Business Impact School 2016 - speaker biographies

Business Impact School

Wednesday 2 - Friday 4 March, 2016


Speaker Biographies

Julia Baker

Julia Baker leads on biodiversity initiatives for WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff, a multinational consulting firm assisting public and private clients with infrastructure projects. Julia has designed and delivered a variety of ‘no net loss’ and ‘net positive’ initiatives, including her current work with Network Rail Infrastructure Projects. She provides technical support for implementing the good practice principles of biodiversity offsetting, runs professional training courses in biodiversity and support corporate teams to integrate biodiversity management into business strategies. Julia is also a Visiting Researcher at Oxford University where she is co-supervising PhD research on social aspects of ‘no net loss’ in Uganda, and Research Advisor for the ‘Building capacity for pro-poor responses to wildlife crime in Uganda’ by the International Institute for Environment and Development.

William Bird

Dr William Bird MBE is a family GP who founded Intelligent Health to provide ways to integrate physical activity into health and wellbeing, from Green Gyms and GP training to whole city physical activity strategies. Through Intelligent Health, William has been commissioned by Cities in the UK and EU to help develop physical activity strategies and regularly addresses conferences throughout the world. William is a member of the Physical Activity Strategy Board for Public Health England, an advisor to WHO and PH Wales. He is co-editor of the Oxford Textbook of Nature and Public Health and board member to the Parks Alliance. BBC Wildlife magazine recently voted him one of the top 30 influential conservationists in UK.

Olivia Darby

Olivia Darby is Chief Operating Officer of the Capital, Science & Policy Practice at Willis Towers Watson. The Practice confronts large-scale challenges of risk and seeks innovative uses of insurance-related mechanisms to build resilient economies and societies around the world to support sustainable growth. Olivia also sits on the Advisory Board of two climate finance organisations, the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance and the Finance for Resilience (FiRe) initiative. Olivia has an MA in Classics from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from Imperial College London

Jonathan Dobson

Jonathan Dobson is Sustainability Strategy Manager at United Utilities. His role involves identifying and preparing the company for challenges across a broad range of sustainability issues. Recently his role has included developing UU’s approach to social and environmental reporting. Jonathan has recently been involved with piloting corporate natural capital accounting with the Natural Capital Committee, having previously supported the company CFO in his role on the Ecosystem Markets Task Force.

Guy Duke

Guy Duke is Business Champion for the Valuing Nature Programme. He consults independently, for example as PI for the Ecosystem Markets Task Force and Innovation Lead for the EU Business & Biodiversity Platform. He is Deputy Chair of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee and Director Europe and Research with The Environment Bank Ltd (a broker in emerging markets for environmental assets). He is an Honorary Visiting Researcher at the Environmental Change Institute (Oxford), a steering committee member of the €12 m FP7 project Operationalisation of the Concepts of Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services (OpenNESS) and evaluates and reviews research and innovation proposals and projects for the EU. He was previously Principal Administrator for Biodiversity Policy, European Commission where he introduced the concepts of natural capital and ecosystem services into EU policy and played a key role in launching the study on The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB). He lives in Brussels with his wife, daughter and Welsh springer.

Ian Glover

Dr Ian Glover is Environmental Sustainability Manager at National Grid and has worked in a variety of roles focused on safety, environmental and latterly sustainability aspects of National Grid’s operational activities for 15 years. He was extensively involved in the development and roll out of Our Contribution, National Grid’s strategy for environmental sustainability and ongoing programmes to embed this across the business. He leads the natural grid programme, a theme dedicated to ecosystem enhancement alongside National Grid’s energy networks. This encompasses engaging and involving stakeholder groups in the management of National Grid’s landholdings through to developing and embedding tools to account for the value of nature in decision making. Ian chairs the Linear Infrastructure Network of the Green Infrastructure Partnership, the Corporate Ecosystems Group of the UK Business Council for Sustainable Development and works with the Prince of Wales’ Accounting for Sustainability project on natural and social capital accounting work streams. 

