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London - 17th October & Edinburgh - 1st November 2022

Hybrid event - in-person and online

  • The Guildhall, City of London, EC2V 7HH
  • Edinburgh International Conference Centre, EH3 8EE

Private finance has a vital role to play in funding nature restoration both globally and in the UK, to ensure the sustainability of business and wider society. Actions to restore biodiversity, achieve net zero, and adapt to a changing climate can be financed together.

Join us at the fifth Natural Capital Finance & Investment Conference to hear the UK’s leaders in green finance sharing how to harness nature-based opportunities for nature and climate, including:

  • How to attract and scale finance for nature-based solutions
  • New UK investment opportunities
  • What the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) means for nature-based finance
  • The role of digital technology in nature-based finance
  • How to build an integrated standard for environmental markets.

The event will bring together project pipeline, corporate and financial services professionals, and provides an unrivalled networking and innovation opportunity in the run up to COP27 and COP15.

Over the last five years, The Natural Capital Finance & Investment Conference has led the way in fostering informed expert-led dialogue to drive forward financial innovation for nature in the UK.

This year sees the welcome return of in-person conferencing alongside the online event and will run across two days, in London on 17th October and in Edinburgh on 1st November 2022.

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Each year the conference attracts the leading speakers and sponsors in this specialist field. This year, we are delighted to be delivering the event in association with the Scottish Nature Finance Pioneers.

The Conference is organised by the Ecosystems Knowledge Network, a registered charity that specialises in equipping people to deliver wellbeing and prosperity through a healthy natural environment.

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Sponsors

We are delighted to introduce our fantastic set of sponsors, who all are showing leadership in nature-based finance.

Sponsors

Media Partner

Speakers

Speakers, panellists, and session chairs 

James Alexander

Chief Executive
UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF)
James Alexander
  • James Alexander

    James Alexander joined UKSIF as Chief Executive in October 2020, with a strong vision and mandate to further enhance the organisation’s key role in promoting and expanding sustainable investment and finance in the UK. James has a background in international climate finance and infrastructure finance as well as many years’ experience in leadership roles in membership organisations.

    Most recently, James supported global megacities to overcome the substantial barriers to financing climate action as Director of the City Finance Programme at the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and Head of the C40 Cities Finance Facility – a project preparation facility he developed, now supporting cities across the world to structure nearly a billion dollars of sustainable infrastructure transactions. James has worked on international climate finance issues at the UN level and supported cities across the world to invest their pensions and reserves more sustainably.James is Treasurer of Eurosif, the European Sustainable Investment Forum, a member of the Green Technical Advisory Group (GTAG) providing advice to the UK Government on implementing a UK green taxonomy and a member of the Disclosures and Labels Advisory Group (DLAG) providing advice to the FCA on the UK’s SDR and fund labelling regime.

     

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Helen Avery

Head of Nature Programmes
Green Finance Institute
  • www.greenfinanceinstitute.co.uk
  • Helen Avery

    Helen Avery is Director for Nature Programmes and GFI Hive at the Green Finance Institute. She oversees the Institute’s work on mobilising private capital into nature-based solutions and restoration. She also manages and co-hosts the Institute’s Green is the New Finance podcast series with Ryan Jude, as well as the nature-focused podcast Financing Nature.

    Prior to joining the Green Finance Institute, Helen was the sustainable finance editor at Euromoney, heading up global coverage of social and environmental finance, impact investing, conservation finance, inclusive finance, diversity and inclusion and corporate responsibility – areas she has covered since 2011. She also ran the publication’s coverage of global wealth management, philanthropy and asset management which she had overseen since joining Euromoney in 2003.

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Evan Bowen-Jones

Managing Director, Wilder Carbon (Chief Executive Kent Wildlife Trust)
Wilder Carbon
Evan Bowen-Jones
  • Evan Bowen-Jones

    Evan Bowen-Jones is acting Managing Director of Wilder Carbon as well as being Chief Executive of Kent Wildlife Trust. He has a 25-year professional conservation background that encompasses the implementation of species and landscape-level conservation projects; analysis of international policy – including around climate; and working with non-governmental organisations, governments and corporates to deliver real gains for wildlife all over the world. Alongside Wilder Carbon much of his professional time has recently been occupied with bison.

