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Since the Industrial Revolution, the commercial world’s gain has been the natural world’s loss. At Environment Bank, we decided to start a revolution of our own. And it can’t come soon enough.

 

Meet the team

Established in 2006, Environment Bank is led by our Founder, Professor David Hill CBE and James Cross, in partnership with our funder, Gresham House PLC. We’ve taken care to hand-pick extraordinary people who are as much driven by the why, as they are the what, to make our bold new plan a reality.

 

David Hill, Chairman

With a doctorate in ecology from the Department of Zoology at Oxford, David brings an abundance of ecological expertise to the table. A passionate conservationist, he was a founding member of Natural England, a member of the Government’s Ecosystem Markets Taskforce, and a Commissioner with the independent Food Farming and Countryside Commission. When it comes to implementing BNG, there’s nobody better. In fact, he introduced the concept to the UK in 2006 and his unparalleled work has now been embedded into the Environment Act.

James Cross, CEO

James has a proven track record for driving organisations forward with a succession of CEO roles under his belt, including Natural England, the Marine Management Organisation, and Urban Green Newcastle. As a Chartered Director, Chartered Manager, Fellow of the Institute of Directors, and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, James leads with explementary business expertise and leadership skills.

Peter Bachmann, Gresham House PLC

Peter is the Managing Director of the Sustainable Infrastructure division at Gresham House and a Fund Manager for BSIF. Peter has over 20 years of public and private equity investment and fund management experience and has invested into and exited over 170 infrastructure and technology companies. Peter is also a judge and mentor of the Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership (CISL) Accelerator and the CleanTech Challenge. Peter is an active investor in early-stage sustainability companies.

Ruth Murray, Gresham House PLC

Ruth is an Associate Director at Gresham House in the Sustainable Infrastructure division. Ruth has 20 years’ of infrastructure experience through her first career as a Projects lawyer during which she worked on infrastructure projects both large and small across a range of sectors. Prior to joining Gresham House, Ruth spent 15 years at a top 100 law firm where she was a senior partner who founded and was the head of the Projects Team, head of the Energy and Waste Sector Team, and she spent 3 years as a member of the firm’s management board.

Alexis Perry, Commercial Director

Sixteen years of acquiring land and obtaining planning permissions with leading national housebuilders have provided Alexis with a wealth of experience spanning financial, legal and planning disciplines. As a qualified Chartered Surveyor, Alexis ensures Environment Bank delivers habitat banks in the best places around the UK alongside providing an efficient supply of BNG Credits.

Emma Toovey, Ecology Director

As a trained ecologist, Emma has over 18 years of ecological consultancy experience across diverse industries, specifically the development sector, working with landowners, developers, planning authorities and a range of stakeholders in the development consenting process. Emma ensures that sound ecological principles and technical integrity underpin every decision we make as a business.

Dana Foster, Chief Operating Officer

Dana is an experienced Business Manager with a demonstrated history of working at a senior level. As Head of Operations, Dana oversees the operational activities of the business and ensures that the workforce is productive and achieves their career objectives. She works with other senior staff on strategic planning, ensuring that staff are all aware of operational best practices and implementing new technologies.

Alexa Culver, General Counsel

As a lawyer with over 12 years’ experience working on land and planning based projects and in the emerging fields of Natural Capital and environmental legislation, Alexa ensures that all legal aspects of our Habitat Bank model are robust, and legal transactions progress smoothly as we bring forward our national network of Habitat Banks.

Project team

Our ever-expanding team covers every corner of the UK and are made up of an inspiring group of individuals. With a wealth of expertise across many disciplines, including ecology, consultancy, surveying, legal, and business, they each have a crucial part in the important work we do.

Funding partner

Gresham House is a specialist alternative asset management group, dedicated to sustainable investments across a range of strategies, with expertise covering forestry, housing, infrastructure, renewable energy and battery storage, public and private equity with assets under management in excess of £6.0 bn as at December 2021. Gresham House has partnered with Environment Bank through its British Sustainable Infrastructure Fund (BSIF) strategies which operates with an investment philosophy to provide real asset based solutions to environmental and societal challenges.

 

Join our team

We are always looking for like-minded individuals to join our team and become part of our plan. For more information about current vacancies, please email [email protected]

Dana Foster

Chief Operating Officer

James Cross

CEO

Sophie Moy

Principal Ecologist – South East

Annie Davies

Ecologist – South West

Emily Cummins

Senior Ecologist – South East

Peter Bachmann

Gresham House PLC

Louise Martland

Principal Ecologist

Sue Charlton

Associate Ecologist

Fleur Wilson

Senior Ecologist – North

Abby Thomas

Sales and Project Delivery Manager

Francesca Sykes

Assistant Ecologist – Habitat Bank Team North

Hannah Tracey

Senior Ecologist - South East

Alexa Culver

General Counsel

David Hill

Chairman

George Offer

GIS Spatial Analyst

Billy Abbey

Project Delivery Assistant

Stephanie Nicholson

Operations & SLT Executive Assistant

Rob Wreglesworth

Principal Ecologist – North

Fraser Rutherford

Marketing Manager

Joe Earnshaw

Ecologist - North

Lorna Clark

Assistant Ecologist - South East

Tom Rothero

Principal Ecologist – South West

Emma Toovey

Ecology Director

Ruth Murray

Gresham House PLC

Alexis Perry

Commercial Director