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Welcoming our new Land team and Legal department to Environment Bank

As our workload grows, so will Environment Bank! As a result of this, we have forged a new land team to specifically deal with landowners and their needs and questions, we have also taken on our own General Counsel to help with the legal process.

 

The new appointments see experienced environmental and real estate lawyer Alexa Culver LLB join as general counsel for the company, bringing with her over 14 years of background in environmental, natural capital and real estate law, advising and supporting the team strategically and ensuring smooth progress of their national programme of Habitat Bank land transactions and BNG Unit sales.

 

Tom Brown and Kerriann McLackland join the new land team, as regional heads of land for the North and South East regions respectively. Tom Mason joins the land team as senior land manager of the South West.

 

 

Tom brings over nine years of experience in private practice working with farmers, landowners, and rural communities to deliver sustainable strategic rural business planning and development, along with detailed knowledge of the wide range of professional practice matters.  

 

Kerriann is a rural surveyor with over 20 years of experience, and a background in estate management for institutional landowners, including National Trust, RSPB and a number of local authorities. 

 

Tom joined the Environment Bank having spent 2 years with a national membership organisation advising members on land and property matters along with lobbying work concerning rural policy. Prior to this, Tom spent several years with a large national firm of land agents undertaking estate management alongside a range of professional work and agricultural consultancy.

 

The three of them will lead on lease opportunities with landowners, create partnerships with delivery organisations, form joint ventures and deliver on long-term landscape change.

 

Commenting on her appointment, Miss Culver said: “Although Environment Bank has been established since 2006 thanks to some of the UK's leading ecologists, this is a step-change moment for the business, after years of lobbying with the government. Finally, the Environment Act now ensures that corporates and developers provide net gains to biodiversity as part of a mandatory legal requirement.

 

“It’s not easy to find creative in-house roles for lawyers so I leapt at the chance to join Environment Bank when the opportunity arose. My experience working in transactional real estate, projects and regeneration, and in the innovative technology and environmental services sector meant I felt that I had something to offer. I feel very fortunate to be instrumental in navigating rapid developments in environmental legislation and helping to create a brand new Habitat Bank product.”

 

Tom Brown added: “I am passionate about how we farm and manage the landscape and for the huge opportunities Habitat Banks offer for rural land use and the future of farming. 

 

“Environment Bank is leading the way in demonstrating how diversified income streams can be generated from nature whilst also protecting the environment, habitats and rural communities. I am excited to be on board in helping to create an impact, at scale, which is meaningful and lasting. No other business in the world is doing this.”

 

With its head office in York, Environment Bank’s fast-growing team of ecologists, lawyers, land specialists, and contractors, from apprenticeship level to PHD specialists, and headed by former Natural England CEO James Cross has meant that it is already leading the industry, rolling out Habitat Banks in every LPA area by early 2024.

 

Kerriann said; “It’s a great time to join Environment Bank and I am looking forward to engaging with more landowners. Not only are we supporting the rural economy with guaranteed, diversified business opportunities but the Habitat Banks we are creating across England will make a real and lasting contribution to nature restoration and that is such an exciting prospect. I feel like I have joined a company with a strong collective purpose and where I can make a genuine difference - to people and the planet.”

 

Tom Mason added; "I feel very strongly that farming and the environment must be considered hand in hand, and the Environment Bank looks to equip landowners to best do this by creating Habitat Banks whilst providing an alternative income stream. Increasing biodiversity and providing positive outcomes for nature now will only seek to strengthen the position of British agriculture and our landscape for years to come, and I am greatly excited to play a part in this."

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