Spaces remaining for the FDF virtual round table, hosted in association with SLR and Walker Morris LLP

Invitation: The benefits of a Natural Capital Approach and can businesses afford to ignore this?

When: Tue 29 Sep, 2020
Where: Webinar

Demand has been high, but there are still a few remaining spaces for the FDF virtual round table, hosted in association with SLR and Walker Morris LLP.

Topic: The benefits of a Natural Capital Approach and can businesses afford to ignore this?

The Natural Capital virtual round table will commence with presentations from Stewart Lenton of SLR and Alison Ogley of Walker Morris LLP, followed by a round table discussion chaired by Sue Swain of SLR.

Setting the scene on Natural Capital - Stewart Lenton, SLR Consulting

  • What is Natural Capital and why is it increasing in prominence?
  • What are the benefits of adopting a Natural Capital approach?

Environmental legislative breaches and the financial consequences - Alison Ogley, Walker Morris LLP

  • How businesses struggle with identifying the wide range of environmental risks and associated financial consequences of legislation breaches
  • How to ensure the issue isn’t seen as a ‘box ticking exercise’, but one that manages to prevent and minimise compliance breaches

Round table discussion - chaired by Sue Swain, SLR Consulting
Discussion points to consider:

  • What are businesses currently doing with respect to Natural Capital?
  • What are their business drivers for taking a Natural Capital approach?
  • Will this be driven from the bottom up or top down in businesses?
  • Will the potential for prosecution be the strongest external influence?
  • Do businesses really understand their compliance risks?
  • Is brand and reputation the biggest financial risk?

If you would like to join, please RSVP as soon as possible by emailing Reema Patel -

About the hosts

Stewart Lenton

As Operations Manager Stewart has responsibility for a number of teams across the European region, one of which is the Ecology team. Stewart’s background is in planning and EIA, working client side before moving into consultancy over 20 years ago. Stewart is one of the Natural Capital leads within SLR and also a member of the EIC’s Natural Capital Task Force.

Stewart’s background in planning, coupled with his responsibility for the Ecology team enables him to engage with and guide clients with respect to the new mandatory Biodiversity Net Gain requirements which are part of our planning legislation. As a member of the EIC’s Natural Capital Task force Stewart interacts with the policy influencers involved in Natural Capital, such as DEFRA, and is able to share this insight about the future horizon for Natural Capital with clients.

Sue Swain

Sue is Head of Client Management for the SLR European Region and also Industry Sector Lead. Sue’s background is as a pharmaceutical microbiologist, and Sue spent her early career in the pharmaceutical industry, and then as a consultant leading a team involved in auditing pharmaceutical facilities globally. Sue’s career then moved to Business Development, for engineering, construction and environmental companies, and she joined SLR in 2017.

In her role as Industry Sector Lead Sue and the team are working with all our manufacturing clients in Europe across a range of subsectors, and in Client Management role Sue is leading our key client account management team for the European region across all client sectors. Sue is one of the Natural Capital Leads at SLR and this dovetails quite nicely with her client management and industry sector lead role, in that Sue engages with a broad range of clients, and hence has the benefit of seeing many different perspectives in our clients businesses with respect to their understanding and approach to Natural Capital.

Alison Ogley

Alison is a Partner at Walker Morris LLP and a leading specialist planning and environmental lawyer, with a broad national practice. She undertakes both advisory and contentious work in planning and environment law and is recognised by clients as a tenacious and dedicated lawyer who goes the extra mile to secure

In addition to her contentious practice, Alison also advised on a wide range of corporate and property transactions, assessing the environmental risks on business acquisitions and disposals with her focus in due diligence matters matters on providing practical solutions to minimise risks arising from an array of environmental issues. Alison’s environmental practice extends to advising on Environmental Impact Assessments, Protected Species and Protected Sites, net biodiversity gain, air quality impacts, climate change and carbon impacts arising from a broad array of sectors including minerals, waste and energy.