Green Recovery in the Chilterns

Working together for a green recovery in the Chilterns - hear our expert panel

We recently convened an expert panel of leaders in the environment sector to discuss how we can all work together for a green recovery. This covered the issues below:

  • What does ‘green recovery’ mean to you and what are the key ingredients to making it happen?
  • What can the environment sector learn from the way communities responded to Covid-19?
  • How do we deal with the damage caused by some people the countryside during the Covid-19 pandemic?
  • How can we inspire everyone to take positive action for the environment?

The Green Recovery Forum has been recorded, so you can see and hear our experts in discussion - CLICK HERE

Our expert panel of leaders:

Estelle Bailey, Chief Executive, BBOWT

Estelle, Chief Executive of the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT), joined the Trust in January 2014 following 16 years working in nature conservation latterly as Chief Executive of Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust and Herefordshire Wildlife Trust. BBOWT is one of 46 Wildlife Trusts operating in every county of the UK.

At BBOWT, Estelle’s role is to lead a brilliantly effective local wildlife charity, ensuring that the Trust’s delivering a strategic vision that both restores nature at a significant scale and reconnects people to nature.  BBOWT’s mission is to achieve biodiversity, soil, water and food security for the health and well-being of wildlife, society and economy.

She is passionate about wildlife and determined to do everything she can towards addressing the drastic losses of biodiversity in recent decades.  She also champions the massive contribution that nature makes to our society and economy.  


Howard Davies, Chief Executive, National Association of AONBs

Howard is passionate about the natural environment. Before he took up his current role at the National Association of AONBs in 2010 he was Director of Wildlife Trusts Wales.

Howard has a degree in Natural Sciences with Biology, a passionate interest in the relationship between people and place and actively promotes collaboration and consensus building. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Howard has been actively engaged in his local community for over twenty years and volunteers with many organisations, charities and businesses.


Jonathan Smales, Founder and CEO, Human + Nature

Jonathan is the Founder of Human + Nature, a new-generation sustainable developments business which acquires land, plans, designs and builds a new generation of remarkable places and communities fit for the 21st century, as well as growing the movement for change. 

Jonathan was previously the MD of Greenpeace and is a regular speaker at international forums on sustainability, real estate and regeneration. 

With over 30 years’ experience in sustainable development, Jonathan was an adviser to the Mayor of Hannover on the World EXPO 2000, worked on both the London 2012 Olympic Park and its Legacy and was a member of the Design Advisory Board for the Mayor of London. 


Marian Spain, Chief Executive, Natural England

Marian was appointed Chief Executive of Natural England in May 2020, having carried out the role on an interim basis since December 2018.

Marian was previously the Chief Executive of Plantlife International, the UK’s leading wild plant conservation charity, for four years. She joined the board of Natural England in March 2018 before relinquishing this role on becoming Interim Chief Executive.

Until November 2018, Marian was a Secretary of State appointed member of the New Forest National Park Authority and was previously a trustee of the Campaign for National Parks.


Pauline Walsh, Chief Executive, Affinity Water

Pauline has a BEng (Hons) in mechanical engineering from University College Dublin and an MBA from the International Institute for Management Development in Switzerland. She is an honorary fellow of the Institute of Engineers of Ireland.

Pauline has broad international experience and a track record in leading transformational changes in large scale operations. She was previously Director of Gas Transmission for National Grid responsible for building and maintaining the assets of the UK’s high pressure national gas transmission system. Prior to joining National Grid in 2015, Pauline held senior leadership roles at Ford Motor Company, Philips Electronics, Havells-Sylvania, and Fred. Olsen.





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