripheries of thinking. In this panel session we will:  

  • Discuss the government, not-for–profit and industry ambitions for natural capital in 2019 and beyond
  • Learn more about on what valuation of natural capital means in a real world scenario with case studies from across industry
  • Understand what industry sees as the benefits of investing in natural capital, where industry is currently investing and why it is investing in these areas
  • Discover how you can incorporate natural capital understanding into business decisions
  • Find out where the investment is coming from to make natural capital projects a reality


The session will take place in a morning in central London. It will convene a cross-sector audience of the major British industries and governmental departments, representative of the WIG membership and beyond. The morning will be split between the government and not for profit perspective, and that of industry. It is a free to attend event

Panel 1- Government and not-for-profit perspective

  • Discuss the government, not-for–profit and industry ambitions for natural capital in 2019 and beyond
  • Discuss the priorities in the space for charity, government, the natural capital committee
  • Discover how you can incorporate natural capital understanding into business decisions

Chair: Mark Gough, Executive Director, Natural Capital Coalition

  • Alan Law, Deputy CEO, Natural England
  • Alastair Johnson, Senior Economic Adviser, Environment Analysis Unit, Defra
  • Paul Leinster, Member, Natural Capital Committee and Professor of Environmental Assessment, Centre for Environment and Agricultural Informatics, Cranfield University
  • Jo Judge, National Biodiversity Network
  • Belinda Gordon, Strategy Director, Green Alliance


Panel 2- Industry perspective

Chair: Mark Gough, Executive Director, Natural Capital Coalition


  • Alex Plant, Director of Strategy & Regulation, Anglian Water
  • Joanne Holden, Sustainability Manager, Peel Land
  • Rory Brooke, Head of Economics, Planning, Savills


About the Speakers

  • Mark Gough

    Executive Director, Natural Capital Coalition

    Mark Gough is the Executive Director of the Natural Capital Coalition, and led the collaboration that delivered the Natural Capital Protocol, a standardized global framework for including natural capital in decision making. Mark previously worked for The Crown Estate, helping to develop its integrated vision and approach to value measurement. Prior to this he was the Global Environmental Manager for the information company, Reed Elsevier. Mark is on the TEEB Advisory board and has sat on a number of national and international committees, including the Steering Committee of the United Nations CEO Water Mandate, the Board of the Alliance for Water Stewardship, and the Aldersgate Group, which brings together business, politics and civil society to drive action for a sustainable economy.

  • Joanne Holden

    Sustainability Manager, Peel Land and Property Group

    Jo is a chartered environmentalist and leads on all aspects of sustainability for the Peel Land and Property Group, which holds 20,000 acres of land and a £2.6 billion diverse property portfolio across the UK. Jo’s remit includes corporate social responsibility strategy, overseeing the ISO 50001 energy management system and raising awareness of how natural capital net gain could be delivered by the development sector. Before joining Peel in 2016, Jo worked for the Environment Agency and prior to that managed environmental matters for a large DIY retailer for 10 years where she developed specific expertise on sustainability within international supply chains. Firmly believing that a collaborative approach between stakeholders is the key to delivering sustainable outcomes for the environment and communities, Jo works with the Local Nature Partnerships across the North West and is a member of a suite of Greater Manchester natural capital groups, including the Net Gain Task Group, working closely with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Natural England.   First established in 1971, Peel L&P is now responsible for some of the most transformational development projects in the UK today. Owning and managing 12 million sq ft of property and 20,000 acres of land and water, our holdings are concentrated in the north west of England but we also own and manage significant assets throughout the UK with a total portfolio value of £2.6 billion.

  • Alastair Johnson

    Head of Environment Economics

    Previously worked in the Forestry Commission, Scottish Executive, and within Defra on rural, agri-environment, strategy and animal & plant health. Currently leading on Defra’s Enabling Programme which aims to mainstream the use of natural capital and ecosystems approaches, data and tools for better decision making.

  • Alan Law

    Deputy CEO, Natural England

    Alan was appointed as Chief Strategy and Reform Officer in March 2015. He became Deputy Chief Executive in November 2018. Alan spearheaded the development of Conservation 21, Natural England’s new conservation strategy. This sets out ambitious plans to fundamentally change the way nature conservation is practised: working at a larger scale, securing lasting benefits, and putting people at the very heart of our thinking. Alan’s background is in zoology and applied conservation practice. He set up English Nature’s first biodiversity programme and provided operational leadership across south east England for many years. In his more recent executive leadership roles Alan has focused on working across sectors to transform delivery services and achieve better conservation outcomes. He reorganised Natural England’s systems for the provision of statutory planning advice, bringing greater transparency and consistency, led the introduction of commercial services to Natural England’s business model, and oversaw the reform of systems for protected species.

  • Paul Leinster

    Member, Natural Capital Committee and Professor of Environmental Assessment, Centre for Environment and Agricultural Informatics, Cranfield University

    Professor Paul Leinster CBE has over 40 years of practical experience in environmental management, science, policy development and regulation.  Paul has been Professor of Environmental Assessment at Cranfield since October 2015. Prior to this he was Chief Executive of the Environment Agency. He is a member of the government’s Natural Capital Committee, chairs the bpha Housing Association and the Bedfordshire Local Nature Partnership, is chair-elect of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment and is a board member of Flood Re, Delphic HSE, and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. Prior to joining the EA in 1998 Paul worked in the private sector for over 20 years.  This included BP, SmithKline Beecham and Schering Agrochemicals.

  • Alex Plant

    Regulation Director | Anglian Water

    Alex became Regulation Director at Anglian Water in 2017, having spent the prior two years leading on regulatory policy and market reform. Previously he has worked as Director of Regulation at Royal Mail, Executive Director for Economy, Transport & Environment at Cambridgeshire County Council, and Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire Horizons, driving forward the delivery of sustainable new communities in Cambridgeshire. Earlier in his career, Alex was Deputy Regional Director of the Government Office for the East of England, spent 4 years as Head of Economic Policy and International Aviation at the CAA, and worked in HM Treasury on competition policy, including leading the work on the 2002 Enterprise Act. In addition to his role with Anglian Water, Alex is a Board Member of the Centre for Cities and an Operational Board Member for Cambridge Ahead.



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