Key Team Members

Professor David Hill CBE

Chairman

David is chairman and founding owner of The Environment Bank Ltd which he set up in 2006 to introduce the concept of compensation, via biodiversity offsetting, habitat banking and net gain, into the UK because of his concerns at the way biodiversity was treated within the planning and development sector.

David’s concept of biodiversity compensation, ensuring developments provide net gains to biodiversity, has been embedded in the government’s 25-year Environment Plan and National Planning Policy Framework. In March 2019 the Government announced that the idea is to be made a mandatory requirement of the planning and development control system when the Environment Bill is enacted in 2021. 

David advises large corporates and the land management sectors on natural capital, biodiversity and the role of environmental markets in delivering the restoration of nature at scale.

He is a Board Trustee of the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Chairman of Plantlife International, a Commissioner with the Food Farming and Countryside Commission and Chair of the Northern Upland Nature Partnership which comprises the Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland National Parks and Nidderdale, North Pennines and Forest of Bowland AONB’s.

 

 

Louise Martland

Senior Project Adviser

Louise began working for Environment Bank as project officer for the Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull biodiversity offsetting pilot, developing processes and guidance for use throughout the sub-region, whilst sourcing and supporting compensation providers and habitat banks. Louise now also works to develop and deliver the system nationally, supporting biodiversity accounting and Environment Bank investments into nature at sites across the UK.

Rob Wreglesworth MCIEEM

Project Advisor

Rob joined the Environment Bank team in 2018 and works on biological impact assessments, offset site searches and delivery. Rob also has experience in botanical surveying and in creating habitat management plans which he helps to monitor and advise on for Environment Bank’s offset sites. 

Rob has over 7 years experience working as an ecological consultant in the private sector. 

Richard Wheat ACIEEM

Project Advisor

Richard joined the Environment Bank team in 2018 and is responsible for all aspects of project delivery including biodiversity accounting assessments, offsetting site searches and scheme development, review and monitoring. 

Richard has worked for both private sector consultancies and nature conservation organisations and has extensive experience in planning and biodiversity issues, strategic conservation planning, ecological field surveying, biodiversity accounting and compensation design and management.

Abby Thomas

Programme Ecologist

Abby joined the Environment Bank team in March 2020 after completing her masters in Conservation Ecology at Oxford Brookes University.

During her masters, Abby focused her research on Biodiversity Net Gain and offsetting policies, comparing various Biodiversity Metric calculator tools. This experience helps her within her roles, including Biodiversity Accounting Assessments and bringing forward conservation credits generated from uplifts through land management interventions, with particular relevance to emerging markets in corporate natural capital and biodiversity net gain.

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Dana Foster

Operations Manager

Dana joined the Environment Bank team in March 2020 and is an experienced Business Manager with a demonstrated history of working at senior level. 

Dana has worked within the voluntary and hospitality sectors and has strong organisation and administration skills, with her skillset being focused around team and employee management and well-being. 

The Board

James Cross

Board Director

James joined the Environment Bank in 2019.

In addition James is the founding Chief Executive of Urban Green Newcastle, Chair of Newcastle Parks Enterprises, the founder and Chair of Teddy’s Towers Charitable Association, a Trustee with the University of Teesside and a Trustee of Redcar & Cleveland Voluntary Development Agency.

Previous roles include the Chief Executive of Natural England, the Chief Executive of the Marine Management Organisation and a member of the Executive Committee of The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

 

James is a Chartered Director, Chartered Manager and a qualified Executive Coach. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.

Nigel Reader CBE

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Nigel was previously Board member of Natural England, Natural Resources Wales, Marine Management Organisation and Animal and Plant Health Agency. Previously Chairman of Natural England’s Audit and Risk Assurance Committee and member of Defra’s Audit and Risk Committee as well as of the Audit Chairs Group for all Defra bodies.

Dr Tim Norman

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Tim is Managing Director of Niras Consulting based in Cambridge, previously a Senior Director with the Crown Estate, a Senior Director with RPS Group plc and Head of Ecology with Ecoscope Applied Ecologists.

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