Action for Conservation
We are delighted to be able to call on the support of a brilliant panel of experts to help us deliver our strategy for Our Natural World
We have drawn together a group which has real understanding of what it takes to make a practical, long-term difference on protecting and restoring our environment. The panel won't make funding decisions, but will play a vital role in:
- Raising awareness of our strategy and our impact goals and supporting our ambition to collaborate.
- Identifying new opportunities and giving access to knowledge and expertise from their networks.
- Giving high-level, expert, strategic advice to our staff and Trustees.
- Reflecting on our progress towards our impact goals.
Professor Ian J. Bateman
Professor Ian J. Bateman OBE, FRSA, FRSB, is Professor of Environmental Economics and Director of the Land, Environment, Economics and Policy Institute (LEEP) at the University of Exeter and Director of The South West Partnership for Environmental and Economic Prosperity (SWEEP).
Ian is a member of the Natural Capital Committee reporting to The UK Chancellor of the Exchequer and advising the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Member of the Board of the UK Joint Nature Conservation; Committee Member of the Environment Agency Long-Term Investment Scenarios Development Group (LTIS-DG); Member of British Standard Institute (BSI) Committee for establishing ISO standards for (i) Evaluating Natural Capital and (ii) Monetary valuation of environmental costs and benefits; Member of the South West Water Legislative, Resilience and Environmental Investment Board; Chief Editor of the journal Environmental and Resource Economics.
Ian was one of the architects of the H.M. Government 25 Year Environment Plan and a co-author of the H.M. Treasury Green Book guidelines for appraisal of public sector spending. Ian’s main research interests revolve around the issue of ensuring sustainable wellbeing through the integration of natural and social science knowledge. He is a Lifetime Fellow of both the Royal Society of Biology and the Royal Society of Arts and was awarded on OBE in 2013 for services to environmental science and policy. Ian was also recently awarded a Fellowship of the British Academy.
Biologist and television presenter Gillian Burke, joined the BBC’s much-loved seasonal wildlife show Springwatch in 2018.
Gillian may be a bright new face to TV presenting but she’s no stranger to broadcasting. Credits include Ultimate Guide to Spiders for Discovery Channel; to King Cobra! & Anaconda! for Animal Planet’s Snakemaster series; to the ground-breaking, and one of the highest grossing IMAX films to date, Bugs! 3D.
Outside of her television work, Gillian applies her biology and media experience to work closely with a number of charities based in Cornwall where she now lives. She is the patron of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust and a volunteer for the Marine Strandings Network where she attends call-outs for stranded marine mammals. She also supports the work of the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Shelterbox, Cornwall Hugs Grenfell & the newly formed Beaver Trust.
Kath Dalmeny has been Chief Executive of Sustain since 2016.
Sustain is the alliance for better food and farming, and Kath leads the alliance's response to Brexit and its profound implications for healthy and sustainable food, farming and fishing and developing the Campaign for a Better Food Britain. During 2018 she became a Commissioner for the RSA's Food, Farming and Countryside Commission, after having served on the steering group that led to its establishment.
Hendrikus van Hensbergen
Hendrikus van Hensbergen is the Founder and CEO of youth environmental charity, Action for Conservation, which he founded in 2014 after realising that no charities in the UK existed with the sole purpose of engaging young people in practical environmental action and decision making.
In a short space of time the charity has become an influential force, driving greater action to involve young people across the environmental sector. In 2018 Hendrikus' inspirational leadership was recognised with a Postcode Trust Rising Star Award and in 2019 the charity launched the world's largest youth-led nature restoration initiative in Wales. He is the author of the forthcoming book for young people, How You Can Save The Planet, published by Penguin Books, August 2020.
Catherine Howarth joined ShareAction as Chief Executive in 2008. ShareAction coordinates civil society activism to promote responsible investment across Europe.
She was a Member Nominated Trustee of the Pensions Trust for five years until Spring 2013. Catherine was recognised by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2014.
Trewin Restorick is Founder and CEO of the award-winning charity Hubbub UK www.hubbub.org.uk which transforms the way environmental messages are communicated by bringing people and organisations together as a force for good.
Previously Trewin created Global Action Plan the UK’s leading environmental behaviour change charity. Trewin is a frequent media commentator on environmental issues and was trained by Al Gore as one of his climate change ambassadors. He has Chaired Student Hubs and been a trustee for the New Economics Foundation
Before starting Global Action Plan, Trewin was Director of Fundraising at Friends of the Earth where he created PaperRound London’s leading community recycling business. Prior to Friends of the Earth, Trewin worked at Plymouth City Council and produced a youth TV programme for the BBC called Something Else.
Kené Umeasiegbu is Campaigns Director at Tesco, responsible for leading the company’s stakeholder engagement and position development on key societal issues, including environment, packaging, sourcing and food waste
Prior to this, he spent six years as Tesco’s Head of Environment, delivering Tesco’s switch to 100% renewable electricity, roll-out of UK’s largest retail network of electric vehicles charging points, Tesco’s partnership with WWF and the launch of a new fund to address deforestation in the Brazilian Cerrado. Kené’s roles at Tesco follow a 15-year career in sustainability – as a consultant at the Carbon Trust and Carnstone, as a practitioner at Cadbury and for international leadership organisation, AIESEC.
An environmentalist since the late 1970s, Peter Young worked mainly in the private sector. He is passionate about reversing nature’s decline, is an independent trustee of The Wildlife Trusts, and a member of his local Trusts in Montgomeryshire and Cumbria.
He chairs the Business Interest Group for the Valuing Nature Programme; the International Standards Committee on Sustainable Finance; and the British Standards Institute’s committee on sustainability. He is a trustee of the Green Purposes Company which regulates the Green Investment Bank (now Group), and the Broadway Initiative pushing for ambitious environmental legislation. Peter co-founded Aldersgate Group in 2007 and remains an active individual member.