Mark Gough

Mark Gough is the Executive Director of the Natural Capital Coalition, a role he took on in March 2015. A strong believer in integrating sustainability into decision making where it becomes everyone’s opportunity, 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 a Director of the Aldersgate Group, which brings together business, politics and civil society to drive action for a sustainable economy, and has sat on a number of national and international committees, including the Steering Committee of the United Nations CEO Water Mandate and the Board of the Alliance for Water Stewardship.

Andy Griffiths

Andy Griffiths is Head of Environmental Sustainability, Nestle UK&I. He has worked for Nestle UK&I for over 17 years, primarily in operational and engineering roles. Prior to taking on his current role, he led the development and implementation of Nestle UK&Is ‘Lighthouse’ environmental sustainability strategy at its Fawdon site in Newcastle Upon Tyne. Andy is a chartered engineer (IET) and is focused 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.

Rosie Hails

Professor Rosie Hails is Head of the Valuing Nature Programme Coordination Team, as well as Science Director for Biodiversity and Ecosystems Services at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. She is chair of the Natural Capital Initiative, a partnership between CEH, the Society of Biology, the British Ecological Society and the James Hutton Institute which brings together scientists, policy-makers, business, industry and others to show what the concept of natural capital means in practice. She was also a member of the Natural Capital Committee and was on the Expert Panel for the UK National Ecosystem Assessment (NEA).

Ece Ozdemiroglu

Ece Ozdemiroglu is an environmental economist and the founding director of eftec (Economics For the Environment Consultancy). At eftec she has undertaken, directed and quality assured over 400 projects generating and interpreting economic value evidence on natural capital, ecosystem services, green infrastructure, water and flood management, remediation of environmental damage, cultural heritage, chemicals and value of information. Ece is Economics Lead for the Valuing Nature Programme, a member of the Adaptation Sub-Committee to the Climate Change Committee, steering group member of the Natural Capital Initiative, and associate editor of the Journal for Environmental Economics and Policy.

Mat Roberts

Mat Roberts is Interserve PLC’s Group Director of Sustainability Strategy. He leads on the development of the Interserve SustainAbilities Plan with a specific focus on the social and natural capital. Before joining Interserve was Head of Sustainability at Landmarc Support Services, an Interserve joint venture. Mat is an advisor to the EU Business @ Biodiversity Platform, a Trustee of The Princes Countryside Fund, a Non Executive Director of Cynnal Cymru Sustain Wales, the National Association of AONBs and a fellow of the RSA. Outside work he enjoys sailing, running and mountain biking. 

Tim Sunderland

Tim Sunderland is Principal Specialist Economist at Natural England, a nondepartmental public body sponsored by the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs to promote nature conservation, protect biodiversity, conserve landscape and promote access to the countryside. His previous experience includes lobbying for regeneration funding with the Alliance of Traditional Industrial Areas, managing policy for the Sector Skills Council for fashion and textiles and representing Christian Aid. His education is from the University of Leeds (BA Development Studies & MSc Ecological Economics) and he lives in Bristol with his wife and three children. 

Nick Veck

Prof Nick Veck is Head of the CEO office, at the Satellite Applications Catapult in Harwell, near Oxford, UK. He has worked in the space sector since 1983 and is respected as an ambassador between the space and ground segment engineering sectors, user markets, government research and policy-making, academia and the geo-information industry. He has worked within government at the previous British National Space Centre (BNSC), holds an honorary professorship at the University of Leicester and was Chairman of UKSpace, the national trade association. He has chaired a number of other industrial, government and academic committees and boards, offering advice for various policy and funding matters related to Earth observation science. Until joining the Satellite Applications Catapult in 2013, he worked for more than 20 years with Astrium Geo Information Services and Infoterra, responsible for the development in the UK of satellite Earth observation related services, including the exploitation of the forthcoming NovaSAR satellite.

