Green Finance Institute
Conservation and Finance
So I have quite an eclectic background in terms of career. I did a biology degree, then I spent 6.5 years working for Standard Chartered Bank in London, Dubai and Tanzania. Then I had a change of heart and wanted to do something I have always loved, which is conservation. Worked in Tanzania for SCB and then for WildAid East Africa before moving to Mozambique to work on a sustainable fisheries and livelihoods project for the Marine Megafauna Foundation. Moved back to the UK in 2017 to work for the Zoological Society of London in Marine & Freshwater Conservation. Left there in 2021 to work for Westcountry Rivers Trust and I now work for the Green Finance Institute in their Nature programme where we work with the private, public and charitable sectors to work out ways to get the private sector to invest in nature restoration in the UK as part of their business plan.
In terms of offering, if you ever want to hear about what’s going on in nature and private finance in the world/UK, and where policy etc is moving, I would be happy to share. It’s not particularly sexy but it’s massively important if we’re to reverse biodiversity decline and climate change. If your organisation is trying to integrate nature restoration into the business plan, give me a shout and I would love to have a chat. I have experience in freshwater conservation in the UK and have worked with farmers and landowners in the south west to help them improve water quality and biodiversity on farms for the benefit of wildlife and the farm business.
On a personal note, my passions and interests are nature (obviously), safari and anything animals, birds, bird song and wildlife photography. So if you ever want to learn about wildlife, or learn bird song, or do a dawn chorus walk I would always love to do that and know some great spots - I really like sharing my passion for nature and bird life with people. Other interests are old land rovers and 90s punk rock….weird combo. I also love making cider and elderflower champagne. So if anyone wants to get in on that this year we can do a community apple pressing and cider making, or elderflower champagne making…or both!