Sustainable Finance Week 2022

Monday 19 - Friday 23 September

Sustainable Finance Week 2022

Emma Howard Boyd

Keynote Speaker

Emma Howard Boyd

Chair - Environment Agency

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Emma Howard Boyd

Chair

Emma has had an extensive career in financial services at the forefront of the environmental and sustainable finance agenda. She is currently Chair of the Environment Agency, an Ex-officio board member of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and interim Chair of the Green Finance Institute.

She is also an Adviser to the Board of Trade, and a UN Global Ambassador for Race to Zero and Race to Resilience. Emma was the UK Commissioner to the Global Commission on Adaptation from 2018 until January 2021.

Emma serves on several boards and advisory committees which include Liontrust Asset Management, The Coalition for Climate Resilient Investment (co-Chair), The European Climate Foundation, The Council for Sustainable Business and The Prince's Accounting for Sustainability Project.

Moderator

Josephine Bush

Josephine Bush

Sustainable Finance Strategic Advisor - Guernsey Finance

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Josephine Bush

Sustainable Finance Strategic Advisor

Josephine Bush is a former partner at EY where she specialized in renewable energy, sitting on the UK&I Power & Utilities Board. She led on many market-leading transactions in role and latterly, led a global initiative to build out the global renewables sector. Josephine is a member of Gresham Houses sustainable infrastructure investment committee and the founder of the not-for-profit Sustainability & You, which aims to raise levels of awareness in the financial community of the impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss with a focus on accelerating solutions. Josephine is a qualified solicitor and chartered tax advisor, as well as qualified with the CFA ESG investing certification, and a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society.

Panel Session

Emma Howard Boyd

Emma Howard Boyd

Chair - Environment Agency

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Emma Howard Boyd

Chair - Environment Agency

Emma has had an extensive career in financial services at the forefront of the environmental and sustainable finance agenda. She is currently Chair of the Environment Agency, an Ex-officio board member of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and interim Chair of the Green Finance Institute.

She is also an Adviser to the Board of Trade, and a UN Global Ambassador for Race to Zero and Race to Resilience. Emma was the UK Commissioner to the Global Commission on Adaptation from 2018 until January 2021.

Emma serves on several boards and advisory committees which include Liontrust Asset Management, The Coalition for Climate Resilient Investment (co-Chair), The European Climate Foundation, The Council for Sustainable Business and The Prince's Accounting for Sustainability Project.

Olly Hughes

Olly Hughes

Managing Director, Forestry - Gresham House

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Olly Hughes

Managing Director, Forestry - Gresham House

Olly has been Managing Director and Investment Committee member of the Forestry division of Gresham House since January 2019.

He is responsible for managing the growth and development of Gresham House’s forestry activities including acquisitions, fund and private client management and forestry asset management. He started his career at ING Barings in 1995 focusing on asset backed structuring and since then has focused his career on real asset investment management. Olly has more than 25 years of investment experience and holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master’s degree from the University of Oxford in Biological Science.

Emma Toovey

Emma Toovey

Ecology Director - Environment Bank

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Emma Toovey

Ecology Director - Environment Bank

Emma Toovey is the Ecology Director at Environment Bank – a pioneering business delivering nature restoration at scale across England to enable the planning sector and meet corporate sustainability targets. In this role, Emma manages a team of ecological experts and land managers responsible for the delivery of an extensive network of habitat creation projects (habitat banks) across England that enables developers to meet their Biodiversity Net Gain consenting requirements through the sale of Biodiversity Units. Emma has 20 years of ecological consultancy experience across diverse industries, specifically the development and major infrastructure sector, working with landowners, developers, planning authorities and a range of stakeholders in the development consenting process including the assessment and delivery of BNG. Emma ensures that sound ecological principles and technical integrity underpin the decision making processes at Environment Bank.

Michael Urban, PhD

Michael Urban, PhD

Deputy Head of Sustainability Research - Lombard Odier

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Michael Urban, PhD

Deputy Head of Sustainability Research - Lombard Odier

Dr Michael Urban is Deputy Head of Sustainability Research at Lombard Odier (LO). He joined LO's Sustainable Investment Research, Strategy and Stewardship (SIRSS) team in 2020. Michael is leading CLIC (Circular, Lean, Inclusive and Clean) Thematic investment research and manages the firm's academic partnerships. Michael is also a part-time Research Associate at the University of Oxford's Centre for the Environment and a senior member of St Peter's College.

Prior to joining LO, Michael was Research Associate at the University of Oxford's Centre for the Environment, where he led several research initiatives as part of a European Research Council-funded project, 'Finance and Development in the 21st Century' (2017-2020). Michael has held various teaching positions at the University of Oxford and Bristol University, and worked at Pictet & Cie, where he covered thematic and SRI equities funds.

Michael holds a BSc in Management from HEC Lausanne, an MSc in Environment, Politics and Globalization from King's College London and a PhD in Economic Geography from the University of Oxford.

Fireside Chat

Rupert Pleasant (Moderator)

Rupert Pleasant (Moderator)

Chief Executive - Guernsey Finance

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Rupert Pleasant (Moderator)

Chief Executive - Guernsey Finance

Rupert moved to Guernsey as a boy and was educated in the island. His career in financial services has taken him globally, beginning in London, and on to Hong Kong, Asia, South Africa and Switzerland, before returning to Guernsey. His background is in private banking and trust and corporate services, where he has held a number of senior management roles in global companies. As well as an MBA from the University of Cape Town, Rupert holds a law degree, and is a member of STEP, CISI and the Institute of Directors.

Gillian Browning

Gillian Browning

Director of the Investment, Fiduciary and Pension Division - Guernsey Financial Services Commission

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Gillian Browning

Director of the Investment, Fiduciary and Pension Division - Guernsey Financial Services Commission

Gillian joined the GFSC from the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority in 2014. As Director of the Investment, Fiduciary and Pension Division, Gillian oversees the Guernsey Green Fund regime. In July 2018, the GFSC published the Guernsey Green Fund Rules - creating the world’s first regulated green investment fund product. Investors in a Guernsey Green Fund are able to rely on the Guernsey Green Fund designation, provided through compliance with the Guernsey Green Fund Rules, to represent a scheme that meets strict eligibility criteria of green investing and has the objective of a net positive outcome on the planet’s environment. The GFSC is also actively working on future developments to enhance its regulatory sustainability framework.

William Mason

William Mason

Director General - Guernsey Financial Services Commission

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William Mason

Director General - Guernsey Financial Services Commission

William Mason has been the Director General of the Guernsey Financial Services Commission since 2013. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors, where he has previously chaired both the Audit and Risk Committee and the Standards Assessment Working Group.

William has a strong interest in Supervisory Technology and Green Finance. Under his leadership, the GFSC has developed the Guernsey Green Fund, the world's first regulated green fund structure; bought into force environmentally sensitive green capital rules for life insurance individuals and; made moves, including planting 53,000 trees this year in an ecologically advantageous fashion, towards becoming a net zero regulator.

Prior to becoming a financial regulator, William worked at the UK Cabinet Office, where he helped write "Regulation - Less is More, a report to the Prime Minister." His other publications include: "Freedom for Public Services; The Costs of Regulation and PRISM Explained - Implementing Risk Based Supervision." Earlier in his career William gained private sector experience working for an international energy firm on three continents and a US strategy house, Monitor Group.