Webinar: Natural Capital virtual panel debate with Walker Morris

The benefits of a Natural Capital Approach – can businesses afford to ignore this?

When: Thu 15 Oct, 2020
Where: Webinar

SLR and Walker Morris are jointly hosting a virtual panel debate on setting the scene on Natural Capital and environmental legislative breaches and the financial consequences. The panel will include Alison Ogley, partner at Walker Morris, Stewart Lenton, SLR Operations Manager and Sue Swain, SLR's Head of Client Management and Industry Sector Leader for Europe.

The webinar will cover:

  • What is Natural Capital and why is it increasing in prominence?
  • What are the benefits of adopting a Natural Capital approach?
  • How businesses struggle with identifying the wide range of environmental risks and associated financial consequences of legislation breaches
  • How to ensure the issue isn’t seen as a ‘box ticking exercise’, but one that manages to prevent and minimise compliance breaches

The webinar is free, and will be held at 12:00pm - 1pm on 15th of October 2020. 

Register here - https://www.walkermorris.co.uk/events/webinar-natural-capital-virtual-round-table/# 

About the speakers:

Sue Swain - SLR Head of Client Management and Industry Sector Leader in Europe 

Sue is Head of Client Management for the SLR European Region and also Industry Sector Lead. Sue’s background is as a pharmaceutical microbiologist, and Sue spent her early career in the pharmaceutical industry, then as a consultant leading a team involved in auditing pharmaceutical facilities globally. Sue’s career then moved to Business Development, for engineering, construction and environmental companies, and she joined SLR in 2017. In her role as Industry Sector Lead, Sue and the team are working with manufacturing clients in Europe across a range of sub-sectors, and in her Client Management role Sue is leading our key client account management team for the European region, across all client sectors. Sue is one of the Natural Capital Leads at SLR and this dovetails quite nicely with her client management and industry sector lead role, in that Sue engages with a broad range of clients, and hence has the benefit of seeing many different perspectives in our clients businesses with respect to their understanding and approach to Natural Capital.

Stewart Lenton - SLR Operations Manager in Europe 

As Operations Manager Stewart has responsibility for a number of teams across the European region, one of which is the Ecology team. Stewart’s background is in planning and EIA, working client side before moving into consultancy over 20 years ago. Stewart is one of the Natural Capital leads within SLR and also a member of the EIC’s Natural Capital Task Force. Stewart’s background in planning, coupled with his responsibility for the Ecology team enables him to engage with and guide clients with respect to the new mandatory Biodiversity Net Gain requirements which are part of our planning legislation. As a member of the EIC’s Natural Capital Task force Stewart interacts with the policy influeners involved in Natural Capital, such as DEFRA, and is able to share this insight about the future horizon for Natural Capital with clients.

Alison Ogley - Partner at Walker Morris 

Alison is a leading specialist planning and environmental lawyer, with a broad national practice. She undertakes both advisory and contentious work in planning and environment law and is recognised by clients as a tenacious and dedicated lawyer who goes the extra mile to secure results. n addition to her contentious practice, Alison also advised on a wide range of corporate and property transactions, assessing the environmental risks on business acquisitions and disposals with her focus in due diligence matters matters on providing practical solutions to minimise risks arising from an array of environmental issues. Alison’s environmental practice extends to advising on Environmental Impact Assessments, Protected Species and Protected Sites, net biodiversity gain, air quality impacts, climate change and carbon impacts arising from a broad array of sectors including minerals, waste and energy.