Peter Young

Peter Young has spent his entire career working on environmental issues since the late 1970s, mainly in multi-disciplinary environmental management consulting. Until 2015 he was a member of the joint BIS/DECC/Defra Green Economy Council, Defra's Regulatory Challenge Panel, and was a member of the recent business-led Ecosystems Markets Task Force. Peter is an individual member of Aldersgate Group, having been a Founding Director and Chair from 2007 to 2015. He is a Trustee of The Wildlife Trusts. He is chair of the Business Interest Group for the Valuing Nature Programme, and a member of the Programme Advisory Board. He is also chair of the Industrial Advisory Panel for the School of Energy, Environment and Agrifood at Cranfield University, and on the Advisory Board of the School of Business and Management at Queen Mary College, London.

Valuing Nature & Participatory Decision Making Conference

Participatory Decision Making

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Full programme available here

Date: 19 & 20 July 2016

Venue: University of Kent, Canterbury  

Organisers: Dr Robert Fish, Professor Douglas Macmillan, Dr Joseph Tzanopoulos

School of Anthropology and Conservation & Kent’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Spatial Studies 

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About this event

The developing interdisciplinary field of valuing nature for natural resource management is often set within wider commitments to strengthen and deepen stakeholder and public engagement in decision making. In principle, participatory approaches offer a socially extended, pluralistic and deliberative context in which to explore, debate, clarify and capture the many and diverse values that cohere around the natural environment to inform decisions and priorities. 

This conference, co-sponsored by the University of Kent and the Valuing Nature Programme, explored the critical, creative and practical challenges that arise when interests in valuing nature are extended into the participatory realm. It asked: how might a participatory approach transform the way valuation analyses are carried out within research and practice? And, how might valuing nature agendas affect the way researchers and practitioners think and go about participation?  


The conference involved researchers from the UK and beyond who are active in the area of valuing nature and/or participatory research, as well as those wishing to learn more about the general case for participatory approaches to valuation, their contexts and dynamics of use, as well as their implications for approaches to evidence gathering and decision making. This included researchers at all career stages from across the natural and social sciences and arts and humanities. More generally, the conference included policy makers and practitioners seeking to contribute to emerging research debates regarding participation from an applied starting point. 

Scope of contributions

Contributions covered a range of themes, including the following: 

  • Contexts and rationales for participatory valuation. Putting valuing nature agendas on a participatory footing challenges the conventional starting point and methods of much valuation research.  How then, do the ethical, practical and procedural grounds for participation in decision making translate into a case for participatory approaches to valuing nature? For example, in what sense does participation make valuation analysis more responsive to questions of environmental justice, fairness and equity in decision making, and thus further build social-ecological resilience? Are there circumstances and contexts of decision making (such as high uncertainty, complexity, and controversy) where valuation analysis lends itself especially to a participatory approach, or should participation be a foundational characteristic of all valuation practice? 
  • Innovations in analytic-deliberative approaches to valuation. Valuation increasingly meets participation in the form of hybrid analytical-deliberative research techniques, often straddling monetary and/or non-monetary assessments of environmental change. What major innovations and step changes are now occurring at the intersection of deliberation and valuation, such as in the practice of Deliberative Monetary Valuation (DMV) and Deliberative multi-criteria analysis (DMCA)? What challenges and opportunities arise for scaling up and embedding these techniques within decision-making?
  • Doing science in a participatory valuation context. Valuation has entered the fray of natural science as a method to understand and manage change in the natural environment. What are the consequences for the way natural scientists construct and procure valuation data and information when participatory techniques are embedded into research practice? How does a participatory approach change the way natural scientists do their work?
  • Stakeholder and public affiliation with valuing nature concepts. Agendas for valuing nature have proliferated a new and diverse set of languages and concepts that structure and frame the methods and mindsets of evidence gathering and decision making. How does the language and philosophy of valuing nature (and collateral concepts such as ‘natural capital’ and ‘ecosystem services’) affect and relate to willingness and inclination to engage in participatory processes? To what extent are these agendas driving research and policy variously absorbed, reconstructed and challenged in the context of participatory and deliberative practice?  
  • Re-thinking the ‘participant’ in valuing nature based decision making. Participatory approaches are often associated with more localised and situated forms of decision making. Yet concepts such as ecosystem services and the valuation of nature imply beneficiaries and stakeholders at multiple scales. Who, then, is the ‘participant’ in valuation based decision making? How can we mobilise and set boundaries around participation when values and decisions moves across scales?

