Rathbone Greenbank Investor Day 2020

Biodiversity and business

1 Oct 2020 - 10:00 to 12:00

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, this year we are holding the Investor Day 2020 online. You can either live stream the event on Thursday 1 October from 10:00 - 12:00 or watch the presentations on demand at a later date. 

Our 23rd annual Investor Day will explore biodiversity in a business context and ask: “What role can business play in protecting biodiversity in the UK and beyond?”


Mark Nicholls, Chairman, Rathbones Group Plc 
John David, Head of Rathbone Greenbank Investments

Darren Moorcroft, Chief Executive, Woodland Trust
Annelisa Grigg, Director, Globalbalance
Ed Ellis, IBAT Manager (Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool), IBAT Alliance: United Nations Environment Programme, World Conservation Monitoring Centre, IUCN, BirdLife International and Conservation International
Krystyna Springer, Senior Research Analyst – Financial Sector Strategies, ShareAction
Sophie Lawrence, Senior Ethical, Sustainable and Impact Researcher, Rathbone Greenbank Investments

Panel Q&A 

If you would like to find out more about this event, please contact catherine.naughton@rathbones.com. Or register online using the form below.

Darren Moorcroft
Chief Executive, Woodland Trust

In 2017, Darren joined the Woodland Trust as its Director of Estates & Woodland Outreach before becoming its Chief Executive in September 2019. Prior to this, Darren gained his PhD from Oxford University before joining the RSPB, where he held a variety of roles including responsibility for their UK Conservation Programmes.

At the Trust, Darren has been responsible for: the Trust’s acquisition strategy – growing the estate to c29,000 hectares across the UK; expanding our woodland creation with schools, local communities and partners to over 4 million trees/annum; and our restoration of over 2,000 ha/year of ancient woodlands. He now leads the UK’s largest woodland nature conservation charity, with over 500,000 members and supporters.

Darren is also Chair of the Northern Forest Board and a member of the BBC Rural Advisory Committee.


Annelisa Grigg
Director, Globalbalance

Annelisa has more than 20 years’ experience advising investors, companies and civil society on the business risks and opportunities associated with biodiversity and ecosystem services and approaches to managing them. She previously held leadership roles with environmental NGO Fauna & Flora International and the United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre building partnerships, projects and strategies for private sector engagement. She has been involved in the development of tools and methodologies for evaluating biodiversity risks and opportunities, corporate biodiversity measurement and disclosure and assessing corporate biodiversity performance and management systems for the following sectors: extractive, food and drink, tobacco, retail, finance and pharmaceuticals. She now leads her own consultancy – Globalbalance - and specialises in the integration of biodiversity into financial and corporate decision making.  She is a long term advisor to Aviva on the inclusion of biodiversity criteria within its stewardship fund range.

Ed Ellis
IBAT Manager, (Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool), IBAT Alliance

Ed is the manager for the Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool, a joint initiative between the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre, BirdLife International, Conservation International and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Before joining UNEP-WCMC he worked as a Deployment Strategist for Palantir Technologies, a data integration and analysis company. There he worked with government and commercial partners to integrate and unlock the power of organisations’ data and support data driven decision making through technology. Prior to this, Ed worked in a number of conservation roles in the US, Kenya, Mauritius and Australia, covering both social and ecological science. He has an MSc in Conservation Leadership from Colorado State University, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Endangered Species Recovery from the University of Kent and Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust.

Krystyna Springer
Senior Research Analyst, Financial Sector Strategies, ShareAction

Krystyna is a Senior Research Analyst at ShareAction, a non-profit organisation dedicated to mobilising the power of the global financial system to address the systemic challenges of the 21st century, such as the climate crisis and biodiversity loss. Since joining ShareAction in June 2019, she has been supporting the investor engagement and research work aimed at driving up standards across the asset management, insurance and pension industries. She has also led research into how the world’s largest asset managers are approaching biodiversity in their investment and active ownership strategies. Prior to joining ShareAction, Krystyna worked as a finance analyst in the private sector and completed a master’s degree in International Political Economy.

Sophie Lawrence
Senior Ethical, Sustainable and Impact Researcher

Sophie joined Rathbone Greenbank in January 2020 as a senior ethical, sustainable and impact researcher. She is responsible for managing engagement activities, assessing the social and environmental performance of companies and conducting ESG and impact reporting for clients. She started her career at Barclays Bank in 2013 and has most recently spent three years at KKS Advisors, a strategy consultancy in London. She holds an MSc from Imperial College London in Environmental Technology and a BSc in Geographical Sciences from the University of Bristol.

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