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Meet our Commercial Director - Alexis

Full name and job title

Alexis Perry Commercial Director  

How long have you worked at Environment Bank

5 months

What do you enjoy most about your job

Doing something with purpose at its heart, with people who care passionately about creating the best outcomes for nature, while working in an environment that is incredibly engaging from a business perspective.

What attracted you to work at the Environment Bank

After 15 years spent working in housebuilding, the Environment Bank offered an opportunity to do something that chimes with my values while still being a part of the development community .

I was drawn to the idea of working with a highly skilled team, who have real integrity, and are seeking a viable way we can use land to deliver the best outcomes for nature, developers, and communities.

Additionally, I was particularly attracted to join the business at a stage when nature is finally being forced to become more economically visible, and I really enjoy being able to be a part of that discussion.  

How is your work – and the work of Environment Bank – making a difference?

We are providing landowners certainty on their income over a sustained period of time (typically 30 years) that delivers the best outcomes for nature while also being commercially attractive. Additionally, we are seeking to deliver habitats that allow them to still enjoy the use of their land.

We are creating strategies on each of our Habitat Banks that will integrate with a Local Planning Authority’s overarching Biodiversity and environmental objectives. Our approach ensures that landscape scale changes can be made to significantly improve biodiversity, and in a way that they can be assured that objectives will be met and monitored effectively.

We are providing a solution to the purchasers of Biodiversity Credits that can remove a high degree of uncertainty and delay in the planning system to deliver the better outcomes for nature and remove them from longstanding and complex management arrangements. We are here to support good placemaking and the nationwide delivery of much needed new homes, commercial space and infrastructure.

The Environment Bank’s purpose is to secure the long term future of the planet. How are you supporting that aim through your job?

Biodiversity is one of 9 planetary ceilings that we cannot exceed without posing an existential threat to humanity. Our business seeks to ensure we create a biodiversity net gain and reverse the decline of biodiversity in this country.

My role supports this by ensuring we have a fair and sustainable commercial proposition. This means making sure landowners are attracted to providing land for Biodiversity Net Gain Purposes, Local Authorities are encouraged to work with us and see the benefit of our approach, and that we offer biodiversity credit purchasers a commercially attractive proposition that allows them to deliver the best new places and spaces for people.

Who or what inspires you?

Kate Raworth- author of Dougnut Economics (2017) - in her book she challenges conventional economic theory in the way it values “externalities” and how the current model is set on a collision course by a growth centric agenda. She re-imagines the economic paradigm as one where we should seek a “just and safe space for humanity” that works within the bounds of the 9 planetary limits on the outer ring and within the those issues that create social injustice on the inner ring. She is a rockstar.

E F Schumacher – author of Small is Beautiful.  He was so far ahead of the game in seeing the importance of valuing natural capital. He wrote his book in the 1960’s and one of his central points is that we cannot treat natural capital as if it is income. It is amazing how on the money he was with a number of his predictions and what he had to say.

Charles Darwin- I greatly enjoyed learning about him through a 5 part audiobook. I was struck by how brave he was, not just for setting out across the world onboard the Beagle but in being willing to follow his convictions and present what was at the time a world changing view of the natural world. As I remember it, there was quite a span of time between his discoveries and his going to press such was the magnitude of it (If I recall it was a competing theory that encouraged him to publish On the Origin of Species).  I get the impression he raised his observations somewhat reluctantly, without seeking to create divides in society but equally with the conviction that what he had to say could not be ignored.

Nelson Mandela- His ability to take a forward-looking stance and act to unify a country after what he endured through apartheid is just remarkably inspiring.  

Jesus- For teaching that love, compassion, kindness, generosity and forgiveness stand above all else. He must’ve done it in a fairly profound way for people to still be reading about it 2,000 years later.

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