Planned Output

  • Special edition of Environmental Values: The organisers of this event have secured agreement in principle for this event to lead to a special edition of the international peer-reviewed journal Environmental Values.  

Business Impact School 2017 - Business Speakers

Speakers were drawn from the VNP Business Interest Group and other relevant businesses and business initiatives at the forefront of innovation related to valuing nature. Individual presentations 

Setting the Scene

Welcome and introduction to the Valuing Nature Programme – Rosie Hails, Head of Valuing Nature Programme Coordination Team, CEH Science Director for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

Equipping environmental science researchers with the skills to succeed in any career – David Roberts, Senior Programme Manager, Research Careers, NERC

Introduction to the School - Guy Duke, VNP Business Champion, Ecosystem Markets Task Force

VN research underpinning the recommendations of the Ecosystem Markets Task Force - Guy Duke, VNP Business Champion, Ecosystem Markets Task Force

The business case for investing in our natural assets – Peter Young, Chair VNP Business Interest Group, Founding Director & Chair Aldersgate Group, Trustee of The Wildlife Trusts

Natural Capital Protocol

Natural Capital: a systems approach to including nature in decision-making – Mark Gough, Executive Director, Natural Capital Coalition

Green Infrastructure

Natural Capital: investing in a green infrastructure for the future city – Peter Massini, Principal Policy & Programme Officer, Green Infrastructure, Greater London Authority

The Construction Industry

Valuing nature in the built environment: a contractor’s strategy – Martin Ballard, Group Environment Manager, Willmott Dixon

Views from land and water management sectors

Value more than just money – Mat Roberts, Group Director of Sustainability Strategy, Interserve

The different ways in which Wessex Water values nature in our day to day activities – Ruth Barden, Head of Environment and Catchment Strategy, Wessex Water

Risk mangement, satellite earth observation

The risk management approach to valuing natural capital – Olivia Darby, Chief Operating Officer and Jon Gascoigne, Senior Risk Adviser, Capital, Science & Policy Practice at Willis Towers Watson

Satellite Earth Observation: services for ecosystem valuation – Nick Veck, Head of CEO Office, Satellite Applications Catapult

Knowledge Exchange with business - workshop

Understanding and communicating the need for evidence - Ece Ozdemiroglu, Director, eftec and Tim Sunderland, Principal Specialist in Economics, Natural England

Natural capital's tools & accounts for land management

Realising nature’s value in infrastructure: examples from National Grid and Yorkshire Water – Chris White, Senior Environmental Economist, AECOM

Corporate natural capital accounting, in theory and in practice – Phil Cryle, Senior Consultant eftec


Valuing Nature Annual Conference 2017 - Application


To apply for a place complete this form. The form includes the option to submit an abstract for a talk, poster or other contribution.

We expect this event to be oversubscribed, so please get your application and abstract in early!  We will give priority to those who offer a talk, poster or other contribution, and will try to balance attendance across academic disciplines and applied sectors.

The first review of applications and abstracts will be on the 31 July. We will contact these applicants by mid-August to confirm they have a place and whether their contribution is included in the programme.

First deadline for applications and abstracts - 30 July 2017

Final deadline for contributions - 18 August 2017

Final deadline for applications - 15 September 2017


Valuing Nature Conference 2017


Conference Outline







Valuing Nature Annual Conference 2018 - Venue


National Museum Cardiff - Cathays Park, Cardiff, Wales, CF10 3NP.