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Kate Dowen

Head of Sustainable Nature Finance
Scottish Government’s Environment and Forestry Directorate
Kate Dowen
  • Kate Dowen

    Kate Dowen is the Head of Sustainable Nature Finance in Scottish Government’s Environment and Forestry Directorate. Before joining Scottish Government in 2020, Kate worked for the International Climate Fund at HM Government's Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy. During this time, she designed the UK PACT programme to support countries to accelerate their climate mitigation efforts and established climate partnerships with the governments of Colombia and Mexico. Prior to this Kate was the UK’s finance negotiator in the UNFCCC, including for the Paris Agreement, and a member of the UNFCCC’s Standing Committee on Finance.

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Robert Hall

Associate Director for ESG, Impact and Innovation
Federated Hermes
Robert Hall
  • Robert Hall

    Robert joined Federated Hermes in September 2020 as an Associate Director for ESG, Impact and Innovation. He is responsible for the interdisciplinary measurement and evaluation of ecological and social-economic systems across public and private markets. Prior to joining, he was the Subject Matter Expert in ESG, Impact and Sustainability in the FCA’s Asset Management Department and on Environmental Financial Technology for the FCA’s Innovation Sandbox. Robert has worked as a technical expert across a number of national, international, central banking, and governmental working groups on sustainable investment, TCFD, and systemic risk.

    Robert is the chair of the UK chapter of the Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials, the members of which represent more than £4.5 trillion in assets and is observed by the Bank of England, BEIS, and Mark Carney in his capacity as Special Advisor on COP26. Robert is on numerous expert industry working groups, a non-executive member of the Carbon Laces Advisory Board and is a member of the expert panel and author for the CFA on ESG and Climate-Energy-Economy Modelling.

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Professor David Hill CBE

Chairman and founding owner
The Environment Bank Ltd
Professor David Hill CBE
  • Professor David Hill CBE

    David is chairman and founding owner of The Environment Bank Ltd, which he set up in 2006 to promote the need for development to take proper account of wildlife conservation. The concept is about to be made a mandatory requirement of planning law in England. He promotes environmental markets to leverage investment into the natural environment, a concept Government is now adopting. David was Deputy Chair of Natural England until 2016 and a member of HM Government’s Ecosystem Markets Taskforce. He is a Board Trustee of the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, chairman of Plantlife International, a Commissioner with the Food Farming and Countryside Commission, chair of the Northern Upland Chain Nature Partnership and co-founder of the NatureSpace Partnership, which creates and manages habitat for protected species. He is a passionate conservationist and wildlife photographer. He has a farm dedicated to conservation in Nidderdale and Swaledale, North Yorkshire.

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Dan Hird

Founder and Principal
Nature Finance
Dan Hird
  • Dan Hird

    In early 2022, Dan founded Nature Finance, an independent consultancy that provides investment readiness and capital raising advice for nature-based investment projects. Piror to this, he was Head of Corporate Finance for Triodos Bank for 13 years. At Triodos Bank, his team provided lead advisory and risk capital raising services for organisations that deliver positive social, environmental and cultural impact. Clients included charities, social enterprises, community organisations and limited companies. They involved renewable energy, supporting vulnerable people, organic and fairtrade products, community business, arts & culture, green tourism, and environmental conservation. Dan also spent seven years with KPMG Corporate Finance as well as setting up and ran his own corporate finance business.

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Bruce Howard

Director
Ecosystems Knowledge Network
Bruce Howard
  • Bruce Howard

    Bruce leads the design and delivery of the Natural Capital Finance & Investment Conference. He is Director of the Ecosystems Knowledge Network, a knowledge hub dedicated to harnessing the value of the natural environment for wellbeing and prosperity. The focus of Bruce’s work for the past 16 years has been to bring different organisations and professions together to tackle environment-related challenges. Bruce has worked in local authority, in consultancy, in academia, and in the non-profit sector.

