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


You will hear from:

  • Alan Law, Deputy CEO, Natural England
  • Alex Plant, Director of Strategy & Regulation, Anglian Water Group
  • 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


About the Speakers

  • 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.

  • 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.



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