The National Museum Cardiff has grand halls and gallery spaces; conference, breakout and catering facilities, as well as a 300 capacity auditorium The Museum holds a spectrum of archaeological artefacts, contempoary art and natural history all housed in a grand historic building located in the heart of the city. It is well served by public transport and is accessible by car, limited parking is available. See travel details here.

All catering is provided by a local company that uses sustainable seasonal produce from local Welsh suppliers.

There is no charge to attend the conference and we will provide a light evening meal (not including drinks, cash bar available) but you will need to book and pay for your own accommodation.

Valuing Nature Conference 2018






Valuing Nature Annual Conference 2017

In addition to presentations, panel discussions and posters the second Valuing Nature Annual conference also provided extra opportunities for sharing experiences and for active participation to help develop understanding and build connections so that we can all tackle challenges more effectively.

Final Programme

LINK to Conference Outputs

This 2-day conference gave over 200 delegates the opportunity to:

  • Catch up on UK and international research findings and innovative applications of Valuing Nature approaches 
  • Participate in interactive sessions with freedom to think creatively and critically about Valuing Nature and learn and share experiences
  • Help shape the future Valuing Nature agenda for research and application in the UK and internationally – contribute to the discussions
  • Showcased new findings, tools and communications
  • Experience demos, and enjoy the films in the Cinema.

Attendees the event said this is the only meeting that brings together researchers with people working to apply valuation concepts. 

"Diverse content appealed to diverse community with an opportunity to learn about different perspectives and appliations - 8/10."
"Wide range of presentations...Good balance of interaction and passive learning - 9/10." 

LINK to Conference Outputs

Business Impact School November 2017 - Early Career researchers

All the presentations from the participants may be viewed via the links below together with a number of individual blogs:

Ajaz Ahmed  - Durham University Business School
Choice Modelling of the Health and Environmental Friendly Agricultural Production in Pakistan  

Atta Ajayebi - University of Exeter / Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI)
 Sustainability Assessment of Renewable energy

Theodoros Arvanitopoulos - University College London, Institute for Sustainable Resources
Ecometric modelling of UK industrial growth and energy demand

Natasha Auch - Newcastle University 
Self-regulation in sustainable food purchases: The role of motivation, self-control and depletion

Ben Balmford - Land, Environment, Economics and Policy Institute 
Designing PES schemes in the South West

Elena Benedetti - School of Natural and Environmental Sciences -
Newcastle University Implications of carbon policies on the quality of UK diet

Dimitrios Gaitanis - University of Reading
Ecology and Agri-Environmental Research 

Athina Georgiou Shippi - University of Edinburgh 
Teenagers’ Environmental Attitudes, Behaviours and Knowledge and their Implications for Wellbeing

Francesca Moore - University of Hull 
Resilient farming in a changing world

Jasper Newman - Plymouth University 
Retaining Peatland Carbon

Alice Noble - University of Leeds 
Prescribed burning impacts on peatland plant-soil feedbacks

Roisin O'Riordan - Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business, Lancaster University
Soil Smart Cities

Yuan Pan - Cambridge University
Natural Capital 

Cheryl Paterson - Exeter medical school/ European centre for environment and human health
Examining the impact of cold homes, inactivity and the individuals’ microenvironment on respiratory health among adults in social housing in Cornwall

Benjamin Taylor - University of St Andrews 
The influence of saltmarsh restoration on carbon storage 

Tom Tyldesley - Edinburgh University School of GeoSciences 
Land Ownership and Natural Capital Values in Scotland

Stephen Watson - Bournemouth University 
Mechanisms and consequences of tipping points in lowland agricultural landscapes (TPAL)

Hsiaopu Yeh - Sheffield Hallam University 
Physical, Psychological and Emotional Effects of Nature-Based Affordances for Green Physical Activity

Sara Zonneveld - University of Exeter
Natural capital approaches in Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks


  • All BIS3 participants attended the Natural Capital Coalition Day of Collaboration in Edinburgh on Wednesday 29 November, 
  • A number of the Valuing Nature Business School delegates were awared scholarships to attend the World Forum on Natural Capital 27 - 28 November.