©Graham Cooper
Credit: © Graham Cooper

Welcome to the

Nature North Conference

A vision for Green Growth and Climate Resilience for the North of England.

Thursday 2nd February 9.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. 

National Trust Quarry Bank, Styal Rd, Styal, Wilmslow SK9 4HP  

Access information for Quarry Bank

Please note: a photographer will be capturing today’s event please let them or a member of the event team know if you don’t want to be in the photos.

Meet the speakers


9:30 Networking and refreshments


Tea and coffee
10:00 Welcome and introductions


Mike Innerdale, Regional Director, National Trust North England
10:15 Welcome


Clare Hayward MBE, Chair, Cheshire and Warrington LEP
10.25 The Ambition for Nature Recovery


Tony Juniper, Chair of Natural England
11:00 Panel Session 1:

Why is at-scale nature recovery required to secure green growth and climate resilience?
Sam Plum, CEO, Westmorland and Furness Council;
James Alexander, Executive Chair, Finance Earth;
Zelda Bentham, Group Head of Sustainability, Aviva; and
Jim Wardill, RSPB Operations Director, Northern England
11:40 Driving Nature Recovery in the North of England:
Introduction to Nature North
Dr Colm Bowe, Development Manager, Nature North
12:00 Case Study Focus:
The Great North Bog
Chris Woodley-Stewart, CEO, North Pennines AONB

Lunch (provided)


13:20 Panel Session 2:

What are the opportunities for organisations to engage with Nature North?
Daveen Wallis, Director, GMEF;
Dion Auriac, Project Manager, National Highways: ‘Get Cumbria Buzzing’ highways project; and
Simon Owen, Managing Director, Standby Productions
14:10 Panel Session 3:

How does Nature North join up with delivery on the ground?
Annette McDonald, Deputy Managing Director, Tatton Estate;
Ruth Hannan, Director, People’s Powerhouse;
James Copeland, Senior Environment & Land Use Adviser NE and NW England; National Farmers Union;
Liz Ballard, CEO Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust
14:55 Summary and so what next? David Renwick, Regional Director – North, Natural England

Tea and coffee and a chance to network



Conference ends


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