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Emma Howard-Boyd CBE

Chair
Green Finance Institute
Emma Howard-Boyd CBE
  • Emma Howard-Boyd CBE

    Until September 2022, Emma Howard Boyd served as Chair of the Environment Agency. She has spent over 25 years working in the finance industry. This includes being part of a number of boards and advisory committees, including Co-Chair of the The Coalition for Climate Resilient Investment. Emma was the UK Commissioner to the Global Commission on Adaptation from 2018 until January 2021.

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Zoe Laird

Regional Head of Communities
Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Zoe Laird
  • Zoe Laird

    Dr Zoe Laird is Regional Head of Communities at Highlands and Islands Enterprise. HIE’s philosophy and duty as an enterprise agency for the Highlands and Islands in Scotland is to empower communities through asset ownership and management and support them to become enterprising, thereby reducing grant dependency and enabling them to ideintify and meet local needs , aspirations and services. . This is a critical part of economic development ,especially in a remote and rural area.  Her current role oversees HIE’s activities in relation to the Scottish Land Fund, Community Assets, social enterprise, place based working, community wealth building and innovation in how HIE supports and empowers the communities in its region. As part of this Zoe has been leading a collaboration of organisations on behalf of Scottish Government to develop guidance on community benefits from natural capital as the new markets develop in Scotland. With a doctorate in Sustainable Development and Business Competitiveness Zoe has a long standing interest in achieving true sustainable development. Previous experience in a local authority, the voluntary sector, then  12 years in forestry for 12 years before joining HIE gives her a very rounded experience to draw from.

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Scott Mann MP

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (HM Government)
Scott Mann MP
  • Scott Mann MP

    Scott Mann MP was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in September 2022. His responsibilities at Defra include green finance. Scott was previously Government Whip (Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury) from 22 January 2021 to 20 September 2022. He was elected as the Conservative MP for North Cornwall in 2015.

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Leo Murphy

Impact Manager
Climate Asset Management
Leo Murphy

Richard Speak

Co-Founder and Managing Director
Finance Earth
Richard Speak
  • Richard Speak

    Richard co-founded Finance Earth in 2016 as part of the Finance For Sustainability group, a collective of leading social and environmental impact investment advisors and fund managers.

    Richard worked for over ten years in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, where amongst other things he completed a number of transactions in large-scale European solar. In 2012, Richard set up two social enterprises in grass roots sport, and redirected his career into Social Investment, linking financial returns with improving social outcomes, and joined the UK’s leading social advisory firm Social Finance in 2013. As a Director at Social Finance, Richard raised the first ever £10m Social Solar Bond aimed at reducing fuel poverty in the UK using solar technology, as well as completing over 15 other transactions involving over £35m of social investment.

    Richard is a Chartered Accountant and holds a LLB (Hons) in law, and is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Securities and Investments. Richard is passionate about conservation and is a Fellow of the Zoological Society of London.

    Richard holds an LLB in Law from Lancaster University, and qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ICAS) at EY. Richard also has a diploma in Securities and Investments from the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments (CISI).

    Prior to joining Finance Earth, Richard spent four years in Ho Chi Minh City at Vietnam’s leading investment bank, helping some of the country’s largest companies to list on the local stock market and raise capital from global institutional investors.

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Tickets

Registration is open. 

Make the most of our early-bird options on offer now:

  • In-person access to London, plus online access to Edinburgh £179.00
  • In-person access to Edinburgh, plus online access to London £179.00
  • Online only access to both days of the conference £89.00
  • In-person access to both the London and Edinburgh days £239.00

If you are employed in local government or registered charity with annual turnover of less than £1 million, please contact us via  for a discount code. Please note that only one discount code may be used at a time. 

  • All delegate passes include access to recordings of the event and our online event portal including sponsor profiles and other useful resources.
  • All delegate passes offering in-person access include lunch and light refreshments and fantastic networking opportunities.

Please note that bookings made via bank transfer will incur a £15 administrative fee. Please contact us via  if you wish to book in this way.

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